While Calhoun County may not be cooling off quite as quickly as we’d hoped, there are plenty of events on the autumn community calendar that are sure to keep families entertained for the season. Get ready to recall bygone days as memories are conjured of colorful falling leaves, spice-scented candles, grinning scarecrows, and festive hayrides. All of these fanciful fall delights, and more, are beckoning. Take advantage of the following 2023 Calhoun County fall events.
Crafts, live music, pumpkins, corn mazes…you name it, Calhoun County has got it! Check out the upcoming fall festivals for loads of family-friendly fun.
The 35th annual Oxford Fest is just around the corner, continuing its reputation for providing excellent shopping, eating, music, and youth experiences for families in Calhoun County and beyond. Stroll Choccolocco, Barry, and Snow Streets to get your fill of tons of vendors selling clothing, fall decor, homemade soaps & bath items, jewelry, wood items, and other wares. Sample food from the best food trucks in the area. Bring your kids to enjoy rides, make crafts, or get their faces painted. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7 when the fun continues from 7:30 am – 4 pm at this free event. The scheduled entertainment includes:
7:45 am – 8:30 am ClearVision Gospel
8:45 am – 9:30 am Dwight Smith
9:45 am – 10:00 am Napa Know How Moment
10:00 am – 10:45 am Chad & Joe
10:45 am – 11:00 am Sunny King Auto Moment (Vernon Thomas)
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Justin Rollins
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Berritt Haynes
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Pink Heals Moment
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Hutch Edwards Project
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Avenue South
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Drawings for Prizes and $1000 Giveaway
Fall fun will be all the rage at the Anniston Museum and Gardens on Saturday, October 14 as they host their annual Fall Fest from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The whole family can experience fall-themed outdoor games, hay rides, interaction with live animals, crafts, science experiments, and some great food from on-site food trucks. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. The admission is $12 per adult and $10 per child (ages 4-17), with AM&G Members tickets being $6/Adult and $5/Child.
On Wednesday, October 18 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, get ready for a ton of enjoyment at the Calhoun County Fall Fair. It will be located near the intersection of Bynum Leatherwood Rd. and Old Gadsden Hwy. The featured attraction will be a petting zoo with animals just begging for affection like goats, sheep, Finn the cow, Peanut the mini colt, and a 7-foot-long boa!
Slated for Saturday, October 21, Faith Christian School will be hosting its annual Faith Market from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Folks can purchase items from multiple vendors, enjoy concessions, take part in a silent auction, and more. Check it out at 4100 Ronnaki Rd, Anniston.
If you enjoy down-home festivals in a church setting then you should check out the Fall Festival hosted by Eulaton First Baptist Church at 1835 Gate 8 Rd, Anniston, AL on Sunday, October 29 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Some of the fun things you can expect at this family-friendly event include a bouncy house, games, free chili, popcorn, and Trunk-R-Treat.
Another fall festival falling on the same day of Sunday, October 29 is Family Fun Fest located at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, 160 White Plains Rd, Anniston. From 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, enjoy games, hayrides, a cake walk, a costume contest, cotton candy, icees, a costume contest, and a scrumptious chili cook-off!
Who doesn’t love a giant pumpkin patch when fall rolls around? You can pick out the perfect size, shape, and color of pumpkin for your home decor in hands-on style, plus you can keep an eye out for the “Great Pumpkin” spoken of by Linus in the famous holiday cartoon. There are two terrific pumpkin patches in or around Calhoun County that you should plan to visit.
Bennetts Farms Pumpkin Patch is the pumpkin patch you need to check out in Calhoun County, located at 1073 County Rd 13 in Heflin, AL. Their seasonal grand opening is this Saturday, September 30, and they’ll be running throughout the month of October. Admission cost is $12 for anyone ages 3 and up. They’ve got bragging rights on two elaborate corn mazes, hay rides, farm animals, corn cribs, sunflowers, tractors, trucks, a vintage Shasta, a BBQ shack, games and slides, and a country store selling all kinds of local vendors’ wares. Their hours are:
Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fridays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Turner Family Farm Pumpkin Patch just opened on October 23rd and will carry on through October 30. Located at 7700 Stemley Road in Talladega, AL, this pumpkin patch offers countless classic activities families love like a Giant Pumpkin Jump, petting zoo, corn maze, hay rides, playground, slides, corn pit, photo ops, and live entertainment. The most important draw, of course, is the giant pumpkin patch that you can stroll through and pick your favorites to purchase. General admission is $12, while children 1 and under are free. For an additional charge, there is a ZIP line and bungee trampoline for added adventure. Hours of operation for this amazing autumn event are:
Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm