We have a lot going on in the One and Only Tuscaloosa this weekend! Friday night will play host to the anxiously awaited reinstatement of Live at the Plaza! This event has been a hit every year during the summer months and is starting back again this Friday with a new entertainment district! Magic City Smooth Jazz are kicking off the season with their laid back vibes. Grab a blanket and find yourself a seat on the lawn because Live at the Plaza is back!

If you’re not too keen on the great outdoors, we’ve got you covered. Right down the road, the Mojo Trio Band are playing at Band of Brothers Brewing Co.! The Tuscaloosa band has been around for nearly a decade and will be playing all of your favorite rock, country, funk, and other songs. It gets even more exciting as Band of Brothers will be hosting a Crawfish Boil! Bring your appetite for this delicious event because it doesn’t get any better than craft beer and crawfish!

All weekend long you can enjoy a softball tournament as University of Alabama graduate Haylie McCleney returns to Tuscaloosa to play fastpitch at Bowers Park! She will be donating the funds from the tournament to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Ultimate Fastpitch Experience is a tournament series designed to promote and showcase the individual brands of professional fastpitch players through the vehicle of amateur fastpitch tournaments!

Saturday is just as exciting as Friday and is kicked off by the One and Only Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup! Whether you run, walk, or ride in a stroller, everyone wins in this cup! Now in its 11th year, the 5k has raised more than $211,000 for the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. While Mayor Maddox won’t be running this year, that just opens up the opportunity to root on the runners with him from the sidelines! This event is always a hit each year and we expect it to be even better this year!

Wrap up your Saturday by heading to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for their second show of the season! The amphitheater will be featuring American R&B singer and former rapper, Jaheim! Jaheim has been constantly on the top of the R&B charts since his debut album “Ghetto Love” and the second effort “Still Ghetto” both hit platinum! He will follow after his openers: Leela James, Eric Benet, & Daley. It’s sure to be an incredible concert so don’t miss out!

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!

Written By: Barrett Elder – Digital Media Specialist

It’s no joke that April first in Tuscaloosa is geared up to be one eventful Saturday. From the Dragon Boat Races on the river, the beer fest for Sassafras, and the first annual Roots Fest! Roots Fest is sponsored by Local Roots and First Bank to bring an exciting new event in town with live music, great food, and good times.

  1. Adam Hood

The festival has rising country singer Adam Hood performing through the night, which is a change of pace from most venues. Instead of sitting in the nosebleeds, enjoy being up close has he plays some tunes like its a private concert!

  1. The Food!

It’s no secret that Local Roots has earned its place as one of the must-try places to eat around town. With their dedication to locally sourced ingredients and bringing explosive flavors to the city, it’s hard not to be drooling in anticipation. For the festival they’ve teased on their social media there will be 3 whole pigs, house-made sausage, pork belly, and much more!

  1. The Neighbors

The alley between Alcove International Tavern and Monarch Espresso Bar has been a common spot to find Local Roots since its arrival, so it’s no surprise they would start their festival here. With Alcove serving some fantastic drinks, and Monarch about to start their own cocktails along with their coffee, it’s the perfect spot to find just about any beverage you could need!

  1. Entertainment District

On a typical night, your drink is limited to the confines of the bar and its patio if they have one, but the festival will be in an entertainment district. That means you can take your drink and wander the grounds without having to dump your cup!

  1. It’s Free!

Nothing is better than free. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public, including the live music. Of course, food and drinks are on you but it’s a small price to pay for a great night out on the town!

Written by: Deven Wilson – Intern

Tuscaloosa is gearing up for another great weekend in the One and Only! Start your weekend off Friday night by visiting Green Bar! Taking the stage Friday night is Spaceface! San Francisco-based website “Do the Bay” said “In the digital age, there is a new band on the radar every week, and it’s hard to find anything that stands out. But in a pool of up-and-coming bands that blend together, Spaceface has fused psychedelic rock ‘n roll with pop in a way that makes them – dare it be said – unique.” With an intro like that, it would be hard to pass up this one!

Saturday is jam-packed this week with exciting events! Kick off your Saturday at the Living History Festival! Learn the history of Alabama from the characters themselves as history comes alive! You can learn about characters from history such as Mildred Westervelt Warner, Chief Tuskaloosa, and even Ann Hodges – the only person to have an object from space strike them!

If you’re less of a historian and more of a dog person, swing by Sokol Park for their annual Bark in the Park! The Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors will continue their Annual Bark in the Park campaign this year with more excitement than ever! With a parade, demonstrations, and a “’Wag’ Bag” for each dog, this is a perfect event for any dog lover!

