1. The Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31 | Times vary
Old Baker Farm
Families are invited to visit this U-pick farm to find pumpkins ripe for harvest, and they can take a hayride, get on a train ride, meet animals at the petting farm and explore the corn maze while they’re there, too! Pumpkins are $13, and attendees must purchase one to enter. The farm is open weekdays 3-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Old Baker Farm’s annual “Cowboy Day” weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 15, and the farm’s annual festival weekend is set for Saturday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 29. Learn more here.
2. The Patch
Weekends in October
Friday | 3-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
It’s pumpkin season! Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 1, attendees can visit Helena Hollow and experience The Patch’s 20 different agri-entertainment attractions including slides, swings and animals. Attendees can also take a hayride to pick a pumpkin in the patch. Online admission is $12.95 per person, and admission at the gate is $15 per person. Children ages 2 and under get in free. For more information, visit here.
3. Helena’s Buck Creek Festival
Friday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 7
Friday | 6-10 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Helena’s Amphitheater Park
The highly anticipated Buck Creek Festival is back this October, featuring an array of family-friendly musical performances, the annual duck race, kids’ activities and a vendor market, too. Find more details here.
4. Shelby Iron Works Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Shelby Iron Works Park
The Shelby Iron Works Fall Festival, which is free event, will feature demonstrations of syrup making, blacksmithing and operating the antique saw mill on-site. There will be a plethora of vendors selling homemade goods, and the Iron Works’ country store will be open for attendees to peruse through, too. The dining hall will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch. Attendees can also look forward to live musical performances by the Ain’t Misbehavin’ Big Band. Learn more here.
5. The 15th Annual Fall Festival
Sunday, Oct. 15 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Buck Creek Trail
The City of Alabaster’s Fall Festival is back and featuring carnival rides for children, food vendors, hay rides, inflatables, live entertainment, a trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin painting and more! This event is free and open to the public, although patrons do have to pay for food from on-site vendors should they wish to eat at the event. Those wishing to paint pumpkins may purchase pumpkins for $2 each. Visit here for more information.
6. Give and Gather Dinner
Thursday, Oct. 19 | 5:30 p.m.
Greystone Golf & Country Club–Founders Clubhouse
Benefitting the women and children of King’s Home Shelby Auxiliary, the annual Give and Gather dinner will feature a delicious business casual dinner, a silent auction and a live auction, too. This year’s hosts will be Russell P. and Jessica from the radio station, 93.7 WDJC. Tickets are $125 each and include complimentary beer and wine. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit here.
7. Halloween Havoc Half Marathon and Six-Mile Sprint
Saturday, Oct. 28 | 5-11 p.m.
Oak Mountain State Park
Runners, beware! The Halloween Havoc Half Marathon and Six-Mile Sprint will be a night race on the trails at Oak Mountain State Park. Costumes are encouraged! The course will have an aid station at the halfway point of each race. Each distance is a full circle, so runners start and finish at the same location. Runners should be well trained for this event as the course contains a variety of hilly terrain. Post-race refreshments will be available for runners after the race. The first, second and third-place winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions will be awarded prizes as well. Get more information and register here.
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