Fall has arrived and brought with it a food festival, an art show, a hayride and much more to enjoy this month.

1. Bluff Park Art Show, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Bluff Park Community Center.
Artists and art enthusiasts, prepare: The 55th annual Bluff Park Art Show is back. The free event has grown from 65 to more than 150 artists and attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. The art on display is supplemented with food vendors and hands-on activities for children ages 3-8. Free parking and shuttle buses are available at the Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Shades Mountain Independent Church, Bluff Park Village Shopping Center and Shades Crest Baptist Church.

2. A Taste of Louisiana, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Where can you enjoy tasty Cajun fare like jambalaya, ètouffèe, red beans and rice, gumbo, fried catfish and bread pudding while benefiting pediatric cancer research and local college scholarships? Only at A Taste of Louisiana Food Festival and Cook-Off. Festivities will include a Kids Zone, auction and raffle. Tickets can be purchased by Wednesday, Oct. 24, through lsubirmingham.org for $15, or at the gate the day of the event. Kids 12 and under are free.

3. Hoover Hayride and Family Night, Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m., Veterans Park on Valleydale Road.
Grab your costume and head over to the park for Hoover’s annual Hayride and Family Night. As usual, children will be able to collect treats at a large exhibitor pavilion, and food vendors will be stationed on the grounds. Giveaways, balloon artists and face painting will round out the activities. Parking is available at Spain Park High School with complimentary shuttles to the park. Admission is free.



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WHAT TO DO IN HOOVER

Oct. 1
Coping with the Garden as You Age
Hoover Public Library
10 a.m.

Oct. 2
Financial Planning Expo 2018
Hoover Public Library
2 p.m.

Oct. 2
Sparks in the Park – SPHS Band Festival
Spain Park High School
5 p.m.

Oct. 4
First Thursday Fiction Book Club
Hoover Public Library
10 a.m.

Oct. 5
Hoover High School Football vs. Tuscaloosa County
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
7 p.m.

Oct. 9
Freedom from Addiction Coalition Community Breakfast
Hoover Public Library
7:30 a.m.

Oct. 12
Spain Park High School Football vs. Hoover
Spain Park High School
7 p.m.

Oct. 18
FOCUS On Recovery’s An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery
Park Crest Event Facility
7 p.m.

Oct. 20
Hoover High School Band Festival
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
All Day

Oct. 23
New Horizons Luncheon
Hoover Senior Center
11 a.m.

Oct. 25
The Onlys
Hoover Public Library
7 p.m.

Oct. 26
Hoover High School Football vs. Mountain Brook
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
7 p.m.

Oct. 26
Spain Park High School Football vs. Tuscaloosa County
Spain Park High School
7 p.m.

AROUND TOWN

Oct. 4-6
Greek Food Festival
Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Oct. 4-7

Antiques at the Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oct. 4-7
Southern Women’s Show
BJCC

Oct. 6
Bluff Park Art Show
Bluff Park Community Center
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oct. 6-8
Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival
Barber Motorsports Festival

Oct. 13
Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure
Regions Field

Oct. 14
Breakin’ Bread
Sloss Furnaces

Oct. 17-28
Shop Save Share
Benefitting Junior League of Birmingham Community Projects

Oct. 19-21
Alabama Ballet Presents
La Sylphide
BJCC Concert Hall

Oct. 20-21
Fall Plant Sale
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

Oct. 26-28
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Virginia Samford Theatre