Nothing quite says fall to us here at Rocket City Mom like a caramel apple, a little kettle corn, and a pumpkin carving contest or two. You’re sure to find all that and a whole lot more in this long list of area fall festivals, carnivals and special events. Do you know of one we missed? We’d love to add it, just send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include the information listed here (e.g. Date/Time, Cost, URL, Location).
To get the full 411 about all that is happening in and around the Tennessee Valley this fall including information on Fall Break Camps, 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.
Join us for the 23rd Annual Redstone Arsenal Family and MWR Oktoberfest, brought to you by Papa Johns Pizza! This fun event features a carnival, German music, glassware, beer and food, a Craft Biergarten, a Sports Pavilion (to catch up on the big games of the weekend and more), and more! This is a cash only event.
Friday Night Art Walk
Enjoy the oncoming fall weather by strolling, shopping and sipping around the Square Downtown at the final Friday Night Art Walk. There are dozens of vendors with a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as live music. The event takes place during open entertainment district hours, so adults, feel free to stroll with your favorite beverage while shopping and enjoying local art.
Purple Cup Secret Art Walk
Grab a drink and join Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. for the Purple Cup Secret Art Walk in #downtownhsv! We’ll lead you on a tour of downtown’s hidden public art – from murals to sculptures to whimsical doorways located off the beaten path. Meet us outside Green Bus Brewing at 206 Eustis Ave and we’ll begin our guided stroll around the Arts & Entertainment district to discover the’ secret art’ that brings downtown Huntsville to life! You’ll be given a Secret Art Walk map to check off your discoveries as we go. The tours last 20-30 minutes and will start at 6pm with a tour leaving roughly every 15 minutes, with a final tour starting at 7:30pm.
Monte Sano Art Festival
The Monte Sano Art Festival will be back on Monte Sano Mountain the third weekend of September 2018. The festival is free to attend, but Monte Sano State Park will charge $10 per car for parking. Cash only. The Monte Sano Art Festival has been an enjoyed tradition in Huntsville, Alabama for sixteen years. In 2018, we will continue to feature more than 140 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media. Along with the outdoor festival exhibitors, 2018 will continue to feature local food trucks and musicians throughout the park. This festival is always a highlight of the arts calendar!
Annual Fall Craft Vendor Event at Mable Hill Baptist
Our Fall vendor Event is just around the corner! This event will be indoor/outdoor depending on the weather. Admission is free and all proceeds from bake sale, and sale of spots go directly to refurbishing our Bethlehem Walk!
NEACA Fall Craft Show
Come join us for our Annual NEACA Fall Craft Show. The Fall Craft Show will take place at the Von Braun Center South Hall in Huntsville, Al. The Show will take place on September 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Friday and Saturday hours are 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday is 12 Noon to 5 PM. There is no admission fee and it is open to the public. Please note that the Von Braun Center does charge for parking. There will be be over 100 crafters with items ranging from jewelry, pottery, home decor, outdoor decor, dolls, clothing, kitchen accessories, childrens items, food and much more. There will a drawing for a $20 gift certificate every 2 hours that can be used during the show.
9th Annual International Festival
This one-day, family-friendly spectacular features a wealth of global performances, from folk dance and traditional instrumentals to ethnic song and martial arts demonstrations; food trucks; FREE hands-on children’s games and crafting; an Open Air Market; and table displays featuring cultural artifacts, travel/historic literature, handicrafts, native apparel, educational videos, and so much more!
The Fairytale Ball
An evening event for the entire family! Dress up in your favorite fairytale or superhero attire, experience fairytale and superhero character meet and greets with photo opportunities, enjoy royally sweet and villainously savory treats, dance the night away with Metropolitan DJ, try your luck at unlocking a treasure, and more! All proceeds benefit local UCP Huntsville client families.
River Clay Fine Arts Festival
Held on the 4th weekend in September of each year, River Clay Fine Arts Festival offers participating artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, to network and socialize with other artists, and to meet arts patrons from across the region. In addition to visiting with outstanding artists, arts patrons and other attendees will enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities and much, much more. River Clay Fine Arts Festival will truly offer something for everyone!
