Don't fret, there's still time this week to get out and have some fun

Things to do in Birmingham, Oct. 12-19

By Mary Colurso 

Your free time is precious, so how to spend it? Here are five ideas for Birmingham, Oct. 12-19, 2018.

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CONCERTS

Don't worry about buying a ticket. You won't need one to see Mike Posner, Jake Miller, Madison Beer and more. They're performing here on Sunday at the Just Show Up Show, starting at 5 p.m. at Sloss Furnaces. The free outdoor concert caters to younger listeners; all ages are welcome and the crowd tends to arrive early. Gates open at 4 p.m.  

Just Show Up Show, Oct. 14, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St. North, free admission, all ages.  

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NATURE

Bring a flashlight. You'll need it after attending Tuesday's talk on "Creepy Crawly Spiders of Alabama." Drew Hataway, a biologist at Samford University, will discuss these fascinating critters at Aldridge Gardens, starting at 6 p.m. He'll tell us how to identify dangerous and non-dangerous spiders, offer stories about his own experiences with spiders and bring specimens to view. Then he'll lead a field trip at the gardens, searching for wolf spiders with glow-in-the-dark eyes. No need to shiver; this seminar is meant to provide illumination and help banish the fear of spiders. 

"Creepy Crawly Spiders of Alabama," Oct. 16 at 6 p.m., Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover, $15, 205-682-8019. 

Related: 58 spiders in Alabama you should know

 

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MOVIES

Get a dose of hope. Audiences usually feel a sense of uplift after seeing "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," a 1939 movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart. It's a memorable film with timeless appeal, following the adventures of a naive U.S. senator who sticks to his principles and fights corruption among his colleagues. "Mr. Smith" returns to theaters on Sunday and Wednesday, screening at the AMC Vestavia 10, AMC Patton Creek 15 and Regal Trussville Stadium 16. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"; Oct. 14 and 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; AMC Vestavia 10, 1936 Canyon Road; AMC Patton Creek 15, 4450 Creekside Road; Regal Trussville Stadium 16, 5895 Trussville Crossings Parkway; $13.75 via Fathom Events

 

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FESTIVALS

Celebrate autumn. It might not seem like fall in Birmingham, but your feelings could change after attending the Harvest Festival at Oak Mountain State Park. Saturday's event includes food vendors, pumpkin painting, hay rides, cornhole, pony rides, archery, a fishing clinic, a yoga class and more. Activities start at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.  

Harvest Festival, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Terrace, Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, $5 park entry fee, $2 for kids ages 4-11 and seniors age 62 or older.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Use your feet; use your voice. Both are important during the Walk to End Domestic Violence, a Thursday event that aims to raise awareness and break the silence that often accompanies the cycle of abuse. Folks will gather at the YWCA of Central Alabama, starting at 5:30 p.m., and walk to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. A candlelight vigil follows on the steps of the church. 

Walk to End Domestic Violence, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., YWCA of Central Alabama, 309 23rd Street North, to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 1530 Sixth Ave North, free.

 

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