Can’t Miss Alabama: ¡ HICA!’s Pig Roast brings the community together

Weekend events include gourmet food, exciting festivals and special events.

¡ HICA!’s Birmingham Pig Roast

for HICA!’s second annual Birmingham Roast Pig event brings huge appetites to succulent, tender pork and side dishes at Cahaba Brewing Company. In Puerto Rican and other Latino cultures, pig roasting happens whenever there is a big celebration. ¡ Bringing the festivities to Magic City on Saturday, August 20th from 4-8pm Cahaba Brewing Company brews Lagerveza, a beer specially made for roasting pigs. In addition to slow-roasted pigs and specialty beers, there will also be live entertainment at 7pm, activities for all ages, and a viewing party for the Birmingham Legion and Memphis 901¡ª HICA! Scholarships will be awarded to three Latino students. Proceeds from the event will benefit ¡ HICA!. Alabama Power is one of the sponsors of the event. ¡ is a community development and advocacy organization advocating for economic equality, civic engagement, and social justice for Latino and immigrant families in Alabama. follow facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Buy tickets here.

concert legend

The summer show will take place at OWA in Foley on Sunday, September 4th. Fans will see performances from Isaiah Mercado as Bruno Mars, Nellie Norris as Katy Perry, Nai Cullers as Michael Jackson and more. The show features high-energy dancers, backing vocals, live bands, costumes, elaborate theatrical sets and a full suite of special effects.Shows at the OWA Theatre Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 4pm

Beth Birmingham Temple

Temple Beth El invites you to take a peek at Tzofim La’atid on Thursday, August 25th from 5:30pm to 8pm to help build the Beth El civil rights experience. The evening will feature Spider Martin’s Civil Rights photo exhibit; docent tours of the upcoming exhibit; opportunity to provide real-time feedback on the project and guest speakers J. Mason Davis (Dentons Sirote), DeJuana Thompson (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute) and a special commentary from local writer TK Thorne. Hosted by the Civil Rights Experience Council, attendees will enjoy drinks, appetizers and network with community partners and donors. Register here.

Sidewalk Film Festival

The 24th annual Sidewalk Film Festival will take place in Birmingham’s historic theatre district from 22-28 August. Festival venues include Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, Alabama Theater, Lyric Theater, Carver Theater, Birmingham First Church, Alabama Academy of Fine Arts Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, Recital Hall and Lecture Hall, and Steiner Auditorium Birmingham Museum of Art. Alabama Power is one of the sponsors of the event. Please click this link to get tickets. For more information about the festival, visit sidewalkfest.com/how-to-fest. Stay updated here for new additions as events are added to the holiday schedule through August 23rd.

“American Mariachi”

Family, tradition, progress, and the freedom to dream big are at the heart of the cheerful and magnanimous musical “Marija.” Lucha takes care of her sick mother every day. Eager to escape the monotony of life, she came up with a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band. But it’s the 1970s and girls can’t be mariachis…or can they? Follow Lucha and her brave cousin to find band members, dodge disapproving relatives, and take mom for a ride. Will the band get together? The show will run until Sunday, August 21st. Visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to buy tickets.

Baron of Birmingham

The Birmingham Barons and Tennessee Smokies will play on Sunday, August 21st. The Barons also plan to play the Mississippi Braves Aug. 23-28 at the Birmingham Regional Stadium. Follow this link to view the full schedule, updates, promotions and giveaways. Regions Field is a cashless facility. Credit and debit cards are accepted at all concession stands at Joe Drake Box Office, Barons Sports Depot and Regions Field. Get tickets online.

bird

The Gadsden Art Museum showcases the “Finch” from Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The exhibit examines the character of Atticus Finch, combines the film with objects and artifacts from the Monroe County Heritage Museum, and showcases Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and her book “To Set the Watchman” citations. Click here to read related articles. Visit the exhibit until Thursday, August 26.

Red Mountain Entertainment

Upcoming shows include:

  • August 18 – Luke Bryan, Oak Hill Amphitheater in Pelham.
  • Aug. 19 – Strange Al Yankovic: The Unfortunate Return of the Unwise Vanity Fair Tour, Mark C. Smith Hall in Huntsville.
  • August 19 – Locals at the Iron City, Birmingham.
  • Aug. 19 – JJ Gray & Mofro, Mars Music Hall in Huntsville.
  • Aug. 20 – Strange Al Yankovic: The Unfortunate Return of the Unwise Vanity Fair Tour, Alabama Theater, Birmingham.
  • August 25 – PJ Morton, Watch the Sun Tour, Mobile’s Soul Kitchen Concert Hall.

For the full schedule, visit redmountainentertainment.com.

Celebrating Sam Hairston

The Black Southern League Museum (NSLM) in Birmingham will host an open house on Saturday, August 20 from 10am-2pm to celebrate the life and legacy of Black League and Major League Baseball player Sam Hairston. Hairston played for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Indianapolis Clowns before moving to the Chicago White Sox. Hairston became the patriarch of a professional baseball family. His sons, Jerry and Johnny, and his grandsons, Jerry Jr. and Scott, both play in the major leagues. His son Sammy Jr. and grandsons Johnny Jr., Jeff and Jason play in the minor leagues. Layton Revel, founder and executive director of the Black League Baseball Research Center, helped assemble artifacts commemorating the achievements of Sam Hairston and his family. Revel will lead “PitchTalk” at 10:30am. There will be free guided tours, food trucks and an appearance by the NSLM mascot “Barry”. NSLM is located at 120 16th St. S. For more information, visit birminghamnslm.org.

Franklin County Watermelon Festival

Summer’s favorite fruit will take center stage at the annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival August 19-20. The festival offers crafts, various watermelon competitions, 5K and 1-mile fun runs, car and truck shows, food vendors, kids activities, games, musical entertainment and free watermelon samples.

The musical lineup includes:

Friday, August 19

  • 5:45pm: Opening Ceremony (Anthem: Cassandra James).
  • 6 p.m.: Cody Bowen.
  • 7pm: Joseph Baldwin Band.
  • 8:30pm: Velcro Pygmies.

Saturday 20 August

  • 6 p.m.: Tremaine.
  • 7pm: Rewind at the shallows.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Thompson Square.

The festival takes place on Main Street (Jackson Avenue) in downtown Russellville. Franklin County is also the watermelon capital of Alabama. Hours are Friday from 6pm to 10pm and Saturday from 10am to 10pm. Admission is free. For more details, visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce website or call 256-332-1760. Follow Facebook.

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