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36 Can’t Miss Family-Friendly Events Happening in October

36 Can’t Miss Family-Friendly Events Happening in October

Fall is in full swing and there’s tons of ways to get in the spirit this October! We’ve rounded up 36 events to enjoy together this month and 21 are 100% FREE. Better yet, that doesn’t even include all of the trick or treat & trunk or treat events happening across town. Be sure to check out that list here for even more spooky and fall fun!

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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.


Fall Break Fun at Hays Nature Preserve

Date/Time: Monday, October 3 – Wendesday, October 5 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Hays Nature Preserve
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Enjoy the outdoors at Hays Nature Preserve during Fall Break! Join at the pavilion on the natural playground from 10am-12pm on Monday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 5. Drop in during the time to enjoy a different animal themed craft and a self-led scavenger hunt each day! There will also be a Nature Art Poster Contest…


Fall Break Craft & Coloring Series

Date/Time: October 4, 6, 8, & 10
Cost: $15 – $20
Location: Cook Museum of Natural Science
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Stop by the Cook Museum for different children’s craft and coloring activities on select dates during Fall Break Schedule Tuesday, October 4 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm Thursday, October 6 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm Saturday, October 8 from 10 am - Noon Monday, October 10 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm Cost: FREE for Members…


Fall Break Wacky Wednesday!

Time: October 5 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: $12 – $17
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Join in the Children’s Garden from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for sidewalk chalk, games, bubbles, a fall-themed craft, and snacks! Play with hula hoops, cornhole, and other yard toys.


Venardos Circus performer

Venardos Circus

Date/Time: October 6 – 16 | Various Times
Cost: $16 – $26
Location: MidCity Huntsville
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The Venardos Circus, a unique broadway-style Circus, is returning to Huntsville at MidCity District from Oct 6th to 16th.


Boaz Harvest Festival

Date/Time: October 7 – 8 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.


Lake City Fallfest

Date/Time: October 7 – 8 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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!



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Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes

Date/Time: October 7 & 14 | 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
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!


Edgemont Neighborhood Cleanup Day

Time: October 8 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College
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Join for the Edgemont Neighborhood Cleanup Day.Meet at Drake State Community & Technical College at 3421 Meridian Street North and follow the signs to the Green Team tent. All supplies provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. When: October 8 | 9-11 AM For details and updates, please visit the Facebook event.


Downtown Open 2022

Date/Time: October 13 – 23
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!


Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

Date/Time: October 13 – 23
Cost: $1 – $5
Location: Huntsville Jaycee’s Building
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The Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show will feature National and International exhibitors offering a full spectrum of precious and semiprecious stones, beads, fossils, minerals, custom jewelry and art objects. Something for everyone! Kids will have educational opportunities, hands-on activities and can look for treasures in the mining flume and opening geodes.


Charlotte’s Web

Date/Time: October 14 at 7 p.m. | October 15 & 16 at 1 & 6 p.m.
Cost: $16 – $21
Location: VBC Playhouse
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Get ready for the first production of Fantasy Playhouse's 62nd Season! All productions will be performed at the VBC Playhouse. Fantasy Playhouse is thrilled to present Charlotte's Web adapted by Joseph Robinette and based on the Book by E.B. White. Suitable for all ages!


Feed the City

Time: October 15 @ 8:30 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Mellow Mushroom- Village of Providence
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Volunteer with Feed the City and make meals for people in need!


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 at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2 p.m.
Cost: $20 – $25
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza – this train ride in October is a great success each year, so get your tickets early! The train goes down the hill and when we reach our western terminus at Normal, Alabama (near Alabama A&M University), the train will stop and the passengers will deboard the train and walk over to the “pumpkin patch” and the youngsters will be able to pick out the pumpkin of their choice (included in the price of their ticket).


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.


Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

Time: October 15 @ 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Southside Park
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Join South Huntsville Main and Commissioner Phil Riddick for an afternoon full of lively Bluegrass music at Southside Park on Chaney Thompson Road! This year’s event will feature one of Alabama’s most cherished bluegrass bands, Three on a String. The group Another Town will perform again at this year’s event, with Justin & Angelica Branum added to the lineup. Grab your picnic blanket or chair and enjoy some amazing music in South Huntsville!


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.


Microwave Dave Day

Time: October 16 @ 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Stovehouse
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Come celebrate Microwave Dave Day with some good food and good music!


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.


Athens storytelling festival

Athens Storytelling Festival

Date/Time: October 21 & 22 | 9 a.m. – 9:20 p.m.
Cost: $15 – $40
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…


River Clay Fine Arts Festival

Date/Time: October 22 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | October 23 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.


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Cook Museum Chalk-A-Thon

Time: October 22 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Cook Museum of Natural Science
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Show off your artistic flair at the Cook Museum’s Chalk-A-Thon. Decorate the Museum’s sidewalks with your own natural science masterpieces using chalk. This outdoor event is weather dependent and does not include entrance to the Museum Exhibits. When: October 22 | 10 AM - 2 PM Cost: FREE For details and updates, please visit the…


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!


CRP Family Fun Day

Time: October 22 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Various
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Cummings Research Park (CRP) is excited to announce a new, one-of-a-kind event coming in honor of the Park’s 60th Anniversary. Family Fun Day will be an all-day event split between the Point at Lake 4 in CRP West and the MidCity District. The day will be divided into two time frames: Day portion, from 11am…


VBAS Astronomy Day 2022

Time: October 22 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Von Braun Astronomical Society
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Von Braun Astronomical Society will celebrate Astronomy Day in person at MonteSano State Park! Beginning at 1:00 p.m., events will include: solar viewing, mini-planetarium shows, rockets, vacuum-chamber demonstrations of what it’s like in space, and several other fun STEAM activities. At 7:00 p.m. VBAS will host special guest Ms. Alice Bowman, the Operations Manager for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond.


Huntsville Police Halloween Party

Time: October 22 @ 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Orion Amphitheater
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Join the Huntsville Police Department (HPD) for the department's annual Halloween Party! This event is FREE to the community! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, but no costume is required!


4th Annual Bros, Bows, & Boos Fall Fest

Time: October 23 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: The Event Center at Roto-Rooter
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Join for a celebration of foster, adoptive, and kinship families but open to the public! Don't miss the free food, games, giveaways, costume contest, music, & more!


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Witches Day at Lowe Mill

Time: October 27 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Lowe Mill
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Witches Day gives the artists and makers at the Mill an excuse to dress up like witches! Started a few years ago by a member of the Lowe Mill A&E staff, Lowe Mill now invites the public to join and dress up in your best witch costume!


Halloween Bash at EarlyWorks 🍬

Date/Time: October 27-29 |  4:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10
Location: EarlyWorks Family of Museums
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Join for The EarlyWorks annual Halloween Bash where all the little ghosts and ghouls can gather for trick-or-treating! Your ticket grants you access to an individualized trick-or-treat experience for you and your family. There will be a specified path to trick-or-treat at stations that are strategically placed within the museum. The event time is an estimated 30 minutes and could be more or less depending on the family.


Bootanica!

Time: October 28 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: $8 – $20
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Get your costumes ready because BOOtanica is back! This spooktacular event is all about Halloween fun in the Garden! Trick-or-Treat among the Scarecrow Trail and enjoy crafts, games, face painting, photo ops, and music! Refresh with food and drinks at the Garden Cafe while enjoying this fun night at the Garden!


Wade Mountain Tree Planting Day

Time: October 29 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Wade Mountain Preserve
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Join Green Team and Land Trust of North Alabama at Wade Mountain (6998 Pulaski Pike NW #6946) to plant a tree on Saturday, October 29. No experience is needed. All ages are welcome. You can drop in any time during the event and are not required to stay the full event. All supplies will be…


Bernard Blues and BBQ

Date/Time: October 29 & 30 | 9 AM- 4 PM
Cost: $10
Location: St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School
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The 6th Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ is set for October 29 and 30 on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School! The event features some of the best artisans in the Southeast with their work including: pottery, wreaths, door hangers, flowers, wood turned bowls, clothing, birdhouses, honey, jewelry, soap, brooms, metal art, glass art, freshly ground cornmeal and grits, and much, much more. While shopping, enjoy live music and the best pulled pork in the Southeast as well as ribs, hamburgers, brats, and chicken.


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 a.m. & 1 p.m.
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.


Apple Annie Day Carnival

Time: October 29 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Alabama Constitution Hall Park
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The Junior League of Huntsville is excited to bring back the Apple Annie Carnival on Apple Annie Day at Constitution Hall Park! There will be games and treats for the whole family, including face painting by “Let’s Face It” and a performance from JLH’s own “Rainbow Rhythm Band”.


Spooky Space Spectacular 🍬

Time: October 29 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: $10 – $40
Location:
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Join the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for its 9th Annual Halloween party! In celebration of NASA’s Artemis program, this year’s event is all about the Moon! The event will include hands-on activities, tunes by DJ Teddy, indoor trick-or-treating, and LOTS of candy!


Halloween High Tea

Time: October 30 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: $20
Location: Shenanigans Comedy Theatre
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Get ready for this spooky teen event! Tickets include drink, food , activities, tarot reading, and crafts. Movie will be played in the theatre for those wanting to watch.



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