By Courtney Corbridge
If you’re looking for some fun things to do during this beautiful first weekend of fall, we think these are some of the best. Whatever you do, Birmingham, have a wonderful time and get out and enjoy the best that our area has to offer.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Irondale Whistle Stop Festival (10–7pm, 9pm for fireworks at Grants Mill Station) Visit historic Irondale while browsing more than 100 vendors’ arts, crafts, and food stalls. On top of that, there will be live entertainment. Best of all, it’s free! Visit http://irondalewhistlestopfestival.com/ for more details.
Crestline Rocks (4–6pm) Help Birmingham’s inner-city preschoolers get a head start by joining in an afternoon of family fun and entertainment! This collaborative event between PreSchool Partners and Regions Bank will have the best of the area’s local bands playing at the Emmet O’Neal Library. Come relax on a blanket as you listen to music and participate in kid-friendly entertainment—all while supporting a great cause. It’s only $5 for kids 11 and under. And $10 for everyone else. All proceeds go to PreSchool Partners. Visit http://www.preschool-partners.org/crestline-about.php for more details.
The Little Red Hen (10am & 12pm) The Wee Folks Theatre brings to life the classic tale of a busy little hen and her bread—but this time it’s the whole story. Meet Miz Hen and others in a musical not to be missed! It’s $9 for kids and $11 for adults. Check out http://www.bct123.org/RedHen.html to learn more.
Big Fish Through Oct. 4 (Thurs.–Sat. 7:30pm & Sat.–Sun. 2pm, beginning Sept. 27) Gear up for some tall tales because Big Fish is here—and only for another week. It’s probably the most fun you can have in the story of man rebuilding his relationship with his father. For tickets, prices, and more details visit http://www.bct123.org/RedHen.html.
Sunday, Sept. 27
24th Annual Magic City AIDS Walk & 5k Run (3:30–6:30pm) Come support a great cause while getting fit and being entertained. With food, a 5k run, live music, craft vendors, and food, you simply cannot go wrong. Admission is free, so don’t miss it. More details can be found at http://www.birminghamaidsoutreach.org/#!magic-city-aids-walk/c24d3.
Thursday, Oct. 1
Birmingham Art Crawl (5–9pm) As with every first Thursday of the month, the Birmingham Art Crawl is back with live musical performances and its local artists. Snatch up a new painting, or just get your artsy on as you browse vendors throughout town. Check out http://birminghamartcrawl.com/about.html for more information.
Greek Festival Oct.1–3 (10:30am–10:30pm) For the 43rd year in a row, Birmingham brings the South all things Greek—dancing, music, and especially food. That’s right, homemade Greek food for the picking, from baklava to pastiche. Don’t miss this unforgettable cultural experience.
Look at the full menu and find more details at http://www.birminghamgreekfestival.net/.
The Alabama Butterbean Festival Oct. 2–3 (Fri. 6–10; Sat. 9–4) This isn’t just another festival with food, music, and crafts; it’s Alabama’s second largest festival, and it’s got carnival rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo to boot. Stick around Friday night for a great fireworks show.
Other Events to Note:
Oak Hill Cemetery’s Zombie Walk and Rummage Sale (Sept. 26) - https://www.facebook.com/events/899639303441129/
Alabama Symphony Orchestra Red Diamond SuperPops! Series (Sept. 25) - http://www.alabamasymphony.org/
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival (Sept. 25–27) - http://homesteadhollow.com/
It Ain’t Nothing’ But the Blues (Sept. 17–Oct. 4) - http://www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org/season/it-aint-nothin-but-the-blues/
Swan Lake by the Russian Grand Ballet (Sept. 25) - http://www.ticketmaster.com/Swan-Lake-tickets/artist/804359?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name#BVRRWidgetID