Football, Mardi Gras and a seafood feast are among the events at Can’t Miss Alabama

Start planning a super exciting weekend.

Birmingham Legion FC v Atlanta United FC

Magic City’s professional football team Birmingham Legion FC are back and ready to fill the Protective Stadium. The team’s first match at their new home is Sunday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m. against Major League Soccer giants Atlanta United FC. Come and discover the new stadium and take advantage of advantageous rates. Tickets are available online. Call 205-791-7145, download the Legion FC app or follow @bhmlegion on social media for more information.

Reba McEntire in concert

The Reba: Live in Concert Tour with special guest Tenille Townes arrives Thursday, February 24 at the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. All the places are reserved. Check ticket prices here. Learn more about the tour here.

New edition in concert

New edition: The cultural tour with special guests Charlie Wilson and Jodeci arrives in the Legacy Arena, Saturday, February 19. Buy your tickets here. Check the website for more information.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show

The 30th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show will be held at the Pier on Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is a major fundraising event for the Makos Academics Arts and Athletics Club (MAAAC) and schools in Orange Beach. Culinary selections will include crawfish guns, crawfish boils, shrimp tacos, fish, kidney beans and rice, land and sea burgers, seafood gumbo topped with fried okra, crab cakes and crab bites, and other dishes. There will be live music on the Mako and Main Street stages, arts and crafts booths and a golf cart raffle. The car show will feature vintage, classic and hot rod vehicles. The auto show registration fee is $50 in advance and $75 on the day of the show. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 cars. Register here for the car show. Click here for the entertainment schedule.

Mobile Mardi Gras

The historic Mardi Gras celebration is underway through Tuesday, March 1 in downtown Mobile and throughout the area. Enjoy over two weeks of festivities, with 40 parades scheduled and counting. Follow this link for the full schedule.

Birmingham Bottling: Soft Drinks Exhibition in the Magic City

Have you ever heard of Mission Orange, Try-Me Cola, National Dope, NuGrape, Jersey Creme, Glee Ola, Gay Ola or Wiseola? Discover these brands and more at Vulcan Park & ​​Museum’s latest exhibition: Birmingham Bottling: Soft Drinks in the Magic City. Brought to you by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Birmingham Bottling tells a full story about Birmingham’s soft drink history, featuring inventors and innovators, marketers and visionaries. Visitors can view the Birmingham History Center’s collection of vintage bottles from companies including Coca-Cola and Buffalo Rock until January 2023.

Join us at the table: a conversation with Kate Wood, author of “Her Daily Bread”

Kate Wood, author of ‘Her Daily Bread’ and founder of the award-winning blog Wood and Spoon, will be at the Little Professor Bookstore in Homewood for her first author event of the year. “Her Daily Bread” is a 365-day devotional with daily reflections and 52 delicious recipes that promise to nourish body and soul. During the event, guests will hear a moderated conversation with the author and have the opportunity to ask questions. They can buy the book and have it autographed, and enjoy snacks that come straight from the pages of the book. Registration is limited. Tickets are $25 and do not include a copy of the book. Register online or call 205-870-7461. For more information send an e-mail [email protected]. The event is Sunday, February 20 from 2-4 p.m. The book is also available at littleprofessorhomewood.com. Learn more about Wood and his new book here.

Join Kate Wood at The Little Professor in Homewood on February 20. (Brittany Dunn/Alabama NewsCenter)

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Celebrate Black History Month at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) with virtual and in-person events. Explore a variety of exhibits including the Human Rights Gallery, Movement Gallery, Confrontation Gallery, Barriers Gallery, Odessa Woolfolk Gallery, “Courage Under Fire” exhibit of photos from the Freedom Riders bus fire in Anniston and “Remembering 4 Little Girls: A Gallery of Creative Expressions,” an exhibition of student artwork inspired by the Spike Lee film. BCRI is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Southern Flight Museum

The Tuskegee Airmen exhibit is on view this month at the Southern Museum of Flight. This diorama honoring the famous Tuskegee Airmen of Alabama is more than an exhibit. It’s a spotlight on an important period in American history, and this tribute shines a light on an extraordinary group of men who continue to inspire anyone who dares to dream. The exhibit features several WWII trainers, including a North American AT-6 Texan, a Vultee BT-13B Valiant, and a Fairchild PT-19 Cornell. To find out more, send an e-mail [email protected]. The museum is located at 4343 73rd St. N. in Birmingham.

AG Gaston Conference

The two-day conference in Birmingham returns in person this year, with engaging panels and programs open to aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, educators, elected officials, business leaders, community advocates and to anyone passionate about the economic empowerment of African Americans. Guest speakers include Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Autumn Kyles, CEO of Detroit Dough; Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack; and Odessa Woolfolk. The organization of the conference was inspired by the life and legacy of the late Arthur George (AG) Gaston, a successful black businessman in Alabama during the Jim Crow era. He amassed a fortune of over $40 million through a business spanning communications, real estate and insurance. Given the title “Entrepreneur of the Century” by Black Enterprise Magazine, Gaston was behind the famous AG Gaston Motel, Citizen Federal Savings and Loan, Booker T. Washington Broadcasting and more in downtown Birmingham. The conference will take place on February 22 and 23. CDC guidelines and protocols will be applied. To register for the conference, go to aggastonconference.biz.

Birmingham Restaurant Week

From fine dining to home cooking, enjoy a special fixed price breakfast, lunch and/or dinner menu ranging from $5 to $50 per person. Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW), known as Birmingham’s premier food and drink event, aims to support local restaurants by giving people incentives for the city’s vibrant food scene, one bite at a time. BRW’s winter edition will take place February 17-26 with approximately 40 participating restaurants. To serve customers safely, take-out and curbside options as well as traditional dining options will be available. There will also be two events to explore and stock up on gourmet treats, craft cocktails and wine pairings. Wine-O-logy, an in-flight wine tasting event with fantastic food and live entertainment, will take place Tuesday, February 22 at Le Fennec on 2nd Ave S., and Magic City Mixology, an fiesta-style in-flight cocktails, will take place Tuesday, March 1 at Events at Haven on 6th Ave S. For detailed information, visit bhamrestaurantweek.com.

28 days of black life, history and culture

Black History Month celebrations are underway in the city of Mobile. Events include daily social media posts of historic Mobile Black facts @mobileparksandrec, an art exhibit by local seniors at the Connie Hudson Center Art Gallery, open Monday through Friday, and a screening of the film “42 on Wednesday, February 23 at the James Seals Community Center. To learn more, visit this website.

Equal Justice Initiative

Learn about black history at the newly expanded Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery. The museum examines the legacy of slavery, from its introduction to the New World in the 17th century to current issues with mass incarceration. The Legacy Museum includes a visitor center, gift shop, and the popular Pannie-George’s Kitchen restaurant. A few blocks away is the EJI National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Memorial Center for Peace and Justice. Follow this link to learn more about the Legacy Museum.

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