There’s no rain in this weekend’s forecast which means bring on the events! We have a pretty busy weekend planned for you to make the most out of your days before the Monday blues hit. Here are some fun-filled events going on this weekend that will be sure to give you Spring fever!



International World Art Day
The Intercultural Diversity Center will be hosting a DIY activity in observance of World Art Day this Thursday, April 15th from 11 am to 1 pm in the Intercultural Diversity Center (Ferguson 2100 on UA’s campus). Guests will learn about artistic creations in society, awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions, and highlight the contribution of artists within society. Participants will be provided paint kits, catered refreshments, accompanied by a presentation on the international holiday! 

 

Miss Icon 2021
Tuscaloosa’s own Icon Tuscaloosa is hosting its annual Miss Icon Pageant this Thursday, April 15th, at 9 pm. Contestants will compete in three categories: Icon Presentation, Evening Gown, and Solo Talent. There is no entry fee for contestants and the Winner receives $300 cash that night and $200 cash at Give Up! Admission is $10 for those who want to attend! 

 

Go Green or Go Home at CHOM
Get a jump start on the Earth Day festivities this Saturday, April 17th, from 9:30 am to 4 pm at the Children’s Hands-On Museum. Come play recycling games, learn about seed bombs, and oil spill clean-up efforts! All activities are included in admission, so bring your best buddies! 

 

Hand in Paws Virtual Mutt Strut
Hand in Paw is excited to announce its 11th Annual Mutt Strut: Dog-Friendly 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place virtually on April 17th! Grab your furry quaranteammate and join Hand in Paw virtually for a fun and safe day full of exciting race routes, contests, and more – all while supporting a great cause. Each registered runner will still receive a swag bag full of goodies, a race day t-shirt, and a doggie bandana. VIRTUAL RACE DAY: April 17, 2021 |5k: $30 | 1 mile fun run: $25. 
The cold never bothered me anyway- yeah right! It has been a frigid week here in Tuscaloosa, but that isn’t stopping the weekend from being the best it can be! With temperatures being very low, we could all use a little bit of an indoor escape. Let’s take a look at how you can stay warm and cozy while also having a blast! 
Inventions at CHOM
Does your little one have a creative mind? Thanks to the Children’s Hands-On Museum, your child can invent something themselves! CHOM is hosting “Inventions,” an event centered around learning about everyday items created by African American inventors! You can also explore their Black History Month exhibit while adhering to social distancing precautions. Plus, all activities are being held indoors to ensure your warmth and satisfaction! 
Art Exhibitions
In the climax of Civil Rights month, the Kentuck Art Center is hosting a limited-time exhibition- Good Trouble: Civil Rights Past and Present. The gallery spans the Museum, Teer, and SoNo Galleries and features the work of at least seven Alabama Black artists. The Kentuck Art Center hopes that “Good Trouble” achieves its goals to highlight Black voices, provide a space for these artists’ works to continue the conversation about the Civil Rights Movement past and present, and to inspire empathy and the desire for change through the visual storytelling of these Black artists. If you want to connect with the art, you can visit the exhibition now through March 26th. 
Flipping Through Friday
The University of Alabama’s elite gymnastics team takes on LSU at 7:30 pm this Friday, Feb.19th, at the Coleman Coliseum. Looking for an entertaining escape from the freezing outdoors? Coleman Coliseum is the perfect spot for you! Not to mention, you can also grab a Coke and a hotdog while you’re at it! Ticket sales will begin an hour and a half before the start of the meet and will be located inside the main lobby of Coleman Coliseum. If you can’t attend in person, the meet will be streamed live on SECNetwork+. 
Live Music
Maybe you love the outdoors and don’t mind a little chill. The Buddy Powell Pavillion is hosting its Saturday Outdoor Music Series this Saturday, Feb. 20th, from 1 pm to 4 pm. With highs being in the 50s, a warm coat and a couple of blankets might be in your future! Acts include Triple Crown, Soapy & Andrew, and MarK Ultras Thought Police. Remember to wear your mask and bring your own chair!

The first month of the New Year always seems slow, but things are picking up full speed in Tuscaloosa! There are so many new events happening around town, but here are some of our favorites to make your first February weekend fantastic! 

Art is Everywhere! 

Have you been missing museum life? Kentuck Art Night and the First Friday Art Walk are both this weekend! One great exhibit to check out is at the Paul R. Jones Museum is hosting the “Talking to the Ancestors” exhibition by folk artist Charlie Lucas. Lucas is the last in a long lineage of black folk artists in Alabama that began over 100 years ago. The Paul R. Jones Museum is a perfect stop on your weekend itinerary to view an educational gallery that supports our state! The exhibit is open until Feb. 15th and is limited to 10 guests at a time. For more information regarding COVID precautions and ticket information, click here. For more information about Kentuck’s Art Night, click here.

Virtual Tuscaloosa Heritage Festival

Celebrating the legacy of Tuscaloosa has never been easier, thanks to this new virtual opportunity! The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation collaborates with the West Alabama Multicultural Alliance to host an online fundraiser for the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Museum. The virtual Heritage Festival will be held on Feb. 5-6 through Facebook. For more about the Heritage Festival and its needs, you can visit the West Alabama Multicultural Alliance’s website

Super Bowl Watch Party

Just because the college football season is over doesn’t mean the fun stops in Tuscaloosa! The Lookout Rooftop Bar is hosting a fun-filled night in celebration of Superbowl LV. Head over Sunday night, Feb. 7th, for an all-night happy hour and food specials while cheering for your favorite team! Just a reminder that the Lookout Rooftop Bar is a smoke-free, pet-friendly, and social distancing abiding facility!

We have a lot going on throughout the upcoming winter months and are excited to share more. Give us a follow on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and future events. We can’t wait to see you around Tuscaloosa!

December has arrived in Tuscaloosa and there are tons of fantastic things to do all around town to safely celebrate the holiday season together with friends and family! Don’t let the chilly temperatures deter you from all there is to do safely around town! From art shows and exhibitions to holiday celebrations, this upcoming weekend is full of holiday cheer and good times. See below for a list of a few local happenings around town perfect for family get-togethers, date nights, or more!

First Friday & Art Night

First Friday is still rolling through the holiday season and will be hosted throughout Downtown Tuscaloosa on Friday, December 4th throughout the evening. The First Friday Art Walk is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to enjoy fabulous works of art with friends and family while enjoying the backdrop of Downtown Tuscaloosa. Visit the First Friday website to learn more about participating art studios and admission information!

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Courthouse

The annual lighting of the Tuscaloosa Christmas tree at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse will be happening the night of December 4th at 6 p.m. Information about the Christmas Tree Lighting Event can be found in their press release available here.

Super 7 State Football Championships

Friday will be the final night of the 2020 Alabama High School Super 7 State Football Championships, featuring the championship matchups of the 4A, 2A, and 6A divisions of high school football teams. These teams have battled their way to the opportunity for glory inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be giving it their all! For more information about the competing teams and ticket information, visit the Super 7 website specific to the Tuscaloosa event.

8×8 Holiday Art Show

This weekend, Tuscaloosa is home to the Fifth Annual 8×8 Holiday Art Show, an art show developed to support local Tuscaloosa-area artists. This art show has an interesting twist, however! All available artwork is required to be 8×8” and is sold at a retail price of $88! 100% of the proceeds go directly to local Tuscaloosa artists! This year’s art show will take place on the evening of December 4th and 5th and requires ticketed admission for entry – visit the ticket page of the 8×8 Holiday Art Show for more information. In addition to the in-person art show, the 8×8 Holiday Art Show will also be hosting a virtual marketplace where patrons can browse through art pieces and make purchases from the comfort of their own homes! 

We have a lot going on throughout the upcoming fall months and are excited to share more. Give us a follow on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and future events. We can’t wait to see you around Tuscaloosa!

Arts and Entertainment

Thursday Concerts on the Rooftop is featuring One Horrible Family this week! Originally a larger band formed two years ago, this group preferred a more intimate trio. All music students at the University of Alabama (one a former student), the group is capable of really any genre but performs mostly R&B, 80s music, and jazz. With most of their experience being in larger bars in Tuscaloosa, they are excited to relax at the Lookout for a night of rhythm and soul. The fun starts at 6 pm, and you do not want to miss this! 

 

Jump into the holiday spirit with the arts at the exclusive Christmas Open House at Kentuck’s Gallery Shop! Enjoy 10% OFF IN-STORE AND ONLINE! Join the holiday fun at Kentuck’s Christmas Kickoff Open House from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 7, and from 12 to 4 pm on Sunday, November 8. Support local artists this holiday season and find unique gifts for all of your loved ones! Use code CHRISTMASOPEN2020 for 10% off our online shop!

