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2020 Spring Parades and Festivals in Huntsville and North Alabama

2020 Spring Parades and Festivals in Huntsville and North Alabama

If you’re looking for fun, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got all the Spring parades and festivals in Huntsville & North Alabama in one place. Peruse this list and then make your plans. Fun is in your future.

Ready for more spring related fun? Check out our full 2020 Spring Activities Guide  sponsored by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.

18th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival

When: March 7 from 9PM-5PM; March 8 from 10AM-4PM
Where: Hamilton, AL (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website

The Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) is an indoor, juried arts festival headlined and named in honor of Hamilton resident and Smithsonian potter, Jerry Brown, who as a ninth-generation potter was awarded in 1992 the National Heritage Fellowship and in 2003 received the Alabama Heritage Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society!

8th Annual Community Kite Festival

When: March 7 from 11AM-3PM
Where: Jaycee Community Building (map)
Cost: FREE! Bring your own kite, chairs & blankets welcome
More Info: Facebook

It is with great excitement that AshaKiran and the City of Huntsville-Office of Multicultural Affairs invite you to our 8th Annual Community Kite Festival! Once again our theme is “Soaring for Social Justice,” and we are showcasing the dozens of non-profit organizations in our local community who selflessly provide aid to marginalized demographics.

UCP’s 22nd Annual “An Irish Evening”

When: March 13 from 6PM-9PM
Where: The Depot Roundhouse (map)
Cost: $25 each; one free child per adult ticket
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

UCP’s An Irish Evening will again feature live music by Black Market Haggis, fun and games with the Irish Society of North Alabama, a performance by the Fitness Arts Center Irish step dancers, visits with Irish Wolfhounds, an extensive silent auction, dance tunes with Metropolitan DJ, and more!

42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 14 at 11:00 AM
Where: Downtown Huntsville
Cost: FREE to observe & march!
More Info: Website | Facebook

The 42nd annual Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 11am in downtown Huntsville! Presented by the Irish Society of North Alabama, this annual tradition is a celebration of Irish culture & heritage in a positive family atmosphere.

Community Car Show and Spring Festival

When: March 21 from 10AM-2PM
Where: Asbury Church (map)
Cost: FREE
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

This will be an incredibly fun day for families, car enthusiasts, and families who love cars! From 10am to 2pm, come on by for an awesome display of vintage cars, hot-rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, imports, and more, PLUS tons of fun inflatables and activities for preschool through elementary age kids, from obstacle courses to face decorating and even the Big Green Bus. You might even get to climb aboard a SWAT truck! Plus, it’s all FREE, including food.

HIA’s Annual Holi Festival Celebration

When: March 21 from 11AM-3PM
Where: Huntsville India Association (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

The Huntsville India Association invites you to the annual Indian festival of colors, Holi, on Saturday March 21st, 2020. Holi signifies the end of winter and onset of spring. The same festival that inspired Color Runs all across the country! The celebration takes place at the Hindu Cultural Center from 11 am till 3 pm, and will include dance, music, food and, of course, a color powder frenzy!

Huntsville Coffee and Tea Festival

When: March 22 at 10AM-12:45PM and 2PM-4:45PM
Where: Historic Huntsville Depot Roundhouse (map)
Cost: $10 online, $20 at the door, FREE for kids 8 and under (discounts for teachers, military, students, and first responders)
More Info: Website | Facebook

Come and learn about local specialty coffee & tea at this inaugural event benefitting the Make-a-Wish Foundation! Enjoy access to the best brews in the area, unlimited sampling, interactive experiences, and demonstrations at a sensory experience that was designed for and open to the public from beginners to advanced. In addition, there will be live local music, food trucks, and a raffle for voting on the vendor you think should win the Best Drink Award.

11th Annual “Battle of the Buffalo” Chicken Wing Festival

When: April 11 from 12PM-5PM
Where: Big Spring Park (map)
Cost: $15
More Info: WebsiteFacebook

Battle of the Buffalo is a food festival hosted by the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The event invites local restaurants and amateurs to showcase their best version of the ever-popular buffalo chicken wing. As competitors battle for the title of Best Wing in the Tennessee Valley, guests can sample wings from the wide variety of competing businesses and chefs.

