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28 Family-Friendly Events Happening in Huntsville this July (17 are FREE!)

28 Family-Friendly Events Happening in Huntsville this July (17 are FREE!)

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Things to do in Huntsville with kids

Summer is halfway over! Don’t fall prey to FOMO – below are our July picks for can’t-miss family events happening in Huntsville before school starts again and many are completely FREE! Just one caveat… we put all the 4th of July events in their own list, so be sure to click here if you’re looking for those celebrations.

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Live Animal Presentation at Cook Museum

Date/Time: Fridays in July at 3:00 PM, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Cost: $15 – $20
Location: Cook Museum of Natural Science
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Join the Cook Museum for this 20-30 minute meet & greet presentation with some of the Museum’s live Animal Ambassadors. Focusing on a different topic each week, the animals included will depend on availability, but could be a chuckwalla, an eastern indigo snake, a Mexican alligator lizard, a scorpion, or one of the other live animals from the Museum. Guests will have the opportunity to ask the Museum staff questions. Please note that guests will not be able to touch the animals.


2022 City Lights & Stars Concert Series

Date/Time: July 1 and July 22 at 7:30 PM
Cost: $10 – $25
Location: Burritt on the Mountain
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Music just sounds better on the mountain, and Burritt's City Lights & Stars Concerts will delight your whole family! Welcome Eric Essex to the stage on July 1, then later in the month come back to hear Austin Grimm & Friends on July 22.


Trash Pandas Crawfish Festival

Time: July 2 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: $10 – $30
Location: Toyota Field – Rocket City Trash Pandas
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The Trash Pandas will celebrate Independence Day weekend beginning with the Crawfish Festival at Toyota Field. Throughout the day, there will be live entertainment including music, performances, and contests including a crawfish eating contest. Activities include a Euro Bungee Trampoline, inflatable Moon Bounce, a Rascal Obstacle Course, putt putt, and yard games such as cornhole. At 9 p.m., a special fireworks show will end the night’s festivities.


Red, White & Rainbow Youth Showcase

Time: July 2 @ 7:00 PM
Cost: Free – $10
Location: Shenanigans Comedy Theatre
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Rated PG: Shenanigans Comedy Theatre and Rocket City Pride are teaming up to provide a glamorous platform for the youth of Alabama to showcase all of their unique talents! This Independence Day themed youth showcase includes all talents and encourages youth to show up and show off that they are free to be themselves!


Free Day at the Huntsville Museum of Art

Time: July 3 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
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The Huntsville Museum of Art looks forward to welcoming guests and their families with free admission during the Fourth of July weekend. Admission will be on Sunday, July 3 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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WestFest 2022

Time: July 3 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: West Hartselle Baptist Church
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Free Hot Air Balloon Rides, Live Music, and Inflatable Kids Zone at the First Annual WestFest! Food Trucks will also be on-site. So bring your lawn chair and join in the fun!


Concerts in the Park

Date/Time: Mondays in July at 7PM; July 4, 11, 18 & 25
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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Concerts in the Park returns to Huntsville Museum of Art’s outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park on Monday, June 6. The concerts are FREE to the public, and local food trucks and vendors will be onsite, offering a diverse array of local tastes.


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Firefly Garden Hike

Date/Time: Tuesdays in July, 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM; July 5, 12, 19 & 26
Cost: $15 – $20
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Lightning bugs, fireflies - whatever you call them, your kids will love these Firefly Hikes at HBG! Just bring a flashlight and firefly jar with you and be sure to read the RCM Review before you go.


Visit with Therapy Dogs

Time: July 6 @ 10:30 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Triana Public Library
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Join the library for one of many events featuring visiting organizations as part of our Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities. This week, Therapy Partners is coming by to teach us about how to safely interact with some furry friends. Be sure to check events.hmcpl.org for more library puppy visits in July! And yes, you can pet that dog!


Wacky Wednesdays at HBG

Date/Time: Wednesdays in July at Noon: July 6, 13, 20 & 27
Cost: $12 – $17
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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It’s time to get wacky! Head to the Children’s Garden at the Huntsville Botanical Garden each Wednesday (June 1 – July 27) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. for water play, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, crafts, and snacks! Play with hula hoops, cornhole and other yard toys.


Madison Library Free Summer Movies

Date/Time: July 6 and July 13 at 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Madison Library
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This free movie series continues at the Madison Library on July 6 and 13. Take a break and enjoy some family-friendly fun in air-conditioned comfort (while also getting out of the house).
July 6 - Finding Nemo
July 13  - A Turtle’s Tale


Athens Kiddie Carnival

Date/Time: Each Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 7 – July 30
Cost: Free
Location: Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival
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A carnival just for kids? Yes, you heard us right and it is NOT TO BE MISSED. Seriously, read our RCM review and you'll be lining up. Tokens to ride are just $.50 each and all monies go to local charities. A North Alabama tradition that needs to become your family's summer tradition.


