It’s not Spring in the Rocket City without the threat of severe weather looming behind every warm front. This weekend is no different, but there are lots of things to do in-between showers!
We’ve listed our favorite free/cheap and family-friendly events happening in Huntsville and North Alabama below. If things do take a hairy tornado-y turn on Saturday, be prepared. We can help you do that via this guest post written just for Huntsville families by WAFF 48’s Brad Travis. He shares specific tips on how to prepare for storms with babies, small children, and even pets!
Panoply Arts Festival
Friday – Sunday
Cost: Kids 12 and under free, Adults $10
Big Spring Park, Huntsville (map)
Huntsville’s 33rd annual Panoply Arts Festival kicks off on Friday and there’s plenty for families to do! There’s a whole weekend full of great art, music, food, performances, and hands-on activities to do, and you can read all about RCM’s top picks in our Panoply With Kids 2015 Guide. And it’s another Panoply tradition to keep an eye on the weather.
The Harmaleighs in Concert
Friday from 6-8 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
Pack up a picnic, leash the pup, and corral the kids – Friday nights in Huntsville = Concerts on the Dock night! Friday’s act? The Harmaleighs are a folk duo that calls Nashville home. Their memorable folk/americana melodies and attention-grabbing lyrics will leave you wanting more. Keep an eye on Lowe Mill’s Facebook Page for weather updates about the concert.
Nature Connects Opening Day
Saturday at 9:30
Cost: Free for members, admission for non-members
Huntsville Botanical Gardens (map)
It’s finally here! Opening Day for the much-anticipated LEGO installation at the Garden kicks off with a book signing and artist talk at some of the giant botanically-themed LEGO structures tucked away inside the grounds. We wrote a whole post about it already, and now you can experience it for yourself! 500,00 bricks, and 14 LEGO scenes are waiting for your family to discover them!
“Back When Day” in Arab
Saturday from 9AM-3PM
Arab Historic Village (map)
The Arab Historical Society is hosting this fun family-friendly event that celebrates the daily lives of Arab’s citizens in a young rural farm town during the 1920’s and ’30’s. The Village will come to life much like Arab would have in the springtime almost a hundred years ago. The Ukulele Band of Alabama performs at 11:00, plus there will be old time gospel singing, milk churning, a quilting bee, and more. Enjoy a Blue Plate Special of pintos, turnip greens, onions, cornbread and a side of barbecue, if you like, for a charge.
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Saturday from 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE to participate
Dynetics Campus (map)
NOW TENTATIVELY SET FOR SATURDAY, MAY 30th due to weather
Join hundreds of area families as they walk to help fund a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. There is no charge to walk but donations are welcome. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. There will lots of live music, delicious free food, and a Kid’s Station with face painting, gaming, and art activities. Get some exercise for a great cause & connect with your community!
Go See a Show!
Friday – Sunday
Cost: Ranges from $8-$15
Locations vary, see below
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Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.