Weekend Roundup August 11-13
It looks as if it’s a bit quieter around Huntsville this weekend. It’s a great time for you to relax & unwind, and hopefully spend a little quality time with your family now that school has started!
As always, we list our favorite free and/or cheap things happening below, but there’s even MORE to be found inside our full Event Calendar. It’s also the beginning of Huntsville Restaurant Week – the perfect opportunity to try a new place to eat that could become your family’s favorite! Discover all the details and learn how you could win gift cards to local restaurants:
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Free Live Music
Thursday through Saturday
One of the best ways to enjoy the summer without breaking your wallet! These family-friendly concerts are happening all weekend, all over North Alabama.
- Biergarten at USSRC – Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 PM (Super cool LEGO Build Event too!)
- Under the Lights Downtown – Thursday from 5-8 PM
- Fridays After 5 in Athens – Friday from 5-8 PM
Friday Night Art Walk
Friday from 5-8 PM – Rescheduled due to rain.
Cost: FREE admission
Downtown Huntsville | More Info
What better way to wind down a busy week than strolling downtown with your family, looking at great local art? There are dozens of vendors with a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as live music. Plus, it’s all stroller-friendly!
Movie in the Park
Friday from 6-9:30 PM
Big Spring Park | More Info
After the Art Walk, head over to the park and settle in for a movie under the stars on the big screen (weather permitting). Tonight’s featured film is Sing, and the whole thing is hosted by Historic Huntsville Foundation.
How To End The SLEEP Struggle
Saturday at 10:30 AM
Posh Mommy | More Info
Parenting can be exhausting! Learn how to stop the struggle and get some rest from an actual expert! Topics include Newborn/Infant Sleep as well as Toddler/Preschool. Dana Stone from Rest Assured will lead this informative and educational session and help parents & kids get more much needed sleep!
Saturday between 11AM – 1PM
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info
For this edition of the Drop-in & Create program series for kids, experiment with the art of printmaking to create your own feathered print. Don’t miss The Birds of America: Audubon Aquatints from the Kathy and Michael Mouron Collection inside the museum after you create your masterpiece!
Saturday at 7:30 PM
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
Apparently there’s some solar eclipse coming up, and all of Huntsville is buzzing about it! If you’ve been living in a cave, bit want to learn more about the Great Eclipse happening on August 21, this is where you need to be. How to safely view the eclipse? Why eclipses occur? Where will the shadow fall? What could the weather be like? What will the eclipse be like in Huntsville? This presentation will include audience participation in explaining many parts of the eclipse. Plus the presenter will share some fun ways to view it!
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City Lights & Stars
Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
Enjoy the last concert in this summer series on the mountaintop. Mo’ Sol is the headliner and their energetic brand of Motown, funk, soul & hip-hop has become a huge hit throughout the Southeast. There will be food trucks or you can pack a picnic supper.
he Astro-Dog Days of Summer
Saturday at 11:30 AM
Cost: $16-24 or FREE for members
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
Learn about the animals that have explored space as well as how to safely approach and train animals.The Saturday Scientist series is an educational series featuring activities recommended for ages 6-9. This monthly hands-on activity is included with museum membership or paid admission and emphasizes the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This series includes exciting topics like solar energy, precipitation, geology of space and chemistry. Read our Parent Review before you go!
Dino Extinction Party and Carnivore Cookout
Saturday from 11:30 -12:30 PM
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
Don’t miss seeing the Dinosaurs before they go extinct on August 13! Join us for a last look at the Dinosaur Uproar exhibit and enjoy a Brontosaurus Burger themed lunch. Delicious sides and beverages included.
Children $5 / Adults $8, in addition to membership or general admission.
Kids under 3 free (please register).
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