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Journey back to the 1800s on an exciting, scavenger hunt as you become an apprentice time traveler. Play with toys and games of the time, find your way through the Underground Railroad maze, race handcrafted boats and rafts down the kid-sized Alabama River. Along the way, learn facts about the United States, Alabama, Huntsville and the surrounding area.
The Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the ingenuity of the community that sent man to the Moon. Includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. This exhibit runs through December 31, 2015.
This exhibit takes a look back at over 200 years of this remarkable city. From humble beginnings as a trade city, to the Rocket City USA, Huntsville is currently home to defense, technology, space and Fortune 500 companies.
"From Cotton to the Cosmos" will run April 1 through September 6.
Having achieved worldwide fame with his "Birds of North America," John James Audubon joined with his son John Woodhouse Audubon and Dr. John Bachman of Charleston to document the region's quadrupeds. They are considered the finest prints of their kind published in America.
The 5,000 square foot exhibit reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Eight robot animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, a giant squid propels itself and a fly walks on the ceiling.
This exhibit is on display March 28 - September 13, 2015.
The Alabama Tourism Department has designated this the "Year of Alabama BBQ"! Indulge in a Southern culinary delight by sampling BBQ from restaurants across the state from January 1- December 31, 2015.
For more information, visit: http://www.ilovealabamafood.com/bbq/
Celebrating Our Own: Huntsville Women Artists
May 2 - July 26, 2015
This invitational group exhibition showcases the exciting work being created by women artists living in the Huntsville area today. Celebrating Our Own will feature established and emerging artists working in a diverse range of styles and media. Organized by HMA.
This guided walking tour winds through Huntsville's historic downtown streets and parks, visiting six unique food tasting locations. You will get an inside look at the restaurants, specialty shops, and "mom and pop" establishments that make this a truly special place to visit. Stops include Huntsville's premier gastro-pub, a delectable European inspired eatery, and the coffeehouse that introduced the city to the delights of gourmet roasting over 30 years ago.
Observation of the night sky through the telescope at our Star parties will follow specified programs.
Be entertained by our turtles, stunning floral displays, and, of course, twelve native species of colorful butterflies.
The Butterfly House is open May through September.
Enjoy the festive atmosphere with authentic German cuisine crafted by the Center's renowned chef, David Oreskovich, imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. This event takes place rain or shine and is family-friendly and dog-friendly.
Ten bikes free to borrow every Thursday night from May to October. Borrow a bike and take a spin downtown!
A series of paintings by a Savannah College of Art & Design professor, inspired by scenes in Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books. On view through June 19.
Reserve your spot early for a seat on the trolley bus that takes craft beer enthusiasts to local breweries for samples. This event is held the last Thursday of each month through October. Check the website for a list of scheduled gathering spots and planned stops.
Visit this downtown open-air market to find locally-grown fruits and vegetables, freshly-prepared meals, traditionally-made relishes and jams plus breads, teas and artwork. Listen to live music as you browse or borrow a bike to cruise around the historic districts.
The Zooks kick-off the 2015 summer concert series. Pack a picnic or purchase something from a vendor. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Madison Arts Council partners will host a free kid's activity each week. Leashed dogs are welcome!
The Cigar Box Guitar Festival is back for its 11th year at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment! This event is the longest running Cigar Box Guitar festival in the world, celebrating all aspects of Cigar Box Guitar folk culture. May 29 & 30 will be filled with music, engaging demonstrations and hands on workshops, folk art, vendors, food trucks and more. This event aims to honor the makers, musicians, and fans of these unique, historic instruments. For a lineup of the days musical acts, see below. More acts to be announced.
Friday, May 29 –
East Dock Main Stage : 6:00 PM – The Mulligan Brothers, 7:30 PM: April May & The June Bugs
Saturday, May 30 –
Nickel CBG Stage : 2:00 PM – Cigar Box Local Open Mic featuring One Hand Dan, Mike Roberts, and more!
Railroad Room # 2 Stage : 1:00 PM – Round Robin Songwriters Workshop featuring Dawn Osborne
East Dock Main Stage : 6:00 PM – Johnny Lowebow, 7:00 PM – Earl Williams, 8;00 PM – Microwave Dave, 9:00 PM – Hymn for Her
This event is sponsored by the Huntsville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and C.B. Gitty.
Award-winning gospel artist Ivan Parker will be in concert at Hillwood Baptist Church on Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in Huntsville, AL. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 256-883-0485 for tickets and information.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment presents Concerts on the Dock, a free eclectic Friday night concert series. It is a family and pet friendly event so bring your dog leashes, lawn chairs, dancing shoes and hula hoops.
The first concert in the Land Trust's 2015 series brings noted smooth jazz saxophonist/composer/vocalist Eric Darius to the historic Three Caves stage for a night of lively entertainment!
Darius has collaborated with superstars like Prince, Jamie Foxx, David Foster, George Benson, Mary J Blige, and Wynton Marsalis. He has also appeared on The X Factor and TNT's hit TV drama series Mob City.
The Huntsville Fern Society will hold this event in the fern glade within the Botanical Garden. Over 40 varieties, all hardy to North Alabama will be available as well as instructions on how to plant and grow them. Music will accompany your visit.
Peruse the exhibition and visit 19 dealers in the bourse. The cachet cover is the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope launch. There will be free gifts for junior collectors and a chance to win door prizes.
Another Great Madison County Waterfall on Keel Mountain!
(2 hours / Moderate to Difficult)
Enjoy this beautiful property protected by The Nature Conservancy in Alabama. The Land Trust manages the trails in partnership with TNC. Doug Horacek will lead a group to Lost Sink Falls.
Directions: From Hampton Cove Publix on Hwy 431, go 1.5 miles on the Eastern Bypass to Cove Park (ball fields) on the right. Turn right onto Old Hwy 431, go 1.25 miles to Cherry Tree Road. Turn left and drive on Cherry Tree Road 2.2 miles to McMullen Road. Drive 1 mile to The Nature Conservancy parking lot on the right. Parking is limited.
Come early for the best selection of local produce, eggs, meats, home-baked goods, fresh herbs, honey and goat cheese. Come see creations from local artisans including hand-made cards, soaps, lotions and other items.
Come join us as we unfold the story of Peter Pan's adventures in Neverland! You will be mesmerized by the beauty and athleticism of our dancers as we take our audience on a fantastic voyage!
In addition to static displays of a UH-1, L-19 and U3B, there will be several other military aircraft on display as well as amateur built aircraft and commercial general aviation aircraft. Retired B. G. Robert Stewart, the first Army astronaut will be on site to sign autographs from 11 AM to 1 PM. The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation-Wiregrass Chapter will have its UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra available for rides. Food vendors will be on the airport grounds. Park on the grounds for free and take the shuttle bus to the display and rides area.
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