25 exciting October events including the Greek Food Festival


October events
(Greek Food Festival Birmingham Alabama / Facebook)

The fall season means cool weather, gorgeous color-changing leaves and festival fun. To plan for this special fall month, check out our list of 25 October events around Birmingham.

1. Shop Save & Share benefiting The Junior League of Birmingham

What: Give back to the Bham community while saving 20% at 250+ retailers. All you have to do is purchase a Shop Save & Share card and you’ll support the Junior League of Birmingham’s 21 community projects that help improve the lives of women and children. More info.
When: Wednesday, September 28-Sunday, October 9
Where: Participating locations
Cost: $40
Purchase your shopping card

2. Antiques at the Gardens

Gala in the Gardens
Gala in the Gardens. (Birmingham Botanical Gardens)

What: Antiques at the Gardens features talks by nationally and internationally acclaimed interior designers, floral designers and landscape architects as well as celebrated antique dealers from across the nation offering furniture, fine art, vintage and fine jewelry, home decor + more. More info
September 29-October 2 | Time varies by program
Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: $15+

3. The Market at Pepper Place

What: Shop and support local farmers, crafters and vendors every Saturday at this beloved Birmingham market. More info.
When: Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 + 29 | 7AM-Noon
Where: Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Cost: Free admission

4. UAB Football

UAB Football
UAB Blazers crushing it. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

What: See the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers hit the field this football season. View the full schedule.
When: October 1 – 6:30PM | October 8 – 2:30PM | October 15 – 2:30PM | October 21 – 7PM | October 29 – 6PM
Cost: Varies by game/seats

5. Birmingham Legion  

Birmingham Legion
Catch the Birmingham Legion this fall. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

What: Watch the Birmingham Legion wrap up the 2022 soccer season. View the full schedule.
When: October 1 – 9PM | October 9 – 4PM | October 12 – 7PM | October 15 – 6:30PM
Cost: Varies by game/seats

6. Conjure Fest

What: Get an exclusive taste of New Orleans without leaving The Magic City with festival entertainment, dance, music, food + art. More info.
When: Saturday, October 1 | 10AM
Where: Iniquities, 2501 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: General Admission – $25 | VIP – $150

7. Oktoberfest

What: Don your lederhosen for a fun night of food + beverages, lawn games, stein hoist, live polka music and crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest 2022. More info.
Saturday, October 1 | 5-10PM
Where: The Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: Members – $40 | Nonmembers – $48

8. Amelia Earhart

October events
Amelia Earhart. (Birmingham Children’s Theatre / Facebook)

What: Follow along with a curious reporter as he uncovers the story of Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance in this Birmingham Children’s Theatre production. Recommended for ages 6+. More info
When: Saturday, October 1 | 11AM
Where: Birmingham Children’s Theatre – MainStage Theatre, 2130 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: Adults – $20 | Kids – $10

9. Cahaba River Fry-Down

Birmingham, Cahaba River Fry-Down, Cahaba River Society
Good eats at the 2019 Cahaba River Fry-Down. (Ron Abernathy, Cahaba River Society / Facebook)

What: Enjoy a carnival-inspired atmosphere filled with live music, food, hula-hoopers, disco dancers, craft beers + cocktails and more. As Cahaba River Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, proceeds from the event allow the Cahaba River Society to continue its work to restore and protect the Cahaba and the river’s watershed. More info.
Sunday, October 2 | Noon
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $20
Tickets | Donations

10. Hop City Perfect 10 Anniversary Party

What: Hop City is turning 10! Celebrate with their biggest party of the year featuring 60+ rare craft beers, local bands, food trucks + artist’s market. Tickets include admission + souvenir glass. More info.
Sunday, October 2 | Noon-7PM
Where: Hop City Beer & Wine, 2924 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: $10

11. Talladega YellaWood 500

What: For high-speed pack racing, don’t miss the Yella Wood 500—a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Talladega Superspeedway. More info.
When: Sunday, October 2 | 1 PM
Where: Talladega Superspeedway, 3366 Speedway Blvd, Lincoln, AL 35096
Adults Single Day – $65+ | Kids Single Day – $10+

12. The Roverchase Foundation Service Dog Graduation Gala

Roverchase Foundation
See pups doing great things. (The Roverchase Foundation / Facebook)

What: Spend a sweet afternoon celebrating The Roverchase Foundation’s 2022 graduating class of professionally-trained service dogs. Event proceeds benefit The Roverchase Foundation and their mission to provide professionally-trained service dogs to aid individuals with disabilities. More info.
Sunday, October 2 | 2-4PM
Where: Gabrella Manor, 8912 4th Ave S, #B, Birmingham, AL 35206
Cost: $50

13. Champagne & Fried Chicken benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier International Birmingham

October events
Order your gourmet picnic for two now! (LDEI)

