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Top 7 Things to Do in July

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

July 3: Red, White & Brews Grub Crawl

Five Points South • 20th Street South and 11th Ave.

6 p.m. Kick off the holiday weekend with a grub crawl featuring live music and Good People drink specials as you visit eight eateries and bars in Five Points. Move with the group or crawl at your own pace. During each stop, birthday gift giveaways from Good People and participating merchants will be given away to eight lucky crawlers. Birmingham Mountain Radio will also be giving away a pair of tickets to see Alabama Shakes and Drive By Truckers on Aug. 20 in Tuscaloosa. 

July 4: Thunder on the Mountain 2015

Vulcan Park • 1701 Valley View Drive

9 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth with family and fireworks! Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of fireworks that will light the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack featuring a mix of patriotic favorites and popular music. 

July 11: A Taste of the Ridge

Russell Lands on Lake Martin

4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Enjoy live music and a variety of savory food samples from Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse, Chef Ban Stewart of Kowaliga Restaurant and Chef Leo Maurelli of Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar of The Hotel at Auburn University. Attendees will also enjoy treats from Catherine’s Market, Wickles Pickles, Fox Point Farm, Bayou Rum, Cahaba Brewing and other artisans. During the event, guests can browse the latest architectural designs in three homes in the new South Ridge Harbor neighborhood on Lake Martin. 

July 11: Hypertufa Workshop

Aldridge Gardens • 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover

8:30 a.m. - Noon. Modeled after the old stone watering troughs of England, these containers can stand the freeze/thaw cycle of most climates. Attend this hands-on workshop to make your own hypertufa out of cement, perlite and peat moss. Then let it cure for a week and pick it up the following weekend. Cost is $46 for members and $55 for non-members. All materials are included. 

July 15: Flicks Among the Flowers

Birmingham Botanical Gardens • 2612 Lane Park Rd.

6 p.m., gates open; 8 p.m. movie. Enjoy an outdoor screening of "Top Gun" on the lawn along with a movie-themed menu and cash bar. Don't forget to bring a blanket! Admission is free.

July 18 - 19: Sloss Music & Arts Festival

Sloss Furnaces • 20 32nd St N.

1 p.m. - midnight, daily. The inaugural festival features great food, craft beer, art and live music from Modest Mouse, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant and more. General admission two-day passes are available for $135.

July 30: The Taste of Birmingham

The Club • 1 Robert S Smith Dr.

6 p.m. Guests visit each restaurant station, interacting, tasting and ultimately voting for the Winner of the Taster's Choice Award. This year, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, a performance by the Birmingham Boys Choir and a fireworks show. Tickets are $100, and proceeds benefit the Birmingham Boys Choir. 

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