Summer is here and families are searching for ideas for things to do and especially things that are free or cheap. Below are our 21 picks for can’t miss family events happening in June (and 13 are completely FREE). Events included are some of our favorite ways to spend a summer day (or night) in North Alabama but certainly not everything so don’t stop here.
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Even More Summer Fun
Summer Movies in the Park: Encanto
Date/Time: Fridays in June, 7:30PM
Location: Alabama Constitution Hall Park
Summer Movies in the Park, presented by Meta, 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!
Wally Vess Youth Fishing Rodeo
Time: June 4 @ 7:30 AM
Location: Brahan Spring Park
The Wally Vess Youth Fishing Rodeo returns to Brahan Spring Park North Lagoon Saturday, June 4, 2022. This free event is open to kids, ages 6-12. Schedule Registration is from 7-8:30 a.m. Fishing is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Prizes will be handed out from 10:30-11 a.m. Bring your own chairs, equipment and bait. Thanks to generous…
Cosmic Christ Mosaic Celebration
Time: June 4 @ 10:30 AM
Location: First Baptist Church
Join First Baptist Church Huntsville for a FREE event celebrating the completion of the restoration of the Cosmic Christ mosaic. Held in front of the mosaic, the mini-festival on Saturday will feature local artists, free lunch, face painting, inflatables, and tours of the historic sanctuary.
Cigar Box Guitar Festival
Time: June 4 @ 12:00 PM
Location: Lowe Mill
Did you know that Huntsville is proud to continue its reign as the home of the world’s longest-running Cigar Box Guitar Festival? This free event features music and children’s activities outdoors at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment with proceeds benefitting the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation and Arts Huntsville’s North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative.
United: A City-Wide Worship Event
Time: June 5 @ 6:00 PM
Location: Orion Amphitheater
United: A City-Wide Worship Event welcomes all to join on Pentecost Sunday for a gathering of worship, integrated with moments of prayer and spoken word by Lo The Poet. The North Alabama Pastors United for Change is a collective of non-partisan leaders united by faith across racial and denominational lines.
Concerts in the Park
Date/Time: Mondays at 7PM from June 6-Aug 8
Location: Big Spring Park
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.
Firefly Garden Hike
Date/Time: Tuesdays in June & July, 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Cost: $15 – $20
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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.
🏳️🌈 Rocket City Pride Family Night
Time: June 7 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: $15 – $30
Location: Stars & Strikes
Come out to play some arcade games or bowl for a great cause! This event is open to all ages and a portion of the proceeds from the event are donated back to Rocket City Pride. This is a great event for families or people who want to get out for some fun and games. All are welcome at this family-friendly event!
Friday Night Art Walk
Time: June 10 @ 5:00 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!
247th Army Birthday Celebration
Time: June 11 @ 5:00 PM
Location: Redstone Gateway
Don't miss the 247th Army Birthday Celebration! There will be a Fireworks Show, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Cake Cutting Ceremony, Food and Drinks, Musical Entertainment, "Cruise In" Car Show, Craft and Market Vendors and MORE!
Minecraft Mania at Earlyworks
Time: June 11 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: $5 – $12
Location: Earlyworks Museum
Minecraft Mania is taking over Earlyworks for this fun weekend with lots of hands-on activities but watch out for creepers!
Flag Day Concert
Time: June 14 @ 7:30 PM
Location: Latham United Methodist Church
The Huntsville Concert Band invites the public for an evening of Americana and patriotic music by Huntsville's original community band. Admission is free and this is a great concert for families to enjoy together. The concert will begin at 7:30 in the sanctuary of the Latham United Methodist Church (109 Weatherly Drive SE). The concert…
3rd Thursdays On Main
Time: June 16 @ 6:00 PM
Location: Downtown Madison
Explore Downtown Madison on 3rd Thursdays! There will be pop-up vendors and food trucks as well as many downtown businesses staying open late.
Free Movies at the Park: Encanto
Time: June 17 @ 7:30 PM
Location: The Village of Providence
Come out to the Village of Providence and enjoy a movie on the area's largest outdoor screen. Movies will start at sundown.
Pesky Piranha Youth Triathlon
Time: June 18 @ 8:00 AM
Cost: $20 – $30
Location: Piedmont Pool
Pesky Piranha Youth Triathlon is a youth reverse triathlon (run, bike, swim) with distances short enough for a beginner to try it out, and for more experienced multi-sport athletes to test their speed!
Reptile Day with Yarbrough’s Educational Reptiles
Time: June 18 @ 9:00 AM
Location: Burritt on the Mountain
Burritt on the Mountain is excited to collaborate with Yarbrough’s Educational Reptile Show for our first ever Reptile day.
Father’s Day Train Ride
Date/Time: June 18, 10AM & 1PM
Cost: $10 – $25
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
It's Dad's big day and we're celebrating fathers and all they do for us by taking them on a train ride through North Alabama! The whole family will enjoy this fun-filled, relaxing train ride.
Ben Rector: The Joy of Music
Time: June 23 @ 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 – $70
Location: VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
Nashville based singer-songwriter Ben Rector (and father of 2) is bringing his Joy of Music tour to Huntsville and this is one concert we think the whole family will love.
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Date/Time: Th/Fri/Sat, June 23-July 30
Location: Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival
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.
Hellen Keller Festival
Dates: June 23-26
Location: Downtown Tuscumbia
The annual Helen Keller Festival, one of the largest festivals in North Alabama, begins on Thursday with a parade at 6PM in downtown Tuscumbia. This festival pays tribute to America's "First Lady of Courage" with four days of more than 100 activities including an outdoor marketplace, Keller Kids educational activities, and various musical artists performing evening concerts. Be sure to bring lawn chairs! Note that coolers, alcohol, and dogs are not permitted inside Spring Park. Parking is very limited; take one of the free festival shuttle buses!
Dates: June 25-26
Cost: $5 – $15
Location: Lake Guntersville State Park
Lake Guntersville invites people of all ages to an extreme summer event where the fastest boats today race on an oval course at speeds of 200 mph. Enjoy two days of competitive racing as well as entertainment on land including a kid’s area, sponsors giveaways, food vendors and interactive activities provided by the U.S. Army.
Independence Day Celebration at Ditto Landing
Time: June 25 @ 6:00 PM
Location: Ditto Landing
Don't miss the Independence Day Celebration at Ditto Landing! There will be live music and fireworks. VIP passes (with bathrooms!) are available.
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