Five weekend festivals to attend in Birmingham

Want to go out on the town this weekend? From the Birmingham Folk Festival to the Taste of Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival, here are five events full of music, art and entertainment.


The Birmingham Folk Festival

The Birmingham Folk Festival kicks off Saturday, August 27 at Avondale Park. The free outdoor festival, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., will offer a day of music, community and art, with live performances of gospel, blues, country, bluegrass, West African drumming , jazz and dance. Featured performers include Sarah Lee Langford, Jose Carr’s Jazz Jam Session, Jock Webb and Clarence “Bluesman” Davis, the Mountain Grass Unit, Ruth Black and the Harmonettes, the Whistlebees, Sahi On Ko Djony and the Crestwood Community Band .

4th Avenue Jazz Festival Sneak Peek

The 4th Avenue Jazz Festival Sneak Peek returns to Birmingham’s historic 4th Avenue business district on Saturday August 27. The day-long festival of music, art, food and vendors — which is free and open to the public — kicks off at noon. Five musical acts are on stage at Saturday’s festival: Logan the Entertainer; vocalist and violinist Chelsey Green, The Official Clutch Band, Deirdre Gaddis, and saxophonist and composer Vann Burchfield. Radio host and musician Isis M. Jones will be the emcee and host of the festival.

The Modern Green Book Festival

The Modern Green Book Foundation will hold its second annual festival on Saturday, August 27 at Sloss Furnaces. The festival, which is a fundraiser for the Modern Green Book Foundation’s “Small Black Business Grant,” is a full day of live music, shopping and dining with black-owned businesses. Admission to the festival ranges from $8 to $30. The tickets are available through Eventbrite. The Modern Green Book Festival starts at 12:00 p.m. and continues until 8:00 p.m.

Ride Loud Birmingham

Ride Loud Birmingham is a showcase for skateboarding, rollerblading and performance. The evening event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at the Crescent Cultural Center with skating equipment, food, drink, entertainment and vendors. Admission is $8.

AUGUST 27 & 28

Sidewalk Film Festival

from Alabama Sidewalk Film Festival kicked off its 24th annual event this week with film screenings, panel discussions, parties, podcasts and more. The festivities continue this weekend at venues around Birmingham. Here is a complete list of event and ticket information.

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