Weekend Roundup October 20-22

Buckle up your seat belts, folks. From here on out every weekend in Huntsville is going to be action packed! We love Halloween fun, and there’s plenty of the free & cheap variety here for your family.

Keep our Fall Activity Guide close (you’re going to need it!) and our list of where to go to Trick-or-Treat! For even more spooky fun check out these Halloween parties around town!

Free & Cheap


Great Diaper Drive BLITZ DAY

Thursday from 5AM – 7PM
Cost: diapers & wipes
Walmart on Madison Boulevard | More Info

THIS IS IT! The final push to our goal of collecting 125,000 diapers and wipes for babies in need in North Alabama. We’ll be camped out with our friends from WHNT, WDRM, and the Food Bank of North Alabama all day. We’d love for you to stop by and bring us diapers and wipes you’ve collected throughout the month, or just pop into the store and buy a pack to contribute! If you’re one of the first 100 people to donate diapers between 9-2 you’ll get a delicious treat from Pizzelle’s Confections – we’ll have special guests dropping by all day!

Pop Up Parks Return!

Now through Oct. 29
Cost: FREE
Downtown Huntsville | More Info

Ten parking spots have been converted into mini-parks around the Downtown Huntsville Square. The 10-day event is free to attend and open to the public, so bring the kids down to check it out! While you’re there, be sure to look for the…

Arts Huntsville Pumpkin Patch

Now through Oct. 31
Cost: FREE
Downtown Huntsville | More Info

From now until October 31st pumpkins will decorate the windows of downtown Huntsville businesses, showing off the imaginations of Huntsville artists, nonprofits, businesses, schools, and families. Some are spooky, some are kooky – how many can your family find? You can even vote for your favorites! (We’re kind of partial to pumpkin #8!)

Baby & Me Hike

Friday at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Harvest Square Preserve | More Info

Join earthpeditionist Vanessa Branning of Leaf in Creek with little one in tow for this moderate local hike. Harvest Square Nature Preserve features two ponds and 2.3 miles of flat trails. Strollers and packs welcome! These great hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family but donations to help preserve green space are accepted.


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Concerts on the Dock

Friday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE, $5 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info

Grab the kids, your lawn chairs, and a picnic supper and head to our favorite live music venue in town! Based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the boys of Winston Ramble provide all original all homegrown songs by interjecting the raw expression of rock-n-roll into the feel-good vibes of folk and bluegrass music. Get our Parent Pro-Tips here before you go!

Mentone Colorfest

Saturday from 9AM – 5PM
Cost: FREE
Mentone, AL | More Info

For more than 30 years, Colorfest has drawn thousands of visitors to the quiet little mountain village of Mentone to drink in the cool, crisp mountain air, admire the glory of the fall foliage, and enjoy the festivities of Colorfest. The festival combines nightly bonfires, live music, fabulous foods, boutique shopping and, of course, the incredibly talented artists and craftsmen who display their wares along Mentone Brow Park.

Cupcakes with Characters Halloween Edition

Saturday at 10:15 AM
Cost: $5
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre | More Info

Bring your kids to the AYB studios for the Halloween edition of Cupcakes with Characters. There will be cupcake decorating (and eating), crafts, and a preview performance of the Nutcracker. $5 per child and no charge for accompanying adults, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Music Explorers Club

Saturday at 10:15 AM
Cost: FREE
Huntsville Library Downtown | More Info

Join the Music Explorers Club, and get your passport to educational expeditions led by the musicians of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra! Pack your thinking cap and come along on fun-filled journeys to every corner of the orchestra. We’ll learn all about music and musical instruments, and we’ll get a feel for the local culture by making some music of our own.


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Drop-in & CREATE: Grand & Glorious Landscapes

Saturday from 11AM – 1PM
Cost: FREE
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info

This hands-on art activity is appropriate for the entire family. For this edition of Drop-in & Create, kids can create their own landscape scene using pastels. Get inspired by the classic American art in “Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes”.

VBAS Astronomy Day

Saturday from 1:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: FREE
VBAS Planetarium | More Info

It’s time for Astronomy Day at the VBAS facilities in Monte Sano State Park! Events will include family fun activities hosted by local science groups, planetarium shows and telescope observing. Outdoor hands-on activities from 1-5 pm will be offered by VBAS, as well as local science enthusiasts. Short planetarium shows will allow guests to view the night sky indoors, while special solar telescopes outside will offer views of sunspots and solar flares. It’s always a great day!

Trunk or Treat at the Y

Saturday from 4-6 PM
Cost: FREE
Hogan YMCA in Madison | More Info

What a great weekend to break in a new Halloween costume! Bring your little monsters to the Hogan YMCA for a fun Trunk or Treat with games & CANDY!

Get LIT!

Saturday from 6-10 PM
Cost: FREE
Westside Square, Huntsville | More Info

LIT (Light + Innovation + Technology) is a family-friendly music and light show. It includes a DJ/dance party around the courthouse square, and, once the sun goes down, digital mapping by UAH will transform the bank on Westside Square in mind-blowing ways! There will be other light-inspired activities and games, as well as food trucks.

Worth the Money


Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes

Friday & Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: $5-10, kids 3 and under FREE
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

Enjoy a family night hike through the Scarecrow Trail and BOO-terfly House. Experience sounds of the evening from bullfrogs, crickets and maybe even an owl. The Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes may bring some fun surprises. Warm cider and snacks served mid-way. Bring your own flashlight.


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Go See a Show!

Friday – Sunday
Cost: $7-30

Between all the high school theatre departments and independent theater companies here in Huntsville, your family is sure to see a QUALITY show this Fall… Not to mention amazing dance performances!

Haunted Hill Graveyard & Campground

Friday & Saturday
Cost: $5-10
Camp Pop-a-Squat | More Info

Haunted Hill is a Haunt for charity put on by volunteers from PAS Angels Squad. There’s a hay ride, a small graveyard (rated G), a big haunted graveyard & morticians lab (both rated PG-13), and haunted campground (rated R). We cater to ALL ages. No matter what type of scare you are looking for, bring the family. All proceeds go to charity with the cheapest haunted house ticket prices around!

#EpicWeekendChallenge

As you go on your weekend adventures, remember to use the hashtag #RCMEpicWeekend on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. You just might win something cool from the Huntsville MadCo Visitor Center! We love to see families spending time together and making memories – why not win something while you’re at it?

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