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Boo! Our favorite season has finally arrived. We are full of festive excitement as fall brings leaves in autumnal hues, cooler temperatures, and Halloween shenanigans. October’s calendar offers plenty of options to keep you busy and kick off your fall with a bang. Have a spooktacular month, Birmingham!

16 Birmingham Events & Happenings: October 2021

October 1, 2021: ‘Tails In The Trails

Benefiting the new Cougar Crossing habitat, Birmingham Zoo’s Junior Board hosts its 11th Annual ‘Tails in the Trails event on Friday, October 1. Head down to the Hugh Kaul Plaza and enjoy live music by Nationwide Coverage, delicious bites from your favorite local restaurants, a full bar with specialty cocktails, and a silent auction. There is also an online auction through Friday, October 1, until 9:30 p.m. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and tickets are $45 and include two complimentary drinks. (Note: This rain-or-shine event is 21+.) birminghamzoo.com

October 1, 2021: Thomas Rhett Live at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Kick off the new month with a high-energy country concert! Oak Mountain Amphitheatre is the place to be on Friday, October 1, as Thomas Rhett comes to town on his newest tour, “The Center Point Road Tour.” Featuring special guests Cole Swindell and Gabby Barrett, this show is one you don’t want to miss. Tickets start at $28, and the show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. theoakmountainamphitheater.com

October 1 & 2, 2021: Alabama Butterbean Festival

The annual Alabama Butterbean Festival is back! The family-friendly event combines Southern cooking and 150 arts and crafts vendors for a weekend full of entertainment. Take the short trip to Pinson’s Main Street for two days of fun. Starting Friday, October 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., locals and visitors alike can enjoy live music, delicious food, carnival rides, petting zoos, pony rides, and even fireworks. This festival is a great way to kick off the new month. alabamabutterbeanfestival.com

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October 2, 2021: CahabaQue 2021

It’s time for the 8th Annual CahabaQue BBQ competition! This family-friendly event at Cahaba Brewing Company is the ultimate barbecue cook-off of the season, with proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. General admission tickets are $15, and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50. bcrfa.org

October 2, 2021: Slicefest

Celebrate one of Birmingham’s most beloved restaurants as they turn 9 years old on Saturday, October 2. Slice Pizza & Brewhouse is proud to welcome back its annual festival featuring a talented lineup of musicians, an interactive kids’ zone, and, of course, delicious beer and pizza. General admission is $35, and VIP tickets are available for $150. VIP admission allows access to a private lounge that includes private restrooms, a private bar, catered food, and a live stream of the main stage. slicefest.com

October 2 & 3, 2021: BHM26.2

One of the biggest race weekends in the South is officially on for 2021. This year, BHM26.2 includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and a fun run. Join over 2,000 runners from across the country for this exciting, family-friendly weekend on Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3. Enjoy scenic, non-looping courses throughout Homewood and downtown Birmingham as you run for an amazing cause. All proceeds benefit Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama. Stick around after the race on Sunday for an exciting after-party featuring Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, live music, a bar, a kids zone, and more. Registration fees start at $35. bhm262.com

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, & 30, 2021: Pumpkin Junction

All aboard to Pumpkin Junction! The whole family can enjoy a ride through the woods on the Calera and Shelby Railroad as the train takes you on a magical adventure. At the junction, you can find a pumpkin patch, a hayride, games, food vendors, photo opportunities, and much more. This is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season! Tickets start at $17, and train rides begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. hodrrm.org

October 7, 2021: Taste of Hoover at Aldridge Gardens

Spend an October night strolling through beautiful gardens, sampling food, and sipping delectable wine and beer. Taste of Hoover, hosted at Aldridge Gardens, offers visitors and locals an opportunity to sample a variety of culinary flavors from Hoover’s best restaurants, caterers, and more. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy the gardens and everything else this event offers. Get your tickets quickly, as this event has sold out in the past. Member tickets are $45, non-member tickets are $50, and children 12 and under are free. aldridgegardens.com

