2018 Spring Parades and Festivals in Huntsville and North Alabama

If you’re looking for fun, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got all the 2018 Spring parades and festivals in Huntsville & North Alabama in one place. Peruse this list and then make your plans. Fun is in your future.

Ready for more spring related fun? Check out our full 2018 Spring Activities Guide  sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.

March


16th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival

When: March 3 from 9PM-5PM; March 4 from 10AM-4PM
Where: Hamilton, AL (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

The Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) is an indoor, juried arts festival headlined and named in honor of Hamilton resident and Smithsonian potter, Jerry Brown, who as a ninth-generation potter was awarded in 1992 the National Heritage Fellowship and in 2003 received the Alabama Heritage Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Artists from throughout the Southeastern United States participate in this two-day festival celebrating the festival’s theme, “Reflections of the South.” Host of the JBAF is the Northwest Alabama Arts Council, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization supporting the arts and art education. Named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society!

Community Kite Festival

community kite festivalWhen: March 3 from 11AM-3PM
Where: John Hunt Park (map)
Cost: FREE! Bring your own kite, chairs & blankets welcome
More Info: Website

AshaKiran and the City of Huntsville-Office of Multicultural Affairs invite you to the 5th Annual Community Kite Festival. Once again the theme is “Soaring for Social Justice,” and organizers are showcasing the dozens of non-profit organizations in our local community who selflessly provide aid to marginalized demographics. It is our hope that every member of our community is able to enjoy a beautiful afternoon filled with kite-flying, scrumptious foods, fellowship and entertainment while learning more about the wide-range of services offered throughout the city of Huntsville.

HIA Holi – Festival of Colors

When: March 11 from 11AM-2:30PM
Where: Hindu Culture Center of North Alabama, Harvest (map)
Cost: $5, Kids under 7 are FREE
More Info: Facebook

Huntsville India Association (HIA) invites you and your family to come celebrate Holi – Festival of Colors at HCCNA in Harvest, AL. Festival of Colors celebrates the beginning of the Spring season and is traditionally celebrated in India by people tossing colors and colored waters at each other. This event is open to everyone and is kid-friendly! HIA is a 401(c)(3) non profit and has been doing great work over the last 40+ years in North Alabama. We would love for you to stay involved and at some point will be delighted to have you as a member.

UCP’s 19th Annual “An Irish Evening”

When: March 16 from 6PM-9PM
Where: The Depot Roundhouse (map)
Cost: $25 each; one free child per adult ticket
More InfoWebsite | Facebook | 256-859-4900

A charitable way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! This annual event features Irish and international food and beverage samples from local vendors (included with ticket purchase), Celtic entertainment, and casual attire (wearin’ of the green is a must!) at The Depot Roundhouse in downtown Huntsville. Enjoy Irish music, fun and games with the Irish Society of North Alabama, a performance by the Fitness Arts Center Irish step dancers, visits with Irish Wolfhounds, an extensive silent auction, dance tunes with Metropolitan DJ, and more! All proceeds from this annual fundraiser directly benefit UCP client services for more than 1,000 North Alabama families affected by a disability.

41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

st patrick's parade huntsvilleWhen: March 17 at 11:30 AM
Where: Downtown Huntsville (parade route here)
Cost: FREE to observe & march!
More Info: Website | Facebook


Advertisement. Content Continues Below.

The 41st annual Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 11:30am in downtown Huntsville! Presented by the Irish Society of North Alabama, this annual tradition is a celebration of Irish culture & heritage in a positive family atmosphere. Check out the Parade Route on the website.

Huntsville Comic Con

When: March 30 at from 12PM-8PM
Where: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment (map)
Cost: Presale $15/day or $25/weekend pass | Door price $25/day or $35/weekend pass | Kids 10 and under FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook

Join us at Lowe Mill A&E for the Southeast’s most unique geek convention. We have dozens of great guests, including film and tv actors, comic-book artists, writers, and many more! We will have amazing events, including ongoing kid’s events, talks, panels, and two nights of Cosplay shows, and our Guest of Honor this year is Sam “Flash Gordon” Jones! Everything will take place throughout the 171,000+ sq. ft. Lowe Mill A&E historic cotton mill facility. During our con you can find exciting new comics, gaming, and pop culture merchandise throughout the Mill. Plus you’ll get to visit the many working artists studios consisting of 200+ artists, makers, and unique eateries. You will need time to see everything, we strongly recommend attending both days. It’s fun for the whole family… Even non-geeks love our show!

April


Babypalooza

babypalooza_logoWhen: April 7 from 10AM-1:30PM
Where: VBC (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

The BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama Babypalooza Baby & Maternity Expo will help you connect to all of the wonderful resources, services, and boutiques in your area to help you with the newest member of your family. From health services to childcare centers you will be able to find everything you need under one roof in one day!

10th Annual “Battle of the Buffalo” Chicken Wing Festival

When: April 7 from 2PM-7PM
Where: Big Spring Park (map)
Cost: $15
More Info: WebsiteFacebook

Battle of the Buffalo is a food festival hosted by the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The event invites local restaurants and amateurs to showcase their best version of the ever-popular buffalo chicken wing. As competitors battle for the title of Best Wing in the Tennessee Valley, guests can sample wings from the wide variety of competing businesses and chefs.

Heads N Tails Crawfish Boil

When: April 14 from 3PM-9PM
Where: VBC South Hall (map)
Cost: FREE; food available for purchase
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

The 8th Annual Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil will take place in South Hall of the VBC on Saturday, April 14th! This event is FREE TO ATTEND and is a family-friendly event with face painting, inflatables and other free activities to entertain the kids! Crawfish and other yummy food will be available for purchase! We will also have craft beer tastings and your favorite beverages available for purchase! And what crawfish boil would be complete without Zydeco music?! So we are bringing Louisiana vibes to you with live zydeco music performances from 6-9!

