Ready to frolic? There are so many spring events in Huntsville and North Alabama that we guarantee your family is going to be busy. Don’t see what you’re looking for on this list, be sure to check out our full 2019 Spring Activities Guide sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.
There you’ll find a listing for Spring Break Camps, Bunny Sightings, Egg Hunts, Festivals and more! Go on, get started planning your spring of fun now.
Even More Spring Fun
Land Trust Spring Hike & Adventure Series
The Land Trust’s Guided Hike & Outdoor Adventure Series is offered each Spring and Fall, and these FREE hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family but donations to help preserve green space are accepted! Space is limited to ensure quality and safety, so reservations are required. Dogs are welcome, but must be on leads. Be sure to register by 5 PM on Friday before weekend hikes. For additional information, please call 256-534-5263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog is an interactive traveling children’s exhibit coming to Imagination Place in 2019. The exhibit brings Clifford’s home on Birdwell Island to life with playful activities and delightful environments, giving children and caregivers a chance to explore Clifford’s world first-hand. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a colossal nine-foot high Clifford with a tail to slide down. While visiting, children can work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl and gain self-confidence on stage with Clifford and his pals. During the adventure of the exhibit, children and adults will discover “Clifford’s Big Ideas” — ten simple, tangible life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world: share, play fair, have respect, work together, be responsible, be truthful, be kind, believe in yourself, be a good friend, and help others. This 2,000 square foot exhibit is designed for children ages birth to 10, families, and school groups.
Apollo: When We Went To The Moon
The world-premiere exhibition, ‘Apollo: When we Went To The Moon,’ chronicles the timeline from the beginning of the Space Race – a time when the U.S. and Soviet Union competed over their accomplishments in space exploration – to the collaborative culture of the International Space Station program and beyond. Experience the best of technology and exploration through the eyes of the engineers and in the boots of the astronauts who took us to the moon 50 years ago. Enjoy an Apollo 11 launch experience and explore artifacts and media memorabilia highlighting the turbulent nature of this pivotal era in our history. For a full list activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 taking place at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center click here.
Biergarten at the US 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.
Chinese Lantern Festival: The Wild
When: March 20 – May 19 | Daily 9AM-4PM | Evenings Wed.-Sun. 5:30-9PM
Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
Cost: Daytime admission included with membership or regular garden admission; Evening tickets range $8-$22
More Info: Website
Boasting more than 800 illuminated lantern displays, this festival will provide a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated lanterns of wildlife from around the world (and dinosaurs!). Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Other festival activities will include Chinese shadow puppetry, live Kung Fu and martial arts performances, and a marketplace featuring authentic Chinese folk arts and crafts. It’s the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date! Get details & our Parent Pro-Tips here.
Youth Art Month
Enjoy an annual gathering of exuberant artwork from North Alabama K-12 students, organized in observance of Youth Art Month. Accompanied by the annual Visual Arts Achievement Exhibition, which presents the blue ribbon finalist artworks of middle and high school students in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. This year marks the 32nd annual Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibition of student artwork on view at the Huntsville Museum of Art in the major galleries of the Museum. This exhibition showcases nearly 200 exuberant works of art by youth in kindergarten through grade 12 from Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, Athens City, Limestone County, Decatur City, and Scottsboro City schools.
Dr. Seuss Day
Celebrate Read Across America Day at Schoolcraft! We will be reading The Sneetches by Dr Seuss at 10AM and making Wikki Stix self portraits! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can make sure to have enough crafting supplies for everyone.
Trinity Market Place
Come shop over 50 vendors with a variety such as art, gourmet, fashion, and gifts! Enjoy our bake sale and grab a delicious meal from our Soup Cafe during lunch hours. All proceeds raised from Trinity Market Place go directly to Huntsville missions and Ministries.