ChargerCon 2020

When: April 17 from 12-11PM
Where: UAH Spragins Hall (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: WebsiteFacebook

ChargerCon is a free annual gaming and technology expo that is held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. ChargerCon 2020 will be held in UAH’s Spragins Hall. ChargerCon features video game and tabletop tournaments, cosplay contest, workshops, demos, a retro arcade, and free play areas. ChargerCon is free and open to everyone. Some tournaments will have a buy-in, which will go toward prizes for the champions.

Earth Day Festival

When: April 18 from 10AM-2PM
Where: Hays Nature Preserve (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve is fun for the whole family and it’s all FREE. Come check out more than 80 earth-friendly exhibitors with informative displays & demonstrations. It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this year and we’ll celebrate with butterfly releases, early morning yoga with Big Happy Yoga and birding hikes.

Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo

When: April 18-19
Where: St. Bernard School & Abby (map)
Cost: $25 single day pass; children 12 and under FREE
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

We are excited to bring the 5th Annual Huntsville and Comic Pop Culture Expo back to the VBC! All ages are welcome to enjoy cosplay, comics, comic artists, tabletop gaming, a gaming library, a family-friendly film competition, and more. Don’t miss our special KidsCon, featuring a geocaching event, a drawing demonstration with Steven Butler, socks for Dobby, making a Marauder’s Map, Baby Yoda puppet making, and much more!

Guntersville’s Art on the Lake

When: April 18 from 10AM-5PM | April 19 from 10AM-4PM
Where: Guntersville Recreational Center (map)
Cost: $2 for ages 13+
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

For over 55 years, artists and crafters from across the southeastern United States have made their way to the North Alabama town of Guntersville to display their works of art and unique creations for two days in April. Held alongside beautiful Lake Guntersville, this event features over 120 booths with  fine artists and craftsmen from throughout the southeast and beyond. In addition, there are food vendors, outdoor games and rides, and a bake shop. Fun for the entire family!

Bloomin’ Festival

When: April 18-19 from 9AM-5PM
Where: St. Bernard School & Abby (map)
Cost: $5 donation; Children 5 & Under FREE. No pets please!
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Bloomin’ Festival is a two day juried arts festival attracting more than 25,000 visitors to the beautiful campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School. Located adjacent to the school is the world famous Ave Maria Grotto. The picturesque landscape of stone cut buildings on the grounds of Alabama’s only Abbey provides a backdrop for the out-of-doors show. More than 140 booths are filled with artists demonstrating and exhibiting their work.

Panoply Arts Festival

When: April 24 from 5– 9PM | April 25 from 10AM–9M (Art Marketplace closes at 7:30PM) | April 26 from 11AM–6PM
Where: Big Spring Park (map)
Cost: Weekend passes $18 | Day passes $10 | Children 12 and under FREE
More Info: WebsiteFacebook

Last year, Panoply Arts Festival featured nearly 40 local and regional musicians and bands across three stages, more than 100 professional artists in the juried Toyota Art Marketplace, hands-on STEAM activities celebrating Apollo 50, community art projects in Boeing’s Bicentennial Village, and theater and dance performances. So whether you want to spend the day creating with the kids, hopping stages to listen to live music with a craft beer in hand, or shop for a piece of art that inspires you, Panoply Arts Festival is your weekend to celebrate the creative side in the heart of Huntsville, AL!

WhistleStop Weekend

When: May 1 from 4-11PM | May 2 from 10AM-11PM
Where: Huntsville Historic Depot (map)
Cost: Ages 11+ $25-35; Ages 3-10 $5-$10; Under 3 FREE
More Info: Website

Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin’ good time and best of all it’s all for a good cause. Activities include professional, amateur, and kids’ BBQ competitions, music, and the AL Corn Horn Championship! All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs for area children. Be sure to visit the Kid’s Zone, with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy!

