Home » 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 email@example.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.
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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.
Friday Night Art Walk
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.
3rd Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ
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.
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.
10th Annual 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!
Hartselle Depot Days 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.
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.
Fall Festival at Sharon Johnston Park
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.
Eva Frontier Days
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!
17th Annual Dog Fair
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tour de Ville
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.
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!
International 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.
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.
Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil 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.
Lake City Fallfest
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
10th Annual Fall Plant Sale at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
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.
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).
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.
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)
Fall Festival at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church
Join us for our annual Fall Festival – the community is invited!
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.
Peinhardt Farm Day
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.
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!
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.
5th Annual BMS Craft Show and Festival
Come to our 5th Annual Craft Show where there will be vendors, silent auction, food, games, and family-friendly fall fun!
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.
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.
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.
Fall Festival at Bridge Street
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.
St. Mark’s Fall Festival Carnival
Covered Bridge Festival
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.
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!
Mt. Carmel Elementary Fall Festival
Join us at Mt. Carmel Elementary School’s Fall Festival for games, vendors, food trucks, trunk-or-treating, live band, family Halloween costume contest, and inflatables. This is a fundraiser for the teachers!
Free family friendly event with crafts, games, popcorn, moon bounce, hot dogs, drinks and more!
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!
Fall Color Special Train Ride
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.
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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.
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.
Burritt on the Mountain’s 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.
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