Fire on the Mountain
You won’t want to miss Burritt’s Fire on the Mountain on Saturday, March 2nd, from 10:00 – 3:00. Our historic cooks will transport you back to the 1800s with all of your senses as you see, hear, smell, and maybe even taste their work as they prepare historic recipes over our open fires and cast-iron cook stove. In addition, our blacksmiths will be firing up the forges throughout the historic park to demonstrate this fascinating skill. Blacksmiths were vitally important to daily life – they could make all types of tools, including those used in cooking, accessories for the home, knives and even fashion accessories. Please join us for this memorable day in the historic park!
Fat Tuesday at Beignet Cafe
Join us for our Annual Fat Tuesday celebration! Beads will be flowing and it’s a BYOB celebration at our Huntsville location. Of course, we’ll have plenty of King Cakes. Come on out and let’s get our Mardi Gras on at this family-friendly event.
Blast Off Book Fest with Author Marc Brown
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is excited to announce its first annual Blast Off Book Festival on Thursday, March 7 at the Madison Public Library. This one night event will feature bestselling creator of the famed Arthur series, Marc Brown. This event is sponsored by the Huntsville Library Foundation, the Madison City School District and the Madison Friends of the Library. Tickets are limited. You may reserve tickets starting on February 8. To give every child a chance to attend, please keep the children to adult ratio 1:1. Signed books will be available for sale at the library.
Family Fun and Fitness
St. John’s Craft Fair
St. John the Baptist will host their first Craft Fair from March 9 from 9am-3pm in the Parish Hall (1055 Hughes Rd, Madison AL 35758). This promises to be an exciting new yearly tradition for St. John’s and we would love for you to join us. Come help support all our local crafters selling Christian and family friendly crafts. The proceeds from the table fees will go to Limestone Correctional Facility (LCF) Ministry.
Cupcakes with Pinocchio & The Blue Fairy
Joins us at the AYBT studios March 9 for crafts, food and fun! There will be cupcake decorating and the chance to meetPinocchio and The Blue Fairy as well as see a preview of our upcoming ballet. Tickets are $5 per child and free for accompanying adults.
Music Explorers Club
Join the Music Explorers Club, and get your passport to educational expeditions led by the musicians of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra! Pack your thinking cap and come along on fun-filled journeys to every corner of the orchestra. We’ll learn all about music and musical instruments, and we’ll get a feel for the local culture by making some music of our own. Become a seasoned traveler and fill your Music Explorer Passport with six musical instrument stamps to win a special PRIZE! Best of all, membership in the Music Explorers Club (formerly Opus Tadpole) is FREE to children and families. Meetings happen throughout the year—be sure to check the HSO website for an updated schedule.
FIRST Robotics Competition: Rocket City Regional
Join over fifty high school FIRST® teams from Alabama and eleven other states as they bring showcase their creativity, determination, enthusiasm and Gracious Professionalism. Demonstrations will be presented by students ages 6-18, along with hands-on activities in Technology Row for all ages. This is the largest STEM stage in Alabama, so you won’t want to miss it!
Pi Day Celebration
Come join us in celebration of the beauty and wonder of π! Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and to eat Pie. Events will take place throughout the mill from 4-6, and the party continues at our makerspace until 8 as we extend the celebration through Thing Thursday!
NEACA Spring Craft Show
Don’t miss the Annual Spring NEACA Craft Show at the Von Braun Center in the South Hall. There will be be over 100 crafters at this event with items ranging from jewelry, pottery, home decor, outdoor decor, dolls, clothing, kitchen accessories, children’s items, food and much more. There will be a drawing for a $20 gift certificate every 2 hours that can be used during the show. This show will be benefiting Huntsville Senior Center, CASA, Boy Scout Troop 400, St. Paul’s Pantry, Manna House, Downtown Rescue Mission and World of Work. NEACA is a tax-exempt organization benefiting local charities since 1973 and has donated over 1 million dollars to local high school seniors and charities since it began.
