Are you looking for some pre-Valentines Day festivities to get your weekend rolling? Tuscaloosa has everything you need to make you say “Cheers to the Weekend!” As we can all agree, Fridays are the start of a little escapism! Here are a few tidbits of inspiration:

Alabama Basketball

The Tide is still rolling for another weekend! Catch the Crimson Tide challenge the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday, Feb.13th, at the Coleman Coliseum. Want to watch the game in person? Tickets will be available in the lobby 1.5 hours before the start of the 2:30 CST game. For those who can’t attend or are taking health precautions, you can tune into the SEC Network from the comfort of your home to watch the Tide reign!

Outdoor Live Music

In need of a little relaxation after a long day’s work? The Lookout Rooftop Bar located in Hotel Indigo is the place for you to unwind while enjoying great local acts! Live Music Thursdays are back in business, kicking off with singer Megan McMillan on Feb. 11th. Get your live music fix while also enjoying the Lookout’s wide array of craft cocktails and beers! Just remember, the Lookout Rooftop is smoke-free and pet friendly, and practicing all social distancing protocols to offer you a fun night out!

POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEK: Maybe you’re busy on Thursdays, not feeling the sports atmosphere, and you love music! You and your buddies can head to the Buddy Powell Pavilion this Saturday, Feb.13th, for a socially distant live music performance! The Second Saturday Outdoor Music Series is taking place from 1 pm to 4 pm. Catching local artists and bands in the open air is a great way to get out-and-about while being safe. Don’t forget your mask and chairs!

Mardi Gras at CHOM

There ain’t no party like a Mardi party- right? Even though the traditional Mardi Gras festivities have been postponed this year, that doesn’t mean our community isn’t finding ways to celebrate! Mardi Gras at the Children’s Hands-On Museum is taking place this Saturday, Feb.13th, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. All activities are included with general admission, but remember to wear your mask, or else you won’t get any beads!

Chronicles of the Arctic

Looking for an activity to keep your little ones happy this weekend? Head to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum for an Arctic winter surprise! The Chronicles of the Arctic Exhibit is being held for the remainder of February. Explore the wilds of the beautiful and dangerous North through the stories and accomplishments of the past as well as come face-to-face with a Reindeer and Caribou! Mask protocols and sanitation efforts are being enforced to ensure the safety of you and your family! For more exhibit information, click here.

Written by: Olivia Nonnengard

We’re getting ready for another great weekend in Tuscaloosa! The Alabama gymnastics and women’s basketball teams are gearing up for some competitive SEC matches. Tuscaloosa native Ham Bagby returns home to jam at Green Bar, and CHOM is celebrating the Chinese New Year with arts and crafts for the children. Don’t forget to tag @VisitTuscaloosa in all your photos from the weekend for a chance for them to be featured on our social media accounts.

 

Alabama Gymnastics vs. Kentucky
Join Alabama gymnastics for a high-energy matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats for a thrilling meet against a conference team. Take your kids and enjoy the performance by Alabama’s talented gymnasts. Head to Coleman Coliseum this Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy the fun. Visit rolltide.com to purchase a ticket.

 

Ham Bagby + The Seige at Green Bar
Ham Bagby returns to his hometown of Tuscaloosa on Friday night for a special show at Green Bar. Ham nails the southern rock vibe and actually sounds a lot like the Drive-by Truckers. Doors open at 8 pm for this 10 pm show. Tickets are $8 and you can get them at greenbarttown.com.

 
Chinese New Year at CHOM
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Children’s Hands-On Museum this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be tons of creative activities for the kids to enjoy such as, making your own dragon, finding out your zodiac animal, making a mask and learning to write your name in Chinese. Bring the kids out for a day of fun!

 
Alabama Women’s Basketball vs. Auburn
The Alabama Women’s Basketball team is ready to roll against their rival, the Auburn Tigers. The action begins at 4 pm Sunday afternoon in Coleman Coliseum. Come out and support the Crimson Tide in this SEC matchup. Visit rolltide.com to purchase tickets.

 

There are plenty of other events going on this weekend and every weekend in Tuscaloosa. Go to visittuscaloosa.xyz/events to see them all!

This weekend is packed with fun events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! This Friday is filled with music! you can catch Corey Smith putting on a show at the Druid City Music Hall! The tour, Smith says, is an extension of who he is — raw and honest to the core. The show starts at 8:30 with doors opening an hour earlier for his Great Wide Underground Tour!

Also on Friday, Sonic Frontiers presents electronic music pioneer Tim Perkis as part of their 6th season of programming with a curatorial focus on “California Experiments”. Over in downtown, you can catch The Bama Theatre Acoustic Night that will feature guitarist/composer Hiroya Tsukamoto!

On Saturday, kick off the Chinese New Year at the Children’s Hands-On Museum! Children are able to make their own dragon, find their zodiac animal, make a mask, and even write their name in Chinese! After you bring in the new year with the kids, head over to Black Warrior Brewing Co. for their second annual Chili Cook-off!

As if the weekend couldn’t get any better, Sunday you can catch Alabama and Auburn’s Women’s Basketball Teams face off in the Iron Bowl as the Tide takes on the Tigers in Coleman Coliseum! All military service men and women will receive free admission with military ID and the first 300 fans get a free t-shirt!

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!

There’s so much going on in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Tonight, the University of Alabama Women’s Basketball Team continues SEC play with their game against Kentucky! This game is only $5 and the first 150 fans get a free rally towel upon entry!

On Friday the 13th, the Children’s Hands-On Museum has a really exciting “Search for Superstitions” event planned! Also on Friday, the Black Jacket Symphony will be debating real live and fantasy as they bring Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” to life at the Bama Theatre!

The music will keep rolling through Saturday as Band of Brothers Brewing Company will have live music in house both the 13th and 14th this weekend. Both bands start at 7 pm and with The B2B Band and The Bonaires Band on their respective nights!

In participation with Treestuff.com, the UA Arboretum will be demonstrating some methods for tree climbing. There will be a restricted area where tree climbing professionals, like arborists, will be trying out various professional tree climbing equipment as well as an area for children and adults to try it out themselves!

This weekend is also the last weekend strap on your ice skates at Holidays on the River, as it will be ending on the 16th!

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!

It’s About Local Athletes

This is How We Roll is a phenomenal episodic documentary series following the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams at The University of Alabama. Told from the viewpoint of two members of the team, each episode takes the viewer deeper into the lives of the college athletes, on and off the court, as they seek a national championship.

Tuscaloosa Loves National Champions

Between the two teams, they have racked up five national championships! The men lay claim to one championship in 2013. The women have an incredible four championships with their most recent being 2015! These teams are truly among the best in the nation!

They Are Olympians

There were six current players and coaches represented at the 2016 Rio Paralympics! On top of that, there were a whopping fourteen former players and coaches representing their respective countries. This program has a long history of dominance that shined through at the Paralympics this year!

Their Season Starts This Weekend

As if this week wasn’t big enough for the two teams, basketball season opens this Saturday, October 29th! After viewing the premiere of their documentary on a season with the team, you can be a part of their next season and watch the magic unfold!

They’re Building a New Facility

The Mouron family has donated 3 million dollars to the construction of a new adaptive athletics facility! Their generous donation will cover one-third of the cost for this incredible 27,036-square-foot facility. The plans for the facility include a gym, basketball court, lobby and concourse, office suite, locker rooms and weight and workout rooms!