Summer has flown by so fast, but you have two more weekends to enjoy before school starts – better make it count! As always we’ve got our favorite free and/or cheap things happening in the next few days below, but more can be found in our Event Calendar. You can also enjoy fun things while on the go via our FREE Explore Huntsville app.
And be sure to keep an eye out for our helpful Back to School Guide – it’s full of great advice from local experts & educators!
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Free & Cheap
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Thursday – Saturday from 6:30-930 PM
Cost: Rides are $.50 each
Athens Lions Club | More Info
Only two left! Yes, you heard us right and it is NOT TO BE MISSED. Seriously, read our review and you’ll be lining up! Only three weekends left before it’s gone for the year.
Weekend Farmers Markets
Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE admission, bring $ to shop
It’s blueberry & peach season in Alabama and you have three chances to pick up something fresh for your table.
- Green Street Market – Thursday from 4-8 PM
- Madison City Farmer’s Market – Saturday from 8AM – Noon
- MidCity Market – Sunday from 2-6 PM
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Friday from 9AM – 5PM
Cost: A quarter each!
Eleanor Murphy Public Library | More Info
Get some great deals on some great books! Classics, kid’s books, bestsellers, and more will be available.
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
Summer Reading Celebration
Friday from 4-7 PM
Davidson Center of USSRC | More Info
The summer is drawing to a close, but the fun is still far-out! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing and enjoy games, prizes, music, and crafts with the librarians of HMCPL.
Back-to-School Movie in the Park
Friday at 7:30 PM
Big Spring Park | More Info
Weather permitting, you’ve got a chance to catch a movie under the stars – Finding Nemo starts at sundown.
Business Expo & Kid’s Day
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Hogan YMCA in Madison | More Info
Featuring 60+ local businesses alongside fun activities for kids, including face painting, a dunk tank, bounce house, rock painting, courtyard games and more!
Back to School Bash & Talent Show
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Calhoun Community College | More Info
The cities of Huntsville, Madison and Madison County along with HPD host this annual back to school event for kids in grades 7-12. There will be demonstrations, contests, giveaway items, food, music, speakers, and the Madison County’s Got Talent Showcase.
Family Free Night at Constitution Hall Park
Saturday from 4-8 PM
Alabama Constitution Hall Park | More Info
Learn about life in Huntsville 200 years ago. Play games, see demonstrations and tour our historic buildings that showcase the community around Alabama’s first constitutional convention.
Planetarium & Observatory Show
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: FREE – $5
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
Your family can do some star-gazing with the pros on top of the mountain. Tonight’s topic is appropriately, Project Apollo. Read our review before you go!
Free & Awesome Live Music
- Biergarten at USSRC – Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 PM
- Madison Summer Concert Series – Thursday at 6:30 PM
- Live Music at Constitution Hall Park – Thursdays from 6-8 PM
- Friday Night Live Downtown – Friday from 5-8 PM
- Concerts in Big Spring Park – Monday at 6:30 PM
- Concerts by the River in Decatur – Monday at 6:30 PM
Worth the Dinero
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 get excited about black holes, supernovas, and other spacey phenomenon, this interactive event is for your family!
City Lights & Stars
Friday at 7:30 PM
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
Bring your picnic suppers and enjoy a live concert at the best view in town! Henri’s Notions performs tonight – lawn chairs and blankets welcome!
Magic on the Mercury & Chase
Saturday at 10:00 AM
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info
The third annual Magic on the Mercury & Chase is scheduled to depart from Platform “Six and Nine Quarters”. Have some fun with magic and mystery! Platform 6 and 9⁄4 will be ready for boarding, so be sure you’ve got your tickets! We’ve also got some special enchanting guests lined up for this all-ages train ride.
Teacher’s Back to School Workshop
Saturday at 6:30 PM
Hammer & Stain | More Info
Calling all TEACHERS! Have fun with friends making something pretty for your classroom at this back-to-school workshop. You can even customize your project!
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