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2018 Spring Events in Huntsville and North Alabama

2018 Spring Events in Huntsville and North Alabama

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 2018 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.

  • Events Happening All Spring

    Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites

    When: February 10 – May 28
    Where: Hardin Center, Gasden (map)
    Cost: $8/person; Members and children under 2 are FREE
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    In this highly immersive and engaging exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, families discover the joy and power of reading at any age. Your children will step into the world of their favorite storybooks — building a snowperson and making snow angels in The Snowy Day, tucking in Peter Rabbit, and finding Spot. Exhibit experiences including matching, rhyming, poetry and storytelling all help set the foundation for becoming literate by encouraging children to love books, learn words, tell stories, read everything, know letters, and hear sounds. Featured books in the 1,500 square foot exhibit are The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Abuela by Arthur Dorros, Tuesday by David Wiesner, and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill.

    Above and Beyond

    When: February 21 – March 25
    Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center (map)
    Cost: Included with membership or general admission ($17-$25)
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    Race at the speed of sound, soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth and climb aboard a fascinating journey to Mars. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, “Above and Beyond” takes you faster, farther and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Above and Beyond” challenges guests to learn about the new ways airplanes and spacecraft are designed and built with methods like 3D printing, creative wing shapes and lighter materials. Each one of the five interactive galleries – UP, FASTER, HIGHER, FARTHER and SMARTER – features simulations and design activities related to real-life engineering challenges in the aerospace industry. Read our Parent Review before you go!

    Biergarten at the US Space & Rocket Center

    When: March 15 through October, Thursdays 4:30-7:30
    Where: The Davidson Center at the USSRC (map)
    Cost: FREE admission; food and drinks extra
    More Info: Website

    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.

    Nature Connects

    When: March 9 – May 20
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost: Included with membership or regular garden admission
    More Info: Website

    Visit Huntsville Botanical Garden to see these amazing sculptures made from nearly half a million LEGO® bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney! Set in 14 scenes, these sculptures engage youth and adults alike using one of the most classic toys and most popular hobbies in the world – building with LEGO® bricks.

    Youth Art Month

    When: March 11 – April 29
    Where: Huntsville Museum of Art (map)
    Cost: Regular Museum Admission
    More Info: Website

    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.


  • March Events

    Dr. Seuss Day

    When: March 2 from 10AM-11:30AM
    Where: Schoolcraft (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Celebrate Read Across America Day at Schoolcraft! We will be reading Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr Seuss at 10AM and making Horton the Elephant puppets! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can make sure to have enough crafting supplies for everyone.

    Trinity Market Place

    When: March 2 from 9AM-6PM and March 3 from 9AM-4PM
    Where: Trinity UMC (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Come shop over 50 vendors with a variety such as pottery, jewelry, art, fashion and more! 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

    When: March 3 from 10AM-3PM
    Where: Burritt on the Mountain (map)
    Cost: Included with general admission
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    The historic cooks of Burritt on the Mountain 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 more than “horseshoers,” they were vitally important to daily life. Smiths 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 fun-filled day in the historic park! You can even purchase some handmade items created by our very own blacksmiths in our gift shop!

    Alabama Crimson Tide Gymnastics vs. Auburn Tigers Gymnastics

    When: March 9 at 7PM
    Where: VBC Arena (map)
    Cost: $10-$27
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    Watch gymnasts from the University of Alabama and Auburn University face off on the vault, beam, bars and floor exercises in this exciting NCAA collegiate gymnastics meet, right here in Huntsville! Tickets start at just $10.

    Fly Fishing Day at the Hays Nature Preserve

    When: March 10 from 9AM-3PM
    Where: Hays Nature Preserve Education Center (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Curious about fly fishing? Ever wanted to give it a try but didn’t know how to get started? If so, join us at the Hays Nature Preserve Saturday March 10th for an introduction to Fly Fishing. TVFF in association with Huntsville’s Operation Green Team and Orvis Huntsville will sponsor an introduction to fly fishing Saturday March 10th from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm. Instructors will provide participants hands on exposure to the sport including a hands-on introduction to fly fishing, fly tying, and fly casting. Classes will be scheduled and repeated throughout the day so even if you miss the 9 am start you can still take part! Equipment and materials will be provided and there is no cost to the participants. No fishing license is needed to fish in the preserve Bar Lake, but please note that a license is required to fish in the river or any other areas of the Preserve. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

    International Festival at The Country Day Schoolinternational festival

    When: March 10 from 10AM-2PM
    Where: The Country Day School (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    This annual educational festival is the perfect way to have fun while learning about places from all around the world! Come enjoy the day learning about all of the diverse cultures and countries that are represented at The Country Day School. We will have performances, crafts, displays, exhibits, games, and food!

