How did we get here, dear Readers? There’s only three weekends of summer fun left before school starts and parents are starting the back-to-school scramble. This weekend in Huntsville is full of shopping, music, Apollo 11 celebrations, and more!
If you don’t find something below to do, you can always check out our full Event Calendar for even more cool stuff to do in the last days of summer.
And of course there’s always our go-to resources, the 2019 Summer Fun Guide and the ultimate list of 60 Things To Do With Kids This Summer. If you like to get a jump start on planning for the new school year, be sure to browse through our local Back to School Guide!
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Free & Cheap
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Thursday – Saturday from 6:30-930 PM
Cost: Rides are $.50 each
Athens Lions Club | More Info
A carnival just for kids? Yes, you heard us right and it is NOT TO BE MISSED. Seriously, read our review and you’ll be lining up! Only three weekends left before it’s gone for the year.
Shop Tax Free
Friday through Sunday
Cost: Tax free!
Madison County, AL | More Info
Stores will be packed this weekend for the Alabama Tax-Free Holiday, and our advice is to go early and be kind, because you never know who’s having a rough day and needs a bit of back-to-school shopping cheer. Get our tips before you go!
Free Car Wash!
Friday from 8AM – 8PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Shine Time, University Dr. | More Info
To celebrate their grand opening, this new Car Wash is offering free washes and encouraging donations to the Huntsville Hospital NICU for premature babies.
Kid’s Archery & Backyard Adventures Workshops
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
Cabela’s Huntsville | More Info
Kids can learn more about outdoor fun and knowledge about Archery & Backyard Adventures. Each workshop includes a craft & backpack clip.
Dance In the Streets for Apollo 11
Friday from 5-9 PM
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
Families can join in the Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations just like they did in Huntsville July of 1969! A giant dance party with food trucks, spacey exhibits, and a laser light show are all a part of the free festivities.
Whiz Kids Open Gym
Friday at 9:15 AM Saturday at 8:30 AM
The Matrix Gym | More Info
A great way for children under age 6 to get some active gym time in the morning! Read our review before you go.
Ages 6-11 – Open Gym at 9:30 AM on Saturdays
Ages 12-8 – Open Gym at 11:00 AM on Saturdays
Movie on the Patio
Friday at Sundown
Madison Library | More Info
Weather permitting, you’ve got a chance to catch a movie under the stars – Sweet Home Alabama.
Weekend Farmers Markets
Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE admission, bring $ to shop
It’s blueberry & peach season in Alabama and you have three chances to pick up something fresh for your table.
- Green Street Market – Thursday from 4-8 PM
- Madison City Farmer’s Market – Saturday from 8AM – Noon
- MidCity Market – Sunday from 2-6 PM
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11 AM – 1 PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Kids ages 3-12 are invited to participate in a range of fun, interactive art-making activities especially designed with younger visitors in mind.
Magic Show in Madison
Saturday at 2:00 PM
Madison Public Library | More Info
Doctor Osborn is back with a hilarious action-packed magic show and balloon animals!
Family Free Night at Constitution Hall Park
Saturday from 4-8 PM
Alabama Constitution Hall Park | More Info
Learn about life in Huntsville 200 years ago. Play games, see demonstrations and tour our historic buildings that showcase the community around Alabama’s first constitutional convention.
Free & Awesome Live Music
- Biergarten at USSRC – Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 PM
- Madison Summer Concert Series – Thursday at 6:30 PM
- Live Music at Constitution Hall Park – Thursdays from 6-8 PM
- Fridays After Five in Athens – Friday from 5-8 PM
- Friday Night Live Downtown – Friday from 5-8 PM
- 3rd Friday in Decatur – Friday from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
- Singing On the Square in Athens – Friday from 7-9 PM
- Sounds of Summer Series at Campus 805 – Saturday at 7:00 PM
- Concerts in Big Spring Park – Monday at 6:30 PM
- Concerts by the River in Decatur – Monday at 6:30 PM
Worth the Dinero
Astronomy for All Planetarium Show
Friday from 6:15 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $3-15, Kids 7 and under FREE
U.S. Space & Rocket Center INTUITIVE Theater | More Info
Is our moon just like every other moon? This event will explore the similarities and differences between our moon and those orbiting other planets. Science, humor and an activity included!
Rocket City Summer Fest
Saturday at 7:00 PM
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
join with celebrations around the world to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission with a concert in the shadow of Huntsville’s iconic Saturn V replica. The Black Jacket Symphony presents “Party of the Year,” playing hits from the 1960s to today. Rain or shine!
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