Home » Weekend Roundup July 10-13
It’s hard to believe there’s only a few weeks left before school starts! It’s EXTRA important that you squeeze out every last drop of summer vacation, and we’re here to help. Below you’ll find our weekly list of free, fun, and family friendly events and activities in Huntsville and Madison County.
Not included here but equally important are the weekend Farmer’s Markets and our awesome Summer Bucket List. You’ll want to bookmark those and refer back to them each week. You’ll also want to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in style, and this list of Favorite Ice Cream Joints is sure to help.
Now – on to the Roundup!
Listen to ALL the Live Music!
Thursday, Saturday, & Monday
Various locations & times
I love that the Rocket City is bursting with opportunities to see live performances, and this weekend is especially stacked with awesome live music your whole family will enjoy! To list them all separately would take over the whole Roundup, so be sure to click here for the details on any one concert.
- Thursday is the Jam Session on the Square in Huntsville, Concerts in Providence Park, and the Madison Gazebo Concert.
- Saturday is the Grotto Lights Concert in Big Spring Park from 6-9 with the Goat Hill String Band, and kids will especially love this one if they can stay awake for the LED light display at the end – last month is was beautiful!
- Monday night is a chance to prolong your weekend with the Huntsville Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park and the Concert by the River in Decatur – both free and serious family fun.
Feel the Chill Downtown
Friday from 7-9:30 PM
Historic Lowry House & Big Spring Park (map)
It’s summertime in Huntsville, but there are definitely ways to get the shivers tonight! Start your evening at the Historic Lowry House to hear the chilling ghost story of Ann Lowry and tour the house that she supposedly haunts. The tour is kid-friendly, don’t worry! After your tour, take the short walk over to Big Spring Park for a movie under the stars – the Historic Huntsville Foundation is showing “Frozen”, and you know you won’t be able to resist singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”.
It’s Fun to Play at the YMCA
There are TWO fun things happening at two different local YMCA locations this weekend. Friday is the Family Fit Fest from 5:30-7:30 Downtown. You can taste delicious and healthy new recipes and try yoga and Zumba classes for the whole family – even the kids! There will be a Healthy Food Fear Factor Challenge, a Trike & Jump Rope Course for kids, activity stations, and prizes. Saturday the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison is hosting a Poolside Hawaiian Luau, and you’re invited! The new outdoor pool & splash park is open and loads of fun, plus there will be a poolside DJ, costume contest for best luau theme outfits, door prizes, Hawaiian Shave ice, and vendors with food and drink for purchase.
* The Luau is free to Y members; bring a “friend” family for Free; non-members pay $10 per family without Y member escort.
Watch Some Roller Derby
Saturday at 3PM & 5PM
Cost: Kids under 5 FREE, $6 for ages 6+
Skate Odyssey (map)
You’ll never hear the phrase “hit like a girl” the same way again. Huntsville’s Rolling Arsenal of Derby battles the Rome, GA Rollerettes in a double header appropriately titled “The Fall of Rome”. You get two for the price of one – the adult league plays at 3PM and the Junior League plays at 5PM. If you’ve never witnessed live roller derby, what are you waiting for? Caution: if you bring your daughters be prepared for them to ask you for roller skates for their next birthday.
Family Ice Cream Social
Sunday from 11AM-3PM
Cost: FREE admission
Humble Heart Farms, Elkmont (map)
This small family goat farm is hosting an Ice Cream Social and Farmers Market in scenic Elkmont, AL. There will both goat milk and cow milk ice cream, along with farm tours, free cheese tasting, and loads of fun. Other local farmers will be there with treasures like watermelons and other fresh produce, cake pops from Sugar Mammas, Isom’s peaches, cupcakes, fresh bread, jellies and apple butter, and arts & crafts. You can watch the dairy process, and even help feed the baby goats! Samples of cheese and frozen desserts will be included with all tours.
Ride the Freedom Express
Saturday, July 12 at 10AM
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12
North AL Railroad Museum (map)
Take a 10-mile train ride around the Alabama countryside, then enjoy the short lines for the Food Trucks at the museum for lunch! The Freedom Express is a vintage train the kids will delight in, and the grownups will love the fare from Rollin Lobstah, Badd Newz BBQ, and Meaux’s New Orleans Sno-Balls. Seating is limited so buy your tickets online HERE. Not sure what to expect? Read our full parent review before you go here.
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.