    Family Fair at the Library

    When: March 10 from 10AM-5PM
    Where: Downtown Huntsville Library (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Meet local community organizations all focused on family and helping you! There will be special storytimes at 10AM and 12PM for all ages.

    Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks Breakfast

    When: March 10 from 8AM-9:30PM
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost: 2 and under FREE | Kids 3+ $7 | Adults $10 | Family Pack $37 | Garden admission not included
    More Info: Website | Tickets

    Be the FIRST to see the Nature Connects with LEGO Bricks on opening day! Start your day with a Garden breakfast and beat the crowds! Waffles, sausage and a fresh fruit and yogurt station will kick start your day! Beverages, kid’s crafts and treats all included.

    FIRST Robotics Competition: Rocket City Regional

    When: March 14-18
    Where: Von Braun Center South Hall (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Website

    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!

    NEACA Spring Craft Show

    When: March 16-17, 9AM-6PM & March 18, 12PM-5PM
    Where: Von Braun Center South Hall (map)
    Cost: FREE (parking at the VBC is $10)
    More Info: Website

    Don’t miss the Annual Spring NEACA Craft Show at the Von Braun Center in the South Hall. This annual show has more than 250 Vendors to shop from and features everything from home decor, dolls, pottery,  and embroidery jewelry, clothing, quilts, food and more. 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.

    The Art of Dance Celebration

    When: March 17 from 12PM-3PM
    Where: Connector Room at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment (map)
    Cost: FREE (Donations welcome)
    More Info: Facebook

    Join us at this fun community event, where there’s something for everyone! Meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and other members of the Cinderella cast, as well as other professional company dancers from Huntsville Ballet. Enjoy mini performances by Huntsville Ballet Company, take a lesson and dance along with Cinderella, view original dance art and see a painting demo! You’ll be able to see gorgeous, professional ballet costumes up close, and there will be coloring contests for kids. We will also have live model sketching opportunity from 2-3PM, when artists and art students are invited to bring sketching materials and have the opportunity to sketch dancers in poses that will be held from 30 seconds to 10 minutes long.

    Cupcakes with Snow White & Friends

    When: March 17 from 10:15AM-11:30AM
    Where: Alabama Youth Ballet Studio (map)
    Cost: $5 per child (parents are free)
    More Info: Website

    Joins us at the AYBT studios March 17 for crafts, food and fun with Snow White! There will be cupcake decorating and the chance to meet Snow White as well as see a preview of our upcoming ballet Snow White. Tickets are $5 per child and free for accompanying adults.

    Pancake Breakfast with Real Fathers Making a Difference

    When: March 17 from 7:30AM-9:30AM
    Where: Applebees (map)
    Cost: $5
    More Info: Facebook

    Start the spring off making a difference! Each year we have a blast greeting and spending time with our supporters at this special pancake fundraiser breakfast. There will be door prizes and info how to get involved and best of all the young men, parents, and staff or Real Fathers will be serving you!

    Shamrock Shindig for Kids

    When: March 17 at 9AM-10:30AM; Leprechaun Lunch at 11AM
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost: Shamrock hunts: Members $3, non-members $5; Leprechaun Lunch: $5 kids, $7 adults (tickets do not include Garden admission)
    More Info: Website

    Bring your little leprechauns to the O’Herb Garden this St. Patrick’s Day.  Look for hidden shamrocks, some with magically awesome prizes! Green lemonade, goodies, St. Patrick themed crafts and face painting for all the wee ones. Have your picture taken with the Leprechaun with the pot of gold coins! Don’t miss the great green Shamrock Shindig! Shamrock Hunt times for 3 years and younger are at 9:30AM; 4 to 6 year olds at 9:45AM;  7 and older at 10AM. Stay to enjoy the Leprechaun Lunch, an added feature to the Shamrock Shindig this year which includes Leprechaun Links, Rainbow Fruit Salad, Chips/Pretzels, Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats, and Shamrock Punch.

