Happy October, RCM readers! It’s the time of year to welcome pumpkins, apple cider, and all things pumpkin spice. Fall is such a great time in Athens because we have so many fall festivals taking place. There are many traditional events that happen in Athens this time of year, so get out and experience what our amazing town has to offer!
Don’t Forget: Fall break for the county is Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 7-9 for the City. Schools will be closed!
Special Athens, AL Events in October
53rd Annual Old Time Tennessee Valley Fiddlers’ Convention
Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 3-5, 7 PM Friday, all day Saturday
Athens State University
Cost: Free Thursday, $15 Fri. and Sat., $20 for weekend pass; 12 and under free | More Info
This is a time-honored tradition in Athens! At the Fiddlers’ Convention, your family will get to hear some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. Along with the competition stage, musicians get together throughout campus to improvise music and dancing. Not only is there great music all weekend, but there are over 150 arts, crafts, and food vendors, so wear your shopping shoes! Insider tip: bring your blankets and camp chairs, and don’t forget sunscreen for daytime and bug spray for evening attendance.
Auditions: The Best Christmas Pageant
Friday, Oct. 4th, 5-8 PM
Footlights Theater | More Info
Footlights Community Theater is proud to offer Athens’ residents, especially children, opportunities to act, sing, and dance. Find out more about the audition process, requirements, and sign up to attend auditions for their Christmas show on the website.
Nicole’s Handprint Pottery Party
Saturday, Oct. 5th
Cost: Prices vary
Custom Creations | More Info
Make beautiful keepsakes of your child’s hand and foot prints.
2019 Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 4:00-6:00 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Big Spring Memorial Park, Athens | More Info
Rubber ducks are raced down the creek at the Duck Pond and prizes are awarded to the winners of the heats as well as the Championship race. Proceeds benefit Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Foundation.
Athens Cemetery Stroll
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2-5 PM
Athens City Cemetery | More Info
This bicentennial event is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit! Actors from the community portray some of Athens’ most memorable residents. The event is outdoors, so wear your walking shoes and bring the kids to learn about Athens’ history in a fun, theatrical way!
Cookie Jar Event
Friday, Oct. 11, 6-8 PM, or Saturday, Oct. 12, 12-2 PM
The Broken Brush Studio, Athens | More Info
Bring your little one and create memories decorating a cookie jar! All supplies provided.
Eli’s Block Party Car, Truck, and Bike Show
Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 AM-3 PM
Athens Sportsplex | More Info
Eli’s Block Party hosts this annual event that’s fun for the whole family! Bring your car/truck lovers to see many different models, bring cash for food trucks, and let the kids have fun playing on Kids’ Dugout playground.
Buck-a-Roo Day Camp
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 9 AM-4 PM
Cowboy Church of Limestone County | More Info
CCLC presents this day camp for students ages 6-13. Students will learn about horse handling, care and safety, barrel racing, team roping, and more! Lunch is provided.
Athens Grease Festival
Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 AM-7 PM
Downtown Athens | More Info
Don your toga and enjoy some fried food at this annual Athens festival! Live music, vendors, and activities for the kids are all part of the Athens Grease Festival.
13th Annual Athens, AL Storytelling Festival
Tues-Sat, October 22-26, times vary
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Downtown Athens | More Info
Great for kids and adults alike, this festival will bring out the story lover in all of us! Storytelling competitions and world-class storytellers combine to make this week lots of fun. See website for ticket info and schedule.
Fall Family Festival
Sunday, Oct. 27th, 4-6 PM
First Baptist Church Athens | More Info
First Baptist’s annual fall festival is fun for the whole family! Games, rides, a costume contest, and trunk-or-treating is all part of the celebration. This event is free for everyone! Register online to skip the line.
RIBC Annual Trunk or Treat
Sunday, Oct. 27th, 4-7 PM
Round Island Baptist Church, Athens | More Info
Bring your family for RIBC’s annual trunk or treat event. Games, food, candy and fellowship will be fun for everyone!
Music for Mission: Matt Prater Concert
Sunday, Oct. 27th, 4-6 PM
Revival | More Info
Matt Prater is giving a free concert! Bring your camp chairs for this outdoor event. Free refreshments available. Donations will be accepted for the Full Tummy Project.
Athens-Limestone Public Library Events in October
Bring your kids to the library for fun, educational programs that meet weekly and are sure to encourage your child’s love for learning! All programs are free. Visit www.alcpl.org for more information.
Check for weekly Baby, Preschool, and Spectrum Storytimes HERE.
Tuesdays from 4-5 PM
Do you have a teenager who loves to write? This program is for them! At Ink Slingers, teens will work on creating short stories that, in the spring, will be compiled into a book of their own composition.
Community Yard Sale at the Library
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 8 AM – 12 PM
The annual community yard sale at the library allows residents of Athens to buy and sell goods. Stop by on your way to or from the Fiddlers’ Convention!
Board Game Day
Saturday, Oct. 5th and 19th, 12-4 PM
Come enjoy lots of board games! This is a great family activity that everyone can love!
Prime Time Family
Every Tuesday in October, 5:30-7:00 PM
Cost: FREE | More Info
This program is for under-privileged, under-served families in the area. Enjoy dinner, prizes, and story time for children ages 6-10. There will be activities for younger siblings during this time as well. This event is for the whole family, so please do not leave children unattended! Contact the library for information on how to register.
Teen Time: Hocus Pocus Night!
Thursday, Oct. 24th, 4:30-7 PM
Grades 7-12 | More Info
Join other teens for this year’s Halloween party! Dress up in costume and come for dinner and a movie: Hocus Pocus!
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Rachel Bloemer is a stay-at-home mom of two kids from Athens, Alabama. She enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with her family.