Here we go again with another incredible weekend in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Start your weekend off early this Thursday at Rhodes Stadium for a softball doubleheader! Team USA will be taking on the state of Alabama colligate all-stars at 6 and 8 PM! Team USA, featuring local softball standout Haylie McCleney, University of Alabama graduate and softball Alum, will compete against our own elite collegiate athletes from across our great state, the Alabama All-Stars! Additional events include a Softball Players Camp, an Invitational Tournament, and Team USA and Alabama All-Stars practice.

Get your Joyfunk on with a Tuscaloosa, AL band whose stock is rising fast! CBDB is back in town and looking to bring down the house as they take the stage at Druid City Music Hall this Friday. Fresh off the release of their third album, entitled “The FAME EP”, they are seeing a pattern of snowballing momentum with large, energetic crowds hungry for their unique brand of progressive jam-rock, dubbed Joyfunk. CBDB blends soulful vocals and virtuosic instrumentation with smart, tasteful songwriting resulting in a sound that can be enjoyed by the casual listener and audiophile alike!

The Green Scene Summer Movie Series continues this Friday featuring Moana! This free community event provides an opportunity to educate citizens on the importance of keeping the community clean and litter free and encourages environmental stewardship while enjoying a popular children’s movie on a big screen! Guests will receive a free bag of popcorn and refreshments provided by Coca-Cola Tuscaloosa. This event is geared toward families with children not in school during the summer as it begins at 1 PM.

Friday is packed with events as Moundville is hosting a Knap-In! the Knap-in, an overnight event, is a great event for anyone interested in Native Americans, ancient technologies or outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing. Held at Moundville Archaeological Park, 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, stone toolmakers, artists and ancient technology experts from around the country hammer out stone points, carve intricate pieces, throw spears and shoot bows. Kids can get their faces painted, grind corn or play Native American games!

Wrap up your weekend with the American Ballet Theatre! The renowned American Ballet Theatre chose The University of Alabama for their Summer Intensive and will be hosting a showcase in the Moody Music Building this Saturday! American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience a student can have during the summer. Under the supervision of ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Artistic Director of Summer Intensives Kate Lydon, the program offers top quality teachers and master guest teachers that are dedicated to the learning process and growth of each individual student. This is sure to be a performance worth seeing!

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 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

National Pro Fastpitch Coming to the One and Only Tuscaloosa!

The Cowels Cup is coming to the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Every year the MLB’s female equivalent, National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), has a playoff to compete for the national title, and the winner is awarded the Cowels Cup. This year the playoff series found its home in the University of Alabama’s Rhodes Stadium! Tickets are available for the championship August 19th – 23rd through NPF’s official website. The most exciting part of NPF coming to Tuscaloosa is the University of Alabama Alumna making their return to Rhodes Stadium! There are four familiar faces playing in the playoff series this season:

Kelley Montalvo – 3B – Akron Racers
USA Softball Player of the Year candidate at UA
2014 NPF Jennie Finch Award Winner
2012 National Pro Fastpitch Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Jackie Traina – P – Scrap Yard Dawgs
2012 Women’s College World Series MVP at UA
Two-time ISF Women’s World Championship Silver Medalist with Team USA
In her rookie season with the Scrap Yard Dawgs

Kelly Kretschman – OF – USSSA Pride
Four-time NFCA All-American at UA
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist with Team USA
2015 NPF Player of the Year

Haylie McCleney – OF – USSSA Pride
Two-time First Team All-American at UA
2014 and 2015 World Cup of Softball Gold Medalist with Team USA
Drafted 13th overall in the 2016 NPF College Draft