Redstone Arsenal growing to 50,000 workers by 2025!

Come grow with us! NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director Jody Singer briefed the Huntsville City Council Dec. 4, 2019 on the center's busy future.  

Huntsville – A Smart Place for Veterans!

Whether you are active duty, or a retired veteran, this is the perfect community for you to call your home! For more information, please view the video below.

FBI to bring more than 4,000 to Huntsville

For the first time amid its build-up at Redstone Arsenal, the FBI said more than 4,000 jobs will be coming to Huntsville over the next eight to 10 years. The only statement the FBI has made so far about increase job numbers in Huntsville came in November 2018 when it announced that 1,350 jobs would be relocating from the Washington area to Huntsville.    

Huntsville Named As 11th Best Place To Live In America

Business Insider on Friday released its list of The 50 Best Places to Live in America Right Now, and only one Alabama city made the list. Huntsville came in at No. 11 on the list. Austin, Texas, came in at No. 1. Huntsville is between Raleigh and Durham, N.C., at No. 10 and Madison, Wisc., at No. 12. “Huntsville is the fastest-growing city in Alabama, and residents are enjoying an emerging downtown shopping and dining scene even as the city maintains a low cost of living. If you can handle the heat and humidity, you might find yourself at home there.”

Things to Do: January 11-13, 2019

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019, 6 – 9PM
Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Alabama Rivers Alliance, Energy Alabama and Flint River Conservation Association (FRCA) are once again excited to sponsor the 6th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Huntsville, a night of short documentary films and conversation with the community. These award-winning films, combining beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling, inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth while creating a positive future for the next generation. The film festival also features the 2018 films from the Southern Exposure film fellowship program, highlighting Alabama experiences, places, and issues.

VENUE/ ATTRACTION Straight to Ale Brands (Campus 805)
COST $10, $5 military, student and seniors

Winter Hike - Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019, 9 – 11:30AM
Winter Hike - Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Hike Schedule: 9-10am 10:30-11:30am

Visit the beautiful Tall Tupelo Trail with trees hundreds of years old and you might see a tree that looks like it has a lion’s face on it!

Meet at the Taylor Road entrance parking lot where the sign is! Don’t forget binoculars/camera, water & shoes that can get dirty. All ages welcome but strollers not recommended. Please call 256.564.8077 for more information.

VENUE/ ATTRACTION Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Mid-Winter Musicale

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019, 3 – 4PM

The public is invited to a Mid-Winter Musicale in the historic sanctuary of Huntsville First United Methodist Church. The event will include a variety of music from classical to contemporary. Performing will be Michael Bowman-violin and viola, Martha Buck-flute, Bob Larkin-violin and Ann Swanson-piano with special guest Terry Cornett-percussion. An encore performance will be on February 10 at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary of Hazel Green United Methodist Church.

VENUE/ ATTRACTION Huntsville First United Methodist Church

Things to do 5/4/2018-5/6/2018

WhistleStop Weekend logo Whistle Stop Weekend!  What: Held during the first weekend in May, WhistleStop is a unique and exciting community gathering. Annually more than 25,000 attendees converge on the ground of the Historic Huntsville Depot creating an incredibly diverse socioeconomic audience. True community spirit, combined with great food, live music, good friends and a "little" competition have helped create this award winning two day event. Proceeds from this beloved event support the history education initiatives of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. When: FRIDAY May 4th from 4PM - 11PM AND SATURDAY, May 5, 10AM - 11PM Where: Historic Huntsville Depot, 320 Church Street Cost: For ticket information and to purchase tickets online at    Rocket City Ukulele Festival! What: The Rocket City Ukulele Festival will be held on   Saturday May 5 2018 on the grounds of the National Speleological Society (NSS) in Huntsville, Alabama and will be organized and conducted by the Tennessee Valley Ukulele Club. The festival's goal is to promote interest in and enjoyment of the Ukulele in and around the Tennessee Valley and to advance and share "Ukulele Love" and the "Hawaiian Spirit of Aloha". The program will feature beginner sessions and classes on various aspect of the ukulele care and playing. Those not participating in the classes will be able to gather in small group to share music and expertise. Open-mic sessions will be available and the performances will be held on the stage.The festival will also offer opportunities for club performances and group participation  strum-along. Other ukulele and Hawaii-related activities and performances may be included as available. When: Saturday May 5, 2018 from 8AM-6PM Where: Nation Speleological Society, 6001 Pulaski Pike Cost: Free  

Things to do this weekend 1/26/2018-1/28/2018

Madison Public Library Grand Opening What: Madison County Public Library Grand Opening When: Saturday, January 26, 2018 10:00AM-4:00PM Where: 142 Plaza Blvd, Madison, Alabama 35758 Cost: Free   The Sound of Music presented by Broadway Theatre League What: A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to the Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill you with renditions of world-famous songs such as “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “My Favorite Things”, and the title song. When: Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28; click here to purchase tickets and find times: Where: Von Braun Center Cost: $30 per person

Things to do 12/29-12/31/2017

Skating in the Park Skating in the Park What: This Huntsville Tradition is now bigger and better than ever! Skating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4– 9 pm Friday: 4 pm – Midnight Saturday: 10 am – Midnight Sunday: 12pm – 8 pm Where: Big Spring Park; 200 Church Street, Huntsville, AL 35801 Cost: ages 10+: $10; ages 9 and under: $5; $5 skate rental, $5 scooter rental   New Years Eve at HSV Times Square New Year's Eve at HSV Times Square! What: Celebrate New Years in beautiful Down Town Huntsville! FREE, family friendly, street festival. We will have live bands, food trucks, a DJ, lighting shows, and a one of a kind count down at midnight! Be there or be SQUARE! When: Sunday, December 31st 7pm to midnight! Where: Huntsville Times Square: 228 East Holmes Avenue Huntsville, Alabama 35801 (corner of Greene St and Holmes Ave) Cost: Free Admission  

Things to do This weekend December 1-3

Kris Kringle's Candlelight Christmas Kris Kringle's Candlelight Christmas What: Burritt on the Mountain invites everyone to our traditional holiday celebration, Kris Kringle's Candlelight Christmas, on December 2nd and 3rd from 5-9 p.m. The star-lit mountain will be mirrored by more than 600 candles, adding to the nostalgic feel of the holidays. Music will be heard throughout the mansion and the park, and cider, cookies, and tasty figgy pudding will keep us warm.

The kids will love to see Kris Kringle in the Burritt Mansion, and all are invited to get into the holiday spirit by stringing cranberries and popcorn, making paper punch ornaments, creating handmade cards and icing cookies. Please note, Kris Kringle will only be available from 5-8pm, as he has to get home early to tend to his reindeer!

Kick off your holiday season with one of our favorite holiday traditions at Burritt on the Mountain! Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas is sure to get you in the holiday spirit in a festive, unique setting. Take in the music and the views while celebrating the season with your community. Admission to this event is included in general admission, $8-$10 for non-members and $2 for members. This event is made possible in part by our incredible event sponsors Twickenham Wealth Advisors and Phil & Sharlene Coker.

When: Friday December 1 and Sat December 2, 2017 5:00PM-9:00PM Where: Burritt on the Mountain: 3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801 Cost: Members $2; Non Members $10 Adults, $8 children and students, $9 Seniors (60+) and Military, Children under 2 free. Santa's Village Santa's Village What: All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects, and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There are lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson When: Every night from 5:00 - 9:00PM until Dec 23 Where: Alabama Constitution Village: 109 Gates Avenue Southeast, Huntsville, AL 35801 Cost: $5 per person FPCT Presents: A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol

What: Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all- redemption through the power of love.

