36 hours in Birmingham

Railroad Park

Railroad Park

Five years ago, the New York Times took its “36 hours travel series” to Birmingham. We figured it’s time for an update.

Y’all Connect Presented by Alabama Power isn’t just about digital marketing. It’s also about showing off the talent and beauty in Birmingham. Come for the conference, stay for …

Thursday, June 12

6 p.m. — Unwind with yoga at Birmingham’s living room, Railroad Park (1600 First Ave. S.). This free class takes place on the Meadow. The sponsor is our own Silver Sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Or take a leisurely stroll around the outer track.

7 p.m. — Walk across the street to catch the Birmingham Barons play at Regions Field (1401 First Ave. S.). The defending champs face the Montgomery Biscuits, and a hapless taco faces a conniving hot dog and a speedy chef. Take in a game, have Dreamland BBQ for dinner and enjoy Thirsty Thursday.

10 p.m. — Grab a nightcap at the H Bar inside the Hotel Highland on Southside (1023 20th St. S.). Gotta get to bed on time … big day tomorrow. (Special rates are available at the hotel for Y’all Connect guests.)

Friday, June 13

Y'all Connect8 a.m. — Y’all Connect Presented by Alabama Power! First stop, registration at the Harbert Center (2019 Fourth Ave. N.). Then, enjoy breakfast and meeting other guests before our 9 a.m. opening keynote by Syed Balkhi.

Lunch is on us at 11:30 a.m., plus a great afternoon snack at 3:15. Spend the day learning, asking questions, saying hi to our speakers and having fun.

5:30 p.m. — Our closing night party kicks off right after closing announcements and door prizes. Time for a drink to celebrate a day of conferencing and the start of the weekend.

7:30 p.m. — Walk to dinner nearby. May we suggest … John’s City Diner (112 Richard Arrington Blvd. N.) … El Barrio (2211 Second Ave. N.) … Carrigan’s Public House (2430 Morris Ave.) … Cafe Dupont (113 20th St. N.) … Green Acres Cafe (1705 Fourth Ave. N.) … Bistro 218 (218 20th St. N.) … or Paramount (200 20th St. N.).

Or if you want to party on, head to the Birmingham Museum of Art (2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.) for the kickoff to one of summer’s hottest events, Art on the Rocks.

Trim Tab Brewing9:30 p.m. — You’ve made it this far and still haven’t had a Birmingham craft beer? Let’s fix that. Head to Trim Tab Brewing in Lakeview (2721 Fifth Ave. S.) or Avondale Brewing (201 41st St. S.). Or park yourself at the J. Clyde on Southside (1312 Cobb Ln.), a bar with an exceptional selection of beers from Alabama and around the world.

Saturday, June 14

8 a.m. — Perk up with coffee and breakfast at Urban Standard (2320 Second Ave. N.). It’s a terrific way to end your stay in Birmingham.

It's nice to have you in Birmingham

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About Wade Kwon

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