9 fun-filled festivals are taking place in Birmingham this summer

(Sidewalk Film Festival)
The Sidewalk Film Festival is one of Birmingham’s biggest attractions. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Summer is festival season and Birmingham will be bursting with weekend events for all ages. Read on for a roundup of nine Birmingham festivals you won’t want to miss this season.

1. Make Dah Day at Cahaba Brewing | May 18

Do Dah Day (Bham Now)
Hello Do Dah Day. (bham now)

Founded in 1979, Do Dah Day is one of Birmingham’s favorite festivals. With all kinds of furry friends, live music and vendors benefiting local animal charities, you won’t want to miss this summer bash.

2. Birmingham Taco Fest | May 19

Are you ready for a fiesta? (Bham now)

Sunday, May 19th is the 7th Annual Birmingham Taco Fest at Sloss Furnaces, featuring 25 of Birmingham’s top taco vendors and food trucks. Complete with live music, community arts activities and an art market – this will be a fiesta to remember.

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3. Vulcan’s birthday | June 2

The Vulcan statue spent many years at the Alabama State Fairgrounds before taking its rightful place.  Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.
Help the big guy blow out his candles. (Libby Foster/ Bham Now)

You only turn 120 years old! Grab your party hats and get ready to celebrate one of Birmingham’s biggest celebrities: Vulcan’s 120th birthday party will take place on Sunday 2nd June at Vulcan Park and Museum.

With vendors, food trucks, live music, free cookies and more, this event has something fun for all ages. The first 120 guests will receive a tote bag and a coupon for a free Jeni’s ice cream.

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4. Central Alabama Pride Parade | June 8

The Birmingham Pride Parade is back! Hosted by Central Alabama Pride, Inc., the annual pride parade provides participants with a fun and safe environment to be expressive while enjoying the entertainment.

Be sure to keep the fun going with Pride Fest 2024, featuring performances by some of the best drag queens in the country.

5. Steel City Smooth Jazz Festival | June 14-16

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Steel City Smooth Jazz Festival returns to Birmingham. This three-day festival at Linn Park features more than 20 jazz and R&B concerts from around the country.

Buy a one-day pass or go all-in with the 3-day VIP package. Check out the listing for artist info and more.

6. Annual Juneteenth Festival | June 15th

Juneteenth celebration in Birmingham
Juneteenth celebration at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham. (Larry O. Gay/Bham Now)

Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the US. As a historic location in the civil rights movement, Birmingham is always a hot spot for Juneteenth celebrations.

This year, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is bringing back its annual Juneteenth festival. Along 16th Street between 3rd Avenue and 6th Avenue, guests will experience dance classes, documentaries, food, local artists and more.

7. J2A Cultural Arts Street Festival | July 13

Located at Cahaba Brewing, this outdoor festival is a celebration of African culture in the Birmingham community. Shop local artists, visit the variety of food trucks, or sit back and enjoy the live music.

8. Taste of 4th Ave Jazz Festival | August 24

The annual Taste of 4th Avenue jazz festival returns for its 21st anniversary. Mark your calendars, this free event will take place on August 24th in the historic 4th Ave business district between 16th and 18th streets.

Bring your own lawn chairs and relax for a day full of music, vendors and fun.

9. Sidewalk Film Festival | August 19-25

The film festival on the sidewalk
VIPs on the sidewalk. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Arguably Birmingham’s biggest festival for locals and tourists alike, the Sidewalk Film Festival will return the week of August 19th.

Located in downtown Birmingham’s historic theater district, Sidewalk is the hot spot to catch never-before-seen indie films by local artists. With after parties, VIP lounges and plenty of merchandise, it’s safe to say tickets will sell like hotcakes.