 

Fun for the Youngsters

On Friday Para will be hosting Kids Night Out at 5:30 pm at the McDonald Hughes Community Center! The Kids Night Out event will keep the kiddos busy for 3 hours of educational and recreational fun! Pizza, juice, and dessert will be available for all participants to enjoy throughout the event. There will be swimming so make sure to pack swimwear, dry clothes, and a towel. Life jackets will be provided when needed. Registration for this fall fling is available here.

 

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa is hosting Sweater Weather on Saturday from 9:30 am- 4 pm. CHOM is a beloved local gem where children explore, create, and discover every time they visit. When they say “hands-on” they really mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about. This special seasonal extravaganza will include autumn weather science, leaf color experiments, and fantastic fall wreaths! All of these engaging activities are included in admission.

 

Uniquely Local

At 7 am this Saturday the farmers market will be open and ready to safely serve you! Handmade treasures galore awaits at the Rivermarket until 12 pm. From scented bath bombs to handmade woodwork you are bound to find something that piques your interest at the farmers market. Face coverings are required for all who wish to go inside and shop and social distancing will be in effect. 

 

Also available on Saturday is an Intro to Vinyasa Workshop at the Yoga Bliss Studio. Vinyasa is a form of active yoga that involves different postures in consecutive succession to offer a more balanced bodily effect. Yoga is an activity that is diverse in its styles and Vinyasa yoga is considered to be one of the most dynamic styles you can enjoy! Yoga Bliss is located on Queen City Avenue and hosts several classes a week, including many similar introduction classes for all yoga beginners! For more information about the Vinyasa Workshop, visit the Yoga Bliss Facebook event page.

 

The House Plant Collective bus will be making a special appearance at Druid City Brewing on Sunday from 2- 5 pm. At House Plant Collective the mission is to create Birmingham’s first mobile plant store while providing the community education needed for the plants to thrive. Shop plants, grab a beer, and enjoy your serene Sunday supporting local!

 

Written By:

Will Baggett & Jamie Hoven

Fall has arrived, and with it came that familiar crisp autumn air, which means the outdoors are calling our names! See for yourself  Tuscaloosa’s breathtaking back yard…and it doesn’t stop there, either. This city’s stunning landscape paired with phenomenal local businesses elevates an already beautiful destination into a MUST-DO Road Trip. Whether you are looking to wind down with an outdoor picnic, take an adventure hiking through the fall foliage, or shop like there’s no tomorrow, let these 10 reasons why Tuscaloosa should be your next weekend getaway guide your planning process. After all, you don’t want the legendary Tuscaloosa Experience to pass you by!

1.jDowntown Tuscaloosa:

A recent addition to the city’s outstanding coffee shop scene is about to open and we couldn’t be more excited! Just Love Coffee prioritizes that sense of community as a business. The laid-back & relaxed atmosphere that makes Just Love Coffee Cafe so special was created to be different than the stuffy reputation of most specialty coffee shops. Downtown Tuscaloosa is a prime place to shop until you drop. Whether you are looking for your next gameday attire at The Pants Store, or searching for an antique accessory at Twice as Nice, this area is ideal for shopping at a vast variety of places that are all conveniently located!

2. Riverwalk

Offering a serene view of the Black Warrior River, the Riverwalk is also the place to hammock, picnic, or relax! There are numerous picnic tables, benches, and gazebos to provide a comfortable environment, allowing you to get the most out of your experience with the great outdoors of T-Town. Let your mind take a rest from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you are looking to work up a sweat and take advantage of the cooler temperatures, there is also a running path along the Riverwalk to enjoy in the morning or throughout the day. In addition to these activities, the Riverwalk is located close to a number of restaurants to enjoy either at the start or at the end of a delightful Autumn day, like Market House Boutique, Another Broken Egg, and River. Be sure to carry a mask with you for safety if you intend to visit any of the restaurants or businesses on the Riverwalk!

3. Lake Harris

Lake Harris is one of the many nearby lakes that offers an incredible setting for a number of different outdoor activities. There are plenty of picnic areas and a beach, where one might spread out a blanket to enjoy their lunch or simply take in the scene. In addition to these spots, there are a number of trees gathered close by the bank, perfect for setting up a cozy hammock! For those who are looking to stay active, there is a 1.76-mile hike around the lake through the trees. As the weather cools down, this area will become a peaceful gathering place for all who wish to experience some of Tuscaloosa’s many hidden gems.

