Hot diggity! It’s another packed weekend in Huntsville and North Alabama, and we’ve rounded up our favorite fun and/or free things to do with your family below.
There’s SO much happening this Fall, we thought we’d issue a little contest…
Epic Weekend Roundup Challenge!
Tag us in your photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #RCMEpicWeekend whenever you go to anything we list in the Weekend Roundup now through October 31st. Using that hashtag automatically enters you to win a fun prize from us or the Huntsville MadCo Visitor Center! We love to see families spending time together and making memories – why not win something while you’re at it?
LET THE WILD WEEKEND RUMPUS START!
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Find a Farmer’s Market
Cost: FREE admission
Various locations | More Info
Our favorite weekend market is the Madison City Farmer’s Market – they are open Saturday mornings and this week will feature local honey, sweet potatoes, muscadines, and more! There’s lots more markets open this week to be found in our Farmer’s Market Guide, as well as roadside stands with fresh apple cider!
Get Fit on Friday
Friday at 9:00 AM
Kids Kingdom in Dublin Park | More Info
FIT4MOM of Madison is celebrating one year of stroller fun, and you’re invited to the party! But first, an hour-long total body traveling stroller strides workout from 9:30-10:30, followed by cupcakes, face painting, a picture booth for mommy and kiddos to commemorate their special morning together, door prizes and more! Bring a canned item to donate to Inside Out Ministries.
Friday Night Art Walk
Friday from 5-8 PM
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
A Friday Night Art Walk in September? You must be dreaming! But it’s true! The August date was rained out and this is the rain date. There are dozens of vendors with a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as live music. The event takes place during open entertainment district hours, so feel free to stroll with your favorite beverage while shopping and enjoying local art in the kid-friendly atmosphere. NOTE: Due to the President’s visit to Huntsville on Friday, traffic could be an issue – plan accordingly!
Movie in the Park
Friday from 5-9 PM Rescheduled
Big Spring Park East | More Info
After the Art Stroll, have a picnic dinner in Big Spring Park and watch a movie under the stars! The Historic Huntsville Foundation will be showing Toy Story. Kids Corner and food truck park opens at 5pm and the movie will begin at sundown.
Concerts On the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission, $5 to park
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 – Jenny Parrott will perform at Lowe Mill tonight! Get our Parent Pro-Tips and learn more about each show here. NOTE: Due to the President’s visit to Huntsville on Friday, traffic could be an issue – plan accordingly!
“Parenting While Single” Book Signing
Friday at 6:00 PM
The Spot | More Info
Meet author Erycka Dore’an and hear about her mission to encourage single mothers, and give them tips on how to have the home they deserve. “It’s not enough to have one that simply functions.” Doors open at 6:00, program begins at 6:30 PM. NOTE: Due to the President’s visit to Huntsville on Friday, traffic could be an issue – plan accordingly!
River Clay Arts Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $5, kids 12 and under FREE
Decatur City Hall | More Info
At this family-friendly event there will be 76 fine artists from 9 different states selling ceramics, drawings, fiber art, glass art, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, woodwork, and more. Artist demonstrations, children’s art activities, student art exhibits, musical performances and more will be throughout the day.
Learn to Wrestle
Saturday from 8AM – 5PM
Gurley, AL | More Info
Calling all youth 1st through 8th grade interested in learning about wrestling. No experience needed! Open mat practice is a fun way for your child to learn the fundamentals of wrestling, grow into the sport, learn sportsmanship, work on teamwork and grow as an individual. Hosted by Madison County Youth Wrestling.
Free Day at USSRC
Saturday from 9AM – 5PM
Cost: FREE, register in advance required
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
“Museum Day Live!” is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a “Museum Day Live!” ticket – it provides free admission for two people. Reserve your tickets HERE.
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Columbia Elementary School | More Info
The Optimist Club of Madison is hosting their annual Bike Safety Rodeo for both new and younger bike riders. Learn proper bike handling using small chalk outlined courses. Madison Cycles will be there to inspect bikes for safety and make minor adjustments if needed. There will be refreshments and other goodies.
Fall Festival in the Park
Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Cost: $5, ages 2 and under free
Sharon Johnston Park | More Info
This family-friendly event features inflatables, old-fashioned games (potato sack races, tic-tac-toe, pumpkin bowling, etc), food, hay rides, and horse and buggy rides. Funds from the Festival will be used to establish the Pioneer Village at Sharon Johnston Park, a 19th Century rural village being set up as a living museum for visitors to the park.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
This hands-on art activity is appropriate for the entire family! For this edition of Drop-in & Create, make your own masterpiece using materials that mimic glass. Explore the beautiful glass artwork in the permanent collection, “American Studio Glass”. Read the RCM review before you go.
Sparkman Arts Fest
Saturday from 11AM – 3PM
Sparkman High School | More Info
There will be artists, authors, crafters, musicians, photographers, wood-workers, food trucks, and activities for children at this 3rd annual event. A celebration of the arts and the artists in Madison County, this event is a fundraiser for Sparkman’s literary magazine, a student publication.
Community Block Party in Madison
Saturday from Noon – 4PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
West Madison Elementary School | More Info
FIX THE GATE block party is an annual event to celebrate the underserved West Madison area of the community. The event started out in (2016) to highlight a near by fence/gate that was dilapidated for 8 years. The event also highlights the area to bring more activities and events, resources, and ultimately a community park playground and enrichment center.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Preview
Saturday at 5:30 PM
Bridge Street Town Centre | More Info
Get a sneak peek of the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series you loved growing up! Fantasy Playhouse brings it to life onstage as an energetic musical that proves learning math, science, history and grammar can be fun when your teacher wins you over with imagination and music.
Free Day at Burritt
Sunday from Noon – 5PM
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
Head up the mountain for a fun filled Free Day at Burritt! The Huntsville Traditional Music Association’s Folk Music Festival will be at the gazebo from 1-4pm. Stop by and enjoy some incredible music and explore the historic park and mansion, especially the new Rosenwald Schoolhouse.
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 Roland Gresham and Four80East.
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Opening Day at Lyon Family Farm
Friday from 2-7 PM
Lyon Family Farm | More Info
Come spend the day with your family in the great outdoors of southern middle Tennessee. Plan to stay for several hours while you try to find your way out of the giant 7 acre corn maze. From there of course the kids will have to play on the farm playground with monster slides, tire spinners, 4 corn boxes, pumpkin bounce, inflatable slides, duck racers, apple cannons, and zip-lines. Top off the day with a ride to the pumpkin patch!
Pancake Character Breakfast
Saturday from 8-10 AM Rescheduled to Dec.
Supper Heroes | More Info
Rocket City Twirlers is holding a Pancake Breakfast with Batman & Cinderella! Ticket includes breakfast, photos and autographs. This event is to help RCT members attend TwirlMania in February of 2018. Come out and enjoy the morning with fabulous characters, great food, fun, and support a great cause.
Family Fun at HBG!
Friday – Sunday
Cost: varies for each event (click orange links below)
Huntsville Botanical Garden
I know we listed this last week, but really – this is one of our FAVORITE times of year to explore The Garden. It’s full of awesome Fall fun for your family! Scarecrows & a sorghum maze , a fairy garden workshop, cool kinetic sculptures, and much more.
Go Apple Picking
Now – Oct. 7
Scott’s Orchard | More Info
Your family will start with a guided and narrated wagon ride across the 1,200 acre farm. You will be in parts of the farm that the public has NEVER had access to before. Then continue with a tour of packing operations, and finish by picking apples on your own time. Price of apples is NOT included. RSVP online in advance.
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