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Weekend Roundup September 30 – October 2

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Weekend Roundup September 30 – October 2

It *finally* felt a teensy bit like Fall in Huntsville this week, but sunscreen is still in order if you plan on getting out and enjoying some free and/or cheap family fun with the kiddos this weekend! Thankfully, you have some AWESOME chances to do that!

We’ve got Fall Fever here at RCM, so we put together something special just for you… behold, the 2016 Fall Activity Guide to Huntsville and North Alabama:

  • Pumpkin Patches? Check.
  • Fall fests? Check.
  • Concerts, plays, & performances? Check.
  • Fall Break Camps & Classes? Check.

We also have an entire Must List prepared to make it easier for you to spend some quality time with your family without missing a moment of the Fall season.

26 Things Fall
Shout out to 4-D Farms for supporting our Fall fun efforts!

Free & Cheap Events

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Great Diaper Drive

Thursday from 5AM – 6PM
Cost: Diaper donations
Wal-Mart, Madison | More Info

We’ve got a brand-new National Diaper Bank to fill and we’re going to need YOUR help today! Stop by with your donations of diapers and wipes and you will be helping out local babies who are in desperate need of fresh, clean diapers. The first 200 people that come by between 2-6 PM will get free ice cream!

Concerts On the Dock

Friday at 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE, $2 parking
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment | More Info

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters are performing on the back dock tonight – pack your picnic, and grab the kids! The weather should be absolutely perfect. Get our Parent Pro-Tips before you go.


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Build a Firetruck

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

These kid-friendly workshops are designed especially for kids ages 5-12 and includes a free apron and certificate. Just be sure your RSVP online before you go as space is limited.

Madison Street Festival

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

This annual fall fest celebrates the people, art, food, and music of Madison, Alabama, and is chock full of things to do and eat. Their “Big Tent” children’s area is a reason to go all on it’s own, but be sure you go early for the parade, games, car show, and live entertainment.

Historic Walking Tour

Saturday at 10:00 AM
Cost: FREE
Maple Hill Cemetery | More Info

Did you know that Huntsville is home to the South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes? Every October, you can take a family-friendly, guided stroll through these famed historic districts. It’s going to be a gorgeous day for it!

Cruise In & Car Show

Saturday 2-8 PM
Cost: FREE
Downtown Athens | More Info

Cruise in with a classic car or bike and show off your wheels around the Square in Athens. Antique automobiles will be parked around the square, and there will be live family-friendly entertainment to enjoy.

Star Wars LEGO Build

Saturday at 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Barnes & Noble, both locations | More Info

Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join us for our LEGO® Star Wars Rogue One Build Event. In this open and fun-filled activity, participants and Star Wars fans alike will get to build designs from the exciting new film coming out this year.

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Junglebook Sneak Peek

Saturday at 5:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Bridgestreet | More Info

Enjoy puppetry and dance selections from the show that will be performed onstage at the Academy for Arts and Academics theatre in Huntsville, October 14-29.


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Enjoy a Bountiful Harvest

All Weekend
Cost: FREE to shop

One of the biggest perks of living in Alabama is the gorgeous amount of local produce available this time of year. Feed your family locally grown, clean food that can be found at any one of these Farmer’s Markets around town. Our favorite is the Village of Providence Artisans & Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!

Worth the Money

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Head to the Pumpkin Patch

All Weekend
Cost: $8-12
Lyon Family Farm and 4D Family Farm 

Whether you head north or south, both of these farms are an absolutely beautiful drive from Huntsville, both are adorable family farms, and both are RCM favorites! If you want to get lost in a corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, bounce on a giant pillow, or cheer at some pig races, you’re going to get your wish at these area farms. #FallMustList

Haunted Trolley Tour & Ghost Walk

Saturday at 6PM and 8:30PM
Cost: $10-12
Harrison Brothers Hardware | More Info

Take a stroll with a hauntingly good tour guide through Huntsville historic neighborhoods – you’ll learn lots of local stories as you go! Choose from walking tours or trolley tours, but we recommend the 8:30 PM walk this particular evening, mainly because our favorite Ghost Host, Van Brown, is an awesome guide for families who love to get spooky, but not too spooky!

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  • Date: 10/1/2016
    Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (gates open at 9)
    Location: Tate Farms, Meridianville, AL
    Admission Cost: $12 for ages 2 & up
    What’s cooler than medieval weapons launching pumpkins through the air? Not much, so check out the third annual Pumpkin Blast on Saturday, October 1st at Tate Farms. Everyone is invited to come watch teams blast pumpkins using their homemade catapults, air cannons, or trebuchets. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the competition starts around 10. While there, enjoy a full day of Fall Family Fun! In addition to seeing the pumpkins fly, families can enjoy activities such as pedal carts, jumping pillows, hay rides, corn cribs and so much more! You can also shop the Country Store or enjoy lunch in the Barn Café! The rain date (if needed) will be Saturday, 10/8. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pumpkinblast and visit our webpage at http://www.pumpkinblast.com for more info and to pre-purchase admission tickets.

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