Weekend Roundup October 6-8

We love Fall in the Tennessee Valley! There’s no shortage of free/cheap fun to be had and we’ve listed some of our favorites below.

If you’re staying in town for the school break, be sure to consult our Fall Break Camp list. It’s not too late to sign the kids up for some fun camps & classes next week! (We’re looking at you, Madison City!) I think you’ll find our 2017 Fall Activity Guide pretty handy for next week too, especially since we just added all the Halloween events to it!

Free & Cheap


Cullman Oktoberfest

All Weekend
Cost: FREE
Downtown Cullman | More Info

Each year, during the first week in October, senior citizens and school children alike come together to enjoy Oktoberfest activities such as: a wiener dog race, an arts and crafts show, wagon rides, a kids’ fun area, multiple stage events, a Biergarten, a classic car show, featuring German cars, numerous contests, Historical tours, a quilt show and much, much more!

Boaz Harvest Festival

Friday & Saturday
Cost: FREE
Downtown Boaz | More Info

This two-day festival offers over 225 arts & crafts lining the streets, music and special guest The Bama Land Band, food court, Moon Pie and RC Cola eating contest and Free Kidz Inflatable play area with rides and games (tickets required).

Concerts On the Dock

Friday from 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE, $5 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info

A trio of lovely ladies Maxell Russell of the Shoals Songwriters Showcase described as “a little bit of soul, some down home blues, clever lyrics, excellent musicians, and angelic voice. A true original in every sense of the word.” Equal parts jazz and R&B this Shoals band sings blues for blues lovers sure to get you up and your groove on. Get our Parent Pro-Tips and learn more about each show here. (Need a snack? Bring a pack of diapers over to Pizzelle’s to donate to our Diaper Drive and get a $1 Duke Bar!)

Madison Street Festival

Saturday from 9AM-4PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Madison | More Info

The day kicks off with the MSF Parade honoring Gold Star Families and remembering lost heroes. Families can expect to have a LARGE FREE day enjoying the Children’s Area complete with arts & crafts, a petting zoo, magician, puppets and inflatables. Great entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the day on TWO Entertainment stages.

Make a Fire House Bank

Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, registration required
Home Depot | More Info

Join this hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a cute coin bank with a fire station design. Once the bank is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Rocket City Championship Wrestling

Saturday at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5
Cosmos Fitness | More Info

Rocket City Championship Wrestling returns with a action packed card! Wrestling fans will love the action, the drama, and the awesome characters. Cheer for your favorites and boo for the villans! Leery about going? Read our Parent Review to see if it’s right for your kiddos.

Hike the Devil’s Racetrack

Sunday at 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Land Trust of North AL Trail | More Info

This moderate trail is best for older kids that have been hiking before and love it! Families are invited to join Botanist Lynne Weninegar on Wade Mountain as she leads a hike on plant identification at Devil’s Race Track. (2 hours/Moderate/Approx. 2.5 miles)

Worth the Moolah


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Shows Friday – Sunday
Cost: $15
VBC Playhouse | More Info

Fantasy Playhouse invites you to revisit your childhood with the whole family as Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series you loved growing up springs to life onstage as an energetic musical that proves learning math, science, history and grammar can be fun when your teacher wins you over with imagination and music! We guarantee the entire family will be singing along!

Old-Time Fiddlers Competition

Thursday-Saturday
Cost: FREE – $20
Downtown Athens | More Info

Bring the family and enjoy a uniquely American experience whose roots are buried deep in the Appalachian mountains and beyond. It’s a musical and cultural experience that will thrust you into a simpler time where families were bound by the music they created and the stories they told. The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been named by tourism groups as one of the top 20 attractions in the Southeast.

#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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