January is a bit quiet, but there’s still plenty to do. Here’s our list of five fun things to do around Mountain Brook while it’s still frigid outside.

1. Mountain Brook High School Varsity Basketball Games

Come out and cheer on the Spartans. Girls play at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jan. 4: vs. Hoover
  • Jan. 5: vs. Vestavia
  • Jan. 9: vs. Huffman
  • Jan. 12: at Oak Mountain
  • Jan. 16: at Spain Park
  • Jan. 19: at Huffman
  • Jan. 23: vs. Oak Mountain
  • Jan. 26: vs. Spain Park
  • Feb. 1: at Vestavia
  • Feb. 2: vs. Wenonah

2. Mountain Brook Dining Trail

Watch our social media feeds for #i8mb posts throughout the year, and check out how you can get on the trail to eat at 49 local eateries, document your stops on social media, and enter to win a giant package of $1,200+ in gift cards. Find more details from Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce at mtnbrookchamber.org/restaurant-trail.

3. Chamber Annual Luncheon

Jan. 23 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Ballroom

Dr. Neal Berte served as president of Birmingham-Southern College for 28 years, co-chaired the campaign to restore Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and was the founding chairman of Leadership Birmingham. Those are only a few of the lines from his bio, so it’s no surprise he’s deserving of this year’s Jemison Visionary Award to be given at the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon. Other recent winners have included Hatton Smith, Miller Gorrie, Wilmer Poynor, Katherine McTyeire and Rele Evans. The Emmet O’Neal Library’s Tynes Award will go to Sue DeBrecht, who served as its director until her recent retirement, and the City of Mountain Brook will also present its annual Employee of the Year Award. Register to attend at mtnbrookchamber.org.

4. Register to Run

Village 2 Village Run is coming up March 10, and it’s never too early to start training. Run through your favorite villages and neighborhoods with around 1,000 of your neighbors and friends. A new USATF Certified Course earned lots of points with runners last year and will be back again, and along the course you’ll find iHeartRadio music vans and local families competing to see which home can provide the loudest and largest cheer station. Plus, there will be chocolate-dipped strawberries, mimosas and more on the other side of the finish line at the after party in Lake Parke. Not feeling the 10K? You can also choose the 7.5K option (4.6 miles). Register at runsignup.com.

5. Fun at the Library

Stock up on books to read and stay for a program. Here’s a few on the calendar, and you can find their full event list here for children, here for teens and here for adults.


STEAM Powered: Science of Cold
Jan. 8 | 4 p.m.
Registration Required

Family Night
Jan. 9 | 5:30 p.m.

Bookmania, Harry Potter Edition: HP & the Goblet of Fire
Jan. 18 | 6 p.m.
Registration Required

Hot Off the Press
Jan. 23 | 6 p.m.
Registration Required


Teen Trivia Challenge
Jan. 4 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Game On!
Jan. 6 | 1-4 p.m.

Teen Gaming Night
Jan. 26 |6-10 p.m.

Holocaust In Film Series
Jan. 18 | 6:30 p.m.

Lender: A Literacy Mixer
Jan. 19 | 6:30 p.m.
Ages 21 and Up

Holocaust In Film Series
“Line 41”
Jan. 22 | 6:30 p.m.

Holocaust In Film Series
“Last Laugh”
Jan. 25 | 6:30 p.m.

BONUS: Outside Mountain Brook

Here are some (indoor!) events just a bit further away.

Jan. 5-7
Kinky Boots

Jan. 5-6
Bach & Mozart for the New Year
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Alys Stephens Center

Jan. 11
Jerry Seinfeld

Jan. 14
Sleeping Beauty
Presented by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia
Lyric Theatre

Jan. 18-21
Birmingham Boat Show

Jan. 18-20
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Alabama Theatre

Jan. 20
Alabama Dance Festival Featuring Ballet Memphis
Alys Stephens Center
8 p.m.

Jan. 25
Hard Travelin’ with Woody
Samford University Wright Center
7 p.m.

Jan. 25-Feb. 11
Virginia Samford Theatre
Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m.
Sundays 2 p.m.

Jan. 26-27
Carlos Conducts Ravel’s Bolero
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Alys Stephens Center