Hot diggity! It’s another packed weekend in Huntsville and North Alabama, and we’ve rounded up our favorite fun and/or free things to do with your family below.Subscribe to get it in your Inbox each week! Want to be a RCM Super Reader & win stuff? Join their ranks here. [/themify_box]
Free & Cheap
Fall NEACA Craft Show
Friday – Sunday
VBC South Hall | More Info
This annual giant craft show has kicked off Fall in Huntsville as long as I can remember – I went as a kid with my grandmother. Over 100 crafters and artisans will have jewelry, pottery, toys, gift items, and more!
Whiz Kids Open Gym
Friday at 9:15 AM Saturday at 8:30 AM
The Matrix Gym | More Info
A great way for children under age 6 to get some active gym time in the morning! Read our review before you go.
Ages 6-11 – Open Gym at 9:30 AM on Saturdays
Ages 12-8 – Open Gym at 11:00 AM on Saturdays
Concerts On the Dock
Friday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE, $5 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
It’s time for the Fall CoD series and Bonner Black performs tonight! Grab your friends and your picnics and head to our favorite concert venue.
Madison Farmer’s Market
Saturday from 8AM – Noon
Cost: FREE admission
1088 Hughes Rd, Madison | More Info
Honey, apples, eggs, milk, meat, flowers, artesian crafts, live music, and LOTS more fresh produce can be found at our favorite local farmer’s market. Can’t make it today? Find a market near you.
Hartselle Depot Days
Saturday from 8AM – 4PM
Downtown Hartselle | More Info
Activities at this annual festival include a tractor show, car show, art show, vendors, live music, food, and so much more.
Free Day at the USSRC
Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost: FREE, ticket required
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day by the Rocket! Just print out your ticket before you go, and bring a friend!
iFest of North Alabama
Saturday from 9AM – 5PM
UAH Fitness Center | More Info
Seriously, if you’ve never taken the kids to this 10th annual International Festival, what are you waiting for? It’s a delight – get more details here before you go.
Monte Sano Arts Festival
Saturday from 9AM – 5PM, Sunday 9AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE, $5-10 to park (cash only!)
Monte Sano State Park | More Info
Great local art, music, food, and kid’s activities by Spirited Art are a part of this popular festival on the mountain.
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
You and your creative kiddo can make a dramatic drawing at this interactive art-making activity for families with children ages 3 and up.
Birds of Prey Show
Saturday at 2:00 PM
Madison Library | More Info
The Alabama Wildlife Center brings their birds of prey for an up-close encounter at the library!
Cultural Concerto in the Park
Saturday from 2:30 – 7:30 PM
Trinity-Fort Henderson Complex, Athens | More Info
Enjoy all styles of music, food, games, vendors, and fun for the whole family. BYOC (bring your own chairs) – kids will love the face painting and kid’s activities.
Jazz in the Park
Sunday from 5-9PM
Big Spring Park East, Huntsville | More Info
This annual concert series is every Sunday in September. Grab a lawn chair and enjoy a lovely evening with your family.
Worth the Money
Opening Weekend on the Farm!
Lyon Family Farms | More Info
Bring your whole family and be the first to enjoy the many attractions at the farm this year! Find your way out of the giant 7 acre corn maze, play on the monster slides, tire spinners, pumpkin bounce, inflatable slides, duck racers, apple cannons, and zip-lines. Top off the day with a ride to the pumpkin patch! Earlybird passes are available through 9/19.
Peter and the Starcatcher
Thursday – Sunday
VBC Playhouse | More Info
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).
Astronomy For All Planetarium Show
Friday at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:15
U.S. Space & Rocket Center INTUITIVE Theater | More Info
Come explore faraway worlds in this presentation that highlights deep space objects you probably haven’t studied in a textbook. Fun for the whole family!
Main Photo credit: Jeff White Photography
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