It might be hot outside, but there are still lots of reasons to venture out of your AC for cooking competitions, live music, markets and more. Here find all the details on what is going on where.

1. Iron City Chef

Saturday, July 14
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction, 6 p.m. Doors
Jefferson State Community College

Bring your taste buds to the Vestavia Rotary’s version of Iron Chef, Iron City style, as four area chefs compete for this year’s title. The event has raised $700,000 over the past 25 years to support causes such as the Vestavia Hills Math & Debate programs, efforts to bring clean water to communities in Zambia, Jeff State culinary scholarships and scholarships for high school seniors. For more information, visit

2. Musician Roger Day

Thursday, July 19 | 10:30 a.m.  
Library in the Forest

Hey kids! Come sing loud, jump high and dream big with children’s musician Roger Day. He takes inspiration from The Beatles, U2 and even The Clash, and has worked with artists such as the Indigo Girls, Nanci Griffith and The Crickets (Buddy Holly’s legendary band)—and he is a two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner.

3. Community Night in the Forest  Featuring Rollin’ in the Hay

Library in the Forest Outdoor Amphitheater
Saturday, July 21 | 6:30 p.m.

Free concert! Come out to hear Rollin’ in the Hay’s high-octane groove grass with a touch of down home foot stompin’. They call it “renegade bluegrass” or “newgrass.” Also of note: they have opened for Greg Allman, Moe, Charlie Daniels, The Doobie Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Alabama and Widespread Panic.

4. VHUMC Farmers Market

Wednesdays | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Scout Square

The farm is coming to you. Make a stop right off Highway 31 at this new market location to shop seasonal vegetables, baked goods and fruits from local producers. It’s open May 9 through Aug. 8, except for July 4. For more information, check out

5. Saint Mark UMC Farmer’s Market

Thursdays | 4-6 p.m.
Saint Mark United Methodist Church
2901 Old Columbiana Road

Get your fruits and veggies! You’ll find many to choose from as well as homemade pickles, jams, jellies, local honey, all-natural dog treats for your little Fido, and handmade candles that melt into a soothing body/hand lotion.

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