Top 10 Things to Do in October

Mark your calendars with this month's top local events you won't want to miss.

Bring the kiddos to Boo at Bellingrath on October 27.

October 1 – 31: Thriller Nights of Lights

Hank Aaron Stadium • 755 Bolling Brothers Dr.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m., nightly. Enjoy this family-friendly drive-thru light show synchronized to music playing through your car radio. Displays of giant spiders, spooky eyes, friendly ghosts and tumbling scarecrows are just a few of the displays to see dancing to a fun variety of music. Admission is $6 per person and children 3 and under are free.

October 5 – 6: Ten65 Festival

Downtown Mobile
Don’t miss this two-day festival celebrating music, technology and Mobile’s unique culture. This year’s event is more local than ever featuring performances by Walker Hayes, Wet Willie, The Red Clay Strays, Johnny Hayes & The Loveseats, Molly Thomas and more.

October 6: Gulf Seafood Gala

Isle Dauphine Club • 100 Orleans Dr., Dauphin Island.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. This year’s event commemorates the Isle Dauphine Club’s 60th anniversary. Enjoy locally sourced Gulf seafood, offered for your tasting pleasure with local craft beer and wines. Live music, displays of vintage Club photographs and a silent auction of original art round out the event. Tickets are $75.

October 11 – 14: National Shrimp Festival

Gulf Shores Public Beach
10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Thurs. – Sat.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. This annual event features arts, crafts, shopping, live music and of course, some of the tastiest shrimp creations the Gulf Coast has to offer. Admission is free and food, drinks and other items are available for purchase.

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October 17: Bob Dylan & His Band

Saenger Theatre • 6 S Joachim St.
8 p.m. He’s stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again. Tickets start at $86.

October 18 – 20: Greek Fest

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church • 50 S Ann St.
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
 Experience Greece in Mobile with live Greek music, a local marketplace, performances by Hellenic Dancers and authentic Greek food, drinks and desserts. Admission is $5, weekend passes are available for $10 – $12.

October 19: Focus Women’s Conference

University of South Alabama Student Center
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy workshops and speakers that provide professional development opportunities, encourage personal growth, teach entrepreneurial skills and inspire community action. The morning will kick off with a keynote address by Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, activist, and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. Tickets are $125.

October 20: Wine on the River

Cooper Riverside Park • Downtown Mobile
4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sample over 150 different varieties of wine from national and international vineyards at this event benefiting Fuse Project. Live music will be going throughout the evening, and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $49.

October 25: Boots & BBQ Barn Bash

Moe’s Original Bar B Que • 701 Springhill Ave.
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Put on your best cowboy boots and get ready for a night of delicious barbecue, live music by Johnny Hayes & the Loveseats and fun for a good cause. Tickets are $40, and proceeds benefit Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile.

October 27: Boo at Bellingrath

Bellingrath Gardens and Home • 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dress up your little goblins and enjoy a day full of Halloween fun at Bellingrath with live entertainment, spooky inflatables and treats and trinkets from local businesses for trick-or-treaters. Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for ages 5-12 and free to ages 4 and younger.

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