Fall is here at last, so get ready for festivals, witches and more without leaving home sweet Homewood.

1. Shop Save & Share

Oct. 2-13
Shops Throughout Homewood and Birmingham

We’re all about an excuse to shop for a good cause, and you can’t beat the Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop Save & Share fundraiser. A digital or printed Shop Save & Share card costs $40, and then you receive a 20 percent at more than 500 participating businesses—including tons in Homewood. You can purchase and download a card at ShopSaveandShare.net or on the Planet Fundraiser app.

2. Samford Family Movie Night

Friday, Oct. 4 | 5:30 p.m.
Samford University Intramural Fields

Bring your friends, family, blankets and chairs to watch The Parent Trap (1998) under the stars! This event is open to the public, but concessions sales, a portion of food truck sales, and donations will support the Legacy League Scholarship Fund, which helps provide life-changing scholarships for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances.

3. Walk for Williams

Saturday, Oct. 5
9 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Walk + Fun Run
Patriot Park

Make plans to come out and walk in honor of Shades Cahaba second grader Eva Cordry and others in Birmingham with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic condition Eva was diagnosed with when she was 2.5 years old. There will be a DJ, bouncy houses, face painting, raffles and refreshments at the event too. Register or donate at walk4williams.org. 

4. Vulcan AfterTunes

Sunday, Oct. 6 | 3 p.m.
Vulcan Park and Museum

Take in the tunes of up-and-coming artists while sipping on craft brews and taking in views from everyone’s favorite cast iron statue. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and find a seat to your liking for these Sunday afternoon shows. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will perform for the third and final show of the series.

5. Magic City Mac + Cheese Festival

Sunday, Oct. 6 | 1-4 p.m.
Brookwood Village Macy’s Upper Parking Lot

Who wouldn’t want to eat all kinds of noodles and cheese from local restaurants, food trucks and caterers? All proceeds benefit Community Grief Support to fund free-of-charge grief counseling, grief support groups and community grief education in the Greater Birmingham area. Get your tickets here.

6. Birmingham NEDA Walk

Sunday, Oct. 6
2 p.m. Check In | 3 p.m. Opening Ceremony
Homewood Central Park

Come out to support the National Eating Disorders Association at this annual walk at a familiar park. You can join a team of NEDA Warriors who are breaking barriers across the country by raising awareness and funds to support the fight against eating disorders. NEDA Walks are opportunities to share stories of hope and make sure that no one has to struggle alone. Find more information and register here or contact Maggie Klyce at maggie.klyce@gmail.com for more information.

7. Varsity Patriot Football

Bring on the Friday night lights. Don your red and blue, and we’ll see you at Waldrop Stadium. All games take place at 7 p.m.

  • Oct. 11: At Chelsea
  • Oct. 18: Vs. Carver/Band Senior Night
  • Oct. 25: Vs. Jackson-Olin/Senior Night
  • Nov. 2: At Bryant

8. Mystery Dinner Theatre: The Murder Room

Oct. 18 & 19 | 6:30 p.m.
Homewood Public Library Large Auditorium 

South City Theatre is bringing this spoof of all crime thrillers to our favorite library. A $35 ticket get you a buffet dinner and the show. Tickets must be purchased in advance at homewoodpubliclibrary.org or in the Adult Services Department starting Sept. 17.

9. Grace House Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Oct. 19 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Homewood Central Park

It’s pumpkin season, and it’s time to celebrate with a day of family fun benefiting Grace House’s work with Alabama girls in foster care. The park will be filled with pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, trick or treating, and food and treats. Adult entry to the festival is free, and every children’s tickets, available at grace-house.org or at the event, includes a pumpkin. Be sure to wear your costume! 

10. Handmade Art Show & Pickin’ in the Park

Sunday, Oct. 20 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Homewood Central Park

All the arts come to the park in one day thanks to the Homewood Arts Council and City of Homewood, and it’s sure to be a good time. Check out eclectic local art on display and on sale, hear acoustic performances by local musicians, and/or bring your own instrument to join in on the music-making.

11. Girls’ Weekend

Oct. 24-27 + Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Homewood Theatre
Inside Brookwood Village

In this lightning-quick farce, four women travel to a cabin to consume copious amounts of wine, laugh at their lives and chat about their book club’s latest selection. Catch the play Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Order tickets and find more information at homewoodtheatre.com.

12. Homewood Witches Ride + Fall Festival

Sunday, Oct. 27
Fall Festival 2 p.m.
Ride Registration 4:30 p.m.
Witches Take Flight 5:45 p.m.
Homewood Central Park

Witches will take on the streets of Homewood via bike, but don’t worry, they are good witches—candy-tossing witches, in fact. Find their route to catch some treats, or ladies, don your costume and show up for the start to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Plus, it all kicks off with inflatables, face painting and a performance by the Disco Amigos at the park that afternoon. Register at homewoodwitchesride.com.

Save the Date

Homewood Police Foundation Back Our Blue Luncheon

Nov. 5 | 11:30 a.m.
Rosewood Hall

Join the city of Homewood for this lunch and a program all to fundraise for the Homewood Police Foundation. The foundation provides for our police officers when times of need arise such as the loss of a loved one or a sick spouse or child. Find more information and tickets at policefoundationhomewoodal.com.

Did we miss any events? Do you have an event coming up in a future month? Email mm@homewoodlife.com to submit yours.