Don’t miss 4 conservation events in Birmingham this October, including the Cahaba River Fry Down!

Cayenne Creative Fry-Down team at the 9th Annual Cahaba River Society Fry-Down at Railroad Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

October is always one of the busiest months of the year when it comes to conservation events and fundraisers in the Magic City.

If you care about clean water, air and the great outdoors here are four ways you can have fun and support a good cause.

Cahaba Fry Down

Spire Fry-Down team, “Crowd Favorite” at the 9th Annual Cahaba River Society Fry-Down at Railroad Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Who doesn’t love eating catfish on a Sunday afternoon?

Each year the Cahaba River Society hosts a catfish cook-off and festival that’s not only good for the planet, but also the palate! This event has become another staple in Birmingham’s dynamic food scene as culinary masters, old and new, battle it out for the top catfish cooking prizes.

The Fry-Down is the Cahaba River Society’s largest fundraiser, the premier river protection organization that has been ensuring the watershed that provides about half our drinking water is safe and clean.

Vulcan Materials Company Fry-Down team at the 9th Annual Cahaba River Society Fry-Down at Railroad Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

This event features fun for all ages with a carnival-like atmosphere, live music, amazing food, a climbing wall, hula-hoopers, face-painters, educational games, wildlife demonstrations, a beer garden and more! Come bring your family, bring your friends, and celebrate with us as we raise awareness on the importance of the Cahaba River, as well as party in celebration of all that river provides for this community, state & country!

Tickets are $20 and include catfish and sides from our Fry Teams. Added Bonus: Kids 12 and under–FREE! Visit – for all the details.

Hop City’s 7th Lucky Anniversary Festival Birthday

Birmingham, Hop City
Weekend drinks. Photo via Hop City

You can’t have great tasting beer without clean water.

Hop City knows this.

That’s why they have made the Coosa Riverkeeper their beneficiary for their “Lucky 7” Anniversary Festival.  Join them on Sunday afternoon and early evening and raise a glass for great beer & clean water!

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

On Sunday, October 20 – from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council are bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Birmingham for the 12th year!

This year’s program features ALL   five films from the 2019 Southern Exposure Film Fellowship and highly acclaimed outdoor/environmental films from across the nation.

BONUS: This year’s event is at the NEW Sidewalk Cinema located in The Pizitz – and the prices are only $10 for the entire festival.


Great Alabama Chilli Cookoff for GASP

On October 26 from Noon to 5:00pm, the Gasp Junior Board is hosting the Inaugural Great Alabama Chili Cookoff at Ghost Train Brewing Company Teams will compete in categories like Traditional Chili con Carne, Homestyle Chili, Vegetarian Chili, Spiciest Chili, White Chili, and a special Cornbread Baking Contest, all of which will be judged by a panel of “local celebrities.” Attendees will vote on the People’s Choice Award.

Tickets, team registration, volunteer and sponsorship info can be found at

The event will help raise awareness of Gasp’s mission to advance healthy air and environmental justice in the greater-Birmingham area through education, advocacy and collaboration.

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  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.