This weekend is going to be epic if you are around the Birmingham Alabama metro. The 2nd annual Alabama Phoenix Festival will take place at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center along U.S. 280. The festival is going to be bigger and better for its 2nd year and there will be plenty of things to do for the entire family.
Let’s start with the guests, some big name guests at the festival this year includes Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1&2, Transformers Prime), Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), Janina Gavankar (True Blood, Stargate Atlantis), Robin Shelby (Ghostbusters), and even more guests! To learn about all the guests go to: http://alabamaphoenixfestival.com/guests.html
There will be many authors, artists, and vendors that will give you a great time! There will also be many tracks you can choose from. It does not matter if you are in Star Wars, Star Trek, Anime, Game, paranormal, Whedon, steampunk, or if you are a fan of geeky stuff. There will be something for you to enjoy! If you are coming to the Alabama Phoenix Festival to enjoy the sights and want to attend the bigger panels, here is a list of the panels I would recommend.
- 5/24 5:30pm: Ernie Hudson Q & A (Main Stage)
– 5/25 10:00am: “Buck Rogers” with Gil Gerard (Main Stage)
– 5/25 1:00pm: “Golden” – Legendary creator Alan Bellman shares what it was like to create comics in the WWII era. (Room 7)
– 5/25 1:00pm: “Mass Hysteria” Q & A on all things Ghostbusters. (Main Stage)
– 5/25 8:00pm: Costume Contest (Main Stage) o Photos available upon request.
– 5/25 9:00pm: Bronies: It’s a Thing – interactive My Little Pony panel with hosts Will and Reed Lochamy of Birmingham Mtn Radio (Room 7)
– 5/26 10:00am: Janina Gavankar Q & A (Main Stage)
– 5/26 1:00pm: Colin Ferguson Q & A
Many guests at the festival will be available for autographs and to just talk too. That’s what great about the Alabama Phoenix Festival! Other events at the festival will include a charity auction to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, a costume contest, a showing of the movie The Hospital, and of course, a gaming area featuring video games, board games, and card games. If you are an ultimate gamer, you can register for the APF Top Games Throwdown. To learn more go to: http://alabamaphoenixfestival.com/events/apf-tg_throwdown.html
For the kids, they can enjoy the Blast A Trooper, Alabama Ghostbusters Slime Lab, Alabama Ghostbusters Proton Pack Build, The Wizarding Cup, Hero Academy, and they can also play with LEGO’s and games as well! The festival will also feature a replica TARDIS from Doctor Who, a replica Delorean from Back to the Future, many people dressed in costumes, and much more! Also, Doc Osborn also known as The Balloon Doctor will be there as well!
If you are in Birmingham and Central Alabama for the Memorial Day weekend, you need to come out to the Alabama Phoenix Festival! Geek Alabama is going to provide a lot of coverage of this event! Much more than the other media sources like AL.com. If you are around this weekend, look for me at the festival!
And don’t forget, Geek Alabama is starting a fund called Geeks Helping Others that will benefit Toomer’s For Tuscaloosa and Operation Hug Me Tight. You can learn more and donate at: http://geekalabama.com/geekshelpingothers/
Learn more about the Alabama Phoenix Festival at: http://alabamaphoenixfestival.com
- Introducing Geeks Helping Others (geekalabama.com)
- The Boost: Birmingham cranks up the geek factor with fun Phoenix Fest (al.com)
- Free Comic Book Day at Kingdom Comics (geekalabama.com)
- Geek Alabama’s Future Plans (geekalabama.com)