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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This 3 hour 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 downtown a truly special place to visit. Come explore the history and culture of downtown, and taste the highlights of the Rocket City.
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau is celebrating the release of "The Martian" movie in the Rocket City! Stop by the Visitor Center for free space-themed candy while supplies last. Take a selfie with our new Mars backdrop. And learn about space-related events and attractions including the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (discount coupons available). Stay tuned to the CVB's Facebook and Twitter as well as the hashtag #JourneyToMars for special prompts to win tickets to see "The Martian".
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.
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 exhibition will present 44 prints, drawings & 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.
Experience exciting hands-on and full-body displays that incorporate robots, invisibility, mind control, holograms and augmented reality. High-impact graphic panels highlight the medical technology, communication and transportation of tomorrow in use today.
This exhibit runs through March 6, 2016.
BYOB and a chair or blanket to enjoy a backyard movie in a beautiful, historic setting.
Each season brings a new beauty to Hays Nature Preserve. Take a guided hike around various areas. Paved paths accommodate strollers and those who are less steady on their feet. Many natural paths are also very accessible. The hike will be based on the season, attendees and weather conditions. Meet in the parking lot at the picnic area near the river.
There will be live music every Thursday night from June to October on Westside Square in Downtown Huntsville.
Fall 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.
Activities include hay bale and cotton picker slides, horse tire swings and farm animals. Enjoy a hayride to pick your own pumpkins from 60 acres, navigate the hay bale maze and play in the corn cribs.
Ten bikes free to borrow every Thursday night from May to October. Borrow a bike and take a spin downtown!
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/
The market features art vendors, open artist studios and independent shops, hallway demonstrations and performance, relaxed open houses and a strong sense of community and connectedness. Patrons are invited to come early for shows in the theatre and peruse art of all kinds in this comfortable indoor setting.
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.
Critically-acclaimed artist Tim Taunton's dreams and colorful imagination have inspired the newest exhibition in the Encounters series. His work includes sculptures and oil paintings which together take viewers into a whimsical, fictional world.
This exhibit is on display through February 7, 2016.
There will be live music every Thursday night from June to October on Westside Square in Downtown Huntsville.
The 8th Annual SALSALABAMA JAM features 4 incredible Latin DJs, two fun dance parties (both are themed), dance workshops from instructors all over the country, Halloween costume contest and more!
Join Visionary Center for Sustainable Communities (VCSC) and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center October 9 and 10 to discover innovations in space science technologies during World Space Week. Visit VCSC’s mobile classroom and learn how 3D printing is being used aboard the International Space Station and in manufacturing plants across the state. Hear from industry specialists who identify the skills employers are looking for in the next wave of technical specialists.
The mobile classroom will be set up in the parking lot of the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to allow visitors to walk through and see how advanced manufacturing is changing the way we live and work in space. The activities and lectures also highlight career opportunities right here on Earth.
Equipped with 3D scanners and printers, advanced manufacturing technologies and systems and experts from the field, the two-day interactive experience presents cutting-edge technologies designed to inspire imagination and illuminate career pathways.
Visionary Center for Sustainable Communities is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to increase awareness of education and career pathways in advanced manufacturing.
World Space Week is an annual celebration that supports educational outreach by space agencies, aerospace companies and formal and informal education centers around the world. In 1999 the United Nations established World Space Week as a means to educate and excite young people about STEM careers, foster international cooperation in space education and promote the use of space for sustainable economic development.
Join us for the final Concert on the Dock of the Fall season with Debbie Bond & The Trudats! Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years. Her singing has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur, both of whom she cites as being influences on her music. The truth is that Debbie does it her way, playing a dynamic mix of soulful originals and covers.
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 join us under the water tower!
Concerts on the Dock are always free but we ask a $2 suggested parking donation. Please carpool!
Hosted by the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville, there will be a silent auction, a special exhibit inspired by the Gees Bend Quilters, a bed-turning of antique quilts and display of members' quilts.
The 47th annual Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society is the largest jewelry show in the region.
National and international dealers will bring every type and quality of gems, collector specimens, lapidary materials, fossils, finished jewelry (costume to fine), lapidary art objects, and jewelry and lapidary supplies.
The show also includes lapidary demonstrations and displays, children’s “gem dig” and “gem flume” and food service. Parking is free.
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.
Tickets should be picked up in advance at Harrison Brothers Hardware Store. No credit or debit cards, please.
The wicked Snow Queen casts her icy spell on the world, turning young Kay's heart to ice and making her an eternal prisoner in her Ice Palace at the very top of the world. Gerda, Kay's friend, braves many dangers to save Kay and break winter's grip.
Free, family friendly event featuring old-fashioned fun, including Jacque Reeves Ghost & History Tours, live music, raffles, food trucks, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and more!
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 many more.
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.
With this train, the riders will be allowed to disembark the train at the former station of Normal, Alabama and enter our punkin' pickin' patch. There the children will be allowed to select a pumpkin to take home.
Step back in time and take a walk by some of Alabama's most unique homes ranging in architecture dating from 1870 through 1930.
North Alabama's first large-scale literary festival is a family-friendly celebration of storytelling and includes discussion panels, presentations and book signings. A multi-genre exhibition will feature authors, publishers and vendors, plus inflatables, reading nooks and festival food. Best-selling authors Homer Hickam and Jenny Lawson will be among the guests.
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