Several people dressed in marching band gear play instruments while in the homecoming parade.

“Pumpkin Spice” Up Your Fall with These October Events

The calendar is full to the pumpkin spice brim with fun autumn happenings. From festivals to football, go to these events before they are Oct-over. 

Fun and Learning On Campus

The Forgotten Creeks’ Documentary Screening & Dinner Conversation with Tribal Council Member Justin Stabler
Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m., Intercultural Diversity Center at 751 Campus Dr. The University of Alabama Student Center, Room 2100

RSVP for this free unforgettable experience open to all UA students, faculty and staff. Join the Blackburn Institute for a documentary about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Afterward, attendees have the opportunity to have a conversation over dinner with Tribal Council Member Justin Stabler, who is also a member of the Blackburn Institute Advisory Board and works as director of special programs at PCI Aviation.

 UA Symphonic Band Concert
Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Frank Moody Music Building

Listen to the melodious sounds of the UA Symphonic Band at their premier concert of the season.

‘Don Giovanni: Rock Opera
Oct. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8, 3 p.m., Bryant-Jordan Hall

Mozart like you haven’t heard it! The opera will be sung in English with a modern translation, while accompanied by a hard rock sound. But note, this timeless story of revenge and redemption is not suited for young children.

Reception: Souvenirs of Spain
Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m., Sella-Granata Art Gallery, 109 Woods Hall

View art created in Spain by UA students who traveled there over the summer. Also, at the reception, students and professors will answer questions and provide information about the upcoming annual trip in May 2024! The exhibit is on view until Oct. 6.

women leap in the air at the homecoming parade on a fall day

Oct. 8-15

Homecoming week events start soon — Sunday, Oct. 8. Some events, such as the step show, parade and choreography competition, are open to the public. Tickets available. 

Majors Fair
Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The University of Alabama Student Center Ballroom

Are you considering changing your major or adding a minor? Then this is the place for you. Learn about majors from every college and talk to faculty and advisors.

Spice Up Your Fall with Events Around the Community

Step off campus and get to know the community better in one of these festivals, concerts or classes. 

A group of Native American performers dancing at the Moundville October 2022 festival.

Moundville Native American Festival 
Oct. 4-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Moundville Archaeological Park 

Celebrate Southeastern Native American culture at the 35th annual Moundville Native American Festival. Families are welcome to support Native American artisans. You will see traditional dances, hear the time-honored stories and music, and shop from local and Native American businesses at this ancient city by the Black Warrior River. Admission is $10, but kids 5 years old and under are free. Tickets are only available for purchase at the event. To volunteer, fill out this online form

Harvest Jam 
Oct. 6, 5:30-8 p.m., Midtown Village 

Live music, vendors and activities make this a fun evening for people of all ages.

Fall Mug Workshop 
Oct. 7, 2-5 p.m. Kentuck Arts Center

Imagine cozying up with a hot apple cider by a fireplace as the orange leaves fall from branches outside. Now … imagine you’re holding a mug you made yourself! This vision can become a reality with this one-day pottery workshop. Interested? Register to get mugged. 

a crowd of people walk amongst tents at the fall Kentuck Art Festival

Kentuck Festival of the Arts 
Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kentuck Park, 3401 5th Street, Northport

This nationally acclaimed festival features 270+ artists, live music, spoken word, activities for children, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food and more. Tickets are $15 for a single day, $25 for the weekend, and children under 12 get in free. Pets are not allowed. 

Ale on Wheels
Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m., The Buddy Powell Pavilion, 4205 Northridge Road

With live music from Coach Cameron and the Lock 9 Band, and The Locals, Ale on Wheels will kick off the event. Beer and wine will be available, as well as three different food trucks: Urban Cookhouse, Pastor’s Kitchen and Aw Shucks.  

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics 
Oct. 20, 6:30-8:45 p.m., Tuscaloosa River Market 

Illuminated by the soft incandescence of candlelight, the Listeso String Quartet will perform an evening of spooktacular Halloween hits, such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Tickets start at $38. 

Heritage Costume 5K, Fun Run, and Dog Walk 
Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Sokol Park 

Hosted by the Tuscaloosa Cameo Guild, this annual run will raise money both for the Tuscaloosa Cameo Guild Scholarship Program and one of the Historic Tuscaloosa restoration projects. The guild is a community service group of young women through Century Club of Historic Tuscaloosa.   

2023 Tuscaloosa Oktoberfest Festival and 5k
Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Druid City Social, 301 Greensboro Ave.

Tuscaloosa Oktoberfest provides fun, food and drinks. Celebrating German culture and beer, this festival will feature many activities like music, entertainment and games. Tickets range from $10 to $75. Equally enjoyable will be the dachshund race presented by the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter!