It's a great week to live in Birmingham! From funny hats to black tie to the famed Cahaba Lily, we have some of most special events of the year this week and weekend.
Do Dah Day
Do Dah Day grew out of an idea in 1979 and has raised almost $1.5 million since! The South’s craziest
parade kicks off at 11:01 a.m. on the streets of Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside. Then, spend
the day in Caldwell and Rhodes Parks with friends, pets, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, and a lineup of
great bands. Oh yes, we have plenty of food and beverages, and collectible Do Dah Day t-shirts.
All proceeds benefit local animal charities.
If you want a chance to win a fabulous prize, sign up to compete in one of our PARADE CATEGORIES:
•Best Movie-Themed Pet or Pet/Human Group
•Best Dressed Pet
•Best Pet/Owner Look-Alike
26th Street South and Highland Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35205
Free admission for spectators and festival attendees.
Parade entry fees:
Fun Walker $5 per walker
Animal Prize $10 per animal per category
Teams $10 per person
Teams with Car $10 per person + $15 per car
Political Team/Car/Float $50 per candidate
Parade at 11:01 a.m. The parade route follows Highland Ave. westbound, past Rushton & Rhodes parks
and ends at Caldwell Park.
Festival in the Caldwell and Rhodes Parks after the parade.
Individual Dates & Times: *
May 14, 2016: 11 am - 7 pm (Sat)
Cahaba Lily Walk
Please come with us to see the largest display of blooming Cahaba lilies in the world, acres and
acres of them spread out over the water in the river. These lilies are a sight to behold! In places,
it often looks like it has snowed on the river in May.
Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over welcome.
Optional dinner after.
The hike is about five miles round trip. Rated easy. Wear sturdy footwear you don’t mind
getting wet and dirty. Old sneakers work well. You’ll want to put on your river shoes so you
can walk out into the shallow parts of the river to stroll through and touch the lilies which grow
only in the water. Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not
acceptable!! You may wear your sturdy river shoes for the entire trip. Please bring picnic lunch
and your drink. Hiking poles are strongly recommended to provide additional stability when
wading in the river.
Depart 9:00 a.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria.
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING PLACE
McDonald’s Galleria-1731 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, AL 35244. Parking lot behind the
McDonald’s Restaurant across U.S. 31 from the main entrance to the Riverchase Galleria
DESCRIPTION OF SOUTHEASTERN OUTINGS
Do you wish you had friends who share your active lifestyle and enjoyment of outdoor
activities? Then become active with Southeastern Outings (SEO), a nonprofit organization
committed and created to serve people who enjoy being active in the outdoors. The organization
plans, organizes and leads outings such as dayhikes, easy kayak and canoe trips, stream and
waterfall walks, bicycle rides, lake events and other fun activities to beautiful sites in our natural
environment. From time to time we also sponsor potluck suppers and other socials. All events
and activities of the group are open to the public. Participating in SEO activities is a splendid,
simple way to make congenial new friends who enjoy the outdoors.
NO DOGS OR SMOKING ALLOWED, PLEASE, ON ANY SOUTHEASTERN OUTINGS
The organization currently has over 400 members. We scheduled ninety-one events during
calendar year 2015 for an average of 8 fun events per month. We enjoy the outdoors in all
seasons throughout the year. Twenty-three people, on average, have participated in each outing
since January 1, 2016.
SEO does not charge for participation in any of its outings. You do not have to be a member to
participate in one r two SEO activities. Dues are only $10. Please contact Dan Frederick,
free monthly newsletters with membership application and a complete description of all our
Southeastern Outings now has a website. Just go to seoutings.org to find announcements of all
our upcoming outings scheduled plus some brief, general information about Southeastern
Outings, a membership application and 1500 lovely photographs from several of our outings.
McDonald's Galleria is meeting place
1731 Montgomery Highway
Hoover , AL
May 14, 2016: 9 am (Sat)
Phone: 205-631- 4680
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
May 18, 2016: 8 pm - 11 pm (Wed)
And one worth paying for….
38th Annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Gala Dinner & Finals Concert
Presented by Opera Birmingham at Vestavia Hills Country Club
One of the most elegant evenings of the year in Birmingham. Top operatic talent in a personal venue amid patrons dressed to the nines.
A truly special evening. And if the tickets for the gala are a little steep, see the semi final competition at Hulsey Hall/UAB for $25 on Saturday starting at 10:30am instead of Sunday for the gala.
At the gala and final competition, five outstanding finalists take the stage! Compare your picks with those of our savvy panel of three judges… Will your favorite win
(Ticket includes concert, cocktails and dinner. Reservations are required. Black tie optional.)
Vestavia Hills Country Club
400 Beaumont Drive
Birmingham, AL 35216
May 15, 2016: 6 pm (Sun)