Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Huntsville! We are so ready to dive right into the holiday weekend that kicks off SUMMER in Alabama! In between all of those dance recitals, graduations, and grill sessions there is quite a lot to do if you want to get out and about with the family this weekend! As always, we’ve listed a few of our favorites below. Just be sure you stop into a local Farmer’s Market to pick up a watermelon or other yummy treat to bring to the BBQ!
If you haven’t already, go ahead and bookmark our Summer Fun Guide before you browse our WERU list. It’s everything a parent needs to survive the summer – water fun, free movies, festivals, camps & classes, live music, and more!
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Concerts on the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE admission, $5 to park
Lowe Mill | More Info
Kick off the long weekend right! This is one of our favorite free family events and tonight’s show will be a Startling Fresh showcase. Just be sure to read our Parent Pro-Tips before you go.
Friday from 6:30-9:30 PM
Morgan Co. Fairgrounds | More Info
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.
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Point Mallard Park | More Info
The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in Decatur, Alabama. Each year the Jubilee hosts about 60 local and national hot-air balloons at Point Mallard Park. Public admission is free of charge, and the weekend boasts many fun and exciting activities.
Smith Lake Memorial Day Festival
Saturday from 8AM – 6PM
Smith Lake Park | More Info
Visit Smith Lake for the Annual Memorial Day Festival in Cullman. There will be arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music, and contests happening all day! You can also play putt-putt, visit the swimming pool, and rent kayaks, canoes, and new for 2017: paddle boards!
Neighborhood Pool Party!
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Showers Center | More Info
Bring your family and friends to North Huntsville’s Summer Splash Bash as we welcome the summer with great music, food, fun water games, and even give-aways! The first 50 people who show up will receive FREE entry into the pool, so don’t be late!
Madison Disc Dog & Art 4 Paws Festival
Saturday from 10AM – 3PM
Dublin Park | More Info
Art 4 Paws back again at Dublin Park in conjunction with Dog Disc Days. This growing event brings the love of art and pets together for a day of fun the entire family will enjoy, right down to Fido! With several shelters and rescue groups on-site, you’ll have the opportunity to meet adorable four-legged friends who are looking to adopt a new family too!
Planetarium Show on the Mountain
Saturday at 7:30 PM
VBAS Planetarium | More Info
The VBAS’s Resident Astronomer, Doug Horacek, will present a program about star clusters, and if weather permits you can even see some! Doug will talk about the different types of star clusters and give you some insight as to what astronomers know about them, as well as where to find some of them in the night sky. Read our Rocket City Mom parent pro-tips about visiting the planetarium right here!
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Rocket City Fair
Thursday – Monday
Admission: Adult (12+) is $7, Child (5-12) is $5, under 4 years free
Ride Tickets: Start @ $1.25/1, Packages Vary, All Day Wristband: $25
Joe Davis Stadium | More Info
This year’s annual fair will be hosting some of the acts that Huntsville has come to love in the past years. Some of the lineup includes: The Magic of Bob Bohm, The Aguilar Family Circus & Thrill Show, and Boger Farms Animal petting Zoo. PLus everyone’s favorite – the RIDES!
Have a Holiday Staycation!
Take advantage of the long weekend and hopefully a day off by being a tourist in your own backyard! There are so many great exhibits and special things happening at local attractions:
- Dinosaurs UpROAR Alive at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
- Neighborhood Earth at the US Space & Rocket Center
- Treasure Hunt at Gold Mountain at Burritt On the Mountain
- Earlyworks Children’s Museum
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