Fall is a splendid time to enjoy a play, catch a concert, or watch a special show with your family! Below you’ll find our list of family-friendly performances taking place Fall of 2017.
To get the full 411 about all that is happening in and around the Tennessee Valley this fall including information on Fall Break Camps, Pumpkin Patches, Trick/Trunk or Treating options, Halloween Parties, and more why not mosey on over to the full 2017 Fall Activity Guide. Then be sure to share the scoop with your friends so you’ll see familiar faces when you are out and about this fall season.
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Concerts on the Dock
Concerts on the Dock are back! This Huntsville tradition has grown from a small gathering of music lovers to an institution in the local music scene since the first note was struck in 2008. This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join the relaxed crowd under the water tower! A $5 per car parking donation is requested and carpooling is encouraged.
Jazz in the Park
This statewide concert series seeks to promote jazz and help build communities through public access to jazz music. Food trucks will be on site, and blankets, coolers, and picnic food are encouraged. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening! Each artist’s CDs will be on sale following their performance, and photos with artists are permissible.
Biergarten at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
This family- and dog-friendly event returns to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family-friendly and leashed dogs are welcome on our Apollo Terrace and in Apollo Courtyard. Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. To support our local community, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring a nonprofit organization each week, and a portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the organization. FREE admission; food and drinks extra.
Downtown Huntsville, Inc.’s Acoustic Squared series is keeping free Friday night music going in Downtown Huntsville through October! Two acoustic acts, one on Northside Square and one on Southside Square, will perform open air music from 5-7PM. Remember, the entertainment district is open during these times, so adults: feel free to take your purple cup on a walk while relaxing and enjoying the sounds with your family! More free music in Downtown Huntsville!!
Fall Puppet Show
Celebrate fall at the library with a forest animal puppet show!
Encore Piano Studio Student Recital
Sponsored by Encore Piano Studio, this annual event features children performers ranging in age from 4 to 13 showcasing their piano talents in an open air concert before family, friends and centre visitors. Could a future contestant on America’s Got Talent or The Voice be in our midst?
Lee High School presents Much Ado About Nothing
Lee High School’s Creative & Performing Arts presents a modern day rendition of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Love. War. Conspiracy. Betrayal. Death. In Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy, Don Pedro and his men return victoriously from war to the house of Leonato, Governor of Messina. Proven in battle, Claudio proposes to Leonato’s dutiful daughter Hero, much to the dismay of his comrade, Benedick, who wittily battles with his favorite sparring partner, the Lady Beatrice, on the demerits of love. Filled with merry conflict, those who jest at love are caught in a “lovers trap.” Meanwhile, a sinister conspiracy brews to undo Claudio and Hero’s nuptials, setting in motion a series of events that challenge loyalties, test character, and examine the fickle frailty of life and love. Enjoy the Bard in his finest form to find out if it really is Much Ado About Nothing.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Preview Cast Performance
Cast members will perform select songs from the upcoming theatrical presentation! The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series you loved growing up springs to life onstage as an energetic musical that proves learning math, science, history and grammar can be fun when your teacher wins you over with imagination and music. The full theatrical presentation of Schoolhouse Rock Live will be presented by the Fantasy Children’s Playhouse Theater, Oct. 6-8 and 13-15.
Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise!
Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!
Broadway Theatre League presents Artrageous
IMAGINE an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction – Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience. The signature of the Artrageous Troupe is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show! Rocket City Mom is giving away a family four-pack of tickets on September 20th. Enter to win on our blog post!
Shades of Bluegrass Festival
Two days of Bluegrass music in the park under the shade trees! Bring your lawn chairs and relax while enjoying music all weekend. There will be arts and crafts, food, jamming and of course one band right after the other. There’s even a playground for the kids. Electric hookups and camping available; contact the Town of Rogersville at 256-247-5446.
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51st Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Bring the family and enjoy a uniquely American experience whose roots are buried deep in the Appalachian mountains and beyond. It’s a musical and cultural experience that will thrust you into a simpler time where families were bound by the music they created and the stories they told. The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been named by tourism groups as one of the top 20 a ractions in the Southeast, bringing some 200 contestants and an estimated 15,000 folk music fans to the grounds of historic Athens State University in Athens, Alabama each year. Additionally, area craftsmen display their arts and crafts at the annual arts and crafts fair held in conjunction with the musical competition, offering unique and custom-made souvenirs. Event is outdoors – bring chairs! No pets or coolers allowed inside convention gates. Free camping available.
