The shortest month is back and is offering no short supply of things to do in Montgomery. From celebrating Valentine’s Day with the love of your life by stuffing yourselves with barbecue to taking your groundhog out for a Mardi Gras stroll, there are events happening all month long that are sure to keep you entertained. Don’t have time to click through our entire calendar? Here’s my take on what you *need* to do this month.
Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.
Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
See website for location details
What could be more Southern than eating barbecue every day for a week and snapping selfies with a few friends while doing so? Join Montgomery as folks hop from barbecue joint to barbecue joint, chowing down on pork ribs and brisket. Bonus points for white shirts and “accidentally” forgetting to use napkins.
Fly at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, February 1st – Sunday, February 11th
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, One Festival Dr
Learn about Alabama’s incredible story of the Tuskegee Airmen: the first African-American Army Air Corps fighters who bravely took to the skies in World War II. Their courage helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement several decades later, as well as led to desegregation of the military. The viewing is being offered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Fun Fact: The heritage unit for the Tuskegee Airmen, Montgomery’s own 187th Fighter Wing, recently became the home for F-35 fighter jets.
DBA Mardi Gras Block Party 2018 Rebirth Brass Band
Saturday, February 3rd, 12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
130 Commerce Street
Free to enter; cook off requires tickets
Head downtown and celebrate Fat Tuesday (on Saturday) at DBA’s Mardi Gras Block Party. Enjoy Cajun cooking and an award-winning brass band as Montgomery crowns its first Mardi Gras King and Queen. Bring your beads and your appetites.
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday, February 22nd – Sunday, February 25th
7:30 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, One Festival Dr
“When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.” Prepareth thyselves to laugh at the unfolding of the romance between Beatrice and Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing. The classic Shakespeare performance returns to the stage at Alabama’s Shakespeare Festival.
Cash, Killer, and the King
Tuesday, February 13th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, One Festival Drive
Ask a cutie out for a night of tributes to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley on Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Eve (that’s a thing, right?). We know to expect love songs from these heart throbs, but if you can’t find a date you have my permission to go with friends or just fly solo. After all, it’s Cash, Killer, and the King we’re talking about. Everyone will understand.
Jazz Brunch at Vintage Year
Sunday, February 25th, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
405 Cloverdale Road
Great music meets great food at Cloverdale’s Vintage Year. The Lo-Fi Loungers will be serenading the restaurant with classic pop and jazz standards. To get your eggs Benedict served with a side of Frank Sinatra, I strongly recommend making a reservation.
Food for Thought Lunchtime Lecture Series: Richard Bailey Alabama’s First Reconstruction Legislature
Thursday, February 15th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave,
For those interesting in learning more about Alabama’s unique history, head over to the free Food for Thought Lunchtime Lecture Series. This month’s lecture is on Alabama’s first reconstruction legislature at the Department of Archives and History. The series is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month. As someone who was raised in a different state, this looks like it will be a great chance to get to know Alabama better.
Get out your red garb and get moving to cross the finish line at the Montgomery Red Dress Dash. The 5k event supports research for the number one killer of women: heart disease and stroke. It will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. Sounds like it’s time for me to pull out that little red dress I bought for that one thing and haven’t worn since.
Big Wine Bash
Friday, February 23rd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
129 Coosa Street
Wine lovers, unite! Rosé all day (or, for two hours anyway) at the Big Wine Bash over at the space above Central Restaurant in downtown. Over one hundred wines (pinch me) will be available for your taste buds to sample, and our hosts are gracious enough to let us buy bottles as well.
Traxxas Monster Truck Tour
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Garrett Coliseum 1555 Federal Dr, Montgomery, Alabama 36107
The Traxxas Monster Truck Tour is coming to the Garrett Collisseum. I’m told the beastly cars are 10,000 pounds, which is a sight I think anyone would want to see. Wanna meet the drivers? Get there early for the autograph pre-party. But please, for the love of all things good, do not forget your earplugs.
Liz Kurtz is a trilingual AmeriCorp and PeaceCorp volunteer transplanted to Montgomery from California. She loves dog wrestling, travel, web design, The Chicago Blackhawks, ballet, and blogging. You’ll find her sipping lattes at local coffee shops and sharing her adventures over at Red Pointe Shoe. Check back here for her monthly Top 10 List.