Next up is Black Warrior Brewing Company as they present Poses & Pints! Yoga and beer just seem to go together perfectly. So perfect, in fact, that Black Warrior is hosting a class this Saturday! For just $10 you can participate in Yoga and have yourself a pint! The class will be an hour long and all levels are welcome!

Finally, since you can’t finish your weekend on an empty stomach, head to Food Truck Fest! Band of Brothers Brewing Co. will be serving limited run beers, bringing in incredible food trucks, and hosting live music all evening long! The food trucks involved will feature local favorites Local Roots, the legendary Archibald & Woodrow’s BBQ, and JoJo’s Food Trunk! The bands Gio Trio and The Frayed Knot will be laying down the rhythm all night for this awesome event!

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!

Written By: Barrett Elder – Digital Media Specialist

This weekend should be one for the books in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! On Thursday, head over to Coleman Coliseum to cheer on the Crimson Tide! Women’s Basketball will be battling it out with the Mercer Bears in the first round of the WNIT! With tickets for just five dollars, it’s certainly going to be a blast for a great value!

This Friday, rise and shine for some free Kegs N’ Eggs from Innisfree Irish Pub! The party doesn’t stop there as they will have music, traditional Irish dishes, and green beer all day and night! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t limited to just Innisfree either, from Rounders to Band of Brothers, there are celebrations all over town! Look up your favorite bar to see if they have any specials! Also on Friday, the Bama Belle is hosting a BBQ cruise! Hop aboard the classic paddleboat and enjoy drinks, music, and food as the Bama Belle cruises down the Black Warrior River!

Saturday is packed with great events! Wake up early and head to the Farmer’s Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market! Vendors set up ripe red tomatoes and famous Chilton County peaches. Musicians sit propped up against the door, playing guitars as you walk in, and local Food Trucks, bakers, artists, and craftsmen gather here to sell their gourmet grub, fresh-baked yeast rolls, homemade jams and jellies and hand-carved cutting boards.

Follow up your veggie shopping with some chili tasting! Band of Brothers Brewing Co. for their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off! The cook-off will start at 4 pm with live music shortly following at 7! Down the road, Druid City Brewing Co. has their own concert going on! Holy Youth will be performing Saturday night fresh off their live cassette release, You Did Hear.! Looking to take off with their latest album, Heavy Bored, releasing this spring, this will be a band you don’t want to miss out on!

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!

We have some incredible events going on around Tuscaloosa with great music, delicious food, and plenty of excitement! From 80s icons to foodie favorites, there’s something for everyone this spring to get outside and enjoy T-Town!

Food Truck Fest March 25th
The rapidly growing food truck scene in town has brought back last summer’s hit festival of foodie delights! Food Truck Fest at Band of Brothers will have local darling Local Roots, BBQ icon Archibald, and several others from both T-Town and B’Ham areas!

Dragon Boat Races April 1st
After filling up on some delectable eats April first brings Dragon Boat Races, no fooling! Teams of over 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer will compete in this Hong Kong style water race on the Black Warrior.

First Annual Roots Fest April 1st
The Local Roots food truck has been a recent staple in the Tuscaloosa community! This year kicks off their first ever Roots Fest that will feature live music from Adam Hood, a whole smoked pig, local produce, and a great time!

Sassafras Beer Festival April 1st
Breweries from throughout Alabama will try to win your vote for the ‘Best of Alabama’ Sassafras Beer Festival Award. Head to Wilhagan’s to try them all and choose your favorite! With great music, unlimited* beer samples, and raffle prizes, this is sure to be a great event!

Druid City Arts Festival April 8th
Free and open to the public, local artists, live music, and even more food trucks will all come together at the plaza downtown to celebrate art. The art and artisans will showcase their talents while you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors of downtown, and sample great food from the growing scene around the plaza!

Death by Chocolate April 20th
On the 20th you’ll feel more bitter than sweet if you miss out on the Annual Death by Chocolate Tournament at the river market! Right after filling up on some sweet cocoa, your crimson sweet tooth will be pleased with A-Day following the day after!

A-Day April 21st
Come out and get some preseason autographs, hit up your favorite game day spots, and watch the two greatest teams in college football play each other as the crimson take on the white at Bryant-Denny!

USAT Triathlon April 21st
Come out and see these impressive athletes compete in the Collegiate Club National Championships in a rigorous triathlon through the Black Warrior. Starting at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, these ambitious men and women will swim through the Black Warrior, bike and run through the druid city towards winning the Championship!

Volkfest April 22nd
Willkommen to a little bit of Germany in the druid city at the second annual Volksfest on April 22nd! There will be live music, German-style food, and locally brewed German style beers to turn government plaza into our own Deutsche partei. After that, shake off the pretzel salt on the 29th with the Mayor’s Cup!

Mayor’s Cup April 29th
Run through downtown in either the 5k or 10k run to benefit the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. It’s great healthy way to see a different side of the city and support a great local cause!

Def Leppard & Poison May 2nd
May means music in Tuscaloosa. Starting on the 2nd get ready for some 80s nostalgia with iconic bands Def Leopard and Poison hitting the stage the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds May 3rd
Then bring your favorite 90s kid on the 3rd for some Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds at the amphitheater. The duo has been performing acoustic sets as a side project since 1993!

It’s going to be another exciting weekend in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! We’re kicking off our weekend Friday with an exhilarating gymnastics meet between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Iowa State Cyclones! The Crimson Tide ranks number 6 in the nation in gymnastics so you’re sure to see some incredible stunts from this top notch team! Also on Friday, the Bama Belle is hosting a BBQ cruise! Hop aboard the classic paddleboat and enjoy drinks, music, and food as the Bama Belle cruises down the Black Warrior River!

Wrap up your Friday at Band of Brothers Brewing Co.! They will be having a special performance from the spectacular Voodoo Saints Jazz Band, playing everyone’s jazz favorites! The Saint’s love for New Orleans culture is transparent in their delivery of the music! We’re sure you’ll leave saying “These three guys know how to make you feel like every day is Fat Tuesday”!

You can spend your Saturday night at the Druid City Brewing Co.! Belle Adair, a five-piece indie rock band, will be warming up the building with their irresistibly catchy tunes! From Florence, AL, they have released multiple albums and have opened select shows for the Alabama Shakes the past two years. Most recently, Belle Adair has since acted as John Paul White’s backing band, touring throughout the United States and Europe!

Finally, this Sunday you can head back to campus to catch the Alabama Women’s Tennis team in a SEC battle with their rival Tennessee! It’s Girl Scout Day, so you won’t want to miss out on all the fun and giveaways that come with it and admission is free to all Tennis matches!

There’s a lot going on this weekend in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! The kids get to kick off the weekend today at the Children’s Hands-On Museum as they celebrate National Popcorn Day. There will be popcorn crafts, parachute popcorn games, and food for all! Also on Thursday, Band of Brothers is hosting Trivia Night along with a food truck and Live Acoustics!

 

Friday is jam packed with awesome events! The Bobby Bones Comedy Tour is rolling through Tuscaloosa with a performance at the Bama Theatre! The “Funny & Alone Stand-Up Comedy Tour” features the Bobby Bones Show star with special guests. Right across town, Band of Brothers plays host to Alabama Blues Queen as they bring down the house!

 

You can catch the University of Alabama Women’s Tennis Team compete both Friday and Saturday as they take on the University of Washington and the University of Illinois! On Friday, they plan to salute all military members and serve them free food! Saturday will feature lots of giveaways, free food, and incredible action on the courts!

 

Saturday, you can catch Future Primitives, a psychedelic rock and roll band from Birmingham, and The Old Paints, a pure pop and rock and roll band, when they take the stage at Egan’s Bar! Music will start at 11 pm and is sure to be a great show as they cover artists such as David Bowie, Ramones, Prince, and the Rocky Horror Soundtrack!
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!

Three years ago this November, The iconic Black Warrior Brewery in downtown was founded. The doors opened at a time when Tuscaloosa was entering its new renaissance of locally focused businesses that expanded the possibilities for this college town. It was years before, that the four founders set out to create one of the great breweries in the city. While working at a tire manufacturing plant, these men became close through mountain biking and one day in the hills above Chattanooga set out to found the brewery. It would take two and a half years for them to finally make their way to the grand opening, with plenty of weekends spent crafting the beer in one of the founder’s basement. They would test and share their early brews with friends and through this found their fourth member.

After a long and tiring search, they found a diamond in the rough of downtown that they saw potential in. it was Thanksgiving weekend they signed the lease for the former barbershop and thanks to their engineering backgrounds were able to turn the space into their new home. Today Black Warrior Brewing is a proud staple of the uninhibited excitement of downtown. They share a part of the buzz and liveliness of great nights spent in Tuscaloosa along University Blvd. While the river it’s named for passes slowly by below along the banks, the city the brewery knew has rapidly grown around it. With new hotels, restaurants, renovations and people all coming in city limits with great haste, Black Warrior Brewing has remained as a tremendous place to slow things down. A place to unwind with good friends and better beer.