Happy Fall Break Week, Huntsville! I hope you’ve had a chance to relax, unwind, and spend some quality time with your friends and families, as well as had some good days to pursue our list of Fall Staycation ideas. Let’s enjoy the last few days before we go back to the grind, shall we? OUr Weekend Roundup is full of free and/or cheap family fun happening all over Huntsville and North Alabama.
Hopefully by now you’ve started on our Fall Must List and perused our GIANT Fall Activity Guide. (Seriously, book mark them now if you haven’t – you won’t be sorry!) You can also browse through our full Event Calendar if you can’t find anything you like below – there are several Farmer’s Markets, Consignment Sales, and local Ghost Walks that can be found there!
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Boaz Harvest Festival
Friday & Saturday
Downtown Boaz | More Info
This annual festival will feature an Antique Classic Car Show with muscle cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Streets will be lined with over 400 arts & crafts, food, and children’s play area vendors. Lots of entertainment & a chili cook off too!
Gem & Mineral Show
Friday – Sunday
Jaycee’s Building | More Info
Got a pet rock? Or a kid who’s enchanted by cool stones and glittery Earth Science? This annual Gem & Mineral show is a favorite of families all over Madison County, and a great event to attend to earn a Scouting badge!
Friday at 10AM and 11AM
Cost: $2 in addition to general admission or membership
Huntsville Botanical Garden | More Info
This popular up-close-and-personal live animal show is a favorite of local Fall Breakers. Your family can meet these beautiful birds of prey and learn all about their valuable place in our ecosystems.
Play Video Games for Charity
Friday from 4-11 PM
Cost: FREE admission
Classic Game Vault | More Info
Play retro video games and support Dysautonomia Awareness? Yes, please! You can play in this full-size arcade with over 65 video games, and have the chance to win some prizes by making donations to Dysautonomia International.
Concerts On the Dock
Friday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 to park
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info
Campbell Station is tonight’s band on the back dock, and as always, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. You can also grab some grub from one of the LM eateries or food trucks. Read our Parent Pro-Tips before you go.
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: FREE admission
Downtown Cullman | More Info
he residents of Cullman and the surrounding area are very proud of their German heritage, so it isn’t surprising that every year Cullman Oktoberfest is easily considered the areas largest and most anticipated event of the year. Activities include: 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.
Fall Walking Tour of Old Town
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Walker Avenue, Huntsville | More Info
Did you know that Huntsville is home to the South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes? Every October, you can take a leisurely, guided stroll through these famed historic districts. Kids are welcome – it’s a great way to get some fresh air & a little Huntsville history!
International Observe the Moon Night
Saturday from 5:30 – 9PM
Cost: FREE after hours event
U.S. Space & Rocket Center | More Info
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosts NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration Saturn V Hall. Enjoy hands-on interactive activities, including an out-of-this-world photo booth, airbrush tattoos, Astronomy Van, Janet Ivey from “Janet’s Planet” on PBS, DJ Shell, and seeing the moon up close with the help of telescopes and astronomers from the Von Braun Astronomical Society!
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Parent’s Night Out in Huntsville
Friday & Saturday
If Fall Break has been a challenge, here’s your chance to unwind – there are a couple of great PNO’s happening this weekend all over Huntsville!
Pinkalicious The Musical
Friday – Sunday
VBC PLayhouse | More Info
Based on a popular children’s book, this musical is presented by the awesome Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and will run this weekend and next. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. It is a musical about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.
50th Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Athens
Thursday – Saturday
Cost: $15, kids under 12 free with adult
Athens State University | 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. Don’t miss the buckdancing!
Saturday at 10:00 AM (arrive by 9:45AM)
Spirited Art | More Info
What a fun way to close out Fall Break! Bring your little one – ages 3-6 – to paint a jolly Fall pumpkin on canvas. Parents are asked to stay to assist with painting. There will be a brief story time to allow paintings to dry and a snack will be provided. All materials included, just be sure to wear painting clothes!
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