The Third Saturday in October. Tuscaloosa natives and Alabama fans alike understand this to mean Alabama vs. Tennessee. This historic meeting dates back to 1901 in Birmingham, Alabama, where the two teams played to a 6-6 tie and a rivalry was born. Saturday’s game is significant because it will be the 100th meeting between the two universities. However, Tuscaloosa has more than a major SEC football game on this thrilling fall weekend, there are many more events which you can take part in! The Bonaires and Muscadine Bloodline kick off the weekend with shows at The Lookout, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar, and Druid City Music Hall respectively. The 46th Kentuck Art Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and wrapping up the weekend is Grammy-winning Kings of Leon, who will be performing at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre on Monday night. There is plenty of fun to be had on this exciting October weekend.

If you’re searching for a place to get your groove on over the weekend, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar, The Lookout, is the place to be. The Bonaires will be performing beginning at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., totally free! The Bonaires hail from Tuscaloosa, AL and feature some of the city’s most well-known and seasoned musicians. The music they provide offers a wide variety of genres and styles including R&B, blues, rock & roll, and folk/country. Playing tunes that are familiar and danceable, count on the Bonaires to delight and appeal to all ages!

The music never stops in Tuscaloosa! Muscadine Bloodline is an up and coming contemporary country duo from Mobile, Alabama. Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton combined their talents in 2016 and have been continued their rise to the top of the country music scene ever since. Their sound is “unapologetically Alabama” as they put on a live show which includes southern rock jams and country crooners. You don’t want to miss them Friday night at Druid City Music Hall at 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30).

For the 100th time, Alabama and Tennessee will square off on the gridiron as the Crimson Tide looks to extend its ten-game winning streak against the despondent Volunteers. Alabama opened as a 34-point favorite, the largest in series history, and is looking to improve their record to 8-0 on the season. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m., so be on the lookout for the inevitable haze to envelop Bryant-Denny around 6:00 p.m. For those who don’t know, a 60-year tradition surrounds the Third Saturday in October – the victory cigar. Alabama’s head athletic trainer, Jim Goostree, began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers in the 1950’s. This long-standing tradition had to be kept secret for many years due to NCAA rules concerning extra benefits and tobacco products. However, every year since 2005, the winning squad knowingly violates and self-reports the violation in order to honor the tradition.

A great local spot to go pick out the perfect victory cigar is R&R Cigars, located at 2703 6th street. They offer a wide variety of cigars for all taste preferences, whether a beginner or connoisseur. After finding the cigar of your choice hang around and catch up on all the day’s action in sports, get up to date on the news, or simply enjoy conversation over a cigar. This is a perfect place to relax and recharge after a long day.

The 46th annual Kentuck Art Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days) at Kentuck Park in Northport. This historical music and art celebration showcase nearly 300 local, national, and international artists and craftspeople. With experts performing live demonstrations of their skill, kids will be able to participate in hands-on craft making; one of the many reasons why the Kentuck Art Festival is a great time for all ages! Don’t miss this unique community cultural event, get your tickets HERE.

Three-time Grammy-winning group Kings of Leon will conclude the wonderful weekend when they take the stage at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Kings of Leon is embraced for resurrecting and reinventing Dixie-style rock & roll. The band is currently on a North American tour promoting their seventh album – WALLS. This will be the final show of the season for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, so do not miss out on this incredible band!
An October weekend in Alabama is like none other, let alone when it includes the Third Saturday in October. Make sure you get out and enjoy these fall temperatures around the One & Only Tuscaloosa! We have a ton going on throughout the fall months and are excited about the upcoming holiday season. Give us a follow on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and future events!

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Contributors: Will Wyatt and Danny Owen

There is hardly any southern town without some spectacular artifacts of the antebellum era that saw a rise in highbrow architecture. Tuscaloosa is home to several great examples of these palatial townhomes to showcase the beauty of the historic homes in Alabama. The Battle-Friedman house along Greensboro Avenue started as a townhouse for the wealthy plantation family, the Battles. After a devastating loss of finances from the civil war, the family sold the house and it became the family estate for the Friedman’s. The Hungarian family brought a great deal of success and growth to the city. In the 60s, the patriarch Hugo Friedman exchanged his home for the Jemison to be donated to the city’s library, while the Battle-Friedman would be gifted to the city. The land behind the mansion would be given to the YMCA to construct their new campus, and the house became a museum with Historic Tuscaloosa. Tours are given Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is $5 per person while children under 12 are free.

Five Interesting Facts about The Battle-Friedman House

1. According to legend, the house was saved from being burned by union soldiers when Mrs. Battle stayed behind at the house during the war and with her slaves used her southern hospitality to welcome both union and confederate soldiers. The union men were so pleased they spared the home in return for some R&R.

2. The gardens along the grounds can trace their roots back to England. A British landscape architect who had drawn up plans for several manors in the countryside was brought to Tuscaloosa to plan the gardens of the Battle House. The gardens over time were lost but in the 90s they rediscovered the original layout a rebuilt them.

3. Currently, when you drive past you’ll notice the bright pastel pinkish orange façade. While from a distance it resembles pink marble, its actually an old technique is done to paint the front so it has the appearance of marble but is simply just an illusion done to cut costs of using more expensive materials.

4. Like many historic homes, the mansion went through a massive renovation from its more simplistic Federal style, to its current Greek revival. The temple front and a major addition to the back of the house expanded its size and style to reflect the growth of wealth, and you can see the change when you look at the sides where there’s a clear line from the construction.

5. Inside, you will notice the ornate and heavily detailed ceiling molds; they were handcrafted by one of the slaves. The work was so impressive that legend has it he was brought down to Montgomery to work on molds for the Capitol building.

If you want to learn more about The Battle-Friedman House or set up a tour of the beautiful house and gardens, you can contact Historic Tuscaloosa by clicking HERE!