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The Huntsville/Madison area is host to hundreds of events each year! Join us for parades, art fairs, national entertainment, motorcycle rallies, band festivals, jazz and blues, sporting events and more. You will enjoy events filled with celebration, family and fun every season.

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08/30/2015 - 09/05/2015

Ongoing Events

EXHIBIT: 101 ROCKET CITY INVENTIONS
  • Recurring daily
  • 08/01/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Times: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Address: One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Phone: (256) 837-3400
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

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.

EXHIBIT: THE ROBOT ZOO
  • Recurring daily
  • 08/01/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Times: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Location: US Space & Rocket Center
  • Admission: Admission charged.
  • Venue: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The Robot ZooThe 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 PURDY BUTTERFLY HOUSE AT BOTANICAL GARDEN
  • Recurring daily
  • 08/01/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Times: Mon - Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Thu 9 am - 8 pm, Sun Noon - 6 pm
  • Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue ,
  • Phone: (256) 830-4447
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

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.

YEAR OF ALABAMA BBQ
  • Recurring daily
  • 08/01/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Location: Alabama

YOA BBQ-colorThe 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/

SUMMER PASS FOR SPACE & ROCKET CENTER
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 08/02/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Times: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Address: One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Admission: Admission Charged
  • Venue: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

 

Special passes are available at the museum for unlimited visits Sunday through Thursday between now and Labor Day for 1 adult with up to 2 children. This includes the traveling exhibitions and standard simulators. 

IMAGES OF THE GREAT WAR: THE EUROPEAN OFFENSES, 1914-16 FROM THE ANNE S.K. BROWN MILITARY COLLECTION
  • Recurring daily
  • 08/08/2015 - 11/15/2015
  • Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Address: 300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER
  • Venue: Huntsville Museum of Art

From America's foremost graphic and documentary resource of soldiers and soldiering, and one of the world's largest collections devoted to the study of military uniforms, comes an exhibition of original artworks commemorating the centenary of World War I. Images of the Great War presents 44 prints, drawings and watercolors by various artists depicting aspects of the first two years of the War. Visual material will be supplemented with associated historical artifacts borrowed from local military collections. Organized by HMA and the John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence, RI.

EXHIBIT: IMAGES OF THE GREAT WAR: THE EUROPEAN OFFENSES, 1914-16
  • Recurring daily
  • 08/09/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Times: Tue - Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Thu 11 am - 8 pm & Sun 1 - 5 pm (closed Mon)
  • Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Address: 300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 535-4350
  • Admission: Admission charged
  • Venue: Huntsville Museum of Art

This exhibition will present 44 prints, drawings and watercolors depicting aspects of the first two years of World War I and will be supplemented by associated historical artifacts borrowed from local military collections.

BURRITT ON THE MOUNTAIN'S TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURE
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/20/2015
  • Times: Tue - Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun Noon - 4 pm. Closed on Mon
  • Location: Burritt on the Mountain
  • Phone: (256) 536-2882
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER
  • Venue: Burritt on the Mountain

Travel Adventure - Burritt MuseumJourney 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.

EXHIBIT: 101 ROCKET CITY INVENTIONS
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/30/2015
  • Times: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Address: One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Phone: (256) 837-3400
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

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.

EXHIBIT: CONNECTIONS: DIANE FOX | BEAUVAIS LYONS
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/27/2015
  • Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Address: 300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER
  • Venue: Huntsville Museum of Art

 

 ew series is focused on regional contemporary artists with shared sensibilities.

This exhibit showcases critically acclaimed husband and wife artists Diane Fox and Beauvais Lyons from Knoxville, Tennessee, whose lithographs and photographs use animals as the key protagonists in their works. Fox's black and white and color photographs document the artificial displays and stuffed animal specimens found in natural history museums worldwide, emphasizing their removal from the natural world. Lyons creates exquisitely crafted lithographs that parody the pedantic scientific prints of the nineteenth century and hint at new truths. 

EXHIBIT: FROM COTTON TO THE COSMOS, A HUNTSVILLE RETROSPECTIVE
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/06/2015
  • Times: Tue - Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun Noon - 5 pm
  • Location: Burritt on the Mountain
  • Phone: (256) 536-2882
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

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. 

EXHIBIT: IMAGES OF THE GREAT WAR: THE EUROPEAN OFFENSES, 1914-16
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/30/2015
  • Times: Tue - Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Thu 11 am - 8 pm & Sun 1 - 5 pm (closed Mon)
  • Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Address: 300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 535-4350
  • Admission: Admission charged
  • Venue: Huntsville Museum of Art

This exhibition will present 44 prints, drawings and watercolors depicting aspects of the first two years of World War I and will be supplemented by associated historical artifacts borrowed from local military collections.

