a crowd of people walk amongst tents at the art festival

‘Fall’ Aboard! Get into the Spirit at October Events

The weather may be getting cooler, but these events are sure to keep your mind, body and spirit warm this October.

Artists, craftspeople and educators from across the United States travel to Alabama for the Moundville Native American Festival each year.

Increase your cultural knowledge at these exciting events across town and beyond.

  • Explore the Stonewall Uprising traveling exhibit, hosted by the Intercultural Diversity Center Oct. 3-31. This exhibit educates viewers on the creation, execution and liberation of the LGBTQ+ rights movement since its beginning in 1969.
  • Take a trip to Moundville Archaeological Park for the Moundville Native American Festival Oct. 12-15. For $10, learn about the lives and traditions of Native Americans from artists, craftspeople and educators from across the United States. The event is open to all ages and includes demonstrations of dances, cooking and weaponry as well as children’s activities and more.
  • Get out of town and into the autumn spirit with ghost tours of Birmingham’s most haunted spaces, The Great Pumpkin Patch festival, ghost hunts and more.

If you want to put on your “thinking cap” outside the classroom, visit one of these seminars. 

  • Learn how to craft a college resume with the Career Center at Culverhouse from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 5.
  • Become certified in strategic finance with “Financial Insights from Derivatives Markets.” This two-part program led by Dr. Robert Brooks will take place in Hewson Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 7.
  • Join award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward as she performs a selection of readings and answers audience questions. This event is free and will be held in the Student Center Theater Oct. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Feeling artsy? There are plenty of options for an inspirational and unique experience.

  • Swing by the Sarah Moody Art Gallery to see “Rebecca Rutstein: Out of Thin Air: Microscopic Journey Through Cosmic Landscapes.” This free exhibit features works by Rutstein made in collaboration with the University’s own Dr. Julia Cartwright, inspired by ancient meteorites on their journey to Earth. Visit the gallery now through Oct. 14.
  • Join UA Theater and Dance for its performance of  “The Imaginary Invalid” on one of six dates offered throughout the month. The play follows Angelique, whose father is a severe hypochondriac who wants her to marry a wealthy doctor or join a convent, but her heart is held by another. Spend a night at the Marion Gallaway Theater to find out what Angelique decides.
  • To get your boogie on, join UA’s Competition Ballroom Team for its Social Dance Oct 15. No experience is required — the event is $5 for students and $10 for the general public.
  • Oct. 15 and 16, take a trip to Kentuck Park for the 51st annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts. For $10, spend the day with over 260 artists, live music, food trucks and activities for all ages.
  • For a non-traditional movie night, visit the Bama Theatre for the 15th annual screening of, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Oct. 29. Dress your best for a chance to win a cash prize in the costume contest.