For some of you, this is your last weekend before school starts back next week.
There’s probably a mixed reaction of joy & sadness as kids gather their books and backpacks and parents prepare to fill out reams of new paperwork and permission slips. Luckily you can make the most of this weekend in Huntsville – there are concerts to attend, Quidditch brooms to ride, fountains to frolic in, and new dance moves to learn (The Nae Nae, anyone?).
It’s also the perfect opportunity to get some Back to School shopping in – Rocket City Consignment opens Friday in their new location at Madison Square Mall across from Dillards. We’ve got lots of great checklists and advice from both teachers and other local parents on how to get back into school routines smoothly, and how to handle that dreaded Kindergarten Drop Off in our Education Pages.
Now to the Huntsville Weekend Roundup…
Free Summer Concerts
Thursday, Saturday, & Monday
Various locations, see below
It could be your last Summer Concert before school starts back up – catch one or all three!
- Gazebo Concerts in Madison: The last concert presented by the Madison Arts Council will be Fender Bender on Thursday at 6:30
- Music in Providence Park: Unknown Lyric (an RCM favorite!) will play Saturday from 8-11 PM.
- Concert In Big Spring Park: Another last concert with The Arts Council Inc.! Winslow Davis Ensemble & Big Daddy Kingfish are always a great show; just get there early Monday night. The show starts at 6:30.
Free Day in the Garden!
Friday from 9AM-6PM
Cost: FREE, with donation
Huntsville Botanical Garden (map)
Hooray! Today there’s free admission to the Huntsville Botanical Garden with your donation for HEALS! Items to donate: toothpaste, tooth brushes, new shoes (school age sizes), socks. A complete list of items can be found here. The Nature Connects LEGO exhibit is gone, but all the water fountains and permanent Garden fixtures will help your family have an awesome day together.
Back to School Celebrations
Back to School Bash
Free food, back to school pictures, workout classes, information from community partners, and MORE for all who attend this school celebration! 50 backpacks will be given to the first 50 students who arrive, courtesy of the Huntsville Drumline. Come out for lots of fun & music on Friday, July 31 from 6-8 at The Spot and get ready to go back to school and stay healthy. Free for all ages.
3rd Annual Back to School Jam
Great live music, free school supplies, food, and tons of community fun will all be present at Sonia Inc.’s annual kick off to a new school year. Sunday, August 2nd from 3-6 PM & totally free for families to attend!
Happy Birthday, Harry!
Members of Dumbledore’s Army everywhere know that this weekend is full of festivities – it’s Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31st! The Bailey Cove Library is celebrating all week with a Magical Creature Puppet Show and Quidditch in Willow Park on Thursday, and a huge birthday party on Friday at 3:00 PM with cake and butterbeer. More details here.
A little further afield, it’s the most magical day of the year at Florence-Lauderdale Public Library! Families and fans of all ages are invited to the annual celebration of Harry Potter’s Birthday. There will be movies, crafts, a photobooth, and games all day. Plus, at 2:00 pm, join them for the Kids & Teens Vs. Adults Trivia! And of course, Bookmarks Coffee Shop will transform into Honeydukes for the day. They’ll be serving magical treats like chocolate frogs, plus all the BUTTERBEER you can drink. More details here.
Community Dance Day
Saturday from 9AM – 2PM
Huntsville Ballet Studios (map)
Get moving before you head back to school! Come by and check out a variety of classes and dance styles, and get a crash course for free! Special guest teachers Derrell Underwood and Alison Walsh will join Huntsville Ballet School faculty for hip hop, modern dance and ballet classes. Whether you’ve never danced a step outside of your room or if you’ve got moves you want to show off, come celebrate dance with the Huntsville Ballet. Get the full free class schedule here.
See the Dinosaurs in Gadsden
Now through August 3rd
Cost: $8 per person, under 2 free
Hardin Center for Cultural Arts (map)
Go see them before they go extinct all over again! The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Gadsden has gone prehistoric with 13 life-life animatronic dinosaurs! These giants of the past fill visitors of all ages with awe and amazement as their realistic movements and appearance will transport visitors back to the Jurassic period. It’s a beautiful day trip from Huntsville, and you can make a day of it by stopping at Noccalula Falls too! Read the RCM Parent review before you go HERE and HERE.[box style=”lavender rounded” ]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 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. [/box]
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.