EXHIBIT: THE ROBOT ZOO
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/13/2015
  • Times: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Location: US Space & Rocket Center
  • Admission: Admission charged.
  • Venue: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The Robot ZooThe 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. 

 

SCARECROW TRAIL
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/30/2015
  • Times: Mon - Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Thu 9 am - 8 pm & Sun noon - 6 pm
  • Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue Huntsville, Alabama 35805
  • Phone: 256-830-4447 ex.290
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER
  • Venue: Huntsville Botanical Garden

Scarecrow TrailFall is in the air so that means the Scarecrow Trail is open at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.  The theme this year is Pure Imagination. Traditional, absolutely outrageous, funny, scary, larger than life scarecrows and hay bale art are scattered throughout the Garden. There is also the amazing sorghum maze and hayrides every weekend.

This exhibit runs through the end of October.

THE PURDY BUTTERFLY HOUSE AT BOTANICAL GARDEN
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/30/2015
  • Times: Mon - Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Thu 9 am - 8 pm, Sun Noon - 6 pm
  • Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue ,
  • Phone: (256) 830-4447
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

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.

YEAR OF ALABAMA BBQ
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/01/2015 - 09/30/2015
  • Location: Alabama

YOA BBQ-colorThe 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/

BIERGARTEN
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/24/2015
  • Times: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Address: One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Admission: No Admission Charged
  • Venue: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Stein and Dine!

Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration* for the German Biergarten, featuring authentic German cuisine crafted by renowned chefs David Oreskovich and Jason Williams.

Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family friendly and leashed dogs are welcome, rain or shine!

Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase.

 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, GREG ILES
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/03/2015
  • Times: 7 pm
  • Location: UAHuntsville Chan Auditorium
  • Address: 301 Sparkman Drive Huntsville, AL 35899
  • Phone: (256) 532-5940
  • Admission: Admission Charged
  • Venue: UAHuntsville

Good books make us think; great books make us want to share our ideas. This is the idea behind the new Community Conversations event series hosted by the Huntsville Library Foundation. This quarterly author series will be kicked off by Greg Iles, Mississippi native and New York Times best-selling author of Natchez Burning. The program will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Iles will read from The Bone Tree, the newly-released second book in the Natchez Burning trilogy. Dealing with themes such as race and blood, justice and corruption, truth and the family ties that bind, The Bone Tree is a perfect conversation starter for topics that are still relevant today within our own community. Following the reading by Iles, there will be a question and answer session that encourages dialogue not just between the author and his readers, but also among those in attendance.

 

FIDOS AFTER 5 AT THE GARDEN
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/24/2015
  • Times: 5 pm - dusk
  • Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Phone: (256) 830-4447
  • Admission: Admission charged plus $1/pooch, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

The Garden is "going to the dogs". Leash up Rover for a tail-waggin' good time. 

GOLD WING RIDERS - WING DING LIGHT PARADE
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/03/2015
  • Times: 8:30 pm
  • Location: Around the Von Braun Center
  • Admission: No admission charged

Over 200 decorated motorcycles will travel around the Von Braun Center and Big Spring Park to kick off Wing Ding 37 in Huntsville. Spectators can gather on grassy areas around the VBC, in Big Spring Park and on the top level of the city parking garage between Monroe and Church Streets.

GREENE STREET MARKET AT NATIVITY
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/03/2015
  • Times: 4 - 7 pm
  • Location: Downtown Huntsville
  • Address: Corner of Greene Street & Eustis Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 682-4429
  • Admission: No admission charged

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.

 

JAM SESSION ON THE SQUARE
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/24/2015
  • Times: 5 - 8 pm
  • Location: Westside Square
  • Address: Westside Square, Madison County Courthouse Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Admission: No Admission Charged

There will be live music every Thursday night from June to October on Westside Square in Downtown Huntsville.

NORTHEAST ALABAMA STATE FAIR
  • Recurring daily
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/07/2015
  • Times: Thu/Fri 6 - 11 pm, Fri Midnight Madness 11 pm - 12 am, Sat/Sun 2 - 12 pm, Mon 1 - 8 pm
  • Location: John Hunt Park
  • Phone: (256) 883-5252
  • Admission: Admission charged

Families will find midway rides, shooting games, contests, live entertainment, barbecue contests and more.

THURSDAY NIGHT BIKES
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • 09/03/2015 - 09/24/2015
  • Times: 4 - 8 pm
  • Location: Green Street Market Downtown Huntsville
  • Address: 208 Eustis Ave Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Admission: No Admission Charged

Ten bikes free to borrow every Thursday night from May to October. Borrow a bike and take a spin downtown!

