Update: Concerts in the Park are Cancelled due to COVID-19
*All Photos were taken from 2019-2018 pre-pandemic.
Concerts in the Park are happening again in person, Monday nights this summer with social distancing guidelines. Concerts in the Park is a free event and a Huntsville tradition, hosted by Arts Huntsville and Huntsville Parks & Recreation, bringing live, local music to the park every Monday night for 10 weeks.
It’s an extension of the weekend, a banisher of Sunday Scaries, and just a fun way to spend a Monday night in the summer.
Know Before you Go: Concerts in the Park
Whether you’re a local looking to expand your entertainment horizons, a family on vacation, or here on a business trip, Concerts in the Park provides a laid-back way to enjoy a warm summer evening in the heart of Huntsville.
Here are a few things you need to know to plan your visit to Concerts in the Park:
It's a Showcase of Huntsville's Local Music Scene
Concerts in the Park features 19 different bands over 10 weeks throughout the summer. The series showcases local music talent in a mix of genres from rock, folk and country to Latin, dance, R&B, top 40 hits and music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Arts Huntsville and the Parks and Recreation Department staged the initial concerts via live stream on Arts Huntsville’s Facebook page @artshuntsville.
The In Person Concerts in the Park lineup is as follows:
June 29th – Unique Live Band and JUICE (Party Cover Bands) presented by Progress Bank
July 6th – Military Appreciation Night presented by Randolph Schools, The Huntsville Brass Band, and JED-Eye (playing patriotic music) with Fireworks provided by Lockhead Martin
July 13th – A. M. Brown and Darien Omar (R&B Soul/Jazz/Pop) presented by Progress Bank
July 20th – Luke & Jay and Kat Elizabeth (Indie and Alternative Pop)
July 27th – Nu Soul (Jazzy R&B) and Remy Neal (Artistic Pop) presented by Progress Bank
August 3rd – Chelsea Who? (alternative pop and R&B) and Kemistry (Party Cover Band)
What to Bring:
Concerts in the Park take place in Big Spring Park. You are encouraged to bring a blanket, chair, or even your own picnic table to enjoy your food. This year, atendees are asked to stay 6 ft apart from other families.
Tasty treats from Food Trucks
Plenty of food and treats to be enjoyed. Food trucks participating include (note: food trucks will be rotating):
Golden Years, Iceworks, Happi Pappi Beignets, O Taste & See BBQ, Joe’s World Famous Wood Fired Pizza, Tha Food Truck, 2 Chicks on a Roll, Suzy’s Pops, Piper and Leaf Tea, Yum Yum’s Gourmet Popcorn & Lemonade Stand, New South Hot Dog, Bad Newz BBQ, Hippea Camper, Snoboss, The Piled High Grill, Maggie Moos, and In the Bun.
Arts Huntsville and the Department of Parks & Recreation have developed guidelines for you and your group to enjoy the evening safely in Big Spring Park. All concert attendees are asked to support the following safety precautions:
• If you are feeling ill, have a temperature or think you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please remain at home.
• Please assess your risk factors. If you feel you are in a high-risk group, then you are currently being advised to stay-at-home by the CDC in order to mitigate your risk.
• When you arrive in Big Spring Park to select your location for the Concert, please maintain 6 ft of distance between your group and the groups around you.
• Arts Huntsville staff will be wearing masks, and we encourage you to wear a mask or bandana when you step away from your immediate group. (Arts Huntsville and the Department of Parks & Recreation will have masks on-hand if you need one).
• Food trucks and food vendors will be dispersed on Williams and Church Street and in the park plaza to allow for social distancing. When waiting on food or beverage, please maintain 6 ft of distance between yourself and other patrons.
• Please only send one or two members of your party to order food.
• Arts Huntsville and the Department of Parks & Recreation will have sanitizing stations located around the park.
• The Department of Parks & Recreation will have their mobile bathroom unit on-site for public use. The City of Huntsville’s General Services staff will be cleaning the mobile bathrooms throughout the evening.
Budget conscience? Concerts in the Park is totally free, with free parking in the adjacent Monroe Street Garage. Hopefully soon you will be able to grab that picnic from home and enjoy a night of free, live, local entertainment that truly captures the spirit of Huntsville.
What are you waiting for? Enjoy Concerts in the Park, 6:30-8pm. Follow along to get updates on each week’s concerts at Facebook.
On the weekends, you can find Arts Huntsville Summer Street Jams Series, which allows patrons to enjoy music as they stroll through the downtown area.
Photo Credits: Jeff White Photography, Erica Bradford