Fantasy Playhouse presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.” The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series you loved growing up springs to life onstage as an energetic musical that proves learning math, science, history and grammar can be fun when your teacher wins you over with imagination and music. We guarantee the entire family will be singing along!
Broadway Theatre League presents Motown
Coming to Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville, October 10-15, 2017, Motown the Musical tells the true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and made history. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations — Motown the Musical shows how these legendary artists and so many more created the soundtrack that transformed America. With over 40 classic songs including “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this explosive Broadway event is the next chapter of Motown’s incredible history — and an experience you’ll never forget!
Independent Musical Productions presents Young Frankenstein
Join Independent Musical Productions as they present Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein coming to the Main Stage Theater at Lee High School! In Young Frankenstein, Frederick, the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. Finding himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors, he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Recommended for teens and adults.
Kings of Swing Fall Lawn Concert
Join us for a concert by the Kings of Swing on the lawn of the Gunn-Bellenger House in Gadsden! The concert is free and lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. The Kings of Swing play big band, jazz, and standards.
Grissom Theatre presents “The Phantom Tollbooth”
Grissom Theatre presents their First show in the new theatre! Come and watch “The Phantom Tollbooth”, a play based on Norton Juster’s children’s book of the same name. Follow Milo through his adventures that he discovers when he drives through the Tollbooth. Meet his friends Tock, King Azaz and Rhyme and Reason as they help Milo discover that he has adventure in his life if he chooses to search for it!
Huntsville Ballet Company presents Unplugged
Huntsville Ballet Company’s season will open with Unplugged on October 20th featuring the world premiere of Phantom of the Opera – The Ballet, choreographed by Huntsville Ballet Company’s Artistic Director, Phillip Otto. Unplugged will also include classical, contemporary and modern works by traditional and local choreographers. The intimate setting of The Playhouse at the Von Braun Center affords the audience a personal and thrilling ballet experience. For more information call 256-539-0961.
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and Community Chorus present Carmina Burana
HSO christens this season’s magnificent Davidson Classical Series with a matched pair of masterworks. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in its virtuoso orchestration by Maurice Ravel, opens the program; then we’ll hear Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s gripping rendition of poetry by the savvy, mischievous goliards – “monks gone wild,” if you will. Experience the mystique, dark humor, and rapturous bliss of this panoramic window on medieval life and lore in an unforgettable performance featuring some of Alabama’s finest young classical singers and the Huntsville Community Chorus.
Huntsville High Theatre presents Rapunzel (and Cabaret)
Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale! On the edge of glory, the evil Lady Za Za determines to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel – with the long, long, long hair – trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest. It’ll be up to Sir Roderick and his hair stylist friend Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair) to rescue Princess Rapunzel and restore the kingdom.. Don’t miss the special bonus showings of Cabaret after the shows on October 20, 26 & 27, which includes a play list of music from Broadway standards delivered in an exciting award-show format. The night includes songs from old favorites (Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, and Chicago) while liberally sprinkling in Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber pieces along with new ground-breaking musical numbers that are sure to excite!
PJ Masks Live!
PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero is a super-heroic, brand new live show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ Masks! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko as they try to save the day from their sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe! You’ve NEVER seen the PJ Masks like this before – leaping, flipping and climbing – live on stage. Complete with your favorite music and brand new songs you’ve never heard before! Don’t sleep through it – watch the PJ Masks save the day, live on stage!
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James Clemens Marching Band presents “Sounds of the Stadium”
Enjoy the music and fun of the James Clemens High School Marching Band from the comfort of an auditorium seat. Sounds of the Stadium is a fun-filled spectacle that features music from the marching band’s 2017 halftime show, the school fight song and crowd favorites. A dessert reception and silent auction follow the show. Family friendly fun for all!
Huntsville Chamber Chorale presents The Poet’s Song
Join us at the intersection of timeless poetry and stunning music! Long-loved verse by Shakespeare, Donne, Henley, and others are given new and engaging interpretations through the power of the choral arts.
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