CONCERT ON THE DOCK: THE SOLID RED
  • 09/04/2015 - 09/04/2015
  • Times: 6 - 9 pm
  • Location: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
  • Address: 2211 Seminole Drive Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Admission: No Admission Charged
  • Venue: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment

Kick off the fall season of Concerts on the Dock with The Solid Red. The Solid Red will play “house band” to a multitude of local original song writers. Their radio show style format will showcase new talent as well as old favorites. On the cusp of harmony, heavy pop and drum heavy dance music, this familiar family band is sure to appease the masses with sounds of all sorts. This evening they will host guest musician Spoken Nerd from Nashville, TN.

Concerts on the Dock has grown from a small gathering of music lovers to an institution in the Huntsville music scene since the first note was struck in 2008. This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and gather under the water tower!

Concerts on the Dock are always free but we ask a $2 suggested parking donation. Please carpool!

EXHIBITS: ARTISTS' RECEPTIONS AT LOWE MILL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
  • 09/04/2015 - 09/04/2015
  • Times: 6 - 8 pm
  • Location: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
  • Address: 2211 Seminole Drive Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Admission: No Admission Charged
  • Venue: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment

 Visit with these artists as they open their latest exhibits on display through November 7.

AMY LANSBURG: "Small chairs later evolved into figurative pieces, which is the primary focus of my current work. I still enjoy making small chairs, when the mood strikes."

LORI ARY: This installation explores aspects of the artist's world view through the lens of icons from her childhood, such as kudzu, canaries, hens and fortune tellers.

JENNY FINE: Flat Granny and Me is an ongoing series of performances with "Flat Granny" that take place within theatrical, constructed environments. These imagined spaces are shaped by Fine's family narratives and are a collision of the past and the present, straddling the line between fantasy and reality.

DAVID NUTTALL: " 'Fragments' is a combination of some of my earliest work and some of my newest. They are all hand drawn plausible fictitious maps. The fictional maps can be inspired by real places, visited or not, or a region, country or specific feature and often include extensive research into that area to ensure the plausibility is accurate."

ANDREW WINN: "This is a series of oil paintings on polyurethane-sealed Stonehenge paper. It wasn't about accurately depicting a subject. It was about recognizing and nurturing the form and space, and especially light, that inevitably emerges through scribbly, smudgy paint."

PAUL CORDES WILM: His work has been dubbed "folk-pop". Pieces are noticeably colorful and one reason for this is the fact that he is red-green colorblind. All of his work is created using 90-100% recycled materials.

BREAKFAST TROLLEY TOUR AT ALABAMA CONSTITUTION VILLAGE
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 10 am
  • Location: Alabama Constitution Village
  • Address: 109 Gates Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 535-6564
  • Admission: Admission Charged
  • Venue: Alabama Constitution Village

Enjoy a muffin and coffee while touring downtown Huntsville and the Twickenham Historic District on Saturdays in June, July, August, and September. This is a  60-minute narrated tour on a trolley-inspired bus.

DOWNTOWN DISH HUNTSVILLE FOOD TOUR
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/26/2015
  • Times: 11 am - 1:30 pm
  • Location: Downtown Historic District
  • Admission: Admission Charged

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.

GOLD WING RIDERS- WING DING GRAND PARADE
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 8:30 am
  • Location: Starts in Downtown Huntsville
  • Admission: No admission charged

To celebrate the annual convention of Gold Wing motorcycle riders around the world, this parade will begin near the Von Braun Center and travel through historic districts to Monte Sano State Park then back to the VBC.

HAUNTED TROLLEY TOUR
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 6 pm
  • Address: 124 South Side Square Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 509-3940
  • Admission: Admission charged
  • Venue: Harrison Brothers Hardware

Hear stories about the Black Widow of Hazel Green's second husband, the ghosts at the Georgia Graveyard, the spirits at the old Councill High School and more aboard a trolley-inspired bus.

Tickets should be picked up in advance at Harrison Brothers Hardware Store.  No credit or debit cards, please.

HUNTSVILLE GHOST WALK
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 6 pm
  • Location: Tour begins at Harrison Bros. Hardware
  • Address: 124 South Side Square, Downtown Huntsville Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 509-3940
  • Admission: Admission charged
  • Venue: Harrison Brothers Hardware

Who is the angry ghost in the courthouse? What is the story behind the haunting tune phantom children sing while playing on Walker Street? Learn the answers to these questions and more along with history on this nationally recognized ghost tour.

MADISON CITY FARMERS MARKET
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 8 am - Noon
  • Location: Trinity Baptist Church parking lot
  • Address: 1088 Hughes Road Madison, AL 35758
  • Phone: (256) 656-7841
  • Admission: No admission charged

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.

PLANETARIUM SATURDAY NIGHT PUBLIC PROGRAM
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/26/2015
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Planetarium - Monte Sano Park
  • Phone: (256) 539-0316
  • Admission: Admission charged

Observation of the night sky through the telescope at our Star parties will follow a program on New Horizons on Pluto each Saturday. On September 15, eclipses will be discussed.


 

 

 

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