YOU GUYS. Summer has hit Huntsville in full force – case in point are all the fun family friendly things happening over the weekend! Throw our annual Summer Fun Guide into the mix, and start checking off these 52 Things on your Summer Bucket List and you have quite the mission, should you choose to accept it.
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Read Around the Block
Saturday from 8-11 AM
Madison Public Library | More Info
Don’t miss the chance to participate in fun runs & relay races, touch big trucks, eat some birthday cake, meet some live animals, AND sign up for Summer Reading! It’s bound to be a great block party and birthday for the Madison Library.
Catch a Fish
Saturday from 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Brahan Spring Park | More Info
Free fishing rodeo for children ages 6-11 – parents must register children for them to be eligible for awards & prizes that include cash for tagged fish and trophies for largest fish, most fish and heaviest stringer overall.Registration starts at 7AM; bring your own equipment and bait.
Saturday from 9AM-Noon
Columbia Elementary School | More Info
This event is a contest to test the skills of our young bike riders. There are five events to assess skills including balance and steering capability. There are three age categories, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11. The top three contestants will be awarded trophies. Representatives from the Bike Shop in Madison will be available to inspect bikes and offer minor corrections. Water and coolies will be available.
Get Lost in a Good Book!
Yay books! There are two ways to nab some great summer reading titles for your kids today…
- Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale – This annual sale is one to mark your calendar for! Lots of kids books, best sellers, hardbacks, paperbacks, and rare books. All items are 25¢ each and proceeds support the Downtown Huntsville Library.
- Earlyworks Book Swap – Bring in books in good condition and collect one ticket for every two books you bring. Each ticket will get you one book to take home. Books for all ages are welcome. No admission required!
Taste the Spirit of Madison
Saturday from 10Am – 3PM
Cost: FREE admission
Insanity Skate Complex | More Info
Taste the Spirit of Madison brings together food trucks, local shops and businesses as well as entertainment. This is a fun FREE event for the whole family. There will be face painting, backyard olympics and a dunk tank where you will have a chance to dunk Madison’s VIPs.
Aviation Heritage Fly-In
Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Cost: FREE admission
Meridianville Airport | More Info
In addition to static displays of a UH-1, L-19 and U3B, there will be several other military aircraft on display as well as amateur built aircraft and commercial general aviation aircraft. Food vendors will be available on the airport grounds and parking will be free with a shuttle bus to and from the display and rides area.
Florence Frontier Days
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE Admission
Pope’s Tavern Museum | More Info
Step back in time on the grounds of historic Pope’s Tavern Museum and see basket weaving, woodcarving, wool spinning, broom making, pottery making, quilting, chair caning and much more – all by artisans in costumes typical of the frontier period.
Free Teen Classes
Saturday at 2:30 PM
The BRIC | More Info
Every Saturday in June – fun stuff such as: Discover Your Uniqueness, Dress for Success, Financial Literacy, Comedy Writer’s Workshop and Showcase, Leadership, Resume & Interview Skills, and How to be an Entrepreneur.
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Mountain Deux Aquathlon
Saturday 7AM – 1PM
Three Caves | More Info
The Mountain Deux is Huntsville first aquathlon (run/swim event) for all ages, hosted by the Land Trust of North Alabama and Mountain Springs Swim Club in Huntsville.The running portion of the Mountain Deux will begin at the Land Trust’s historic Three Caves site, and will continue on through various Land Trust trails. The swimming portion will be held in the new saltwater pool at Mountain Springs. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.
Dog Days of Summer
Saturday from 9AM – 4PM
Earlyworks Children’s Museum | More Info
Sparky the Fire Dog makes appearances all day at this new summer-long exhibit! Along with all the usual hands-on activities Earlyworks offers, there will be special programming highlighting famous dogs and canine trivia!
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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.