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. You’re sure to find all that and a whole lot more in this long list of area fall festivals, carnivals and special events. Do you know of one we missed? We’d love to add it, just send us a note at info@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 why not mosey on over to the full 2019 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.

September


Oktoberfest

Join us for the 24th Annual Redstone Arsenal Family and MWR Oktoberfest, brought to you by Papa Johns Pizza! This fun event features a carnival, German music, glassware, beer and food, a Craft Biergarten, a Sports Pavilion (to catch up on the big games of the weekend and more), and more! Read the RCM Parent Review before you go. This is a cash only event. 

Date/Time: Sept. 12-15
Cost: $14-17 (with the exception of infants that are in arms or that are too young to walk)
Location: Redstone Arsenal MWR Activity Field (map)
More Info: Website

Friday Night Art Walk

Photo credit Downtown Huntsville

Enjoy the oncoming fall weather by strolling, shopping and sipping around the Square Downtown at the final Friday Night Art Walk. There are dozens of vendors with a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as live music. The event takes place during open entertainment district hours, so adults, feel free to stroll with your favorite beverage while shopping and enjoying local art.

Date/Time: September 13 | 5PM-8PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Huntsville (map)
More Info: Facebook

3rd Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ

3rd Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ

Visit the Saint Bernard preparatory School for an afternoon of shopping handmade arts and crafts, enjoying great live music, and plenty of delicious barbecue! No pets, please.

Date/Time: September 14-15 | 9AM-5PM
Cost: $5
Location: Saint Bernard Preparatory School (map)
More Info: Facebook

Monte Sano Art Festival

monte sano art festival

The Monte Sano Art Festival has been an enjoyed tradition in Huntsville, Alabama for two decades. Enjoy more than 150 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media, plus local food trucks and musicians throughout the park.

Date/Time: September 21, 9AM-5PM | September 22, from 9AM-4PM
Cost: FREE to attend, $10 parking
Location: Monte Sano State Park (map)
More Info: Website | Facebook

NEACA Fall Craft Show

NEACA fall craft show

The NEACA Fall Craft Show features over 100 crafters with items ranging from jewelry, pottery, home decor, outdoor decor, dolls, clothing, kitchen accessories, children’s items, food and much more.

Date/Time: Sept. 20-21, 9AM-6PM | Sept. 22, 12PM-5PM
Cost: FREE (parking cost is generally $5-10)
Location: Von Braun Center South Hall (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

10th Annual International Festival

International Festival

This one-day, family-friendly spectacular features performances, interactive educational games, food trucks, an open air market with international merchandise, and more. Join your friends and neighbors in celebrating the cultural diversity that’s created the mosaic known as North Alabama!

Date/Time: September 21, 9am-4pm
Cost: FREE
Location: UAH Fitness Center (map)
More InfoFacebook

Hartselle Depot Days Festival

hartselle depot days
The Depot Days Festival rolls into Hartselle once again, bringing a day of family-friendly fun and entertainment to the historic depot and downtown area. Activities include a car, truck and motorcycle show, music performances, food vendors, an art show, crafts, a tractor and engine show and a variety of fun and games for children.

Date/Time: September 21 | 8am-4pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Hartselle (map)
More Info: Website

River Clay Fine Arts Festival

River Clay Fine Arts Festival

The annual River Clay Fine Arts Festival offers participating artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, to network and socialize with other artists, and to meet arts patrons from across the region. In addition to visiting with outstanding artists, attendees will enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities and much more.

Date/Time: September 28, 9AM-5PM | September 28, 10AM-4PM
Cost: $5 weekend pass | ages 12 and under FREE
Location: Decatur City Hall Lawn (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Fitness Fest

fitness fest

Fitness Fest is a free event hosted by Randolph School for the community to enjoy! All families are invited to join us for a fun morning on Randolph’s Drake campus. This outdoor event will include lots of activities, disc golf, a kid-friendly obstacle course, touch-a-truck showcase and free raffle giveaways.

Date/Time: September 28 | 9AM – 11AM
Cost: FREE, register in advance online
Location: Randolph School (map)
More Info: Website

Fall Festival at Sharon Johnston Park

sharon johnston fall festival
Fall festival photo via Facebook

Just us at our 3rd annual Fall Festival! This event is a family-friendly event featuring games, a hay ride, foam house, bouncy house, pumpkin painting, food trucks, vendors, and much more.