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Strawberry Fest in Moulton

When: May 1 from 11AM-7PM | May 2 from 9AM-6PM
Where: Downtown Moulton (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook

Strawberries, live music, a pageant, golf tournament, mud volleyball competition, arts and crafts and other free family fun are all on the agenda when the annual Strawberry Festival hits the streets of downtown Moulton in May! While the strawberry takes center stage, the family-friendly event also offers free inflatable activities for kids, the Lawrence County Fire Fighters and Rapid Response Volunteers display, a classic car/truck/motorcycle show, arts and crafts and food vendors, a mud volleyball tournament, a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, a golf tournament, beauty pageant and live music featuring local performers.

Rocket City Taco Fest

When: May 2 from 3-11PM
Where: John Hunt Park (map)
Cost: $12, children under 10 FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook

Rocket City Taco Fest is going to be one of the largest food festivals in Huntsville and will benefit Make-A-Wish Alabama! Located at the new festival grounds at John Hunt Park next to Joe Davis Stadium there is more than enough space and parking for everyone in the Rocket City. Entertainment includes 50+ taco vendors, live music, a salsa dance contest, art exhibition, a beer tent, a silent auction fundraiser, games and more!

Cullman Strawberry Festival

When: May 2 from 8AM-10PM
Where: Downtown Cullman (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

Celebrate Cullman’s agricultural history state’s oldest Strawberry Festival, featuring arts & crafts, food, music, strawberries, and more! Along with our outstanding music venue, classic car show, arts and crafts, and scrumptious food vendors, visitors can plan to spend the whole day shopping in the unique stores in our downtown district, dancing to a variety of music playing at the Festhalle or visiting our historic districts via guided tours provided by the Cullman County Museum.

Water Lantern Festival

When: May 9 from 5-9:30PM
Where: Big Spring Park (map)
Cost: Adults $26+ | Ages 8-14 $12-$16 | Kids 0-7 FREE
More Info: WebsiteFacebook

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you’ll never forget.

38th Annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo

When: May 15 & 16
Where: Limestone Sheriff”s Rodeo Arena (map)
Cost: $15 adults | $10 kids 12 and under
More Info: Website

Plenty of rodeo action is expected to hit the dirt in the north Alabama town of Athens the third weekend in May. The Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo features two days of high impact rodeo competition alongside family-friendly events in the week leading up to the rodeo. Competitive events lined up for both nights include bareback bronco riding, calf roping, break-away roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, kids calf scramble, cowgirl’s barrel racing, chuck wagon races, and bull riding. As cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money, the crowd is also entertained with professional rodeo clowns, chuck wagon races and other performers.

Babypalooza LIVE!

When: May 16 from 10AM-2:30PM
Where: VBC North Hall (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Website | Facebook

If you are a new, expectant, or hopeful parent then don’t miss Babypalooza Live!, the must-attend baby and maternity conference when it comes to Huntsville. Becoming a parent can be overwhelming, especially to a first-time parent. Babypalooza is designed to help equip you and connect you to local resources. You will have the opportunity to join Athens-Limestone Hospital, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children and Madison Hospital for mini-presentations with pediatricians, obstetricians and other hospital certified instructors.

Scottsboro’s Catfish Festival

When: May 16 from 9AM-5PM
Where: Jackson County Park, Scottsboro (map)
Cost: FREE
More InfoWebsite

Held along the banks of Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, the annual Catfish Festival celebrates one of America’s favorite outdoor activities – fishing for catfish. The festival occurs each year on the third Saturday in May. This year the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary on May 16th at County Park in Scottsboro. It is recognized by Bon Appetit Appalachia as a great hometown family food & fun festival that includes fried catfish plates, arts & crafts show, car, truck, motorcycle, tractor show, and concerts.

Alabama Jubilee

When: May 23 & 24
Where: Point Mallard in Decatur (map)
Cost: FREE
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in Decatur, Alabama. Each year the Jubilee hosts about 60 local and national hot-air balloons at Point Mallard Park. Public admission is free of charge, and the weekend boasts many fun and exciting activities.


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