Huntsville Weekend Roundup November 15-17

It looks like Huntsville got a couple week of Fall and then decided to go straight into winter weather! The forecast looks nice for a fantastic weekend in the Rocket City and we have lots of ideas below for free/cheap fun for families.

Be sure to check our HUGE Holiday Happenings Guide so you don’t miss something important! Our full Event Calendar also has more activities happening in Huntsville this weekend is you don’t see anything below that suits your fancy. Finally, check in with our Giveaways for the Holidays that we host every year for our most devoted RCM Readers. You’ll be glad you did!

Free & Cheap


Click the orange “More Info” links for each event below to get more details.

Thanksgiving Movie Night

Friday from 6:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Hogan Family YMCA | More Info

Bring the kids to the YMCA and watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, complete with complimentary popcorn.

Weekend Farmers Markets

Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE

You have two opportunities to nab local produce, bread, meat, eggs, and hand-made items – on Saturday morning at the Madison Farmers Market and on Sunday afternoon at the MidCity Market.


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Fallen Leaf Festival

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

Kids will love this celebration of Fall! An instrument petting zoo with HSO, Birding 101 hikes, fly fishing, storytelling, and lots of leaf activities are hosted by Operation Green Team.

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE admission
Sparkman High | More Info

Local crafters & vendors will have their wares available and Santa will pay a visit at this school holiday market.

Drop In & Create

Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Cost: FREE
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info

Create a colorful pastel painting with your kiddo at this program designed just for families.

Native American Celebration

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

Traditional drumming, dance, kids activities, and cultural demonstrations are all included at this annual festival.


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Santa in Athens

Saturday from 2-5 PM
Cost: FREE visits
Oak Grove Thach Fire Dept. | More Info

Visit with Santa and help out the local fire department if you decide to get a $5 photo.

Twisted Fork Festival

Sunday from 1- 6 PM
Cost: FREE
National Speleogical Society | More Info

Families interested in learning more about vegetarian & vegan living will find lots of yummy samples at this food-filled event. Cooking demos & activities are all included.

Worth the Money


Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights

All Weekend, then through Tuesday
Cost: $5-12
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

Your family’s favorite holiday attractions in the South continues their Walking Nights this weekend! Read our review, then get your tickets in advance before the limited supply runs out!

Skating in the Park Opening Weekend

Friday at 4-10 PM
Cost: $10-15
Behind the Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info

ICE returns to Huntsville! Lace up your skates at this outdoor ice skating rink — our very own version of “Rocket-fella” Center. Meet the Snow Sisters and watch the mayor cut the ribbon to open the rink! Skating in the Park is open Nov. 15 – Jan. 12, 2020.

A Christmas Story Returns to Huntsville!

Friday – Sunday
Cost: $20-22
VBC Playhouse | More Info

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here – he exploding furnace, the school bully, the cold lamppost, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, the infamous Leg Lamp, and more!


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Bear-ific Member Appreciation Day

Saturday from 9AM – 6PM
Cost: Membership rices vary
Cook Museum of Natural Science | More Info

It’s a great time to be a member – movies, hands-on activities, and door prizes are all a part of this bear-ey awesome membership celebration.

The Fairytale Ball

All Weekend, then through Tuesday
Cost: $15-50
Historic Huntsville Roundhouse | More Info

Guests are invited to transform into their favorite super hero or fairytale legend with their most-prized cape or sparkliest tiara, enjoy fairytale and super hero character meet and greets with photo opportunities, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, dance music, and an exciting opportunity to purchase a key that could unlock a treasure!

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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.