When: December 1st and 8th at 7:30pm; December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th at 1:30pm and 5:00pm

Where: VBC Playhouse Cost: Adults: $18; 17 & Under: $15    

Things to Do Veteran’s Day Weekend 2017

Veterans Day Parade  What: Huntsville will honor our country's veterans with a grand parade at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  The parade route includes the Veterans Memorial on Monroe Street. When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11AM Where: Corner of Monroe Street and Jefferson Street   Galaxy of Lights - Walking Nights Galaxy of Lights - Walking Nights What:Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights:Friday, Nov 10 – Tuesday, Nov 14 | 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Nights: Friday, Nov 17 – Tuesday, Nov 21 | 5:30-8:00 p.m. Where: Botanical Gardens, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville, AL 35805 Cost: Members Adults $6, Children$3 Dogs $1; Non-Members: Adults $7, Childre $4, Dogs $1   A Christmas Story A Christmas Story Play What: A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian, Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Produced by Special Arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company

Recommended for all audience

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm Where: VBC Playhouse 700 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL 35801 Cost:$18/adults $16/seniors-students-active duty military  

Veteran Day 2017 Discounts

Things to Do This Weekend 10/13-10/15

Motown presented by Broadway Theatre League What: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit that tells the true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives, and took the world by storm. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations – MOTOWN THE MUSICAL shows how these legendary artists, and so many more, created the soundtrack that transformed America. With over 40 classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this explosive theatrical event is the next chapter of Motown’s incredible history – and an experience you’ll never forget.

This show is recommended for ages 13+.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm Where: Von Braun Center Cost: $35-$71   Battle of the Food Truck All Stars Breakfast Edition What: The Food Truck All Stars are widely talented chefs and they're going to show off their best breakfast creations at the 2nd to last Battle! Join us at AM Booth's Lumberyard from 7-11 am on Saturday the 14th and get fueled up for football, house projects, or whatever your fall Saturday holds! When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:00 – 11:00am Where: AM Booth Lumberyard 120 Cleveland Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801 Cost: Free event; food costs vary

Local Pumpkin Patches 2017

Tate Farms Cotton Pickin' Pumpkins - Pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, straw or hay bale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, Honey from hives on the farm, pre-picked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours. Enjoy the retail space called “Pumpkin & Leaf, Cafe and Collectibles,” featuring Piper and Leaf artisan brewed teas with local ingredients and a kid friendly shop; pedal cart tractors; and an extended petting animal area! Saturdays are popular at Tate Farms because special activities are added to the everyday fun, including face painting and the pumpkin cannon. Opens September 25th. Hours are Monday-Friday 2PM-6PM; Saturdays 9AM-6PM. Cost: $12 (ages 2+) Location: 8414 A Moores Mill Road Phone: 256-828-8288 More   4D Farms - Opening September 29th the 2017 hours are Fridays 2PM-6PM, Saturdays 10AM-6PM, Sundays 1PM-6PM. Columbus Day 10AM-6PM Come on down and enjoy the jumping pillow, cow train, two story play barn, walk through the maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, 80 ft slide, farm animals, pig races, rubber duck races, sand pit, tire mountain, farm animals, 200ft zipline, spider web and more. Available for an additional cost are pony rides, corn cannon, pumpkins and the Gemstone Mine. Purchase a Bounce Back Pass for $5.95 at your visit and come back to visit once more for free! Cost: One Day Pass: $11.95+tax (2-64); Season Pass $24.95+tax Under 2 Free; 65and older $8.95+tax Location: 7066 Co. Road 703, Cullman Phone:  256-775-2924 More   North AL Railroad Museum - Now in it’s third year, this train is sure to be a fun day for the whole family! An alternative to the traditional pumpkin patch, the North Alabama Railroad Museum is combining the thrill of picking a pumpkin with the excitement of a train ride! Riders will be allowed to disembark from the train at Normal and enter a punkin’ patch. The children will be allowed to select a pumpkin (included in the price of their ticket) and take it back to Chase on the train and then home. Date/Time(s): Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM and 3 PM Cost: $20 for all passengers Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville Phone: 256-851-6276

