Downtown nightlife

Editor's Note: this blog has been updated to accurately reflect 2019 events and activities.

Summertime in the Rocket City is a magical, special time full of tasty food, outdoor adventures, stellar sights, and fun all the way around. Here are 50 events taking place in Huntsville to make your summer the most amazing one ever. Happy exploring!

  • Biergarten; U.S. Space & Rocket Center;  Thursdays from 4:30-7:30
  • A New Moon Rises: Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; Huntsville Museum of Art; until August 11
  • Alabama State Games Opening Ceremony; Huntsville; June 7
  • County Line Road Concert Series in June; Sundays in Madison; June 2 through June 30
  • Greene Street Market at Nativity; Downtown Huntsville- Thursday from 4:00-8:00
  • Family Fun Festival and Expo; Von Braun Center June 8 from 10am - 5pm
  • Apollo: When We Went to the Moon; U.S. Space & Rocket Center; daily until December 31
  • Thursday Night Swing classes; Barking Dog Theatre; weekly on Thursdays
  • Tangled String Music Festival; Big Spring Park June 22 at 3pm
  • Madison Summer Concerts: Madison Library at 6:00pm- Thursday June 6 until July 25


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  • Purdy Butterfly House; Huntsville Botanical Garden; daily until September 30
  • Backpack Explorers; Burritt on the Mountain
  • Cocktails at The View; Burritt on the Mountain; Wednesday Nights
  • City Lights and Stars; Burritt on the Mountain; First and Fourth Fridays in June and July.
  • Downtown Huntsville Women in Music Weekend; August 15-18
  • Apollo 11 50th Launch Day Celebration: U.S. Space & Rocket Center; July 16 9:00-5:00
  • Planetarium Show; Von Braun Astronomical Society- Saturdays at 7:30
  • Live Music; Alabama Constitution Hall Park; Thursdays at 6pm
  • Live Speaker Series; Alabama Constitution Hall Park; Tuesdays at 6:30pm
  • Saturday Artist Market; Lowe Mill- Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00


Apollo 11 50th Anniversary


  • Festival of Voices; Historic Huntsville Depot; June 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Car Boot Sale; Lowe Mill - Third Saturday of the Month June until November
  • Concerts in the Park; Big Spring Park- Mondays through August 7 from 6:30 to 8:00
  • Friday Night Art Walk; Downtown; 2nd Friday of the month until August 9 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday Night Live; Downtown; Every Friday until October 25
  • We the People: Alabama’s Defining Documents; Huntsville Museum of Art; June 30 through August 11
  • Cocktails and Cosmos; U.S. Space & Rocket Center INTUITIVE Planetarium; 2nd Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Alabama Storybook Comes to Life; EarlyWorks Children’s Museum-daily
  • To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA; Downtown Huntsville Library Branch - June 3 - July 27th
  • Tuesday Evening Concerts at the Library; Downtown Huntsville Library Branch- Every other Tuesday at 6pm from until September




  • Under the Lights; Outside U.C. White/Pints & Pixels- Thursdays through August 29 from 5:00 to 8:00
  • Lunch with an Astronaut; U.S. Space & Rocket Center- Fridays through August 23
  • Sounds of Summer Concerts; Bridge Street- Fridays June 2 through June 25 from 6:00 to 8:00
  • $5 After 5; Huntsville Museum of Art; Every Thursday
  • Dueling Pianos; A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard; weekly on Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Food Truck All-Stars- Brunch edition; Downtown; 1st Saturday of the month through October
  • Downtown Open; Downtown Huntsville- June 15 through June 25
  • Battle of the Food Truck All-Stars - Dinner edition; Church Street- 3rd Friday of the month from 5:00 to 9:00
  • Apollo 50th Anniversary Legacy Panels; U.S. Space & Rocket Center; throughout the summer


Downtown Open


  • Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Car Show; U.S. Space & Rocket Center; July 13
  • Graze Huntsville; Campus 805; July 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Madison County Historic Marker Challenge; daily
  • Making Alabama: A Alabama Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit; Huntsville Botanical Garden; daily until July 31
  • Moon Party; Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium; July 8 from 5:00 -10:00 p.m.
  • Rocket City Burger Battle; Stone Event Center; July 13
  • Bikes & Brews; Downtown; 1st Friday of the month starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Firefly Night Hike; Huntsville Botanical Garden- Fridays June 11 & 25 and July 2, 9, 23 from 7:30-9:30
  • Play Days at Hays; Hays Nature Preserve; Tuesdays until end of July from 10am - 1pm
  • 4th of July Fireworks; US Space and Rocket Center, Village of Providence, Dublin Park in Madison
  • Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Dancing in the Streets; Downtown; July 19 6:00-10:00


Fireworks Space Center