Residents of Madison and Morgan counties can enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Concerts in the Park
An increasingly popular local tradition, the 10-week Concerts in the Park series highlights local music across many genres, including rock, swing, country, jazz and bluegrass. These free events take place in beautiful Big Spring International Park in the heart of downtown Huntsville from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Music lovers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to the sounds of great Rocket City musicians as the summer sun wanes above them.
Galaxy of Lights
The Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village, while nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. This annual event opens with walking weekend strolls (including some dog-friendly nights) that begin a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. Then the Galaxy of Lights opens for cars, which can drive through the path nightly from Thanksgiving into the New Year.
Panoply Arts Festival
Held the last weekend in April in Big Spring International Park, the Panoply Arts Festival is the premier arts weekend in the Southeast. Each year visual artists from all types of disciplines display and sell art, while local musicians and even national headliners perform throughout the weekend. Enjoy dance performances, craft beverages, food vendors, kids’ crafts, puppets and more.
Redstone Arsenal Oktoberfest
Hosted by Redstone Arsenal Family and MWR each September, Oktoberfest is a German tradition with an Alabama twist. Sample authentic German cuisine like schnitzel, bratwurst and sauerkraut, then polka your way around the music and carnival rides.
At WhistleStop Weekend, located downtown on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot, grill masters from across the region gather to compete in both amateur and professional divisions while visitors gather to enjoy their barbecue, wings and sides, vote in the People’s Choice Awards, take part in the Alabama Corn Hole Championship and listen to some of the best live headliners each night.