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 2018.
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 2018 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.
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!
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.
Under the Lights
Music will be playing through the streets every week while you dine, shop, and stroll the downtown scene. Local artists will play live acoustic tunes on Northside Square and Clinton Avenue every Thursday evening from 5-8pm. 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!
Jams on Jefferson Street
Meet us under the Light Tree for food truck fare, the melodies of local musicians, and specialty shopping! Treat yourself to some Tuesday evening fun with friends now through September 25. 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!
Theatre Huntsville presents Jane Austen’s Emma
Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightley, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him.
Sounds of Summer Library Concert Series
You know we heart the library for a variety of reasons, and this invigorating, joyful and totally FREE concert series that takes place in the cool air conditioning of the atrium at the Main Branch is just one more reason to patronize our wonderful community libraries. Catch the last two shows of the summer series before it’s over!
Arts in Education Week
Randolph School will once again serve as a hub for the Huntsville community in celebrating National Arts in Education Week in September 2018. In our second year, we feature visual artist Tracy Lee Stum, musical artists of The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway. We invite everyone to the Thurber Arts Center on our Garth Campus to experience these arts offerings for three special evening events.
Fall and Halloween Puppet Shows
Celebrate the season at libraries across town with a special themed puppet show! Children of all ages can join our puppet pals for a fun show featuring stories, rhymes, songs and in some cases, a special craft.
Fall puppet shows:
September 24 @ 4:00pm – Eleanor E. Murphy
September 26 @ 9:30am and 10:30am – Bailey Cove
September 27 @ 9:30am and 10:30am – Bailey Cove
Halloween puppet shows:
October 24 @ 9:30am and 10:30am – Bailey Cove
October 25 @ 9:30am and 10:30am – Bailey Cove
October 29 @ 4:00pm – Eleanor E. Murphy
October 31 @ 9:30am, 10:30am, and 4:00pm – Downtown Huntsville Library
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.
Miss Patty Cake Concert
Miss Patty Cake, also known as Jean Thomason the author of “Sharing God’s Big Love With Little Lives: A Can-Do Guide for Parents and Caregivers,” was recently featured on Focus on the Family. She will be sharing her much-loved praise songs and fun-loving characters with you and your children.
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Gala
The 2018 Mid-Autumn Festival Gala is a special show that features performances by teachers and students from Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University, Nanjing Forestry University, Huntsville Chinese Association, AAMU Pep Band, and University Choir. Come enjoy an evening of music, dance, Beijing Opera, and more! The event is casual dress.
Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour
Are you ready to dance? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an all new interactive live concert experience. Sing and dance along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters. Kids of all ages and their families are all invited to the biggest dance party around!
52nd 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.
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.
Fantasy Playhouse presents Lyle the Crocodile
The Primms’ new house on East 88th Street has a big surprise – a crocodile in the bathtub! Lyle the Crocodile is no ordinary reptile but that doesn’t stop nasty neighbor Mr. Grumps from wanting to banish him to the zoo! Your family is invited to a toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical as the Big Apple comes to the Rocket City!
Randolph School presents Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night is a comedy by William Shakespeare which centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.
Grissom Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web
This play is based closely on E.B. White’s children’s classic novel. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be a true friend and a good writer.
Huntsville High Theatre presents LIZZIE
A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s first and favorite axe-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl, Lizzie Borden. On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become and American legend. LIZZIE is a rock opera that is supported by an onstage rock band. LIZZIE is rage, betrayal, and a bloody murder. LIZZIE is a new American musical with sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Nervana, the Runaways, and Heart. Please note: this show is suitable for age 13 and up.
Huntsville Ballet Company presents Unplugged
Unplugged showcases a different feature ballet along with collaborations, ccutting-edgepieces and traditional works from guest choreographers each year. This year features a world premier of a Civil War soldier’s unwavering love for his wife and country with special guest Soprano Christie Weber. In his now famous letter to his wife, Sullivan Balou (March 28, 1829 – July 29, 1861) endeavored to express the emotions he was feeling: worry, fear, guilt, sadness, and the pull between his love for her and his sense of duty to the nation. In addition to The Letter, Huntsville Ballet will perform new choreography to include songs from country music pioneer, Patsy Cline as well as a cutting edge contemporary work by local choreographer, Gina Guerrera.
Dr. Osborn’s Magical Laboratory
Doctor Osborn will bring his annual bag of Halloween tricks and treats back to Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater! This is family fun (balloons! Magic! Comedy!) for all ages. Costumes are encouraged!
Join James Clemens High School Theatre for a 45-minute performance of their one-act competition play about Emily Dickinson. Before the performance, students will share their Individual Events Showcase: Monologues and Duos beginning at 6:00pm.