4. Farmer’s Market

The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market is a spectacular shopping spot where you can find anything from a hand-cut Maple & Walnut Cutting Board to a hand-poured Yellowhammer candle scented Alabama Shores, all within walking distance. Each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. local vendors of all specialties gather at the Tuscaloosa River Market to show off their wares to the community. If you plan on discovering the market’s incredible vendors this Saturday, wear a mask and be prepared to follow all social distancing guidelines!

5. Children’s Hands-on Museum

CHOM is a wonderful place in town where children explore, create, and discover something new every time they visit.  When we say “hands-on” we really mean it!  Learning through play is what CHOM’S exhibits are all about, where kids are encouraged to touch, feel, and play in fantastic exhibits.  Three floors of fun await with 24 exhibits, offering newborns and 13 year-olds alike an opportunity to completely immerse yourself in fun learning processes.

6. Kentuck Art Center

This local favorite offers a unique view into the minds of the endlessly talented local artists all around Tuscaloosa. From handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry to kitchen pitchers, this gold mine is ideal for a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday gifts. The Kentuck Gallery Shop offers an incredible shopping experience unlike any other online and/or in-person! Also, the 49th Kentuck Festival of the Arts is open NOW until December 31, 2020. With over 180 artist shops specializing in categories like clay, glass, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, and wood you are bound to find the perfect Christmas present for everyone on your list!

7. Bower’s Park

Bower’s Park is a nearby public park that offers quite a few activity opportunities, like a disc golf course or several fields for rent. Not much different from regular golf, disc golf is an active way to stay busy on a delightful weekend outside! Those looking to get into this sport need to be sure and purchase discs ahead of time, however. As far as a field for rent, Bower’s Park has a number of different fields, baseball/softball or multipurpose, that can be rented out for a small gathering of friends to safely play a pickup game of baseball, softball, and more! Before visiting Bower’s Park, be sure to bring along a mask in case of other visitors.

8. Civil Rights Trail

As temperatures slowly start to drop, it is prime time to spend the day walking around outside and exploring new places. Among the many adventures that await you in town is the Civil Rights Trail, where anyone has the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history and learn about how the Civil Rights Movement shaped the City of Tuscaloosa. Located primarily in Downtown Tuscaloosa, this trail is perfect for staying active and demonstrates a profound learning opportunity for those who are not aware of the history of Tuscaloosa. Thanks to its proximity to Downtown Tuscaloosa, the Civil Rights Trail is also a good opportunity to discover local dining options, such as Reggae Flava and Brummi’s Yummies. For more T-Town treasures along the trail check out the official guide here.

9. Government Plaza

If you are looking for a versatile area that offers wide-open spaces to safely enjoy this city, then the Government Plaza is the spot for you. Located in the heart of downtown, this 5-acre park makes social distancing a breeze. Soak in all of the cozy fall vibes while diving into a good book from Ernest and Hadley, grubbing on delicious Heat pizza, sipping on some Monarch coffee, or maybe even unwinding with your favorite yoga flow. After months on end of being trapped inside now is the time to relax and appreciate nature in all its wonder. If you want your furry friend to tag along, the sidewalks surrounding the park makes for the perfect path for walking with your furry friend.

10. Lake Tuscaloosa

This local hangout has everything you need for an unforgettable lake day with friends and family. Lake Tuscaloosa has earned its reputation as the perfect fishing spot with bass, sunfish, crappie, and more. If fishing isn’t for you, stand on the shore, hike the lake’s cliffs, or simply take in the captivating views! Only a short drive from the city, this lake makes pairing a morning out in nature and Rama Jama’s iconic Southern breakfast unbelievably easy as well. You are bound to have a blast at this local treasure, especially in this beautiful fall weather.

 

When you’re ready to plan your next road trip to T-Town check out all of the exceptional hotels this city has to offer!

 

Written by: Jamie Hoven

Tuscaloosa is one of those cities where going with the flow is just as fun as strategically planning out your day. From local restaurants and small shops to beautiful outdoor spaces, there’s so much to explore. No matter where you decide to stop along the way, you’ll love where the journey takes you! See what this city has to offer on your exciting and eventful experience through Tuscaloosa!

Shop ‘till you drop

Effie’s Inc.

