1. Calera Main Street’s First Friday Festival

Friday, Aug. 4 | 5 p.m.
Calera Main Street

The last Friday Friday Festival of the season will wrap up on Friday, Aug. 4. This event’s theme will be “Meet the Eagles,” where booths will showcase local sports teams from youth sports throughout high school sports, too. This festival is sponsored by Central State bank, which will be giving away free backpacks to students to start the school year off right. For updates, visit here

2. First Day of School for Shelby County Schools

Thursday, Aug. 10 | Times Vary
Shelby County Schools

Tag @shelbylivingmagazine in your #backtoschool photos on Instagram and Facebook, and we’ll be sure to post our favorites on our socials. Have a great school year, students!

3. Helena Old Town Live

Saturday, Aug. 12 | 5:30 p.m.
Amphitheater Park

Bloodkin will open the last Helena Old Town Live event, followed by musical performances by Cracker. The park opens for this free event at 4:30 p.m., and music begins at 6:30 p.m. With food, drinks and vendors, too, this event is the perfect way to end the summer season right. Visit here for more information.

4. The Links Fore Scholars Golf Tournament 

Saturday, Aug. 28 | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Inverness Country Club 

Brought to patrons by the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s Link Fore Scholars golf tournament will feature a shot-gun start, signaling four-person teams to begin the tournament at the same time but at different holes on the course. Similar to a scramble format, players will decide the best hit amongst their team members as they navigate the course to finish the quickest. Awards will be given to teams with the straightest drive, longest drive, ball nearest the pin and best putt, too. There will also be a hole-in-one prize. For information on pricing and to register, visit here.

5. Market Fresh 

Shop local farmers markets this summer at a market near you. Here’s where to find markets around Shelby County: 

Columbiana Farmers Market 
Fridays, 5:30-8 p.m. 
South Main Street in Columbiana 

Helena Market Days 
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon 
The Church at Old Town’s parking lot 

The MarketPlace at Lee Branch 
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon 
The Village at Lee Branch Shopping Center 

Montevallo Farmers Market 
Mondays, 3-6 p.m. 
Behind Montevallo First Baptist Church, 660 Main Street 

Valleydale Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon 
Faith Presbyterian Church, 4601 Valleydale Road