Can’t Miss Alabama offers musicals, galas, festivals, A-Day and a Dam Ride for a fun-filled weekend

Can’t Miss Alabama offers musicals, galas, festivals, A-Day and a Dam Ride for a fun-filled weekend
Don't miss the annual A-Day spring football game April 21 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Amelia B. Barton/UA Athletics)

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Can’t Miss Alabama has all of your family-friendly event planning needs covered.

Alabama Football A-Day Weekend

It’s that time of year for the annual A-Day spring football game Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Admission is free.

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IndiaFest 2018

Celebrate IndiaFest through Thursday, April 26 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Explore Indian culture through dance, music and art. See Grammy-winning artists, attend lectures and films. IndiaFest is located at 1200 10th Ave. S. in Birmingham. Admission is free.

Click here for the complete schedule.

To learn more, visit the website.

Motown: The Musical

Broadway’s Motown: The Musical is Saturday, April 21 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The musical is based on the true story of how Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, became a success. Gordy worked with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and other Motown artists.

Follow this link for ticket information.

Dam Ride

Alabama Power’s Power Pedalers are sponsoring the third annual Dam Ride April 20-21 benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cyclists depart from Alabama Power Company headquarters at 9 a.m. Friday, April 20 on a 78-mile supported ride on beautiful Alabama backroads to Lay Dam (shorter route available). New this year is a kayaking/canoeing 12-mile route to Lay Dam, departing at 9 a.m. April 20 from LaCoosa Marina (shorter route available).

There will be food and fun, and participants may spend the night at Lay Dam Friday night, with more cycling and paddling on Saturday.

For details and to register, click here; to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society click here.

For more information, contact John Morris at 205-257-3831 or Charles Rossmann at 205-257-4378.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is April 20-22 at Barber Motorsports Park. Activities include contests, an autograph session, Surgere Fan Zone, Monster Stunt Show, Wine Down at Indy, kids zone, live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and more.  The event will be broadcast live on NBCSN on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Follow this link for the complete schedule.

Purchase tickets here.

For more information, call 205-298-9040 or email [email protected].

Gardendale Magnolia Festival

Gardendale’s 17th annual Magnolia Festival is April 20-21 at the Gardendale Civic Center. Family fun includes live music, a carnival, a magician, contests, pageants, fishing tournament, car show, Pooch Parade, Jugtown Pottery Exhibit, 5K race and Kids N’ Art Classes. The hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here for contact information.

Admission is free.

Visit the website for more details. Follow the event on social media: Facebook:, Twitter: and Instagram:

The Gardendale Civic Center is located at 857 Main St.

Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala

More than 40 teams will compete in the largest gumbo cookoff in the Southeast Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sloss Furnaces. Awards, prizes and the title of Birmingham’s Best Gumbo will be given to the winner. All you can eat samples will be provided to guests. The event will offer live music, vendors and a kid’s zone.

The proceeds will go to disabled adults and low-income seniors at the Episcopal Place.

The Episcopal Place provides affordable housing and services throughout the community.

Purchase tickets to Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala here.

Email [email protected], call 205-939-0085 or visit for more information.

Follow the event on Facebook.

Alabama Coffee Fest 2018

The inaugural Alabama Coffee Fest kicks off Saturday, April 21, promising “an immersive coffee experience” and featuring a number of local coffee producers.

Enjoy specialty roasters and coffee shops with unique beans, delicious pastries, and live entertainment, during this one-of-a-kind coffee culture experience.

Alabama Multicultural Organization is the host of the Alabama Coffee Festival, which is being held at Cahaba Brewing Company at 4500 Fifth Avenue South, Building C in Birmingham.

Find out more here and purchase tickets here.


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