There are always plenty of ways to spend your weekend in Tuscaloosa! You can kick off the weekend early and join the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art tonight for “Art with Friends”. Every third Thursday the museum opens their doors to art lovers for some light hors d’oeuvres and drinks to go with their short program on a work in the collection!

Get a kick out of Friday by heading to the University of Alabama’s Soccer Complex! Cheer on the Tide as they take on Jacksonville State University for their first regular season game! All Alabama Soccer events are free to the public and love having a crowd watching them play. Expectations and goals are set even higher this season for the team and plan to be fighting for the SEC championship this year! Be on the lookout for even more games as the season rolls on.

Take your kids out for a good time at the Children’s Hands-On Museum. National Potato Day is sure to be a hit with the kids. Activities revolving around potatoes like potato chip taste testing, creating a potato clock, and Mr. Potato Head will keep them busy for hours! All activities are included in admission to CHOM so once you’re in the fun begins! With three different floors, there is plenty for children of all ages to do!

Wrap up your Saturday at Band of Brothers Brewing Co. as they host the Johnny Shines Blues Festival! This will be a family and pet-friendly event featuring various artists, food, vendors, and fun for everyone! Last year the festival brought in about 300 people and it was the first year that Band of Brothers hosted it! The event starts at 11 AM and will last until 10 PM!

Our last event actually takes place on Monday, but is absolutely worth mentioning! On August 21st Tuscaloosa will be part of the 2017 solar eclipse! Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority and the City of Tuscaloosa will be presenting “Midday Moon Solar-bration” where people can go and view this incredible phenomenon! Since the event is expected around 1:30 it makes for the perfect lunch event and will be completed with food trucks providing a variety of lunch fare. The first 500 people will receive a free pair of “eclipse glasses”! The next eclipse won’t take place until 2045 so this is truly a can’t miss event!

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means Tuscaloosa is gearing up for its annual Celebration on the River. We have come up with five reasons why you should definitely make plans to attend the celebration this year.

1. The Cost
Let’s be honest, fireworks are expensive, but the 4th of July just wouldn’t be the same without them. This celebration is the perfect way to enjoy the best firework show around without spending any of your own money. Admission is totally free so all you need to do is show up, grab a seat and enjoy the show.

2. Kids Zone
The Tuscaloosa County Parks & Recreation Authority sets up the PARA Kids Zone every year on the lawn of Tuscaloosa News. This is easily the best way to entertain your kids this holiday. The Kids Zone offers inflatable games, laser tag, face painting and a climbing wall- just to name a few. The Kids Zone opens at 6 p.m. and will remain open until 8:30 p.m.

3. Symphony Orchestra ft. Taylor Hicks
The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra will be performing around 8:00 p.m. and you won’t want to miss it. The concert will feature a set list of some of the most popular patriotic songs and salutes. Former American Idol winner and Alabama native, Taylor Hicks will be making an appearance during the concert. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the star for free this 4th of July. This concert is the perfect way to settle in with the kids before the fireworks start.

4. Concessions
Concessions will be sold throughout the night. What better way to grab a snack for the kids and a beverage for yourself? You and the kids can stay full and hydrated throughout the night without having to worry about who’s doing the cooking. You can also carry your drinks “to-go” within the boundaries of the entertainment district.

5. Fireworks
Finally, the part everyone looks forward to on the 4th of July- Fireworks. The event will end with a firework show set to last nearly 30 minutes. The fireworks will be huge and will be enriched by the view of the Black Warrior River in the background. It’s without a doubt the best show you’ll find in around here, and you definitely don’t want to miss the extravaganza.