Effie’s Inc. is a women’s contemporary clothing boutique located in downtown Tuscaloosa. Effie’s carries the latest trends for every style and age, including jumpsuits, tops, shoes, jewelry, and so much more. They pride themselves on their one-on-one customer service, and for good reason! Customers constantly rave about the boutique’s spectacular selection of clothing and incredibly friendly staff members. Stop by Effie’s on Queen City Avenue today and pick up something that’s sure to be stylish!

Kentuck Gallery Shop

If you’re looking to spruce up any space this summer to find that “it” factor, look no further than Kentuck Gallery Shop! The Kentuck Art Center is a local treasure that has added such value to our community for over 45 years, and they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. You can find one of a kind mugs, jewelry, platters, paintings, and so much more on their user-friendly site. To experience the full magic of Kentuck check out their virtual exhibition to showcase how artists are bringing joy in the midst of uncertainty. To support the future of Kentuck culture, despite the recent cancellation of this year’s festival, you can go here to donate to the Festival Forever Fund.

Cravings

Imagine a quaint café mixed with a pizzeria, bar, and an ice-cream shop. Well, this place exists and it’s called Cravings. Whether it be chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, a mix and match six-pack of your favorite craft beer, or a Mexican Coca Cola, something is bound to be calling your name while browsing this local gem. No matter what age you are, Cravings has the perfect little treat for kids and adults alike. For example, kids absolutely love the unique sodas and vintage candies while the parents tend to lean toward the vast selection of beer and wine.

Eat

Flavaz Seafood & Soul Food Restaurant

Tuscaloosa is perhaps one of the best cities to experience the southern, satisfying soul food. Flavaz Seafood and Soul Food Restaurant is a prime example of our city representing southern hospitality in its truest sense. Customers can’t decide which is better here: the phenomenal food or the unbelievable customer service. When you come by to see what all the fuss is about, expect to be greeted with a smiling face as soon as you come in the door. The welcoming atmosphere combined with the enormous and authentic flavor in every bite makes this establishment a local staple no doubt.

 

Depalma’s

Depalma’s is one of the best places in Tuscaloosa for authentic Italian favorites. Located in downtown Tuscaloosa, the restaurant is known for its cozy atmosphere and incredible dishes like pasta Pomodoro, veal marsala, and hand-crafted pizzas and calzones. Depalma’s also offers a wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle as well as beers and cocktails. Depalma’s is a favorite of locals, so stop by on University Boulevard and see what all the talk is about!

Dreamland BBQ

Dreamland BBQ has been a staple of the Tuscaloosa restaurant scene since 1958. Since then, Dreamland has established itself as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the state of Alabama, not to mention the city of Tuscaloosa. Along with their popular barbecue favorites, they offer smoked items including half chickens and sausage. Pick up an order of their famous ribs, white bread, and BBQ sauce from their 15th Street location in Tuscaloosa today and try what’s been the talk of the state for over 60 years!

Play

Sokol Park

Enjoy the great outdoors this summer at a local hidden treasure in town, Sokol Park! They have plenty of amenities for visitors to enjoy, including multipurpose playing fields, a playground, and a dog park. With over 11 miles of trails, there’s also plenty of space to hike or jog. Picnic in the grass, follow the trails, or play some soccer on the fields. If you’re interested in enjoying the great outdoors, Sokol Park might just be the perfect getaway for you!

Loosa Brews

Established in 2014, Loosa Brews is a bar and specialty retailer for quality craft beer and wine. Loosa always keeps 30 of the freshest draft beers from Alabama breweries plus rare beers from all over on tap. Their cozy atmosphere makes enjoying a pint and shopping their extensive selection an enjoyable experience. While at Loosa Brews, be sure you check out their wide assortment of vintage arcade and pinball machines including Ghostbusters, Aerosmith, and Guardians of the Galaxy!

Shindig

Looking for an all-encompassing entertainment experience for families, friends, or those just looking to have a little fun? Shindig, located on McFarland Blvd E, is one of Tuscaloosa’s newest additions! The possibilities are endless at this place, with 28 bowling lanes, putt-putt golf, laser tag, axe throwing, arcade machines, and a stage for live music. There is also a restaurant with a lounge to sit back, relax, and recharge.

Tuscaloosa Mural

The Tuscaloosa mural on The Strip is the perfect backdrop for your next photo! Its vibrant colors spell out the city’s name, but there’s more than meets the eye! Jason Tetlak, the mural’s artist, created a technique he calls “red reveal.” When the mural is viewed through a red lens, the word “Tuscaloosa” changes into the phrase “Druid City.” The mural is painted on the side of Egan’s Bar, a Tuscaloosa favorite for over 40 years. If you’re feeling hot after taking your pictures, stop in and cool off with one of their mixed drinks or local craft brews!

