Now that Labor Day has passed, and with it the unofficial end of summer, the Tennessee Valley is ready for fall. It’s a favorite season around here with football games, cooler weather, and a rainbow of changing leaves. Everyone is ready to enjoy being out in the beautiful weather and Huntsville, Madison, and the surrounding areas offer no shortage of family friendly activities to make your September sweeter.
The Scarecrow Trail is open at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens through October 31st. This year’s theme is “Pure Imagination” and there is sure to be an array of imaginative scarecrows to look at as you stroll through the gardens. You can get lost in a sorghum maze, venture into the hay bale house, or check out the haunted hangouts which are new this year. If you go on a weekend, be sure to take a hayride!
September 17-20 is Oktoberfest on Redstone Arsenal and it’s open to the public. This is a fair the whole family can enjoy. You can find authentic German cuisine and a Craft Biergarten tent, as well as traditional carnival food. There will be carnival rides for all ages and adventure levels. Admission includes rides, entertainment, and parking. Active duty military get a $2 discount off ticket price on Friday September 18th. Enter through gate 10 on Jordan Lane/Patton Road.
Monte Sano State Park is hosting its annual art festival on September 19th from 9am to 5pm. Spend the day enjoying nature and art as you browse the creations of regional artists. Enjoy food and music while taking in the beautiful view of Monte Sano. Featured artists work can be found at the Lodge Exhibition held in the State Park Lodge next to the festival grounds.
You can travel the world for free at the annual International Festival of North Alabama at the UAH University Fitness Center on September 26th from 9:30am to 5pm. Experience cultural diversity with international performances and cuisine, educational games for children, live music, and an open air market. Pick up a passport at the entrance and if you visit all 32 countries represented you get a special prize!
If you’re in the mood for some spine tingling fun, or you need a little more mystery in your life, take a Huntsville ghost walk or haunted trolley tour. Recently recognized on Livibility.com’s national list of “8 Cities with Great Ghost Tours,” these fun excursions begin at Harrison Brothers Hardware in downtown Huntsville. Choose from 3 completely different walking tours or one trolley tour every Saturday in September and every Friday and Saturday in October. Tickets are sold at Harrison Brothers Hardware in advance or on the night of the tour.
And don’t forget to put the Madison Street Festival on your calendar for Saturday October 3rd. This annual fall kick-off party is not to be missed and @Homes Realty Group is a sponsor this year. More information coming soon!