Huntsville Weekend Roundup May 10-12

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We hope you’ve made plans for the special day and that ALL of you Rocket City Moms get honored! We have a great idea about what moms really want – so get cracking on getting Mom the perfect gift! Hey Dads – why not take the kids to some of these free/cheap events going on in Huntsville so Mom can have some Alone Time?

Get the weekend weather HERE, and be sure to call ahead to an event in case of rain.

Free & Cheap


Click on the orange More Info links below for even more event details & maps!
Biergarten Under the Saturn V

Thursday from 4:30-7:30 PM
Cost: FREE admission
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info

Why not start the weekend early Huntsville-style? Bring money for authentic German dinner, but anyone can come hear the oompa band and enjoy the ambiance. Kid and dog-friendly too!

Literary Trails

Friday at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info

Gather around the new outdoor Little Library at Hays to share a story, then hit the trail with the group to look for wildflowers!

Concerts On the Dock

Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, $5 parking
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment | More Info

Rob Aldridge & the Proponents headline this CoD night at one of our favorite family concerts in town! Get the full lineup and our Parent Pro-Tips HERE.

Family Movie Nights

Friday Night
Cost: FREE
It’s your lucky weekend! There are a two free family movies showing around town.


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Village of Providence presents Moana – Friday at 8:15 PM (Providence Park)
Hogan YMCA presents Smallfoot – Friday at 6:30 PM (indoors)

1818 Farms Free Day

Saturday from 8:30 – 11:00 AM
Cost: FREE
1818 Farms | More Info

Enjoy a free morning at the farm – see the animals and all the Spring flowers!

River Kids

Saturday from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info

Kids ages 9-18 that know how to swim can learn how to kayak safely on the Flint River with experts. Register in advance!

Dragon Boat Race & Festival

Saturday from 9AM-4PM
Cost: FREE
Point Mallard Park | More Info

Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer race in authentic, 46-foot-long dragon boats. And so fun to watch!

Best Mom in History!

Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Cost: FREE
Harrison Brothers Hardware | More Info

Make a special Huntsville-themed Mother’s Day card for Mom, then take her on a walking tour!


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Tour TopGolf Camp

Saturday from 10AM – 1PM
Cost: FREE
TopGolf Huntsville | More Info

Get a free preview of what kids will learn at TopGolf’s Summer Academy, play a few games & win prizes!

Touch-A-Truck

Saturday from 10AM-1PM
Cost: $5
Insanity Complex | More Info

Make-A-Wish is hosting this fun event for truck lovers – your little one can get an up-close experience with utility trucks, fire trucks, constructions trucks, and more! There’s a Sensory-Friendly Touch-A-Truck Hour from 10-11 AM as well.

Free Video Game Day

Saturday from 10AM-10PM
Cost: FREE
Rocket City Arcade | More Info

Be one of the first 100 people to visit Rocket City Arcade at their new location & pick up a TOTALLY FREE video game, plus some other goodies!

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!

Moms Are Free at USSRC & HBG

Sunday, during open hours
Cost: Moms FREE!
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Huntsville Botanical Garden (11AM – 3:30PM) | More Info

Moms get in FREE with a paid guest – spend a great day together at these awesome attractions!

The Market at Mid-City

Sunday from 2-6 PM
Cost: FREE
The Camp | More Info

Huntsville’s newest weekend market for farmers, makers, and musicians.


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Worth the Money


Celtic Day On the Mountain

Saturday from 10AM – 3PM
Cost: General admission, or FREE for members
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info 

Enjoy a day of blarney stones, Celtic tunes, and demonstrations of the arts and culture of Celtic countries.

Mother & Son Special

Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Cost: $10-15
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info

Looking for a way to treat Mom extra special for Mother’s Day this year? Bring her out to the Mother & Son Special – daughter welcome too! This special train ride is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and a great way for moms & kids to bond.

Saturday Scientist

Saturday at 11:30 AM
Cost: $17-25, or free for members!
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info

This monthly hands-on activity is included with museum membership or paid admission and emphasizes the development of “STEAM”. Today’s topic is Apollo 10: Lunar Dress Rehearsal! Read the RCM review before you go.

“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!

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