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!
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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!
Cost: $12 – $15
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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
Location: Downtown Square
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
Location: Alabama Constitution Hall Park
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!
Time: September 15 @ 6:00 PM
Location: Madison Public Library
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
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
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
Location: Von Braun Center – South Hall
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.
Hartselle Depot Days
Time: September 17 @ 9:00 AM
Location: Downtown Hartselle
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
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
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
Location: Downtown Eva
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
Location: Downtown Huntsville
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
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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
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
Location: Downtown Cullman
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.
When October arrives you know it’s time to pull out the Halloween decorations, grab a few extra bags of candy at the store (for the kids, of course) and wrap yourself in your favorite sweater! #CantGetHereSoonEnough
Madison Street Festival
Time: October 1 @
Location: Downtown Madison
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…
Time: October 2 @ 1:00 PM
Location: Hampton Cove Community
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
Location: Downtown Boaz
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.
Lake City Fallfest
Date/Time: October 7-8 | 10 AM- 6 PM
Location: Downtown Guntersville
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
Location: Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Join for the International Observe the Moon Night Event for a night a fun!
Time: October 15 @ 11:00 AM
Location: Belk at Bridge Street
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.
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
Combine trains and pumpkins and you get the perfect fall weekend activity!
Peinhardt Farm Days
Date/Time: October 15-16 | 9 AM-3 PM
Location: Peinhardt Living History Farm
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!
Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll
Time: October 16 @ 1:30 PM
Location: Maple Hill Cemetery
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
Date/Time: October 21-22 | 9 AM- 9:20 PM
Location: Downtown Athens
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
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church
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
Location: Decatur City Hall Lawn
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.
Fall Color Special Train Ride
Date/Time: October 29 and November 5 | 10 AM & 1 PM
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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
Location: Big Spring Park
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.
29th Annual Huntsville Turkey Trot 5K
Time: November 24 @ 8:00 AM
Cost: $25 – $30
Location: Charger Park, UAH Campus
The Turkey Trot is an annual Huntsville Thanksgiving tradition!
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