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Birmingham Restaurant Week, Birmingham
(August 12 – August 21)
Birmingham’s premier dining out event is in its sixth year and is Birmingham’s most successful and anticipated culinary event. Restaurant Week was launched to put the spotlight Birmingham as a top dining destination. This culinary event features some of Birmingham’s best restaurants offering prix fixe menus. Two-course prix-fixe lunch menu: $5, $10 and $15. Three-course prix-fixe dinner menu: $10, $20 and $30.There’s a Healthy Kids menu option as well. Food lovers can dine at as many participating restaurants as they like during Birmingham Restaurant Week. Diners can revisit their favorite restaurants or explore new dining opportunities. Just browse the list of restaurants and menus. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling restaurants directly or visiting their profile online.
Alabama Restaurant Week
(August 12 – August 21)
Restaurants around the state, including many featured in the popular “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure, invite diners to experience the wonderful culinary scene of Sweet Home Alabama. Participating restaurants will offer specials throughout the week.
South Alabama Pro Rodeo Classic, Ozark
(August 19 – August 20)
Come see bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and breakaway roping. Event is held annually on the third Friday and Saturday of August.
Okra Festival, Burkville
The Okra Festival started as a small community event celebrating the only crop that survived an unusually hot summer in 2000. More than a decade later, it is one of the highlights of the summer season, featuring local food, music and cultural arts. Event is held annually on the last Saturday in August.
Sloss Music and Arts Festival is coming up on July 16 – 17 in Birmingham, Alabama! Sloss Fest will be featuring bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne and The Flaming Lips, but the music isn’t the only thing that’ll be hot. Escape the Alabama heat by spending time at these cool hangouts between sets.
Spirit of America Festival, Decatur
(July 1 – July 4)
Two day family friendly festival celebrating Independence Day with children’s activities, entertainment, food vendors and fireworks on the night of the fourth.
For decades, Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration, has been hailed as one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state of Alabama, and this year will be no exception. On Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m., Thunder on the Mountain 2015 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances.
2016 Barbasol Championship, Opelika
(July 13 – July 17)
The PGA TOUR returns to Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail July 13-17. Experience the 2016 Barbasol Championship, played at RTJ at Grand National. Get tickets or sign up to be a volunteer at www.barbasolchampionship.com.
Sloss Music & Arts Festival is a two-day music and lifestyle event that takes place at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL on Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th of 2016.
The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a 10-day celebration inspired by the “Father of the Blues” and the musical heritage of northwest Alabama. Over 200 events occur during the festival ranging from concerts to art exhibits and plays to athletic events. Music can be enjoyed in the local parks, stores, restaurants, churches and on the banks of the Tennessee River. Expect to hear everything from blues, jazz, gospel and soul to that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound. Events take place in the quad cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, known as The Shoals.
What’s better than a beautiful day in the South? A beautiful day paired with Alabama food, of course! Take advantage of favorite outdoor eateries across the state. Track down a local food truck, take in a panoramic view of the Gulf or enjoy date night on a candlelit patio. There are plenty of ways to get your fill of fresh air and Alabama food – here are some suggestions to get you started.
Yeast, cake or something in between, a good doughnut is fresh, tender and can be enjoyed any time of day. Swing by these local Alabama shops that are putting their own creative twists on these decadent desserts and pick up a dozen (or two).
Originally intended to be a one-year celebration of recovery from the tornadoes on April 27, 2011, Rock the South has continued to expand to become a massive celebration of the area and what it has to offer. Since the first Rock the South in 2012, Rock the South has continued to be an important community partner giving back over $200,000 to local charities including The Link, Alabama Forever, Children’s Hospital of Alabama and many more.
Festivities kick off at noon daily, with $5 cover after 5 pm on the Gulf Side. No cover at either of the roadhouse’s fine eateries on other side of road; the Flora-Bama Yacht Club offering flip-flop fine dining, or the Ole River Bar serving up scrumptious crawfish & ice-cold craft draft on its spacious “Sunset Deck”; both family friendly and available by land or boat.
Hank Williams Festival, Georgiana (June 3 – June 4)
This tribute to native son Hank Williams includes country music, arts, crafts and food.
Tallasse Now! BBQ Festival, Tallassee (June 11)
This barbecue festival and cook-off features arts and crafts, a car show, three music stages, a 5K run, children’s activities and tours of the historic Confederate Armory, a collection of big-game trophies from South Africa, Thurlow Dam and a local artist gallery.
Alabama Blueberry Festival, Brewton (June 18)
This festival has arts and crafts, a car show, live entertainment, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks and food. There is also a free children’s section. Home of the “original” blueberry ice cream (made especially for the festival).
Join in as Chilton County celebrates Alabama peaches. Pageants and tournaments are held throughout the week, along with the Peach Run, art exhibitions, a cook-off, fishing tournament, live music, parades, live and silent auctions, barbecue and much more. Call 205-755-2400 for more information.
For the best pieces of pizza your don’t dare miss, keep on reading to learn more about the Alabama restaurants that will get your mouth watering!
Mater’s Pizza, Albertville
Pizza lovers can count on a piping hot, deep dish pie loaded with scrumptious toppings, whether it’s the traditional favorites: Better Boy, Better Girl, Burpee, Field Hand or a made-from-scratch creation. The menu offers a variety of choices other than pizza: appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Whatever food choice you decide on, you won’t be disappointed with it or with the friendly service. The menu items are well-priced for any budget. If you aren’t a regular at Mater’s, come in and find out why a loyal legion of fans love the pizzeria.
Grumpy’s Pizza and Pasta Shoppe is the place to get casual Italian fare in Arab. Along with pizza, lasagna and garlic bread, Grumpy’s has an excellent chicken salad.
Bettola is located in the historic Martin Biscuit Building in Birmingham’s Lakeview District. Owned by chef James Lewis, recently named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Bettola serves traditional Neapolitan pizza prepared open kitchen-style in an authentic brick oven.
Dine inside, on the patio, or get it to go at Tomatinos. Located in the heart of historic Old Cloverdale in Montgomery, Tomatinos prides itself on creating high-quality pizzas with the freshest ingredients. Voted “Best Pizza” by the Montgomery Advertiser Readers Choice Awards.
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