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Birmingham, AL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 72
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,066
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 757
Committable Meeting Rooms* 83
Convention Center Space 220,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 220,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $96
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $156
*Maximum for a single hotel

Birmingham, AL Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Birmingham - a city guide for meeting professionals. A true meeting destination and so much more, Birmingham boasts an unforgettable balance of modern, exciting amenities and attractions set within a verdant setting. As the state's largest city, Birmingham's unique mix of Southern charm and character, paired with its reputation as the cultural center of Alabama, makes this city one of the finest meeting locales in the southern United States. Birmingham's popularity stems from its true Southern soul, made apparent in every lush park, hospitable restaurant, and intriguing museum, as well as its friendly population. What's more, Birmingham offers meeting travelers true convenience and lots to do outside of business or conference hours.

The city's Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, located less than five miles from the downtown region, serves Birmingham and the surrounding area. For added convenience, meeting travelers can hop on public bus service that runs throughout a 200-square-mile area courtesy of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA). BJCTA also operates downtown Dart Circulator service aboard a fleet of vintage trolleys, providing direct service to many of Birmingham's attractions and points of interest, including the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), which lies along the Dart Circulator Blue Line.

Lending to Birmingham's reputation as a world-class meeting locale, the city's impressive, cutting-edge BJCC is a sprawling venue located in the downtown district. Set within a short distance of a variety of restaurants and entertainment options, the BJCC is also only 10 minutes from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The BJCC offers such spaces as a 220,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall, 19,000-seat Arena, 3,000-seat Concert Hall and 1,071-seat Theater, in addition to 72 meeting rooms totaling 100,000 square feet of space – not to mention the 10-story Medical Forum facility equipped with cutting-edge technology and meeting spaces. What's more, the BJCC also features the on-site 770-room Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

Birmingham offers many downtown attractions and cultural sites, many of which double as fantastic meeting venues. Get back to nature at the Vulcan Park and Museum, a 10-acre park atop Red Mountain, offering spectacular views of downtown Birmingham. The park is home to the 56-foot-tall statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge that has acted as a Birmingham icon since 1904. The Vulcan Center Museum features the private Electra Event Room with space for up to 200 guests, while the City Overlook outdoor patio can accommodate 250 guests. The largest museum of its kind in the states, the Birmingham Museum of Art is known for its impressive collections (including the largest collection of Wedgwood outside of England), as well as such event spaces as a multilevel sculpture garden and the elegant 8th Avenue Lobby, which features a stunning glass piece by Dale Chihuly, made specifically for the museum.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, home to more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles, invites groups of up to 900 to slow down and enjoy its private event spaces. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute chronicles the civil rights journey through a series of moving exhibitions, as well as houses a number of impressive event spaces, including its stately Rotunda. Finally, the interactive, sleek McWane Science Center is home to four floors of hands-on science exhibits geared towards all ages, as well as private event spaces for daytime and nighttime events.

About Birmingham, AL / Additional Info

Birmingham is the state's largest city. Nestled in Jones Valley, the 152-square-mile city is one of the southernmost cities on the Appalachian Chain, flanked by long parallel mountain ranges, rolling valleys, and ambling streams. Birmingham is within close proximity of many major Southern cities, located just 70 miles outside of Huntsville, 92 miles from Montgomery, 150 miles from Atlanta and 200 miles from Mobile. The city's proximity to such major cities, along with its multitude of cultural activities and sites, doesn't hurt, either.

Birmingham's history begins with its 1871 founding at the crossing of two railroad lines. Flourishing in the early 1900s, the city became the South's foremost industrial center, generating massive amounts of iron and steel, thanks to its nearby deposits of iron ore, coal and limestone, the principal raw materials used in steel production. Its astonishing 20th-century growth earned Birmingham the nicknames "Magic City" and "Pittsburgh of the South." The city is also known for its key role in the American civil rights movement, as it was the locale of several anti-segregation protests that eventually led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today's Birmingham is dedicated to remembering and honoring its role in the civil rights movement in such arenas as the renowned Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The city's downtown district is known for its world-class dining and accommodations and Birmingham's best nightlife is clustered around the Five Points South and Lakeview districts, while the picturesque Red Mountain area, just south of downtown, is home to rolling hills, awe-inspiring views and multi-million dollar residences. If shopping is your bag, Birmingham is the place to be. Not only is Birmingham home to one of the largest malls in the nation, but it also features a wealth of art galleries, factory outlets, specialty shops, upscale boutiques, and antique stores, all spread out throughout quaint village roads to downtown city streets.

Experiencing all there is to do in Birmingham is sure to rouse an appetite. Luckily, Birmingham's diverse restaurant scene (home to James Beard Foundation winners and nominees) offers something for everyone, as well as opportunities for group dining and events. You'll find French-inspired Southern cuisine at the sophisticated Highlands Bar and Grill, as well as modern Southern, French and California styles at the wildly popular Hot and Hot Fish Club. Bottega Restaurant and Cafe offers both upscale and casual Italian dining options (as well as a striking atmosphere), while GianMarco's pairs its Northern Italian fare with a chef-driven wine list. Al fresco dining is one of the standout options at Galley & Garden, a sleek spot that serves modern American- and French-inspired cuisine with Southern influences.

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