Arts Lover

Why arts lovers will heart Huntsville

By Daniela Perallon, Arts Huntsville

Local Art

Stop #1

On Courthouse Square in Downtown Huntsville you’ll find A Cup of Everything. This downtown café offers not only coffee, tea, wine and beer (truly a cup of anything) but assorted locally made snacks and sandwiches. If you sit downstairs, the owners Helen & Cathy will offer suggestions for lunch and dinner, as well as their favorite sights and sounds in Huntsville. Head up to their cozy upstairs gallery to finish up some work, settle down with a book, or simply browse their latest exhibit featuring the works of local artists.

Stop #2

Also on the square you’ll discover part of Arts Huntsville’s SPACES Sculpture Trail. This collaborative project features 37 sculptures across Huntsville/Madison County by 25 artists from 13 states. Explore part of the trail by walking, or take a GPS and cell phone guided tour. More information at

Stop #3

You can’t visit Huntsville and not visit Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. This local favorite is the largest privately owned center for the arts, and you’ll quickly see why.  Shop the studios of more than 120 local artists, artisans, small businesses, catch a show at one of their live performance venues, and stand in awe of their stunning visual art galleries. While exploring the Mill don’t be afraid to pop in to the studios and chat with the artists. They love to share their passion for their work with the public!

Also visit:

Peruse the unique exhibits at Huntsville Museum of Art, shop The ARTery in the historic Five Points neighborhood, Little Green Store on Monte Sano, Historic Harrison Brothers Hardware Store in Downtown Huntsville, or Art & Soul in Hampton Cove. Each store features work from local artists and artisans, as well as well-curated collections from artists all over the region and the country.

Festivals and Concerts


Every April, Arts Huntsville hosts Panoply Arts Festival. This festival truly has something for everyone, from kid’s art activities, to a craft beer tent, to an Art Marketplace featuring an array of local and regional visual art, live performances and concerts, and more! In 2016, the Panoply Arts Festival will be help April 29th – May 1st.

Concerts in the Park

Yet another program of Arts Huntsville, featuring the community’s favorite local and regional bands and musicians! This free concert series is held in Big Spring International Park every Monday evening from June through August.

Monte Sano Arts Festival

In the Fall, join us at Monte Sano State Park for art with a view. Monte Sano Art Festival is a Huntsville tradition, bringing the finest artists from across the region to one of Huntsville’s most beautiful parks. Enjoy food from our local food trucks while you peruse local art under a canopy of trees.

Live Music

Nearly every night of the week you can find live music at one of our local bars and restaurants. If you’re lucky you’ll catch local legend & Panoply Arts Festival Favorite, Microwave Dave. Ask around, someone is bound to know where he’s playing this week.

Experience the Arts

You’ll find that in almost every arts, entertainment and cultural organization, art studio or gallery someone is an engineer, a scientist, a math teacher. In Huntsville, you’ll find the arts fuel our innovative spark! Visit our arts calendar to see what’s showing the weekend of your visit!

What’s mentioned here is just a primer in Huntsville’s vibrant and growing Arts & Cultural scene! We don’t have the space to mention every single organization, artist, and attraction that makes this city great, so we encourage you to explore our Arts Calendar and Arts Directory at for more ways to experience the arts in Huntsville!


About Arts Huntsville

Arts Huntsville is the largest arts advocacy, arts engagement and arts service organization in North Alabama. Our mission is to stimulate and support community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture in the greater Huntsville metro region. We know the arts enrich the quality of life, education, and economic development that make the region a great place to live and visit!