13 weekend events, Oktoberfest + more fun, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Vintage Market Days
Shop with your gal pals this weekend at Vintage Market Days. (Vintage Market Days)

We spy the first day of October just around the corner. Birmingham is jam-packed with fall festivities and other fun events this weekend to kick off the new month. Keep reading to find out what’s happening in The Magic City, September 30-October 2.

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Game day in Alabama

UAB Football
Woohoo, let’s go Blazers! (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Bite-sized news

  • Discover rare fish: Freshwater Land Trust is celebrating the darters and the communities that protect them by holding its annual Endangered Species Tour this Friday, September 30.
  • Sad to say goodbye: Nabeel’s Cafe & Market is closing its doors this Friday, September 30 after being in the Homewood community for 50 years.

13 weekend events in Birmingham 

‘Tis the season for Oktoberfest. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

1. Shop Save & Share with the Junior League of Birmingham

  • Why go: Shop local + help improve the lives of people all across Birmingham through the Junior League’s 21 community projects
  • When: Wednesday, September 28-Sunday, October 9
  • Where: Participating Birmingham retailers
  • Cost: $40 for a Shop Save & Share Card to save up to a 20% discount at participating retailers during the event
  • Buy card

2. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Antiques at the Gardens

  • Why go: Antiques show with talks by nationally + internationally acclaimed interior designers, floral designers, architects, landscape architects and furniture designers
  • When: Thursday, September 29-Sunday, October 2
  • Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Cost: $15-350
  • Buy tickets

3. Vintage Market Days

  • Why go: Support small businesses selling vintage, antique, re-purposed and handmade items
  • When: Thursday, September 29, 4-8PM | Friday, September 30, 9AM-5PM | Sunday, October 1, 10AM-4PM
  • Where: The Finley Center, 5508 Stadium Trace Parkway, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Cost: $12 general admission | $17 VIP
  • Buy tickets

4. Bubba’s Block Party

  • Why go: Community block party with live music, food and games hosted by NASCAR and Alabama native Bubba Wallace
  • When: Friday, September 30 | 5-10PM
  • Where: Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: Free admission
  • RSVP

5. Bluff Park Art Show

6. Conjure Fest

7. UAB Solar House Tour

8. Discover Shelby Fest

  • Why go: Learn more about Central Alabama vineyards + enjoy live music
  • When: Saturday, October 1 | 11AM-7PM
  • Where: Old Mill Square Park, 105 West College Street, Columbiana, AL 35051
  • Cost: Free admission | $15 for a festival wine glass and wristband

9. Birmingham Children’s Theatre Amelia Earhart

  • Why go: Bring out your whole family to learn more about this American pilot in a creative, fun play
  • When: Saturday, October 1, 11AM | Saturday, October 22, 11AM
  • Where: Birmingham Children’s Theatre, 2130 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $22 for adults | $15 for seniors | $10 for children (kids under two are free)
  • Buy tickets

10. Oktoberfest at The Birmingham Zoo

11. Cahaba River Fry-Down

12. Hop City Perfect 10 Anniversary Party

13. The Garden Party Oktoberfest

Looking Ahead

The Fennec
Head to The Fennec on October 13 to support Birmingham Children’s Theatre.(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

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Selah Vetter
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