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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. Will any of those things happen in 2020? Funny you should ask. The answer is…kind of.

Below we’ve compiled a list of fall festivals, carnivals and special events happening all around the Tennessee Valley this fall. Sure, there are a lot of events missing, but there are still plenty of fun and socially distanced things happening too. If you are missing autumn favorites like the Cemetery Stroll in Huntsville and the Madison Street Festival then be sure to check out Chalktoberfest (Oct. 3) a brand new event taking place at BridgeStreet or the History on a Stick Walking Tour (Oct. 4). Who knows, you might discover a brand new autumnal favorite to go with that pumpkin spice lattee.

Do you know of one we missed? We’d love to add it, just send us a note at 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 stay tuned for the full 2020 Fall Activity Guide coming next week. 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 at Huntville Botanical Garden

This two-month celebration of the changing seasons features pumpkins, scarecrows, campouts, nature hikes, and more. Family favorites including the Scarecrow Trail, Family Campouts in the Garden, and Festifall Break Camps are all back. 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.

Scarecrow Trail: September 7 – October 5
Pumpkins: October 1-31
Mum Displays: September – October
Historic Tractor and Wagon Photo Op: September – October
Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes: September 11 & 25
Family Campouts in the Garden: September 18-19 & October 2-3
Festifall Break Camp: October 5-9
  October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24

Date/Time: September & October
Cost: varies
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
Website: Website


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 12, 9AM-5PM | September 13, from 9AM-4PM
Cost: Festival is FREE to attend but State Park charges $10 parking, $5 for walk-in
Location: Monte Sano State Park (map)
More Info: Website | Facebook


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. 18-19, 9AM-6PM | Sept. 20, 12PM-5PM
Cost: FREE (parking cost is generally $5-10)
Location: Von Braun Center South Hall (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

Dancing for Diversity

Experience a different dance instructor every 15 minutes to include Zumba, cardio hip hop, salsa, line dance and more! Open to all skill levels and family friendly! This is a free dance fitness event to promote health and diversity!

Date/Time: September 18 | 6PM-8:30PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Campus 805 (map)
More Info: Facebook

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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 25 | 5PM-8PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Huntsville (map)
More Info: Website

Sherwood Park Cleanup Day

Join Operation Green Team at Sherwood Park Playground to participate in a Cleanup Day. Trash bags, litter sticks, and safety vests will be provided. Come ready to paint fire hydrants! Bring shovels and buckets if you have them to help clean any storm drainage and curbs/gutters. Social distancing and sanitization protocols will be followed. Face Covers are required. Reusable face masks will be given to those who need it.

Date/Time: September 26, 8AM-11AM
Cost: FREE
Location: Sherwood Park Playground (map)
Website: Facebook


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: September 26, 9am-2:30pm
Cost: $5-$30
Location: Campus No. 805 (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook


South Huntsville BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Join South Huntsville Main and Commissioner Phil Riddick for a day of BBQ and Bluegrass Music at Southside Park! The Olde Towne Queing Company food truck will be on site, along with music from 45 Surprise, The Jim Wood Ensemble, and Another Town. We’ve got plenty of space for social distancing while you enjoy the music!

When: September 26 | 12PM-6PM
Where: Southside Park (map)
Cost: FREE
More Info: Facebook

International Observe the Moon Night

While the event might be virtual, the fun doesn’t have to be. Join the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Planetary Missions Program and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in celebrating International Observe the Moon Night on September 26, 2020. You will enjoy a live planetarium show with interviews with Planetary Scientists. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative program.

Date/Time: September 26, 6:30-7:45pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Virtual Event hosted by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (map)
Website: Live YouTube LinkFacebook



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 – 3
Cost: Most events are FREE
Location: Downtown Cullman (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook


Boaz Harvest Festival

The 56th 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 2-3, 8am-6pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Boaz (map)
More Info: Website


Bridgestreet invites Huntsville to its first annual “Chalktoberfest” chalk art festival! The event area will be located around the Belk Courtyard and property wide (more details to come.) This will be a fun, socially distant event.  There will be family entertainment and a chance for you to cast your vote for your favorite chalk art creation!

Date/Time: October 3 | 11AM-2PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Bridge Street Town Center (map)
Website: Website

History on a Stick Walking Tour

Join the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society for a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Huntsville’s Historical Markers. History will come to life as historical figures such as Tallulah Bankhead, Reverend Joseph Lowery, and Howard Weeden tell stories about each site. Begin your tour and pick up a map at the Harrison Brothers Hardware marker at 124 Southside Square. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

Date/Time: October 4 | 2-4PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Downtown Huntsville
Website: Facebook


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. This year’s show features an expanded Kids’ Activity Area! You can build crystal models, classify rocks, conduct a Mohs hardness test, pan for gems, dig for fossils, take pictures with an 8-foot T-Rex dinosaur, and much more!

Date/Time: October 9 & 10, 10am-6pm | October 11, 12pm-5pm
Cost: $3 | under 5 are FREE | Weekend passes $5
Location: Jaycee Community Building (map)
Website: Website

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!

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Date/Time: October 9 & 10, 9AM-4PM
Cost: FREE (some activities for a fee)
Location: Downtown Guntersville (map)
Website: Facebook

Native Americans of the Southeast and the Trail of Tears Super Saturday

Learn about Native Americans of 1800s Alabama – what tribes lived in our area, what their lifestyle was like, and when they were forced to move from their lands and why.

Date/Time: October 17 | 9AM-5PM
Cost: Included with membership or general admission
Location: Burritt on the Mountain (map)
More Info: Facebook | Website

Athens Storytelling Fesival

Some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will make their way to Athens virtually in October for the city’s annual celebration of storytelling, tall tales, and readings. Now in its fourteenth year, the Athens Storytelling Festival goes virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be hosted online. Tickets provide access to the entire virtual storytelling festival, to be played out on a private Facebook group just for ticketholders.

Date/Time: Oct. 23-24
Cost: $18 per household ($15 earlybird pricing before Oct. 1)
Location: Virtual event
More Info: Website

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Fall Carnival & Trunk or Treat in Ardmore

Join the Studio H Dance Company in Ardmore for a family-friendly fall carnival! Enjoy a moon bounce, Kona ice, food, vendors, trunk or treat, games, and a Thriller Dance Contest.

Date/Time: Oct. 24 | 5-8PM
Cost: Armbands – Presale $10 each ($35 family pack); At the gate $15 each ($55 family pack)
Location: Ardmore Town Park (map)
More Info: Facebook

Melt’s Annual Fall Festival

Come down to the patio at Melt downtown for some free fall family fun, including lots of activities, giveaways, candy, and activities!

Date/Time: Oct. 24 | 2-4PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Melt (map)
More Info: 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 31 & November 7 | 10AM & 2PM
Cost: $10-$250
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum (map)
Website: WebsiteFacebook


3rd Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ

3rd Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ

Visit the Saint Bernard preparatory School over Halloween weekend for two days of shopping handmade arts and crafts, enjoying great live music, and plenty of delicious barbecue! No pets, please.

Date/Time: October 31-Nov 1 | 9AM-5PM (Sat) & 9AM-4PM (Sun)
Cost: $5
Location: Saint Bernard Preparatory School (map)
More Info: Tickets | Website



Folklife Festival at Burritt

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 toe tapping traditional music and watch demonstrators as they show you how our ancestors worked, lived and created art. Skills that will be demonstrated include: blacksmithing, pottery, spinning, basket weaving, quilling, open hearth cooking and much, much more.

Date/Time: Nov. 7, 2020
Cost: Free with admission
Location: 3101 Burritt Drive, HSV (map)
More InfoWebsite




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