Shamrock Shindig for Kids
Bring your wee ones and little leprechauns to the Garden for this fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We’ll have shamrock hunts with prizes (see times and age groups below), St. Patrick’s Day-themed crafts, and face painting. Green lemonade and snacks will also be available. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Stumpy the Leprechaun and his pot ‘o gold coins!
St. Patrick’s Day on the Green
Join us on Butler Green at Campus No. 805 after the annual Downtown Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the official after party! We are hosting a free, family & pet-friendly event between the breweries! Follow our floats back to campus after the parade to kick off the festivities. Enjoy live Irish music by Musgrove Sessions and the Maple Hill Band. We will also have Irish dancers, lawn games, and, of course, delicious brews! Bring your appetite and dine on delicious Irish-inspired food by Ale’s Kitchen and Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza.
Spring Break Activities at Burritt
Take a break and come to Burritt’s Break Time Fun! These special Spring Break activities are perfect for the busy family. On Wednesday, March 20, kids will love WHAT SPRING IS and learn all about this season. We will read a story and discuss the exciting changes Spring brings to us. Afterwards, children will make a fun colorful flower craft to bring home. On Thursday, March 21, LEAP into SPRING by hiking the woods with us at Burritt. On this adventure, we will observe Springtime first hand. With warmer weather, the animals will be busy, trees will have new leaves, plants will be growing, and flowers starting to bloom. This hiking activity is for children aged 5 years and older. And on Friday, March 22, come to our GROWING, BLOOMING, & ANIMAL NESTING presentation. We will have fun learning all about how plants and animals adapt to Spring along with discussing springtime weather. Everyone will enjoy making a craft of “baby birds in a nest” to celebrate Spring.
Chinese Family Breakfast and Tea
There is a Chinese saying that goes “eat breakfast till you’re full, eat lunch well, and eat less at dinner.” Morning tea is a traditional custom in China and is usually accompanied by dishes called dim sum, which can include rice, noodles, dumplings, or buns. These small plates are usually enjoyed with green, oolong, jasmine, chrysanthemum, or other types of tea. In conjunction with our Chinese Lantern Festival, we invite you to join us for a traditional leisurely Chinese breakfast with tea provided by Piper & Leaf Artisan Tea Co. We’ll also have face painting and Chinese-themed crafts and for the kids.
Madison Cardboard Boat Regatta
Does your team have what it takes?? Join Madison Parks & Rec for the irInaugural Cardboard Boat Regatta at Dublin Park ‘s Outdoor Pool “inside the Dome”. Race is open to anyone ages 8 and up. Contact Gayle Milam (256) 772-2557 or email@example.com for registration and/or additional information
Historic Lowry House Chili Cook-Off
The first annual Historic Lowry House Chili Cook-Off is open to the public! For those of you that enjoy great food, there will be many varieties of chili and salsa to taste and vote as your favorite. Your day will include chances to win door prizes, great music, delicious craft beer, provided by our sponsor, Mad Malts Brewery, a wine tasting hosted by our sponsor, The Wine Cellar and tons of fun! For you master cooks, there will be prizes awarded for the top three chilies, along with awards for best salsa and best booth.
Live Bald is an annual charity “head-shaving event” held in Huntsville, Alabama, featuring food, drink, live music, children’s activities, a chance raffle, and, of course, volunteers getting their heads shaved. Live Bald is presented by the Father Trecy Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. This is their 4th Live Bald event and in the past 3 years have raised nearly $70,000 and donated 100% to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. One of the coolest things about Live Bald is all of the interesting people you’ll meet at the event. You might see some Disney princesses, Stormtroopers, dancing dinosaurs, men in kilts, green blazered volunteers or even Michael CJ Saws, a professional stilt walker! One of the planned children’s activities at at Live Bald is to make paper cranes to mail to the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima Japan. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fight against childhood cancer!