Date/Time: September 27, 3pm-7pm | September 28, 10am-5pm
Cost: $20 per car (6 person limit; $5 for each additional person)
Location: Sharon Johnston Park (map)
More InfoFacebook

Eva Frontier Days

eva frontier days
Eva Frontier Days photo via Facebook

This week-long celebration of Eva, AL history and community includes a bluegrass festival, the worlds largest hayride, community singing, and concludes with “The Big Day” on Saturday. Enjoy an antique tractor and car show, parade, a baked goods contest, live entertainment, contests, raffle drawings, plus games for all ages – rides, train ride, etcetera, food vendors, and much more!

Date/Time: September 28 | 9AM-5PM
Cost: Varies although many activities are FREE
Location: Eva, AL (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

17th Annual Dog Fair

hotc dog fair
HOTC Dog Fair photo via Facebook

The HOTC Dog Fair provides a wide range of demonstrations and hands-on activities for the public and their canine companions, and gives local shelters and rescue groups the opportunity to showcase their dogs in need of a ‘forever’ home. Also on site will be vendors’ booths with dog-related items for sale, a kids carnival area, kids dog show, and more.

Date/Time: September 28 | 9AM-3PM
Cost: FREE,  State Park parking is $10
Location: Monte Sano State Park (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

October


Cullman Oktoberfest

Cullman’s German heritage comes to life with a Southern Style during this annual week-long festival. Enjoy traditional German music, authentic German food, dancing, carriage rides, beer and wine, a classic car show, arts & crafts, guided walking tours, shopping, music and so much more.

Date/Time: Oct. 2 – 5
Cost: Most events are FREE
Location: Downtown Cullman (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Asbury Fall Festival

Experience life at Asbury at our Fall Festival! Bring the kids to a good old-fashioned time for the whole family, featuring free food, the Big Green Bus, face painting, games, hay rides, and fun ideal for kids up through 5th grade.

Date/Time: October 2 | 5-7PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Asbury Church (map) (Parking in the Building 4 Lower Level parking lot)
Website: Website


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Boaz Harvest Festival

boaz harvest festival

The 55th Annual Harvest Festival celebrates the wonderful fall season and all that makes the Boaz Area great. The two-day celebration will include food, arts & crafts vendors, entertainment, Miss Harvest Festival Pageant, a corn hole competition, pumpkin decorating contest, classic car show, cosplay, and more.

Date/Time: October 4-5, 8am-6pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Boaz (map)
More InfoFacebook

Hispanic Festival

The Alabama Hispanic Association is pleased to bring the Hispanic Festival 2019 to Huntsville Downtown. This free event will have live music, folkloric performances, Hispanic food, ice cream and activities for  children.

Date/Time: October 5, 3pm-8pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Big Spring Park (map)
More InfoFacebook

Depot Days Fall Festival

Join us at the Historic Huntsville Depot for the Depot Days Fall Festival! Enjoy activities for the whole family such as scarecrow building, hands-on crafts, old fashioned cooking, a hay maze, and living history presentations. Admission includes full park access!

Date/Time: October 5, 10am-3pm
Cost: $5
Location: Huntsville Historic Depot (map)
More InfoFacebook

Tour de Ville

Tour de Ville photo via Facebook

Tour de Ville is a festive event centered on a leisurely bike ride around Historic Downtown Huntsville. Riders will enjoy several noteworthy and historic “rest stops” along the route, and the post-ride celebration will feature live music, pizza, craft beer, and a bike obstacle course with fun races and games for kids and adults.

Date/Time: October 5, 9am-2:30pm
Cost: $5-$30
Location: Campus No. 805 (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Madison Street Festival

madison street festival

The Madison Street Festival has been recognized as one of the top 20 fall festivals in the State of Alabama. Attendees can expect arts and crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, a variety of food vendors, a community parade, information vendors, a children’s area, teen zone, and much more!

Date/Time: October 5 | 9AM-4PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Madison, AL (map)
Website: Website | Facebook

International Observe the Moon Night

observe the moon night

Hands-on activities, face painting, and lots of telescopes will be on hand at this fun fall family-friendly event, open to the public! The Von Braun Astronomical Society will be there to show you the moon and other visible planetary bodies. Enjoy a science magic show with Dr. Osborne, a live science show, and DJ music with dancing.

