I can’t imagine anyone being bored in Huntsville, especially in the Fall. There is SO MUCH to do! We’ve listed our favorite free and/or cheap events for you below, but – believe it or not – there are even MORE in our full Event Calendar.
Now’s the time to start registering all the kids for 2017 Fall Break Camps and you have several to choose from. Because we’ve got your back, we put them all in a handy dandy list just for you.
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Fall Consignment Sales
Thursday – Saturday
Cost: FREE admission & great deals!
It’s Fall Consignment season and we couldn’t be more ready. The seasonal Kids’ Kloset sale is here for three days Thursday-Saturday, and Rocket City Consignment kicks off their Fall & Winter sale that starts this weekend and goes through Oct. 1st. Stock up on gently-used clothes, toys, furniture and more! It’s a great way to participate in the Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle! Find even more deals in our full list of local consignment sales.
Annual NEACA Craft Show
Friday – Sunday
Cost: FREE admission
VBC South Hall | More Info
Don’t miss the area’s largest Fall craft show, featuring hundreds of vendors! It’s a great place to find unique gifts and support handmade local crafters at the same time. Toys, jewelry, decor, clothing – you’ll always find something interesting.
Food Truck Battle & Rocket Roll
Friday from 5-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Campus 805 | More Info
For this battle in the 12-part series, the Silvery Moon Band starts around 6pm and there will be a hot pepper eating contest on site at 6:30. The event is free to attend, open to the public, and offers up a unique Huntsville street food experience for families. Also happening at Campus 805 that night – Rocket Roll! This FREE family event will feature a performance by Foot Pound Force, a band comprised of local engineers, and STEAM interactive activities by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, HAL5, and Broadway Theatre League.
Concerts on the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: $5 parking donation per car
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
Our favorite place to be on a Friday evening is right here with the whole family! Pack your picnic basket and grab your lawn chairs – the Tony Perdue Band will perform at Lowe Mill tonight! This rootsy and bluesy ensemble is sure to stir your soul.
Get our Parent Pro-Tips and learn more about each show here.
Movie Night in Monrovia
Friday at 6:00 PM
Monrovia Library | More Info
Enjoy a free movie at the library – popcorn and water served for 25 cents each. Tonight’s showing is Captain Underpants! Pick up your free tickets at the Monrovia Library check out desk. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at 256-489-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
iFest of North Alabama
Saturday from 9:30 AM – 5PM
UAH Fitness Center | More Info
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. There’s also food trucks – a festival favorite; 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. It’s a way to travel the world in your backyard!
Monte Sano Art Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE admission
Monte Sano State Park | More Info
Along with the outdoor festival exhibitors, this year’s festival will add in kid’s activities and also continue to feature local food trucks and musicians throughout the park. This festival is outdoors, and always a highlight of the arts calendar!
Teachers Free at Burritt
Saturday from 9AM – 5PM
Cost: Teachers & members FREE
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
To celebrate the grand opening of the new Rosenwald Schoolhouse educators get in free on Saturday! Enjoy a day at the beautiful historic park, visit the schoolhouse, and make some new friends in the barnyard. Don’t leave without spending some time looking at the spectacular view and doing a little trail hiking!
Create a Watercolor Landscape
Saturday at 11:00 AM
Cost: FREE, reservation required
Artis Studio, Madison | More Info
Your kiddo can make and take home their own masterpiece! During this lesson children will be working with both acrylic and watercolors to create unique landscapes while learning art terms and techniques. Limited spots available, please register with anticipation to reserve yours by emailing email@example.com or calling (256)2721625.
Diapers & Drafts
Saturday from 5-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission, donate diapers!
Rocket Republic | More Info
Join your friends from Rocket City Mom as we kick off the annual Great Diaper Drive! This family-friendly event is all about raising 1,000 diapers and wipes for local babies in need. There will be a special beer unveiled just for the event, and Toybox Bistro will be serving up some delicious vittles. Kids and parents can even participate in a few diaper-themed games at 5:30, and live music will start around 7pm. Hope to see you there!
Drama & Desserts
Saturday at 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Grace United Methodist Church | More Info
Sparkman High School Theater is starting this years season with Drama & Desserts at Grace UMC showcasing a variety of talents. This family friendly event is a great opportunity to enjoy a night of laughs and have a sweet treat. Everyone is welcome!
Jazz in the Park
Sunday from 6-9 PM
Big Spring Park, Hsv | More Info
This statewide concert series seeks to promote jazz and help build communities. Bring a lawn chair and the kids and enjoy the evening of free music. Tonight’s line-up includes the Rocket City Jazz Orchestra and Steve Oliver.
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Oktoberfest at Redstone
Thursday – Sunday
Redstone Arsenal | More Info
Authentic German food & beer, dueling pianos, midway-style carnival games & rides and more are all in store for your family at Huntsville’s annual Oktoberfest. Price of admission includes rides, parking, shuttle, and entertainment.
Family Fun at HBG!
Friday – Sunday
Cost: varies for each event (click orange links below)
Huntsville Botanical Garden
If there’s any weekend to head to HBG, it’s this one. There will be TONS of awesome Fall fun for your family! Hay bales, scarecrows, a sorghum maze, and much more.
- Scarecrow Trail – now through Oct. 31
- Sherwood Sculptures – now through Nov. 30
- Family Campout – Friday night
- A Hoot in the Night Owl Show – Friday at 6:00 PM
Huntsville Ghost Walk or Trolley
Friday & Saturday at 6PM
Harrison Brothers Hardware | More Info
Hear stories from Huntsville’s haunted past and learn why the spirits remain. You choose one of three guided tours through the Twickenham District, the Old Town District, or the Downtown District. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. The 90-minute trolley runs every Friday and Saturday in October at 6pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids twelve and under. Read our Parent Review before you go.
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