Not sure what things to do in Birmingham this weekend? Whatever the weather, whatever your mood, we’ll always have you covered. Be it the best restaurants and gigs to cultural events and bottomless brunches, we’ve got your weekend sorted.
Where to eat this weekend
1. Orleans Smokehouse
You no longer have to travel to the States to try some authentic smoked meats, Orleans Smokehouse opened in Solihull on Monday (February 19). Providing New Orleans-inspired BBQ flavours, this ‘low ‘n’ slow’-style cooking – bursting with tender, juicy and tasty meats – is as far from a British barbeque as you can imagine. Pitmasters use American smokers through the night to create rich flavours, Southern-style spice rubs, and generous portions to fill the menu.
Activities in Birmingham this weekend
2. NQ64 Laser Quest
Taking boozy big kid’s birthday party vibes to the next level, NQ64 Laser Quest launched on February 16. Described as ‘an intense boozy battle to save planet earth, where nostalgia meets the future’, the adults-only laser tag experience will open in the Digbeth activity bar’s basement. Available for up to groups of 16 players per game, NQ64 has also added additional games, extra seating, a photo booth, and a larger wrap-around ba – with a greater selection of craft beers, alien invasion-themed cocktails, wines, spirits, and sodas.
Things to do with dogs this weekend
3. Pup-Up Cafe
The most adorable hangout spot for puppies returns to Birmingham. Pup-Up Cafe sees up to 50 dogs mingling together per session at Revolución de Cuba on February 25. Paw-fect for dog owners and dog lovers alike! On-site photographers will capture every second of cuteness, while unlimited dog treats mean you can spoil the tiniest member of your furry family senseless. There will also be ball pits, tunnels, competitions and prizes, and multiple stalls selling local treats and goodies for you to buy. Learn more here.
Free things to do in this weekend
4. The Black Country 1970s – 90s: Photographs by Phil Loach
Dudley-born photographer Phil Loach (1949-2023) worked as a press cameraman for 40 years, photographing a wide range of people and occasions in the West Midlands and beyond. In addition to his press work, he created a large private archive of documentary photographs. These personal pictures will be on display from February 13 to 24 and reflect his unique view of his home region. You’ll find a rare snapshot of unusual places, bizarre situations, and everyday events of the Black Country at the RSBA Gallery.
Shows to see this weekend
5. An Officer And A Gentleman
Prepare to be swept off your feet as An Officer and A Gentleman The Musical – based on the award-winning 1982 film of the same name starring Richard Gere – will perform at The Alexandra in Birmingham from February 23 to March 2. This timeless love story of love follows the emotional journey of Zack Mayo, a fearless young officer candidate beginning his aviation training, and the captivating Paula Pokrifki, whose fiery spirit matches his own. To learn more head here.
Day trips from Birmingham this weekend
Calling all readers, bookworms, bibliophiles – enjoy an adventure to the ‘world’s first book town’. Hay-on-Wye is home to countless secondhand bookshops – around 20 of them – everywhere you turn. Less than two hours from Birmingham, situated on the Wales/England border, this ideal day trip is a literary adventure like no other. Make the most of this cute ‘book town’ by also visiting the Norman-built Hay Castle – even has an honesty bookshop propped up against the castle walls.