17 Must-See Family Events This May (And 10 Are FREE!) – Rocket City Mom

Looking for ideas on what to do this month? Below are our 17 picks for can’t-miss family events happening in May (and 10 are completely FREE).

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Golden Hour in the Garden

Date hour: May 4, 11, 18, 25 | 5pm-8pm
Cost: $12 – $17
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Illuminated by the warm glow of the setting sun, Golden Hour invites you to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Huntsville Botanical Garden in a new light. On Wednesdays from May through August, HBG invites you to explore its 112 acres with food, drink, and live music, enjoying an elevated nighttime experience whether you’re strolling along nature trails or taking a bask in the grass. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, spread out with friends and make new memories together, rain or shine!

Rocket City Kitty Palooza 2022

Weather: May 7 at 11:00
Cost: $5
Location: Lowe Mill
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This annual event was created to raise awareness of the importance of neutering pets, stray cats, barn cats and feral colonies. There is a multi-rescue kitten adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., kitten yoga from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (reservations required), and an official masquerade ball from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And goodies for the first 300 guests! Visit cattyshackhsv.org and head over to our “Events” page to see the itinerary and links to book time in the cat lounge, a spot for kitty yoga, and to pre-order your cat t-shirt. event. The masquerade ball has a $5 cover charge donated directly to Cattyshack and is hosted by Dragon’s Forge Cafe and Ravenwood Meadery on the second floor of Lowe Mill.

Mother and son train ride

Date hour: May 7 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 – $15
Location: North Alabama Railroad Museum
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As a tribute to moms, the North Alabama Railroad Museum features special Mother’s Day train rides. Who can say no to these super moms? Make her proud by giving her a wonderful train ride (and a special flower). Have him take a picture next to the front of the locomotive. Make mom feel special and create great memories at the same time! This is a full ten mile train ride that takes over an hour.


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Free Comic Book Day at Haven Comics

Weather: May 7 at 10:00
Cost: Free
Location: Haven Comics Etc
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Free Comic Book Day is an amazing annual event that brings together comic book publishers and participating local comic shops to, as the name suggests, give away free comics! Haven Comics makes it easier for parents by separating comics strictly geared towards young children from those aimed at a wider audience. Each visitor can choose up to three comics absolutely free!

FivePoints PorchFest 2022

Weather: May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Neighborhood Five Points
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PorchFest FivePoints is BACK!! Don’t miss this community music festival on the welcoming porches of Five Points Huntsville, Alabama. Bring a blanket, camp chairs, friends, and cash for tips and food trucks!

Cullman Strawberry Festival

Weather: May 7 at 10:00
Cost: Free
Location: Cullman Depot Park
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Head to Cullman for the annual Strawberry Festival in May! This FREE event is something the whole family can enjoy with LIVE music from Gin Blossoms, 2021 American Idol Winner – Chayce Beckham, and The Georgia Thunderbolts. There will also be craft vendors, entertainment and games, food and ALL THE STRAWBERRIES grown by local Cullman farmers!

Free movies at the park

Weather: May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: The Village of Providence
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Come to the Village of Providence and watch a movie on the largest outdoor screen in the region. Films will begin at sunset.

Family camping in the garden

Weather: May 13 at 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 – $180
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
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New to camping? Don’t feel like traveling far for a relaxing evening outdoors? Join the Huntsville Botanical Garden Campground! There will be a hot dog dinner, fire-roasting s’mores, a bedtime story, and a chance to experience the garden on a guided nighttime hike.

Madison County Youth Fishing Rodeo

Weather: May 14 at 8:30
Cost: Free
Location: Sharon Johnston Park
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The Madison County Youth Fishing Rodeo is an annual event held at Sharon Johnston Park. Children can fish while receiving great door prizes that will be awarded at the event. There will also be a petting zoo, bouncy houses, barrel train rides and more.

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Dragon Boat Race and Festival

Weather: May 14 at 8:30
Cost: Free
Location: Pointe Mallard Park
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About 50 teams and more than 1,200 paddlers will be making waves in Decatur on the second Saturday in May when the dragon boat race and festival returns for the ninth year. Fundraising for the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation, the family event is scheduled for May 14, 2022, with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and an on-water competition beginning at 9 a.m. Presented by Toray Carbon Fibers, the one-day event takes place at the Point Mallard Aquatic Center.

Festival from camp to amp

Weather: May 14 at 12:00
Cost: Free
Location: MidCity Huntsville
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MidCity District is celebrating the Orion Amphitheater’s opening weekend with the first annual Camp to Amp Festival! Delicious food, tasty drinks, exploring the MidCity neighborhood, 3 stages with 20 performances, over 50 local nonprofits and vendors, activities for kids and kids at heart, food trucks, art , murals and more! Be sure to stop by the Rocket City Mom tent and say “Hi!”.

Rocket City Fair at John Hunt Park

Date hour: May 20-31
Cost: $5 – $8
Location: John Hunt Park
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The Rocket City Fair returns to John Hunt Park to kick off summer in Huntsville! Admission gives you access to Los Morolitos 3-Ring Circus, Rockin’ A Ranch ‘Farm at the Fair’ Petting Zoo, Lady Houdini’s world famous escape show, children’s magician Bob Bohm and your favorite rides from Paradise Amusements (Tickets/Wristbands sold separately).


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Slide into summer at Ditto Landing

Date hour: May 21 & 22
Cost: $5
Location: Same as Landing
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What better way to kick off summer 2022 than Giant Slip & Slides, #foodtrucks, #volleyball and #fun times! Bring your water guns and water toys too!! Details Children under 5 ride for free with a paying parent. Wristband at $5 per daySaturday: 10am-4pm Sunday: 12pm-4pm **All participants must sign a waiver to slide – minors under 18…

Harry Potter: Mischief Managed at EarlyWorks

Date hour: May 21 & 22
Cost: Included in general admission
Location: Museum of First Works
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Expecto patronum! Come celebrate the FIRST Harry Potter-themed weekend at EarlyWorks with themed crafts, Quidditch, and a museum-wide scavenger hunt! Muggles welcome and costumes encouraged!

Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Weather: May 28 at 09:00
Cost: Free
Location: Smith Lake Park
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The Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Weekend Music Festival takes place Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and live music!

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

Date hour: May 28 & 29
Cost: Free
Location: Pointe Mallard Park
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The Alabama Jubilee includes sixty balloons from across the United States. Visitors are encouraged to go out for the day to see these magnificent flying machines in action and are allowed to roam freely among the balloons. The Alabama Jubilee features live acts and shows and many local and regional bands have played some of their first shows on our stage. Veterans are honored with a ceremony on stage and live radio broadcasts go viral!

Free Lowe’s Community Day at HMA

Weather: May 29 at 12:00
Cost: Free
Location: Huntsville Art Museum
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Explore the Huntsville Art Museum for FREE on Sunday, May 29, 2022. It’s a great time to bring the kids and enjoy the ongoing exhibits as well as the interactive Stender Gallery.


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