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Got plans this weekend? 10.10 – 10.12

10.10.2008 by André Natta · → 2 Comments

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OK, here’s the run down for the weekend. As always, add what’s missing in the comments section.

You can join the folks at Jones Valley Urban Farm Saturday from noon to 5 for their “Fall Harvest Pumpkin Celebration.” Pumpkin carving, lots of children’s activities, music and food — all for FREE. The farm is located downtown at 701 25th St. North.

Also on Saturday from noon to 5 and also FREE, it’s “Art of Flight” Family Day at the Birmingham Museum of Art. It’s in conjunction with the new “Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin” exhibit. Here’s what I copied from the Web site: “Learn about flight from U.S. Space and Rocket Center experts and make your own flying machine. Meet City of Birmingham mounted police and their horses, just like the ones Leonardo loved to draw, along with feathered friends from the Birmingham Zoo. Meet a character straight out of Leonardo’s time, compliments of Birmingham Children’s Theatre.” Remember, even If you don’t have kids, the museum is always a bargain by being FREE.

Sunday get your groove on for FREE with the Magic City Blues Society. Their 2008 music series at Phelan Park is coming to a close. The finale will feature Battle of the Blues Bands winners Soul Collision and Po Monkey.
The show is from 2-6 p.m. at the corner of 14th Avenue South and 15th Street South. Not only is the show free, you can bring your cooler along with lawn chairs.

There is another music show Sunday worth your time but you’ll have to pony up some cash. Bring your chairs and blankets to Vulcan Park, buy an adult beverage and kick back for some relaxing music. It’s a great event to bring the kids. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids 5-12 and under 4 free. Free for members too. Time is 3 p.m. This weekend’s musical act is The Lee Boys with The Erin Mitchell Band and the featured brews are from Brooklyn Brewery. Warning you, Oct. 26 will be the last date of the Vulcan AfterTunes series so go ahead and mark your calendars.

There are several food festivals this weekend. First, the Middle Eastern Food Festival started Thursday at Saint George Melkite Catholic Church, 425 16th Ave. South, and goes through Saturday. It’s free but if you want to eat, you’ll have to hit the ATM. And it just wouldn’t be October without the German Club holding their 32nd annual Oktoberfest celebration. Food, beer and music downtown, 2318 2nd Ave. North, from 5 to midnight Friday and Saturday. $5 to get in, children under 12 free, and you’ll have to pay for food too.

The last festival to mention is the Caribbean Heritage Reggae Festival being held this Friday and Saturday Southside/downtownish area at the corner of 18th Street and 1st Avenue South. If you’re at work, turn the sound down before you check out the Web site. I’ve seen two prices for tickets, but I’m pretty sure day passes are $25. Billed as a “family-friendly celebration of Caribbean culture and music,” the headliner is reggae legend Sugar Minott. Other events highlighted on the web site include a Jamaican knitted hat contest, the crowning of the festival king and queen, a children’s village, and a Saturday morning health fair and walk-a-thon. And yes, there will be plenty of jerk chicken for everyone.

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Not to mention the great art opening tonight at dobbs gallery downtown. 6-9pm at dobbs gallery, featuring the latest works of figurative artist, Barrett Bailey. Free drinks and great art!!!