As much as I love soft summer rains, it would be nice if there were a break between showers to get outside and move around with your family this weekend!
That said, it’s important to look for weather updates for all the free events happening in Huntsville the next four days. Most will push on and all you need is to keep an umbrella handy. There is even more family-friendly fun to be found in our full Event Calendar and we have a great list of Indoor Play options if you prefer to not brave the outdoors.
Finally, if you haven’t bookmarked our annual Summer Fun Guide yet… WHY NOT? It’s the best resource you’ll find for entertaining the kids during the summer months, and it’s full of water fun, movies, festivals, concerts, camps, and much much more.
And now… the Weekend Roundup!
Gazebo Concerts Kick Off
Thursday at 6:30 PM
Downtown Madison (map)
If you love outdoor concerts but hate the massive throngs of people, this summer series is for you. Everything kicks off tonight (it makes your weekend feel extra-long!) at the Madison Gazebo and is hosted by the Madison Arts Council. The Zooks will play live dance music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and Motown which will please any crowd. Seating is not provided, so we encourage you to bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax under the shade trees. Bring your own picnic or sample the Food vendors that will be on-site selling fresh sandwiches, artisan teas, fruit, snow cones, and more! Of course, keep an eye on their Facebook Page for weather updates. Read our full review here.
Party at the Library
Saturday from 8AM-11AM
Madison Public Library (map)
A Fun Run! Cake! Big trucks! An Animal Show! Music & dancing! CAKE! This annual Summer Reading Kick-Off Party at the Madison Library is always a blast. It’s a Fun Run, Library Birthday Celebration, and Summer Reading Sign Up event all in one. Early risers will love the cooler morning hours for the kid’s Helen P. Lee Memorial Fun Run, and that will be followed by activities by local organizations, and the Animal Show at 10AM.
Soccer Shots Family Fun Fest
Saturday from 9AM-Noon
Athens Sportsplex (map)
Bring your entire family out to enjoy a fun day of soccer games and activities, bounce house, concessions and more. Soccer fundamentals review begins at 9:30am; soccer game times begin at 10:00am, 10:30am and 11:00am. It’s a great opportunity to see if the Soccer Shots program is good for your little one. Soccer Shots Family Fun Fest is open to the public and free to all. Get more info here.
Saturday from 10AM – 2:30PM
VBC North Hall (map)
First there’s the Bridal Show and then there’s Babypalooza! Babypalooza will help you connect to all of the wonderful resources, services, and boutiques in your area to help you with the newest member of your family. From health services to childcare centers you will be able to find everything you need under one roof in one day! There are always great vendors, and the door prizes are worth it alone to go!
Aviation Heritage Fly-In
Saturday from 10AM-4PM
Meridianville Airport (map)
Grab your aviator goggles and channel your inner Carl from Up! Adventure is out there, and it can be found at this annual aviation show. There will be military, home-built, and commercial general aviation aircraft on display and in the air. Weather permitting, rides in a UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra will be available for a charge. BG Robert Stewart (Ret.), the first U.S. Army Astronaut, will be on site and signing autographs from 11AM-1PM.
11th Annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival
Friday & Saturday
Cost: $2 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (map)
A uniquely Huntsville event, the Cigar Box GUitar Festival is longest running Cigar Box Guitar festival in the world, celebrating all aspects of Cigar Box Guitar folk culture. Admittedly, this is best for families with older kids – it can be difficult to navigate Lowe Mill with a stroller. May 29 & 30 will be filled with music, engaging demonstrations and hands on workshops, folk art, vendors, food trucks and more. This event aims to honor the makers, musicians, and fans of these unique, historic instruments. For a lineup of the days musical acts, see the full schedule 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.