April Activities in the Rocket City

Looking for fun, food, and festivities this April? You’re in luck! There’s always something new and exciting happening in the Rocket City in 2018.

Get ready for a month packed with food festivals, craft beer, live music, and much more! We’ve got the scoop on where you can find the most fun this month in the city of Huntsville.

Battle of the Buffalo



On April 7, the 10th Battle of the Buffalo is at Big Spring Park from 2pm – 7pm for  the southeast’s largest buffalo wing festival hosted by the Theta Pi chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at UAH.

All proceeds of the event go to the Russel-Hill Cancer foundation at Clearview Cancer Institute and Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology.

It’s a day of family friendly fun, food and music (and a buffalo wing eating contest). Tickets are $15 and include 2 pounds of wings and a drink.

Now, doesn’t that sound better than the leftovers you were going to microwave?

Time: Saturday, April 7    2pm – 7pm

Place: Big Spring Park

Cost: $15


OTBX Funk Fest 2.0


Also happening April 7 in Huntsville is an adult day long festival at Old Town Beer Exchange for all things funky: funky beers, funk music, funky wines, funky Cheese, and funky people.

OTBX Funk Fest 2.0 will feature musical performances from  George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ PardnersWater SeedLiquid Caravan, and The Quantaphonics.

You can grab some funky food from Doctor BBQBeast Mode, and Manic Organic Food Truck!

Vendors such as Radiant ShadeHonest Coffee Roasters – Huntsville,Woodtech, and other vendors will be onsite selling all of their goodies.

Time: Saturday, April 7    2pm – 9pm

Place: Old Town Beer Exchange

Cost: $25 Presale / $35 Day of the Event


Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil



Looking for a tasty event the whole family can enjoy? Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil at the VBC on April 14th. There will be an array of seafood and craft beers to choose from, and—of course—tons of crawfish!

Big fan of local brews? The event’s craft beer garden will open at 1 p.m. And don’t forget there will be great musical entertainment from 6pm – 9pm.

Kids will also be able to enjoy face painting and inflatables while you’re stuffing your face with some of the best seafood in town and chilling out to the sounds of Zydeco music.

The event is free to attend. Get more information here.

Time: Saturday, April 14  3pm – 9pm

Place: Von Braun Civic Center – South Hall

Cost: Free


Taste the Spirit of Madison

Try some of Madison’s Culture at Taste the Spirit of Madison hosted by the Madison Chamber of Commerce on April 14th at Insanity Skate Park! This family festival showcases the best foods, shops, businesses, and music Madison has to offer.

During the Day starting at 9am it’s free to attend the Madison Market to see the wide array of goods and services offered.

Starting at 6pm, you will need a ticket for the food and beer tasting that features more than 25 local restaurants and food trucks.

Date: Saturday, April 14

Madison Market: 9am – 2pm / Free
Food/Beer Tasting: 6pm – 9pm / $25

Place: Insanity Skate Park

Wine Down Huntsville



Wine connoisseurs rejoice! This year’s Wine Down Huntsville event will take place at the Round House in Downtown Huntsville. This event offers participants a chance to sample wines from around the world while surrounded by close friends and fun.

Wine Down Huntsville will also have live entertainment, giveaways, a beer garden, and more. Best of all, it benefits a great cause. Ticket sales will directly support Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama, which gives children the opportunity to reach their full potential through professionally supported long-term, one-to-one relationships.

Time: Friday, April 20 (5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.) 

Place: The Round House

Cost: $55 

Paddle the Canal



Paddle the Canal is Huntsville’s urban kayak race that will take place at Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville!

On April 21st and 22nd, participants will be able to race down the canal between the Von Braun Center and Embassy Suites Hotel under an Expert, Novice, or Costume category entry. Experts will be the first to race, followed by Novice and Costume. Costume racers will complete an untimed run of the course and will be judged by a panel of third-party judges.

When they are done with the course, racers and spectators can enjoy plenty of choices from local food trucks, giveaways, and free entertainment and activities. Get more information and register for the event by clicking here.

Time: Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23

Place: Big Spring Park Canal

Cost: $25

Concerts, Cars, and Craft Beer

Head to downtown’s backyard and join A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard for their 3rd Annual Cars, Concerts & Craft Beer!

Great Cars, Great Music, Great Location, and Great Craft Beer and Food…. Free to come and listen and enjoy the day!! This event gets bigger every year!

Time: April 22nd  12pm – 5pm

Place: A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard

Cost: Free



You can’t leave off Panoply from Arts Huntsville, the Southeast’s premier arts weekend featuring multiple stages and offering regional and national performers in dance, music and theater.

Art, music and more return to downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park on April 27th-29th, 2018, featuring more artists than ever before.

Panoply kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27th, welcoming back favorite local and regional musical acts as well as nationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed bands and musicians, the Art Marketplace presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, STEAM Interactives, craft beer, festival food, select local food trucks and more.

Time: April 27-29

Place: Big Spring Park

Cost: $10 – $18





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Haley Clemons is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in public relations. She spends most of her free time exploring local towns, trying new restaurants and planning her next international trip. Her favorite place on earth is Seaside, Florida on scenic highway 30A! She loves church, her family, friends and her fluffy white cat named Truman (after The Truman Show). She’s also a big Jim Carrey fan. She currently works as the marketing coordinator for a local commercial real estate company. She started her travel blog earlier this year and records her latest adventures for everyone to enjoy. Read more from Haley at www.life-in-between.com.



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