The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex campus, including two hotels, has 350,000 square feet of exhibition space, along with an 18,000-seat arena and 4,000 seats in two theatres—all on one campus. With the international airport just seven minutes from downtown, congregating in Birmingham is all about convenience. When convention days conclude, participants get a taste of an assortment of entertainment in cuisine, live music, shopping, the arts, good places and good times, that brings them back time and again.
Birmingham’s reputation as the dinner table of the South is another reason planners chose the city to host events. With an abundance of chef-owned dining rooms, the restaurant boom in Birmingham has garnered national and international attention. Guests in the city can have the world’s best barbecue at lunch and enjoy a dinner of fine French cuisine that evening. The quality and variety of dining experiences is impressive.
Variety goes beyond cuisine, as does Birmingham entertainment such as water recreation, science centers, skate parks, mountain biking, and museums by the dozen—not to mention the amount of pubs, public golf courses, boutiques full of Wedgwood collections, and breweries. Convention participants find an assortment of entertainment in the city after meetings. Topgolf was recently added to the entertainment menu, with a new facility adjacent to the BJCC. The Theatre District downtown offers musical and theatrical performances in restored historic settings such as the Alabama and Lyric Theatres. Just across the street from the BJCC, the Birmingham Museum of Art has a renowned collection from cultures around the world.
With strong local roots, music is plentiful. Jazz, blues, gospel, alternative, rock, country, bluegrass, classical and reggae—all live, all the time.
By nature, variety and diversity brings to mind the diversity of our people. Long known as a city of civil rights conflict and reconciliation, Birmingham has matured into a city that embraces the impact of our past, both negative and positive. We preserve that history in the Birmingham Civil Rights District, which is now a national monument.
It is variety that is the city’s greatest strength and strongest appeal. And it is this city’s charm and amenities that make loyal guests out of first-time visitors. To plan your next convention in the place where business meets pleasure, visit our website here.