Weekends are always packed with great events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa and this one is no different! Start your weekend off across the river at the Kentuck Art Center for their monthly Art Night! Their event is headlined by the opening of “Protègè” an exhibition of work by Bernard Wright, a student of the late internationally known folk artist, Jimmy Lee Sudduth. Along with art night comes pop-up shops in the Courtyard of Wonders, live music, a food truck, even cob oven pizza!
Art continues into Friday as downtown Tuscaloosa hosts the First Friday Art Walk! Local galleries, businesses, and restaurants are open as an event in the evening for the community to see what Downtown Tuscaloosa has to offer. Locations like Harrison Galleries, Grace Aberdean, and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will have art displayed, bands playing. Others like O’Connor Art Studios will be open to get a sneak peak at present works as well as allow you to see into the life of local artists!
Like every weekend, the Farmers Market will be taking place at the Tuscaloosa River Market Saturday morning! 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 freshly brewed iced tea is for sale to help battle the heat! Additionally, 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. Popular summer foods include tomatoes, Chilton County peaches, squash, corn, and local honey!
This Saturday, Band of Brothers will be serving some incredible drinks and will be presenting Kat Taylor and JP Miller! Riding with her father on work trips, she belted out 90s country and cultivated a deep appreciation for the vocal talents of Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Reba McEntire. Her sets incorporate classic rock favorites, current top 40, soul ballads, and country hits. Today, Kat Taylor’s song “Shame on You” has spent 6 weeks at number 1 on the new music weekly country main charts. This is one performance you don’t want to miss!
Finally, you can catch Annie all weekend at the Bama Theater. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC!
There are some awesome events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa this weekend! Kick off your weekend early by heading out tonight to Druid City Brewing Company for Hometown Blues and Brews! Debbie Bond and Radiator Rick will take the stage around 8:00 p.m. to play a dynamic mix of soulful originals and covers! There will be incredible brews as well as some great music that will keep you having fun all night!
Also tonight, Kentuck is hosting their monthly Art Night! This month is featuring an exhibition by nationally known Alabama artist Charlie Lucas! You can lose yourself to dance as a band plays throughout the night, eat a cob oven pizza, and then top it off by learning more about Charlie Lucas as he discusses his art and answer questions!
Art also leads into Friday as downtown Tuscaloosa takes on “First Friday“, the monthly art crawl where galleries and studios open their doors for exciting exhibitions! Come see all the new and continuing galleries and shows at places like Harrison Galleries and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (DWCAC). DWCAC’s event will include 15 school teams creating large sculptures made from canned food items! Not only is there great art, but you can also experience studios such as O’Connor Art Studios and even enjoy some live music!
This Saturday will be an exciting one! The Tuscaloosa Half Marathon, which drew in nearly 1,400 participants from 33 states is going on! Come out and cheer on the runners as they move through Tuscaloosa! The race starts and ends at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and then weaves through downtown, across campus on Paul Bryant Dr. and then back across Jack Warner Pkwy to end at the beginning!
Finally, for the children, you can take them to the Children’s Hands-On Museum this Saturday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday where they can watch movies, create crafts, and eat birthday cake on this Seuss themed day! All events are included in admission so it’s sure to be a blast for all children that won’t break the bank!
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