15 fantastic fall events that will rock your November

Moss Rock Festival
Fall is in the air. Photo via Moss Rock Festival’s Facebook page

November is gearing up to be one to remember. Here are the top 15 events around Birmingham that are ready to pump you up this fall.

1. Holiday Open House Market Days

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Get your shop on. Photo by Arturo Rey via Unsplash

Get that holiday shopping done early during Holiday Open House Market Days. This three-day event allows you to shop for all sorts of unique local items and more in Homewood’s coolest stores.

While you do your holiday shopping, enjoy live performances each day at 3PM on 18th Street South.

Bonus: Enter to win a Homewood gift card every day during Market Days. Just send three receipts from Homewood businesses to the Homewood Chamber of Commerce.

Where: Downtown Homewood, 2850 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209
Date: Thursday-Wednesday, November 5-11
Time: 3-8PM

2. Breath & Bones: livestream 

Breath & Bones
Watch the live stream of Breath & Bones on November 5, 2020. Photo via Breath & Bones’ Facebook event page

Kudzu Performing Art Group, featuring local artists and international collaborators, is putting on a virtual event called Breath & Bones that will feature a livestream from Space One Eleven with virtual dance performance with art and video installation.

Where: livestream from Space One Eleven, 2409 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 7PM
Register: Email lovreglio.alessia@gmail.com to reserve your spot
Payment: Venmo @Edward-Wilson-61 or PayPal to Alessia Lovreglio, lovreglio.alessia@gmail.com)

3. Eat in the Streets

Dia de los Muertos
I’m intrigued. Photo via Dia de los Muertos Alabama’s Facebook page

Eat in the Streets is better than ever this fall with a Day of the Dead theme. Along with outdoor dining at some of Birmingham’s fave restaurants, celebrate Dia de los Muertos, enjoy an outdoor movie, listen to live music and more.  

Where: Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: Friday, November 6 – 5-10PM | Saturday, November 7 – 11AM-2PM + 5-10PM
Time: Friday, 5-10:30PM | Saturday, Lunch + Dinner (Check restaurants for exact serving times.)

4. MOSS MAGIC

Patrons looking at an exhibitor's booth at the 2019 Moss Rock Festival
Who’s ready for MOSS MAGIC? Photo via Magic City Art Connection (Taken before COVID-19.)

Magic City Art Connection and Moss Rock Festival join together for an all-new hybrid event—MOSS MAGIC.

This year’s event takes place at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex and will feature some of your favorite concepts from previous years, including:

  • Art from local artists + creators
  • Food trucks with tasty meals and goodies
  • WonderKids Studio for child entertainment
  • SmartLiving Market for farmer’s market finds

New this year—a Beer Garden Trail. The trail spotlights 15 area breweries on the cutting edge of the craft beer industry. Check it out now through November 30. Tickets here.

COVID-19 safety precautions will also be in place, so expect to wear a mask + abide by social distancing rules.

Where: Hoover Metropolitan Complex, 100 Ben Chapman Dr, Hoover, AL 35244
Date: November 7-8
Time: Saturday 10AM-5PM | Sunday 10AM-4PM
Price: Day Ticket – $10 | Weekend Ticket – $15 | Kids 15 and under – FREE.
Tickets

5. Redemptive Cycles Tall Bike Joust VIII – VIRTUAL

Redemptive Cycles
Birmingham’s craziest sport – tall bike jousting. Photo via Redemptive Cycles’ Facebook page

Raucous, outrageous and a little bit dangerous. Birmingham’s goofiest sporting event, the Tall Bike Joust VIII, is back for its 8th year on November 7. 

This year’s event is virtual and will feature 16 fearless jousters battling it out on tall bikes. Why? To entertain you and score bragging rights, of course. Plus, proceeds from the event benefit Redemptive Cycles and their mission to provide access to affordable, reliable and sustainable transportation. Donate here.

There are two ways to watch the event:

  1. Watch via Facebook live
  2. Gather at a social distance at Tropicaleo or Good People Brewing Co. Both places will be showing the live event. 

Where: Online
Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 7PM
Price: FREE

6. Fall Food & Wine Festival

Corbin Farms Winery
It’s wine o’clock. Photo via Corbin Farms Winery’s Facebook page

The Fall Food and Wine Festival is back this year at Corbin Farms Winery in Calera. Taking place on November 7, this must-attend event features:

  • Local vendors
  • Food trucks
  • Live music
  • Food + wine from Corbin Farms Winery

Your ticket includes lots of great goodies, too, like a wine tote, stemless wine glass, corkscrew and many more surprises.

Tickets will go fast, so purchase ahead of time to ensure your spot.

Where: Corbin Farms Winery, 800 Co Rd 87, Calera, AL 35040
Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 11AM-8PM
Price: Adults 21+ – $15 | Kids Under 21 – $10
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7. Virtual Uncork Education,​ An Evening of Jazz with Eric Essix from the Alys Stephens Center

Eric Essix
Check out Eric Essix during UAB’s Uncork Education event on November 8, 2020. Photo via Eric Essix’s Facebook page

Education has had quite the wild ride during the year 2020. So let’s do something positive. Show your support of UAB student scholarships by registering to take part in the virtual event, Uncork Education, An Evening with Eric Essix from the Alys Stephens Center on Sunday, November 8.

Tune in from the comfort of your home and enjoy music from jazz legend Eric Essix along with wine, beer and food.

