The Taste of Hoover at Aldridge Gardens is just one of many events happening this month.

The Taste of Hoover at Aldridge Gardens is just one of many events happening this month.

Check out all of the events that will be in Hoover this month.

Oct. 1
Hoover vs. Spain Park
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
Hoover High School will play Spain Park High School in football at 7 p.m. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.



Oct. 3
Bluff Park Art Show
Bluff Park Community Center
The Bluff Park Art Show will hold its annual event on Oct. 3. The show has grown from 65 artists to more than 150 and attracts more than 40,000 people each year. Proceeds from the show go toward improving the arts in the greater Birmingham area. Artists will display their work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the front of the Bluff Park Community Center, located at 517 Cloudland Drive. In addition to art, they will have several food vendors scattered throughout the park. Children ages 3 to 8 can be entertained with the hands-on art activities. High school jazz bands will provide music. Admission to the show is free. There is no parking at the site. Free parking and shuttle buses are available at the Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Shades Mountain Independent Church, Shades Mountain Plaza, Bluff Park Village Shopping Center and Shades Crest Baptist Church. Follow the signs from I-65 at Alford Avenue and Tyler Road. Carts will be provided to those who make purchases to transport items to cars.

Flavor Run
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
The Flavor Run will take place on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The family fun 5K run supports local communities and businesses through a unique experience that engages all of the senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste, with fruit-flavored powder.

Oct. 4
Global Cuisine @ the Plaza: Poland
Hoover Public Library
Coffee-ol-ogy Cafe presents free programs on food and coffee from around the world. The group will explore Polish cuisine on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary samples provided.

Oct. 6
HCS Middle School XC Championships
Veterans Park
Hoover City Schools Middle School XC Championships will be held on Oct. 6 at Veterans Park.

Oct. 9
Hoover vs. Tuscaloosa County
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
Hoover High School will play Tuscaloosa County High School in football at 7 p.m. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Spain Park vs. Vestavia Hills
Spain Park High School
Spain Park High School will play Vestavia Hills High School in football on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at SPHS.

Oct. 10
Uncorked! on the Green
Ross Bridge
Uncorked! is a free premier outdoor tasting festival celebrating the area’s varied culinary artists, fine wines, craft beers, live music, local and regional artist, children’s activities, food for sale and more.

Fall Community Showcase: A Home Buyer’s Event
Hoover, Ala.
The Fall Community Showcase is a new home community tour, highlighting features from swimming pools and neighborhood parks to clubhouses and golf courses. In addition to visiting the communities, guests will enjoy seeing the alluring new homes open during the two-weekend event. The showcase will be Oct. 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Oct. 11 and 18 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Oct. 11
Whispers from the Past: A Native American Experience
Aldridge Gardens
Native American life will take shape through demonstrations of flintknapping, hunting weapons, pine needle basket weaving, stickball, cornhusk dolls and dream catchers. There will also be activities like leaf pounding, bead weaving on looms, corn grinding, gourd painting and pottery. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for visitors who are 18 years old and older, $5 for children 2 and older and children younger than 2 are free. Offsite parking is available at the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot on Lorna Road. Hoover trolleys will pick up next to Lorna Road and take visitors to the Gardens. Free admission to the Gardens will not be offered during the event.

Oct. 12
Spain Park Bullpen Golf Tournament
Inverness Country Club
The 12th annual Bullpen Golf Tournament will benefit the Spain Park baseball program. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m.

Oct. 16
Pig Iron BBQ Challenge
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
The 19th Annual Pig Iron BBQ Challenge will be at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium’s RV Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Teams compete to see who can make the best barbecue meat and sauce, and attendees can taste their dishes, while also enjoying other fun activities. There is a charge for admission, and the proceeds benefit Children’s Harbor.

Oct. 17
Hoover Invitational Marching Festival
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
The 2015 Hoover Invitational Marching Festival will be held on Oct. 17 at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Southern Writers Showcase
Barnes & Noble, Patton Creek
The event will feature writers like Patti Callahan Henry, Lou Anders, Heather Jones Skaggs, Vita Coop and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oct. 20
Lunch and Learn
Hoover Senior Center
Lunch and Learn will be held at the Hoover Senior Center on Oct. 20 at noon.

Oct. 22
Taste of Hoover
Aldridge Gardens
Taste of Hoover celebrates the variety of culinary styles found throughout the city. Enjoy an autumn evening strolling through the Gardens and sampling delicious dishes from some of Hoover’s best restaurants, caterers and more. Taste international wines and local beers while listening to live entertainment throughout the evening. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Only a limited number of tickets are available. Free admission to the Gardens will not be available during the event. The rain date is Oct. 29.

Hoover High School Cross Country Invitational
Veterans Park
The Hoover High School Cross Country Invitational will be held on Oct. 22 at Veterans Park.

Oct. 23
Spain Park vs. Mountain Brook
Spain Park High School
Spain Park High School will play Mountain Brook High School in football on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at SPHS.

Hoover vs. Hewitt
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
Hoover High School will play Hewitt in football on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Oct. 25
ParentChat: Keeping Kids Safe Online
Hunter Street Baptist Church
ParentChat: Keeping Kids Safe Online is a free event for parents at Hunter Street Baptist Church on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. With a focus on social media and online safety for kids and teens, ParentChat will equip parents to better grasp the dangers of the online world and how to develop a healthy use of those platforms. More information and a registration link can be found at Hunterstreet.org/parentchat.

Oct. 27
Horizons Luncheon
Hoover Senior Center
The Horizons Luncheon will be held on Oct. 27 at the Hoover Senior Center at 11 a.m.

Oct. 29
Hoover Hayride and Family Night
A Hoover Hayride and Family Night will take place on Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Veterans Park.

Oct. 30
Hoover vs. North Marion (Fla.)
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
Hoover High School will play North Marion (Fla.) in football on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

SPHS vs. Bessemer City
Spain Park High School
Spain Park High School will play Bessemer City High School in football at 7 p.m. at SPHS.

Halloween Costume Party
Hoover Senior Center
A Halloween Costume Party will be held on Oct. 30 at the Hoover Senior Center at 12:30 p.m.