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Weekend Roundup October 21-23

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Weekend Roundup October 21-23

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It’s been a long week and there are only 10 weekends left before Christmas. (#ImNotEvenKidding) If these two things make you want to breathe into a paper bag, then you need a fun weekend – lucky for you we have an entire list of our favorite Huntsville events you can enjoy with your family. And if you don’t see something you like below, check out our full Event Calendar.

And if you have an upper-elementary student who is crazy about all things History you’re in for a treat this weekend! PBS is showing their much-anticipated “Hamilton’s America” Friday night AND Huntsville welcomes the always-entertaining historian, Sarah Vowell to the VBC to talk about her books and answer audience questions. 

Before you dive into our list, be sure to bookmark these fun-filled Fall resources:

Free & Cheap

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Pop Up Parks Around the Square

Now – October 23rd
Cost: FREE
Courthouse Square, Hsv | More Info

Enjoy the last weekend of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.’s Pop Up Parks this weekend! These 10 mini-parks are whimsical, fun, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors and explore downtown.

Last Concert on the Dock!

Friday from 6-9
Cost: FREE, $2 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info

Don’t miss the last Fall Concert on the Dock of 2016! Pack a picnic, or grab a bite at one of the Lowe Mill eateries, and don’t forget those lawn chairs. Tonight’s band is Bookie Wilder – a local 4-piece rock band with strong folk and blues influences. Read our Parent Pro-Tips before you go.


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Explore the Pumpkin Trail

Saturday – October 31st
Cost: FREE
Downtown Huntsville | More Info

More than 40 pumpkins will decorate downtown Huntsville from October 17 to October 31 thanks to Arts Huntsville. From silly to spooky, your family will love seeing these pumpkins on display created by locals individuals, organizations, and businesses. (Think Tinsel Trail but with pumpkins.) You can even vote for your favorite to win cash prizes! Get the map here.

Alabama Renaissance Faire

Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE
Wilson Park, Florence | More Info

Regularly one of the top 20 events in the South East, the Alabama Renaissance Faire offers 15+ entertainment opportunities, as well as 75+ vendors offering a wide selection of period merchandise. Smaller than most commercial events, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere and good old Southern hospitality. Costumes aren’t required, but admired!

Astronomy Day on Monte Sano

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

The Von Braun Astronomical Society will host its annual Astronomy Day – events will include family fun activities hosted by local science groups, planetarium shows and telescope observing (weather permitting). Outdoor hands-on activities from 1-5 pm will be offered by VBAS, as well as local science enthusiasts.

Trunk or Treat Early

Saturday from 4-6 PM
Cost: FREE

Hogan YMCA | More Info
Get a jump on Halloween festivities and come out to the first trunk-or-treat of the season! Come out in your Halloween costumes and vote for your favorite trunk!
Cove Church | More Info
The whole family is invited to come out to Cove Church in Hampton Cove for a high-energy worship service followed by trunk-or-treating, inflatables, pumpkin painting and a costume contest.

Worth the Money

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Night Hike with the Scarecrows

Friday from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for kids, under 3 free
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info

Enjoy a family friendly night hike through the Scarecrow Trail! Bring your own flashlight as we experience the Scarecrows and Hay Bale Art through the evening hours. Experience sounds of the evening from bullfrogs, crickets and maybe even an owl. Warm cider and snacks served mid-way.

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Athens Storytelling Festival

Friday – Saturday
Cost: $7-55
Athens Courthouse Square | More Info

Imagine a crisp fall weekend spent listening to stories of adventure and excitement…a place where memories and magic are captured and spun into tales that make you laugh and cry. Learn more about your parents, your children, yourself. Discover all this and more at the annual Athens Storytelling Festival!


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Folklife Festival on the Mountain

Saturday from 10AM – 4PM
Cost: $8-10
Burritt On the Mountain | More Info

Experience traditional arts, skills, and handicrafts of our region from the 1800s & early 1900s through music, dance, and demonstrations by local artisans and craftspeople. This hands-on event is fun for the whole family and features folk and Americana music, Native American flute playing, and storytelling.

Rocket City NerdCon

Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $15, kids 10 and under FREE
Huntsville Public Library | More Info

If your kids are into cosplay, super heroes, gaming, RPGs, or any myriad of fandoms this is the place for you. Huntsville is full of geeky families, and everything about NerdCon is tailor-made for the nerdiest!

Go See a Show

Fall means tons of great performances that kids will love! Here are a few happening this weekend…
Huntsville M.E.T. Presents “The Jungle Book” – Friday from 7-9 PM
Huntsville Ballet Unplugged: Stage Door Canteen – Friday at 7:30 PM

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