October is underway, which means it’s time to load up your planner with all the coolest things to do. To get you started, here are 27 events in Birmingham you won’t want to miss.
1. Book Fair Music Festival
What: A multi-day music festival featuring Omni, Video Age, Lady Dan and more in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood. More info.
When: Friday-Sunday, October 1-3 | 5-8PM
Where: Saturn, 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
What: An Oktoberfest celebration with food, beer, full bar and garden patio views of Birmingham’s Historic Lakeview District. More info.
When: Friday, October 1 | 6PM
Where: Carrigan’s Beer Garden, 2910 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: Free admission
3. The Alabama Butterbean Festival
What: An annual festival in Downtown Pinson with entertainment, food, arts, crafts and a carnival. More info.
When: Friday-Saturday, October 1-2 | Friday 6-10PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM
Where: Downtown Pinson, 4325 Main Street, Pinson, AL 35126
Price: Free admission | Carnival – Armbands $20 each, Tickets $1 each or 12 for $10
What: An annual barbecue cook-off benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. Enjoy all-you-can-eat samples from local cook teams (and vote for your fave!), craft beer, live music and kids zone.
VIP tickets include: early entrance to event, access to the Redmont Distillery VIP Lounge, private bathroom access, swag bag and beer + liquor tastings. More info.
5. BHM 26.2
What: Alabama’s only fully charitable race series benefiting Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama. Take part in a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or Fun Run. More info.
When: Saturday-Sunday, October 2-3 | 7AM-2:30PM
Where: Sat, Oct. 2 – Homewood, 2709 Mamie L Foster, Birmingham, AL 35209 | Sun, Oct. 3 – Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: Saturday – 10K – $55, 5K – $35 | Sunday – Marathon – $95, Half Marathon – $75
What: The 9th anniversary of one of Birmingham’s largest food and music block parties, hosted by Slice Pizza & Brewhouse. Enjoy local and regional musical acts, local craft beer and specialty pizzas. More info.
When: Saturday, October 2 | 2PM
Where: Lakeview District, 725 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: General Admission – $35 | VIP Admission – $150 | Kids 12 and under – Free
7. Bluff Park Art Show
What: An annual art show featuring an eclectic mix of media in the picturesque setting of Bluff Park. More info.
When: Saturday, October 2 | 9AM-5PM
Where: The Park at Shades Cliff, 517 Cloudland Dr, Hoover, AL 35226
Price: Free admission
8. Taste of Hoover
What: A celebration of the City of Hoover’s culinary scene. Sample delicious dishes from local restaurants and caterers, try distilled spirits and international wines and enjoy live entertainment. More info.
When: Thursday, October 7 | 5-8PM
Where: Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216
Price: Members – $45 | Non-Members – $50 | 12 and under – FREE
9. Putts for Paws
What: A fundraising event featuring a golf tournament, silent auction and more, benefiting Greater Birmingham Humane Society. More info.
When: Friday, October 8 | 11AM
Where: Highland Park Golf Course, 3300 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
10. JHM Rescue Run 5K/10K
What: A 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run through Homewood benefiting Jimmie Hale Mission. After the event, there will be food, drinks and an awards ceremony. More info.
When: Saturday, October 9 | 10K – 7:45AM, 5K – 8AM, 1 Mile Fun Run – 9AM
Where: The Curve, 1830 29th Ave S, Homewood, AL 35209
11. Alabama Comic Con Convention/My Hero Convention: AL Smash
What: A two-day event filled with artists and dealers offering products and services for sale to comic fans. More info.
When: Saturday-Sunday, October 9-10 | Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM
Where: The BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Single Day – $30 | Weekend Pass – $50
12. Magic City Mural Fest
What: Help Blank Space Bham transform an alleyway in Woodlawn during Birmingham’s first-ever all-female featured mural festival. More info.
When: Saturday-Saturday, October 2-9
Where: Alleyway between 55th St. N and 55th Place N, Woodlawn, AL 35212
13. Tails and Tailgate
What: A pet adoption event for dogs and cats with games, football on a big screen and raffles. All proceeds benefit Rebecca’s Paws and Claws. More info.