Tour de Ville
The Tour de Ville is a relaxed and entertaining bike ride through Downtown Huntsville that supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama. The ride begins and ends at S.R. Butler Green located at Campus No. 805. Riders will enjoy several noteworthy “rest stops” along the route where refreshments, entertainment, and interesting local information will be presented. The post-ride celebration will feature live music, with free pizza for kids under 16, food, drinks, and local craft beer available for purchase. While the ride is going on, a children’s bike rally (for all ages) involving obstacle courses, bike riding instruction, and bike safety instruction will be held at Butler Green. Money raised from the event will provide needed funds to keep the doors wide open for all kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Williams Unit. Note: Only children ages 8 and up are allowed to participate on the ride. However, the on-site kid’s bike rally on Butler Green is for kids of all ages.
Fitness Fest is a free community event hosted by Randolph School. And everyone in the Huntsville area is invited to take part in the fun. Our outdoor event will have tons of physical activities for the kids. Plus, families can stroll around the track, participate in Zumba, or get more information from local health and fitness vendors.
Fall Festival at Sharon Johnston Park
Just us at our 2nd annual Fall Festival! This event is a family-friendly event featuring a zip line, bounce houses, slides, face painting, games, hay ride, foam house, escape room, pumpkin painting, train ride, food and much more.
Huntsville Herb Society Herb Fair
Get your unique gift items and stocking stuffers for the holidays and stock your pantry – this event only happens every 2 years! Shop for and take in the wonderful scents of herb seeds, dried flowers, baked items, herb jellies, honey, and more. Demonstrations include Making Pesto at 10am, Making Natural Perfumes at 10:30am, Making Hummus & Pita Chips at 11am, and Making Botanical Inks for Arts & Crafts at 11:30am. Proceeds support the Huntsville Botanical Garden Herb Garden. This event accepts cash or checks only.
A Town that Endured Change – Mooresville Bicentennial Event
Presented by 1818 Farms, the fourth event in the “Behind the Picket Fence…History Lives” Mooresville Bicentennial series will be a free to the public outdoor walking tour conveying the story of our Town’s progress and transformation through the 1900s with interactive displays, photography, demonstrations, and collections.
Land Trust Fall Guided Hike Series
These guided hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family! They’re free, but donations to help preserve green space are accepted. You don’t need fancy equipment! However, we do recommend long pants and comfortable shoes with good tread, bottled water, hiking sticks, trail snacks, and a camera to capture the experience. Dogs welcome, but must be on leads. In case of rain, hikes will be canceled. Please verify cancellation via the website or on Facebook Page.
Eva Frontier Days
This week-long celebration of Eva, AL history and community includes a bluegrass festival, the worlds largest hayride, community singing, and concludes with “The Big Day” on Saturday. Enjoy an antique tractor and car show, parade, a baked goods contest, live entertainment, contests, raffle drawings, plus games for all ages – rides, train ride, etcetera, food vendors, and much more!
15th Annual Dog Fair
The HOTC is hosting the 16th Annual Dog Fair at Monte Sano State Park and is attended by thousands of people each year, many bring their dogs, others adopt dogs from the local rescue groups and humane society. Don’t miss the WAGS kid’s learning activities and kids’ dog shows!
Monrovia Community Center Fall Fest
Monrovia Community Center invites you to enjoy entertainment, fun, food, games, and giveaways at their 2018 Fall Fest. MCC is a 501c3 non-profit focused on helping the youth within the North Alabama area grow through sportsmanship, mentorship, and spiritually. The Fall Fest is free and open to the public, with some cost for food.
