Boo! Our favorite season has finally arrived. We are full of festive excitement, as fall brings leaves in autumnal hues, cool 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!

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Enjoy 18 of October’s best events and happenings, Birmingham!

18 Birmingham Events & Happenings: October 2021

October 1, 2021: Tails In The Trails

Benefiting the new Cougar Crossing habitat, Birmingham Zoo’s Junior Board is hosting their 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 will also be a fun online auction from Friday, September 24 to Friday, October 1 until 9:30 pm. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 and includes two free drinks. Note: This rain or shine event is 21+ 

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

Kick off the new month with a high energy country concert! The Oak Mountain Amphitheatre is the place to be on 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 $40 and the show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

October 1 & 2, 2021: Alabama Butterbean Festival

The annual Alabama Butterbean Festival is back this October 1 and 2! This family-friendly festival 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, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 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.

October 2, 2021: CahabaQue 2021

It’s time for the 8th Annual CahabaQue BBQ competition! This kid-friendly, family fun 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. General admission tickets are $15. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50.

October 2, 2021: Slicefest

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

October 2 –3, 2021: BHM26.2

One of the biggest race weekends in the South is officially ON for 2021. This year, the run includes a marath0n, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and a fun run. Join over 2,000 runners from across the country for this exciting, family-friendly weekend. Enjoy scenic, non-looping courses throughout Homewood and downtown Birmingham as you run for an amazing cause. All proceeds from the event 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.

October 2 – 30, 2021: Pumpkin Junction

All aboard to Pumpkin Junction! The whole family will enjoy a ride through the woods on the Calera or Shelby train as it takes you on a magical adventure. At the junction, you’ll 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.

October 7, 2021: Taste of Hoover at Aldridge Gardens

Spend an October night strolling through beautiful gardens, sampling foods, 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.

October 7, 2021: Barktoberfest

Barktoberfest is back and better than ever. Dress up your loyal furry friend in their best Halloween costume and head down to Cahaba Brewing on 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 will benefit Anna’s Fund, a fund created to offset costs associated with volunteer training and supplies. Tickets are $25 and include 1 a Cahaba 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.

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

Celebrate the 16th Annual Barber Vintage Festival this October. This three day event will feature a Vintage Swap Meet, AHRMA racing, 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. Each day begins at 8 a.m.

October 9, 2021: Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run 10K, 5K & Fun Run

The 2nd annual Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run has arrive! On 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. This 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.

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

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

October 16, 2021: Baby Steps Memorial Run

Baby Steps is a 5K and Fun Run with a celebration at the finish line. All contributions from the event allow The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama to continue to offer services and support to grieving families throughout the community.

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

Get ready for your happiness to begin. Head out to the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre on October 19 for an evening with the Jonas Brothers as they celebrate their brand new tour, ‘Remember This’. Country music superstar Kelsea Ballerini will be joining the Brothers at this once in a lifetime concert experience. It will truly be an evening to remember! Tickets start at $29.95 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

October 20 – 31, 2021: Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop Save & Share Fundraiser

The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is back with their 16th annual Shop Save & Share Fundraiser. This 12-day event allows patrons to receive 20% off and/or exclusive offers at over 250 participating businesses with purchase of a Shop Save & Share card. All proceeds from the sale of cards benefit the Junior League’s 40 community projects improving the lives of Birmingham women and children. Shop Save & Share features premiere retailers such as Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Vineyard Vines and more, as well as locally owned boutiques, spas, restaurants and fitness studios like Carriage House Weddings, Genesis Nail Spa, Soca Clothing and Taco Mama, among numerous others. Patrons can purchase the $40 Shop Save & Share card online or at select retailers.

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, 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 October 7, and meals start at $200.

October 21, 2021: Bone Bash

Looking for a good reason to get festive this Halloween? The Arthritis Foundation’s Bone Bash fundraiser is a community-driven event that takes place in a few select cities across the country. These fun and spirited evenings raise funds to support our mission to conquer arthritis and help more than 50 million Americans say Yes to a better life. All guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, bar, music and dancing, entertainment, silent auction, costume contest and a presentation hosted by Arthritis Foundation volunteers and staff. Proceeds support the Arthritis Foundation’s research, advocacy and public health programs. Tickets are $100 and the party starts at 6 p.m.

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 in Birmingham, Alabama, 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 p.m. and tickets start at $25.


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


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