October 7, 2021: Barktoberfest

Barktoberfest is back and better than ever. Dress up your furry friend in their best Halloween costume and head down to Cahaba Brewing Company on Thursday, October 7. Support local non-profit Hand in Paw as you enjoy craft beer, delicious food, fun contests, and more. All proceeds from the event benefit Anna’s Fund, which offsets costs associated with Hand in Paw volunteer training and supplies. Tickets are $25 and include a beer ticket, entry into the pet costume contest and stein hoist contest, a novelty item, and access to the Hand in Paw photo booth. The fun begins at 6 p.m. handinpaw.org

October 8 – 10, 2021: 16th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Celebrate the 16th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park this October. The three-day event features a vintage swap meet, AHRMA racing, a fan zone, VJMC motorcycle shows, demo rides, and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this fun, interactive festival! Three-day general admission tickets are $60, Friday and Saturday general admission tickets are $40, and Sunday general admission tickets are $30. Children 15 and under are free with a ticketed adult, and each day begins at 8 a.m. barbermuseum.org

October 9, 2021: Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run

The 2nd Annual Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run has arrived, offering 5K, 10K, and fun run options. On Saturday, October 9, the race starts and finishes on 29th Avenue South between 18th Street South and 19th Street South in Homewood. Grab a race T-shirt, swag bag, and a post-race snack while you enjoy the awards ceremony. The race honors beloved Homewood native Douglas Benjamin Barnes. The day kicks off at 7:45 a.m., and registration starts at $30. All proceeds benefit the Jimmie Hale Mission, a non-profit committed to helping Birmingham men burdened by homelessness. runsignup.com

October 14 – 16, 2021: 48th Annual Greek Food Festival

Opa! Celebrate all things Greek at the 48th Annual Greek Food Festival. From October 14-16, enjoy delicious Greek cuisine, live performances, music, and dancing. The Greek Marketplace, featuring Mediterranean and Orthodox Christian souvenirs, is always a beautiful area to stroll through and do some early holiday shopping. The open-air festival is free to attend and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day. A convenient drive-thru is also open all three days of the festival from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make plans to support this beloved Birmingham festival! bhamgreekfestival.com

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October 19, 2021: The Jonas Brothers at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Get ready for your happiness to begin. Head to Oak Mountain Amphitheatre on Tuesday, October 19, for an evening with The Jonas Brothers as they celebrate the “Remember This Tour.” Country music superstar Kelsea Ballerini is also slated to join The Jonas Brothers at this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. Tickets start at $27, and the show begins at 6 p.m. theoakmountainamphitheater.com

October 21, 2021: Harvest of Hope at Home

Harvest of Hope, an annual gala that supports Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, switches gears for its 18th year and brings the fun with a meal delivered straight to your home! Dine on a three-course meal for two catered by Kathy G & Co., munch on cookies by Cookie Fix, and sip on wine pairings by United Johnson Brothers. Attendees also have the opportunity to virtually bid on student and local art, jewelry, accessories, travel packages, and gift cards from local businesses. The deadline to order is Thursday, October 7, and meals start at $200. csalabama.org

October 21, 2021: Bone Bash

Kick off your Halloween festivities with a fun charitable event on Thursday, October 21. Join the Arthritis Foundation at Sloss Furnaces for its annual Bone Bash fundraiser. Attendees can enjoy a buffet dinner, bar, music and dancing, entertainment, a silent auction, a costume contest, and a presentation by volunteers and staff from the Arthritis Foundation. Proceeds support the Arthritis Foundation’s research, advocacy, and programs. Tickets are $100, and the party starts at 6 p.m. arthser.com

October 30, 2021: The Magic City Classic

The Magic City Classic is the largest historically Black college and university (HBCU) football game in the country. Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University play in the game annually at Legion Field, and the winner could potentially earn a spot in the SWAC Championship. Festivities surrounding the game include the Classic Kickoff, Magic City Classic Parade, Tailgate Party, and the famed halftime show performed by the Mighty Marching Hornets and the Marching Maroon and White. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m., and tickets start at $25. magiccityclassic.com

Get out and enjoy Birmingham’s crisp fall weather and fun events this October!

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