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Music Events & Festivals October

Two things Alabama has always excelled at? Playing music and throwing parties. So naturally we host several of the nation’s hottest music festivals. Rock out on the beach or bask in the blues – whatever your favorite, we’ve got your festival.

  • Athens Cruise In

    March 05, 2011 to October 01, 2011
    Athens, AL
    256-603-1227

    From March to October, downtown Athens is full of antique vehicles on the first Saturday nights. Some businesses will stay open late and three restaurants will be open for delicious food. A DJ will play 50s and 60s tunes.

  • Photo of Pepper Place Saturday Market

    Pepper Place Saturday Market

    April 16, 2011 to December 17, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-802-2100, ext. 230 | pepperplacemarket.com

    Visit our region’s farming families at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. They grow vegetables and flowers, bake breads and cookies, cakes and pies, tend the bees, and drive into the Lakeview District of Birmingham to sell the fruits of their labors. In addition to farmers, bakers and beekeepers you can enjoy local musicians on two stages while sipping a fresh cup of coffee or enjoying a light breakfast.

  • Musical Theatre

    September 23, 2011 to October 03, 2011
    Anniston , AL
    256-820-2278 | castalabama.com

    CAST (Community Actors’ Studio Theatre) is revving up to bring its audience an 11th season of popular entertainment, including a hit musical.

  • North Alabama Scottish Festival & Highland Games

    September 30, 2011 to October 02, 2011
    Scottsboro, AL
    800-259-5508 | tennesseevalleyscottishsociety.org

    Celebrate the heritage and culture of the Highlands at the Scottish Festival in Scottsboro at the Amphitheater area with bagpipes and drums, highland and Irish dancers, Scottish storytelling, plenty of beautiful highland music and demonstrations of sheep herding and Scottish cows.

  • Fall in Folsom

    October 01, 2011
    Marion, AL
    334-683-9955 | holmesteadcompany.com

    Come visit the site of one of Alabama’s last active plantations. Stop in our general store, built in 1875, and step back into history with photographs and tools showing a family’s history for almost 200 years. Bring your family for a day of history, entertainment and excitement.

  • BayFest 5K & Fun Run

    October 01, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    251-208-7835 | bayfest.com

    BayFest Music Festival will hold its 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run and all proceeds will go toward the BayFest Music Scholarship Fund, which benefits local high school music students.

  • Syrup Sopping Day @ Loachapoka

    October 01, 2011
    Loachapoka, AL
    334-821-8968 | syrupsopping.org

    Since the town’s earliest days, Loachapoka farmers have made fine tasting syrup from sorghum and ribbon cane. Join us as mules turn the mills and rides are given to youngsters while the cane is pressed and syrup is made. Eager guests arrive at sunrise to get homemade biscuits and hot syrup.

  • BayFest Music Festival, 17th Annual

    October 07, 2011 to October 09, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    251-478-5679 | bayfest.com

    BayFest will celebrate its 17th anniversary with more than 125 live musical acts on nine stages. BayFest offers music for every taste, including country, classic rock, alternative, pop, jazz, R&B, rap, gospel, modern rock and more.

  • Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

    October 07, 2011 to October 08, 2011
    Athens, AL
    256-233-8215 | athens.edu

    Known as the Granddaddy of MidSouth Fiddlers Conventions, the event attracts 15,000-20,000 old-time music enthusiasts to the campus of Athens State University. Competition categories include harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass and many others. An arts and crafts show will be held in conjunction with the competition.

  • The Evergreen Sausage Festival

    October 08, 2011
    Evergreen, AL
    251-578-3291

    Celebrate our love of sausage. Enjoy live entertainment, a sausage cook-off, arts & crafts, food venders, pet parade, an antique car show and children’s activities.

  • Hot Strings Bluegrass Festival

    October 09, 2011
    The Preserve, Hoover, Birmingham, AL
    205-425-7737 | www.hotstringsfestival.com

    Hot Strings is Birmingham’s Blazin Bluegrass Festival featuring eight bluegrass and acoustic groups including Blue Highway and Claire Lynch. Benefiting the Foundry Rescue and Recovery Center, it is an event not to be missed!

  • Sullivan Family Homecoming

    October 13, 2011 to October 15, 2011
    St. Stephens, AL
    251-246-4553

    The Sullivan family will host this annual gathering of bluegrass and gospel performers, food and fun at their home, which includes a 69-arce park, complete with camping facilities.

