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 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 head over to the 2022 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.

Looking for early fall fun? You’ll find it here. Weekends in September can be hot, hot, hot or come with a slight chill but they always come with fun!


Festifall at the Garden!

Date/Time: September-October
Cost: $12 – $15
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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t’s harvest time, and nothing says FALL quite like Festifall at the Garden! The 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.




Friday Night Art Walk

Date/Time: September 9 & October 14 | 5-8 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Square
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Come walk around historic Downtown Huntsville, check out the art and artisan goods from over 30 local vendors, and enjoy beautiful evenings, an open entertainment district, and world-class people and puppy watching!




Movies in the Park Fall 2022

Date/Time: Fridays in September | 6-8 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Alabama Constitution Hall Park
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Fall Movies in the Park, presented by Progress Bank, will be hosted at Constitution Hall Park. Each night will have themed entertainment prior to the movie showing. Piper and Leaf will be open for movie-goers to purchase tea, coffee, and other awesome products! Plus, a themed food vendor will be at each showing! Make sure to bring your own blanket and chairs, and come out to enjoy these Fall Friday Nights!




Newcomer Series

Time: September 15 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Madison Public Library
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Are you new to Madison or just want to learn more about this vibrant community? Join the new monthly Newcomers group to make connections and learn about your new hometown. Representatives from the Huntsville Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau will be joining us to share information at this meeting.




Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes

Date/Time: September 16 & 30, October 7 & 14 | 6:30 & 7:30 PM
Cost: $15 – $80
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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As shadows dance across the Garden, see the Scarecrow Trail come alive! Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes are an opportunity to visit with the scarecrows after sunset and explore the nighttime activities of the Garden. Bring your flashlight and join on this guided hike to see evening creatures such as bats, owls, frogs…and scarecrows, of course!




25th Annual Oktoberfest at Redstone Arsenal

Date/Time: Friday, September 16 5 pm – 12 am | Saturday, September 17 12 pm – 12 am | Sunday, September 18 12 pm – 6 pm
Cost: $15 – $25
Location: Redstone Arsenal
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Redstone MWR and Woody Anderson Ford are excited to bring back the Oktoberfest for its 25th year! Don't miss the rides and live music!




NEACA Fall Craft Show

Date/Time: September 16-17 9 AM- 6 PM | September 18 12-5 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Von Braun Center – South Hall
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Come join for the NEACA Fall 2022 Craft Show. There will be over 100 crafters with items ranging from jewelry, pottery, home decor, outdoor decor, dolls, clothing, kitchen accessories, childrens items, food and much more. There will be a drawing for a $20 gift certificate every 2 hours that can be used during the show.



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Hartselle Depot Days

Time: September 17 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Hartselle
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The Depot Days Festival rolls into Hartselle September 17, bringing a day of family-friendly fun and entertainment to the historic depot and downtown area.




29th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride

Time: September 17 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Various
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Motorcyclists from across the southeast will come together September 17 for a scenic ride across north Alabama to honor Native American Indians that once traveled through the region. Now in its 29th year, the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride travels from Bridgeport in the northeastern part of Alabama to the northwestern town of Waterloo. Riders are expected to hit the streets of the Huntsville and Madison City areas between 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM, so please plan a little extra time to get to your morning soccer game or Saturday afternoon events.




Art on the Rocks

Date/Time: September 17-18 | 9 AM- 5 PM
Cost: $4 – $6
Location: Noccalula Falls Park and Campground
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This is an outdoor arts and crafts show with over 95 vendors. There will be great variety such as pottery, paintings, jewelry, baked goods, metal work, glass work and much more!




Eva Frontier Days

Date/Time: September 17-24
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Eva
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Set for September 17-24, Eva Frontier Days feature a greased pig chase, a frog jumping contest, a parade, antique tractors, a hayride and much more, providing several days of family-friendly entertainment for all ages.




Downtown Open 2022

Date/Time: September 22-October 2
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Huntsville
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Mark your calendars because The Downtown Open 2022, presented by Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group, returns to Downtown Huntsville from September 22nd through October 2nd! Play putt-putt on this unique, urban course with 30 holes over the 10-day period for FREE!




Huntsville Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale

Date/Time: September 23 & 24 | 8 AM – 4 PM
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 systems. The Fall Plant Sale is your opportunity to purchase the plants you need…




Fall Festival at Sharon Johnston Park

Time: September 24 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: $5 – $20
Location: Sharon Johnston Park
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Everyone mark your calendars for the annual friends of Sharon Johnston park Fall festival! A fun day filled with games, inflatables, plenty of good food, a hay ride, and much more!




Cullman Oktoberfest 2022

Date/Time: September 29- October 1 | Various
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Cullman
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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.


