It’s officially Fall in the Valley, and making the most of this short-lived season in Alabama will be easy to do thanks to all the free, fun, and family-friendly events on the calendar. Gorgeous weather the next few days is just the icing on the cake!
If you’re looking for a bargain, be sure to check our Yard Sale Map for all the best garage and yard sales happening close to you. And remember, we only list a few of the things happening this weekend here – see the complete list on our Event Calendar.
Friday from 6:00 – 9:00PM: This is it. The last chance you have to attend one of the best outdoor concert venues in town – they won’t be back until next spring. Tonight’s music is provided by The Blu Lite Band – “a drop of sweat on the end of a spark bouncing off a backyard bug zapper!” The Dreaded Firefly, Sweet Lucy and all the gang light up the stage with a new hue of blue. Picnic suppers, lawn chairs, libations, and well-mannered dogs and kids are all welcome.
Saturday 8:30AM – 5:00PM: We gave you the inside scoop on how to navigate this free festival on Tuesday, but had to include it in the list of best things to do this weekend too. The kids will love the petting zoo, bouncy houses, pony rides, reptile show, crafts, and games. The whole family will love the live music, local performers, car show, delicious fair food, arts & crafts booths, and demonstrations. Parking and admission are free; parade begins at 8:30AM.
Saturday from 9:00AM – 1:00PM: In addition to all the new fall produce you’ll find at this local market, there’s also new hours to reflect the shorter days: every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM until November 17. This week you’ll find cooler-weather crops like apples, pumpkins, radishes, broccoli, and collards, as well as the usual fresh meats, eggs, bread, honey, and handmade goodies.
Saturday 9:00AM – 4:30PM: Just north of Huntsville, at Sharon Johnson Park in New Market, a huge gathering of burly men in tartan kilts will be tossing around giant wooden cabers and munching on stuffed sheep stomach. The annual Highland Games is an awesome sight to behold. Stepdancers, border collie performances, The Scottish Harp Society, Irish step dancing, and the mournful sounds of bagpipes can be heard throughout the day. There’s even a kiddie caber toss!
Saturday 10:00AM – 11:00AM: Geared toward 3-6 year-olds and their families, this is a great new club to help you spend some time outdoors and explore nature together. Today’s session is “A Leaf Shape Adventure”. Fun activities that Families’ Club participants take part in include: storytelling, nature discovery walks as well as make and take crafts. The discovery walks will relate to the topics of the children’s books used during the meetings. Read more about the details of this program sponsored by Operation Green Team in our full review.
Saturday from 10:15AM – 10:45AM: What sound does a French horn make? What is the difference between a viola and a violin? How many strings are on a harp? Children can have fun discovering the answers to these musical questions and more during twenty-minute Opus Tadpole presentations. This week features bass instruments and fun games with The Little Gym of Huntsville. Opus Tadpole sessions are held on Saturdays at 10:15AM prior to Classical Series final rehearsals.
As always, click on the orange titles to visit the associated website for more information on a particular event. If you see an event we’ve missed, share your info in the comment section.
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