  • National Shrimp Festival

    October 13, 2011 to October 16, 2011
    Gulf Shores, AL
    251-968-4237 | nationalshrimpfestival.com

    The public beaches will come alive with more than 300 vendors of fine arts, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace, delicious seafood and fabulous entertainment. There will be a Children’s Activity Village, sand sculpture Contest and exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. Local and national music acts will play continuously and will feature everything from country, blues, and rock & roll to Zydeco and soul.

  • Butler Fest 2011

    October 14, 2011 to October 15, 2011
    Butler, AL
    205-459-3795

    This event, sanctioned by the Memphis Barbeque Network, will feature a barbecue cook-off, walking tours, parade of pigs, carnival, food and craft vendors, local talent and area bands for street dances, 5K run, 2K and children’s walk, antiques and late model car show and a bass tournament.

  • Horse Pens 40 Bluegrass Festival

    October 14, 2011 to October 15, 2011
    Steele, AL
    256-538-7439 | hp40.com

    Various gospel and bluegrass bands are set to perform.

  • Fall Plant Sale

    October 15, 2011 to October 16, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-414-3960 | bbgardens.org/fall-plant-sale.php

    Fall is the best time to plant, which is why the Fall Plant Sale is one of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ most popular fundraisers. The sale is a family-friendly, volunteer-driven event.

  • White's Mountain Bluegrass Festival

    October 15, 2011 to October 16, 2011
    Springville, AL
    205-467-6927 | whitesmtnbluegrass.com

    Enjoy bluegrass in a natural amphithreater setting. Featuring live bands performing on stage, in addition to a full weekend of jammin’ throughout the park. Camping, RV and tent sites available. Delicious home cooked food will be on the menu.

  • Heritage Festival & Cruisin' on the Square

    October 15, 2011
    Jasper , AL
    205-384-9525

    Organizers of the Downtown Jasper Merchant Association and Central Alabama Rodders Society have come together for this annual event. Downtown merchants will provide special products and pricing and local musicians will be featured, along with an antique car show, arts and crafts, children’s activities, food, fun and more!

  • Riverfront Market Day

    October 15, 2011
    Selma, AL
    334-874-2143 | SelmaAlabama.com

    Visit our market and check out country crafts, handmade pottery, colorful quilts, pillows, dolls, and doo-dads, dirt daubers nests, handsome jewelry, oils and watercolors by artists from several states, tole ware, porcelain china, unique furniture, brass, crystal, and more.

  • Choral Evensong

    October 16, 2011
    Birmingham, AL
    205-226-3505 | adventbirmingham.org

    The Cathedral Choir will sing in a beautiful service of lessons, anthems, and prayers at the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

  • ArchiTreats; Food for Thought: The Legacy of Alabama Gospel Quartets by Doug Seroff

    October 20, 2011
    Montgomery, AL
    334-353-4726 | archives.alabama.gov

    Third-Thursday lecture series presents the Legacy of Alabama Gospel Quartets by Doug Seroff with a performance by the Four Eagles Gospel Singers.

  • Weogufka Old Farm "N" Bluegrass Day

    October 22, 2011
    Weogufka Center, Weogufka, AL
    334-464-0093 | weogufkacenter.com

    The second annual event features sorghum syrup making, an old tractor show, two music stages, vendors, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to the grounds is free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Williams Station Day, 20th Annual

    October 22, 2011
    Atmore, AL
    251-368-3305 | atmorechamber.com

    Celebrate Atmore’s founding in 1866 as a supply stop along the railroad. Enjoy fine arts, original crafts, children’s art activities and rides, a static train display, model train show, fiddlers’ tent, storytelling, an old-time cane mill, antique car show, food and live entertainment featuring blues, gospel and country music.

  • Athens Storytelling Festival

    October 28, 2011 to October 29, 2011
    Athens, AL
    256-232-0400 | athensstorytellingfestival.com

    Imagine a crisp fall weekend spent listening to stories of adventure and excitement, a place where memories and magic are captured and spun into tales that make you laugh and cry. Hear stories that tell of a time that used to be at the annual Athens Storytelling Festival.

  • Peanut Butter Festival

    October 29, 2011
    Brundidge, AL
    334-670-6302 | piddle.org

    The Peanut Butter Festival is a harvest and heritage celebration honoring the town’s proud heritage in the peanut butter industry. The free-for-all festival features a 5-K Peanut Butter Run, non-stop entertainment, contests, games, exhibits, recipe contest, Peanut Butter Kids Contest and the Nutter Butter Parade and food galore including everything peanut butter (and dill pickes!).