Congratulations – most of the schools in our area went back to school at least one day this week. You survived! Now reward yourself with some free family-friendly fun. We know you just bought a ton of school supplies and your wallet is sad – our Weekend Roundup below is here to help!
Don’t forget it’s peak produce season in Alabama, and the tomatoes, squash, peaches, and okra are in abundance! Use our Farmer’s Market Directory & map to find the freshest ingredients to feed your family, AND support local farmers too.
Fall consignment season is cranking back up, so get out your safety pins and too-small clothes, and save the dates with our handy list of local consignment sales.
Main Street Music Festival
Friday & Saturday
Main Street, Albertville (map)
This free music festival has some pretty impressive headliners – Jo Dee Messina, the Gin Blossoms, and The Bellamy Brothers – plus a variety of local talent that makes for an action-packed weekend of music the whole family will enjoy! Kids especially will love the inflatable water park, bike parade, exotic animal show, and adopt-a-chicken races. There’s plenty of food, beverages, and fun to be had. Get the entire Schedule of Events here. Note: no coolers or pets allowed, but bring your lawn chairs!
Family Storytime in Madison
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Madison Public Library (map)
This is a great chance for moms & dads that work outside of the home during the week to take their kids to storytime at the library! Ms. Teresa has great books and crafts to share each month – be sure to give yourself some time to explore this great library, and even pack some snacks to enjoy outside in the Children’s Garden afterward. View website.
Saturday from 3-7 PM
J.O. Johnson High School (map)
Ease back into school with this fun first annual event. Lines should be shorter for the food trucks for those who have been wanting to try them, and there will be live music, demonstrations, and community information booths. Bring a lawn chair to kick back and visit with friends!
Grotto Lights Concert & Hula Hoops
Saturday from 6-9 PM
Big Spring Park East (map)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This event has been rescheduled due to the threat of bad weather. This is one of the LAST concerts in this particular series, and a favorite among local families. See the grotto at Big Spring Park lit up with glowing lights while listening to the music of the Muddy Walkers Band. Tonight it’s the “Night of a Hundred Hula Hoops” so be sure to bring yours! Food trucks will be here too – a great chance to sample Crave Heat, Fire & Spice, Food Fighters Bustaurant, I Love Bacon, Piper & Leaf teas, and the Sugar Belle cupcake truck for dessert. After the concert, stay for the light show projected onto Big Spring Park-area buildings.
Do Some Star-Gazing
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Cost: $5 adults, $3 students, 6 & under – FREE
VBAS Planetarium (map)
One of our favorite Planetarium presenters, Beth Bero, will be your host for the evening as you travel to spacey destinations both near and far! Join her for a vacation in the Stars… where do YOU want to go? The show is followed by star-gazing with the pros outside in the VBAS via some really awesome telescopes. Read our full review about what to expect, and be prepared for your kids to fall in love with the heavens.
Ride a Summer Train, or DO ALL THE SCIENCE!
Saturday, various times & prices
So you’ve either had a long first week of school or you’re getting ready to, and you might want to splurge on something fun that has an admission price. Let us help you by providing these bonus choices!
- Dog Days Express Train Ride at the North Alabama Railroad Museum
- GPS Adventures and Saturday Scientist activities at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
- Robotics Day at Sci-Quest Hands On Science Center