Guntersville’s Art on the Lake

When: April 21 from 10AM-5PM & April 22 from 10AM-4PM
Where: Guntersville Recreational Center (map)
Cost: $2 for ages 13+
More InfoWebsite | Facebook


Advertisement. Content Continues Below.

Held alongside beautiful Lake Guntersville, this event features over 130 fine artists and craftsmen from throughout the southeast and beyond. In addition, there are food vendors, outdoor games and rides, and a bake shop…FUN for the entire family! Sponsored by the Twenty-First Century Club of Guntersville, Art-on-the-Lake promotes the arts while benefiting a scholarship program for local high school graduates.

Bloomin’ Festival

When: April 21-22 from 9AM-5PM
Where: St. Bernard School & Abby (map)
Cost: $5 donation suggested; Children 5 & Under FREE. No pets please!
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Bloomin’ Festival is a two day juried arts festival attracting thousands of visitors to the beautiful campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School.  Located adjacent to the school is the world famous Ave Maria Grotto.  The picturesque landscape of stone cut buildings on the grounds of Alabama’s only Abbey provides a backdrop for the out-of-doors show.  More than 140 booths are filled with artists demonstrating and exhibiting their work.  The festival is the largest fundraiser annually for the operation and maintenance of the school.

Panoply Arts Festival

Panoply_Final.jpgWhen: April 27, 5PM–9PM; April 28, 10AM–9PM; April 29, 12PM–6PM
Where: Big Spring Park, Huntsville (map)
Cost: Tickets are $10/day and children 12 and under receive FREE admission.
More Info: www.artshuntsville.org | Facebook | (256) 519-ARTS (2787)

Each spring in the heart of the Rocket City the arts are in full bloom at the Panoply Arts Festival. The Festival celebrates music, dance, theatre, and the visual arts, making Panoply (as defined by Mr. Webster) a “magnificent, impressive array”! Three days of musical and visual arts, children’s activities, and performances – an experience that should be on every family’s Must List! Bring your favorite outdoor seating!

River & Brews

When: April 27 from 6AM-10PM and April 28 from 5PM-10PM
Where: Civitan Park, Guntersville (map)
Cost: $25-30
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Come out to Civitan Park on beautiful Lake Guntersville for an awesome event featuring live music and craft beer! Come out and hear some great music, drink some wonderful local craft beer (domestic also available) and some awesome food trucks, and check out some boats at the mini boat show. Bring cash, because there will be food trucks, drinks, merchandise, t-shirts, soft drinks, and more available for purchase at the festival. Leashed pets and children are welcome (children must have tickets)!

May


WhistleStop Weekend

Whistlestop_logoWhen: May 4 from 4PM-11PM and May 5 from 10AM-11PM
Where: Huntsville Historic Depot (map)
Cost: Ages 11+ $25-35; Ages 3-10 $5-$10; Under 3 FREE
More Info: Website

Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin’ good time and best of all it’s all for a good cause. Activities include professional, amateur, and kids’ BBQ competitions, music, and the AL Corn Horn Championship! All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs for area children. Be sure to visit the Kid’s Zone, with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy!

Cullman Strawberry Festival

When: May 5 from 8AM-6PM
Where: Downtown Cullman (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook


Advertisement. Content Continues Below.

Cullman StrawberryFest features the best strawberries and produce in North Alabama. Along with our outstanding music venue, classic car show, arts and crafts, and scrumptious food vendors, visitors can plan to spend the whole day shopping in the unique stores in our downtown district, dancing to a variety of music playing at the Festhalle or visiting our historic districts via guided tours provided by the Cullman County Museum.

3rd Annual Fido Fest

When: May 5 from 12PM-3PM
Where: Bridge Street Town Centre, near Monaco (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

Bridge Street Town Centre will host the 3rd Annual Fido Fest to benefit the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. This social gathering brings together dogs of all breeds and their owners to honor the furry members of their household family. There will be dog adoptions, musical entertainment, dog balloon creations, pet photos, giveaways, doggie treats and a Fido Marketplace.

Good Day Kid’s Fest

When: May 12 from Noon – 4:00 PM
Where: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
Cost: $5 to park, free admission, donations accepted
More Info: Website

Lowe Mill A&E and Rocket City Mom are teaming up again to bring the 11th Annual Good Day Kid’s Fest to Huntsville! Celebrate children and families on a lovely spring day with music, food, Nerf Wars, face painting, and an assortment of kid’s activities on the green area around the Mill. There are also a few surprises in store, so check back for updates!

SoulStock

soulstock_logoWhen: May 18 & 19
Where: Point Mallard (map)
Cost: FREE
More InfoFacebook

SoulStock is an annual outdoor Christian music and worship event in Decatur, Alabama. Completely free for the general public to attend, SoulStock is sponsored by churches, businesses, and individuals mostly in the surrounding communities. The event is a time each year for people to come together listen to great music, celebrate God, and hear the message of Jesus. The ultimate goal of Soulstock is to reach out to all individuals with God’s good news though the ministry of music.

©Alabama Jubilee Inc.
©Alabama Jubilee Inc.
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

When: May 26 & 27
Where: Point Mallard in Decatur (map)
Cost: FREE
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in Decatur, Alabama. Each year the Jubilee hosts about 60 local and national hot-air balloons at Point Mallard Park. Public admission is free of charge, and the weekend boasts many fun and exciting activities.

YMCA_sponsored