Athens Family Fun in May

Welcome to our monthly roundup of Athens Family Fun! Each month Rachel will be delivering fun and family-friendly events in Athens to busy parents there.  Of course, our specialty is free/cheap things to do in Athens but the ultimate goal is spending time together in your community. Enjoy!

Happy May, RCM readers! I hope you are enjoying our gorgeous Spring weather and getting excited for this last month of school. May is typically known in Athens for the Sheriff’s Rodeo, so be sure to check out all the events taking place during Rodeo week for some classic Athens fun!

Special Athens, AL Events in March

The Wizard of Oz presented by Footlights Community Theater

Thurs-Sat, May 2nd-4th , and 9th-11th
Thurs and Fri shows 6:30 PM Sat shows 4:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 students, $11 seniors, $10 children 12 and under
Athens Middle School Auditorium | More Info

Come see the Footlights Community Theater present this beloved tale of a young woman named Dorothy trying to find her way home through a magical land. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Community Yard Sale

Saturday, May 4th, 8 AM – 12 PM
Cost: Free
Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info

Athens-Limestone Public Library hosts this community yard sale. Follow the link above to find out how to reserve a spot to sell, or just come support your community and shop!

Cruise in on the Square

Saturday, May 4th, 6 PM
Cost: Free
Downtown Athens | More Info

Head downtown for dinner and check out the cars, bikes, and trucks that gather for the monthly Cruise in on the Square. This is a fun, relaxing event perfect for your car-loving family members!

3rd Annual Rock and Walk for Babies

Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 AM
Cost: $10/person
Swan Creek Park | More Info
The Tears Foundation sponsors this annual rock and walk for families who have suffered infant loss. Rock in rockers or walk to support these families and let them know they are not alone. When you register, you can add a name of a child lost in infancy to a butterfly which will line the path of the walk. This is a great opportunity to find comfort and community while honoring the memory of these babies.

Relay For Life of Limestone County

Friday, May 10th, 6:00 PM -midnight
Cost: Free
Athens Sports Plex | More Info

Annual Relay for Life walk to raise money for cancer research. Join a team or just go cheer people on to support this great fundraiser!


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Art After Hours with The Redeemers

Friday, May 10th, 7-9 PM
Cost: Free
High Cotton Arts | More Info
It’s School Spirit Night at High Cotton Arts! Wear your favorite local team’s colors and come out for a night of live music, arts activities for the kids, and refreshments. Support local artists by browsing their creations. You may even find some great gifts for Mother’s Day!

Limestone Sheriff’s Grand Marshall’s Rodeo Parade

Saturday, May 11th, 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Downtown Athens | More Info

Come enjoy the kick-off event for rodeo week in Athens! This parade is free to join and a great way to get in the rodeo spirit!

Open Farm Day at 1818 Farms

Saturday, May 11th, 8:30-11 AM
Cost: Free
1818 Farms | More Info

Bring out your kids to explore a working farm! Meet the animals, walk through the flower garden, and shop for 1818 products. This event is free, but 1818 Farms asks that you reserve tickets for your party so they know how many to expect.

Preston’s Western Wear Kids’ Day

Monday, May 13th, beginning at 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Preston’s Western Wear | More Info

As part of Rodeo Week in Limestone County, enjoy a Kids’ Day at Preston’s Western Wear in Athens. Fun will include pony rides and specials on boots and apparel for kids.


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Rodeo Street Dance/Fashion Show

Tuesday, May 14th, 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Downtown Athens | More Info

The Rodeo fun continues on Tuesday evening with a street dance and western fashion show on the square! Free and open to the public.

Special Needs Day at the Rodeo

Friday, May 17th, 10:00 AM
Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena | More Info

Specials needs day at the Rodeo allows people with special needs to experience the fun of the rodeo! See link for information to get more details.

37th Annual Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo

Friday and Saturday, May 17th -18th 8:00 PM; gates open 6:00 PM
$15/adult; $10/child advanced tickets
$17/adult; $12/child at the gate
Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena | More Info

The Sheriff’s Rodeo is the main fundraiser for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department. This event has many exciting competitions, such as bull riding, cattle roping, and more! Come early for kids’ activities.

Weekly Programs at Athens Library in March

Be sure to check out the library’s website  for even more programs.
Page Turner Program – Tuesdays at 4:00 PM
The Page Turner Program is for 6th – 9th graders who love writing and have stories to tell. There is a 10 person limit in this program due to the number of curriculum books they have. Call 256-232-1233 to register.

Baby Storytime – Wednesdays at 10:15 AM
For babies age 0-18 months. Ms. Amanda and Ms. Ambry lead stories, songs, bounces, tickles, rhymes, and fingerplays!


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Toddler and Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays at 11:15 AM
For kids ages 18 mo.-5 years. It is a program focusing on developing a child’s social skills through stories, rhymes, music, felt board activities, and interactive storytelling.

Spectrum Storytime – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 4:00 PM
This is a program for children of all ages with special needs. The class has a focus on the autism spectrum. There are sensory toys for students to use during storytime. A picture schedule is used so that the children know what to expect. Each child gets a bean bag to sit on so that they have their own special place during the class & lights are dimmed.

Teen Time – 4th Thursday of every month at 4:00- PM
With different themes and topics every month, Teen Time is a place for teens in 7th – 12th grades. Enjoy crafts, science experiments, snacks, book talk, and hanging out!

Story Lab – 1st Friday of the month at 10:15 AM
Registration required; cost is $10 per semester
Story Lab is a program for homeschooled children in kindergarten-6th grades. Students learn facts, listen to a story, and do an activity based on a chosen subject. They will also get a take-home activity so that the learning can continue after they leave the library! Call the Library to register.

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