Summer has flown by so fast, but you have one more weekend (two if you’re in Madison) to enjoy it before school starts – better make it count! As always we’ve got our favorite free and/or cheap things happening in the next few days below, but more can be found in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.
And be sure to keep an eye out for all of our helpful Back to School articles – they’re full of great advice from local experts & educators!
Free & Cheap
Free Live Music
Thursday through Sunday
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
- Under the Lights Downtown – Thursday from 5-8 PM
- Madison Gazebo Concert – Thursday at 6:30 PM
- Concerts in Big Spring Park – Monday at 6:30 PM
Athens Kiddie Carnival
Thursday through Saturday
Cost: 50 cents per ride
Athens Lion’s Park | More Info
A carnival just for kids? Yes, you heard us right and it is NOT TO BE MISSED. Seriously, read our review and you’ll be lining up. Tokens to ride are just $.50 each and all monies go to local charities. A North Alabama tradition that needs to become your family’s summer tradition.
Outdoor Summer Fun Bash
Friday from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hays Nature Preserve | More Info
Spend the last Friday of summer break doing special activities at Hays sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. There may be some optional obstacles involved. Dress to get dirty during the fun! Whole Foods Market Huntsville will be there for Fruit Friday, so we will stay fueled up on healthy snacks. Kids should wear old comfortable shoes and play clothes that can get a bit dirty. Bring a bottle of water and put on your preferred insect repellent! Children must be accompanied by an adult during the sessions.
“End of Summer” Fun Day
Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Academy for Learning | More Info
Bring your friends and family to celebrate the end of summer. Bouncy Houses, Hot dogs, local firemen and police, piñatas and lots of bubbles are all on the itinerary. Donations are accepted.
Family Game Day
Saturday from 10Am – 7PM
Learning Express | More Info
Bring the family and come play a variety of games! Some of the games include, Tenzi, Spot it, Tapple, and many more. Come back Saturday for the Science Slime Time at 3PM!
Movie in the Park
Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Big Spring Park | More Info
Movies in the Park has quickly become one of Huntsville’s most anticipated summer events. Family-friendly films are shown at sundown on a big inflatable screen in Big Spring Park. 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 is Inside Out.
CAFY Back to School Celebration
Saturday from 10AM – 2PM
Jaycee’s Fairgrounds | More Info
Entertainment, food, activities, challenges, contests, give-aways, prizes, inflatables, back packs and school supplies. All this and more is waiting for your at this annual event. Preparing Teens for success as they venture into adulthood, enter the workforce, or pursue higher education is the goal. There’s even a Talent Show at 12:30!
Saturday at 7:30 PM
VBAS Planetarium |More Info
Do some star gazing with local experts and learn all about the Milky Way. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the program in order to have time to park and find a seat. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of experienced and knowledgeable observing crew. You can read our parent pro-tips about visiting the planetarium HERE.
Back to School Jam
Sunday from 2-5 PM
Campus 805 | More Info
Come help celebrate five years of serving the Community at our Annual Back to School Jam! There will be inflatables, free food and drinks, and kid-friendly vendors. Plus free school supplies for families in need.
Worth the Money
LMP Presents “Hairspray”
Friday through Sunday
Lee High Theater | More Info
You can’t stop the beat… The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
Into the Woods
Friday through Sunday
VBCC Playhouse | More Info
The Huntsville Community Chorus Association presents Into the Woods. “Careful what you wish for…” In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy-tale inspired musical, the characters venture Into the Woods to make their wishes come true – the baker and his wife wish for a child; Cinderella wishes to go to the festival; and Jack wishes for a cow that will give milk. See the show, be entertained by wonderful young performers, and find out what happens after “happily ever after”!
Dinosaurs UpROAR Alive!
Now – August 13
Cost: $8-12, FREE for members
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
There’s only a few more weeks to see ferocious, magnificent creatures of the mighty Mesozoic era that are “unextinct” throughout the Garden. Ever since the first dinosaur was discovered, these magnificent and mysterious creatures have captured our imagination. Your kids will love it – go before they are gone… again!