Weekend Roundup August 18-20
We’re REALLY done with the rain over here. Hopefully the weather forecast will hold off long enough to work in some weekend fun! As always, we list our favorite family-friendly, free and/or cheap things to do in Huntsville and the surrounding areas right here just for you. And we’ve been doing it for almost SEVEN YEARS, so we feel completely qualified to be your go-to local resource for all things weekend.
TEASER ALERT: If you’re the type that likes to plan ahead, we’re already working on our infamous Fall Activity Guide so stay tuned for that soon. If you’re hosting an event you’d like us to include, email us all the details.
Don’t find something you like below? There’s even more weekend fun over on our full Event Calendar! And don’t forget it’s Huntsville Restaurant Week until the 20th!
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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 Eclipse Viewing Workshop too!)
- Under the Lights Downtown – Thursday from 5-8 PM
- 3rd Friday in Decatur – Friday from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Battle of the Food Truck All Stars
Friday from 5-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Church Street by Big Spring Park | More Info
If food trucks are your family’s jam, this is a great way to kick off the weekend! Over 13 food trucks will duke it out to see who’s cuisine reigns supreme at the end of this six month series. Grab some food and hang out in the park, weather permitting.
Dog Days at Ditto
Saturday from 4-9 PM
Ditto Landing | More Info
What should you expect at Dog Days at Ditto? Lots of great music, great food, fabulous tunes, and the best sunset view in the City. There will be free parking, food trucks, and musical guests Southern Halo, with Rob Aldridge and the Proponents will be performing. Leashed pets welcome, as is lawn chairs & blankets – please leave coolers at home.
Rocket City Championship Wrestling Match
Saturday at 7:00 PM
Cosmos Fitness, Hazel Green | More Info
Will Omega Virus hold on to his victory? Will we ever see The Knee Up Boyz in the ring again? Rocket City Championship Wrestling returns with a action-packed card, and more family-friendly wrestling drama! Read our Parent Review before you go to see if this is the event for your family.
VBAS Star Gazing
Saturday at 7:30 PM
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
our friends at the planetarium are busy preparing people for the Big Eclipse coming up next week! Their director, Roy Young, will be on hand to answer questions about the eclipse and answer questions like: How to safely view the eclipse? Why do eclipses occur? Where will the shadow fall? What could the weather be like? What will the eclipse be like in Huntsville?
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Parent’s Night out
Friday from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Alexander’s Martial Arts, Madison | More Info
Come out for the Sidewalk Carnival Parent’s Night Out Party! There will be rides, food, games, prizes, karate, and LOTS OF FUN. The kids will use Blue Tickets to play on the rides and various booth games, “purchase” food, and bid on prizes, while parents get some much-needed “Me Time”. Call (256) 837-8624 to register in advance.
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $10, kids 12 and under FREE
VBC South Hall | More Info
Huntsville Hamfest once again will fill the VBC South Hall with antennae, radios, and every electronic testing gadget you can imagine. Hams, or amateur radio enthusiasts, can peruse the tables filled with everything from the latest radio to hear the unrest in Ukraine to an old-transmitting-tube WWII-era radios. Open to the public Sat, 9:00–4:30 PM and Sun, 9:00–3:00 PM.
Family Painting Party
Sunday from 2-4 PM
Spirited Art | More Info
This kid’s and family painting class is especially for ages 5 and up! Teachers will walk the painters through the 11X14 Dandelion and Lady Bug step by step. Please plan to dress children in paint friendly clothing. Aprons and painting supplies are provided, plus you can take your work of art home afterward! Register online in advance.
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