    4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pet Parade

    When: March 18 from 2-4PM
    Where: March begins at Discovery Middle School (map)
    Cost: FREE; Food donations welcome
    More Info: Flyer

    St. Johns Venture Crew 007 in Madison is hosting their 4th annual St. Patrick’s Day Pet Parade on March 18th from 2-4pm.  We will meet in the parking lot of Discovery Middle school on Hughes Rd.  After a short introduction, we will walk to Bob Jones High School and back. We will have water for people and pets!  Costumes and Irish dress is encouraged!  This event will benefit the Saint Vincent De Paul food pantry and Madison Animal Rescue Foundation. While there is no cost to attend the event, we will be accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations for both organizations.  We will collect donations rain or shine!

    St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

    When: March 17 from 3-6PM
    Where: Downtown Decatur (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Facebook

    Downtown Decatur is ready to paint the town green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with plenty of fun and entertainment that everyone can enjoy. Sponsored by Valley Budweiser and the DDMBA, Downtown Decatur’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl offers an afternoon and evening of street activities, live music and children’s activities. Streets will be blocked in the area of Moulton Street and 2nd Avenue. The full event will take place from 3-9pm, but from 3 to 6 p.m. there will be face painting, music, snow cone truck and other family-friendly activities available to the public.

    Rocket City Rocks Valley Bend Scavenger Hunt

    When: March 17-31
    Where: Valley Bend Shopping Center (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Facebook

    Please join us for a scavenger hunt in the Valley Bend Shopping Center in Jones Valley. Hunt for rocks painted with the logos of the area’s businesses. If you find one, turn it in to that business for a PRIZE! For a complete list of participating businesses, please see our event page on Facebook and join our group, Rocket City Rocks, to see what we are all about!

    Food Truck Rally

    When: March 19 from 4:30PM or 8PM
    Where: Von Braun Center, South Hall Entrance (map)
    Cost: Free to attend; food and drink for purchase
    More Info: Facebook

    The National Children’s Advocacy Center has partnered with the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Von Braun Center, and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. to bring you a variety of great food trucks, drinks, and music on the steps of the Von Braun Center, South Hall Entrance. This event helps kick off our week of our 34th International Symposium on Child Abuse with child abuse professionals from all over the world.

    Raptors Show at the Garden

    When: March 28 at 11AM or 1PM
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost: $3 members, $12 non-members + Garden admission
    More Info: Website

    Get ready to soar! Mark your calendars to join us when the Southeastern Raptor Center from the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine brings everyone’s favorite raptor show to the Garden. You’ll see some amazing raptors take flight and learn some interesting facts. This program is for all ages. The cost of this show is $3 per person along with Garden admission for non-members. It’s a great activity for Spring Breakers and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day at the Garden! Seating is first come, first serve. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Visitors Desk in the Guest Center.

    Spring Break Activities at Burritt

    When: March 28-30 from 10AM-11:30AM
    Where: Burritt On the Mountain (map)
    Cost: Included with general admission
    More Info: Website

    Join in the FUN at Burritt and learn what Spring is all about! On March 28, we will read a story and discuss the exciting changes Spring brings to us, and afterwards, children will make a fun, colorful flower craft to bring home. March 29 features a Spring hike in the woods for ages 5 and up. With warmer weather, the animals will be busy, trees will have new leaves, plants will be growing, and flowers starting to bloom! March 30 is our Growing, Blooming, & Animal Nesting presentation, where our kiddos will have lots of fun learning how plants and animals adapt to Spring, along with discussing springtime weather. Afterwards, everyone will enjoy making a craft of “baby birds in a nest” in celebration of Spring!


  • April Events

    Wizard of Oz Character Dinner

    When: April 6 at 5:30PM
    Where: Randolph School (map)
    Cost: $10
    More Info: Facebook

    Enjoy a pancake dinner, activities, and a photo booth with the characters from Theatre Randolph’s spring all-school production of The Wizard of Oz at a character event hosted by the RCN Arts Committee. The dinner will be held in the Garth Commons (the cafeteria on the lower floor of the Nichols Academic Building on Randolph’s Garth Road Campus.) Tickets to the dinner are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through BookTix.

