Amazing autumn events in Can’t Miss Alabama include live music and more

Amazing autumn events in Can’t Miss Alabama include live music and more
Stay tuned for more spectacular fall events. (Getty Images)

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Choose from an array of fall weekend events.

Riley Green live in concert

Limited reserved seats are on sale in groups of four and eight for Alabama native Riley Green’s live concert at Avondale Brewing Company Tuesday, Oct. 13. In 2018, “In A Truck Right Now” introduced his mixture of outlaw rebellion and respect for tradition on four self-penned tracks, including his debut No. 1 hit single, “There Was This Girl.” His follow-up single, “In Love By Now” is ascending on country radio from his newly released “Get That Man A Beer.” Patrons are required to wear a mask upon entry and when moving throughout the venue. Masks can be removed only while seated. Social distancing and safety regulations will be reinforced. Dates, performances and ticket prices are subject to change. More information can be found at avondalebrewing.com.

Riley Green will be live in concert at Avondale Brewing Oct.13. (contributed)

Floral workshop at Pizitz Food Hall

The Bubbles and Florals guided floral arrangement workshop is a perfect cure for boredom this weekend. Floral designer Grant Gaar of Grantscapes will facilitate a two-hour floral design class, including techniques of the trade, classic and contemporary floral design, the best in florist practices and interior design services. The workshop takes place Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Social distancing and masks are strongly recommended. Tickets are $65. The workshop venue is the Pizitz Food Hall at 1821 Second Ave. N., in Birmingham.

Arts and cultural facilities to reopen

The Birmingham Museum of Art, Southern Museum of Flight, Negro Southern League Museum, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Arlington House are among the arts and cultural facilities reopening this week. Visitors will be required to wear face coverings. Hand sanitizer will be available. Hours have been reduced to allow for deep cleaning. Learn more by checking the websites for each institution.

Huntsville’s Downtown Open 2020

One of Huntsville’s most popular events, urban (pop-up) putt-putt, will be in Downtown Huntsville through Sunday, Oct. 11. The putt-putt course will feature 18 holes around the downtown square and surrounding sidewalks. The public can use the course 24 hours a day for free. Participants are required to bring their own putters and golf balls for this year’s course. Scorecards can be printed from the website. Updates will be shared on Facebook. This safe and unique course is fun for the whole family.

Backyard Orchards near Eufaula

Enjoy a fall day at Backyard Orchards near Eufaula. In addition to picking the perfect pumpkin, enjoy the obstacle course, corn bin, inflatables, ducky race, cow train, tire swing, corn maze, cotton seed wagon, cotton and sunflower fields and food. Grab your mask and your crew and head to Backyard Orchards any Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the end of October. Click here for safety information. For questions and ticket information, email [email protected] or call 334-695-5875.  Backyard Orchards is located at 6585 U.S. 431 North.

Railroad Park virtual picnic

Celebrate Railroad Park’s 10th anniversary virtually on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The picnic will include music, trivia, children’s activities and a digital scrapbook showing. Several local restaurants and caterers have curated a variety of picnic baskets and packages for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the park. Donations in honor of the Birmingham park’s anniversary are welcomed. Registration is free. Follow along on Facebook or watch the event at https://railroadparkpicnic.swell.gives/.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For decades, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) has raised money for breast cancer research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and with collaborative partners. Donations stay in Alabama to support local research, which in turn makes a national impact. During October, Can’t Miss Alabama is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by featuring information and events from the BCRFA website.

Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Burnette Farms Market & Café: Purchase pints of homemade pink vanilla ice cream from Burnette Farms with proceeds supporting the BCRFA.
  • Cahaba Brewing Goes Pink for BCRFA: Cahaba Brewing has a tart cherry and hibiscus Berliner Weisse specially brewed for the month, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting BCRFA.
  • The Four-Course Sessions: Every Thursday in October, join Thrivent, Brick & Tin and the BCRFA for the inaugural “Four-Course Sessions.” Participants will enjoy good food and company while virtually learning about wise giving strategies. Attend one session or all four.
  • Pink Up The Pace 2020: The third annual Pink Up The Pace, presented by Vulcan Materials, is going virtual. Join the BCRFA to raise money and awareness for local, lifesaving breast cancer research by running during October. Runners can compete for the fastest 5K time or participate in the collaborative distance challenge, connecting runners across Alabama to reach a total of 4,120 miles together, representing the 4,120 women who are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Alabama this year. The event also features a youth 1-mile run, scooter and bike race.
  • Standard Heating & Air $5 for $5 Campaign: Standard Heating & Air will donate $5 to the BCRFA for every service call completed during October. During the campaign, Alabamians are encouraged to match the $5 pledge to transform each service call into $10 in donations. The company will also put up pink billboards during October.
  • Pink Ribbon Project: Fire stations across the state will “Go Pink” to support breast cancer research in Alabama throughout October. More than 20 stations across Alabama will be selling specially designed Pink Ribbon Project T-shirts for $15 and $20. Proceeds will help the BCRFA provide seed dollars required to secure national grants for breast cancer research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Spread the message of hope throughout Alabama Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Getty Images)
  • Tameron Automotive Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign: Tameron Automotive Group will donate $100 in support of breast cancer research for every new car sold at Tameron Honda and Tameron Hyundai in October. Tameron donates more than $25,000 each year through this partnership.
  • Renasant Bank Fundraising Campaign: Renasant branches statewide will hold fundraisers for the BCRFA and accept donations from their account holders throughout October. Renasant Mortgage will donate $50 for every mortgage closed in October. This partnership has raised more than $100,000 since its inception.
  • Brighton Collectibles “Power of Pink”: Brighton Collectibles will have items designed for breast cancer awareness, including bracelets and other gifts. The UAB Angel Squad will receive $10 for every breast cancer awareness bracelet sold at Brighton Collectibles at The Summit Birmingham, and a portion of sales for other breast cancer awareness items. If you would like to make a purchase and cannot come to the store, call 205-972-4662 to order an item and Brighton Collectibles will mail the purchase at no charge.
  • ARC Realty Blue Goes Pink: ARC Realty will donate $25 to the BCRFA for each new property listing during October.
  • Stokes Automotive Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign: Stokes Automotive in Clanton will donate $100 to the BCRFA for every new car sold this month. More than $8,000 was raised in support of research in 2019.
  • Calera Goes Pink!: Join the city of Calera and “Go Pink” to support breast cancer research in Alabama. This citywide event includes a golf tournament at Timberline Golf Club on Sunday, Oct. 11.

To learn more about these events, go to bcrfa.org.

’80s Girls’ Night Out at The Wharf

It’s time to pull out those hair crimpers from storage and have a Totally ’80s Girls’ Night Out at The Wharf in Orange Beach, complete with exclusive deals, food, beverages and prizes. Dress up with friends and indulge in a little retail therapy. The first 300 attendees will get a free shopping bag, and 50 random lucky visitors will receive a swag bag full of goodies. The event is Thursday, Oct. 15. Check in from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event ends at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center. Guests are encouraged to adhere to social distancing and facial covering guidelines. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the property.

Annual Prattville Farmers Market Day

The Prattville Farmers Market will hold a special Fall Farmers Market Day on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. The second annual, one-day-only farmers market will feature fall produce, including pumpkins and greens, as well as local honey and cane syrup, homemade baked goods, fresh eggs, locally grown and processed tea and ground cinnamon, plants, and fall and holiday crafts. There will be local artists painting live and demonstrations of processing sugar cane for syrup. T-shirts, coloring books and prize baskets from vendors will be given away while supplies last. Vendors will practice social distancing and wear masks, and hand sanitizing stations will be available. For more information, call 334-595-0850, visit prattvilleal.gov or follow the event on Facebook.

OWA Legends in Concert presents “Direct from London”

See Legends in Concert at the OWA Theater through Sunday, Nov. 1, in Foley. The long-running show from Las Vegas pays tribute to some of the biggest icons and luminaries in British music history, including Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and George Michael. “Direct From London” features not only first-rate tribute artists, but also high-energy dancers, backup vocalists, a live band, costumes, elaborate theatrical sets, special effects and more. Performances at the OWA Theater are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at VisitOWA.com/Tickets or by calling 251-369-6100. Group discounts for 10 or more are available. For additional information, go to www.VisitOWA.com or follow the series on Twitter @LegendsOWA, Facebook @LegendsInConcertOWA and Instagram @LegendsInConcertOWA.

Fiesta in a Box

Fiesta BHAM is hosting “30 Days of Fiesta” as a virtual event through Thursday, Oct. 15. Entertainment includes live cooking and mixology demonstrations, health and financial wellness seminars, a Latin film series and family arts and craft projects featuring Hispanic artists. “Fiesta in a Box” is a 10-by-14-inch collectible box designed by a local Latino artist and filled with festive information and resources. Each box is priced at $18, representing the 18th year of Fiesta. The celebration package will give people of all ages an opportunity to learn about Hispanic heritage and have a “Fiesta at Home” with family and friends. Proceeds from the sale of these packages go directly to the Fiesta Scholarship Fund. Fiesta scholarships will be awarded Thursday, Oct. 15, on Facebook.com/FiestaBham. Preview the schedule here. For updates regarding “30 Days of Fiesta,” “Fiesta in a Box” and the Latin Film series, follow fiestabham.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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