Date/Time: September 29 | 11AM-3PM
Location: Monrovia Community Center (map)
More Info: (256) 489-3366
Where German Heritage is greeted with a Southern Style! 8 days of traditional German Music, food, dancing, Classic car show, arts & crafts, Hundfest, Bratwurst Eating contest, Miss Oktoberfest, the Burgermeister Ball, Stein Hoisting contest and our very own Cullman Community Lion’s Club Bed Race are just a few events that you can enjoy while visiting our Craft Beer Garden located in our entertainment district. Authentic German Dinners hosted throughout our downtown, along with guided walking tours, shopping, music and fun, bring Cullman’s German History to life!
Boaz Harvest Festival
Returning for the 54th year, the October Harvest Festival is set for October 5-6, 2018, bringing with it two days of music, arts and crafts and other family-friendly fun. The free event takes place in historic downtown Boaz, located along Highway 168 just off of US Highway 431. During the October Harvest Festival, over 200 arts and crafts vendors will line Main Street giving festivalgoers a chance to shop for unique items. Children will be entertained throughout the day with a free inflatable play area with rides and games (tickets required for a nominal fee). Other activities include live music from the Two-Tone Willie, Nate Fortner, Boaz Jazz Band, and Snead Singers, other entertainment, a huge antique car show with muscle cars, trucks, antique tractors, motorcycles and the Miss Harvest Festival Pageant where a one-year tuition scholarship to Snead State Community College will be awarded to the upper division winner. Festivalgoers will not want to miss the chance to get the new Harvest Festival t-shirt designed by a talented local student. Many of the shops located in the downtown area will have sidewalk sales and special offers in addition to the festivities.
8th Annual Fall Plant Sale at the HSVBG
The plant sale is open to the public featuring unique plants, trees and shrubs native to Alabama. It will also feature plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies. Activities will include garden talks, vendors and soil testing by Master Gardeners of North Alabama. There will also be children’s activities!
Huntsville Madison County Public Library Bicentennial Celebration
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is celebrating its Bicentennial Year (formed in 1818!) and we want to celebrate! Please join us for this FREE event at the Earlyworks Museum. The day will feature birthday cake, puppet shows, crafts and more! Illustrator Laura Murray, creator of Amazing Alabama, will be hosting a coloring workshop in the afternoon.
MAA Craft & Vendor Fair
Join us for a day of shopping at the 3rd annual Craft and Vendor fair at the Meridianville Athletic Association! All your favorite vendors and more will be there. Shop early for the holidays and maybe something for yourself too.
Madison Street Festival
The Madison Street Festival has been recognized as one of the top 20 fall festivals in the State of Alabama. With hundreds of vendors, artisans and performers, the MSF has something for everyone! Attendees can expect great art, arts and crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, a variety of food vendors, a community parade, information vendors, a children’s tent with lots of activities and FREE inflatables, and much more!
Asbury Fall Festival
Experience life at Asbury at our Fall Festival! This is THE event of the fall to bring your kids/grandkids/neighbors’ kids/friends’ kids to! With free food, the Big Green Bus, games, hay rides, and fun ideal for kids up through 5th grade, we’ll have a blast together!
Hamburgers & Hayrides
Fall Break at the Garden is so fun! Bring the family to Hamburgers & Hayrides for a delicious lunch and lots of outdoor fun. Fresh Market will grill awesome hamburgers, served with sides and beverages. Then, hop on a hayride to the back of the Garden and get lost in our corn maze! Don’t forget to check out the Scarecrow Trail and the Gardens of Myth exhibit while you’re here.
50th Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show
The 50th Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show will be Friday, October 13, through Sunday, October 15th , at the Jaycee Community Center on Airport Road, Huntsville, Alabama. National and International Dealers will have gemstones, fossils, jewelry making materials and equipment, art pieces, and custom jewelry of every type and price. Bring the whole family! Kids can look for treasures in the gem dig, mining flume, and more! Hourly drawings, demonstrations, Geode cracking, food service, and ample free parking.
