Birmingham Events Calendar: September 27th – October 3rd

It’s really hard to believe that this weeks calendar is going to take us right into October….. OCTOBER! It’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes and decorating with some beautiful fall Mums! See what we have on the calendar this week and as always make sure to check back throughout the week, we update as we learn of  more events.

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Monday September 27th

Holy Inappropriateness!!  We couldn’t find any special events happening in the ham’ today. See below for what’s going on daily at the Birmingham Zoo, McWane Science Center or Southern Museum of Flight.


Tuesday September 28th

Celebrate South Africa Day – Hoover Library
Hoover Public Library presents Celebrate South Africa. Join us for South African cuisine and a performance of traditional dance by the Umdabu Dance Company. FREE fun for the whole family! Call 444-7821 for more information.

Storytime – Hueytown Library
We will enjoy stories, song and activities with an Oktoberfest theme!

Barnes and Noble –  Summit – Terrific Tuesday Storytime
Please join us as we read A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. What makes a bad day turn into a good day for three animals such as the yellow bird, the white dog and the red fox?


Wednesday September 29th

Education Celebration – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for a fun-filled hour of hands-on learning featuring our brand-new Barnes & Noble @ School section with educational toys and games.

Family Story Time with Mr MacNorth Shelby Library
Storyteller Extraordinaire – Come join Mr Mac and his musical storytime complete with puppets! All Ages, no registration required.


Thursday September 30th

Holy Inappropriateness!!  We couldn’t find any special events happening in the ham’ today. See below for what’s going on daily at the Birmingham Zoo, McWane Science Center or Southern Museum of Flight.


Friday October 1st

Wild about Books Story Time – Birmingham Zoo
Come join us for story and craft time with Books-A-Million at the Birmingham Zoo! Every Friday through summer on Grandma’s Front Porch in the Children’s Zoo area


Saturday October 2nd

Bluff Park Art Show
Juried art show with 2D and 3D art from 130 artists from 15 states.. Local jazz bands, food vendors and art lot for children. Fun for the whole family.
HANDS-ON ART FUN: For children ages 3 – 8, while you shop. Supervised by the Shades Mountain Women’s Club.
Bluffpark Community Park 9am – 5pm

Bark in the ParkVeterens park Alabaster
Join us for the 4th annual Bark in the Park event! Celebrating pets and their people benefitting Shelby Humane Society!
Enjoy a fun day filled with kid’s activities, contests, frisbee dog demonstrations, a low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic, a pet photo contest, and Mutt Strut, a 1 mile pet walk to support shelter pets!
9am – 2pm

Barts Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
A new, fun, and free drop-in art program for kids and families. Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month will highlight a different gallery and feature a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!
11am – 1pm

Helena Market Days/Farmers Market Helena Amphitheater
8:00am – 12:00pm

Urban Cookhouse Farmers Market – Downtown Homewood
7am – Noon

Pepper Place Saturday Market
We spread out of the parking lot to include 29th Street as we accommodate local farmers, artisans, music, art and food!
7:00am – Noon

Valleydale Farmers Market –
Valleydale Farmers Market is dedicated to bringing fresh, local produce to communities around Alabama and the Southeast.
Music, cooking demos and storytimes along with fresh produce a great way to spend a day!

Saturday Storytime at Barnes and Noble Summit
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is a fun-filled story about a talking mischievous cat who turns two children’s home upside down! Don’t miss it! Check out the new Dr. Seuss series on DVD, ‘Wings and Things’ featuring the voice of Martin Short.


Sunday October 3rd

Vulcan Aftertunes
This fall, enjoy cool tunes, fresh brews and sweet views on Sunday afternoons with your favorite cast iron statue, Vulcan. Vulcan AfterTunes is a three-part concert series featuring local and national singer/songwriter acts. Chill out in Birmingham’s backyard and end your week with friends and family (of all ages) while listening to some of the area’s best music. Admission is charged. Ticket price includes admission to Vulcan’s Observation Balcony and Museum.
Price: $10 General Admission; $5 Vulcan Members; $4 Ages 5 -12; FREE for Children 4 and under! 3:00pm

Scholastic Chess Club at Books-A-Million Brookwood Village
In our upstairs Kids Nook.  Beginners are welcome, lessons
available, K-12, other mind sport activities are available such as
checkers and GO.  Free to attend!
2PM – 5PM


Open Daily

McWane Science Center

Mr Potato Head Exhibit – Families won’t want to miss The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD, a new interactive traveling exhibit that features the much-loved MR. POTATO HEAD character will lead young visitors and parents on a number of fun and educational adventures. From trips to outer space to jungle safaris and archaeological digs, each activity will provide children with engaging learning experiences. Through Sept. 26

The Itty Bitty Magic City will be on display this summer in addition to The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head exhibit. The Itty Bitty City is a little bit smaller than usual, but favorite areas including the grocery store, Tot Spot area, crane, and factory are still in the city. The Itty Bitty Golf Course and a few other items were removed temporarily to make room for the new exhibit “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” that is also designed for an early childhood audience and they will return in the Fall.

NatureScope –  Explore the great outdoors from inside the museum. McWane Science Center and the Birmingham Audubon Society are partnering to create a new exhibit called NatureScope. Explore the science of the birds and the bugs in this new area! Get up close and personal with some resident creepy crawlies! Learn what role insects play in our ecosystem with the decomposition chamber. Meet large bugs including emperor scorpions, a tarantula, and even a giant African millipede!

Animalopolis at the IMAX – ANIMALOPOLIS will take you on a voyage into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit “Seussian” perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents.

Birmingham Zoo

Lorikeet Aviary – Our Lorikeet Aviary has more birds than ever! Zoo guests can feed these exotic birds every day. You and your family will see these birds’ behavior as they eat nectar out of your hand.
Weekends 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

PELICAN FEEDING – A great way to see our pelicans in action is to witness them eating their favorite treats near the pelican boardwalk.

RHINO ENCOUNTER – Embark on an African adventure and experience one of the world’s most extraordinary animals, the Southern White Rhino. Watch from only feet away as our zookeepers engage in hands-on interaction with the animals inside their African-themed exhibit. Don’t miss this exciting encounter with one of the largest mammals on the planet!
Weekdays: 3pm – 3:30pm
Weekends: 11:30am – Noon & 3pm – 3:30 pm

GIRAFFE FEEDING – This up close and personal animal encounter is a memory you and your family will have for a lifetime.
Weekday: 11am – Noon
Weekends: 10am – 11am  & 2pm – 3pm

Southern Museum of Flight

Earn Your Wings – Bring your little pilot and soar above the clouds in our little pilots room. Kids enjoy building aircrafts, flying kites, and more.
Museum Open Tuesday – Thursday
9:30am – 4:30pm

Do you have or know of an event you would like to have added to our weekly calendar? Please email us at, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!

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