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Railroad Park will host a full-scale picnic on Sunday. to celebrate Birmingham

Protective presents Picnic at Railroad Park on Sunday, October 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly community celebration will feature stellar food, music and makers unique to Birmingham.

“Everyone is invited to join us on the Birmingham lawn that afternoon to enjoy the music, the food and the community atmosphere,” said Camille Spratling, executive director of the Railroad Park Foundation. “It helps that this event is completely free. We look forward to spotlighting some of the many neighborhoods and creative talents that make Birmingham shine.


Food Truck Row, sponsored by Regions Bank, will feature local favorites like Smoke on Wheels Grille, Simone’s Kitchen ATL and Lemonade Junkeez. Two Coca-Cola trailers will provide a variety of soft drinks, while cash bars will offer Good People beers among other adult beverages. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic, keeping in mind a few park rules: Glass and outside alcohol are not permitted in Railroad Park. Park rangers will conduct cooler checks at the entrance and throughout the event.


With two stages set up in different areas of the park, live music and performing arts bands will keep people entertained. The Main Stage on Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza and the Showcase Stage in the Protective Life Meadow will feature music from a variety of genres. Featured artists include the Freestyle Percussion Foundation, the Robert Abernathy Band, Southland Soul and Logan the Entertainer.


A lawn games section sponsored by American Family Care will draw competition among young and old. Giant Connect Four and Checkers will be set up all day, along with a bean bag launch. At 2 p.m. Railroad Park will honor the 99 Wards and their officers. This block party is underwritten by PNC Bank.


In addition to music, food and children’s activities, Railroad Park’s Protective Life Meadow will host local artists, makers, merchants and arts and cultural organizations. This showcase will showcase and honor the variety of talent at work in Birmingham.


Presented by Protective, Picnic with the Park is organized by Railroad Park Foundation. Additional support from Piggly Wiggly, PNC Bank, EBSCO, Regions Bank, American Family Care, Coca Cola United Birmingham, Brasfield & Gorrie, UAB, VIVA Health, Hill’s Janitorial Service, Inc., This is Alabama, Good People Brewing, WBHM Public Radio , V94.9, Shannon Waltchack, City of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, KISS FM and Mix 97.3.


Railroad Park is a 19-acre green space in the heart of Birmingham. With over 600 trees, thousands of plants and a two-acre lake, Railroad Park is an oasis in the center of a bustling urban environment. The park is a historically rich place for recreation, family activities, concerts and cultural events. Railroad Park is guarded 24 hours a day by a state-of-the-art security system and patrolling rangers. Visit us, like us, tweet us and instagram us at