VBAS Astronomy Day
Astronomy Day at the VBAS facilities will include family fun activities hosted by local science groups, planetarium shows and telescope observing (weather permitting). Outdoor hands-on activities from 1:00 – 5:00 PM will be offered by VBAS, as well as local science enthusiasts. In the past we have had representatives from HAL5 (National Space Society Huntsville Chapter), U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and Lonnie Puterbaugh: Astronomy Van. Short planetarium shows will allow guests to view the night sky indoors, while special solar telescopes outside will offer views of sunspots and solar flares. Visitors may tour both observatory facilities to hear stories about the construction and installation of the telescopes. Evening activities will kick off at 7:00 PM with a presentation indoors by our keynote speaker, former NASA Astronaut, Brigadier General Robert Stewart, USA, Retired, who will speak on his experiences aboard the Space Shuttle. Following our keynote speaker we will have telescopes set up to view the nigh sky, weather permitting.
Rabbits Invade Downtown Huntsville
Downtown Huntsville will soon welcome a global invader – in the form of 23-foot-tall inflatable illuminated Rabbits. Arts Huntsville, in partnership with Downtown Huntsville, Inc., is bringing whimsy and delight to downtown Huntsville this October with Intrude, a traveling public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer of Parer Studio. Huntsville joins the ranks of Denver, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Berlin, and other metropolitan destination cities, to host Intrude. Intrude will be on display to the public Friday, October 19th through the 28th in Big Spring Park East and West. The rabbits range from 10 to 23 feet tall. The public is welcome to gently interact with the bunnies and share their experience with the exhibit using the hashtag #IntrudeHsv.
Alabama Gourd Festival
Annual Alabama Gourd Festival theme “Gourds Under the Sea” at the Cullman Civic Center. Enjoy the beautiful works of art made from gourds. Find that unique gift for someone special on your list or something for yourself. You will find plenty of raw gourds, supplies and tools for purchase. Children can decorate their own ornamental gourd for free. The whole family will enjoy touring the fabulous ribbon competition exhibit room. Learn something new as gourd artist demonstrate their art techniques, or take a class from an experienced gourd artist.
For more than 30 years, Colorfest has drawn thousands of visitors to the quiet little mountain village of Mentone to drink in the cool, crisp mountain air, admire the glory of the fall foliage, and enjoy the festivities of Colorfest. Always held the third weekend in October, the festival combines nightly bonfires, live music, fabulous foods, boutique shopping, children’s fun, and of course, the incredibly talented artists and craftsmen who display their wares along Mentone Brow Park.
International Observe the Moon Night Event
Hands-on activities, face painting, and lots of telescopes will be on hand at this fun fall family-friendly event, open to the public! The Von Braun Astronomical Society will be there to show you the moon and other visible planetary bodies. Everyone can enjoy the Astronomy Van with a 3D show, PBS’s Janet’s Planet show, a Science Magic Show with Dr. Osborne, and a live science show withDr. Bon & the Science Guys. There will be entertainment on the large inflatable movie screen as well as music.
Monrovia Elementary School Car, Jeep, and Motorcycle Show
MES PTA is hosting our second car show featuring Cars, Jeeps, Motorcycles and more. We will have awesome vehicles, marketplace vendors, bounce house, food, music and much more. We are inviting everyone to come enjoy the day with us.
Peinhardt Farm Day
Each year the Peinhardt farm is open to the public for one Saturday in October. The farm is opened for everyone to come out and experience history in a setting that will take you back in history and allow you to actually participate in some “hands-on” work. Exhibits and demonstrations are spread over 40 acres. Events have included old-time woodworking, mules, horses and wagon rides, antique tractor shows, petting animals, sorghum syrup making, grist mill, blacksmith horseshoeing, and the sawmill.
4th Annual Buckhorn Middle School Craft Show and Festival
This is a free to the public, fun family event and market featuring numerous food, clothes, and art vendors! Come out and support Buckhorn Middle while shopping vendors, painting pumpkins, enjoying shaved ice, and so much more.
St. Mark’s Fall Festival
Free and open to the public, come in costume for fun, food and games… and CANDY. There will be games and activities for all aged children!