PechaKucha Huntsville: Youth Art Expressions
Join us for a PechaKucha Huntsville: Youth Art Expressions program of imaginative and creative ideas. Hear from area high school students in Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County. The program is designed to inspire! Students will have the opportunity to share their interest on various subjects as related to the visual arts. The original PechaKucha Night ™ was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work to the public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 1,100 of cities around the world, inspiring creative dialogue worldwide. Drawing its name from a Japanese term for the sound of chitchat, its format is simple—20 images x 20 seconds.
Spring Farm Days at Burritt
Join us for a taste of springtime as you visit our barnyard animals, experience historic skills, and learn about life on the farm during the 1800’s. This year we will have a few new animals visiting the park for this special event. Visitors are sure to be fascinated by the sheep-shearing and blacksmith demonstrations. Come observe wool being spun into yarn, give milking our faux cow, Boxy, a try, and help wash and card our wool. Learn what attending school was like in 1918 as you participate as a student in our Rosenwald Schoolhouse. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for modern conveniences after trying historic tasks such as rug beating, butter churning, and mattress stuffing!
Spring Craft Fair
Our Spring Craft Fair is the perfect time to pick up a gift for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or maybe just the perfect little something for yourself. Admission to the fair is free. Fill out a raffle ticket to win door prizes.
2nd Annual Marketplace at the Academy
This fun-filled day will feature many different activities for the whole family! The Marketplace will have vendors set up inside the Whitesburg Baptist Center for the family to shop around for many different things. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day. Don’t miss the “Show and Shine” Car Show from 11:00 – 3:00. Carnival Games will be in the gym for the children to play. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival. Audrey Geron will be teaching a canvas painting class for children to create a special piece of artwork ($20 – pre-purchase tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 256-704-7373 Ext. 2). Pizza, popsicles, popcorn, drinks, etc. will be available to purchase throughout the day. All proceeds from this event will benefit Whitesburg Christian Academy.
Spring Fling Special Train Ride
Spring is in the air and it’s time to ride the rails! Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum as we celebrate the end of winter with a train ride through the beautiful North Alabama scenery. Enjoy the budding trees & blooming flowers! Be sure to bring your camera and capture those special moments.
Free Walking Tours – Historic Twickenham and Downtown Madison
Every spring and fall, the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau shows off Huntsville and Madison through its free walking tours. Tours are guided by local experts and focus on the historic districts of both cities. Popular for both visitors and locals, you can enjoy a 1 -2 hour stroll by some of Alabama’s most beautiful antebellum mansions. Your guide will share stories about the homes’ owners as well as recognizing each site’s distinctive style.Twickenham tours depart from the Alabama Constitution Hall Park Confectionery Shoppe, and Madison tours depart from the Gazebo on Front Street. No tickets or reservations are needed for walking tours. Just bring yourself (and your thirst for historical knowledge!) If the rain is light, bring your umbrellas! If the weather is severe or there is heavy rain, the CVB will announce cancellations prior to the tour’s departure via social media.
Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
Join us for 32nd annual Huntsville Botanical Garden and Garden Guild Spring Plant Sale. We’re calling it “Gardening for Generations” because anyone can be a gardener! Plant sale offerings will include flowers, heirlooms, native plants and wildflowers, herbs, greenery, trees and shrubs, vegetables, and more. There will be free soil testing, plant loading, and specialty vendors, with garden and plant professionals on hand to answer questions.
Art 4 Paws
This year Art 4 Paws is moving back to April. The location of the event will be at the Madison Public Library. This growing event brings the love of art, pets and books together for a day of fun the entire family will enjoy, right down to Fido! Local and regional artists will be selling unique, one-of-a-kind wares. You’ll find whimsical garden art, jewelry, paintings, plus fun pet items, just to name a few. If you are considering adding a canine or feline to your family, this is the perfect event to find a new addition. A New Leash on Life will be the our partner this year. You’ll have the opportunity to meet adorable four-legged friends who are looking to adopt a new family too! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Madison Library and A New Leash on Life.
