Huntsville Botanical Garden

Even during the long days of summer, the sun eventually sets behind the horizon. The precious hours between clocking out at work and crawling into bed can be spent exploring outdoor trails, enjoying a drink with friends, or spending time with family. But if you’re looking for something new to break up routine, Huntsville has especially fun after-hours attractions that make any workday feel like the weekend. Whether you’re into delicious food, art, stunning views, or music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as the sunset takes over the skies.

Here are a few after-hours events that we suggest you try this summer!

Golden Hour – Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Botanical Garden Golden Hour

Admire the hues of blue, orange, pink, and purple in the clouds as dusk takes over at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. From 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Wednesday evenings, guests are invited to experience the flora and fauna that live on the garden’s 112 acres while eating a variety of treats, sipping on drinks, and listening to live music.

It’s a new way to appreciate the landscape and serves as the perfect “wind-down” after a stressful day at work. Tune out the world of emails, phone calls, and copy machines and tune in to birds singing, breezes blowing, and soft sunlight creeping behind the trees.

The Garden suggests bringing your own blanket or lawn chair for extra comfort. As far as food goes, local Good Company Café will provide charcuterie boxes for purchase and a beverage bar offering beer, wine, soda, and water will be on hand. (Note that there are no cash transactions at the bar.)

Remember to purchase your tickets ahead of time online at https://hsvbg.org/tickets/.

Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Huntsville botanical Garden

$5 After 5 P.M. - Huntsville Museum of Art

Museum of Art

Take in a rush of culture and creativity at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s “$5 After 5 P.M.” event on Thursday evenings. Lasting from 5 P.M to 8 P.M., guests are welcomed inside to peruse works of art, sip on wine, and sample various cuisines.

At this event, admission to the museum is only $5 with an optional glass of wine for $5 more. And, to add to the ambiance, live music will be playing. Depending on which Thursday during the month you visit, you may be privy to different options.

On the first Thursday of the month, anyone can take part in docent-led tours at no extra cost. Every third Thursday means a live performance by the Valley Conservatory. The event is positively packed with art, wine, and fun—not to mention a touch of class and relaxation.

After you’ve enjoyed your evening as an art patron, take a walk to Pane e Vino nearby to get a special menu item by using your museum admission sticker.

Address: 300 Church Street, Huntsville AL 35801

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Cocktails At The View – Burritt On The Mountain

Burritt on the Mountain Cocktails at the View

Burritt on the Mountain boasts one of the best and most beautiful views in Huntsville. Every Wednesday a full-service bar and foods for purchase from a gourmet market complement the scenery below.

The View has been a part of Burritt’s landscape for some time now. A 3,000-square-foot overlook, it’s encircled by a see-through barrier that provides a close look at the treetops and mountains in the distance. You’ll have a front-row seat to Huntsville’s colorful sunsets.

When you go, be aware that the event accepts credit cards only and all tables are maxed out at eight people. Various social distancing protocols are also in place to make the experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Address: 3101 Burritt Drive SE Huntsville, AL 35801

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Burritt on the Mountain Cocktails at the View

INTUITIVE® Planetarium Shows - US Space and Rocket Center

Intuitive Planetarium

Friday nights you can navigate your way through what's up in the summer sky in this live, guided tour of the night sky at the INTUITIVE® Planetarium inside the US Space & Rocket Center. Learn to find stars, constellations, planets, and other far-out objects (such as nebulae and even galaxies) with imagery from telescopes like Hubble. A traditional planetarium experience with a modern kick of technology, take your newly acquired knowledge, and explore the night sky from your own backyard.

Address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Concerts in the Car - Lowe Mill 

Concerts at the Dock Lowe Mill


Lowe Mill has decided that the show must go on...at a distance. They've introduced a new series called "Concerts in the Car" each Friday night. This drive-in concert series offers a chance for audience members to support live music at their own comfort level by tuning in on your FM dial or finding a spot to watch while not bursting any personal bubbles. Limited seating on the east lawn is available with sufficient space between you and your fellow fans. Parking opens at 5 P.M.

Address: 2211 Seminole Dr SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35805

Time: 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

What other after-hours events would you suggest? Are there any we need to include? Let us know in the comments!