NALZ North Alabama Zoological Society

NALZ Animal Show

Time: July 7 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Madison Public Library
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Join the North Alabama Zoological Society for a presentation on animals. Includes an appearance from a special animal ambassador. All ages welcome! Be sure to check events.hmcpl.org for more NALZ shows at local library branches.


Friday Night Art Walk

Time: July 8 @ 5:00 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!


Food Truck vs. Trailer Rallies

Time: July 8 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Big Spring Park
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The Food Truck & Trailer Rallies is DHI's largest event and a staple to the Huntsville community! Get excited for food truck season with the Food Trucks vs Food Trailers theme.


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Parent’s Night Out at High Point Climbing – CANCELED

Date/Time: July 8 and July 22 at 6:00 PM
Cost: $20 – $30
Location: High Point Climbing & Fitness
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Want to bring your kids in for a few hours of fun and climbing while you and your significant other go out on a date night? Sign 'em up! Enjoy a quiet dinner while your kids wear themselves out in a supervised and fun environment.


Cook Museum Visits the Library

Time: July 11 @ 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Madison Public Library
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The Cook Museum of Natural Science brings the fun to Madison Library. See a live animal and learn about ocean life through ocean shells, books, costumes and more!


Alabama Back to School Tax-Free Weekend

Date/Time: July 15-17
Cost: Free
Location: State of Alabama
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Alabama will hold its fourteenth annual sales tax holiday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday July 15, 2022, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday July 17, 2022. This weekend gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain back to school supplies, computers, and clothing tax-free. Local sales tax may apply. Need a list of what school supplies are tax-exempt and what isn't? CLICK HERE.


Family Campout in the Garden

Time: July 15 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: $30 – $180
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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New to camping? Don’t feel like traveling far to spend a relaxing evening outdoors? Join the Huntsville Botanical Garden campout! There will be a hot dog dinner, s’mores to roast over the fire, a story at bedtime, and a chance to experience the Garden on a guided night hike.


Downtown Madison Alabama event

3rd Thursdays On Main

Time: July 21 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Madison
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Explore Downtown Madison on 3rd Thursdays! There will be pop-up vendors and food trucks as well as many downtown businesses staying open late. From June - August, there will also be live music.


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Go For Launch! Alabama

Date/Time: July 20-22
Cost: $25 – $350
Location: Madison Public Library
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Students in grades 8-12 learn about human spaceflight directly from experts in the fields of space and STEM. Teams will work and compete collaboratively to launch their experiment into space. Registration is required. This is a three-day event July 20-22 from 9AM-4PM each day with a pay-what-you-can option.


Madison Concerts in the Park

Madison Concerts In the Park

Time: July 21 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Home Place Park
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Visit the newly renovated Home Place Park for Madison's Concerts In the Park!


Free Movies at the Park

Time: July 22 @ 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: The Village of Providence
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Come out to the Village of Providence and enjoy Sing 2 on the area's largest outdoor screen! Movies will start at sundown. Free Movies in the Park are part of the Village of Providence Signature Series Events. Please support our local restaurants and businesses that make these events possible. No outside food or drink.


Old State Bank Birthday Celebration

Time: July 29 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Old State Bank
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Decatur's historic Old State Bank is celebrating a big birthday this year and you are invited! There will be kid's activities galore, Food Trucks on-site, music at the Amp, and guest speakers.


Family Game Night Shenanigans Comedy Theatre Huntsville

Turnip & Joletta’s Family Game Night

Time: July 30 @ 5:00 PM
Cost: $5
Location: Shenanigans Comedy Theatre
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Rated G: Your crazy friends, Turnip & Joletta, will bring you a variety of different fun games that will be great for all ages! Come and be entertained and have a chance to win prizes! When: June 25 & July 30 | 5-7 PM Cost: $5 per person For details and updates, please visit the…


Postponed – 2022 Swim for Melissa

Time: July 30 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: $25
Location: Hampton Cove Pool
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Kids ages 4-14 can participate in a day of family fun at Hampton Cove Pool for a great cause! Teams of eight swim as many laps as possible in five minutes, with prizes awarded to the top fundraising teams. Proceeds benefit the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund that provides lifesaving equipment in Huntsville Hospital's NICU. Swimmers can sign up at swimformelissa.org.


Harry Potter Birthday Celebration

Time: July 29 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Huntsville Library
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Celebrate Harry's birthday in style with crafts, games, and snacks inspired by the Wizarding World! Join your Hogwarts House as you enjoy snacks and play fun games! You can even dress as your favorite character for some added excitement!



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