Take a deep breath… smell that? SUMMER HAS ARRIVED! Pools are opening, sunscreen is on sale, and kids all across Huntsville and Madison County are spilling into the streets. Happy Memorial Day Weekend! In between the barbecues and celebrations we hope you take some serious time to remember the men and women who died while serving our country.
“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” – Wallace Bruce
We also hope you can send some quality time with your family, and have listed our top five picks for free family-friendly fun in Huntsville and north Alabama below. In addition to those events, there are also Yard Sales, Farmer’s Markets, and the Ultimate Summer Fun Activity Guide for you to peruse!
Without further ado…
LAST Spring Concert On the Dock
Friday from 6:30 – 9:00
Cost: FREE, $2 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
So, technically there’s one more concert in this popular series, but it’s next week and is part of the world’s largest Cigar Box Guitar Festival. This week’s event is the last Spring CoD, and it should NOT be missed. Iron Horse is a bluegrass band that loves to play Metallica and Iron Maiden covers, amongst other things. Things to bring: picnic supper (or just buy there), chairs and/or blanket, kids, bug spray, well-mannered dog, even a libation or two. Don’t for get the trolley is running from the Clinton Row parking garage to Lowe Mill for anyone who wants to skip the parking hassle.
Get some Culture From the East… in Decatur
Friday from 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Morgan County Fairgrounds (map)
Every year, Decatur-based industry Daikin America hosts a community party in celebration of the company’s Japanese heritage. The annual Daikin Festival is held in May at the Morgan County Fairgrounds and features live entertainment, hot-air balloon rides, Japanese cultural displays and art contest. The festival is free and very family-friendly. Taiko Drum Performance, delicious food, traditional Japanese dancing, Japanese culture activities, kids area with lots of games and activities, face painting, special performances by Ed Jones Orchestra, Lee Benoit Cajun music, door prizes and special grand prize. Wear your HAPPI Coat and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of DAIKIN FESTIVAL!
Rocket City United Youth Night
Friday at 7:30 PM
Cost: Kids 8-17 wearing jerseys FREE
John Hunt Park, Field #2 (map)
Cheer on Huntsville’s home soccer team! Youth players wearing any kind of sports jersey (or RCU shirt) get in FREE to the game. There will be a chance to play soccer bingo for a chance to win an RCU soccer ball, and we hear that Rocky their mascot will be there to meet & greet the kids! Rocket City United is the top Alabama soccer team playing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Regular tickets are $10 each for adults, $7 for youth ages 8-17 or FREE for youth ages 1-7.
Movie On the Green
Friday from 8PM – 10PM
Village of Providence Park (map)
“Goonies never say die!” The Village of Providence is hosting their own Movies in the Park series, and kicking it off with everybody’s favorite 80’s classic, “The Goonies”. Movies begin at dusk, usually around 7:30 – 8:00 PM. The screen will be located in the large green space on Providence Main Street. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks!
Alabama Jubilee Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Point Mallard Park (map)
The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South, leading the City of Decatur to be named as the “Ballooning Capital of Alabama.” The Jubilee has also been named a Top 20 Tourism Event in the Southeast for May by the Atlanta-based Southeast Tourism Society. The Alabama Jubilee features sixty balloons from around the US. Visitors are encouraged to come out for the day to see these magnificent flying machines in action an are allowed to freely walk amongst the balloons. Saturday morning is the ‘hare & hound’ race and during the evening there is the always popular Balloon Glow that lights up the night sky. Sunday morning balloons fly-into the field in the Lynn Layton Key Grab and during the evening many balloons offer free tethered rides! There’s also live music, arts & crafts, an auto expo and a tractor show. Get the full schedule of events here.
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