The Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun October 6th – October 8th

Weekend fun for the whole family! So many things kicking off this weekend you might have to rock, paper, scissor to figure out which one to do first! Here are our top picks to help narrow it down!

  • Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Express

Board their vintage train for a beautiful autumn ride through the scenic forests of Shelby County to the Pumpkin Patch to pick your perfect pumpkin!

Pumpkins can be purchased when you pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot ticket window prior to the event or on location at the Pumpkin Patch for cash only.

While at the Pumpkin Patch, you’ll also get to take a hay ride, bounce in the inflatable bounce house, and participate in a variety of other family-friendly activities! The Pumpkin Patch Express train ride lasts approximately 1½ hours including the train ride and time at the Pumpkin patch.

Every Saturday and Sunday in October

  • Tomb of the Risen Dead at Desoto Caverns

The Haunted Halloween Park will feature two incredible haunt attractions: “The Labyrinth of Lost Souls” and “The Tomb of the Risen Dead.” The Labyrinth of Lost Souls will be located within our 3/4 acre maze. In “The Labyrinth of Lost Souls” Attraction each guest will be deciding their own fate and ultimate reward, but not without encountering the assembly of the Shadows who may long to persuade each and every guest to stray. The cave will be transformed into “The Tomb of the Risen Dead” Attraction and the not-so-faint of heart guests will experience a thrilling awakening because the deep is ready to speak. When thrill seekers exit these attractions they can join in the festival fun and entertainment located in the center of the park.

Every Friday and Saturday night in October
6:30pm – 10:30pm

  • Birmingham Zoo Rocks

You’re invited to join us for Birmingham Zoo Rocks on the new Henley Park event lawn from 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 7! Children who bring their own painted rock will receive FREE admission on October 7. There will be painted Zoo rocks in Henley Park – leave your painted rock in Henley Park and take a new one!

Saturday, 9am – 5pm

  • Birmingham Children’s Theatre – Jungle Book

Recommended for ages 5 and up
Approx. length: 1 hour and 20 mins
Children’s tickets are always only $10

Public showings on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

  • Hogwarts Express at the Homewood Library

Join us as we delve into a different Harry Potter book each month through crafts, snacks, and activities. In October, we will recreate fun from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. K-7th grade.

Sunday, 3:30 – 4:30pm


Our Sponsor:

The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama! Located just south of Birmingham in Calera, Alabama. The museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment. Our exhibits, operating railroads, and educational programs function as both a unique means of tourism and recreation, and also a way to preserve the rich history of Alabama and our nation.



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