What to Do This Weekend in Huntsville
I’ve lived in the South long enough to know that most of you won’t need to look further than your living rooms to find something to do this weekend. The 2015 college football season may have finally arrived but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do outside your home as well!
We’ve made our top picks for fun but there is much more to be found on our complete Event Calendar.
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And if you need some help coming up with ideas for what to bring to that tailgating party you are no doubt attending (or throwing) then check out this list from our resident food expert Aunt Bee!
Northeast AL State Fair
Cost: $7 (adults); $4 (4-12); FREE (3 and under)
John Hunt Park (map)
The fair is back in town and while it’s not free (or even necessarily cheap) it’s certainly a good pick for family fun. If you go on Friday you can use this coupon for a BOGO on armbands and there is plenty to do other than rides including a motorcycle thrill show, a comedy circus, a petting zoo, and more.
Concerts at Lowe Mill & Providence
Concerts on the Dock at Lowe Mill is BACK! You know we couldn’t be more excited for this family-friendly outdoor concert series to return. The fun starts at 6PM and even though it’s free there is a “love donation” of $2 requested for parking. If you’re closer to the Madison side of town you might decide that you want to hang close to home and check out the music happening at the Village of Providence on both Friday (5-9:30) and Saturday (7:30-9:30PM) in honor of the 37th Annual Wing Ding that Huntsville is playing host to all weekend.
Rocket Parlor – Launch Party
Saturday from 10AM-10PM
Cost: FREE admission
9009 S. Memorial Pkwy, Suite J (map)
This new hangout for kids and teens just opened this week and parents, we are telling you that you are gonna want to check it out! Filled with fun for all ages including travel tunnels, balls, building blocks, art supplies and more for the younger set, there are also lots of arcade and video-style games as well as air hockey, puzzles, books, and display art for the tween/teen crowd. As the new owner explains, the space is for “target ages at target times” which means that mornings are for the littles, after school is more for elementary age kids, and evenings are for teens. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a supervisor, 12 and over can enjoy Rocket Parlor without a supervisor in attendance but must have a signed waiver.
Home Depot Workshop
Saturday from 9AM – Noon
Cost: FREE, registration online required
Home Depot locations (map)
Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with Kids Workshops! These hands-on workshops are designed for children ages 5 – 12 & offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. This Saturday’s craft is a Football Toss (how appropriate). Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
10th Annual Caribbean Day
Sunday | 12-6PM
Cost: FREE, RSVP requested
Stoner Field Park (map)
The Caribbean Association of North Alabama Inc (CANA) is once again hosting this celebration of Caribbean culture, cuisine and lifestyle in a family-friendly event. Vendors will be selling curried, jerk, and stewed delicacies, as well as scores of other food and non-food items. There will be plenty of free activities such as face-painting, arts & crafts, Caribbean board games, musical chairs and a dozen others geared towards children and the entire family. Plus plenty of entertainment including live reggae, salsa bands, and dancing!
Super Saturday at Burritt
Cost: General Admission
Burritt on the Mountain (map)
Geocaching, Letterboxing, Orienteering. Are these foreign words to you? If so then you’re in for a treat because Burritt on the Mountain is hosting a Victorian scavenger hunt -Letterboxing- and the high-tech version using GPS technology -Geocaching. You’ll learn how to use a compass to navigate from point to point (basic orienteering) and build the skills you’ll need to find a Letterbox or a Geocache. Of course you’ll want to complete the Time Travel Scavenger Hunt as well, so that you can become an Official Time Traveler!
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Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".