Von Braun Center

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The Von Braun Center (VBC) has certainly evolved over the decades and has seen some exciting artists, shows, and other events since it made its debut in 1975! The VBC, in addition to the arena, features multiple exhibit halls, a concert hall, a playhouse and many other facilities, for meetings and exhibits.

Rock Out at the Von Braun Center

In Huntsville, the VBC is the go-to entertainment venue. On any given night, there’s something spectacular happening at this premier multi-purpose complex. Venues inside the VBC include the Propst Arena, the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, the Playhouse, and newly added Mars Music Hall, which all work seamlessly together to bring in a variety of entertainment options from large-scale to intimate.  

Recently added is a full-service restaurant and rooftop bar – Rhythm on Monroe. Rhythm offers delicious cocktails, craft brews and freshly prepared, locally sourced urban fare. Rhythm is the perfect spot for a pre-show dinner or post-show drinks. Not attending an event?  No problem! Rhythm on Monroe is open for all guests.  

Sports aficionados will find no shortage of cheering opportunities—the VBC is home to the Huntsville Havoc and UAH Chargers hockey teams, and also hosts the annual Rocket City Classic double-header featuring the University of Alabama men’s basketball team. If you’re craving entertainment that’s a bit more cultured, the VBC also hosts The Broadway Theatre League, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Huntsville Ballet Company; as well as Theatre Huntsville and the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater. Families will love being entertained at signature VBC events like Family Fun Festival & Expo and the Von Brewski Beer Festival!

There’s always something to do at the Von Braun Center—top-billing concerts, A-list comedians, family entertainment extravaganzas and so much more. Learn more and see all upcoming events at vonbrauncenter.com.

Best Places to Dine for Valentine’s Day

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Delicious food, tasty drinks, savory dessert, romantic atmosphere: tell your Valentine you’ve got dinner all planned out with one of these top spots for dining out for Valentine’s Day!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is always an elegant choice for a romantic meal for two. They offer the best cuts of meat that make for a meal you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.

Nick’s Ristorante

Another perfect Valentine’s Day spot is Nick’s Ristorante because it is an upscale restaurant with elegant surroundings, but you remain casual and relaxed as the staff takes care of all the details. Nick’s Ristorante offers the best in 100% Certified Angus Beef as well as premium seafood and some fantastic Northern Italian meals. You will enjoy the atmosphere, service and wonderful food. Nick considers his restaurant an extension of his home and he loves to entertain.

Simp McGhee’s

Nestled into a corner of historic Bank Street, just a stone’s throw from the Tennessee River, lies the heart of fine dining in Decatur. Simp McGhee’s exudes old-fashioned charm while offering fresh Cajun seafood and beef selections sure to please all palates. Enjoy live music and their rustic historical atmosphere while you dine or relax. You may also dine under the stars on their pet-friendly sidewalk café.


Josie’s on Second Avenue in Decatur is a romantic little spot that is a bit more casual. You’ll find delicious Mediterranean dishes and a great wine selection.

Rosie’s Cantina

If you’re looking for a little spice to your Valentine’s Day dinner, then Rosie’s Cantina is the place to go. Rosie’s has the most amazing Mexican dishes and equally amazing drinks to complement your meal.

Purveyor Huntsville

Purveyor Huntsville offers world-class cooking paired perfectly with your favorite wine, beer, or bourbon, making it a wonderful place to dine for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the comfortable setting and friendly atmosphere located in downtown’s newest addition, The Avenue.

Phuket Thai Restaurant

If Thai cuisine is your thing, Phuket Thai Restaurant serves the best Thai cuisine in town and has made a name for itself with its tremendous menu that ranges from sushi, curry entrees, rice dishes and noodle bowls to pad Thai, satays, steaks, seafood and more. Stop by for Valentine’s Day and indulge in an affordable and irresistible dinner at Phuket.

