It’s time to start planning a fun weekend with your family in Huntsville and we’ve got the 411 on all things free and/or cheap, plus a few we think are totally worth the dinero. You might notice a theme to the lineup – we’re celebrating the Dog Days of Summer!
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Free & Cheap
Fall Consignment Sales
- Kid’s Swap Consignment in Decatur
- Sweet Repeats Consignment in Madison
- See more upcoming Fall sales in our Consignment Guide
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.
- Green Street Market – Thursday from 4-8 PM
- Madison City Farmer’s Market – Saturday from 8AM – Noon
- MidCity Market – Sunday from 2-6 PM
Fidos After 5
Thursday 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
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
Free Soccer Skills Clinic
Friday at 5:30 PM
Huntsville Turf Fields | More Info
Kids ages 7-13 are invited to this free soccer skills clinic hosted by Huntsville Futbol Club.
27th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival
Saturday from 8AM – 8PM
Ardmore, AL | More Info
Vendors of all kinds will be set up as well as live entertainment, a corn hole tournament, a “Flea Market Flip” contest, children’s games and a splash area.
Pajama Jam Children’s Concert
Saturday at 9:00 AM
Downtown Library | More Info
Families can experience the music of Twickenham Fest in a casual and entertaining setting at this free kid’s concert.
Chocolate Milk Documentary
Saturday at 7:00 PM
Zenzele Consignment | More Info
Viewers will watch the documentary Chocolate Milk, which examines how the social economic factors of race and sex influence breastfeeding rates for black mothers in America.
Dog Days of Summer Festival
Sunday from 11AM – 3PM
Straight to Ale | More Info
Bring your whole family – including the furry ones! Includes a dog costume contest, raffles, vendors, dog treats, and more! Enjoy our fenced off dog walking areas or let your pup play in the kiddie pools.
Worth the Money
Ask Albert Planetarium Show
Friday at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:15
U.S. Space & Rocket Center INTUITIVE Theater | More Info
If you’re curious about black holes, supernovae, and extreme events in the universe this family-friendly show is for you! Immersive science, humor, and an activity included.
Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue
Friday – Sunday
Von Braun Center | More Info
Paw Patrol Live! returns to Huntsville! Using their unique skills and teamwork, Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small” as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.
- Friday, Aug. 23 – 6:00 PM
- Saturday, Aug. 24 – 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
- Sunday, Aug. 25 – 2:00 PM
Dog Jog 5K & Pet Fun Zone
Saturday from 5-8 PM
Historic Huntsville Depot | More Info
This 4th annual event is for the entire family – including furry four-legged ones (one mile only)! Not only can you participate in the 5K and visit with local vendors but you will support educational initiatives in the community and give back to local animal groups all in one day.
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.
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