Alabama Renaissance Faire
Regularly one of the top 20 events in the South East, the Alabama Renaissance Faire is held annually the 4th weekend in October in Wilson Park and celebrates the Italian Renaissance, through the link to Florence, Italy, where Italian surveyor, Ferdinand Sanoner, named the town after his favorite Italian city, Florence, in the early 1800’s. It is a totally free event, and offers 15+ entertainment opportunities (many right from the community), as well as 75+ vendors offering a wide selection of period merchandise. Smaller than most commercial events, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere and good old Southern hospitality. (Costumes aren’t required, but admired! Join in a free costume making workshop prior to the fair, on October 13th.)
Hartselle Hay Day
Hartselle Parks & Recreation along with the Historic Hartselle Downtown Merchants are happy to announce the Third Annual Hartselle Hay Day in Downtown Hartselle. This is a free community event featuring a costume contest, inflatables, hay rides, food trucks and of course, lots of candy!
Nominated for 2017 Downtown Huntsville Event of the Year, Hunt+Gather is an annual juried & curated artisan & makers market, featuring artisans, makers, creators, & innovators from North Alabama & the Tennessee Valley.
Taste of the Holidays
Get an early start on prepping for the holidays with over 70 area crafters, makers, artists, and small businesses at the 5th annual Taste of the Holidays Market! This year’s booth fees will directly support the ministry of 305 8th Street. Come taste free samples of sweet & savory recipes while you shop, get free gift wrapping, and enter to win a free holiday dinner for 8. Last year, this event featured over 1800 shoppers!
Fall Color Special Train Ride
This annual Fall Color Special train ride is sure to bring a smile to young and old alike. Our large windows create the perfect picture frame for the colors of autumn. Be sure your camera batteries are charged as we travel along five miles of track in search of colorful trees and falling leaves. This traditional train ride is always a popular one, so be sure to make your reservations early!
Fall Festival at Calvary Baptist Church Scottsboro
Rain or shine, join Calvary Baptist in Scottsboro for games, food, inflatables, hayride, and s’mores.
What’s cooler than medieval weapons launching pumpkins through the air? Watch teams blast pumpkins using their homemade catapults, air cannons, or trebuchets. While there, enjoy a day of fall family fun! In addition to seeing the pumpkins fly, families can enjoy activities such as pedal carts, jumping pillows, hay rides, and corn cribs. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the competition starts around 10. Proceeds benefit Holy Family School’s Restore the Mission campaign.
Burritt on the Mountain’s Folklife Festival
Burritt’s Folklife Festival will showcase craftspeople, artists and presenters who will share their knowledge about the traditions, skills, handicrafts and arts of our region during the 1800s and early 1900s. Come hear traditional music and watch demonstrators as they show you how our ancestors worked, lived and created art. Skills that will be demonstrated include blacksmithing, flint knapping, Native American flute making and playing, spinning, quilting, open hearth cooking and much, much more. These exciting days of family fun will be Saturday from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday 12:00-4:00. You won’t want to miss this wonderful experience!
Fall Craft and Vendor Event at Maple Hill Baptist
Join us for Mable Hill Baptist’s first annual craft and vendor event! We will have LuLaRoe, woodworking, vinyl crafters, essential oils, jewelry and so much more. Come join us and get your Christmas shopping done early!
Rocket City NerdCon
Rocket City NerdCon (RCNC) 2018 is a celebration of all things nerdy. If your fanaticism for pop culture, comic books, movies, tv, books, games, collectibles, crafting, cosplay, LARPing, etc. borders on obsessively nerdy, this is the place for you! Come meet other people who geek out over similar subjects, and let your inner nerd flag fly. Tickets are good for the whole weekend, and you must have a ticket to enter panel rooms and workshops. The library will be open to the public during normal library hours (Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm), but only ticket holders will be allowed in the library on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Date/Time: November 3, 9AM-9PM | November 4, 9AM-5PM
Cost: $15 in advance/$20 at the door | 10 and under are FREE with ticketed adult
Location: Huntsville Public Library Downtown (map)
Website: Website | NerdCon on Facebook