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Fall Festivals, Carnivals and Special Events in Huntsville and North Alabama

Fall Festivals, Carnivals and Special Events in Huntsville and North Alabama

Nothing quite says Fall to us here at Rocket City Mom like a caramel apple, a little kettle corn, and a pumpkin carving contest or two. There’s plenty to be found using this list of Fall festivals, carnivals and special events happening all around the Tennessee Valley this Fall.  Who knows, you might discover a brand new autumnal favorite to go with that pumpkin spice latte!

Do you know of one we missed? We’d love to add it, just send us a note at events@rocketcitymom.com and be sure to include the information listed here (e.g. Date/Time, Cost, URL, Location).

To get the full 411 about all that is happening in and around the Tennessee Valley this fall including information on Fall Break Camps, Trick/Trunk or Treating options, Halloween Parties, and more head over to the 2023 Fall Activity Guide. Then be sure to share the scoop with your friends so you’ll see familiar faces when you are out and about this fall season.


Festifall

Date/Time: September 2 through October 31 during normal Garden hours
Cost: Free – $17
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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It’s harvest time, and nothing says FALL quite like Festifall at the Garden! The Garden's two-month celebration of the changing seasons features pumpkins, scarecrows, campouts, nature hikes, and more. As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better place to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of autumn.




Rocket City Fair

Date/Time: September 14-23
Cost: Free – $12
Location: John Hunt Park
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The Rocket City Fair and better than ever with dozens of thrilling rides, classic games, tasty fair food, a multi-day concert series, and more! The fun kicks off on Thursday, September 14 at John Hunt Park and runs until Saturday, September 23. Hours September 14-23 MON-THURS: 4PM – 10PM FRI: 4PM – 11PM SAT: 1PM…




Fall Plant Sale

Date/Time: September 21 (Member Pre-sale), September 22 and 23 (Public Sale)
Cost: Free
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Did you know that fall is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in your garden? The season brings a mix of warm soil and cool air for grass, and the moisture helps trees and shrubs establish their root system. Here's your chance to purchase what you need for your autumn planting!




Tinkerfest

Time: September 23, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free – $12
Location: EarlyWorks Family of Museums
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⚙️ Tinkerfest celebrates curiosity and creativity, allowing guests of all ages to explore how things work through hands-on activities! Tinkerfest will take place throughout the entire EarlyWorks Museum and surrounding grounds and will bring together makers, architects, engineers, robotics, and educators to showcase how their diverse skills converge. When: September 23 | 9 AM-4 PM…




Fall Festival (Hytop)

Time: September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Hytop Park
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Don't miss the Hytop Fall Festival! Food, fun, inflatables and more!




Fall Pooch Parade

Time: September 30, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: Free – $17
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Ghosts and Ghouls aren’t the only ones up and about this Halloween season! Come see what’s got all the dogs barking for the Pooch Parade. Dress up your pup and come show off your tail-wagging friends.




Apple Annie Carnival

Time: September 30, 2023 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: $2.55 – $28.43
Location: Alabama Constitution Hall Park
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The Junior League of Huntsville is excited to bring back the Apple Annie Carnival on Apple Annie Day. There will be games and treats for the whole family!




Hamburgers and Hayrides

Time: October 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: $15 – $27
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Enjoy a delicious Grilled Lunch before setting off on a hay-bound journey to the back of the Garden! Relax as you trundle along on your visit to the autumnal Huntsville Botanical Garden.




Madison Street Festival

Time: October 7, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Madison
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Madison Street Festival is a FREE community event located in Historic Downtown Madison Alabama. Bring your family and help CELEBRATE! There will be entertainment, an area to showcase local business, arts and crafts, a children’s and teen area, exhibits, food, sponsor row, Midtown Madison Area showcasing the city and so much more.




Fall for All

Time: October 7, 2023 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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Enjoy a petting zoo, kids' crafts, mid-way style games and pumpkin bowling. Try out the (inflatable) mechanical bull, cheer on contestants in the celebrity pie-eating contest and enjoy live music with a touch of bluegrass. There will also be food trucks on-site, offering delicious drinks, eats & treats for sale.




2023 Rocket City Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Time: October 7, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Sharon Johnston Park
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Welcome to the official Highland Games and Scottish Festival of North Alabama. There will be games, clan tents, and vendors. Be sure and stay for the gathering of the clans! Come join the fun!




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Huntsville Children’s Business Fair

Time: October 7, 2023 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: The Event Center at Roto-Rooter
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Kids will have the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas and products, ranging from handmade crafts to unique services, and sell them to the public. This community event offers a fun-filled day for families and provides an excellent opportunity to support and encourage young entrepreneurs




Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

Date/Time: October 13-15
Cost: Free – $5
Location: Huntsville Jaycee’s Building
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The Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show will feature National and International exhibitors offering a full spectrum of precious and semiprecious stones, beads, fossils, minerals, jewelry and lapidary materials and equipment, and custom jewelry and art objects of every type and price. Something for everyone! Kids will have educational opportunities and hands-on activities and can look for treasures in the mining flume and opening geodes.




BBQ Festival (Scottsboro)

Time: October 14, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Scottsboro
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The 8th Annual Scottsboro BBQ Festival will be held Saturday, October 14th on the Downtown Square in Scottsboro. Vendors, Food, BBQ, Beer Garden, Backyard Contest, Cornhole Tournament, People's Choice Sampling/Voting, Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show, Dog Show, Kids Activities and more!




Make a Way Fall Festival 🍬

Time: October 15, 2023 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Camp Helen – Harvest
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Make a Way is hosting a fall festival for the special needs community. There will be games, inflatables, a pumpkin patch, trunk or treats, and horse rides.




Fall on the Farm

Time: October 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free – $12
Location: Burritt on the Mountain
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Celebrate all the critters here in the park on October 21 with crafts, games, and the fun side of barnyard chores. Come on down to the farm, and learn all about the food, work, friendship that our animals give us, and meet and get to know some farmyard friends.




International Festival of North Alabama

Time: October 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Huntsville Jaycee’s Building
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The International Festival of North Alabama showcases the depth and breadth of North Alabama's vibrant international community. Stop by for a day of fun, food, open air markets and more!




Fall Festival at Toyota Field

Time: October 28, 2023 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: Free – $15
Location: Toyota Field – Rocket City Trash Pandas
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On Saturday, October 28, the Rocket City Trash Pandas will be hosting a Fall Festival at Toyota Field, presented by Metro Diner. Trick-or-treating on the Bill Penney Toyota Concourse and the Toyota Outfield Experience will take place from 5-7 p.m. with a screening of The Haunted Mansion to follow on the videoboard at 7:15 p.m.




Round Top Folk Festival

Time: November 4, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: $5 – $15
Location: Burritt on the Mountain
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Burritt on the Mountain and The Burritt Folk School are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Round Top Folk Festival.



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