June has begun and events here in Tuscaloosa are quickly starting to pick back up. This weekend is going to be one for the books because we have a boatload of fun for all ages. Whether you’re cracking up at a comedy skit, dancing up a storm at Live at the Plaza, or the red barn, you’re bound to have an unforgettable weekend in the one and only Tuscaloosa. Below we’ll highlight some of the many activities for the upcoming weekend!

Friday

The Pop-Up Farmers Market is operating from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday)! The pop-up markets happen every weekday and will continue until Sept. 30. The schedule remains the same throughout the season but the locations vary. Enjoy fresh produce while supporting local at the same time!

Saturday

In need of a good laugh? Comedian Rocky Dale Davis will perform live in Tuscaloosa from 7:30 – 9: 00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12th upstairs at Dillards Chophouse. Rocky Dale Davis appeared on NBC’s “Bring The Funny”, E’s “Dating No Filter” and MTV’s “Greatest Party Stories”. You don’t want to miss this!

The Old Paths will perform at the Bama Theatre at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday. With loads of enthusiasm and ministry experience, The Old Paths Quartet materialized out of Atlanta, Georgia to become one of the most influential, trend-setting Christian groups in Southern Gospel.

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa is where children explore, create, and discover every time they visit. When they say “hands-on” they really mean it! Learning through play is what their exhibits are all about. Learn about ocean zones, paint coral reefs, discover sea anemones at Ocean Commotion this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday

Get ready for some jukin’ at the Red Barn at Sokol Park! Debbie Bond, Soapy and Andrew, and Michael Batitto will perform from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Bring a cooler, kick back inside or out. There is no cover, just show some love for the incredible musicians. Get ready for a fun community music gathering – spread the word!

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Safety is the top priority for returning to campus, but that does not mean sacrificing the ability to enjoy yourself and to enjoy new experiences, especially in the City of Tuscaloosa. There are plenty of ways to maintain a safe, physical distance while also enjoying what Tuscaloosa has to offer, whether it be the scenic views, rich history, or the one-of-a-kind businesses and restaurant culture of this city. Below, we have compiled a list of ways to stay socially active while also being socially distanced!

Lake Trips

The different lakes located around Tuscaloosa have been a regular relaxation spot for students over the years. In order to have a fun and peaceful time, visiting one of the nearby lakes is a modern time twist on a classic activity for UA students. These lakes are not only wonderful places to swim and rent kayaks for, but they are also a peaceful spot to read a book and enjoy the nature of the Tuscaloosa area. What better way to substitute a library table or a lakeside picnic table? These lakes offer services that allow you to either rent paddleboards for the day, paddle your own kayak around to the different scenic spots along the lakefront, or layout at the beach to continue working on your summer tan! The most popular lakes around the City of Tuscaloosa to check out are Lake Lurleen, Lake Nicol, and Lake Tuscaloosa.

Civil Rights Walk

The City of Tuscaloosa has a history intertwined with the Civil Rights movement, and there is a presence of that history all around Downtown Tuscaloosa. Traveling through history along the Civil Rights Walk is a way to stay active outdoors and be proactive about the history and importance of the Civil Rights Movement to our city. Visit (website) to locate the markers located around Downtown Tuscaloosa and learn more about the lasting impact that the Civil Rights Movement has made on the history and people of the City of Tuscaloosa. Visit here to learn more about the Civil Rights Trail of Tuscaloosa and how you can find more and more resources regarding the Civil Rights Movement in Tuscaloosa.

Historic Downtown Tuscaloosa

Downtown Tuscaloosa is a relaxing area of town where anyone is free to walk around and wander from door to door to find something they feel drawn to. There are numerous boutique stores and businesses where eclectic finds are inevitable. If you’re looking for a new wardrobe, or maybe just some refreshing new pieces, check out Pause Boutique, Effie’s Inc., or Pants Store!  Walking around Downtown Tuscaloosa is a peaceful yet adventurous activity for all to find unique local while staying active after months of quarantine. However, Downtown Tuscaloosa does feature a lot of locations that would require entering a building, so be sure to pack a mask and be safe when visiting indoor storefronts and shops.

Self-Guided UA Tour

The University of Alabama has a rich history that every student and resident of Tuscaloosa ought to learn and become familiar with. At the heart of it all is The Quad, which is filled to the brim with its own history but also offers one of the most picturesque areas of campus. A refreshing way to stay connected to the culture of the university while maintaining physical distancing outdoors is to take a stroll around the University of Alabama campus and soaking in the history of the many buildings and locations. Many locations, including the ones located on the Quad, include historical markers that indicate the historic significance of their existence (or previous existence) and offer a glimpse into what truly defines this university.

Riverwalk

Enjoy the scenic nature of the Black Warrior River from the comfort of a relaxing hammock or a light jog along the riverfront. The Riverwalk is 4.2 miles of a paved trail that offers visitors a place to enjoy the outdoors in a way that is safe and distanced from others, and versatile enough that anyone can find themselves enjoying an afternoon out and about. The Riverwalk is a great place to go on a quick run, exercise on a bike, and walk your dog, plus offers serene and scenic spots for reading a nice book or enjoying a delicious picnic. Whether you are wanting to stay physically active through exercise and movement or if you are wanting to simply sit outdoors and soak in the sunlight and fresh air, the Riverwalk is a must-do.

Golf and Disc Golf

In order to stay distanced while remaining active, certain sports offer more distanced situations than others, like golf or disc golf. There are several public golf course options located near Tuscaloosa including Ol’ Colony, North River Yacht Club, The Links at Tuscaloosa, Indian Hills Country Club, Tall Pines, and Hidden Meadows. Each of these courses is available on weekends and offers a variety of offerings to satisfy the most serious players and to welcome the more introductory players. If you are more of a disc golfer than a traditional golfer, Bower’s Park is the place to be, thanks to a full 18-hole course primarily located on wooded terrain and featuring beginner and professional tees for players of all skill ranges! Whether you are driving a golf ball or a disc, these activities are a safe way to get back into the swing of things!

Food Trucks

A staple of campus life is enjoying the food trucks that make their way onto campus or throughout Tuscaloosa. These days, food trucks are a great way to stay outdoors and distanced while also supporting local businesses of Tuscaloosa. Not only are you able to be smart about what you are eating, but you may discover a new favorite dish or new favorite dining destination! We offer a phenomenal variety with options like  Catch a Taste, Aces Tuscaloosa, Cheese Louise Tuscaloosa, and Urban Cookhouse. Food trucks appear in various locations around the city, so be sure to plan ahead of time to be aware of where certain trucks will be located and what their menu will look like! Remember to wear a mask at all times except when you are eating in order to maximize caution and ensure the safety of yourselves and those around you.

Local Farmers Markets

A health-conscious and locally-oriented outdoor activity that everyone can take advantage of is enjoying a farmers market. In Tuscaloosa, a few wonderful options for outdoor farmers markets are Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market, Ingram Farms, Northport Farmers Market, and the Curbside Farmers Market. Shopping at a farmers market can expose you to new flavors to up your cooking game, and they support the local farmers that stock the markets. Be sure to wear a mask while visiting local farmers markets for the health and safety of yourself and the vendors working the markets!

 

Written by: Will Baggett

It is National Farmers Market Week! Celebrate at Tuscaloosa’s own riverfront farmers market this weekend! 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. Join us as we explore some of the market’s incredible vendors and show you just how much they have to offer!

 

Barry’s Bees

Barry’s Bees is a local apiary that specializes in fresh and local honey bee-made products. They sell a variety of bee-related products, including beeswax candles, creamed honey, and raw local honey! They also offer homemade salsas and jams and fresh blueberries. For natural products straight from the hive or the garden, look no further than Barry’s Bees!

 

Fairy Fluff Cotton Candy and Stuff 

Fairy Fluff is a family-owned and operated gourmet cotton candy business, serving freshly spun treats to satisfy that sweet tooth! Of course, cotton candy and cotton candy sticks are on the menu, but Fairy Fluff also offers caramel rainbow popcorn. If you catch a craving for a sweet treat while exploring the market, Fairy Fluff has got you covered!

 

Surreal Coffee Roasters

Surreal Coffee Roasters is a home-based roaster whose goal is to bring you a diverse range of specialty-grade, single-origin coffees from around the world. Each batch of coffee beans is roasted and sifted by hand, making every cup an exceptionally unique experience. Grab a bag of freshly-roasted coffee from Surreal Coffee Roasters this weekend to start all of your mornings off with a little extra pep in your step.

 

HipPies

Scratch-made pies? Talk about goodness! HipPies makes perfectly baked pies with fresh ingredients, incorporating love and a bit of grooviness into each one! HipPies makes their artisan pies in a variety of sizes and fillings, including brownie pecan, balsamic blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb crumble, to name a few. They also have options for scrumptious keto treats, including lemon pound cake, banana nut muffins, and stuffed pumpkin spice muffins. To see how HipPies is wholly dedicated to the art, science, and enjoyment of real artisan pie, check out their masterpieces of locally sourced ingredients here.

 

Elephantine Mink Soap Co.

Elephantine Mink Soap is a local bath product company that specializes in luxurious skincare products at a price that won’t break the bank. Along with standard products like shampoo, conditioner, and soap, Elephantine Mink Soap sells endless specialty bath products, including bath bombs, sugar scrubs, bubble bars, and face masks. Treat yourself to a spa night this weekend with the help of Elephantine Mink Soap!

 

Ben’s Bread

Ben’s Bread brings the taste of England to Tuscaloosa through baked goods! Freshly baked sourdough bread is their famous specialty, but Ben’s Bread also makes rotating specialty loaves like jalapeño and cheddar and both plain and everything bagels. With Ben’s Bread, it is easy to transform any meal from dull to divine!

 

Belle Meadow Farm

Fresh, organically grown local produce is so much better than your average fruits and veggies, and Belle Meadow Farm offers some of the best in the business! With a vast variety of fruits and vegetables, including potatoes, watermelon, okra, and cherry tomatoes, this Tuscaloosa treasure has earned its reputation as a must-see this Saturday! Pick up some local produce this weekend from Belle Meadow Farm and experience the goodness for yourself!

 

Yellowhammer Candle Company

Yellowhammer Candle Company began making candles in 2019 and has remained focused on maintaining the authenticity of quality handmade products ever since. Their candles and melts are made with soy wax, guaranteeing a clean and natural product. Their signature scents include coffee shop, berries and cream, sweet cotton, mahogany teakwood, and more! Bring the delicious smells of Yellowhammer Candle Company home from the farmers market this weekend!

 

Besides these vendors, there are so many more! Check out Norris Farms, B&S Farms, or JJ’s Produce for more fresh produce options, and try Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes or Elizabeth’s Wholegrain Breads for baked goods! To look at all of the vendors and plan out your visit in the morning explore here. No matter what you’re looking for, the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market will have amazing vendors ready to assist you and share their passion with you!

Busy this weekend? Not a problem! Earlier this year the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market launched a mobile “Pop-Up” Farmers Market each weekday at different locations around town.  The Pop-Up Market will bring fresh, local produce to different neighborhoods around the city from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Face Coverings required to enter the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market. Review all COVID-19 Preparedness Guidelines here.

Get ready for crystal clear skies and sunny days this weekend in Tuscaloosa! Now is the perfect time to explore the unique, local gems of this incredible city. Whether you are savoring brunch at a local cafe, capturing a captivating view of Black Warrior River, or rocking out to some live music at your favorite bar, this town has what you need to make this weekend unforgettable.

 

The River Market

Visit the Tuscaloosa River Market Saturday for fresh, local produce and homemade goodies. Check out Savory Occasions table for warm bread pudding, or cool down with Tori’s Water Ice snow cones with flavors like tropical rainbow, green apple, cherry, pineapple, blue raspberry, and mango. Curbside pick-up is still available for select vendors. If you plan to attend, don’t forget your facemask! You will not be able to shop the market without it.

 

Live Music

Double down on tunes this weekend at Alcove International! Make plans Friday for the sweet sounds of SouthTown starting at 10 PM. They cover classic rock, blues, and dance songs. Saturday night get ready for some rock and roll performed by Non-GMO at 10 PM.

You can catch The Brick and Hubba Show at Rhythm and Brews tonight, and Carson Carlisle Saturday at 10 PM!

If you don’t feel like spending money, The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) will present a free concert in Capitol Park tonight at 7 PM! Come check it out for a night of live entertainment with your family and friends!

 

The Great Outdoors

Balance yourself and rent a paddleboard at Lake Nicol! What better way to soak up the rays? Tuscaloosa Paddleboard provides high-quality YOLO boards, and guaranteed fun. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and simultaneously get in a great workout! Plus, the view is a spectacular bonus. If you’d rather stay on dry land, check out their local trails and explore the beauty that Tuscaloosa has to offer. Pack a lunch and a picnic blanket to make the most out of these warm summer days.

 

Try Something New

Grab your brunch crew and head over to Another Broken Egg to enjoy their brand-new menu! Start off with sweet beignets with orange marmalade sauce, and a refreshing summertime cocktail. The Watermelon Cucumber Cooler is the perfect treat for a beautiful weekend!

 

If you are craving something a little more Southern and traditional, we’ve got the perfect place for you! Mae’s Southern Café uses authentic family recipes for every dish. Need help deciding what to order? Mae’s is famous for their fall off the bone ribs, smoked for 3 hours, and worth every bite! You can’t complete a southern meal without Mae’s sweet tea. Brewed, steeped, and sweetened to perfection every time.

 

Summer is in full swing and the city of Tuscaloosa has plenty of opportunities waiting for you to enjoy this weekend! Can’t decide what to do? Don’t worry, we’ve already made the search simple for you with exciting options listed below.

The River Market 

The Tuscaloosa River Market is back open on Saturdays from 7 AM-12 PM! Visit the open-air market on Jack Warner Parkway to choose from a selection of vendors with farm-fresh produce, dairy products, and so much more. Enjoy a cup of coffee, sample life-changing lotions, and check out the handmade jewelry! Curbside service is also still available during this time, and orders can be placed online.

Dining Out

We are so excited to share that multiple local restaurants have reopened their doors to the public with dine-in options! Central MesaDePalma’sRama Jama’s, and Evangeline’s are now open for both dine-in and takeout. Whether it’s with a Depalma’s Deluxe Pizza or Evangeline’s Shrimp and Grits, you deserve to treat yourself with a phenomenal meal to end the work week!

Enjoy Live Music

Rhythm and Brews is now open with live performances weekly! The Brick and Hubba Show will be performing on Friday, and Jason Miller takes the stage Saturday night. Visit the Rhythm and Brews Instagram page for more information and updates posted daily.

Relax and Pamper Yourself

The perfect way to ease tension and loosen up this weekend is to attend one of Tuscaloosa’s fantastic spas to let go of this week’s stresses. Shine Facial Bar is offering your first facial free, along with many discounted membership options. Another option, located in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa, is Chancee’s spa. They offer 10% discounts to all students and teachers with proof of an ID. If you want a hands-free option, Chancee’s has you covered with aqua massages, infrared saunas, and solar therapies!

Try Something Brand New

Founded in 2017 as a food truck, Reggae Flava LLC has taken the Tuscaloosa food scene by storm with its unique flavor, delicious gourmet Jamaican cuisine, and variety of Caribbean dishes. Reggae Flava is now a Veteran-owned and family-owned restaurant located in Downtown Tuscaloosa. The menu has a variety of options from curry chicken and brown stew pork to oxtail and curry shrimp. Vegetarian or Vegan? No problem! There are options available for you as well.

Staying in? Support the Bama Theatre from your living room couch! 

If the restaurants, spas, and bars don’t appeal to you quite yet, we’ve got the perfect entertainment for you! The Bama Theatre is teaming up with Magnolia Pictures and the Arts Council to offer streaming opportunities from the comfort of your own home. When purchasing any of the streaming options on their webpage, 50% of the proceeds will go directly to the theatre and you will have a new movie ready to watch at your fingertips.