Things to do 10/6-10/8 2017

Madison Street Festival What: Welcome to the 37th annual Madison Street Festival. Held in historic downtown, the Festival is a celebration of the people, art, food, and music of Madison, Alabama. The Festival is Madison’s largest event and brings neighbors together for a day of celebration and fun. Kicking-off with a big, colorful parade, the Festival includes an Artist Alley, Car Show, Children’s Area, Entertainment, Expo Area, Arts & Crafts, Information Booths, and of course . . . great Southern Food! Where: 19 Front St, Madison, AL 35758, USA When: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9am – 4pm Cost: FREE Admission!   The Village of Providence Artisans & Farmers Market What: The market will be held in The Village of Providence Park on Town Center Dr. in Huntsville, AL. Our Market site is surrounded by more than 5,000 single-family and apartment homes. Village tenants are excited and welcome us to their Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. A combination of Artisans, Farmers, Entertainment and Community Services will combine to make this a unique and fun Saturday morning destination. Where: The Village of Providence Park, 1 Town Center Drive NW, Huntsville, AL When: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 8am – 12pm Cost: FREE Admission!

What to do This Weekend Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017

2nd Annual Great Outdoor Expo What:2nd Annual Great OUTDOOR Expo What better place to experience an OUTDOOR EXPO than OUTDOORS? What better place to see the latest in RVs and Camping than a CAMPGROUND? What better place to check out the newest boats than a MARINA? Yes, we will have displays from all facets of Outdoor Experiences – Hunting, Fishing, Camping, RVing, Boating, Cycling, Watersports, Outdoor Live, and more! We will also have food trucks and other activities for the family! Where:293 Ditto Landing Road, Huntsville, AL 35803 When: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9am – 4pm Cost: Admission is FREE! Parking is FREE!     Dog Fair What: Dog Fair! It is attended by thousands of people each year, many bring their dogs, others adopt dogs from the local rescue groups and humane society. There are over 160 volunteers that help with the dog fair. We will have a microchipping clinic, six rings of activities where many people can participate with their dog, such as agility, rally, testing your dog's manners for AKC Canine Good Citizen, nose work, and other activities. There will be prizes, vendor displays, and tips on training your dog. Leashes are required. Where: Monte Sano State Park 5105 Nolen Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801 When: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9am – 3pm Cost: $10 State Park Fee, Event is free to attend   Scarecrow Trail What: The community creates wonderful interpretations of Scarecrows that are displayed throughout the Garden in the fall. Every year has a different theme and all entries always go above and beyond expectations! This is a great festival that you will not want to miss! Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805 When: Friday, Sep 29, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, Sep 30, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, October 1, 2017, 12 – 6pm Cost: General Park Admission

What to do This Weekend 9/15/2017

Big Spring Crush: Downtown Wine Festival What:  Wine Festival: Walk in and receive a commemorative wine tasting glass to taste as much wine as your heart desires. There will be over 150 wines from all over the world including winery representatives to really guide you through the tasting process. Enjoy live music and wine inspired cuisine from local food trucks that will be available for purchase. There’s even a grape stomping area to raise awareness and money for Susie’s Wish Foundation. Cheers! When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 5 – 9pm Where: Big Spring Park: 200 Church Street, Huntsville, AL 35801 Cost: $40-$130   Monte Sano Art Festival What:  Art Festival: The Monte Sano Art Festival has been an enjoyed tradition in Huntsville, Alabama for sixteen years. In 2017 we will continue to feature more than 140 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media. Along with the outdoor festival exhibitors, 2017 will continue to feature local food trucks and musicians throughout the park. This festival is always a highlight of the arts calendar! When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, September 17 from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m Where:Monte Sano State Park: 5105 Nolen Avenue Huntsville, AL 358011 Cost: Admission is Free; Parking is $10 cash only   Family Campout in the Garden What:  Family Campout: Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever popular Hoot In The Night owl show followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove! You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest!!! When: Friday, September 15, 5pm – Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8am Where:  Huntsville Botanical Garden: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue Huntsville, AL 35805 Cost: Parent/Child $60; Family of Four $100; Extra Child or Parent $25    

