If you’re suffering from post-eclipse depression, take heart! It’s time to start planning a fun weekend with your family in Huntsville and we’ve got the 411 on all things free and/or cheap, plus a few we think are totally worth the dinero.
Of course, if there’s nothing in this list that interests you, be sure to check our full Event Calendar for even more kid-friendly fun! Overwhelmed by all this weekend goodness? Take a quick minute to watch How to Use Our Calendar and become an RCM Calendar WIZARD. Your kids will thank you.
Free & Cheap
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.
Find a Bargain
Now through Saturday
Cost: FREE admission, plus save some $$$
Consignment season has arrived in Huntsville and there are deals to be had! Check out the great sales going on this weekend, and be sure to keep our giant Consignment List handy to mark your calendars.
Movie in the Park
Friday from 6:00 – 9:30PM
Big Spring Park | More Info
It’s the last chance to catch a movie under the stars downtown! Folks arrive early to claim a prime viewing spot and enjoy featured entertainment before the movie begins, and families can take advantage of the Kids Corner area as well as food trucks starting at 6PM. Movies begin at sundown – tonight’s feature will be Pixar’s Inside Out.
Garden Giveback Day
Saturday from 9AM – 5PM
Cost: FREE admission with school supply donation
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
The Garden welcomes visitors to bring in a donation for Free to Teach to receive free admission into the Garden for the day. Each item donated allows one person free admission; get the list of items here.
Twickenham Fest Pajama Jam
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE, register in advance
Huntsville Public Library | More Info
Keep your pajamas on Saturday morning August 26th and join the Twickenham Fest musicians at the downtown Huntsville Public Library to get to know 1o different instruments! From bassoon to flute, learn how each instrument makes their music, and how instruments work together to make a beautiful piece of music come to life. Complimentary custom coloring books are provided at this free event for the whole family. Registration is highly recommended – RSVP here.
Women’s Football Clinic
Saturday at 10AM
Optimist Rec Center | More Info
Get some exercise AND there’s free childcare? This women-only clinic will be run by former Head Football Coach of Alabama A&M, Ray Greene (Spoiler alert: he’s awesome)! Learn some football basics, run plays and have fun with a two-hand touch scrimmage. Women ages 16+ are welcome. Kids are welcome to play in the attached gymnasium space and will be supervised by Rec Center staff.
25th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival
Saturday from 2-8 PM
Downtown Ardmore | More Info
This annual festival will be held in downtown Ardmore this year. Vendors of all kinds will be set up as well as live entertainment, a cornhole tournament, a “Flea Market Flip” contest, children’s games and a splash area.
Play Time at the Princess
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Princess Theatre in Decatur | More Info
The Princess Theatre Creative Performance Academy and Dream Weavers Children’s Theatre partner together to bring you a Sunday afternoon filled with fun activities, crafts and registration opportunities to get your child involved in theatre. Take part in mini acting workshops, costuming, choreography, and rock painting and learn more about how to get involved.
Worth the Money
Fidos After Five
Thursday from 5PM – Dusk
Cost: General admission or membership, plus $1/pooch
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
The Garden is “going to the dogs” like never before. The all new Fidos After Five invites the pooches to enjoy the Garden Monday–Thursday evenings. Leash up Rover, pack a snack and head to the Garden for a tail waggin good time. $1/pooch per visit or purchase a $10 Paws Pass for the season. Garden admission or membership for humans.
Limestone County Summer Fair
Thursday – Saturday
Cost: $5 admission, $15 armbands for rides
Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena | More Info
Experience Thrill Rides, Skill Games and Great Food at the Limestone County Fair Aug 22-26. Enjoy performances by Dynamo Dogs and visit the petting zoo and shop with local vendors. FREE parking, ages 3 and under free.
Parent’s Night Out
Friday at 6:00 PM
Making quality time for you and/or your significant other needs to be a priority. Why not take advantage of these awesome PNO’s where your kids will also have tons of fun?