What to do in Birmingham this Memorial Day weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Have big plans for the Memorial Day Weekend? Many across Birmingham will be enjoying an extra day off, but what to do with that time? Antwon Ervin of Discover Birmingham, has a few ideas to fill your calender!

Art to Bricks

Saturday: 3 pm-7 pm Railroad Park

The Firehouse Shelter is gearing up for our 1st Annual Community Festival! This event will feature bands, poets, dance groups, and much more! If you can paint, sketch, or even do magic come out and enjoy this day of fellowship!

This event was created to make aware the importance of housing and services for the homeless. This event is free! Free food! and Give A Ways!

The Wiz


  • 7 Tony Awards
    • Including Best Musical!
  • 5 Drama Desk Awards
    • Including Outstanding Music & Lyrics!

The New Musical Version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Move on down the Road! Winner of 7 Tony awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul! This beloved classic musical is one of the most popular selection in the Samuel French Catalog, and is appropriate for theatres at all levels.

Adapted into a film version featuring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

“Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat…great fun.” – The New York Post

“A continuous festival of movement…splendid character songs.” – WWD

“A carnival of fun…wickedly amusing show.” – Time

“A virtual musical circus…driving rhythms, soaring songs…boisterous, exuberant.” -WABC TV

“Unquestionably, the humor and the heartbeat of the piece remain African-American at their source, but the overall effect is pluralistic and inclusive. In the truest and most positive sense of the phrase, [the] show is color-blind.” – Variety

The Wiz originally opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on January 5, 1974 after only 15 previews. It shortly thereafter moved down the street to the slightly smaller Broadway Theatre. The show finally closed on January 28, 1979 after a grand total of 1,672 performances.

The 5th Annual Salsa Showdown

Saturday 2 pm-6 pm

$10 Advance ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE. Prices go up to $15 at the gate.

The 5th Annual Salsa Showdown is a fundraising competition between local restaurants & catering companies to determine who offers the best salsa, guacamole, queso, and specialty dip and it is returning to Avondale Brewing Company on Saturday, MAY 23, 2015!

Admission will include unlimited sampling privileges at each competitor’s station, a ballot for casting an “Audience Choice” vote, Piñata smashes, kids’ activities, live entertainment from Mandi Rae – Music, beverage vending, and more!

Think you can handle the heat?? Enter our Hot Pepper Eating Contest for a chance to win CASH prizes!

Competing Restaurants:

  • Babalu Tacos & Tapas – Birmingham
  • La Bamba Grill
  • La Paz Restaurant & Catering
  • Rojo Birmingham
  • and MORE

Proceeds will benefit the Alabama Moving Image Association/Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a federally recognized 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Hosted by 24 Frames Per Second, The Sidewalk Film Festival Young Professionals Organization.

And don’t forget the Birmingham Barons have kicked off a new season at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham! For a look at the full Barons schedule: CLICK HERE

And for even more events and other happenings around Birmingham check out Discover Birmingham’s full calendar right here.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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