Choose from the following ticket packages:

  • Level 1: $10: Access to music
  • Level 2: $25: Access to music + 2 wine and/or beer glasses
  • Level 3: $75 – Access to music, 2 wine and/or beer glasses + a bottle of wine or a flight of beer
  • Level 4: $125: Access to music, 2 wine and/or beer glasses, a bottle of wine or a flight of beer + dinner for 2
  • Level 5: $250: Access to music, 4 wine and/or beer glasses, 2 bottles of wine or 2 flights of beer + dinner for 4
  • Level 6: $500: Access to music, 6 wine and/or beer glasses, 3 bottles of wine or 3 flights of beer + dinner for 6

All ticket packages are available for pickup at the UAB Alumni House at 1301 10th Ave South in Birmingham between 3PM and 5PM the day of the event.

Where: ONLINE
Date: Sunday, November 8
Time: 6PM
Price:
$10-$500
Tickets

8. Frozen Jr.

Remember back in 2013 when you couldn’t get the song Let It Go out of your head? Well, prepare to hear that infamous song and more this fall when Frozen Jr. hits the stage of Virginia Samford Theatre. With magic, adventure, humor and beloved characters, you and you’re family are sure to be entertained. 

Where: Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: Thursday-Sunday, November 12-22
Time: Thursdays-Fridays 7:30PM | Saturdays 11AM + 7:30PM | Sun. 2:30PM
Price: $15
Tickets

9. Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Andrea Barrett, together with her husband and grandmother. Photo via Andrea Barrett on Facebook

Did you know the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, support and research? Birmingham’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on November 15.

This year’s event will be a bit different. Rather than meeting at Sloss Furnaces, the Alzheimers’ Association will host several virtual events via their new platform MainStage. It’s a virtual experience where you can visit sponsor booths, connect with others, discover resources and attend virtual events. Cool, right?

Register now to join the effort to raise funds. Or, donate here.

Where: Virtual
Date: Sunday, November 15
Time: Virtual Opening + Promise Garden Ceremony – 10AM. View here.

10. Market Noel

Market Noel
Market Noel at the Findley Center 2017. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now (Photo taken before COVID-19.)

Market Noel benefiting the Junior League of Birmingham is back November 16-22. The popular event has been reimagined for 2020 and is shaping up to be its best year yet. Expect a one-stop virtual market place with extended shopping days and more.

Though the event is currently in the planning stages, you can check here for updates as new information is released.

Where: Online
Date: Monday-Sunday, November 16-22
Time: 24 hours
Price: $10-$250
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11. Magic City Virtual Half Marathon, 5K & 1 Mile Run

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Run solo + raise funds during the Magic City Half Marathon, 5K & 1 Mile Run Virtual event. Photo by Bruno Nascimento via Unsplash

November 22 marks the 10th anniversary of one of Birmingham’s biggest running events—the Magic City Half Marathon, 5K & 1 Mile Run

This year, the event will be virtual with proceeds benefiting The Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. 

All registered racers will receive a T-shirt and finishers medal.

Where: ONLINE
Date: Sunday, November 22
Price: 5K – $20 | 1 Mile – $20 | Half Marathon – $50
Register

12. Fall Market

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Outdoor shopping is always fun. Photo by Artificial Photography via Unsplash

Stadium Trace Village is all the rage with new shops, restaurants and breweries opening left and right. Enjoy the entertainment district even further during a Fall Market on Sunday, November 15.

The market offers so much, including:

  • Local artists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Live music from The Divines
  • And more!

Where: Stadium Trace Village, Stadium Trace Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
Date: Sunday, November 15
Time: 1-4PM
Price: FREE

13. Breath & Bones: in-person (with masks + socially distant)

Kudzu Performing Art Group, featuring local artists and international collaborators, is putting on an in-person event called Breath & Bones that will feature a dance performance with art and video installation.

Where: Homewood Theatre, 752 Brookwood Village, Homewood, AL 35209
Date: Friday, November 20
Time: 7PM
Price: $10
Tickets

14. The Pirates Treasure Hunt Birmingham

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The Pirates Treasure Hunt will feature a virtual “treasure map.” Photo by N via Unsplash

Arrr! Pirates take over the Magic City on November 21 during Birmingham’s first city-wide—and socially distant—treasure hunt. Can you and your mateys find the treasure? 

Find out when you take part in The Pirates Treasure Hunt. With your trusted crew and smartphone at your side, you’ll have to solve puzzles and challenges to earn points and clues to be the first team to find the missing treasure. But beware! Virtual pirates, scurvy dogs and more will try to outwit you. 

Are you ready to play? 

All you need is a crew of two to six players, a fully-charged smart-device with a data plan, a creative team name and, of course, fancy pirate costumes.

A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. 

Where: Downtown Birmingham. Secret treasure hunt start locations are revealed just before the event.
Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: Between 10AM and 1PM
Price: Team Ticket (2-6 players) – $50
Tickets

15. Holiday Drive-In with Santa

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Visit Santa with social distancing in mind. Photo by Tim Mossholder via Unsplash

Are the kids begging to go see Santa? Luckily for parents, Santa is still coming to town, just a lot more socially distanced than usual.

To see the big guy in red, grab your tickets to the Holiday Drive-In with Santa on Sunday, November 22. Taking place at the Grand River Drive-In in Leeds, you and your family can watch the holiday movie favorite Elf and visit with Santa and get a professional photo—all from a six foot distance.

Each car that attends receives a swag bag that includes a $10 meal voucher.

Tickets are limited—act fast!

Where: Grand River Drive-In, 6200 Grand River Blvd E, Leeds, AL 35094
Date: Sunday, November 22
Time: 6PM 
Price: $25-$30
Tickets

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