The Loft District is a center for arts & culture in Birmingham 365 days a year, but this weekend, there’s something extra special going on. Outside our window today, the downtown Loft District is shaping into a huge, temporary art gallery for the 13th Annual Birmingham ArtWalk.

In the past two years more than 100,000 people have roamed the streets of the festival, and while there is plenty to see from the art to the music stages, we think one of the best features is the setting itself.

From our window on Second Avenue, we’ve had a front row seat for the daily evolution of Birmingham. And if you haven’t taken a visit since last year’s ArtWalk, let us reassure you—it’s been quite a show.

So while you peruse the tents and stages of ArtWalk, take a visit to some of our favorite new Second Avenue staples and experience the culture of our city and the street that we call home, and be sure to share your favorite downtown experiences with us this weekend using #INBirmingham!

1. John’s City Diner Mural

The Magic City Mural Collective just finished this lovely piece on the side of John’s City Diner. This one’s not for sale, of course, but you’ll want to check it out.

2. Games and Dining at Paramount

One of Birmingham’s newest bars doubles as a throwback arcade with games galore. Check out this barcade for a great meal, and be sure to bring plenty of quarters. - Photo - Appleseed Workshop

3. Cocktails at Collins

Our next-door neighbors at The Collins don’t just serve cocktails—they perfect them. Come up with any type of flavor combination you can image, and they’ll bring you the drink you didn’t even know you wanted. Photo - Southern Living

4. Coffee and Conversation at Urban Standard

This coffee shop is a standard for Second Avenue these days. (See what we did there?) Stop by and pick up a drink, a pastry, or even a full meal.

5. Brunch at Barrio

El Barrio has quickly risen to the top of Birmingham’s Mexican restaurant list, and their brunch is killer. Trust us. We eat there quite a lot. Photo - Appleseed Workshop