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The rush for things to do hasn’t stopped since early fall. Between the Alabama National Fair, Halloween preparations, music and culinary delights, there’s plenty on your plate in the 10 for the week of October 10-16.

A full week of Alabama National Fair coming up

The Alabama National Fair continues now through October 16, with the magic of fairway rides, amazing treats, animal exhibits, live music on the outdoor stage, the chance to win lots of prizes. money in the Blizzard of Dollars machine, and more, all at the grounds around the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Monday is school day, with $7 entry, and kids have the chance to win fair bucks in the slot machine. Entertainment includes attractions such as Swifty Swine, The Puppetone Rockers, K9s in Flight, a live shark encounter and the Zerbini Family Circus. There’s live music from JJ Weeks on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Steel CuZ’n on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Atlanta Rhythm Section on Fridays at 7 p.m., and Hotel California on Saturdays at 7 p.m. New on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. is the Shall we dance K-Pop? Workshop. They will have special theme nights, with discounts and wristband offers. Get the full schedule and prize information online at alnationalfair.org.

Bartender of the Year Contest

The search is on for the best bartender in Alabama.

The Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association is heading to one of Montgomery’s hottest new spots, Ravello Ristorante, 36 Commerce St., Monday from 5-8 p.m. to find out who the best bartender in the state is. It’s a good place for that. In addition to the restaurant, Ravello has a huge bar where bartenders from across the state can work. The overall winner will win a prize of $1,500 and a trophy. The competition is sponsored by Old Forester and United-Johnson Brothers.

Join the Hilltop Howlers for Community Board Game Night on Tuesday

Play games like Monopoly during Community Board Game Night on Tuesday at Sanctuary.

Don’t be bored! Get out of the house. Bring the whole family to The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St., Montgomery for Community Board Game Night on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Everything is brought to you by The Hilltop Howlers. Play the games offered by the Howlers or feel free to bring your own. It is an event for all ages. The Howlers hold it every second Tuesday of the month.

Dance Days at Alabama State University

The Fall 2022 Dance Concert will take place October 12-14 at Alabama State University.

The Alabama State University Fall Dance Concert takes place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m. nightly at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theater, 915 S. Jackson St. Featuring a showcase of choreography from the ASU’s dance faculty, it will bring performances in ballet, modern dance, African, hip hop and jazz. Tickets are $12 for general admission. They can be purchased online at ticketreturn.com and at the box office one hour before the show. ASU’s BFA/Dance program is the first dance program in the state of Alabama to offer a BFA degree in dance. The dance degree is performance-based and prepares students to confidently enter a career as a professional dance artist. For more information, call 334-229-6929 or 334-604-8186.

Bring your bones to a Halloween punk rock show at the Sanctuary

Four bands come for a Halloween punk rock show on Saturday at the Sanctuary.

Ready to get more Halloween rock than a trick-or-treating Charlie Brown? Abuses bassist Lyra Stephens put on a Halloween punk rock package at The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St., Montgomery on October 15. As usual, this is a punk rock show for all ages. In addition to Abuse, it features Grasping at Pieces and two bands from Atlanta – Tom Cheshire Band (TCB) and the famous Genki Genki Panic. GGP is a horror surf band from Mars. Admission is $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged and skeleton themed ones would be greatly appreciated.

Masked Ball Saturday at GTSouth

GTSouth is hosting a masquerade ball on Saturday.

The folks at GTSouth are all about geeks and gaming, which for many comes with really casual attire – T-shirts, shorts, and maybe even flip flops. But on Saturday, it’s time to get a little more fancy – dresses, maybe even tuxedos. It’s a masquerade ball, so dress to impress, and that includes your mask. The ball will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 2015 Cong WL Dickinson Drive. This is for ages 21 and up.

It’s more anime ramen! What more could you want?

Ramen & Anime Night is Saturday at Montgomery in Lower Dexter.

We have a Saturday that’s a recipe for an awesome time: Ramen & Anime Night at Elegant Lower Dexter, 25 Dexter Ave. In case you haven’t heard, they host events on Dexter Avenue that build community and build relationships in the city. from 5:30-9:30 p.m. they feature a ramen night by Express Yo Noodle, The Co Lab Collective/Prevail Union drinks, live art by Lydell Bell and Curbie Toles, a cosplay contest, DJ Jhavonn Brown, and a 360 photo booth by Revolve Around You Productions. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry to the event, a bowl of ramen, a mocktail, and entry to the cosplay contest. VIP is $45 which also includes a VIP armband which includes 1 drink voucher (beer/wine/coffee), access to the gaming loft (Sega Genesis/Nintendo Switch/PS5) and 360 Photo Booth . Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com/e/ramen-club-tickets-417090979347

Find Your New Furry Best Friend Saturday at PAHS Pet Palooza

Prattville's Pet Palooza/Autauga Humane Society is Oct. 15 at Cooters Pond Park in Prattville.

You might not want to admit it, but you need a dog. And it turns out there are many, many dogs out there who need someone like you. It is therefore destiny that this Saturday you can finally be united with the Prattville/Autauga Humane Society (PAHS) Pet Palooza on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cooters Pond Park, 1844 Cooters Pond Road, Prattville. There will be several fuzzy pals ready for adoption. They will also have children’s games, pet contests, bake sale, raffle, grills, jewelry and vendors. The microchip will be available for $25. If rain falls on Saturday, they have a rain date at the park from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Lily Pad Open House Saturday in Millbrook

Lily Pad's open house is October 15th.

Saturday from 4-7 p.m., join the Thirsty Turtle, along with Lux Salon, Color Copy Shop, The Nail Lounge and Abundant Grace Ministries, for the Lilly Pad Open House and Customer Appreciation Night. They will raise funds for the Humane Society of Elmore County. Bring the kids in costume for a chance to win a prize in the Cutest Kids Costume Contest at 4:30 p.m. There will be a live auction at 5 p.m. If you have a cute dog, bring it (on a leash) for a chance to win a prize. cutest dog contest. At 6 p.m. there is another live auction and at 6:30 p.m. they do a drawing for a liquor cart. It all happens at 4884 Main St, Millbrook.

Big Jaripeo dance on Sundays at Rancho Paraiso

La Maquinara Nortena is part of the October 9 lineup at Rancho EL Paraiso in Montgomery.

Get ready to dance the night away with four amazing bands bringing the sounds of Mexico on Sunday. Rancho Paraiso, 1890 Snowdown Chambers Road, Montgomery, has La Maquinara Nortena (The Northern Machine), La Energia Nortena (The Northern Energy), La Reunion Nortena (The Northern Gathering) and Los De Chiwas. Tickets are $60. The doors open at 2 p.m., and it’s a 100% family atmosphere. Children under 12 enter for free. Buy your tickets online at ranchoelparaisoalabama.com. For more information, call 334-306-1198.

Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel covers things to do in the river area. Contact him at [email protected].

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