55 weekend events in Birmingham, October 18-20, including a FREE Weezer concert

Birmingham, Weezer
Birmingham, Weezer
Weezer performing live on Jimmy Kimmel. Photo via Weezer on Facebook

Looking for weekend plans? Then check out this list of 55 events happening in Birmingham, October 18-20.

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Featured Events

Cozy Time

How cozy is this home? Photo via Greater Alabama MLS

The temps are dropping! Better find a new place with a fireplace to cozy up in front of. Check these out

Go Blazers! 

UAB is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, October 18-19. What better way to celebrate than during homecoming weekend?! Cheer on the Blazers during these exciting events.


A Celebration is in Store

It’s Homecoming Weekend for Birmingham-Southern College. From a party on the quad to The Big Tailgate leading up to a must-see football game, there will be lots to take part in Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. More info.

Make a Difference

Birmingham, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama shirts. Photo submitted.

Did you know Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama partners with the local community and McDonald’s to create change for families facing childhood illness? On Friday, October 18, RMHCA will celebrate these efforts with a Day of Change. There are three important ways you can make a difference for kids and families on this special day. Learn how

Family-Friendly Thrills

Get ready to lip-synch. Photo via DeSoto Caverns

Grab the kids and head to DeSoto Caverns this Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10PM for their family-friendly event—Tomb of the Risen Dead. Expect fall treats, lip-synch battles, fire shows and more


What is The Altamont School?

Birmingham, The Altamont School
Photo courtesy of The Altamont School

Find out during their open house on Sunday, October 20 at 2PM. Tour the grounds, learn about the curriculum and meet teachers, parents and students. Register to attend

Great Eats + FREE Delivery

With a busy football weekend in store, be sure to order plenty of eats via Waitr. Use discount code BHAMNOW for free delivery, now through October 31.

Video Time!

Bham Now. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

For a peek at the weekend, check out our team in Now the Weekend–video edition


All Weekend Long—October 18-20

Birmingham, Boo at the Zoo, The Birmingham Zoo
Get your pumpkin buckets ready for lots of Halloween candy. Photo via The Birmingham Zoo on Facebook

Boo at the Zoo @ The Birmingham Zoo. 5-9PM. $-10-$18. Tickets.

Fright Furnace @ Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. 6PM-Midnight. Price varies. Tickets.

The Story of My Life @ Terrific New Theatre. Fri-Sat. 8-10PM; Sun. 2:30-4:30PM. $25. Tickets.


Friday and Saturday—October 18-19

UAB’s 50th Anniversary @ UAB. Event times vary.

Homecoming @ Birmingham-Southern College. Event times vary.

Tomb of the Risen Dead @ DeSoto Caverns. 6:30-10:30PM. Price varies. (Kids 3 and under–FREE.) Tickets.


Friday—October 18

Birmingham, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama shirts. Photo submitted.

Day of Change benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama @ Select Locations.

Peaches and Scream Halloween Party @ Roots & Revelry. 8PM-2AM. $10-$180. Tickets.

16th Annual Harvest of Hope Gala @ Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. 6-10PM. $150. Tickets


UAB Homecoming Parade @ Begins at 14th Street South/Ends on University Blvd. Noon-1PM.

Weezer @ UAB’s Campus Green. 7PM. FREE. Reserve Tickets.

Eat a Peach @ Avondale Brewing Co. 7-10PM. $10. Tickets


Jazznet @ The Boutwell Auditorium. 5:30-9:30PM. $11. Tickets

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow Opening Reception @ Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 6-10PM. $20. Tickets

Magic City Fashion Week SZNIII Kick Off: Splash & Sip @ Ensley Soho. 7-10PM. $30. Tickets.


Wine with Patrick + Little London Kitchen @ Hop City Birmingham. 5-7PM.  

Owls in the Oaks @ Oak Mountain State Park. 6:30-7:30PM. FREE with entrance to park.

Saturday—October 19

Birmingham, UAB, UAB football, homecoming
UAB gearing up for game time. Photo via @uab_fb

Homecoming Tailgate @ Legion Field. 11AM. FREE.


UAB Blazers vs. Old Dominion @ Legion Field. 3PM. $20-$30. Tickets.

Saturday Football Tailgate @ Avondale Brewing Co. 10AM-10PM. FREE.

Creating Silhouettes: Techniques for Tracing @ Birmingham Museum of Art. 2-3PM.


Ride to Tall Bike Joust VII @ Redemptive Cycles. 6-11:30PM. $20. Tickets.

Ruck Cancer 8K @ Good People Brewing Co. 8-11AM. FREE.

Marching Blazers Alumni Band @ Legion Field. 8AM-5PM. $8. Tickets.


