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16 Can’t Miss Family-Friendly Events Happening in August

16 Can’t Miss Family-Friendly Events Happening in August

School may be back in session, but that doesn’t mean the family fun has to stop! We’ve rounded up 16 events to enjoy together this month and 12 are 100% FREE! Whether you’re looking to celebrate a successful start of the school year, or just needing a little reward for getting through it, you’ve got options.

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Light Up the Night

Time: August 4, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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Help Huntsville Parks and Recreation give one of your favorite parks a "glow up," and celebrate Parks & Rec Month. There will be music, lights, dancing + more glow party fun at this free, family-friendly event.


Smoke In The Outfield BBQ Festival

Date/Time: August 4-5
Cost: Free – $15
Location: Toyota Field – Rocket City Trash Pandas
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The newest barbecue festival in the Tennessee Valley is coming to Toyota Field, with the debut of the Smoke In The Outfield BBQ Festival at the home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas from August 4-5.


Magic on the Mercury & Chase Train Ride

Time: August 5, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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Abracadabra and Bippidi-Boppidi Boo! Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum for a magical day on the rails. Special Guests will be joining too, so don't miss the fun!


Back To School Bash

Time: August 6, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Madison Methodist
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Come join Madison Methodist after church for their Back To School Bash for all ages! They will have food, fun and inflatables with some fellowship all with some good popsicles to keep everyone cool out of the heat! When: August 6 | 12-2 PM For details and updates, please visit the Facebook event.


Summer Concert in the Park Series

Time: August 7, 2023 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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Huntsville's Summer Concerts in the Park Series is back for another fun filled season!


Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Time: August 10, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Home Place Park
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Bring your chairs and have some fun at the Sounds of Summer Concert Series!


Movies in the Meadow

Time: August 10, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Orion Amphitheater
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Welcome to Movies in the Meadow – a FREE movie series bringing the best films to The Orion Amphitheater’s beautiful artist meadow. Presented by Huntsville International Airport, this isn’t just a movie screening – it’s a movie experience! With themed concessions and cocktails, yard games, and more – Movies in the Meadow is the perfect…


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Summer Memories with the Huntsville Concert Band

Time: August 15, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Aldersgate UMC
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Come join the Huntsville Concert Band for 'Summer Memories' on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:30 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church! The concert is free and suitable for all ages.


Celebrate Madison

Time: August 17, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Toyota Field – Rocket City Trash Pandas
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Celebrate Madison will have a variety of activities for guests of all ages. The first 300 guests can receive a free hot dog, soda, and ice cream. Guests can enjoy activities that range from face painting and lawn games to a special 21+ section. Additionally, this year’s event will feature a special touch – honoring a military family, sponsored by Signalink. Finally, all are welcome to enjoy a spectacular firework show at the end of the night.


Saving Skylab: Documentary and Panel Discussion

Time: August 17, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
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Join the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in the National Geographic Theater to understand how the launch of Skylab almost doomed the project, as the solar arrays that powered the station were badly damaged at liftoff, leaving the station virtually powerless in orbit. Learn about the heroic efforts to find a solution and repair the station. This event will feature a showing of the documentary “Saving Skylab,” and will be followed by a discussion of just what it took to save the station.


Franklin County Watermelon Festival (Russellville)

Date/Time: August 18-19
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Russellville
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This spectacular family event offers two days of live music, watermelon contests, 5k run, antique car & truck show, tasty festival foods, arts & crafts vendors, and slices of FREE watermelon!


Bluey’s Big Play

Date/Time: August 22-23
Cost: $34 – $54
Location: Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Von Braun Center
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Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life.


NBM x Blok Festival

Time: August 26, 2023 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Bud Cramer Park
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Join for exciting interactive installations, live music, DJs, special guest hosts. and more as you celebrate the 50 Year Anniversary of Hip Hop! Come celebrate over 70 black-owned businesses with food trucks, live music, games, vendors, and more!


Summerfest (Athens)

Time: August 26, 2023 @ 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Athens
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Don't miss the annual summer concert on the square in downtown Athens. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and friends to enjoy a night of bands while helping to raise money for Make A Way. This is a local benefit honoring the community. Food trucks will be on the square and all the local brick-and-mortar businesses…


Learning Expo 2023

Time: August 27, 2023 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Orion Amphitheater
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Join Rocket City Mom for Learning Expo 2023 at the Orion Amphitheater on Sunday, August 27. This free event will include vendors providing information about schools, camps, tutors, athletics, homeschooling, and so much more. All net proceeds will be contributed to the HEALS Clinics.


 


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