It’s hard to find things to do in January in Alabama.  It’s kinda the slow season when it comes to free and cheap enteratainment.  Here are a few things to check out this weekend. Three are free.

Here are the events:

1: Festival of the Cranes Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Decatur

Admission – Free

Age appropriate level – Open to all ages

Activities – There will be a raptor birds of prey show by Southeaster Raptor Center, presentations, Whooping Crane viewing and more. Also ask for Junior Wildlife Refuge Manger activity booklet to earn a badge.

Go here to learn more about the park and get directions.

The festival schedule is pictured in the gallery with this post.  There will be two raptor shows 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

2. Free crafting event Bart’s Art Room – Birmingham

Bart’s Art Cart: Abstract Artwork imitating Jackson Pollack – Birmingham Museum of Art

Admission – Free

Age appropriate level – Open to all ages, young children will need supervision

Time – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you miss it this weekend, this is a reoccuring event each Saturday in January.

3. Monster Jam Friday through Sunday

Monster Jam Birmingham – BJCC

Tickets upper level are the cheapest and probably the best if you have sensitive ears.  Tickets are $10.

Here are some coupon codes to use if you plan on going:

FS24 for $5 off or ALBABY for $5 or JAMPACK for 4 tickets for $54.

Pit passes are extra.

4.  UAB Men’s Basketball team vs FIU Panthers Conference Game

UAB basketball game Bartow Arena – Birmingham

Admission deal – Buy three single game tickets to any conference game get a fourth ticket free. Visit or call 205-975-8221 for tickets.

Activities – UAB will honor members of the military during the game.

Start time – 2 p.m.

Age appropriate level – Open to all ages

Game details – UAB men’s basketball team will host FIU

5.  Eagle watching event, every weekend in January – Guntersville

Eagle Awareness Weekend at Lake Guntersville State Park:

Activities – 5:30am – Early bird coffee, Lodge

6am – Eagle watching at Town Creek and Short Creek

8am – Breakfast, Lodge

9am – Field trips: High Falls Park, Guntersville Dam and Cathedral Caverns State Park

11am – Lunch, Lodge

2pm – Afternoon program, Lodge – Ken Thomas (Superintendent at DeSoto State Park)

3pm – Eagle watching at Town Creek and Short Creek

6pm – Dinner, Lodge

Admission – Free

Age appropriate level – open to all ages, however some of the activites are not going to be compatible with younger children.



Birmingham-area events

Visit for a massive list of options for Birmingham.

Mobile-area events: 

Lagniappe Mobile has a round-up of events happening in their area.

Go here.

Montgomery-area events

Go here to check out the city calendar.

North Alabama events:

Our Valley Events has a round-up of Huntsville area specific events for this weekend.

Go here.