Weekend Roundup April 25-28

The dogwoods and cherry trees are blooming, and Big Spring Park is getting ready for the biggest weekend of its year – PANOPLY!

Attending this annual festival is pretty much a requirement for all Huntsvillians at some point, but there’s a few other things going on in town if that’s not your cup of tea.

Each week Rocket City Mom looks high and low for fun, free, and family-friendly events happening in Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley to share with you. This weekend, due to the increasing chance of rain, be sure to call ahead to any outdoor events to make sure they’re still taking place. Also, if you’re hunting for a bargain, remember to check out our Yard Sale Directory. You can submit your sale or find one near you to shop for early bird deals each week.

Please keep in mind there are other events happening in our area that aren’t listed here – more are in the full Rocket City Mom Event Calendar. See something we missed? Leave the details in the comment section and share with your fellow Rocket City Parents.

1. Free Dyslexia Seminar for Parents

Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00PM
The Decatur Presbyterian Church is the venue for this important seminar for parents and educators. National dyslexia expert, Susan Barton, is trained in seven different Orton-Gillingham-based programs and teaches graduate-level courses on dyslexia through the University of San Diego. She was recently inducted into the International Dyslexia Association’s Hall of Honor. This rare opportunity is for parents who are trying to determine if dyslexia is their child’s issue, or who know it is and need to understand all the areas that it will impact, including math and memorization. This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required in advance HERE.

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2. Panoply Arts Festival

Friday – Sunday
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, our Panoply Kid’s Guide gives you an hour-by-hour plan to make sure you experience all the awesomeness this annual spring arts festival has to offer to Huntsville families. We even worked in bathroom breaks! Put on by our friends over at The Arts Council, this event is celebrating its 31st year and is FULL of family-friendly activities. Tickets are only $5 per day or $10 per weekend and children 10 and under receive free admission, but if you enter our giveaway you can win free passes for your whole family.

3. Unknown Lyric at Concerts On the Dock

Friday from 5:30 – 9:00PM
Usually in the event of rain the good folks over at Lowe Mill bring everyone inside to enjoy the music and atmosphere of Huntsville’s historic textile mill. It doesn’t matter if they’re inside or in the open air, Unknown Lyric is quickly becoming one of Huntsville’s must-see family-friendly bands. This Atlanta-based duo specializes in acoustic/classical/soul, and makes insturmental music cool again!

4. Cars on the Square in Athens

Saturday from 8:00AM – 3:00PM
This 6th annual car & bike show gathers around the historic Athens City downtown square and will have live music, cash & prize drawings, and classic cars of all makes & models. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Limestone County, but entry for car-gazers is free. Our advice? Go early for a big southern breakfast at LuVici’s and browse the cool wares at U.G. Whites before touring the hotrods.

5. Madison Farmer’s Market

Saturday from 8:00AM – Noon
The Madison City Farmers Market is the area’s original local, producer-only farmers market. Everything sold at the market is grown or crafted by local farmers and craftspeople. Vendors provide a wide selection of the freshest local veggies, fruits, cheese, eggs, meats, herbs, honey, jams, jellies, relishes, home-baked goods, plants and flowers. Come see creations from local artisans including handmade cards, soaps, lotions, candles, wood crafts, sewn items and other handmade products. Always free & open to the public.