7 Art Festivals in Birmingham You’ll Love This October

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Art shows and galleries you need to see this October. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

Markets, exhibitions, and more—October has seven art festivals in Birmingham you won’t want to miss.

1. Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask, art festivals in Birmingham
Enjoy the art while getting something to eat in Rojo’s show room. Photo by Sabrina Palmer for Bham Now.
  • What: An art show from the non-profit, Bare Hands, Inc., featuring Dia de los Muertos Festival masks created by local artists.
  • When: Thursday, October 7, 5–9PM | October 7–28
  • Where: Rojo, 2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Price: Free admission
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2. Birmingham Tattoo Convention

  • What: A three day live tattooing convention with artists from all over the country along with up-and-coming artists. People can also enjoy sideshows, burlesque performances, human suspension, tattoo contests, body jewelry, and more.
  • When: Friday, October 8–Sunday, October 10
  • Where: Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr Birmingham North, AL 35203
  • Price: $20–$40
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3. Covered Bridge Festival

Covered Bridge Festival, art festival in birmingham
Live music and local vendors is the best way to spend a Saturday. Photo via Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook.
  • What: The 37th Covered Bridge Festival featuring local vendors and arts, crafts, music, and more in beautiful, historic downtown Oneonta
  • When: Saturday, October 9 | 9AM-6PM
  • Where: Downtown Diner, 1st Avenue East, Oneonta, AL 35121
  • Price: Free admission
  • More info.

4. Bham Art Crawl

5. Alabama Woodworkers Guild Annual Exhibition

Alabama Woodworkers Guild Annual Exhibition, art festivals in birmingham
Ready to see more skilled craftsmanship like this? Photo via the Hoover Public Library.
  • What: An annual juried exhibition showcasing Alabama woodworkers skills and crafts.
  • When: Sunday, October 10–Saturday, October 16 | 9AM–8:45PM
  • Where: Hoover Public Library—Friends Gallery, 200 Municipal Dr, Hoover, AL 35216
  • Price: Free admission
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6. Mr. Painterman Rhythms of Color 2.0 Art Fest

  • What: An annual festival and student competition art show featuring original art from Steve Lowery, Lonnie Holley, Brian Da Great, Delores Gee, and more. There will be wine tasting and live entertainment with Joell Regal and Robert Huffman.
  • When: Friday, October 15 | 5–9PM
  • Where: Boutwell Exhibition Hall, 1930 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL
  • Price: $15 Advance, Call 205-617-9164 or 205-254-9623 | $20 at door
  • More info.

7. Vinegar: Dance Yrself Clean

  • What: A fundraiser and opportunity to dance your heart out with Vinegar. It will begin with an art auction followed by a D.J. dance party, drinks and refreshments.
  • When: Saturday, October 16 | 6–11PM 
  • Where: Vinegar Contemporary, 701 37th St. S #12, Birmingham, AL 35222 
  • Price: $10–$20
  • Tickets
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8. Art at Night Classic Weekend

Studio 2500, art festivals in birmingham
Outside of the Studio 2500 building. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

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