What to do This Weekend September 8-10, 2017

Fall Street Style Gathering What: Fall Street Gathering - Pop-up boutiques with clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods, and more; a fashion show; and open entertainment district so you can stroll with a beverage of your choice! Where: 100 Northside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801 When: Friday from 5-8pm Cost: Free Admission!   Battle of the Food Truck All Stars What: Jazz in the Park and Battle of the Food Trucks All-Star Edition When: Sunday from 4-5pm Where: Big Spring Park Cost: Free Admission (food sold separately)!   What: 2017 Madison County Military Heritage Open House - Every year, the SOFH is dedicated to bringing together our military, our veterans, and most importantly, our community for an open house, with flying and static displays! Take a ride on a Vietnam era Huey. Price reduced this year to only $60 per ride. Youth ages 8-16 can ride in an airplane free with the Young Eagles program. Vendors, displays, food trucks, static aircraft, fly-bys and more. For more information, go to When:Saturday 10am - 4pm Where: Huntsville Executive Airport, 341 Bolling Rd, Meridianville Cost: Free Admission and parking  

Things to do Labor Day 2017 Weekend!

Scarecrow Trail Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden When: Opens up Sept 1 - Oct 31 What: Scarecrows, Hay-bales, Sorghum Maze, Weekend Hayrides, Pumpkin Patch, Gilded Gourds Cost: Children 3-18 $8, Adults $12 other discounts may apply.   Huntsville Ghost Walk Where: Brothers Hardware Store, located at 124 South Side Square When: Promptly at 6PM What: Hear stories from Huntsville’s haunted past and learn why the spirits remain. You choose one of three guided tours through the Twickenham District, the Old Town District, or the Downtown District. Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and below $5   Caribbean Day in the Park Where: Stonefield Park; 3715 Bragg Street When: What: Learn about the Caribbean culture, try wonderful food, buy some art, listen and enjoy the laid back rhythm of reggae music, Caribbean dancers, and plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy! Cost: Free    

Slow Cooker Recipes

After a long day out and about, who wants to have to cook supper? I much prefer to put something in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to all the delicious smells of a fully cooked meal. If you are like me though, I am always looking for new and easy recipes to try out.  I can't wait to try some of these 33 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes.   20091015crockpot

Jazz Up Your Kitchen

House Beautiful has some great tips for how to make your kitchen look like you spent a fortune without breaking the bank.   UltraKitchen04

Top School Districts in Alabama

No surprise that Madison City Schools are ranked in the top 10 school districts in Alabama. Madison County Schools are ranked in the top 20.   Madison city schools

$177 Million Mixed Use Development Coming to Huntsville

"Constellation" development will be a mix of retail, living, work, restaurant and hotel space in downtown Huntsville.   Downtown_Huntsville,_Alabama

New Businesses Coming to Bridge Street Town Centre

Bridge Street   Four new businesses will be opening in 2015 at Bridge Street Town Centre.

New Hobby Lobby in Madison

  Hobby Lobby is moving to a new location in Madison's Strong Station.  The grand opening is set for 9:00 a.m. January 12, 2015. Hobby Lobby Grand Opening

Galaxy of Lights

It isn't too late to see Huntsville Botanical Garden's Galaxy of Lights. The last night to drive through is Saturday, January 3, 2015. Galaxy of Lights

30th Annual Living Christmas Tree

Living Christmas Tree Be sure to check out the Living Christmas Tree performances at Huntsville's First Baptist Church.

Snowflake Science

    Learn the "Science of Snowflakes" at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center as part of their Saturday Scientist series for kids ages 6 - 9.   Snowflake

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Check out these activities this weekend. rocket city marathon   The 38th annual Rocket City Marathon will be run on a new course this year.  The race starts at 7:00 Saturday, December 13.  Come out and cheer on the runners.

Boeing Expansion


Redstone Gateway Complex will house expansion to Boeing's research and technology center set to open in 2015.

Huntsville is a great place to live!

Rocket City   See why ranks Huntsville as one of 6 retirement spots.