EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
Birmingham heralds spring in late April or early May with the ONB Magic City Art Connection , an outdoor art show and festival held in Linn Park. Food, wine, music and workshops accompany the art exhibits.
Barber Motorsports Park holds various automotive events. In late April the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama , an IZOD IndyCar Series event, takes place. In mid-September there is the 3-day MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship Round 10 . The Barber Vintage Festival is a 3-day event held in early October and offers vintage motorcycles, a parts swap meet and stunt performances.
Other city events include the 3-day Greek Food Festival in October. The Southern Women's Show at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in early October is a 4-day event focused on women's issues—from topics as important as health and fitness to lighter subjects like fashion and makeovers.
Throughout December you can experience Zoolight Safari , a train ride showcasing the zoo's 500,000 lights that twinkle to holiday music, at Birmingham Zoo.
Start out the year with the Birmingham Bowl . Held in early January at Legion Field, the football event is a match-up between teams from the American Athletic and Southeastern conferences.
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State, county and city sales taxes total 10 percent in Birmingham. A lodging tax of 16.5 percent also is levied.
Princeton Baptist Medical Center, (205) 783-3000; St. Vincent's Birmingham, (205) 939-7000; St. Vincent's East, (205) 838-3000; Trinity Medical Center, (205) 592-1000; UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Hospital, (205) 934-4011; UAB Hospital-Highlands, (205) 934-3411.
2200 Ninth Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203. Phone:(205)458-8000 or (800)458-8085
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
One of the largest car rental agencies in the city, Hertz, (205) 591-6090 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak trains destined for New York and New Orleans depart from the station at 1819 Morris Ave.; phone (205) 324-3033.
Greyhound Lines Inc., at 618 19th St. N., provides commercial bus service to and from the city; phone (205) 252-7190 or (800) 231-2222.
Taxis are on the meter system. The typical charge is $4.50 initially and $2 for each additional mile. The two largest companies are American Cab Co., (205) 322-2222; and Yellow, (205) 252-1131.
Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority provides bus service around town and into the outlying suburbs. Basic bus fare is $1.25. The authority also manages DART, a system of vintage trolleys serving the downtown area; the fare is 25c. Exact change is required for both buses and DART. Phone (205) 521-0101 for schedule and route information.