American Heart Association Huntsville Heart Walk
Get #HeartWalking and join us in Huntsville downtown to #movemore! Walk in honor or in memory of someone you love or create a team and join to fight against the #1 and #5 killer of all Americans, heart disease and stroke. Register for FREE! The Huntsville Heart Walk will honor survivors of cardiovascular disease and stroke in our community. There will be activities including a kids zone, CPR demo, healthy snacks, a K9 Cafe for our 4 legged family members, and blood pressure screenings ALL FREE!
When: April 13 from 11AM-3AM
Where: Lakewood Community Center (map)
Black Shellz of Huntsville and Pi Sigma Delta Chapter will be hosting a Spring Festival for the community on April 13, 2019 from 11am to 3pm. This is a free event featuring a moon bounce, face painting, food, games, and even an egg hunt for the kids!
NCAC Superheroes 5K and 1M Fun Run
The Superheroes 5K/1M & Fun Run is the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual event to raise funds and awareness to fight child abuse. More than 6 million children are affected in the US each year, with a report made every 10 seconds. The Superheroes 5K/ 1M & Fun Run provides funding for local programs and services and advocacy efforts that will improve the lives of children affected by child abuse. All ages can enjoy food, inflatables, game and activities for kids throughout the event, and superhero costumes are encouraged. Whether you are as fast as “The Flash” or as slow and steady as a “Ninja Turtle”, this race is for you.
Castin’ ‘N Catchin’
Captain D’s Castin’ ‘N Catchin’ is a fishing tournament event that benefits the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama, which offers patient and family care for cardiovascular services. Fishing for all teams will begin at safe light (approximately 5:30 a.m.) with boats launching from Goose Pond Bait, Tackle & Grill. There will be some family friendly fun for the sidelines and of course, a payout for biggest catches. There will also be a silent online auction for a day of fishing with 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell, who will be in attendance at the event.
March for Babies
We walk to fight for the health of all moms and babies. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight premature birth, birth defects and infant loss. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you! March for Babies will highlight the strength of families affected by premature birth, birth defects and the loss of a child, celebrate the strides we’ve made towards accomplishing our mission and applaud the fundraising efforts of our donors. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, nearly 1,000 individuals will come together at HudsonAlpha to support the March of Dimes. Our goal is to raise a total of $300,000 for a healthier future for babies. Festival Area & Donation Turn-in opens 8:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. – March & Run for Babies begins at 9:00 a.m. – Followed by our Superhero Sprint for kids (ages 1-10). The Superhero Sprint is a kids “fun run” that is implemented at March for Babies walk sites, and puts the March of Dimes “mission in motion.” Festival activities and award announcements continue until close at 11:30 a.m. We can’t wait to see you there!
LiveLonger HaPPyFest Country & Bluegrass Jam
Join us for a day of music, crafts, food, learning, demonstrations, and good-ole healthy family fun. There will be more than 100 vendors offering handmade and homegrown crafts and treats, plus a huge dog/cat adoption event. The event will feature country & bluegrass music, food, dance fitness and yoga, gardening classes, corn hole, bounce houses, face painting, a hammock & tight rope village, the Enchanted LiveLonger Forest, and more. Bring a chair or hammock, bring and instrument, bring a friend, but most importantly …bring a positive vibe & spread some happy. Proceeds will benefit local veterans and rescue shelters.
Dragon Boat Race & Festival
The Dragon Boat Race and Festival is the premier sporting event of the year! A favorite in North Alabama, dragon boat racing is the one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Dragon boat racing grows in popularity each year, with more than 50 million people in 63 countries participating with teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer racing in authentic, 46-foot-long dragon boats. Participants rave about the excitement, diversity, friendly competition and community spirit surrounding the event. Teams of all ages, skill levels, sizes and shapes take part. This all-inclusive event is the ultimate team building sport – requiring rhythm and finesse rather than brawn to succeed. This event is free to the public to attend. Teams compete for the title of Grand Champion while raising money for the thousands treated at Decatur Morgan Hospital.