What’s happening in October in Birmingham? Add these 25 events to your calendar, including Woodlawn Sunday Dinner and 90s Bar Crawl

The Magic City Classic is on October 28. Get ready for one of the biggest rivalries in Alabama as ASU plays Alabama A&M at Legion Field. Photo via Magic City Classic on Facebook

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” Anne of Green Gables famously said in L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel. I agree with you Anne, but I’m going to take it one step further;

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Birmingham Octobers.”

When you think of October, you may think of fall festivals and pumpkin patches. Perhaps you think of German beers and bratwursts. Or maybe, your October style is more likely to be set in haunted houses and costume contests.

Fear not — (unless you’re at Sloss Fright Furnaces, that is) there is an event for everyone in Birmingham this October.

I hope you have calendar and pen in hand, because here.. we.. go! 

October Events:

Moonlight Movies @ The Pizitz, October 4, 11, 18, 25. October 4th movie is The Goonies. 

Small Batch Series Open House @ Good People Brewing, October 4. This event is the first in a series of quarterly open houses presented by Birmingham Mountain Radio, Red Diamond, and Good People Brewing. It will feature a DJ, food from the new All Good Food truck and a small batch beer. This month’s beer is a Lemon-Mint Sour Ale. 

Artists at Birmingham Art Crawl. Photo via Birmingham Art Crawl on Facebook

Birmingham Art Crawl @ The Pizitz, October 4. Stroll the streets of downtown Birmingham and shop art from featured artist Carrie Nenstiel and others. 

Barktoberfest @ Cahaba Brewing, October 5. Beers and dogs in Halloween costumes. That’s all you need to know. 

Martha Stewart with be at Antiques at the Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo via Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Antiques in the Gardens @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens, October 4-7. Martha Stewart, 23 antiques dealers, brunch with Julia Reed. Tickets. 

55th Annual Bluff Park Art Show @ Bluff Park Community Center, October 6. Over 150 artists will have art on display for guests to view and purchase. Admission is free and open to the public.

You can enter “90sBarCrawl” on the Lyft app to get a $5 ride! Photo via 90s Bar Crawl

90s Bar Crawl @ Lakeview Bham, October 6. Spike up your frosted tips and slap on your bracelets, it’s 90s-themed bar crawl time. Tickets. 

Boo at the Zoo @ Birmingham Zoo, October 11-14 and 18-31, 5-9pm. Watch as the Zoo transforms into a destination of spooky attractions, themed rides and carnival games for 18 nights!

Oak Mountain Harvest Festival @ The Terrace at Oak Mountain State Park, October 13. Celebrate fall in Birmingham by enjoying the colorful leaves on the Oak trees, painting pumpkins, pony rides, local vendors and even early morning yoga on the beach. 

Guests get food and drink tastings at last year’s Breakin’ Bread event. Photo via Breakin’ Bread on Facebook

Breakin’ Bread @ Pepper Place, October 14. Alabama’s Premier Food, Wine and Beer Festival. Buy tickets here. 

Woodlawn Sunday Dinner @ 55th Place S, October 14. A soul food potluck in the streets of Woodlawn. Details here. 

Yappy Hour @ The Pizitz, October 17. A pet-friendly happy hour in The Piztiz courtyard. 

Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop, Save and Share @ over 500 stores around town, October 17 – 28.  

Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Sarah Parcak, Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series, Cahaba Brewery, GlobalXplorer
Dr. Sarah Parcak (center) in Egypt. Photo submitted

Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series: Sarah Parcak @ Cahaba Brewing, October 18. You’ve seen her on National Geographic. She was the winner of the million dollar TedX prize. She’s also right here in Birmingham and Bham Now’s next BOLD speaker! Limited seats. Also, Taco Mama. RSVP here. 

Third Friday @ Forest Park, October 19. Stroll through the shops of Forest Park and enjoy drink specials, art sales and appetizers.

An Evening at Hogwarts @ The McWane Center, October 19 and 20. Tickets.  Dinner in the great hall, Hogwarts classes and Harry Potter on the IMAX screen. Bring your house robes for an evening of magic!

The Market @ The Pizitz, October 21. Makers, farmers, artists and more! Presented by Yellowhammer Creative. 

Boo 23 Halloween Party @ B&A Warehouse, October 26. Birmingham’s “biggest and baddest Halloween Party” benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Read more about the LLS here. 

Howls and Growls @ Haven, October 26. A Halloween event benefitting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society with local drinks and food. Tickets. 

The Rotary Trail in Birmingham. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration @ The Rotary Trail, October 27. A pop-up cultural event hosted by the Alabama Multicultural Organization. Community altars, local music and latin food.

Peaches and Scream @ Roots and Revelry, October 27. “Birmingham’s wildest costume party.” Tickets.

Magic City Classic @ Legion Field, October 27. The 55th Annual Magic City Classic is at 2:30. Buy tickets here to see Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State University. 

Cahaba Village Fall Festival @ Cahaba Village Shops, October 27. Refreshments from local shops and a Howl-O-Ween costume contest!

Haunted Houses:

Sloss Fright Furnace @ Sloss Furnaces, selected dates in October. Calendar here.

Atrox Fright Factory @ Atrox Factory, selected dates in October. Calendar here.

Which event are you looking forward to the most in October? Did I miss anything? Let me know at lauren@bhamnow.com!