The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a paved trail that offers captivating views of the Black Warrior River. With multiple park spots, including benches and outdoor tables, it’s the perfect place for a photo session or a picnic! The Riverwalk is only a short drive from downtown, making it easy to grab a bite from a restaurant like Reggae Flava on the way! Reggae Flava offers a variety of gourmet Jamaican cuisine options, including jerk chicken, curry shrimp, and fish tacos. After filling up on amazing food, make sure you take some beautiful photos!

Hurricane Creek Park

Hurricane Creek Park is a local favorite that makes for a gorgeous setting spending time outdoors and capturing the splendor of nature! The scenery is breathtaking, making this park the ideal place to practice your portrait or nature photography. While you’re there, make sure you enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer! Take a dip in the creek, walk along one of the park’s hiking and bike trails, or simply sit on the creek bank and take in the tremendous surroundings.

Brown’s Greenhouses

While it may seem out of the ordinary, greenhouses can make for a striking backdrop that brings personality and pop in to all of your photos! In 1984 Tuscaloosa was blessed with Brown’s Greenhouses, a local plant nursery with an expansive selection of indoor plants, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Pose with some hanging baskets, stand among the rows of luscious flowers, and explore all 16 of the greenhouses to discover your absolute favorite herb! When it comes to purchasing plants, Brown’s Greenhouses not only has stellar quality but outstanding prices as well.

Black Warrior Railroad Bridge

The railroad bridge that crosses the Black Warrior River would be a fantastic area for your next photoshoot! Located a short drive from downtown behind the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, the wooden and steel truss bridge dates back to 1898. While you’re near downtown, be sure to stop by Alcove International Tavern and grab a drink to find sweet relief from the sizzling summer heat! Alcove offers a wide variety of local craft beers and mixed drinks at reasonable prices, and visitors have raved about the bar’s laid-back and unique atmosphere!

Capitol Park

Capitol Park is a historic park in Tuscaloosa that’s perfect for taking photos while learning about the city’s history! Capitol Park is the first stop on Tuscaloosa’s 18-stop Civil Rights History Trail. When Tuscaloosa was the capital of Alabama, Capitol Park was the home of the city’s leading governmental buildings. Only two columns and a foundation remain, and the location is a favorite of many photographers in the area. If you find yourself drained snapping photo after photo, you’re in luck! Nearby is Babe’s Doughnuts, a coffee shop and bakery that serves homemade doughnuts, breakfast bowls and sandwiches, and specialty coffees. Stop in for a sweet treat and a pick-me-up on your way to or from Capitol Park!

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama has countless iconic spots throughout campus for breathtaking photographs! The Quad, President’s Mansion, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Denny Chimes, and many more Capstone classics make this an ideal photography destination. While you’re visiting campus, take the short walk down to The Strip and grab a bite to eat from one of the local restaurants. If you’re looking for Thai food and sushi, grab a to-go meal from Surin of Thailand! From California rolls to fried rice, they have something for everyone to enjoy. College students love it for its reasonable prices and expansive menu. If you’re in the mood for a drink, stop by Gallettes! Known for their famous Yellowhammer cocktail, Gallettes offers specials on wells along with mixed drinks and more!

Van de Graaff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park

Van de Graff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park is a beautiful outdoor setting for your next photo session! Located a short drive from Tuscaloosa in Northport, the park’s King Bowstring Bridge is the perfect backdrop. The park prides itself on this historic feature, as the bridge is one of the four spans that crossed the Black Warrior River from 1882 to 1896. Van De Graaff park also has a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy! Hiking, fishing, and camping are just a few of the many amenities that are offered.

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of learning a new skill or picking up a new hobby. Doing something not to be the best, but to broaden your horizons and enjoy learning something new, is one of the best feelings in the world! It also has incredible health benefits. Hobbies keep your mind active and creative, and they have been shown to reduce stress and boost cognitive function. From physical activities to new crafts, Tuscaloosa has a variety of classes and resources to help you sharpen your skills. Follow along as we show you the best places in Tuscaloosa to learn something new!

Online Learning

The University of Alabama’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers member-centered, member-led courses to mature adults in the Tuscaloosa community. Courses are offered all year and cover topics including history, fitness, music, and movies. Best of all, there are no grades, no homework, and no required degrees! Courses are currently being offered via Zoom, and registration is open on their website.

