Oh my goodness – get ready for an action-packed weekend in Huntsville!
As we do every Thursday, we’ve listed our favorite free and/or cheap family-friendly events happening in town below, but keep in mind there are even MORE in our full Event Calendar.
Hopefully by now you’re already planning out your summer camp situation – the 2016 Summer Camp Guide is full of Arts, Education, Sports, Day, and Overnight Camps to keep your kiddo happy & busy.
This week’s list is especially huge, so let’s hop to it!
Free & Cheap Events
Concerts on the Dock Starts a New Season
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Toight features Nashville-based duo, The Rough & Tumble. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower! Get our Parent Pro-Tips here.
Earth Day in Huntsville
Friday – Sunday
Various locations | More Info
Concerts! Hikes! Free plants! Kid’s activities! All can be found at several of the awesome Earth Day events in Huntsville this weekend.
- Earth Day Concert – Friday & Sunday
- Guided Hikes with the North AL Land Trust – Saturday & Sunday
- Celebrate at Hays Nature Preserve – Saturday from 10-2
- Free Earth Day Arts & Crafts Class – Saturday from 3-4 PM (register in advance)
Healthy Kids Day at YMCA
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Southeast YMCA | More Info
This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® and the Southeast Family YMCA in Huntsville will kick off with a one-mile Fun Run and Obstacle Course. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be Kids ZUMBA class, kid-friendly vendors, food sampling, make and take fun and information available to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.
Community Dance Day
Saturday from 9:15 – 2:00 PM
Huntsville Ballet | More Info
Stop by the Huntsville Ballet Studios to observe classes, enjoy free treats and even take a free class. It’s a great chance for you to try out the studios! Open house from 9:15 to 12:30. Free classes begin at 11:30 and run until 2 p.m.
Take a Walk in Madison
Saturday from 10AM – Noon
Madison Gazebo, Main Street | More Info
This is the last walk of Spring, so don’t miss it! Enjoy an hour or so walking by some of Alabama’s most beautiful antebellum homes in Madison. Charles Sturdivant will share stories about the homes’ owners as well as recognizing each site’s distinctive style.
Change a Bottom, Change the World
Saturday at 10:45 AM
Optimist Park | More Info
It’s more than fitting that The Great Cloth Diaper Exchange happens on Earth Day! There are currently 227 GCDC events located in 19 different countries around the world, and this year you can help beat the 2014 Guinness World Record. Get registered by 10:45, then get ready to change a cloth diaper at 11AM. There’s even a Kid’s Event!
Drop In & Create
Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
Create a recycled/upcycled rain stick using a cardboard tube, marker and collage elements. It’s music you can make! This great monthly program is especially designed with younger visitors in mind.
Saturday from Noon – 4PM
All Nations Church | More Info
Games, Inflatable, Dunk Tank, Music, Huntsville Police officers, Food Trucks, and other fun stuff! Great for the whole family.
Car & Bike Family Fest
Saturday from Noon – 5PM
Jaycee Fairgrounds | More Info
The highlight of the spring is the return of R. Fathers M.A.D., Inc. & Wheel Fix It Car & Bike Family Fest! Cars, trucks, motorcycles, moon bounces, voter registration, vendors, family fun, and more. The purpose is to bring the community together in a positive atmosphere while making a difference in the lives of many.
Heads N Tails Crawfish Boil
Saturday from 3-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission, bring $$ for food
VBC South Hall | More Info
Food choices include crawfish, various types of seafood, funnel cakes and more. There will be a Beer Garden as well as music by Buckwheat Zydeco. The family-friendly event will also have activities for kids such as face painting, balloon art, inflatables and a Moon Pie eating contest!
Camp Cha-La-Kee Open House
Sunday from 2-5 PM
Camp-Cha-La-Kee, Guntersville | More Info
There will be canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, and ICE CREAM. Come spend the afternoon outdoors and have a great time with your family – learn more about Camp Cha-La-Kee summer camp to see if it’s a good fit for your adventurous child.
Worth the Money
Go See a Show
Friday – Sunday
We love all the Spring shows our local theater community is producing! There are THREE to go see this weekend.
Marvel Universe Live!
Thursday – Sunday
VBC Arena | More Info
Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live show experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza! RCM Readers can use offer code ESHQ5X and get Buy One, Get One Free tickets to select performances of Marvel Universe Live only at Ticketmaster.com – Subject to additional fees.
Step Back in Time
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 PM
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
Your family can head to the Historic Park to learn about interesting chores or crafts of the past. Saturday Parker will demonstrate Barter and Trading and Sunday Claudia demonstrates needlework. While you’re there, experience the Whimsical Woolly Woods!