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Madison Street Festival

Time: October 1 @
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Madison
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Enjoy food, fun, music, art, and more at the Madison Street Festival. The mission of the Madison Street Festival is to provide a free, fun day of family entertainment that unites the community as they enjoy arts and culture, interactive exhibits, and entertainment. Attractions include: Children's Area Crafters Cove Community Showcase Car Show Student Art…




Honey Festival

Time: October 2 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Hampton Cove Community
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The 4th Annual Alabama Honey Festival is happening in Hampton Cove! Hosted this year by Artisans Cove, A&M University Small Farms Research, Auburn Bees, Sweet Grown Alabama, MCBA, JCBA and Under Clover Apiaries, this well attended annual festival includes specialty vendors, food trucks and will feature honeybees behind a viewing area. Want to talk bees? Come relax and chat at our DCA with beekeepers. They have plenty of stories to tell… it’s not just for drones! This family friendly event is free but parking and bathroom facilities are extremely limited. Please plan appropriately. Educational programs will feature honeybees behind viewing glass, beekeepers, specialty vendors, food demos and food trucks.




Boaz Harvest Festival

Date/Time: October 7-8 | 8 AM- 6 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Boaz
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The 58th 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.




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Lake City Fallfest

Date/Time: October 7-8 | 10 AM- 6 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Guntersville
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Don't miss the Lake City Fallfest! There will be train rides, pumpkin bowling, live music, games, hay rides, outdoor market place, food trucks and more!




International Observe the Moon Night

Time: October 8 @ 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
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Join for the International Observe the Moon Night Event for a night a fun!




Chalktoberfest

Time: October 15 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Belk at Bridge Street
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Join for the 3rd annual “Chalktoberfest” chalk art festival! The event area will be located around the Belk Courtyard and throughout Bridge Street at participating retailers and restaurants. There will be live music, balloon artist, face painting and more.




there are two special train rides in the Fall at the North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville

Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza Train Ride

Date/Time: October 15 | 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM
Cost: $20 – $25
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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Combine trains and pumpkins and you get the perfect fall weekend activity!




Peinhardt Farm Days

Date/Time: October 15-16 | 9 AM-3 PM
Cost: $10
Location: Peinhardt Living History Farm
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This family-owned farm will host its annual public day on October 15-16. Hands-on activities are demonstrated over forty acres of the farm bordering interstate 65 and highway 278. Families come away with armloads of remembrances including pumpkins, cotton, sweet potatoes, blue bird houses, apple pigs, wooden pegs, crosscut saw rounds, and much more!


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characters in HUntsville's Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll

Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll

Time: October 16 @ 1:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Maple Hill Cemetery
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The Huntsville Pilgrimage Association is so excited to announce that this year they will be having the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll, on Sunday, October 16th. The Characters of Maple Hill Cemetery and the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association Board will be looking forward to seeing you! Enjoy over 60 characters from Huntsville's history come alive along with exhibits, live music and a scavenger hunt.




Athens storytelling festival

Athens Storytelling Festival

Date/Time: October 21-22 | 9 AM- 9:20 PM
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Location: Downtown Athens
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Athens Storytelling Festival is held annually in the last weekend of October amid the shops and eateries of historic Athens, AL. Life, Legends, and Lies -- from ghost stories to tear-jerkers to knee-slappers, you'll get wrapped up in the story and magic of the very talented storytellers as they "spin the yarn" at this annual…




German Food Fest

Time: October 22 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church
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Come join Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison for German food, desserts, live music, children's activities, craft sales, and more!




River Clay Fine Arts Festival

Date/Time: October 22 9 AM – 5 PM | October 23 10 AM – 4 PM
Cost: $5
Location: Decatur City Hall Lawn
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River Clay Fine Arts Festival (River Clay) brings together people from across the region to celebrate the visual arts in all its forms. The juried fine arts festival includes an artist market featuring local and national artists, children’s art activities, student art exhibits and much, much more. Situated on the beautiful, park-like setting of Decatur’s City Hall Campus, the festival offers a destination for visiting art enthusiasts and area residents to spend time sharing ideas, purchasing art and immersing themselves in the artistic experience.




there are two special train rides in the Fall at the North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville

Fall Color Special Train Ride

Date/Time: October 29 and November 5 | 10 AM & 1 PM
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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This is the time of year when the leaves put on their show for us, and there’s nothing like a scenic train trip through the colorful foliage on the Mercury & Chase Railroad. This is a full length, ten mile train ride lasting over an hour.




One Table Huntsville

Time: November 21 @ 11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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Village of Promise will host One Table Huntsville, a FREE city-wide Thanksgiving meal at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville. The goal is to unite people from all walks of life across our city, give thanks, create unity, and celebrate diversity.




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29th Annual Huntsville Turkey Trot 5K

Time: November 24 @ 8:00 AM
Cost: $25 – $30
Location: Charger Park, UAH Campus
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The Turkey Trot is an annual Huntsville Thanksgiving tradition!



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