Artwalk is a two-day arts festival that transforms Birmingham’s downtown into an arts district, featuring the work of more than 90 visual artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors and children’s activities. It is free to the public and has become a much-anticipated fall event, drawing more than 8,000 people. Art lovers will see original work in all mediums priced from the affordable to the extravagant. Participating artists are from Birmingham and surrounding communities. On Friday, Sept. 8, attendees will see a huge gallery opening with a street festival atmosphere, while on Saturday, Sept. 9, the event will cater more to the family crowd. A kid zone will be available Saturday only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Artwalk district is on 20th Street from First Avenue North to Fourth Avenue North. Alabama Power is a sponsor for the event.
Renew Our Rivers
The Renew Our Rivers (ROR) volunteer cleanup at Smith Lake (Cullman County) will take place Friday, Sept. 8. For details about the cleanup, contact Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981. ROR is a national award-winning campaign originated by Alabama Power in 2000 that has grown into community cleanups on rivers, lakes and creeks across four Southeastern states. Since its start, thousands of volunteers have removed more than 16 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Dates are subject to change. For the complete ROR schedule, visit apcshorelines.com.
Alabama’s premier, all-woodworking art festival will celebrate “Shavings, Smoke and Sound” at Montevallo’s Orr Park Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The award-winning show will have live music, live chainsaw wood carving, woodworking artist vendors, Tim Tingle’s whittling contest and a wooden boat race. Festival-goers will find knives, wooden bowls, vases, jewelry, handcrafted furniture, birdhouses, ornaments and toys. There will also be a classic car show, children’s activities and food vendors. New this year is a showcase of International Harvester antique tractors. There will also be a drawing and door prizes. Admission is free. The venue is at Orr Park.
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