Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and Huntsville has big plans. This May, the city widely known for its Space and Rocket Center will bring fun, fundraising, and music to all. Here are 5 Memorial Day Weekend events in Huntsville, Alabama that you won’t want to miss.

Text by Sarah Vice

People ride swinging fair ride.

Rocket City Fair

If you like rides, performances, and fair food, check out the annual Rocket City Fair. This event lasts from May 17th though the 27th, giving you plenty of time to take a break from other festivities to play. Also, who doesn’t love a good candied apple? The fair has more than enough fun to go around.

Women walk fashion show runway.

The Fashion Initiative

One of the newer attractions in Huntsville is the Stovehouse. The non-profit organization Stitch Worx Foundation uses this new space to host a fundraising fashion show. Stitch Worx teaches at-risk people transferrable skills related to sewing, fashion, and design. This year, Stitch Worx partnered with The Beaded Warriors, a group working to prevent veteran suicide through community involvement. If you love fashion and/or want to support a great cause, then stop by Stovehouse on May 25th.

Blues musician plays his guitar.

Old School and Blues Festival

Artists like Adina Howard and Sir Charles Jones share their love for music on Sunday, May 26th at the Old School and Blues Festival. Now in its 23rd year, this festival brings the beauty of blues to the Huntsville Dragway. You can even bring your RV and a cooler along to relax and take in the rich sounds of old school blues.

Veteran salutes his flag.

U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum

We always look for fun, games, and events on Memorial Day weekend. However, it’s important to not forget those who fought for our freedom to do so. Memorial Day weekend presents the perfect time to visit the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum. The Museum hosts all kinds of military memorabilia, including collections of military vehicles, watercraft, and weapons. Also, special rates apply to active duty military. Start planning your trip here.

People begin running 5k.

Cotton Row Run

Cotton Row Run, Huntsville’s annual Memorial Day race, kicks off on May 27th this year. The 10K and 5K races offer each runner the chance to challenge their ability. Also, the Cotton Row Run is a family event, so there’s a fun run for the little ones. The Run’s organizers ask that racers to wear red, white, and blue in honor of those who served. Sign up to run or to volunteer here.