    Free Family Farm Day and Markettennessee valley women in agriculture

    When: April 7 from 10AM-3PM
    Where: Alabama A&M Agribition Center (map)
    Cost: FREE | Children receive 10 activity tickets for free, and additional tickets are 5 for $1
    More Info: Website

    The Tennessee Valley Women in Agriculture’s 4th Annual Free Family Farm Day and Market will feature a variety of family fun, demonstrations, games, animals, vendors, a bake sale benefitting the Huntsville Madison County Rescue Squad and Huntsville Search Dog Unit, cook-offs, and more. Free kids games and activities all day at the Kids Korner!

    Spring Farm Days at Burritt

    When: April 7 from 9AM-5PM and April 8 from 12PM-5PM
    Where: Burritt On the Mountain (map)
    Cost: Regular museum admission
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    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 brand new 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! Don’t forget the fun you’ll have visiting all the Folk Family Fun activities we have in our historic park.

    Storytime with Eric Litwin

    When: April 7 – Shows at 10AM and 1PM, Book signing at 11AM-12:30PM
    Where: Randolph School Fine Arts Center – Drake Avenue Campus
    Cost: $20
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    Join the Junior League of Huntsville on April 7th for a fun day filled with exciting activities including a book-signing with Eric Litwin! Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times Best Selling author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Come for a show and join us for the Food Trucks, Face Painting, DJ, and Bounce Houses which will be located on the track open from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm! Books for signing can be preordered or purchased at the door. Purchase your tickets for this exciting event today! All of the proceeds from this literacy based fundraiser will be used to support the Junior League of Huntsville’s community impact service projects.

    2nd Annual Marketplace at the Academy

    When: April 7 from 10AM-4PM
    Where: Whitesburg Christian Academy (map)
    Cost: Adults 18+ $2; 17 and younger are FREE (carnival tickets extra)
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    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, and door prizes will be drawn throughout the day. Visit the Petting Zoo from 11:00 – 2:00 and the “Show and Shine” Car Show from 11:00 – 3:00. Carnival Games will be in the gym for the children to play, and tickets can be purchased upon arrival. Audrey Geron will be teaching a canvas painting class ($20) for children to create a special piece of artwork (Tickets for this class need to pre-purchased through Vicki Baldwin. Please email or call 256-704-7373 Ext. 2 to save your child’s seat.) Pizza, popsicles, popcorn, drinks, etc. will be available to purchase throughout the day! All proceeds from this event will benefit Whitesburg Christian Academy.

    Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale

    When: Members only April 12 from 9AM-6PM; Open the the public April 13-14 from 9AM-6PM and April 15 from 12PM-5PM
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Join us for our 31st annual Spring Plant Sale! There will be food and refreshments as well as specialty vendors alongside free soil testing, free advice from garden & plant professionals, and more. Bring your own wagon and have plants loaded for you after you shop. Always colorful, interesting and huge, there are also Garden activities for children and educational talks for adults. This year’s sale promises more plants and seminars plus entertainment, children’s activities and food trucks!

    American Heart Association Huntsville Heart Walkariel view 1

    When: April 14 from 8AM-11AM
    Where: Downtown Huntsville (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    This inspirational day is filled with energy, excitement and hope. Designed to promote physical activity and heart healthy living, the Heart Walk crates and environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. Your participation will help us raise even more in our fight to save lives. Walk with friends, family, coworkers, and other members of the community you meet along the way. The event is free and will have heart healthy information about nutrition, walking paths, and advocacy. The kids area will have games and fun, informational activities. Learn hands only CPR and help us to honor our survivors. Walk (or run) the 5K route. Enjoy music, refreshments, health screenings, survivor recognition and more!

    Funky Walk for Autism

    When: April 14 from 8:30AM-12PM
    Where: Huntsville Jaycees Building (map)
    Cost: $30
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    Join the Autism Society of Alabama and let’s get funky as we bring autism awareness to our community! The annual Walk is the single-most powerful fundraising event in April that unifies thousands of participants statewide in support of the mission and projects of the Autism Society. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., and affects as many as 50,000 people in Alabama. ASA has never been stronger or more focused on our mission, and we need volunteers like YOU to join our cause! Take the first step and register to support your local Walk. Come dressed in your best retro wear! Registration will open at 8:30am and Walk will begin at 9:30am.

