Happy Panoply weekend, Huntsville! That’s where we’ll be, but if that’s not your thing there’s no shortage of free/cheap things happening this weekend. We’ve listed our picks for you below, just like we’ve been doing for almost 10 years now! #Tried&True
- There are even MORE fun things to do on our full Event Calendar
- Use our Summer Camp Guide to plan out your summer.
Free & Cheap
RCM Virtual Book Club
Thursday at 8:30 PM
Your House! | More Info
Join us in the online discussion as the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club talks about Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.
Concerts On the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, $5 parking
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment | More Info
Taylor Honeycutt headlines this CoD night at one of our favorite family concerts in town! Get the full lineup and our Parent Pro-Tips HERE.
Free Movie in Madison
Friday at 7:30 PM
Madison Public Library | More Info
This free outdoor movie series continues with The Princess Bride – bring your chairs & blankets.
Friday from 6-9 PM | Saturday from 4-7 PM
Hampton Cove Middle School | More Info
An outdoor movie kicks off this new local festival on Friday, and live music, food trucks, and art activities round it out on Saturday.
Cullman Strawberry Festival
Saturday from 8AM – 10PM
Cost: FREE admission
Downtown Cullman | More Info
It’s the 80th anniversary of this annual Spring festival and they’ll celebrate with arts & crafts, food, music, kid’s activities, and STRAWBERRIES!
Madison City Farmer’s Market
Saturday from 8AM – Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Hughes Road, Madison | More Info
You can almost taste those fresh strawberries… Kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and produce-friendly!
Healthy Kids Day
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Hogan YMCA & Southeast YMCA | More Info
This fun & free day includes dozens of kid’s activities that encourage healthy & active play that stimulates the imagination, as well as local vendors and crafts.
Back When Day
Saturday from 9AM – 4PM
Arab Historic Village | More Info
Village-goers can see live demonstrations of quilting, grinding cornmeal, black-smithing, and storytelling of things from way “back when.“ Live blue grass music & food too!
Historic Madison Walking Tour
Saturday at 10:00 AM – Noon
Madison Gazebo | More Info
Learn a little local history and enjoy the fresh air with these walking tours led by a knowledgeable guide. Plus they’re stroller friendly! Get the full Spring schedule here.
Sample Summer Camp!
Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Camp Maranatha | More Info
You’re in for a real treat at this Open House & Alumni Day – your family can get a sample of all the fun summer camp activities for free!
Aquatics Fun Fest
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Redstone MRW | More Info
Explore this awesome facility and enjoy water games, food, a swim-up movie in the pool, & more.
Free Movie in New Hope
Saturday at 4PM
New Hope Public Library | More Info
A free showing of the new Mary Poppins movie and popcorn – families welcome!
The Market at Mid-City
Sunday from 2-6 PM
The Camp at Mid-City | More Info
Huntsville’s newest weekend market for farmers, makers, and musicians.
Family Jam Session
Sunday from 5-8 PM
Valley Conservatory | More Info
Come listen to other musicians jam out or grab your instrument and join in!
Worth the Money
Friday 5-9 PM | Saturday 10AM – 9PM | Sunday 11AM – 6PM
Cost: $10-18, kids 12 and under FREE
Big Spring Park, Huntsville | More Info
One of Huntsville’s signature Spring events, there is so much for kids to do at Panoply we wrote a whole article about it! It should be on every family’s Must List – visual & performing arts, hands-on activities for kids, festival food, and fireworks!
“Ramona Quimby” Presented by Fantasy Playhouse
Friday at 7PM, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 PM and 5 PM
VBC Playhouse | More Info
Be transported to Klickitat Street and meet the Quimbys! This beloved book by Beverly Cleary is brought to the stage in a way your family will love.
“The Wild” Chinese Lantern Festival
Now – May 19
Cost: Daytime Free for members, general admission for non-members
Evening festival admission $8-24
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
This breath-taking new exhibit at HBG is visually stunning. Enjoy glowing lanterns, Chinese arts & crafts, shadow puppets, and kung fu demonstrations throughout the Garden. Purchase advance tickets online here and save time!
Arrive & Drive
Sunday from Noon – 4PM
Cost: $15 to drive
HQMA Raceway | More Info
Boys and Girls ages 4 1/2 to 16 interested in learning how to drive a quarter midget race car are welcome to try one out or simply drive for fun! Learn more about kids’ Quarter Midget Racing here before you go!
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