Date/Time: October 5, 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: FREE
Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center (map)
WebsiteFacebook

Hamburgers & Hayrides

Fall Break at the Garden is so much fun! Join us for a delicious lunch at the Dogwood Café then hop on a hayride to the back of the Garden and get lost in our corn maze. Don’t forget to check out the Scarecrow Trail and the pumpkin display while you’re here.

Date/Time: October 8 | 11am-1pm
Cost: Ages 13+ $10; $5 for ages 12 and under, plus Garden admission for non-members
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
Website: Website

Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show

Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

National and international dealers will have gemstones, fossils, jewelry making materials and equipment, art pieces, and custom jewelry of every type and price at this long-running, family-friendy annual event. Kids can look for treasures in the gem dig, mining flume, and more.

Date/Time: October 11 & 12, 10am-6pm | October 13, 12pm-5pm
Cost: $3 | Students $1 | under 5 are FREE | Weekend passes $5
Location: Jaycee Community Building (map)
Website: Website | Facebook

Lake City Fallfest

Family fun including outdoor vendor market, live music, food trucks, fave painting, inflatable, train ride, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin patch, rock wall climbing, costume contest, pie eating contest, hay ride, Pat Upton Dedication Day, Brunchpalooza and more!

Date/Time: October 11 & 12, 10am-4pm
Cost: FREE (some activities for a fee)
Location: Downtown Guntersville (map)
Website: Facebook

VBAS Astronomy Day

The VBAS’s Annual Astronomy Day includes hands-on family fun activities hosted by local science groups, planetarium shows and telescope observing. Enjoy telescope workshops, observatory tours, making paper rockets and dry ice comets, the astronomy van, experiments, and more.

Date/Time: October 13 | 1PM-10PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Von Braun Astronomical Society, Monte Sano State Park (map)
More InfoWebsite

Pop Up Parks

pop up parks

The unique and quirky Pop Up Parks return to Downtown Huntsville! This annual exhibition features 10 parking spots converted into mini-parks around the Downtown Square.

Date/Time: October 17-27
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Huntsville, around the Square (map)
Website: Facebook

Special Populations Fall Festival

Join us for a fun and free event with face painting, pumpkin decorating, pizza and candy! This event is for individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Siblings are welcomed. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tia Clayton at 256-427-5490 or tia.clayton@huntsvilleal.gov

Date/Time: October 17, 6-8PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Fern Bell Recreation Center (map)
Website: Facebook

Southeast YMCA Fall Festival

Bring your friends and family and join us for free fun carnival games, a bouncy house/slide and so much more at the Southeast Family YMCA!

Date/Time: October 18 from 6-7:30PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Southeast Family YMCA (map)
WebsiteFacebook


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Alabama Gourd Festival

Annual Alabama Gourd Festival theme “Sweet Gourd Home Alabama” at the Cullman Civic Center. Enjoy the beautiful works of art made from gourds, plenty of raw gourds, supplies and tools for purchase, and children can even decorate their own little gourd for free.

Date/Time: October 18 & 19, 9AM-5PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Cullman Civic Center (map)
WebsiteWebsite

10th Annual Fall Plant Sale at the Huntsville Botanical Garden

fall plant sale
Plant sale photo via Facebook

Shop for native trees and shrubs, ornamental plants, fall vegetables, and pansies at this beloved annual event, as well as a a choice selection of mums. Children’s crafts will be available, as will soil testing, garden professionals, and plant loading.

Date/Time: October 18-19, 9am-5pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
More InfoWebsite

LIT: Light+Innovation+Technology

Digital art projections, colorful light and environmental design transform the downtown Huntsville square and Big Spring Park East into living works of art this October. Join Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. for an amazing light exhibition showcasing the uniqueness of Huntsville through the fusion of Light, Innovation and Technology (LIT).

Date/Time: October 18 & 19 | 7-10pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Huntsville Square & Big Spring Park East & West (map)
WebsiteWebsite | Facebook

Mentone Colorfest

colorfest

For more than 30 years, Colorfest has drawn thousands of visitors to the quiet little mountain village of Mentone for a fall festival that features hand-made arts & crafts, live entertainment, great food, and much more! Arts & crafts vendors and food vendors will be located in Mentone’s scenic Brow Park, with sweeping views of the valley below.

