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04/12/2015 - 04/18/2015

Featured Events

EXHIBIT: REMBRANDT, RUBENS, GAINSBOROUGH & THE GOLDEN AGE OF PAINTING IN EUROPE
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Times: Tues.-Sat. 11 AM-5 PM, Thurs. 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 is in its FINAL DAYS! Don't miss out on one of "the top 10 events for 2015" as named by the Alabama Tourism Department.  

The economic growth that swept Europe during the 17th and 18th century fueled a golden age of painting. Religious upheavals transformed the way people thought about and utilized art. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in power. The number of artists and the number of art collectors grew exponentially during this period, as the fine arts reached an increasingly wider audience. This exhibition features more than 70 major works by master painters from the renowned collection of The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

The exhibition is comprised of brilliant portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, scenes of everyday life, still lifes and interpretations of classical antiquity.

This exhibit runs through April 26, 2015. 

Ongoing Events

YEAR OF ALABAMA BBQ
  • Recurring daily
  • 01/05/2015 - 12/31/2015
  • 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/

BURRITT ON THE MOUNTAIN'S TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURE
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Times: Tues.-Sat. 10 AM-4 PM, Sun. Noon-4 PM. Closed on Monday
  • Location: Burritt on the Mountain
  • Phone: (256) 536-2882
  • Admission: Admission charged, PASSPORT DISCOUNT COUPON AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

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.

EXHIBIT: 101 ROCKET CITY INVENTIONS
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
  • Times: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • 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.  This includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City.

EXHIBIT: FROM COTTON TO THE COSMOS, A HUNTSVILLE RETROSPECTIVE
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • 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: JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: QUADRUPEDS OF NORTH AMERICA
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Times: Tues.-Sat. 11 AM-5 PM, Thurs. 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

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.

EXHIBIT: THE ROBOT ZOO
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • 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. 

HUNTSVILLE BLOOMS
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Times: Mon.-Sat. 9 AM-6 PM, Thu. 9 AM-dusk, Sun. noon-6 PM
  • Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue ,
  • Phone: (256) 830-4447
  • Admission: Admission Charged
  • Venue: Huntsville Museum of Art

The garden's beautiful outdoor spaces take center stage during March and April. Spring-blooming trees, shrubs and perennnials are highlighted by colorful bulbs and special flowering displays. Welcoming French Flower Market-inspired displays include wooden flats of spring flowers, a bicycle and baskets of blooms.

YAM 2015: EXHIBITION FOR YOUTH ART MONTH
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/01/2015 - 04/19/2015
  • Times: Noon - 5 PM
  • Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Address: 300 Church Street South Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 535-4350
  • Admission: Admission charged
  • Venue: Huntsville Museum of Art

 An annual gathering of exuberant artwork from North Alabama K-12 students, organized by HMA’s education department in observance of Youth Art Month.  Accompanied by the annual Visual Arts Achievement Exhibition.

 

BIERGARTEN
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • 04/02/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Times: 4:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Davidson Center Plaza
  • Phone: (256) 837-3400
  • Admission: No admission charged

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.

DOWNTOWN DISH HUNTSVILLE FOOD TOUR
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • 04/04/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • 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.

PLANETARIUM SATURDAY NIGHT PUBLIC PROGRAM
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • 04/04/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • 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 specified programs.

"CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG" THE MUSICAL
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
  • Producer: Randolph School
  • Times: Fri. and Sat. 7:30, Sat. and Sun. 2:00
  • Location: Randolph School Garth campus, Thurber Arts Center
  • Address: 4905 Garth Road Huntsville, Alabama 35802
  • Admission: Admission Charged

Randolph School's theatre department brings the story of the world's most beloved car to the stage in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" the musical! 

NASA ROVER CHALLENGE
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/17/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • 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
  • Venue: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The new, more complex rover challenge shares similarities with the moonbuggy race, which brought high school & college teams together.  The goal of the redesign is to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. 

PLAY: THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
  • Times: Fri. 7 PM, Sat.-Sun 1:30 & 5 PM
  • Location: Von Braun Center Playhouse
  • Address: 700 Monroe Street Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Phone: (256) 539-6829
  • Admission: Admission charged, ART PASS DISCOUNT AVAILABLE AT DOWNTOWN VISITORS CENTER

Conditions in his castle have grown lax and King Oakley devises a strict regimen for his daughters that no longer lets them leave the castle grounds.  In an effort to break from these harsh rules, the princesses fall prey to the desires of the King's faithful servant.  Thrown in the mix is a gardener and a magical nanny, Fern.  Castle-on-Whisperwood-Lake is turned into a place of longing and wishes for the princesses as they journey to the Land of the Muses where they hope to have their dreams come true.

SPRING PLANT SALE
  • Recurring daily
  • 04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
  • Times: Fri. and Sat. 9 AM-6PM, Sun. noon-4 PM
  • Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue ,
  • Phone: (256) 830-4447
  • Admission: No admission charged

Always colorful, interesting and huge, this is a one-stop shopping venue for garden plants, soil testing by Master Gardeners and free advice from garden experts. Garden activities for children and educational talks for adults will also be offered.

2ND ANNUAL NEXUS ENERGY CHILI CHALLENGE
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: Noon to 4 PM
  • Location: Straight to Ale
  • Address: 3200 Leeman Ferry Road Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Admission: Admission Charged

You think your chili is the best in the Tennessee Valley? Come see how yours stacks up against other Huntsville chili-champions (or just serve as a “taste-tester” – we always need quality control, right?)