Saturdays in the Gardens: Plant a Perennial @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 9AM. $10. Register.

Pop Up + Cookout @ Studio 2500. 6-9PM. FREE.

Paint with Reckless Abandon Beginners Workshop @ Alabama Art Supply. 10AM-4PM. Register: 205.322.4741.


Birmingham, Magic City Witches' Ball
Do you have your costume yet? Photo via Magic City Witches’ Ball on Facebook

The Magic City Witches’ Ball @ WorkPlay. 7PM-2AM. $15-$50. Tickets.

The Market @ Pepper Place. 7AM-Noon. FREE.

Tiny Tyke Tales: Monster Tales @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 10:30AM.  $5. Tickets.


Abstract Flowers with Diane Hathcock @ Forstall Art Center. 10AM-4PM. $130 (supplies), $50 deposit. Register.

Memorable Images @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 9AM-Noon. $100-$120. Tickets.

The Melvins, Redd Kross with Toshi Kosai + Void Manes @ Saturn. 9PM. 18+. $24. Tickets.


Blue Light Kids Demonstration @ The Lumbar. 9AM-Noon. 

Runaway Gin: A Tribute to Phish @ Zydeco. 10PM, $12. 18+. Tickets.

Coffee and a Canvas @ The Sanctuary Coffee Shop. 10AM. $25.


Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ The Nick Rocks. $10. 21+. Tickets

DIY Halloween Decorations @ Paper Source. 1-3PM. $40. Tickets.

ArtPlay Family Day: The Lights of Bollywood @ UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Noon-3PM. FREE. 


Football Watch @ The Brown Derby. 11AM-11:30PM. 21+. FREE.

Wheelchair Basketball Season Opener @ Lakeshore Foundation. 9AM-1:30PM. FREE. 

Sunday—October 20

Birmingham, Birmingham Originals, Breakin' Bread
Food, friends and more at Breakin’ Bread at Pepper Place. Photo via Birmingham Originals on Facebook

Breakin’ Bread @ Pepper Place. 1-5PM. Tickets.$35-$110. Kids 12 and under–FREE. Tickets.


Wild & Scenic Film Festival @ Sidewalk Cinema. 2-6PM. $10. Tickets.

Open House @ The Altamont School. 2PM. FREE. Register.

True Battle Retro Sweat @ The Pizitz. 2:30-5PM. $10. Tickets.


Inaugural Magic City Collegiate Kick Off @ Topgolf Birmingham. 5-8PM. Tickets.

3rd Annual CMOD Magic City Classic Kickoff @ Roots & Revelry. 2-7PM. $25-$400. Tickets.

2nd Annual Kickoff to the Classic @ Dread River Distilling Co. 5PM. $20. Tickets.


Rock Band League Performance @ WorkPlay. 4-6PM. FREE.

Don Q Dream Scene Fundraiser @ Virginia Samford Theatre. 3-4PM. FREE. Reserve your seat.

Bear Hands and X Ambassadors @ Iron City Bham. 7PM.  $35-$38. Tickets.


Adult Field Day @ George Ward Park. 3-6:30PM. $15.

Theatre Downtown Hobo Awards @ Theatre Downtown. 6-9PM. $10.

Sunday Sunset Wine Down @ Havana on 1st. 4-9PM. 


Eastern Regional Exhibition @ Beverly McNeil Gallery. 10AM-5PM.

Little Seeds: Pumpkin Gardens @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2:30-4PM. $16-$20.

Upcoming Events

Birmingham, McWane Science Center, Harry Potter
Wands ready? Buy your tickets to Wizards, Whiskey and Wine now. Photo via McWane Science Center

Oct. 24: Zumba @ Topgolf Birmingham. 6:30PM. FREE.
Oct. 25: The Yard HBCU Tour @ Birmingham’s Magic City Classic. Times vary. $25-$35. Tickets.
Oct. 25: Children’s Harbor’s 23rd Annual Pig Iron BBQ Challenge @ Hoover Met RV Park. 5-8PM. $20.
Oct. 25: Ghostbusters in Concert @ Samford University Wright Center. 7PM. $15-$80. Tickets. (Discount Code: GHOSTNOW for 25% off.)
Oct. 25-26: Tomb of the Risen Dead @ DeSoto Caverns. 6:30-10:30PM. Price Varies. (Kids 3 and under–FREE.) Tickets.
Oct. 26: Wizards, Whiskey and Wine @ McWane Science Center. 5:30-11:30PM. 21+. $45. Tickets.
Oct. 31: A Nightmare on 22nd Street @ Iron City Bham. 8PM-Midnight. $10 ages 18-20; $5 ages 21+.


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