Weekend Roundup August 5-7

Congratulations – if you’ve made it this far the weekend is right around the corner!

Some of you have survived your first day back at school and some of you still have that to look forward to this week. Those are both good reasons to make the most of your weekend.

In addition to the free and/or cheap events listed below, there’s also:

And now… it’s time for the Weekend Roundup!


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Free & Cheap Events


Tax-Free Weekend in Madison County

Friday-Sunday
Cost: Not free, but Tax-Free
Local Businesses | More Info

Alabama will hold its eleventh annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. For a complete list of what’s exempt and what’s not, check out the Alabama Sales Tax Website.

Free Friday Flick

Friday at 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Daikin Amphitheater, Decatur | More Info

Tonight’s free family movie in Decatur’s newly constructed outdoor amphitheater will be “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (rated PG-13).

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE
Home Depot | More Info

Join this hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a rolling skateboard pencil case just in time for back to school. RSVP online required.


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Birmingham Zoo Half-Price Days

Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $5.50 – $8
Birmingham Zoo | More Info

So… not exactly local but this is a great deal! Visit the Zoo during Half-Price Summer Fun Days to take advantage of discounted half-price admission, half-price rides, discounted merchandise in the Gift Shop, and $1 hot dogs.

Main Street Music Festival

Saturday from 4-10 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Main Street Albertville | More Info

Billed as the premier music festival in North Alabama, Main Street Music Festival has had in previous years a children’s inflatable water park, dog show, petting zoo, cooking competitions and demonstrations in addition to the music.

Garden Ranger Club

Saturday at 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Madison Public Library | More Info

Help this kid-led garden club make a librarian scarecrow for the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Scarecrow Trail!


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VBAS Planetarium Show

Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: $5
VBAS Planetarium | More Info

Looking for a vacation spot? Come and hear why Venus would or would not make the cut as your next vacation destination! This family friendly show will also include a night sky ID and telescope viewing, weather permitting. Read our review before you go.

Worth the Money


Magic on the Mercury Train Ride

Saturday at 10:00 AM
Cost: $10-15
North AL Railroad Museum | More Info

Abracadabra and Alakazam! Hocus Pocus & Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Are you ready for some Magic on the Mercury & Chase? Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum as we have some fun with magic and mystery and help the kids of the Tennessee Valley to get ready to go back to school! Platform 6 9/4 will be ready for boarding, so be sure you’ve got your tickets!

Kidstown Alive!

Saturday from 10AM – Noon
Cost: $8
Imagination Place in Gadsden | More Info

Imagination Place always features a child-sized town complete with businesses and areas where children can imagine themselves in adult roles. During this special day, they’ll be able to meet real-life counterparts who do those jobs in our community each and every day. For example, children can talk to a banker in the bank, meet a grocer in the grocery store, and visit with medical personnel in the medical clinic.

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DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details in the Huntsville Weekend Roundup before they are posted here, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather.