Spring is coming, and so are runs, shopping events and more this month.

Birmingham Bulls Hockey Games

March 4, 6, 12, 13, & 18
Pelham Civic Center

The Bulls are playing on, and fans are welcome to the games with masks and social distancing. Read more about their COVID-19 safety procedures at bullshockey.net/covid.

First Friday Festival Series

March 5 | 5-8 p.m.
Historic Downtown Calera

Family fun on Fridays—how’s that for a tongue twister? This new downtown Calera festival will run February to November and feature food trucks, artists, vendors and entertainment. Plus merchants will be open late. A farmer’s market will be a part of the festivities April to October too. Parking is available at Calera Courtyard, 1120 17th Avenue. Find more information at caleramainstreet.org.

Red Hot Rodeo

March 5
7 p.m. Doors, 7:30 p.m. Show
Shelby County Arts Council, Columbiana

Cowboy shirts and a singin’ pedal steel are guaranteed for this vintage country and western show. There will only be a limited number of seats available with social distancing guidelines in mind for the seating chart, and masks are required by state mandate. Tickets are $15 and available at shelbycountyartscouncil.com. The performance will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Train Rides

Saturdays Starting March 6
10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

All aboard! The trains at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum are running at reduced passenger capacities to accommodate for social distancing and abiding by all state mandates regarding mask wearing. The hour-long ride takes you through scenic forests of Shelby on a portion of the former L&N Alabama Mineral Railroad, established in 1891. Find more information at hodrrm.org.

Arts in the Park: Painting with Nature

March 6 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Oak Mountain State Park

Use natural elements as paint brushes to create a fun piece of art to take home in the Outdoor Classroom in the South Trailhead Field in our favorite state park. No registration is required, and the event is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Find more information at alapark.com. 

Animal Encounter

March 7 | 2-4 p.m.
Oak Mountain State Park

Time to meet some animals up close at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center Porch! This event is wheelchair and stroller friendly, and current COVID guidelines will apply for attendees. Find more information at alapark.com.

2021 Statewide High School Juried Art Exhibit

March 15-April 18
Shelby County Arts Council, Columbiana 

Come out to see work from most talented high school artists from around the state. Artwork will be on display until the closing reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. that is open to the public. This show is made possible by the UAB Department of Art and Art History and The University of Montevallo Department of Art.

Alabama Blues Project Band

March 19
Shelby County Arts Council, Columbiana

Come out for this special performance in the Black Box Theater! The project was founded in 1995 to bring blues music programing to children and adults across the state, and the band is made up of students in the ABP programing. For more information, visit shelbycountyartscouncil.com.