Special performances by Dru Toney, Ashley Sankey and Alvin Garrett
(Birmingham, Ala.) – June 26 – The much-anticipated Ensley Renaissance Festival is back to
ignite the streets of Ensley with a remarkable celebration of unity, diversity, and local talent. On
Saturday, July 29, the entire community is invited to gather at Tuxedo Ballroom for a day filled
with music, food, kid activities and countless memories that will resonate for years to come.
The Ensley Renaissance Festival, now in its 6th year, has established itself as a premier event,
bringing together residents, businesses, and organizations in an extraordinary display of
community pride. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and most exciting edition yet,
surpassing all expectations.
Highlights of the Ensley Renaissance Festival 2023 include:
Renew Birmingham has added partners to provide assistance in the areas of: Housing, Adult
Education/Workforce Development, jobs/Transportation. Youth Services & Community Health
Stellar Musical Performances: Get ready to groove to the rhythm of some of the finest local
and regional musical acts including Christian rapper Dru Toney, Ensley’s own Ashley Sankey
and Grammy-nominated Alvin Garrett.
Create Community Connections: Connect with neighbors to share time, ideas and a
willingness to invest in making our community better.
Delicious Delights: Food lovers rejoice! The festival will feature various delectable culinary
offerings, including favorites like Aww Shucks, Adorned Sweets, Mama Mia and much more.
Live HealthSmart Alabama will be onsite with their Mobile Market and free cooking
Family-Friendly Activities: The Ensley Renaissance Festival is a day of fun for the whole
family. Kids will have a blast with dedicated play areas, exciting games, face painting, character
appearances and engaging activities tailored just for them. Parents can relax knowing their
children are entertained and safe in this family-friendly environment.
Also, Miss Juneteenth 2023 Kyla Carr will make a special appearance.
Local Artisans and Vendors: Discover hidden treasures and support local businesses and
artisans at the festival’s indoor marketplace. Explore an eclectic mix of handcrafted products,
unique artworks, and specialty goods that reflect the talent and creativity of our community
“We are thrilled to bring back the Ensley Renaissance Festival for another year of celebration
and connection,” said Gerrel Jones, the festival’s organizer and Renew Birmingham’s executive
director. “This event embodies the essence of our community, showcasing the incredible talents,
cultures, and businesses that make Ensley such a special place. Being a native and resident, I
feel responsible to celebrate the positive and plant seeds of hope for our future. We invite
everyone to join us on this joyous occasion and help us put the neighbor back in neighborhood.”
Attendees will be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon Gift Cards.
The Ensley Renaissance Festival will take place on Saturday, July 29 from 3-7 pm at Tuxedo
Ballroom, located at 2001 Avenue D. Advance tickets are available at $15 and $20 on the day
of. This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.
For more information, visit renewbirmingham.org or follow us on Ensley Renaissance Festival
on Facebook. Join the conversation using the official festival hashtag #EnsleyFest2023.
About the Ensley Renaissance Festival
The Ensley Renaissance Festival is an annual event sponsored by Renew Birmingham that
celebrates the spirit of the Ensley community. It brings together residents, businesses, and
organizations to foster a sense of unity and pride, while showcasing local talent, culture, and
entrepreneurship. The festival aims to create an inclusive and vibrant environment for all
attendees, promoting community engagement and togetherness.
About Renew Birmingham
Renew Birmingham is a faith-based collective impact organization currently focusing on the
Ensley neighborhood with strategic plans to extend our reach throughout the Greater
At Renew Birmingham, we are focused on empowering residents in five key areas of need and
we have partners who provide services that align with these needs. Working together, we are
determined to make meaningful change for the residents of Birmingham’s most challenged
neighborhoods. Visit renewbirmingham.org to learn how you can get involved.