    Piano Master Class with the Van Cliburn Gold Medalist

    When: April 14 from 10-11AM
    Where: Roberts Hall, UAH (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Join Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Yekwon Sunwoo, as he coaches local piano students. Listen to his thoughts on musical interpretation and performance. This Master Class is will be held at Roberts Recital Hall (on the UAH campus) and is free and open to the public. Students who attend the Master Class will receive a free ticket to their choice of Kenny Broberg’s concert at 2:00pm or Yekwon Sunwoo’s concert at 7:30pm, on Saturday. The concerts will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35802

    NE Huntsville Civic Association’s 2nd Annual Garden Gathering

    When: April 14 from 9AM-12PM
    Where: Optimist Park Pavilion (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Announcing the 2nd Annual Garden Gathering! Bring something get something! Come talk plants, trade seeds, bulbs, plants- anything and everything garden. Kiddos can make pizza gardens and we will have master gardeners and local goodies too! Come on over to a completely free community event!

    Pet Day at University Pickeres

    When: April 14 from 9AM-6PM
    Where: University Pickers (map)
    Cost: FREE to attend
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    Join University Pickers for our Second Annual Pet Day, featuring local pet vendors, lots of furry friends, and more – all in one place! Bring your pet to the pet photo booth to raise funds for A New Leash on Life and shop for pet goods.

    Real Fathers Making a Difference Annual Car and Bike Family Fest

    When: April 14 from 12PM-4PM
    Where: Redstone Harley-Davidson (map)
    Cost: FREE to attend; entry fees $10-$20
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    Bring the entire family for a relaxing day! Bring your lawn chairs and kick back and enjoy  live entertainment, the video game truck, a moon bounce, food trucks, draft beer, resource activity booths, and of course cool cars, bikes, and trucks will also keep you entertained. Enjoy flying kites or bike riding? There will be plenty of room to enjoy the spring day. We are bringing the community together in a positive atmosphere while making a difference in the lives of many.

    Castin’ ‘N Catchin’

    When: April 14
    Where: Goose Pond Bait, Tackle & Grill, Scottsboro (map)
    Cost: FREE for spectators ($110 for participants)
    More InfoWebsite | Facebook

    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. There will be door prizes galore and some family friendly fun for the sidelines. Of course, there will be a payout for biggest catches. The fishing will begin on Saturday, May 6th as early as 5:30am. Weigh-in will start at later that afternoon. All ages are invited to experience the free Family Fun Zone activities in the afternoon as well.

     NCAC Superheroes 5K/1M Fun Run & Block PartyJust-the-logo

    When: April 15 from 1PM-4PM
    Where: 210 Pratt Avenue (map)
    Cost:  $25/$15 for race, Block Party is FREE
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    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. A free Family Block Party on the NCAC Campus will be held throughout the event featuring food, inflatables, game and activities for kids of ALL ages. 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.

    March for Babies

    When: April 21 at 8AM-11:30AM
    Where: UAH Charger Park (map)
    Cost: Individual or team fundraising is encouraged but not required (Join the event online!)
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    Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and each one needs us. The money you raise will be a lifeline for moms and babies near you and across the country. Join more than 1,000 people at Charger Park at UAH in support of moms at every stage from preconception to post-delivery with research, programs and education—and it all comes together with a celebration at March for Babies on Saturday, April 21st. We walk (and run) to give EVERY BABY a fighting chance. Thanks to all our walkers/runners, 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! The 2018 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. More than 1,000 individuals will come together at Charger Park at UAH to support the March of Dimes with the goal of raising a total of $300,000 for a healthier future for babies. Festival area & dDonation turn-in opens 8AM, with Opening Ceremonies starting at 8:30 a.m.  The March & Run for Babies beginning at at 9:15 a.m. Festival activities and award announcements continue until close at 11:30 a.m. We will continue our Superhero Sprint this year for all of our amazing kids (ages 1-10) beginning at 9AM. The Superhero Sprint is a kids “fun run” that will be implemented at all March for Babies walk sites, and puts the March of Dimes “mission in motion.” We can’t wait to see you there!

    Spring Fling Special Train Ride

    When: April 21 at 10AM & 1PM
    Where: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
    Cost: Adults $15; Children 10 and under $10
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    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.

    Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve

    When: April 21 from 10AM-2PM
    Where: Hays Nature Preserve (map)
    Cost: FREE
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    Mark your calendar for April 21st! From 10am to 2pm at Hays Nature Preserve, we’ll celebrate Earth Day and Operation Green Team will have plenty for you to do, like a morning birding hike and two butterfly releases! Stay tuned here and on our social media pages for information about all the activities, vendors and so much more!

