From outdoor concerts to river adventures to summer camps, there’s plenty happening for the whole family to enjoy this month in Shelby County.


1. Cahaba Lily Guided Field Trip

June 1 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Cahaba

Explore the endemic Cahaba Lilies guided by the Oak Mountain State Park Naturalist, Lauren. Meet at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center at 9 a.m. for a quick lesson on the lilies, refuge rules and information for the field trip. The group will then caravan to the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll get a chance to walk among the lilies and explore the river, too. Dress for a river day (and leave your four-legged friends at home, please) for this once-a-year opportunity. Suggested things to bring include: water shoes, drinking water, snacks, a camera, binoculars, swimsuits, waders, sunscreen and bug spray.

2. Alabaster CityFest

June 1 • 9 a.m. • Thompson High School

Alabaster CityFest will celebrate its 17th anniversary in style with a world-class lineup of musical entertainment and family-oriented activities. Admission is still free. All the fun will take place on the grounds of the new Thompson High School, located at 1921 Warrior Parkway in Alabaster. More specifics about parking, vendors and KidsFest offerings are available at Easton Corbin will take the event’s main stage at 9 p.m. as the headliner.

3. Summer Reading Kickoff Party

June 1 • 11 a.m. • Parnell Memorial Library

Montevallo’s public library will kick off summer reading activities with Ed’s Pet World. The party is free to attend, and no registration is required.

4. Miss Fancy’s Paint Party

June 3 • 10:30 a.m. • Albert L. Scott in Alabaster

Children can hear the true story of Birmingham’s Miss Fancy the elephant and then paint a ceramic elephant. Sign up to attend the event.

5. Celebrate America Program

Tuesdays-Saturdays June 4-July 31 (excluding July 3-5) • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • American Village

The American Village’s signature summer program “Celebrate America” will feature family fun for the next two months. Read the Village Gazette when you arrive at the Visitors Center to find out each day’s revolutionary events. Admission is $5 (free to veterans, active military and children 4 and under. Gates open at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

6. Free Friday Flicks

Every Friday from June 7-July 26 • 6:30 p.m. • Veteran’s Park in Hoover

The 2019 Free Friday Flicks schedule is as follows: Mary Poppins Returns on June 7, The Little Mermaid on June 14, A Dog’s Way Home on June 21, Ralph Breaks the Internet on June 28, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on July 12, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation on July 19 and The Incredibles 2 on July 26. Also each week, there will be a free kids zone, giveaways and more. Films will begin at dusk. For updates on weather that may affect the schedule, find @BYMovieParties on Twitter or @FreeFridayFlicks on Facebook.

7. Thrift Palooza

June 8 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Alabaster Community Corp

The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary Small Group is hosting Thrift Palooza: Beyond the Bells at the Alabaster Community Corp, located at 108 Plaza Circle E. During Thrift Palooza, residents will have an opportunity to purchase gently used items at low prices. This is a fundraising effort that will benefit the Salvation Army’s Community Corp, covering the cost of daily operations and programs, such as sending area children to summer camp.

8. CLF’s Annual Summer Block Party

June 9 • 5-8 p.m. • Christian Life Fellowship

Celebrate the summer with Christian Life Fellowship and special guest Kim Klaudt as he entertains the crowd with his guitar playing. There will be food and games, too. Best of all, admission is free.

9. Acting Up Theatre Summer Camp

June 10-21 • 6 p.m. • South City Theatre

Acting Up is South City Theatre’s youth theatre division. The camp offers students ages 7-18 a fun-filled program to help them develop confidence, imagination, enthusiasm, theatrical skills, vocal ability and self-esteem. Tuition for the two-week camp is $325 and includes a T-shirt. Registration is open until June 12 or until full. The camp will be held Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day, with a showcase performance set for Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m.

10. ChelseaFest and the Big Kaboom

June 29 • 5 p.m. • 100 Chelsea Corners Way

Chelsea Fest and The Big Kaboom will feature live music, food trucks and fireworks. The band Trotline will headline the event, and there will also be bounce houses for kids.


June 1+2
25th Annual BUMP n Grind Race
Oak Mountain State Park
8 a.m.

June 8
Calera and Shelby Train Ride
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
11 a.m.+2 p.m.

June 9
Oak Mountain BMX Local Race
Oak Mountain BMX Track
5 p.m.

June 15
Alabama BASS Nation College Championship
Beeswax Creek Park
8 a.m.

June 15+16
Father’s Day Fishin’
Helena Hollow

June 20
NSL Book Club
North Shelby Library
10:30 a.m.

June 28+29
33rd Annual Liberty Day
June 28, 6-9 p.m.
June 29, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

June 29
Oak Mountain BMX Local Race
Oak Mountain BMX Track
5 p.m.


Through June 2
Little Shop of Horrors
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre

June 3
Summer Camp
Aldridge Gardens
9 a.m.

June 7
Friday Night Flicks
Veterans Park
7 p.m.

June 8
Hydrangeas Under the Stars
Aldridge Gardens
6 p.m.

June 10
Artist/Propagator Reception: Miriam McClung
Aldridge Gardens
5 p.m.

June 15
Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens
8 a.m.

June 21
Friday Night Flicks
Veterans Park
7 p.m.

June 25
New Horizons Dinner
Hoover Senior Center
6 p.m.

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