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 — both in-person and virtually. 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 October’s best events and happenings, Birmingham!

15 Birmingham Events & Happenings: October 2020

October 2 & 3, 2020: Alabama Butterbean Festival

The annual Alabama Butterbean Festival is back this October 2 and 3 in a socially distant format! 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. alabamabutterbeanfestival.com

October 2 – 9, 2020: Tails Off The Trails Online Auction

Score some incredible items and help raise money for the Birmingham Zoo’s Emergency Animal Fund. Join the zoo’s Junior Board at Tails Off The Trails, an online auction event. Beginning October 2 at noon, attendees can bid on several exciting items that support a worthy cause. Bidding ends October 9 at 10 p.m. birminghamzoo.com

October 3, 2020: Kitty Kat Haven & Rescue 5K Meow-A-Thon

Lace up your running shoes and head to Veterans Park on October 3 for the Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue 5K Meow-A-Thon. Choose between participating in the 5K or Whisker Walk, a 1-mile fun run/walk, and enjoy the fresh air while you support Kitty Kat Haven & Rescue. This Birmingham organization is a no-kill, cage-free shelter for stray cats and kittens. The 5K begins at 9 a.m., followed by the Whisker Walk at 10:30 a.m. Entrance fees begin at $15 for the Whisker Walk and $25 for the 5K. runsignup.com

October 3, 2020: 5th Annual Virtual Run For Resilience Ostomy 5K

Did you know October 3 is Ostomy Awareness Day? Show your support by participating in a virtual format. Grab your family and head out for a run or walk. Snap a photo along the way and share it on your social media accounts using the hashtag #RunforResilience! Participants are encouraged to complete their run or walk on October 3. Registration is $17.50. ostomy5k.org

October 4, 2020: BHM26.2 Half Marathon & 5K

One of the biggest races in the South is officially ON for 2020. Head out to Homewood on October 4 (rescheduled from April) for the BHM26.2! This year, the run includes a half marathon or 5K. All proceeds from the event benefit Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama. Registration is $35 for the 5K and $85 for the half marathon. bhm262.com

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October 8, 2020: 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. aldridgegardens.com

October 10, 2020: Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run 5K & Fun Run

Create a new tradition this October at the inaugural Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run! On October 10, 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 8 a.m., and registration is $30. All proceeds benefit the Jimmie Hale Mission, a non-profit committed to helping Birmingham men burdened by homelessness. runsignup.com

October 11, 2020: Virtual Picnic with Railroad Park

Celebrate 10 years of Railroad Park with Protective! Register to watch the free celebratory program and receive a digital download of a fun coloring sheet and an event scavenger hunt card. You can also register for a picnic that includes a meal prepared by local restaurants. Meals begin at $16, and the deadline to order is October 8. Family-style meals are also available. Programming begins at 4 p.m. railroadparkpicnic.swell.gives

October 14 – 25, 2020: Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop Save & Share Fundraiser

The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is back with their 15th 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. shopsaveandshare.net

October 18, 2020: Les Dames d’Escoffier Champagne & Fried Chicken

Have a picnic with a special date this October. This annual event has taken a new form as a drive-through picnic dinner basket pickup on Sunday, October 18. Each basket serves two people and features delicious bites from Kathy G & Co., Ashley Mac’s, Satterfield’s, Crestline Bagel Co. and El ZunZún. The fundraiser benefits the Birmingham chapter of International Les Dames d’Escoffier and its scholarship and grant program. Savor every complex and delicious flavor from the comfort of your own home. The event runs from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ldeibirmingham.org

October 22, 2020: Open Your Purse Virtual Gala

It is time again the 3rd annual Open Your Purse Gala benefitting Undone Redone! This beloved event will include a livestream online auction. Registration is free, so you can invite your friends to ‘attend’ with you virtually. The live auction will start at 5 p.m. CST following the livestream at 6:30 p.m. CST. Due to the COVID quarantine, screen time for students has been at an all-time high due to being forced to do school work in a virtual environment. This means that the need to educate parents on the dangers of technology through initiatives like My Secure Family has never been more urgent or more important. undoneredone.com

October 22, 2020: Harvest of Hope at Home

We love to see our favorite annual events pivot their strategies during this uncertain time. Harvest of Hope, an annual gala that supports Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, switches gears for its 26th year and brings the fun with a meal delivered straight to your home! Dine on a three-course meal for two catered by Black Sheep Kitchen, 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. csalabama.org

October 22, 2020: Virtual Dinnertainment benefitting The Exceptional Foundation

Get ready to boogie the night away with The Exceptional Foundation on October 22. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., guests will experience an eccentric dinner party that showcases the various talents of some of the amazing people at The Exceptional Foundation from the comfort of their own home. For tickets and more information, email [email protected]. exceptionalfoundation.org

October 24, 2020: BOO Run for Down Syndrome

Grab your favorite costume and get ready to run! Hosted at Red Mountain Park, the BOO Run for Down Syndrome Alabama is back for another year. This event is fun for the whole family and includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. After the races are complete, stick around for a cookout, costume contest, and, of course, lots of treats! The races kick off at 8:30 a.m. on October 24. Registration is $40 for the 5K and 10K, and the fun run is $10. southeasterntrailruns.com

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Through October 31, 2020: 3rd Annual Virtual Pink Up the Pace 5K and 1-Mile Dolly Dash

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama has gone virtual to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research by extending Pink Up The Pace throughout the month of October. Commit to participating in one or all three of this year’s run options. Races include a timed challenge, a distance challenge, and a 1-mile run, bike or scooter race for the kiddos. Use the hashtag #PUTPWithBCRFA and share your run with others! Registration fees are $20 for children and $30 for adults. bcrfa.networkforgood.com

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

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