This is a Chili Appreciation Society International Alabama State Championship event, so there will be some SERIOUSLY amazing chili being cooked up.

Live music by Alabama State Representative Phil Williams and his band The Reps, a jalapeño eating contest, raffle prizes, and specially brewed beer from Straight to Ale make this a premier event for the Tennessee Valley, so gather your closest “chili-heads” and come on out!

2ND ANNUAL STE(A)M FEST
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: Noon-4 PM
  • Location: Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
  • Admission: No admission charged

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, Huntsville City Schools and UAH team up to host this family-friendly festival. Come see a rocket in a suitcase, learn about lasers, try out your piloting skills in the Drone Room, or test gravity by sending a miniature wooden car down our three-story race track! Several Lowe Mill artists will also be giving fun, hands-on lessons about how we use the sciences in our creative process every day.

ART4PAWS FESTIVAL
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Producer: Madison Arts Council
  • Times: 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Location: Gazebo in Downtown Madison, AL
  • Address: 20 Front Street Madison, AL 35758
  • Admission: No Admission Charged

In addition to the dog show, the festival features arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and food vendors. Representatives of Madison Animal Control and SARTEC Search and Rescue team will be on hand with their dogs and will be glad to answer questions.

Several animal rescue groups will also be on site, so if you are looking to add a four-legged friend to the family, this is the event to attend.

Art 4 Paws is a rain or shine event and parking is available along Main and Church Street.

CONCERT: REDSTONE JAZZ PROJECT
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 6 PM
  • Location: Bridge Street Town Centre
  • Address: 365 The Bridge Street, Suite 106 Huntsville, AL 35806
  • Admission: No Admission Charged
  • Venue: Bridge Street Town Centre

Enjoy an evening concert performed by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) jazz combo.

DANCING WITH THE PRINCESSES
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • Times: 12:30 PM
  • Location: Von Braun Center Playhouse
  • Address: 700 Monroe Street Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Admission: Admission Charged
  • Venue: Von Braun Center Playhouse

Join us for a special opportunity to dance on stage with the royalty of Twelve Dancing Princesses before the matinee performances on Saturday, April 18 or Saturday, April 25. The event includes a sweet snack and souvenir Fantasy Autograph Book for your child to use after the performance. The event begins at 12:30 and ends with the matinee performance at 1:30pm. You will need to purchase tickets for the adult(s) in attendance as well as each child. Ticket prices are discounted for adults.

EARTH DAY AT HAYS NATURE PRESERVE
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: Sat. 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Phone: (256) 534-5263
  • Admission: No admission charged

Visit over 70 earth-friendly exhibitors/vendors. Free tomato and cucumber plants, while supplies last. Early morning birding hike led by John Ehinger begins at 8 AM. Bring binoculars.t.

INDOOR FOOTBALL: ALABAMA HAMMERS V. HARRISBURG
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 7 PM
  • Location: VBC Arena
  • Phone: (256) 551-2222
  • Admission: Admission charged

The Alabama Hammers play in the Southern Indoor Football League.

MADISON CITY FARMERS MARKET
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 8 AM - Noon
  • Address: 1088 Hughes Road Madison , AL
  • Phone: (256) 656-7841
  • Admission: No admission charged

Arrive early for the best selection of local veggies, fruits, cheese, eggs, beef, pork, chicken, fresh herbs, honey, home-baked goods, relishes, jams and jellies. See creations from local artisans including handmade cards, soaps, lotions, candles, wood crafts, sewn items and other handmade items.

MADISON SPRING WALKING TOUR
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Departs from the Madison Depot Roundhouse
  • Phone: (256) 533-5723
  • Admission: No admission charged

Larry Anderson will be the guide for this  walking tour of historic Madison.

Sponsored by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN STROLL
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Madison's Rainbow Mountain Trails
  • Address: 201 Stoneway Trail Madison, Alabama 35758
  • Admission: No Admission Charged

Wildflower Stroll on Rainbow Mountain in Madison
(2-3 hours / Moderate to difficult, app. 3 miles)
Doug Horacek leads this slow mountain stroll which includes stops to learn more about the wildflowers and a visit to famous Balance Rock.
Directions: West on Hwy. 72 (University Drive); turn left onto Hughes Road (in Madison) then left onto Thomas Drive. Left onto Concord and then right onto Stoneway Trail. At T-intersection at top of the mountain, turn right and follow Stoneway Trail to the parking lot just south of water tower.
~Google Map: 201 Stoneway Trail ~

SPRING FLING SPECIAL
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 10 AM and 1 PM
  • Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
  • Address: 694 Chase Road Huntsville, AL 35811
  • Phone: (256) 851-6276
  • Admission: Admission charged

SPRINGFEST '15
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Times: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Location: Yellowhammer Brewery
  • Address: 2406 Clinton Ave. ,
  • Phone: (256) 489-3510
  • Admission: Admission Charged

This unique, one-day festival will feature tons of local music and arts in Yellowhammer's fabulous Biergarten. There will be live music, local vendors, food trucks and craft beer.

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
  • 04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
  • Producer: Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
  • Times: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Location: Huntsville Public Library Main Branch 1st Floor Meeting Room
  • Address: 915 Monroe Street Huntsville, AL
  • Phone: (256) 278-5533
  • Admission: Admission charged. Advance registration required.

Certified Genealogist Barbara Vines Little will speak on Virginia genealogical research.


 

 

 

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