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2023 Spring Events in Huntsville, Madison, and North Alabama

2023 Spring Events in Huntsville, Madison, and North Alabama

Ready to frolic? There are so many spring events in Huntsville and North Alabama that we guarantee your family is going to be busy. Just click on a tab and see all the events happening that month! Don’t see what you’re looking for on this list, be sure to check out our full 2023 Spring Activities Guide sponsored by the North Alabama Railroad Museum.

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Spring Festivals & Special Events in Huntsville & North Alabama


Spring Fling Celebration

Time: March 19, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
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Come celebrate spring with Jeremiah's during their Spring Fling Event! There will be a bounce house, face painter, and BOGO half off small & medium treats.




Spring Fest Fun Day (Decatur)

Time: March 25, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free – $20
Location: Cook Museum of Natural Science
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Ring in Spring with the Cook Museum! Come meet and learn about some of the live baby animals from the North Alabama Agriplex (weather dependent). The Huntsville Botanical Gardens will be onsite at the Museum, leading educational activities for guests of all ages. There will be family friendly guided activities, weather experiments, and flower dissections in the classrooms. Don’t miss out on the Cook Museum’s first ever Caterpillar Climb event! Intrigued? Check it out and celebrate Spring to find out what’s all the buzz!




Peter Cottontail Train Ride

Date/Time: April 8
Cost: $20
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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The children get to visit with Peter Cottontail and his helpers and parents will be able to take their picture together before they get on the train or while they are on the train. All the youngsters will get a special treat from Peter Cottontail before the day is done. These shorter, leisurely rides last approximately forty minutes.




Slawburger Festival (Fayetteville, TN)

Time: April 15, 2023 @ 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Fayetteville
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Since 2015, the festival has served as a way to share those stories, create new memories, or revisit old ones from the past. Come visit on April 15th at the Historic Fayetteville Downtown Square for the Annual Slawburger Festival for some tasty burgers and lots of fun for the whole family!




NALZS Kids & Family Festival

Time: April 15, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Monte Sano State Park
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The North Alabama Zoological Society is excited to host their 2nd annual outdoor Kids & Family Festival. NALZS loves teaching children about Alabama’s unique Biodiversity and helping them to have opportunities to be outside and explore nature.  Come as a family and join for a day of fun, food, and the best of Alabama outdoors!




Battle of the Buffalo Wing Festival

Time: April 15, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: $15
Location: Big Spring Park
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Battle of the Buffalo is an annual chicken wing festival held at Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville, Alabama. This April, for the fourteenth round, local restaurants and amateur cooks will compete with their tastiest wings in an effort to be crowned best of the Tennessee Valley. Last round, with the help of generous restaurants…




Art on the Rocks (Gadsden)

Date/Time: April 15-16
Cost: $4 – $6
Location: Noccalula Falls Park and Campground
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Noccalula Falls Presents Art on the Rocks, a twice yearly event celebrating hand-crafted arts and crafts. Come stroll around the park and visit all of the vendors, each offering the most beautiful hand-made items around. You will see everything from paintings to pottery, carvings to candles , jewelry to Jellies; it’s all here!




Art on the Lake (Guntersville)

Date/Time: April 15-16
Cost: $2
Location: Guntersville Recreational Center
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Now in its 62nd year, Art on the Lake is a family-friendly festival with a huge offering of artwork, handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind items from over 100 artists and craftsmen. The event features nationally recognized as well as emerging, local artists.




Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve

Time: April 22, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Hays Nature Preserve
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Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve is fun for the whole family and it's all FREE. Celebrate Earth Day at Hays Nature Preserve. Come enjoy earth-friendly exhibitors with informative and interactive displays, Southeastern Raptor Center demonstrations, vegetable plant giveaway, face painting, live music from Alli and Christy, hot dogs, cotton candy and more! 




Spring Fling Train Ride

Date/Time: April 22
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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Welcome, Spring! Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum and celebrate new beginnings for 2022!  The Spring Fling Special is sure to delight train lovers of all ages.  The coaches will wind through the countryside as you admire the changing of the seasons.




Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair (Cullman)

Date/Time: April 22-23
Cost: $10
Location: St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School
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Bloomin’ Festival is a two-day juried arts festival attracting more than 25,000 visitors to the beautiful campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Preparatory School. Located adjacent to the school is the world-famous Ave Maria Grotto. The picturesque landscape of stone cut buildings on the grounds of Alabama’s only abbey provides a backdrop for the outdoor show.




