12 exciting weekend events—Greek Food Festival + Harry Potter—Oct. 14-16

Harry Potter
Birmingham, which spell will you cast? (McWane Science Center)

With the weekend just around the corner, it’s time to start making your plans. Birmingham has just about everything this weekend—from Greek food to Harry Potter to a cornhole tournament—and you won’t want to miss out on the fun. Keep reading to find out what’s happening in The Magic City, October 14-16.

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12 weekend events in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama, Greek Food Festival
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1. 49th Annual Birmingham Greek Food Festival

  • Why go: Bring the whole family to this Bham fan-fave event with delicious food and Greek music and dancing.
  • When: Thursday, October 13-Saturday, October 15 | 10:30AM-9:30PM
  • Where: Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 307 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: Free admission

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

  • Why go: This conference is helping employers address mental health, substance use and recovery in the workplace by equipping them with the knowledge to start employee programs and policies for a healthy workforce.
  • When: Friday, October 14 | 8:30AM-4PM
  • Where: Jefferson State Community College, 4801 Jaguar Drive Judy Merritt Building, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Cost: $97-108
  • Buy tickets

3. Overnight Adventure with The Chamber of Secrets

  • Why go: Spend the night in Bham’s beloved science museum, explore McWane’s must-see exhibits, watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at McWane’s IMAX Dome Theater and chow down on pizza + snacks.
  • When: Friday, October 14 | 5PM-8AM
  • Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $60 per person (includes admission to McWane, pizza, breakfast + IMAX tickets to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
  • Reserve your spot

4. Harry Potter Day

  • Why go: Be Harry Potter for the day + attend Hogwarts classes, including Accio Science, Care of Magical Creatures + Ollivander’s Wand Workshop at McWane Science Center.
  • When: Saturday, October 15 | 10AM-5PM
  • Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: General admission to McWane | IMAX Tickets – $10 per person
  • Tickets

5. Hoots and Howls

  • Why go: Dress up and trick-or-treat through the Candy Trail, show off your moves at the Monster Mash dance party, ride on the Red Diamond Express Train and Protective Life Carousel, meet animals + play yard games at this beloved annual event.
  • When: Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 | 10AM-4PM 
  • Where: The Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Cost: Varies by activity
  • Tickets

6. Grace House Pumpkin Festival

  • Why go: Enjoy family fun, including pumpkins, the “Spider Climb” climbing structure complete with a 45-foot slide, carnival-style games, fun activities, animals, food and candy + prize giveaways.
  • When: Saturday, October 15 | 10AM-1PM
  • Where: Homewood Central Park, 1632 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209
  • Cost: Free for adults | $10 for kids

7. Little Red’s Most Unusual Day

  • Why go: Get ready to laugh with the whole family at this retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story with the music of J. Offenbach and G. Rossini.
  • When: Saturday, October 15 | 10:30AM + 12:30AM
  • Where: Avondale Amphitheater, 3839 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: $10 for adults | Kids under 18 are free
  • Buy tickets

8. Funk & Slide

  • Why go: Groove to music from Suaze X DJ Rahdu, eat yummy tacos from Backyard Taco + sip on beer from Birmingham District Brewing.
  • When: Saturday, October 15 | 5PM
  • Where: Birmingham District Brewing, 2201 2nd Ave S, #102, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: Free admission

9. 10th Annual Tall Bike Joust by Storyteller Overland

  • Why go: Bring your family and furry friend to watch one of the craziest spectacles (people jousting on bikes) you’ll ever see + support a good cause.
  • When: Saturday, October 15 | 6PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 Fifth Ave. S, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Cost: $20 online or $25 at the door | Kids under 12 are free
  • Buy tickets

10. Trick or Trot 5K

  • Why go: Sweat it out + get in the Halloween spirit at this race benefiting Kid One Transport. Do you have a creative costume? You could win a prize!
  • When: Sunday, October 16-22 | In-Person 5K, 8-10AM
  • Where: Back Forty Beer Company, 3201 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: $30
  • Register

11. Toss Out Ovarian Cancer Cornhole Tournament

  • Why go: Grab your crew to play cornhole + enjoy beer to benefit Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
  • When: Sunday, October 16 | 1PM
  • Where: Avondale Brewing Company, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: $40 per team
  • Register

12. Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market

  • Why go: Shop at over 50 vendors, including vintage, music, oddities, art, collector’s items, records, zines + more. You can also jam out to live music by Saliva Godiva and Angel Fazce.
  • When: Sunday, October 16 | 1-5PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation to Fire House Community Arts Center

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Selah Vetter
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