Explore UAB

Birmingham, the Magic City, is the metropolitan and business center of the state of Alabama. The city features incredible food, drinks, indoor/outdoor activities, and so much more!

  • Food and Drink
    • Birmingham is home to four James Beard award winning chefs, Frank Stitt (owner of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant and Chez Fon Fon), Chris Hastings (owner of Hot & Hot Fish Club), Rodney Scott (owner of Rodney Scott's BBQ), and Dolester Miles (pastry chef at Highland's Bar and Grill).
    • Birmingham is also home to the infamous Saw’s BBQ, Sunday brunch staple Trattoria Centrale and a plethora of food trucks.
    • Growth abounds in Birmingham. The Parkside area that flanks UAB Hospital is growing rapidly with new shopping, dining, and residential facilities opening now.
    • You will never go thirsty thanks to Good People, Cahaba, Back Forty, Trim Tab, and Avondale Brewing Companies that serve up cold, delicious craft brews.
  • Venues, Art, & entertainment
    • The city’s musical venues (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, BJCC, Iron City, etc.) cater to all your preferences, and have hosted artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Eric Church, Phish, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Eric Clapton and Luke Bryan.
    • Birmingham hosts Sloss Fest, an annual summer music festival held in July on the grounds of Sloss Furnances. The 2016 line-up included Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne and the Flaming Lips.
    • Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is held annually in late August and showcases new and independent films with a special spotlight on Alabama filmmakers.
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  • Outdoors
    • The Birmingham Barons opened Regions Field in April 2013, one of the best minor league ballparks in the entire country.
    • You can always find something to do outdoors, with Red Mountain Park, Oak Mountain State Park, The Rotary Trail, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, the Vulcan, Cahaba River and Railroad Park.
    • You can also visit the Birmingham's Pepper Place Farmer's Market. A popular attraction every Saturday morning starting in the Spring and continuing through fall. Enjoy live music, fresh food, art displays, and more.
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