Downtown Huntsville’s Newest Adventure—Paddle The Canal Festival!

Urban kayaking, friendly competition, entertainment, giveaways, and food—all of these things will be coming together soon in Big Spring Park for the Paddle the Canal Festival hosted by Downtown Huntsville, Inc.!

On April 22nd and 23rd, the canal between the Von Braun Center and Embassy Suites will be the showground for the city’s first-ever timed kayak and canoe races. Participants can choose to enter into one of three categories: Expert, Novice, or Costume. Paddlers will be chip-timed electronically and teams of two and four will be ranked per the sum of all team members.

After racers have a go around the course, they can join the rest of the crowd to enjoy giveaways from Redstone Federal Credit Union, souvenir booths, and free entertainment and activities.

There will also be plenty of food trucks to choose from, including Huntsville favorites like:

  • Angel’s Island Coffee
  • Beast Mode
  • House of Kabob
  • Little Red Lunchbox
  • Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream
  • Pearl Asian Cuisine
  • The Perfect Pucker
  • Shiver Shaved Ice
  • What’s Popp’N

Don’t have a kayak to participate?

No problem! The North Alabama Canoe and Kayak Club will have on-site rentals available for $5 for both days (use cash). But, of course, you are free to bring your own to the event.

On Friday evening, there will be a drop-off area in Paddler’s Park for your kayaks and canoes. And don’t worry! Downtown Huntsville Inc. has hired overnight security to monitor them for both nights.

Are you part of the Expert, Novice, or Costume category?

If you’re an expert paddler who loves the thrill of competition, you will be the first to race. All participants in the Expert category will have one chip-timed run of the course. It’s expected that these runs will each take 4 minutes or less.

Novice paddlers will follow once the Expert category is complete. You will also have one chip-timed run and will share the course during your run with one other racer who will be released when you are approximately half way through the course.

And finally, the Costume category will close out the races on the 22nd. This group of participants will complete an untimed run of the course and instead be reviewed by a panel of third-party judges. Expect to share the course in 30-second increments with others in this category.

Time

Races will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 22nd with the Expert category and will have a rolling schedule.

Once all of the races have been completed, participants can complete two additional untimed runs on the canal as a “free paddle” run. Racing will be completed by Saturday evening.

Registrants are welcome to return on Sunday, April 23rd for open paddle time between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Place

This brand-new event will take place in beautiful Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville. The start-line area is called Paddler’s Park and is located behind the South Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Here’s the address:

Big Spring Park Canal – Downtown Huntsville

800 Monroe St. SW

Huntsville, AL 35801

Cost

The cost to compete is $30 for individuals, $50 for teams of two, and $95 for teams of four.

Your registration includes an event t-shirt, the guarantee of three course runs, and access to the private Paddler’s Park event area.

Members of Redstone Federal Credit Union are eligible for an exclusive 10% discount and can get more information here.

Purchase Tickets

Purchasing your tickets for the event is simple. Just click here to register as an individual or team. But remember, tickets are going fast—very fast!

Do you plan on participating this year? Comment below and let us know!

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Let The Battle Of The Food Truck All-Stars Begin!

1483721641597While the overwhelmingly popular Downtown Huntsville Street Food Gathering brand has been retired for 2017, Downtown Huntsville is excited to welcome a new and exciting food-centric event in its place: The Battle of the Food Truck All-Stars!

Curious how it will work?  Here’s what we know:

In just a few days, on February 9th at 6pm, the owners of 23 food trucks will gather at Yellowhammer Brewing and have 5 minutes each to present on their menu, branding, customer service and design to a panel of expert judges.

Judges for the event will include: Chefs Leonardo Maurelli III (Executive Chef of the Hotel at Auburn University) and James Boyce (Boyce Restaurant Concepts) and marketing gurus Trent Willis (Founder & CEO of Red Brick Strategies) and Lisa van der Reijden (Principal, VDR Designs).

After deliberating, the judges will select 10 food trucks to move on to the final round, and then YOU THE PEOPLE will vote for 2 more via an online poll that will open in February!

The final 12 Food Truck All-Stars will then compete twice a month from May – October at various times and locations around Downtown Huntsville to see who will be named Champion!

Here’s the current list of food trucks that will be competing for one of the final 12 spots:

Washington Square Catering
Local J’s
Sno~Depot
Rollin Lobstah
Huntsville Alabama MaggieMoo’s
Cafe on Wheels Neon Lilly
Kudzu Cafe
Dales Stuft
Sweet Temptations LLC
Tha food truck
Angel’s Island Coffee
Grumpy’s Restaurant
Beast Mode
Badd Newz BBQ
Pearl: Asian Cuisine
I Love Bacon Food Truck
Fire & Spice
TIM’S CAJUN KITCHEN
Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Betty Jo’s Gourmet Food Truck
Comin In Hot Food Trailer & Catering
Back Alley Traveling Bistro
Manic Organic Food Truck

To join in the selection event, support your Downtown Huntsville food trucks and learn more about what to expect in 2017, be sure to come out to Yellowhammer Brewing, Thursday February 9th from 6-9pm!

The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to watch the presentations that are being judged and will be able  to purchase food from Earth and Stone Fired Pizza during the event and, of course, beer can be purchased from Yellowhammer Brewing.

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Construction Update #3: The Garage At Clinton Row

If you’ve spent any time in Downtown Huntsville lately, you’ve probably noticed that the facade of The Garage At Clinton Row has undergone a major facelift since our last construction update in September!

And just in case you haven’t had a chance to see it for yourself yet, here’s a little sneak peek! It’s amazing how simply covering up the previous chainlink safety fencing with brand new, custom, decorative metal panels completely transformed the entire structure!

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Best of all, now that the paneling is in place, Downtown Huntsville Inc is busy at work restringing the Lights on Clinton Ave up!  I can’t wait to get a photograph of this building at night once they finish, it’s going to look magical!

Finally, be sure and keep an eye out over the next two weeks as tenant signage and development signage goes up and the very first store at The Garage opens to the public for business this Saturday!  Here’s just a tiny sneak peek inside Elitiare Boutique’s space, you’ll have to stop by and pay Kayla a visit to see more!  But be sure to stop by early, because she’s giving away 22% off to the first 22 people that come down and shop on Saturday October 22nd!

We’ll be announcing all the details for our big official grand opening celebration very soon as well, so stay tuned!

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It’s A Downtown Huntsville Double Feature!

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This weekend Downtown Huntsville and Big Spring Park is serving up a double feature of fun and entertainment!

It all starts this Friday Night at 5pm with the last Street Food Gathering on Church Street.

Making way for bigger and better things next year, this will be the last Street Food Gathering to be held Downtown on Church Street (although there will be two more gatherings this year, just not on Church Street).  So if you’re a street food pro or have never been to one, you won’t want to miss this!  In addition to over 40 food and drink vendors, Stillwater Bluegrass will be performing, Huntsville Escape Rooms will have an Escape Tent, and Orbit’s Super Shuttle will be giving tours of the shuttle and have corn hole.

Then Saturday at 6pm they’ll kick off The Hottest Weekend Of The Year Fest.

When lakes freeze up north, people polar bear dive, when it’s the hottest weekend of the year in Alabama, we eat spicy food and play outside! This year the event is sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and will include pizza, wings, a hot pepper eating contest (thanks to the Madison County Farmer’s market) a hot sauce easting contest, free water games and a rockin’ concert with bands like Motel Radio and The Flea Market Hustlers!

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