A Guide to Fall Festivals in Birmingham

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Most communities, whether they’re big cities or small towns, will have fall festivals to celebrate a harvest, fall foods or some type of Halloween carnival. And Birmingham is no different, as it offers a lot of different fall festivals to get city residents into the autumn spirit.

1. Tannehill ** Halloween Fairyland Festival**

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The Tannehill Halloween Fairyland Festival is an excellent choice for the whole family. This not-so-scary festival, which has been around for 23 years, tends to focus on the ‘treat’ more than the ‘trick,’ and parents consistently seem to like it this way. The event attracts around 6000 visitors, and has over 200 campsites where kids can stop to trick-or-treat. The festival takes place on October 25th, and has moonwalks, face painting, and a train ride. If adults still want to visit Tannehill but not for the Halloween Festival, the Trade Days festival from November 15th through the 16th is a great opportunity to admire handcrafts and to taste good food.

2. National ** Peanut Festival**

Some festivals are just too famous not to mention, no matter how far away they may be. The National Peanut Festival in Dothan is an Alabama event that simply must be experienced at least once. Hosted at the fairgrounds, it will have vendors, rides, concerts, contests, a pageant, and of course, lots of peanuts. Dothan is quite a drive from Birmingham, a total of three hours, but the event lasts from Oct. 31st through Nov. 9th, so you’ll have plenty of time to make it. You can purchase tickets online or at the gate. This is the fall festival to attend in Alabama.

3. Moss Rock Festival

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The Moss Rock Festival in Hoover features ecological organizations, music, arts, and the great outdoors. The festival will be held on Nov. 1st and the 2nd at the Moss Rock Preserve . This event really focuses on arts geared towards the outdoors and nature. Last year, the event had around 17,000 people attend, and this year should be just as successful. The event itself is free, but be sure to park at the Hoover Met and use the onsite shuttles for transportation to Moss Rock.

4. Fall FestivAle

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One of the newest festivals to hit the Birmingham area is the Fall FestivAle . For the fourth year running, this annual beer festival will serve up some of the most rare and local beers from around the state of Alabama. The festival features local breweries and special brews for the season and specific year. The Fall FestivAle will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. November 21st, at Regions Park, where the Barons play. The cost at the door is $39, but if you order online it is $29. What better way to celebrate the fall than to enjoy some local beer at the ballpark? Of course, you must be 21 to enter.

The entire state and city of Birmingham have so many events to offer this fall. These are just a handful of our favorites.

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