Another gorgeous Spring weekend in the Rocket City, and our top picks for free/cheap & fun stuff events for families to enjoy is a GOOD one! Check out our complete Event Calendar to see even more events happening in the next four days.
Got a kid’s birthday party to plan over the summer? Our handy Party Planner is chock-full of venues, entertainers, and local services that will make it all a cinch.
We’re also wrapping up our April Showers of Thanks giveaways, but there’s still time to enter before we draw this week’s winners. Up for grabs are free summer camps, gift certificates, memberships, and more to your favorite Huntsville attractions and activities.
Panoply Arts Festival
Friday – Sunday
Big Spring Park, Huntsville (map)
Huntsville’s 32nd annual Panoply Arts Festival is one of the South’s premier Spring events. If you’re new to the area and have never been, just plan to make a weekend of it. If you’ve been before and love fun, also plan to make a weekend of it. Thankfully, the weather looks like it’s going to hold out (fingers crossed!) – just be sure to consult our Ultimate Kid’s Guide to Panoply before you go. It’s all the art, music, food, dance, theatre, and STEAM you can cram into three days!
– HOURS –
Friday, April 25 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.
– ADMISSION –
Kids 12 and under FREE!
All adults: $10 at the gate
Why wait in long ticket lines with squirmy kids? Buy your pass online for $7.50 in advance AND save some money!
Concert On the Dock
Friday from 6-9PM
Cost: FREE, $2 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
I know, I know. We included Concerts On the Dock last week. Get used to it, because we probably will each week until the Spring series is over on May 23rd – that’s how much we love them. This free eclectic Friday night concert series is a family and pet friendly event so bring your dog leashes, lawn chairs, dancing shoes and hula hoops. Post War will be playing (a Folk/Indie outfit with the ethos that eight simple things done together well make for good music) and parking is $2 per vehicle.
Touch-A-Truck Family Fun Day
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Decatur Fairgrounds (map)
Calling all truck lovers (and their parents!). Kids will get a chance to sit behind the wheel and explore some of their favorite vehicles includes fire engines, police cars, and construction trucks. It will be heaven for your little transportation junkie! This event is hosted by Parents And Children Together.
Take a Hike, Learn Some History
Saturday at 10AM is the LAST Spring Walking Tour of the season, so you don’t want to miss it. Great for all ages, this historic tour will meet at the little roundhouse on Front Street in Madison and comes with a guide that can tell some great stories! The walk is an hour and a half, so don’t forget your sunscreen.
Sunday at 2PM is the Spring Burst Guided Hike with the Land Trust. Meet at Madison’s New Bradford Creek Greenway for a 2.5 hour easy hike to see the flora and fauna of our precious greenspaces.Dogs on leads are welcome. Meet at the north end of the Heritage Elementary campus on Madison’s County Line Road.
Earth Day Celebrations
Saturday from 10AM – 3PM: The Earth Day & Outdoor Expo is a FREE, fun-filled day in Athens to include games, food, music, live animals, stage presentations, lots of exhibitors, recycling opportunities, and much more! This is a very family-friendly event, and most all activities and food are free of charge. A large variety of interesting exhibitors with information about outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, cycling, and more ill be on hand, as well as environmental education and earth-friendly products and services. Get the full schedule of events on their Facebook Page.
Sunday from 1-5 PM: The 44th annual Earth Day at Monte Sano State Park will intrigue and excite participants about the natural resources that support us all. There will be many exploratory activities to take part in that afternoon at Earth Day, including an eco-scavenger hunt for the kids. Food trucks, drum circles, a farmer’s market, facepainting, reptile show, nature hike, and hands-on activities are more elements of this awesome celebration. $5 per car to park.