Date/Time: October 19, 9am-5pm and October 20, 9am-4pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Mentone, AL (map)
WebsiteWebsite | Facebook

Fall Carnival @ Mill Creek Elementary

Free admission includes inflatables, vendors & outdoor games! Multiple carnival-style games will available for 1 ticket each, or Bingo with great prizes for 2 tickets. Food Trucks, face painting, tattoos, and lots of fun to be had!

Date/Time: October 19, 3-7PM
Cost: FREE admission | Tickets 50 cents each
Location: Mill Creek Elementary (map) (Park at James Clemens High School and take the free shuttle to Mill Creek)
Website: Facebook

Fall Festival at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church

Join us for our annual Fall Festival – the community is invited!

Date/Time: October 19 from 12-3PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church (map)
WebsiteWebsite

Athens Grease Festival

The streets of downtown Athens, Ala. will be filled with fried food, football, fun and extra crispy special sauce with the highly anticipated Athens Grease Festival. The one-day event pays tribute to the Greek origin of the city’s name while celebrating a love for fried food, and partygoers are asked to don their best toga and join the festivities, including a kids zone and top entertainment.

Date/Time: October 19, 11am-7pm
Cost: $5 adults | $3 children ages 3-12 | FREE children 2 and under | $1 off for wearing a toga
Location: Downtown Athens, AL (map)
WebsiteWebsite | Facebook

Peinhardt Farm Day

Peinhardt Farm Day photo via Facebook

Each year the Peinhardt farm is open to the public for one Saturday in October. The farm is opened for everyone to come out and experience history in a setting that will take you back in history and allow you to actually participate in some “hands-on” work with exhibits and demonstrations spread over 40 acres.

Date/Time: October 19 | 9am-3pm
Cost: Ages 13 and up $7 | Children 5-12 $5 | 4 and under FREE
Location: 1711 Talley Ho Street, Cullman, AL (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

MOPS at the Grove Fall Marketplace

Vendors, kid activities, fall baked goods and a raffle will all be at the MOPS at the Grove annual Fall Marketplace. Come out and celebrate Fall with us!

Date/Time: October 19 | 9am-2pm
Cost: FREE
Location: The Grove Baptist Church (map)
More Info: Facebook

Athens Storytelling Festival

athens storytelling festival
Photo via Athens Storytelling Festival

Some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will make their way to Athens in October for the city’s annual celebration of storytelling, tall tales, and readings. In addition, food vendors, local restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware will be open during the festivities.

Date/Time: October 22-26
Cost: Varies, but daily ticket prices range from $8-$30
Location: Courthouse Square, Athens (map)
More Info: Website | Facebook

5th Annual BMS Craft Show and Festival

buckhorn craft show

Come to our 5th Annual Craft Show where there will be vendors, silent auction, food, games, and family-friendly fall fun!

Date/Time: October 26 | 9AM-3PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Buckhorn Middle School (map)
More InfoFacebook

Alabama Renaissance Faire

Alabama Renaissance Faire

The Alabama Renaissance Faire is a not-for-profit, non-commercial faire, where families can celebrate their favorite time periods from the 12th through the mid-17th centuries, as Vikings hobnob with Buccaneers and fairies frolic with pirates. This event is is family-friendly and educational with no admission charge or alcohol.

Date/Time: October 26, 10am-6pm and October 27, 12pm-6pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Wilson Park, Florence (map)
More Info: WebsiteFacebook

Southern Tradition Carnival and Holiday Marketplace

Southern Tradition, LAMA’s marketplace of one-of-kind upcycled furniture, artisan crafts and seasonal merchandise, is a full day shop and play adventure for the entire family.  Featuring an abundant and varied selection of artisan crafts and boutique merchandise to choose from, the good old-fashioned Carnival will keep the kids busy for hours playing game after game.

Date/Time: October 26, 9am-2pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Madison Academy (map)
More Info: WebsiteFacebook


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Hunt+Gather

Hunt+Gather

Hunt+Gather is an annual curated artisan & makers market, created to highlight creativity in North Alabama & the Tennessee Valley. Shop from 50 hand-picked regional makers, artisans, craftspeople, & creators while enjoying a DJ spinning fresh tunes all day in a fun party-like, creative atmosphere.

Date/Time: October 26 | 10AM-4PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Regions Bank Downtown (map)
Website: WebsiteFacebook

Fall Festival at Bridge Street

bridge street fall festival

Visit Bridge Street Town Center for a family-friendly fall festival featuring trick-or-treating, a pet costume contest, and a balloon artist. Enjoy live music, face painting, and food trucks in the festive fall atmosphere.