When: Saturday, October 9 | 11AM-4PM
Where: Ferus Artisan Ales, 101 Beech St, Ste111, Trussville, AL 35173
Price: Free admission
14. Darter Dash 5K/10K Trail Run
What: A 5K/10K race through the trails of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Post-race, enjoy pancakes, mimosas, waterfall tubing and an award ceremony. More info.
When: Saturday, October 9 | 10K – 8AM, 5K – 8:30AM
Where: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, 3906 Turkey Creek Rd, Pinson, AL 35126
Price: 5K – $30 | 10K – $35
15. Greek Food Festival
What: One of Birmingham’s oldest and most popular cultural events with delicious Greek cuisine, music and dancing. More info.
When: Thursday-Saturday, October 14-16 | 10:30AM-9:30PM
Where: Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 307 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
16. Birmingham Creatives Ball
17. Woodlawn Street Market
What: Shop local vendors for art, books, clothing, food and more. You can also shop online in the Virtual Marketplace. More info.
When: Saturday, October 16 | 10AM-4PM
Where: 1 55th Pl S, Birmingham, AL 35212
Price: Free admission
18. Walk to End Alzheimer’s
What: One of the world’s largest walking events to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. More info.
When: Sunday, October 17 | Registration – 2PM, Ceremony – 2:45PM
Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: Free to walk
What: Two by Two Animal Rescue’s largest annual fundraising event. Enjoy a family festival with food and beverage vendors, shopping, dog-friendly activities and kid-approved fun. More info.
When: Sunday, October 17 | 11AM-6PM
Where: Helena Amphitheater Park, 4151 Helena Rd Helena, AL 35080
Price: Ages 18+ – $5 | Under 18 – Free
20. Trick or Trot 5K
What: A fundraising race benefiting Kid One Transport. The event includes a 5K, costume contest and awards ceremony. More info.
When: Sunday-Saturday, October 17-23 | In-person race – 8-10AM
Where: Back Forty Beer Co, 3201 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: $30 | Price increases to $35 after October 17
21. Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market
What: Shop 50+ vendors from across the Southeast while enjoying live music. More info.
When: Sunday, October 17 | Noon-5PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co., 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: Free admission
22. Shop, Save & Share
What: Give back to the Birmingham community when you shop, save and share during this event benefiting the Junior League of Birmingham. All proceeds help improve the lives of women and children across Birmingham through the Junior League’s 40 community projects. More info.
When: Wednesday-Sunday, October 20-31
What: A mixed repertory performance highlighting the versatility, strength and artistry of Alabama ballet dancers. More info.
When: Friday-Sunday, October 22-24
Where: The BJCC, 1 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Varies by seat
24. Trussville Witches Ride
What: Ride with the Trussville witches as they ride for a local cause. This year, the ride will bring awareness and raise funds for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Join the after party at Ferus Artisan Ales in Trussville’s Entertainment District for an 80s Dance Party from 5-9PM. More info.
When: Saturday, October 23 | Ride – 4PM, After Party – 5-9PM
Where: Ride – Cahaba Homestead, Trussville, AL 35173 | After Party – Ferus Artisan Ales, 101 Beech St Suite111, Trussville, AL 35173
Price: $30 | Pre-register by Saturday, September 18 to receive a logo yard sign. | Regular registration ends Saturday, September 19.
25. Magic City Witches Ball
What: One of Birmingham’s biggest Halloween party’s with live music/DJ and amazing costumes. More info.
What: Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24 | 8PM-1AM
Where: Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
26. The Magic City Classic
What: Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University compete in possibly the largest historically black college and university (HBCU) football game in the country. Take part in more festivities like the Classic Kickoff, Magic City Classic Parade, Tailgate Party and halftime show. More info.
When: Monday-Saturday, October 25-30 | Festivities vary by date + time.
Where: Legion Field, 400 Graymont Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204
Price: General Admission Game Ticket + Post-Game Concert – $25 | Reserved Game Ticket + Post-Game Concert – $35
27. Phantom of the Opera
What: A showing of the 1925 Silent Film Classic The Phantom of the Opera on the Alabama Theatre’s big screen. More info.
When: Sunday, October 31 | 2PM
Where: Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203