Happy Memorial Day weekend, Huntsville! Get ready to hang your flags and not only celebrate the start of summer, but remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so our families can have the many freedoms we enjoy. Talk to your kids about it. It’s important!
While you’re enjoying your weekend, why not do a little summer planning too? We’ve put together the biggest Summer Fun Guide yet, and it’s full of festivals, concerts, movies, camps, day trip ideas, kid’s activities and MUCH more!
Without further ado… on to the Weekend Roundup!
Free & Cheap Events
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival
Point Mallard Park | More Info
The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South, started in Decatur in 1978. Nothing excites or ignites this town more than hot air balloons! The Jubilee features tethered balloon rides, a nighttime balloon glow, concerts, carnival rides, delicious food, games galore, and a commanding display of fireworks. There’s also the coinciding Daikin Festival. Get our Parent Pro-Tips and more here.
Concerts On the Dock
Friday from 6-9 PM
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere to enjoy live music and interesting new acts during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower to listen to the sounds of Seminole Strut this week. More Parent Pro-Tips.
Smith Lake Memorial Day Festival
Saturday from 9AM-9PM
Smith Lake Park | More Info
There will be arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, music and entertainment at this Cullman Festival. There will also be a golf cart and bike parade, milk chugging, ice cream eating contest and much more.
Disc Dog & Art 4 Paws Festival
Saturday from 10AM – 3PM
Dublin Park | More Info
This annual celebration of our furry 4-legged friends will have food trucks, children’s area, arts and crafts, rescue organizations, a amatuer dog show and a blessing of the pets! The Southeast Disc Dog Competition with Skyhoundz will be May 28-29. Each day will start at 9am.
Madison Community Band Patriotic Concert
Saturday at 4PM
Bridge Street Town Center | More Info
This “Salute to John Williams” will feature music from his well-known movie scores. Other musical selections will pay tribute to the brave men and women who died while serving in this country’s armed forces.
Downtown Breakfast Cookoff & Pop Jet Fountain Opening
Monday at 7:00 AM
Cost: No admission, bring $$ for food
West Side Square | More Info
Come cast your vote for the best Downtown Breakfast! Fire & Spice, Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza, I Love Bacon Food Truck, Crave Heat, Washington Square Catering, and Hindsight Coffee Co. will be set up. It’s a great spot to cheer on your favorite Cotton Row Runners – they will run right through the area! Afterward, hit up the pop jets at the Children’s Fountain behind Earlyworks.
Worth the Money
Rocket City Fair
Friday – Sunday
Cost: Admission $5-7; 4 and under FREE
Joe Davis Stadium | More Info
In addition to the carnival rides and games, there will be a petting zoo and lots of various shows and attractions including The Magic of Bob Bohm, West Texas Rattlesnake Show, Lady Houdini Escape Show, and The Aguilar Family Circus & Thrill Show. Ride Tickets start at $1.50/1, packages vary. There is an All Day Unlimited Hand Stamp for $25.
Open Gym at The Matrix
Saturday at 9:30 and 11:00 AM
The Matrix Gym | More Info
This is a great way for children under age 6 to burn off tons of energy – all Open Gym participants must have an electronic waiver on file if you wish to attend. It is encouraged to fill out the waiver prior to arriving to The Matrix, since the desk line can get long. Read our full Parent Review before you go!
City Lights & Stars Concert
Friday at 7:30 PM
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info
Enjoy the music of guitarist Eric Essex at this family-friendly concert series with the best view in town! Pack a picnic supper (or hit up the food trucks!) and bring the blankets and lawn chairs, but leave the dogs at home for this one.
Mother & Son Dance
Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: $25 per pair
The Spot | More Info
Get dressed up for two hours of mommy and son bonding time where you’ll both enjoy dinner and lots of dancing! DJ Rou will supply family friendly, upbeat dance music and music activated party lights to set the tone for the evening. A filling dinner and dessert will be served and names will be drawn for door prizes.