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.