What: Take part in Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) largest fundraiser of the year by ordering a gourmet picnic for two prepared by some of Birmingham’s most amazing chefs. Event proceeds support LDEI’s entrepreneurial grants for women-owned businesses and educational scholarships for female students across Alabama. More info.
Sunday, October 2 | 3-5PM
Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Cost: $25-$1775

14. Re-vision Linn Park Open-House Workshop

What: Birmingham’s Linn Park is getting a revamp and YOU can be part of the process! Attend this open house public workshop to learn about the project’s unique opportunities + share your thoughts on what you’d like to see in the park. You can also take this survey to provide feedback about the park’s revival. More info.
October 4 | Noon OR 5:30PM
Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Bld, Birmingham, AL 35203

15. AmFirst Charity Golf Tournament

What: Grab your golf club and step up to the tee, this fundraising event benefits local charities YouthServe, Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank and The Literacy Council of Central Alabama. Bring your A-game—prizes are awarded for a number of categories like longest putt + straightest drive. More info.
Thursday, October 6 | 5-8PM
Where: RTJ Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley, 100 Sunbelt Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35211
Cost: Individual – $300 | Team – $1200

16. Taste of Hoover

What: A delightful autumn evening awaits during the annual Taste of Hoover event. Taking place at Aldridge Gardens, you’ll sample delicious dishes from some of Hoover’s best restaurants and caterers. Also on the menu are distilled spirits, international wines + soft drinks. More info.
When: Thursday, October 6 | 5-8PM
Where: Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216
Cost: Aldridge Gardens Members – $45 | Nonmembers – $50 | Kids 12 + under – Free
TicketsHot-ticket event—gets yours before they’re gone!

17. Greek Food Festival

Greek Food Festival
So scrumptious. (Greek Food Festival Birmingham Alabama / Facebook)

What: Eat your heart out at the 49th Birmingham Greek Food Festival October 13-15. Expect an open-air festival and delicious food available via drive-thru, walk-up + take-out. More info.
When: Thursday, October 13-15 | Festival Hours – 10:30AM-9:30PM, Drive-thru Hours – 10:30AM-7PM
Where: Holy-Trinity Holy-Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 307 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Free admission

18. Alabama Workplace Evolution: Navigating Mental Health and Substance Use

What: Are you a manager or HR professional? Join this one-day conference with Addiction Prevention Coalition that aims to help employers address mental health, substance use and recovery in the workplace. More info
When: Friday, October 14 | 8AM-4PM
Where: Jefferson State Community College, 4600 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242
Cost: $97-$108

19. Barktoberfest benefiting Hand in Paw

Hand in Paw
Show your support for Hand in Paw during Barktoberfest. (Hand in Paw / Facebook)

What: Dog and beer lovers unite during this Oktoberfest-themed event benefiting Hand in Paw. Bring your furry friend for a day filled with local beer, contests and more. More info.
Thursday, October 20 | 6PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $25

20. Flicks Among the Flowers

What: Perfect for October’s cool weather and Halloween fun, The Addams Family movie plays on the big screen during this family-friendly outdoor event. There will also be a costume contest + trick-or-treating for kids. More info.
When: Friday, October 21 | 5PM
Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: $5 suggestion donation

21. The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball

What: Don’t dream it… be it… during The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball on October 22. One of Birmingham’s most extravagant Halloween parties, take part in costume contests (you know you’ll want to dress up!), watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie + more. More info.
Saturday, October 22 | 6PM
Where: Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: $30

22. Magic City Witches’ Ball

Magic City Witches' Ball
Have you been to the Magic City Witches Ball? (Secret Playground / Magic City Witches’ Ball / Facebook)

What: Get ready witches… the annual Magic City Witches Ball is back again for another amazing night on October 22. Expect drinks, dancing, music + tons of Halloween-themed fun. No brooms required for entry. More info.
When: Saturday, October 22 | 7PM-2AM
Where: TrimTab Brewing Co, 2721 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: $15 at door

23. Salsa Showdown benefiting Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

What: Benefiting the Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema’s Educational and Outreach programs, this 11th annual event features salsa dancing, cooking demos, football on the big screen, a tailgate taproom + DJ. PLUS you’ll have the chance to sample + pick the winners for the best salsa, queso, guac + special dip. More info.
Saturday, October 22 | 2-6PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Advance – $20 | At Event – $25 | Kids 5 + under – Free

24. Pig Iron BBQ Cook-Off benefiting Children’s Harbor

Children's Harbor
Children’s Harbor at Cahaba Brewing Company. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

What: Don’t miss the chance to compete—or just eat!—during the Pig Iron BBQ Cook-off this October. Held at Cahaba Brewing Company, teams will compete for best BBQ Ribs, Boston Butt + Sauce. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Harbor and its mission to provide unique services to seriously-ill children and their families. More info.
When: Saturday, October 29 | 1-4PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $20

25. 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Have you registered for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s? (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What: Walk to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. All funds and donations from this annual event benefit the Alzheimer’s Association More info
When: Sunday, October 30 | Registration – 1PM, Ceremony 2PM
Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Free to walk

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