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Top 7 Things to Do in August

Mark your calendars with this month's top local events you won't want to miss.

August 1: Schaeffer Eye Center City Fest

Railroad Park • 1600 1st Avenue South

3 p.m. Don't miss a day of incredible music including Common, Taylor Hicks and the Grammy Award-winning hip hop band, The Roots. The festival will also feature several local favorite food trucks, a beer garden by AlaBev and kids activities including a Ferris wheel and hot air balloon. Admission is free.

August 6: Plant It, Pick It, Drink It

Birmingham Botanical Gardens • 2612 Lane Park Rd., Mountain Brook.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Whether it's the botanicals or how it pairs with tonic water, gin is an incredibly versatile spirit. Join BBG's Brooke McMinn and local bartender Clair McLafferty as they explore the history of gin and the cocktails that made it a classic. Tickets are $25. 

August 7: Southern Summer Night

Avondale Brewing Company • 201 41st Street South

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. This annual summer fundraiser includes fabulous food, live music by the Abba & The Hall Boys, a silent auction and the opportunity to win a cabinet filled with wine and spirits. Tickets are $25 and include a meal and two drinks. Proceeds benefit Hands On Birmingham. 

August 14: Art on the Rocks

Birmingham Museum of Art • 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd.

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Enjoy food, drink, art, giveaways and a performance by the band Clear Plastic Masks out of New York City. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. 

August 14 - 23: Birmingham Restaurant Week

Various Locations

Birmingham’s premier dining-out event will celebrate the city’s acclaimed culinary culture by offering incentives for Birmingham-area residents to visit (or revisit) their favorite restaurants around town. Participating restaurants will offer special menus in the $5, $10, $20 and $30-per-person range during the 10-day event. 

August 24 - 25: Mosaic Memory Flower Pot Workshop

Aldridge Gardens • 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., both nights. Commemorate your special memories and treasures! Bring old jewelry, grandma’s broken vintage china, coins, keys or beads and transform your favorite mementos into your own mosaic 10” flower pot. In the first session, learn techniques, design and begin application. In the second session, you'll grout and finish your project. A few tiles, grout, materials and handouts will be provided, but participants should bring their own items for personal design. Don't forget to wear a work shirt and bring a pen and tile nippers (available at local craft stores.) Cost is $42 for members and $50 for non-members.

August 28 - 30: Sidewalk Film Festival

Alabama Theatre • 1817 Third Avenue North

Celebrate the best in cinema at this three-day festival featuring more than 200 films from filmmakers across the country. 

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