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 2016.
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 2016 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.
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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 $2 per car parking donation is requested and carpooling is encouraged.
Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from DisneyPixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from DisneyPixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang.
Shades of Bluegrass Festival
When: Friday, September 9, 6PM-9PM | Saturday, September 10, 1PM-9PM
Where: Recreation Park, Rogersville (map)
Cost: Friday $8; Saturday $10; Weekend pass $15 | Kids 12 and under FREE
More Info: Facebook
Two days of Bluegrass music in the park under the shade trees. Bring your lawn chairs and relax! There’ll be arts and crafts, food, jamming and of course one band right after the other. Electric hookups and camping available; contact the Town of Rogersville 256-247-5446.
Theatre Huntsville presents The Game’s Afoot
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit.
The KIDZ BOP Kids: Life Of The Party Tour
Your child’s first concert experience will have them singing and dancing their socks off! The all-new “Life of the Party” tour with the KIDZ BOP Kids! Hear the biggest pop hits covered by The KIDZ BOP Kids after the songs have been given a kid-friendly overhaul. In January of this year, KIDZ BOP 31 was released, earning the brand its 23rd Top 10 debut on Billboard’s “200 Chart”, and The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for six consecutive years.
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 food are encouraged. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening! Each artist’s CDs will be on sale following their performance, and photos with artists are permissible.
Comedian Brian Regan
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. His performances are relatively clean as he refrains from profanity and off-color humor, making him a perfect first comedian performance for younger audiences. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Brian Regan can turn the most mundane situations – like going to the eye doctor to get fitted for glasses, or trying to decide how many fig newtons to eat in one sitting – into side-splitting stand-up material.
Downtown Huntsville, Inc.’s Acoustic Squared series is keeping free Thursday night music going in Downtown Huntsville until October! Two acoustic acts, one on Northside Square and one on Southside Square, will perform open air music from 5-8 pm. 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!
Sidewalk Vinyl Jams
Live music is great. What else is great? A live person spinning records of some of our all-time faves! On the last 4 Thursdays in September (8, 15, 22, and 29), Echo Records will be set up outside the record store at Clinton Row from 5-7 pm playing tunes for your enjoyment for FREE! There’s nothing quite like the sound of vinyl… introduce the next generation to its joys. Stop by with or without a purple cup, as the entertainment district will be open during these events.
Serenading the Seasons
Thursday evenings in August and September, come out to the Garden to enjoy an eclectic blend of musicians each Thursday evening as they perform their own unique genre of music in the shade of the Cedar Glade! Wine will be available for purchase from the Shoppe in the Garden from 6:00PM-7:30PM. This is a relaxed family event, so grab the lawn chairs and a picnic dinner and we’ll see you in the Garden!
Huntsville High School presents Pinocchio
Based on the classic tale by Carlo Collodi, this play is something fun for the whole family. Puppets, goofy masks, comedy to the extreme and your favorite characters from Pinocchio will be showcased using the popular Italian “Commedia dell’arte”, a form of theatre which features mask work. The show is a play within a play suitable for young audiences, middle school, high school and adults alike. The Saturday morning show is especially fun for little ones, as it features Pajamas with Pinocchio and special activities!
AAA presents The Ghost of Enoch Charlton
The theatre students from AAA present their season opener…an exciting murder mystery. When Mercy finds a murder confession from 1795 in the crumbling hearth of her mom’s bed and breakfast, her history lesson of a life is turned upside down. Mercy and her motley crew of friends encounter everything from a ghost to a suspicious confession, and even a possible murder. After several failed experiments turn up nothing, Mercy begins to realize that her beloved scientific method may not be the only way to solve a mystery. General admission tickets are available at the door. Alumni are also invited to attend a special performance on September 15 at 7PM for just $5.
Encore Piano Studio Student Recital
Sponsored by Encore Piano Studio, this annual event features children performers ranging in age from 4 to 13 showcasing their piano talents in an open air concert before family, friends and centre visitors. Could a future contestant on America’s Got Talent or The Voice be in our midst?
Expose your kids to the oldest, continuously operating professional orchestra in the state of Alabama – the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. The 62nd Season opens with tone poems through which Dvořák and Smetana evoke the gentler splendors of the natural world. These are complemented by the well-known Requiem of Gabriel Fauré, whose sublime, finely-crafted approach is one of tranquil transcendence. A great treat for music lovers. Families with younger kids can get a sneak peek on select concert rehearsals that are much friendly on your wallet.
Bob Jones High School Chorus’s Coffee & Cake Concert
The Bob Jones High School Chorus presents their annual Coffee & Cake Concert to be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Bob Jones High School. Students will perform a variety of musical styles from Bach to Rock. A dessert reception will follow the performance, with fare provided by Nothing Bundt Cake and Liberated Specialty Foods (Paleo). Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door; proceeds of ticket sales will go towards the choral program’s instructional and performance expenses.
Comic Science Improv
When: September 23, October 28, November 25 at 7PM
Where: Crosswinds Church (map)
Cost: Tickets are $7 at the door or $6 each or $20 for four online; children 8 and under are free
More Info: Website | Facebook
These hilarious improv shows are appropriate for all audiences, and consist of a collection of short scenes in which they play improv “games” — anything from speaking only in questions to reinterpreting favorite movies — based on suggestions from the audience. You tell them what to do, and they make it hilarious. If you’ve ever seen “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” “Thank God You’re Here” or “Trust Us With Your Life,” you have some idea of what CSI does, but the shows are made better by the fact that scene suggestions are coming from YOU, and not some Hollywood studio audience!
A Hoot In the Night Owl Show
When: September 23 at 6:00 PM
Where: Huntsville Botanical Gardens Amphitheatre (map)
Cost: Tickets are $5 or $20 for Family Pack (Family Pack consists of up to 2 parents and their children) | Ages 3 and under are FREE
More Info: www.hsvbg.org | 256-830-4447 ext. 290
Celebrate fall with A Hoot in the Night owl show! The owls are brought to us by the Alabama 4-H Center Coosa River Science School. The presentation includes history of owls and why they are beneficial to our ecosystem. Bring your camera to photograph the beautiful birds. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. A concession stand will offer your favorites.
Ballroom Dance Exhibition
Enjoy performances of ballroom dancing during National Ballroom Dance Week. Watch competitive adult and junior ballroom dancers glide effortlessly on the dance floor while performing the waltz, salsa, tango, mambo, paso doble and cha-cha-cha, all presented to the public for free by the Northern Alabama Chapter of USA Dance.
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Madison Street Festival Concerts
The annual Madison Street Festival is proud to showcase some of the best talent in the Tennessee Valley. Singers,dancers, musicians, and other performers – they’ve got it all, right here in downtown Madison. So be prepared to put your hands together, stomp your feet, and shake your groove-thing, or just sit back and hum along to your favorite song. There’s something for the whole family!
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater presents Pinkalicious The Musical
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. It is a musical about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.
Independent Musical Productions presents A Year with Frog and Toad
IMP’s semi-centenary production, A Year with Frog and Toad, is an area favorite. Often requested by educators, this wonderful tale brings the stories of Arnold Lobel to life, adding another dynamic aspect to the written page. These stories are currently part of the State of Alabama curriculum and give IMP the opportunity to provide low cost field trips for school systems of North Alabama. A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Huntsville M.E.T. presents The Jungle Book
When:October 14-15, 20-22, & 27-29 at 7PM | October 15-16, 22-23, & 29-30 at 2PM
Where: Academy for Academics and Arts (map)
Cost: Adults $20 | Children 12 and under $14 | Seniors, Military and Students $18 | Receive a $2 discount on each ticket by entering the code “RCMOM” when ordering!
More Info: Website | Facebook
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book Bursts to life onstage in the premiere production of Huntsville M.E.T., a new nonprofit theatre production company located in the North Alabama area. Come join Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera on their adventures through the forest. Watch them swing with monkeys, fly with birds and even meet the dreaded tiger, Shere Khan. With direction by Ethan Mitchell and Eugene Fleming, this production is sure to be a family favorite! In addition, two FREE preview cast performances will also be open to the public at Bridge Street Town Center on Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 1 at 5:30PM, near Monaco Pictures.
Huntsville Ballet Company’s Unplugged: Stage Door Canteen
Join the Huntsville Ballet Company as they get Unplugged and present the art of ballet in the intimate setting of the VBC Playhouse! The Huntsville Ballet Company kicks off its 48th season with Stage Door Canteen and transports you back in time with the music of the Andrew Sisters. Run by a volunteer organization that called itself the American Theatre Wing, Stage Door Canteens offered servicemen nights of dancing, entertainment, food, nonalcoholic drinks, and opportunities to hobnob with celebrities. By November 1945, Stage Door Canteens were operating in eight US cities and London and Paris. Together, they entertained and fed 11 million Allied servicemen.
Cahaba Shrine Circus
Don’t miss the 53rd Edition of famous George Cardin Circus! With three rings of affordable family fun, it is sure to thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals. Proceeds from this circus provide operational funds for the Cahaba Shrine Center, which currently transports over 200 children to and from Shriner Hospitals. Call 1-866-839-1442 for tickets!
Grissom Theatre presents The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet
This whimsical reinvention of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet comes complete with rhymed couplets, creative wordplay, fantastical machines, and Seuss-style characters and costumes. Verona meets Whoville—but in this comic retelling, everyone lives happily ever after. This play is a great way to introduce Shakespeare to young audiences, but it is also a fun parody for students already familiar with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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Calling all Octo-Cadets! For the first time ever, The Octonauts are bringing their live stage show to the U.S.! The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso. Join them as they embark on an exciting new quest through an aquatic world full of adventure, interactive opportunity, and “must-sea” surprises from coast-to-coast! Octonauts Live promises to be the perfect theatre show for all fans of the series!
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