Hopefully everyone survived the first week or two of school being back in session, and now you’re ready for some weekend fun!
We round up all the fun, free, and family-friendly events going on in Huntsville, Madison County, and sometimes a bit beyond, and share our top picks for you every Thursday. But there are so many more events than what’s on the list below! Be sure to check out our complete Event Calendar to see them all. We also have a map of all the local Farmer’s Markets and U-Pick stands in Madison County. Tomatoes & squash are rolling in – go find the nearest market near you and get you some!
This weekend is a big one for the annual Swim for Melissa and Miracle Bash, both raising awareness and funds for a resource that many families need in the Rocket City, Huntsville Hospital’s Women & Children’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Find out how you can help and even participate in these worthy efforts, and read Amy George’s personal and touching story in her own words HERE.
Enjoy The Arts!
Thursday & Friday – FREE
Who else is loving all the cool stuff The Arts Council of Huntsville is doing these days? If you haven’t made it down to the Quigley Arts & Entertainment District yet, now’s a great time to check it out.
Thursday’s Arts Alive! Block Party will focus on interactive arts experiences, with mini violin lessons, close-up magic tricks, and demonstrations by local artists. Taking place on Eustis Avenue from the square to Greene Street, The Art Council will close the block beginning at 3:00 p.m. to allow for stage setup and artist move-in before the event begins at 5:00 p.m. The third in a summer series, the Arts Alive! Block Party will feature stage performances by storytellers from Burritt on the Mountain and the popular local bands 5 O’Clock Charlie and Groove. Street performers and artists will be demonstrating their work onsite. Also presenting free, interactive art activities will be Green Pea Press, Tye Dyes by Jim, the North Alabama Wood Crafters and The Symphony School from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. All of these performances and demonstrations are free to the public.
This Friday will feature Art2 street performers and a free concert in Big Spring Park East. Street musicians Reginald Jackson, Chris Wade and Hope Smalley can be heard on the square. Winslow Davis, usually a solo performer of jazz fusion music, will present a free two and a half hour set with his full band in Big Spring Park East beginning at 7:00 PM.
Movie In the Park
Friday at 8:20PM – FREE
Big Spring Park (Map)
The Historic Huntsville Foundation is wrapping up their movie series with an awesome pick tonight – jump into your DeLorean and go “Back to the Future” with all your friends! (Rated PG) As always, picnic suppers, well-behaved kids & pets, lawn chairs, and even a libation from home are all welcome. Bug spray will probably be a good idea too!
Green U is Here!
Saturday from 9AM-3PM – Admission free with recyclables!
Huntsville Botanical Garden (Map)
This family-friendly festival provides educational classes, demonstrations and hands-on activities that exemplify the small steps we can all incorporate into our lives each day to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. In addition to music, classes and activities, there will also be organizations and businesses showcasing products and services that will help keep our planet beautiful for years to come. Demonstrations include composting classes, the best in green-living ideas and home improvement ideas that not only are good for the environment but also can help you save money. AND! Our absolute favorite eco-magician extraordinaire, Steve Trash, will perform his super-cool magic show at 2PM! View the Green U website for a complete schedule of activities and performances.
Admission is $5 or 5 of the following recyclables:
- Aluminum cans
- Plastic bottles with lids separated
- Computer electronic components
- Any part of the computer or any devices that plug into the wall such as lap top computers, wiring and accessories
- New or gently used cloth diapers
Zip & Flip Festival in Harvest
Saturday from 10AM-4PM – FREE
Ford’s Chapel (Map)
Pow Wow at Ditto Landing
Sunday, Noon-5PM – FREE
Ditto Landing (Map)
Celebrate the culture of Native Americans from across the Southeast to promote unity & to share their heritage. Vendors will be selling authentic American Indian artifacts and accessories. The grand entry of dancers honoring warriors, veterans and traditions, both Indian and non-Indian, will be at 11AM. Dancing and demonstrations will continue all day long.
Contact (256) 337-7358 for more information.