Pottery Lessons

If you’re interested in learning how to make pottery, look no further than the Beginner’s Wheel Throwing Class at All Fired Up. Learn how to throw clay, use a wheel, and more! Each class costs $60 and includes an hour and a half of instruction and one piece of pottery per person. Check out their website to RSVP! Masks are required at all pottery lessons.

Fitness Class

Pure Barre is a fitness studio that focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements that are designed to strengthen and tone your body in ways that no other technique can. There are four different kinds of classes, although beginners are encouraged to start with the Foundations course. Pure Barre is currently offering both in-person and online classes, and the weekly schedule can be found on their website!

Axe Throwing

Civil Axe Throwing is Tuscaloosa’s one and only destination for axe throwing. While this unique sport could become a new competitive hobby, it’s also just a fun activity to do with friends! Sessions cost $20 for one hour, and professional instructors are present at all times to ensure that you stay safe and have fun. Reservations can be made online anytime, and walk-ins are welcome Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Meditation Class

Have you ever wanted to try meditating? Give it a try with the Tuscaloosa Zen Meditation Circle! Learn how to practice mediation in the Zen tradition, take part in a shared reading and discussion, and enjoy informal social time afterward! Both seasoned and beginner-level meditators are invited to join. Classes are on Sundays at 9 a.m. and are currently being held via Zoom. Find the link on their Facebook page!

Martial Arts

Martial arts classes are a great way to get active while learning a new and valuable skill. Tiger-Rock Martial Arts prides itself on its ability to increase fitness and artistic precision while encouraging self-empowerment. With three locations across Tuscaloosa, it’s easy to find a convenient location to take a class! Courses are available for both children and adults. Get started on the Tiger-Rock website today!

Does free music and art appeal to you? If so, Tuscaloosa offers a variety of big events this weekend that you do not want to miss!! Thursday kicks off with Art Night at Kentuck on June 6, and First Friday is featured in Tuscaloosa art galleries on June 7. Jake Austell and Matt Jones will get the first Live At The Plaza concert series started off right, playing from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Government Plaza. Have you ever been to a birthday party for a cow? Get ready for the celebration at the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa of Moosie’s the cow’s birthday. This is an event your kids will not want to miss!

Art Night at Kentuck 🖼

Art Night occurs the first Thursday of each month at Kentuck Art Center in Historic Downtown Northport, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Activities will include Kevin Irwin’s exhibition, open artists’ studios, live music, extended Gallery Shop hours, chess matches, and more.

First Friday Art Walk 🎨🚶‍♀️

First Friday takes place every month in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Local galleries, businesses, and restaurants extend their hours to allow the community to experience what downtown has to offer. This is a great way to start the weekend, by exploring new businesses with friends. Participating art galleries include The University of Alabama Galleries at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, The Paul R. Jones Gallery, Harrison Galleries, O’Connor Art Studios, and Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy. Find more details on this event here.

Live at the Plaza 🎶

The very popular fifth annual Live At The Plaza summer concert series is back to rock you in 2019! This Friday, Jake Austell (6:00-7:15 p.m.) and Matt Jones (7:30-9:00 p.m.) will be featured in the family-friendly atmosphere of the Government Plaza, adjacent to the downtown Intermodal Facility parking deck behind City Hall. This series will take place every Friday night in June and July from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Bring your quilts, lawn chairs, kids, and dogs.

Moosie’s Birthday Party at CHOM!  🐮

CHOM’s Cow Moosie, is turning four! Moosie’s Birthday Party is this Saturday, June 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Celebrate with games, make cow crafts, and enjoy birthday cake. All activities are included with admission! Don’t miss this udderly fabulous event!

Later this Summer ☀️

The Mercedes-Benz Druid City Music Festival 🎶
Excited about the incredible lineup of Big Boi, Blackberry Smoke, Turkuaz, Break Science and others for the Druid City Music Festival? Purchase your tickets NOW! To read more about this exciting event as well as buy your tickets, please visit the website here.

This weekend in Tuscaloosa is filled with a variety of events that are sure to appeal to visitors and residents of all ages. The Alabama Blues Project Art Exhibit’s last day is this Friday, May 31. The exhibit offers unique paintings, jewelry, and crafts from local artists. Get ready for a kid-friendly weekend with fun events at Children’s Hands-On Museum and a Family Fun Day at the YMCA. Make sure you don’t miss out.

