Our community offers SO much that can be valuable to homeschoolers including classes, teams, workshops, etc. All resources listed here are available to all homeschoolers regardless of cover school. Some resources are open to the public by a public facility and some are homeschooling opportunities available to the entire homeschooling community. All resources were valid when listed, but sometimes the venue does not come back and tell us when they change details, so if you find information that is no longer valid, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please also contact us with any resource you feel should be shared here.
Annual Lectures, Shows, Events:
Huntsville Literary Association sponsors three Shakespeare plays by the American Shakespeare Center’s traveling troupe annually in February - open to the public at UAH. They also sponsor a poetry and writing competition, the Young Writers Contest, in Feb/Mar that is open to homeschoolers. http://www.hla-hsv.org/
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology celebrates DNA Day annually in April (with tours and hands-on activities) http://www.hudsonalpha.org/
Earth Day at the Hay’s Nature Preserve – annually in mid-April includes many info tables, live animal presentations, guided walks.
Figure Skating Shows – spring and Christmas shows featuring local skaters at the Benton H. Wilcoxon Ice Complex. http://www.iceskate.org/
Panoply Arts Festival – big arts event, with four days of visual and performing arts held at the Big Spring International Park in April. http://www.panoply.org/
Hertha Heller Forum – annual series of history-related lectures at Huntsville Madison County Public Library in the spring (good for teenagers) http://hmcpl.org/
North Alabama Society of the Archeological Institute of America sponsors several lectures open to the public at UAH in the fall and spring (good for teenagers) http://excavate-aia.blogspot.com/
Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table (TVCWRT) provides a forum for non-partisan study, education, and discussion of the American Civil War. They meet the second Thursday of every month (except for December), at the Elks Club, 725 Franklin Street SE, in Huntsville. Programs typically last one hour with expected attendance of between 100 and 150. These monthly meetings are free and open to the public. http://sites.google.com/site/tvcwrt/home
Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society’s Annual Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show in October. Fossils, rocks, and more – don’t miss the “Rock Food Table” (it looks like food but it’s all rocks). http://huntsville.about.com/library/weekly/aa101803a.htm
Astronomy Day at Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium/Observatory – in October – planetarium shows, speakers, telescopes, outdoor exhibits. http://www.vbas.org/
Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture at A&M University – each year the lecture (open to the public) is given by a Nobel Laureate in Physics or Chemistry on a topic in their specialty, in October or November. http://www.sas.aamu.edu/physics/lecture/
Huntsville Alabama L5 (HAL5) – the Huntsville Alabama chapter of the National Space Society (NSS). Hosts a continuing series of public lectures, forums, and events on space-related topics, at both the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Huntsville Public Library. http://www.nsschapters.org/al/HAL5/index.shtml
Moontown Annual Fly-In (Moontown Airport is just east of Huntsville on the 72) – Held in August or September. See all kinds of old planes (and some new experimental types), kids under 18 can get a free airplane ride through the Young Eagles program (just fill out a consent form and off they go for a short ride in a 4-seater plane with a private pilot – parents not allowed – my kids loved it!). Also check out the airport at other times for other types of fly-ins and additional Young Eagles flight opportunities. http://www.moontownairport.com/
Monte Sano Art Show – An invitational art show held the 3rd Saturday in September at Monte Sano State Park. http://www.montesanoartshow.org/index.html
Madison County Executive Airport (just north of Huntsville on the 231) – keep an eye out for scheduled fly-ins of historic planes at this airport. We have found out about them twice before from info in the newspaper just the day before, or the day of, the event. http://www.mceaa.org/
Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll – In October this historic cemetery comes alive with a variety of characters during the annual Cemetery Stroll. Sponsored by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association. http://www.huntsvillepilgrimage.org/
Historic Tour of Homes – tour private historic homes, gardens, and churches in Huntsville’s historic districts during the first weekend in May. Sponsored by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association.
Caribbean Day at the Park – a “taste of the Caribbean” in a family oriented atmosphere. The purpose is to educate the community about Carribean history, culture, and customs. Held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. It has been held at a couple of different parks in Huntsville. Put on by the Caribbean Association of North Alabama. http://www.canaonline.com/
Hispanic Festival – The Alabama Hispanic Association shares the Hispanic culture with the Huntsville community at this festival held in September or October. http://alabamahispanicassociation.org/
Madison Street Festival – Live music, Artist Alley, vendor booths (includes traditional crafts, community information booths, and games), Car and Bike Show, Children's Tent (hands-on crafts, petting zoo, pony rides). Held in the fall. http://www.madisonstreetfestival.org/
Daikin Festival – Japanese chemical manufacturer, Daikin America hosts an annual festival that includes music, traditional Japanese folk dancing, product displays, food, activities for kids and more in Decatur in May. http://www.decaturmorgancounty.com/default.aspx?id=50
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival – held on the Memorial Day weekend at Point Mallard Park in Decatur. Largest free hot-air balloon festival in the Southeast (over 60 balloons), arts and crafts show, antique car and tractor show, softball tournament, and entertainment. http://www.alabamajubilee.net/
The Battle for Decatur Civil War Reenactment – Labor Day weekend. Authentically clad Union and Confederate soldiers, cannons, horses, camp life. http://www.decaturmorgancounty.com/default.aspx?id=50
North Alabama Highland Festival and Scottish Games – sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Scottish Society. Held in October at the Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro.
Spirit of Christmas Past Homes Tour – tour private historic homes and churches in Huntsville’s Twickenham Historic District on a December evening. Sponsored by the Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association. http://www.weedenhousemuseum.com/general_information.htm
This awesome list was sent in by Susan Martin!