Carnegie Carnival

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Mobile might be the birthplace of Mardis Gras, and New Orleans might be known for its amazing Mardis Gras celebrations on Bourbon Street, but the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur puts on one heck of a Mardis Gras party called Carnegie Carnival! There are events going on all through February to revel in this fun holiday.

Carnegie Carnival Parade

The main event is the Carnegie Carnival Parade, which is Saturday, February 18 at 6pm. There are lots of exciting, brightly-colored floats that entertain guests lined up and down Second Avenue in downtown Decatur looking to catch beads, Moon Pies, and other treats! You’ll see a full-size replica pirate ship and all the crews: Pirate Crewe O’Ye Crooked Goat, the Sirens of Achelous and Skeleton Crewe, Joe Cain’s Merry Widows, that wild and crazy Crewe of Chaos, the Majesties of Marmac, and the other-side-of-towners from the Southwest of the Border Crewe, plus many, many more for an unforgettable night of fabulous floats, music, dancing, and most importantly family fun!

The parade begins at Gordon Drive/Second Avenue and ends at Bank Street/Church Street. Make sure to get your spot on Second Avenue secured early because people line up early to see this fun event!

Real Queens of Carnival

Crewe of Chaos sponsors the annual Real Queens of Carnival at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, February 4. All your favorite “queens” come together to determine the next Real Queen of Carnival! 

Paint Your Pet

Don’t miss the Paint Your Pet at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center on February 5 from 5-8pm and February 11 at 9am-12pm. All you have to do is message the Carnegie with a headshot picture of your pet, they will trace it on a canvas, and you paint it. All classes are at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center ~ 207 Church Street. Proceeds benefit local animal rescue group Paws 52 and Carnegie Art Center.

Classes are $40 and payment is required to hold your spot. You can call Judy at 512-771-4982 or message us on Facebook with questions or to make your reservation.

Carnival Strut Your Paws Pet Fashion Show

Don’t miss the Carnival dogs as they show off their best on the cat walk on February 9 at 6:30pm at the Magnolia Room. $20 to enter your dog and $5 for entry with no pet entry. Registration starts at 6pm.

Cake Shake

Free cake for everyone at the Cake Shake on Friday, February 17 at 7pm at the Princess Theatre! Join Queen Lindsey, Queen Holly, King Doug, and King Wade in celebrating the Carnival Season. There will be cakes galore, dancing to tunes by Lydia Britton and the Royal Family, libations, and fun! Free.

Carnival Frolic 13.1

Grab your running shoes and meet at Founders Park at 7am on Saturday, February 18 to join in the Carnival Frolic 13.1. You can win cash, prizes, and a medal. If a 5K is more your speed, they’ve got you covered. $45-75 entry fees.

Prince & Princess Parade

Join CASA of North Alabama for a morning of free kids’ events and games, family entertainment, and art for everyone on Saturday, February 18 at 12:30pm. Stay for a parade fit for a prince and princess. Watch local children and teens parade via foot, bike, and float starting at Founders Park at the corner of Bank Street and Church Street and ending at the Farmers Market where the Carnival Prince and Princess are crowned.

Carnival Canines on Parade

Dogs of all sizes and breeds, dressed in their Mardi Gras best, will take to the streets of historic downtown Decatur for the most colorful pooch parade and dog walk you will ever witness on Saturday, February 18 at 2:30pm. Before the canine parade, the Carnegie Carnival 2023 Sir Bow Wow and Lady Barks-a-Lot will be crowned!

The Princess & the Frog

FREE Movie Presented by the Carnegie Visual Arts Center at the Princess Theatre at 3pm on February 18.
A young lady befriends a royal amphibian and a delightful adventure ensues.

Follow the Carnegie Carnival Facebook page for all the Spirit Nights to benefit the campaigns of the Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses.

Then after the fun is over, the AIM Program of Decatur City Schools collects used beads and then cleans and packages them to resell as a fundraiser. You can drop off your used beads to the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.