Take a deep breath – it’s almost the weekend, and you can smell Fall in the air! (Or is that just your pumpkin spice latte?) By Saturday, the weather should be perfect – a great opportunity to enjoy what I think is the shortest season here in Alabama. Blink and you’ll miss it, so get out and have fun while you can!
There is no shortage of fun, free, family-friendly things to do in Huntsville and the surrounding areas this weekend. There’s a bevy of festivals to choose from, and if you don’t find something you like below you should definitely check our Fall Activity Guide and the full Event Calendar. To help you prepare for Fall Break, we’ve also pulled together a list of staycation ideas to make your week just as special as if you had your toes in the sand at the shore.
So… let’s round ’em up!
48th Annual Fiddler’s Convention
Friday & Saturday
Cost: Admission charged, kids under 12 FREE
Athens State University (map)
The whole family will enjoy the rich music and entertainment, authentic arts and crafts, and the deep American heritage that The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention brings to Athens, AL every year. Have you ever seen buck dancing? It’s a sight to behold, and there’s a competition kids will love to watch! Besides the music everywhere you turn, there are vendors, activities, and delicious food. Bring your lawn chairs and blanket and claim a spot – this is an event that is best savored in a “go and hang out” manner. Admission is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday; or $15 for both days. Kids under 12 get in free.
Annual Madison Street Festival
Saturday from 9AM-4PM
Main Street, Madison (map)
Traditionally held on the first Saturday of October, this 34th annual festival welcomes an array of artists, craftsmen, information booths, food vendors, street performers, stage performances, and amusements each year. The Children’s Tent provides free arts and crafts, games, and entertainment for those 12 years of age and under. From magic and a petting zoo to face painting and making green goo, you’ll find it under the “Big Tent.” As a service to the community, the Madison Police Department will be on hand to provide free child fingerprinting to families who desire this service. There’s too much to list here, so be sure you get the full schedule of events.
North AL Scottish Festival
Saturday from 9AM-4PM
Cost: $10/$5 ages 5 and under FREE
Sharon Johnston Park, New Market (map)
Channel your inner Merida or William Wallace and get thee to the Scottish Festival! Activities include highland games, border collie demonstrations, and MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC at the stage. Featured entertainers are Colin Grant, Hooley, Maple Hill Band, and Richard VanValkenburgh. A wide range of Scottish vendors will be present, including books, music, weaponry, jewelry, kilts and tartan, and other Scottish items. Want to try some haggis? Both Scottish and American food will be available on the Festival Grounds.
Fall Walking Tour in 5 Points
Saturday at 10AM
Meet at Maple Hill Cemetery (map)
Did you know that Huntsville is home to the South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes? You won’t want to miss exploring the beauty and history of Huntsville’s storied past. This free guided tour of 5 Points Huntsville is hosted by the Huntsville Convention & Visitor Bureau, and only offered two weekends each Fall – this is one of them! Meet your guide, Jan Williams, at the corner of Wells Avenue and Maple Hill Drive (or NW corner of Maple Hill Cemetery). We’d probably recommend this activity for babies in strollers & carriers or older kids that are interested in local history – younger kids might get restless.
Saturday from 5-8 PM
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Complex (map)
Join Circle Motion Hoops for World Hoop Day 2014! There’s a free hula-hooping workshop from with hooping expert, Chrisha. You can show off your new skills in the Hoop Jam and performances (or just sit back & watch). World Hoop Day is a non-profit organization that supplies their Hoop Ambassadors with funding and hula hoops to distribute to schools, orphanages, villages, and camps around the world. It’s a great & fun way to get exercise too! Hoops will be available to use and to purchase. Donations will benefit the World Hoop Day organization. All ages are welcome!
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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.