    Earth Day with The Lowe Mill Community Garden

    When: April 21 from 10AM-9PM
    Where: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment (map)
    Cost:  FREE
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    Join Lowe Mill A&E as we host our second Earth Day Festival. Focused around our growing community garden, the event will include a day filled with activities. Help with tree maintenance and garden harvest. Bring house plant clippings to trade with other attendees. Partake in our seed swap. Farmer Greg and Mike the Gardener will be on site to guide volunteers throughout the day. Over the course of several years, Mike and Greg have cultivated the land into a sustainable organic garden. Learn more about their efforts and future work with the Lowe Mill A&E Community Garden. The day will end with an outdoor potluck and a burn. In addition to work in the garden, we are asking attendees to bring plant donations to aid in the development of outdoor spaces at the Mill. Provide some color and foster growth at Lowe Mill A&E by bringing plants and trees that we can plant around our facility.

    Nature Connects – Build-A Lunch & Movie in the Garden-LEGO Batman

    When: April 21 from 11:30AM-3:30PM
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost: Under 3 are FREE | $40 Family Pack includes 5 combo tickets | $10 Individual combo ticket (non-members subject to Garden admission)
    More Info: Website

    Join us as we kick-off Nature Connects® with lunch & a movie! Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks at Huntsville Botanical Garden will be on display running March 9 through May 20, 2018. This exhibit, by certified LEGO® artist Sean Kenney, features millions of bricks transformed into larger than life nature inspired statues! Enjoy a fun LEGO® inspired lunch followed by the LEGO® Batman movie. Kid Friendly event with plenty of active building going on after the movie in our build stations set-up just for YOU!

    Kids to Parks Day

    When: April 28 from 10AM-1PM
    Where: Lydia Gold Skatepark (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Website

    Kids to Parks Day – celebrated annually (Huntsville will be celebrating early this year) – is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks organized by the National Park Trust. Join Parks & Recreation and Mountain High Outfitters as we have a free skate clinic, kids activities and rescue dogs at the Downtown Skate Park and Dog Spot!

  • May Events

    Music Explorers Club (formerly known as Opus Tadpole)

    When: May 5 at 10AM
    Where: Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Website

    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!

    Mayor’s Bike Ride

    When: May 5 at from 10AM-11:30AM
    Where: Big Spring Park East (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Website

    Join Mayor Tommy Battle and Healthy Huntsville on this family-friendly bike ride around Downtown Huntsville! The ride will be between 4 and 5 miles, starting and finishing at Big Spring Park East. Bring your own bike, or rent one of the Blue Bikes at the station next to the YMCA! Helmets are required.

    Dragon Boat Race & Festival

    When: May 12 from 9AM – 4PM
    Where: Point Mallard Aquatic Center Beach (map)
    Cost: FREE for spectators
    More InfoWebsite | Facebook

    Sure to become 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. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer race in authentic, 46-foot-long dragon boats. All ages, skill levels and physiques can paddle, making it the ultimate team building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win. This event is free to the public to attend.

    Mother’s Day Brunch & Butterfly Release

    When: May 13 at 12:30PM
    Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
    Cost:Member Adults $18, Non-member Adults  $20 | Member Child $10, Non-member Child $12 | Under 3 are FREE
    More Info: Website

    Chef Jakob’s menu will include a breakfast casserole, a biscuit bar with a wonderful selection of southern gravies, fruit salad, mini croissants filled with chicken salad and pimento cheese, chicken tenders and handmade butterfly cookies for dessert!In addition to brunch catered by Table in the Garden, a Chef Jakob Concept, and the opportunity to release live butterflies into the Purdy Butterfly House, all mothers in attendance will receive a one of a kind custom selected gift!  Lori Clark, HBG’s manager of the Shoppe in the Garden worked with the education team to make this the BEST Mother’s Day ever! We’ll have plenty of butterflies to release so bring your camera to capture the moments!

    HPD North Precinct Block Party

    When: May 19 at from 11AM-3PM
    Where: Alabama A&M, next to the North Precinct (map)
    Cost: FREE
    More Info: Website | 256-746-4111

    The Huntsville Police Department in partnership with the North Huntsville Community Watch Associations, Parks & Recreation and Alabama A&M University, are sponsoring the North Precinct Block Party. It will be held on the grounds of Alabama A&M University next to the North Precinct. North Precinct Captain Jeffery B. Rice Sr. is hosting the event.



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