Alabama Blues Project Art Exhibit 🎶🎸
The Alabama Blues Project Exhibit will host its last day of the fund-raising exhibit this Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition features paintings, jewelry, and crafts donated from local artists. The pieces are selected from the Blues Project fundraiser, with art by Emily Pickert, Mojo Fabrics & Quilts, Bruce Andrews, and Kim Deals. All sales will benefit the Blues Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes and preserves the Blues as a traditional art form with focus on Alabama’s musicians. For more information, click here.

Playing with Fire  🔥
Only a few days are left to enjoy local artist Daniel Livingston’s Raku ceramics and his two-dimensional artwork at the University Gallery located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The display is featured on Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

McClain’s Summer Daze & Alpha Male Nights 🏈
Join former Tide and Baltimore Ravens standout Le’Ron McClain and guests for a celebration of life, honoring the late Brandon Washington, and raising money for the Benjamin Barnes YMCA. The event will take place the Tuscaloosa River Market, Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, click here.

Babypalooza LIVE! Baby & Maternity Experience 👶
New and expectant parents will not want to miss out on this opportunity. Babypalooza LIVE! is an event hosted by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama on Saturday, June 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m,. at the Bryant Conference Center. Babypalooza is free event filled with mini-parenting conferences, pre- and postnatal health information, and opportunities to test advanced products geared for babies. Exhibitors include health and fitness, preschools, financial services, photographers, as well as baby and maternity boutiques. Admission is free but parents should make sure to register for the event. For more information and registration, click here.

Junior Explorers at CHOM 🗺
Join Children’s Hands-On Museum (CHOM), Saturday, June 1, for a Junior Explorers Day. Attendees can make their own binoculars, play the poisonous matching game, and go on an exciting scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Bring your little explorer for an adventurous summer day! All activities are included with admission. For more information, click here.

Later this Summer

The Mercedes-Benz Druid City Music Festival 🎶
You have likely seen by now the incredible lineup of Big Boi, Blackberry Smoke, Turkuaz, Break Science and others for the Druid City Music Festival, but did you know that you can purchase tickets NOW? To read more about this exciting event and buy tickets, please visit the website here.

Druid City Arts Festival 🖼🎶

DCAF is back! This year’s FREE event will be even bigger and better than ever. Instead of one free day of fun, it is now two days! It will begin Friday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with live music and art. Saturday the event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be a day full of art, music and activities for everyone to enjoy. For more information and to see the full list of artists and vendors, visit their website here.

Spring Swing Tennis Tournament 🎾🌷

Starting Saturday, Alabama Adapted Athletics is hosting the Spring Swing Tennis Tournament. This tournament is for all ages and skill levels, and will be a great time for the entire family! Singles will be on Saturday and Doubles will take place on Sunday, with matches starting at 9 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Alabama Wheelchair Tennis. Register and find out more information here!

Tuscaloosa Funky Fun Run 🏃

This fun run is an untimed, zero competition event where walking or running are equally encouraged. It will take place Saturday at Sokol Park. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the run begins at 9:30 a.m. This event will benefit the Autism Society of America, so bring your family and friends to celebrate the unique abilities individuals with autism bring to our community. Register online and find out more information here.

Alabama Men’s Tennis vs. Florida 🎾🐘

The Gators are in town to take on the Crimson Tide! This Friday at 6 p.m., come to the Alabama Tennis Facility to cheer on the UA Men’s Tennis team. This event is free to everyone, and will be a great time for family and friends. Learn more at the Alabama Athletics website here.

Step Into the Rainforest at CHOM! 🌧🐸

The Children’s Hands on Museum in Downtown Tuscaloosa is back with an event every child is going to love. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., admission will include safari themed activities. Some of these activities include picking an animal from one of the rainforest layers to take home, making it rain, creating your very own rain stick and experiencing their very own rainforest sensory bin. Learn more here.

What to look forward to:

Roots Fest 🎶

This is a FREE music festival that brings together world class music and some of the best food in the south. It will take place at Government Plaza on April 27th, and has a diverse music line up! Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors will be headlining the event, with appearances by artists like American Aquarium and Adam Hood.

Druid City Music Festival 🌜🎸🌛

I’m sure that you have seen the incredible lineup of Big Boi and others for the Druid City Music Festival, but did you know that you can purchase tickets NOW? To read more about this exciting event and buy tickets, please visit the website here.