Panoply

Date/Time: April 28-30
Cost: Free – $20
Location: Big Spring Park
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The 41st celebration of art, music, and more will welcome more than 100 visual artists from various mediums in the fan-favorite Art Marketplace, two musical performance stages featuring 30+ musical acts by local and regional bands and musicians, a variety of culinary artisan food trucks, kid-friendly interactives and community art projects and so much more!




Seafood Fiesta (Decatur)

Time: April 29, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: St Ann Catholic School
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Saint Ann School will be having their annual Seafood Fiesta on April 29. There will be food (gumbo, fried catfish, quesadillas, tacos, and more), vendors, games for the kids, and a car show.  This event is free to enter and open to the public.




Smoke on the Water BBQ Festival (Florence)

Time: April 29, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: $5 – $20
Location: McFarland Park
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Come join Smoke on the Water BBQ at McFarland Park for the annual Smoke on the Water Backyard Barbeque contest! There will be live entertainment, food trucks, inflatable games for the children, Classic Car Show, and an opportunity to vote on your favorite BBQ.




Back When Fair (Arab)

Time: April 29, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Arab Historic Village
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Come stroll back in time to the 1880's-1940's. Take a look at what helped to make Arab the wonderful town what it is now. After completing your tour, shop at one of the almost 100 vendors.




National Cornbread Festival (South Pittsburg, TN)

Date/Time: April 29-30
Cost: Free
Location: South Pittsburg
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The National Cornbread Festival is a weekend-long celebration of cornbread and many cornbread related activities for adults and kids. You’ll find the Festival in the quaint town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee every year during the last full weekend in April.




Daikin Festival (Decatur)

Time: May 5, 2023 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Point Mallard Park
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The Daikin Festival delights attendees with live music, Japanese Folk Dancing, Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), Yakisoba (grilled buckwheat noodles with beef and special sauce), BBQ, hamburgers, refreshing drinks, and special prizes.nThis year, the festival will conclude with a dramatic fireworks display by PYRO Shows.




Strawberry Festival (Cullman)

Time: May 6, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Cullman Depot Park
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The Cullman Strawberry Festival gets sweeter each year. The festival has grown to attract 24,000 people from across North Alabama looking to experience a fun-filled day of entertainment, shopping and delicious, locally-grown strawberries.




Strawberry Festival (Moulton)

Date/Time: May 5-6
Cost: $1
Location: Lions Club Fairgrounds-Moulton
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The Strawberry Festival offers a 5K run/walk, a Miss Strawberry Beauty Pageant, Classic Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show, a Cornhole Toss Tournament, a Horseshoe Throw Tournament, a Mud Volleyball Tournament, free inflatable activities for children, an art exhibit, lots of vendors and exhibits, Country Music singer Chad Bradford along with lots of local talent, a benefit auction, gospel singing groups, festival foods and carnival rides.




Camp to Amp Festival

Time: May 13, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: The Camp
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The 2nd Annual Camp to Amp Festival is BACK, and it's going bigger and better for 2023! The Orion Amphitheater, MidCity District, The Camp, and the Huntsville Police Department (HPD) are teaming up to bring the North Alabama community a day filled with fun, art, music, celebration, and more!




Mother and Son Special Train Ride

Date/Time: May 13
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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In tribute to moms, North Alabama Railroad Museum presents their Mother’s Day special train trips. Who can say no to those great moms? Make her proud by treating her to a wonderful train ride (and a special flower).  Have her picture made beside the front of the locomotive.  Make Mom feel special and make some great memories at the same time!




Rocket City BBQ & Soul Fest

Time: May 20, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Cost: Free – $20
Location: NSS Conference Center
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Make plans to attend the incredible Rocket City BBQ & Soul Fest! Enjoy great food, friends, live music, a BBQ competition, and activities for the entire family.




Smith Lake Park Memorial Weekend Music Festival (Cullman)

Time: May 27, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Smith Lake Park
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The Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Weekend Music Festival happens Saturday, May 27 from 9am to 4pm. There will be arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and live music!




Alabama Jubilee (Decatur)

Date/Time: May 27-28
Cost: Free
Location: Point Mallard Park
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The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South.


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