Date/Time: October 26 | 11AM-2PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Bridge Street Town Center, on the green near Belk (map)
Website: Website

St. Mark’s Fall Festival Carnival

fall carnival
Join us for our annual St. Mark’s Fall Festival with a Carnival theme this year! There will be a petting zoo, games, bingo, pony rides, face painting, a dessert walk, food, and more.

Date/Time: October 26 | 2-5PM
Cost: FREE
Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (map)
More Info: Website

Covered Bridge Festival

covered bridge festival
The 36th Covered Bridge Festival in beautiful and historic downtown Oneonta promises to be full of fun, arts, crafts, vendors, music, food, covered bridge tours and more. A kids activity tent with free balloon art and face painting, plus engaging performances will entertain the younger crowd.

Date/Time: October 26 | 9AM-6PM
Cost: FREE for most activities
Location: Downtown Oneonta, AL (map)
Website: Facebook

Taste of the Holidays Market

Taste of the Holidays Market

Start prepping for the holidays with over 70 area crafters, makers, artists, and small businesses at the 6th annual Taste of the Holidays Market! Event proceeds benefit the Upper Sand Mountain Parish’s Christmas toy store, where families in need are able to pick out gifts for their kids.

Date/Time: October 26 | 9AM-4PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Asbury Church (map)
Website: Website

Fall Family Fun Days at the Cook Museum

Join us for a fun weekend of activities, crafts, and science at our Fall Family Fun Days! Activities will take place rain or shine, and include hourly live animal presentations, hourly Stories in the Cave, kids crafts, family photo opportunities, and a special smoothie with gummy worms at the Nature’s Table Cafe. Kids are welcome to dress up in their favorite costume!

Date/Time: October 26,  10AM-2PM | October 27, 12PM-4PM
Cost: Included with museum admission or membership
Location: Cook Museum of Natural Science, Decatur (map)
Website: Facebook

Octoberfun!

Free family friendly event with crafts,  games, popcorn, moon bounce, hot dogs, drinks and more!

Date/Time: October 27, 5-7PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Cornerstone Community Church (map)
Website: Facebook

Capshaw Baptist Church Fall Festival

Come enjoy a day of FREE fun with Capshaw Baptist Church! There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkins, a hayride, inflatables, live music, free food, games and prizes and more!

Date/Time: October 27, 3-6PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Capshaw Baptist Church (map)
Website: Facebook

Fall Color Special Train Ride

North Alabama Railroad

The annual Fall Color Special train ride is sure to bring a smile to young and old alike, as our large windows create the perfect picture frame for the colors of autumn. Bring your camera as we travel along five miles of track in search of colorful trees and falling leaves.

Date/Time: October 26 & November 2 | 10AM & 1PM
Cost: $10-15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Website: WebsiteFacebook

November


Pumpkin Blast

pumpkin blast

What’s cooler than medieval weapons launching pumpkins through the air? Watch teams blast pumpkins using their homemade catapults, air cannons, or trebuchets. While there, enjoy a day of fall family fun with activities such as pedal carts, jumping pillows, hay rides, and corn cribs.

Date/Time: November 2 from 10AM-4PM
Cost: $12 | under 2 are FREE
Location: Tate Farms (map)
Website: WebsiteFacebook

Lamb of God Annual Fall Festival

Come join us as we welcome in the fall season with free family fun! Hot dogs, chips, water and apple cider for all. Bluegrass, games for tots to teens, a cake walk,  pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, bobbing for donuts and corn hole, Dr. Osborn balloon creations, face painting, costume contests, bounce house, and a firetruck.

Date/Time: November 2, 3-6PM
Cost: FREE; Bring a non-perishable, non glass food item for our food bank
Location: Lamb of God Church (map)
More Info: Facebook

Burritt on the Mountain’s Folklife Festival

folklife festival

Burritt’s Folklife Festival will showcase craftspeople, artists and presenters who will share their knowledge about the traditions, skills, handicrafts and arts of our region during the 1800’s and early 1900s. Come hear traditional music and watch demonstrators as they show you how our ancestors worked, lived and created art.

Date/Time: November 2, 10am-4pm; November 3, 12pm-4pm
Cost: Included with General Admission ($8-$12)
Location: Burritt on the Mountain (map)
More Info: Website

 

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