Discover Huntsville’s autumn magic: October events you can’t miss

spooky halloween october skeleton
Spooky season is upon us. (McCarley Northway / Hville Blast)

September has come and gone, and the first day of fall is right around the corner. Fall into autumn with these nine October events in the Rocket City.

Outlaw Music Festival – Oct. 11

See Willie Nelson and Family; The Avett Brothers; Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs; and Particle Kid during Outlaw Music Festival at The Orion Amphitheater.

  • When: Oct. 11
  • Where: The Orion Amphitheater
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Taylor Swift Night – Oct. 13

Taylor Swift’s new movie, “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour Concert Film,” premieres on Friday, Oct. 13, and here’s where you can see it in the Huntsville area.

If you want to celebrate with some super Swifties, head to The Electric Belle for Taylor Swift Night. Wear your Eras Tour outfit and come ready to dance.

  • When: Oct. 13
  • Where: The Electric Belle
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Rocket City Pridefest – Oct. 14

Rocket City Pride
Everyone is welcome at Rocket City Pride. (Rocket City Pride via Facebook)

Pride isn’t just for the summer. Rocket City Pridefest will celebrate all day with entertainers, community organizations and vendors all in support and celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • When: Oct. 14
  • Where: Butler Green Park
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Alpha Tau Omega Auto Emporium

For the second year in a row, the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega at UAH will host ATO Auto Emporium. All money raised from the event will go to the Alzheimers Association’s Alabama chapter.

  • When: Oct. 15
  • Where: Toyota Field
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Whistlestop BBQ Festival – Oct. 20-21

Love barbecue? Then you have to check out this festival hosted at MidCity with some awesome local vendors like:

  • Phat Sammy’s
  • Goodland Pourhouse
  • Fusion BBQ
  • Blue Oak BBQ
  • The Standard Social Market
  • Jac’s BBQ
  • Long’s Craft BBQ
  • Tamarind Island Grill
  • The Camp

This festival has been a primary fundraiser for the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum since 2001.

20th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run – Oct. 21

Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
Show up and show out! (Huntsville Hospital Foundation via Facebook)

This year, the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run celebrates its 20th year of raising funds to provide diagnostic equipment for the Huntsville and Madison Hospital Breast Centers, as well as funding for a patient assistance fund and the Surviving & Thriving program for breast cancer survivors.

  • Where: Downtown Huntsville
  • When: Oct. 21
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BOOtanica – Oct. 21 + Oct. 28

Scarecrow at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
Get spooky at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

This Halloween celebration is designed for kids ages 2 to ten will feature a Monster Mash DJ dance party, refreshments, games, crafts, coloring, a scavenger hunt in the Garden, a costume parade and candy to take home.

  • When: Oct. 21 and Oct. 28
  • Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • More Info + other events at the Huntsville Botanical Garden this fall

Huntsville Havoc’s first home game – Oct. 27

Huntsville Havoc
Celebrate 20 years of hockey in Huntsville. (Huntsville Havoc via Facebook)

Hockey is back in the Rocket City. Grab your friends and head to the Propst Arena for the Huntsville Havoc’s first home game of the season.

  • When: Oct. 27
  • Where: Propst Arena
  • More Info

2nd Annual Zombie Prom – Oct. 28

The ultimate Halloween party experience: Zombie Prom. Dust off your prom dress and grab the grease paint, we’re looking for a new zombie prom king and queen.

  • When: Oct. 28
  • Where: Electric Belle
  • More Info

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Audrey Johnson
Audrey Johnson
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