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Fall Festivities in the Magic City

 

Fall is finally here and cool weather, flannels and spooky season is just around the corner. Here is an official guide to Birmingham's best Fall traditions.

 

Allison Brown
Senior Staff Reporter
browna17@uab.edu

 

Helena Hollow- The Patch

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The Patch provides many activities for all ages and families

Owned by Jamie and Amy Griffin, the Helena Hollow is a family-run farm. During "spooky season," they transform the farm into a 10-acre entertainment venue called "The Patch."

The Patch provides a hayride, rope climbing, petting zoo, zip swing, tire mountain, live music and food trucks, according to A Griffin. The Patch is an afternoon of fun for both kids and adults.

 They are open every Saturday and Sunday through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 to enjoy the fun and to go to the pumpkin patch. It is $2 to take home your pumpkin.

The Griffins established Helena Hollow in 2014 after moving back onto the family land.

"The business eventually grew into a full-fledged petting zoo party business," A. Griffin said, "which then evolved into a pumpkin patch, wedding venue and all-inclusive entertainment farm for the Birmingham metro area."

 

Pepper Place

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Pepper Place offers local vendors a venue to sell their products.

 While Pepper Place offers entertainment year-round, there's something to be said for attending the weekend farmer's market in the brisk fall weather or sitting outside the Red Cat with friends enjoying a hot coffee.

According to Liz Holloway, marketing manager of Pepper Pace, developers turn, "a few blocks of abandoned warehouses" into "over 350,000 square feet of retail, award-winning dining, office and workshop space and the renowned farmers market."

Pepper Place may be best known for its unique dining options, but there are a few fall events that can't be forgotten.

The FarmStand by Stone Hollow Farmstead hosts "flower hour" every Thursday during the fall where local flower experts share their gardening knowledge. Breakin' Bread is a food, wine and beer festival on Oct. 20 from 1-5 p.m. where you can sample unlimited food and drinks. Further down the road is the Day of the Dead festival on Nov. 2 and the Holiday Open House on Dec. 3.

Ultimately, our goal is to house Birmingham's best," Holloway said. "We proudly create the space for people who have mastered their craft to put it on display for all the world to see."

 

Birmingham Zoo- Boo at the Zoo

PumpkinPhoto courtesy of Birmingham Zoo
During Halloween, many different activities will be offered at the Zoo.

 The Birmingham Zoo has transformed into a spooky and fun Halloween-themed attraction. This is the 28th annual Boo at the Zoo, and it is bigger and better than ever.

Besides getting to see the zoo nightlife, there are costumed characters like Marvel superheroes, a "Spidermania" thrill ride, a ride around the zoo on the Eerie Express train, a "Monster Mash dance party" and lots of candy, according to Samil Baker, Public Relations Manager at the Birmingham Zoo.

if you're really an animal lover, Baker said there will also be Bat Keeper chats, close encounter animal greetings and a new Orb-weaver spider habitat.

This event is held 18 nights throughout October, the 11th through the 13th and then again from the 17th to 31st from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

 

 

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