Huntsville Weekend Roundup August 16-18

Stick a fork in me, I’m done. Back to School has wiped me out! If you can’t wait to slow the pace & spend some QT with your family, then you’re in the right place. We’ve got our favorite things to do with the kids in Huntsville, and we’ve listed them below for you.

Don’t find something you like below? There’s even more weekend fun over on our full Event Calendar! And don’t forget it’s Huntsville Restaurant Week until the 18th. Be sure to download the free Explore Huntsville app to get all the best RCM info on the go!

TEASER ALERT: If you’re the type that likes to plan ahead, we’re already working on our infamous Fall Activity Guide so stay tuned for that soon. If you’re hosting an event you’d like us to include, email us all the details.

Free & Cheap


Free & Awesome Live Music

All Weekend
Cost: FREE
Various locations

Weekend Farmers Markets

Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE admission, bring $ to shop

You have three chances to pick up something fresh for your table (and your student’s lunchbox!) this weekend.


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Fidos After 5

Friday from 5-7 PM
Cost: $5 (members are free!)
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

Bring your canine companion to play in the Garden for a special price. Oh, and the kids will love it too!

Whiz Kids Open Gym

Friday at 9:15 AM Saturday at 8:30 AM
Cost: $3-5
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

Watermelon Festival

Friday & Saturday
Cost: FREE
Downtown Russellville | More Info

Fruity fun will be had by your whole family at this weekend festival that includes seed-spitting contests, kid’s activities, live music, and more.

Summer Movie Under the Stars

Friday at 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Madison Library | More Info

The movie starts at sunset on the back patio – bring your lawn chairs and picnic suppers to watch Crazy Rich Asians.


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National Model Aviation Day

Saturday from 9AM – 3PM
Cost: FREE admission
Rocket City RC Field | More Info

See flight demonstrations and displays, tours and Q&A of radio-controlled planes & other vehicles. Learn more about this wonderful hobby!

Vintage Computer Day

Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Huntsville Library | More Info

Do your kids love retro computers and video games? They’ll level up their knowledge at this fun & free afternoon.

Music Explorers Club

Saturday at 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Monrovia Library | More Info

Kids can get their musical passport stamped and enjoy hands-on activities with instruments from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

5 Points BLOK Festival

Saturday at 10:30 AM
Cost: FREE
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info

Experience  local art, music, technology and commerce at the 5th annual BLOK Festival. Kid’s STEAM activities, live music, and local vendors.

Worth the Money



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City Lights & Stars

Friday at 7:30 PM
Cost: $10-15
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info

One of Huntsville’s favorite bands performs at it’s most beautiful outdoor venue. Don’t miss Microwave Dave & The Nukes at this fun and family-friendly show.

Visit the Niña & the Pinta

Friday – Sunday from 9AM – 6PM
Cost: $6.50 – 8.50
Guntersville City Harbor | More Info

If you missed it when they were at Ditto, you’ve got one last chance to see the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus Ship ever built – The Niña and Pinta are hanging in Guntersville through Sunday.

Astronomy for All

Friday at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:15
Cost: $10-15
U.S. Space & Rocket Center INTUITIVE Theater  | More Info

Enjoy a presentation on astronomical topics such as exoplanets, spacecraft missions, black holes or other educational topics appropriate for all ages. Science, humor and an activity included!

Kids Night Out

Saturday from 6-10 PM
Cost: $10-15
Hogan Family YMCA  | More Info

Children ages 4 to 12 are welcome – pizza dinner is included! YMCA membership is not required to attend.

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  • DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details before they are posted in the Huntsville Weekend Roundup, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather.