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!

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!

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!

This weekend is overflowing with events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Starting tonight, you can celebrate the Power of Pink at Art Night in support of breast cancer awareness and the University of Alabama’s Gymnastics team! Kentuck’s Gallery Shop will have the pink 2016 Festival T-shirts discounted–$10 for short sleeved, $15 for long sleeved. When you purchase anything from Kentuck’s Gallery Shop during Art Night, you can enter for a chance to win free tickets to the University of Alabama’s Gymnastics meet this Friday!

Art continues to dominate the weekend on Friday. On the “First Friday” of each month, you can catch gallery openings and receptions all across downtown Tuscaloosa! A notable exhibit would be at the Paul R. Jones Gallery. As Black History Month gets into full swing, the Paul R. Jones Gallery will be presenting “Freedom? Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection”. The University of Alabama’s Black Faculty and Staff Association recently joined with Brooklyn-based curator Dalila Scruggs to create a new, long-term exhibition at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa!

This Saturday, swing by the Children’s Hands-On Museum where they’re celebrating National Weatherman’s Day! The children are going to get to meet WBRC Meteorologist Wes Wyatt, see the Storm Tracker, and even get up close and personal with a miniature tornado! Afterward, head over to the Bama Theatre to check out the 5th Annual African Film Festival! With African dance, music, storytelling, and film, this is sure to be a #OneandOnly event!

As if this weekend could get any better, we get to end it with a Super Bowl! This Sunday, Band of Brothers is throwing a Super Bowl party to watch the Falcons take on the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The beer will be flowing and the big screen will be out as we wrap up the NFL season with a bang!

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!