What to Do in Birmingham in October 2019

With the leaves changing, weather becoming a bit more bearable and entertaining events happening around Birmingham, October is a great month for getting out. From the Punk Rock Flea Market to Boo at the Zoo, there are many fun activities for a range of interests.

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October in the Magic City is the perfect time to don your best costume, grab some great Greek food and maybe even listen to a Ghostbusters-themed concert. The city is full of fun events, ranging from Barktoberfest to the Trick or Trot 5K, many of which are free and family-friendly. Don’t miss out on any of the haunted happenings by downloading our free calendar as a reminder. If you’re running social media for your own business, feel free to use our calendar as inspiration for your postings.

(Click here to download the free October calendar.)

calendar of birmingham events in october 2019

Greek Festival – October 3-5

One of Birmingham’s oldest food events, the Greek Festival is a celebration of the local Greek community. The event includes authentic cuisine, Mediterranean souvenirs, Greek music and traditional dancing. For a more convenient option than their indoor or outdoor dining areas, there’s also a drive-thru during lunchtime to grab meals.

Code-A-Story – October 5

Get your little one involved with programming through the Homewood Public Library’s fun Code-A-Story class. The program, which uses storytelling and activities to teach coding, is suitable for children in K-5th.

Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market – October 6

Enjoy Birmingham’s counterculture by attending the Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market. The event will include dozens of vendors with wares ranging from art to records and zines, and live music will also be performed throughout the day. This event is free and open to all ages.

Yoga Lab at The Pizitz – October 8

Take part in a community yoga class at The Pizitz. This session is totally free and suitable for all levels of fitness. Just remember to bring a mat and water bottle.

Barktoberfest – October 10

Support a Birmingham nonprofit, Hand in Paw, and enjoy local specialties while attending Barktoberfest. The event includes beer, hot dogs, dog portraits, a costume contest and more.

Boo at the Zoo – October 11-31

Make a day to see the Birmingham Zoo’s transformation into a Halloween wonderland. Boo at the Zoo will include themed rides, spooky attractions and carnival games. Other entertainment includes a trick-or-treating section and a Monster Mash dance party.

World Food Day – October 16

World Food Day was created to support efforts in eradicating world hunger. Recognize this day by gathering up supplies for the local food pantry, volunteering some time at a soup kitchen or making a donation to a nonprofit helping those in need.

The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball – October 18

Rock the night away at the Alabama Theatre’s Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball. Watch the cult classic movie, enjoy music by DJ Stevo and participate in the costume contest.

Trick or Trot 5k – October 19

Break out Halloween costumes early and support Kid One Transport by running in the Trick or Trot 5K. The race takes place in downtown Birmingham with activities happening at Back Forty Birmingham. The event includes race awards, a costume contest and refreshments.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival – October 20

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, partnered with the Sidewalk Film Festival, showcases a lineup of documentaries featuring adventure and conservation. You’ll learn new things about the environment, and each ticket purchase also includes an annual membership with the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council.

Birmingham WordPress Meetup – October 22

Link up with WordPress enthusiasts from across Alabama at this networking and learning event. The evening will cover a range of topics, so you’re sure to learn something new.

Ghostbusters in Concert at Samford University – October 25

Enjoy the comedy classic, Ghostbusters, like you’ve never seen it before. The film will be screened live at Samford University’s Wright Center as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs the Grammy-nominated score.

Magic City Classic – October 26

Celebrate Birmingham’s biggest football game with the Magic City Classic Weekend. The days leading up to the Legion Field game will be filled with parties, concerts and more.

Halloween – October 31

The spookiest night of the year, Halloween is a great excuse to get out and about to attend some fun events. Check out your local calendar to find out what is happening near you. Many churches host trunk or treats, bars have drink specials and haunted houses will be in full swing. Be sure to wear something reflective if you’re hitting the streets, and keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters while driving.


About Hayley

When Hayley isn’t knocking out website copy behind her laptop, she’s in the kitchen — a (non-snobby) foodie and committed vegan, she brings her passion for cooking into the office with pies and treats she’s made herself. Hayley polished her skills, both culinary and literary, at Cooking Light digital and, where she worked as a food writer before joining us here at Infomedia. She’s great at writing SEO-rich copy, drafting a catchy headline and utilizing digital tools to give her writing serious online impact. To unwind, Hayley likes watching horror movies, sweating the day away in hot yoga, traveling with her husband, Peter, and coming home to their two cats, Momo and Otto.

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