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!

It’s going to be another great weekend in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! You can kick your weekend off this Friday at The University of Alabama as they host the inaugural Alabama Blues Weekend! Between July 8th and 9th, you can catch both concerts and masterclasses and even participate in sessions. The Live at the Plaza performers, Birmingham Seven, and others will be participating in the weekend event! Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Alabama Blues Project, an awesome non-profit organization preserving Blues music through interactive programs, after-school camps, clubs and advanced ensembles, reaching over 400 students annually from ages 6 to 18!

Also on Friday is the Green Scene Summer Movie Series featuring Finding Dory! 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!

Saturday night the place to be is the Bama Theatre! Comedian Relly Rell will leave you in stitches as he performs his stand-up act! The show will be hosted by “The Undisputed King of Underground Comedy” Mo Williamz and will also feature Brittany Escobar and Whodi! There will not only be comedy, but music too! Catch Zo, Merk, and CJ Da Don with a bow on top by DJ John Doe. Starting at 7 PM, you won’t want to miss out on the fun!

Saturday is filled with great events. Across downtown at Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy will be the second annual Puppers & Pride! Between 10 am and 5 pm you can get your dog washed at this donation only Dog Wash! All donations will go to Druid City Pride and they guarantee each pup will leave smelling fresh and clean!

Wrap up your weekend with some rock as Rod Stewart performs at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater! The British rocker will bring down the house with songs like Maggie May and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy! Stewart has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position! Not only is he a good singer, but a knight too! He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.

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!

International Museum Day is a holiday that shouldn’t be overlooked! May 18th, the whole world celebrates and values the importance of museums for the development of society. A museum stands for cultural exchange and enrichment, mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. As Tuscaloosa is a city with a long and rich history, important cultural legacies and a prosperous art scene, there are numerous amazing museums in town that are worth a visit – not only on National Museum Day! These are our favorites:

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art
This former private collection, amassed by Jack Warner, turned into a Museum in 2003 and is truly a treasure within the community. You can marvel at approximately 1000 pieces of fine and decorative arts, and also the building itself is special: It’s an Asian-inspired complex that also contains a beautiful garden! As the “Home of the Westervelt Collection,” the museum holds one of the greatest private collections of American Arts in the nation.

Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center
Even if cars are sometimes more of a man’s passion, this museum is worth a visit for everybody! Take a short drive east of Tuscaloosa and enter the ground of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International – the only Mercedes factory in the United States! The visitor center is located in its own building and contains the museum and a souvenir shop. Stroll through the stunning exhibits and discover the history and tradition of this classic car brand, and you will walk dreaming of owning a beautiful Mercedes! German engineering meets Southern hospitality – a successful combination!

Alabama Museum of Natural History
Usually, the huge dinosaur bones in the Alabama Museum of Natural History don’t come alive like they do in Hollywood, but it doesn’t make this museum any less exciting! For more than 150 years, it offers permanent and temporary exhibits, collections and programs to learn everything about Alabama’s fascinating natural history! Among the obvious highlights, like the dinosaurs, there are many exciting things to discover. Recently added: An Augmented Reality sandbox, in which you can create topography models out of sands that are then augmented by a digital simulation! Give it a try and go explore!

Paul W. Bryant Museum
One of the most important aspects of Tuscaloosa Culture is, of course, football! When it comes to fall season, dixie’s football pride is present all over the city and everybody comes together to be a part of the gameday experience. To feel that spirit even in the off season, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Paul W. Bryant Museum! It opened in 1988 and since then, houses the history of Alabama football, with a special emphasis on the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Permanent and changing exhibits, including Bear Bryant’s original office, can be visited daily from 9 am to 4 pm – just as on National Museum Day on May 18th!

Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa
You can’t start early enough to introduce your kids to arts and culture! Take the National Museum Day as an occasion and take them out to Tuscaloosa’s Children’s Hands-On Museum. This unique museum in downtown is tailor made for the little ones, to introduce them to arts, crafts, and exciting exhibits in an interactive and exploring way! It provides fun for kids of all ages and they will never ever get the idea of calling a museum boring afterward!

Written By: Katharina Horvath – Intern

Interview with the One and Only: Courtney Poist – 2017 Nationals Cacchione Cup Qualifier

Favorite One and Only Restaurant: Chucks Fish

Favorite One and Only Attraction: Lake Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is home an incredible football team, but they aren’t the only students that are championship bound this year. Courtney Poist, a 21-year-old Tuscaloosa native is competing in the 2017 Nationals Cacchione Cup today and representing the University of Alabama Equestrian Team. Courtney first got her start in Equestrian 15 years ago. Jumping from softball to basketball to gymnastics among others, she seemed to find equestrian by accident. After riding a pony at one of her friend’s birthday parties she fell in love. Her mom then took her to a farm for her first lesson. She said that “Ironically my coach now, Ashley Morrison, was the first person that got me started in this sport. When I was only 6 years old, Ashley taught me my first lesson at her farm, Westminster. Ever since then, Ashley has been my trainer, mentor, and now collegiate coach.” It seems to be working just fine for her as now she’s on one of the biggest collegiate stages for her sport! When Courtney was growing up she was quite the athlete.

The University of Alabama’s Equestrian Team has 16 horses that the athletes train on during the season. These horses are donated, leased or owned by the university. Of course, Courtney has a favorite and his name is Big. A “15-year-old, 17.2 hand bay Hanoverian gelding that was actually donated by the Auburn University’s Equestrian program.” If she has the choice, he’s her go-to pick because of his extreme athleticism, smartness, and response that allows for performing the more technical movements. The facility the University leases is located on Culver Road right past Stillman College. The University’s program has nearly doubled in size in the past two years. An incredible 80 students tried out for 30 spots which has made the program very competitive to get into compared to previous years.

I asked Courtney about a day in the life of training and it was actually quite extensive! Each practice (which is 2-3 times a week) the riders are responsible for cleaning their horses and tacking them up for their ride. This entails grooming, splinting or wrapping the horse’s legs, and putting on all tack. Courtney said, “Since a horse is basically considered an athlete too, they require optimal care and preparation for practice to reduce the risk of injury.” After prep, the riders walk the horse to the ring where their coach, Ashley Morrison, will run them through strengthening exercises (riding without stirrups), balance exercises (riding without hands or without vision), and flat and jumping exercises. After an hour to an hour and a half, practice is over, but the work is not. After dismount, “we are responsible for cooling down our houses, un-tacking, bathing and putting them back out to pasture.” Courtney said that the entire process takes about two and a half hours from start to finish.

The most common statement she gets when people come to watch them ride is “All you do is sit on the horse and tell it to go.” But in reality, equestrian is a much more complex sport. Each rider must create a bond with the horse, have proper aids, balance, and strength to keep the horse going. In addition to this, the rider must make all of their moves look effortless. She then said, “So yes, if it looks like we aren’t doing anything, then we are doing it right!” To make it even harder, when riders compete they do not get to bring their own horses. At every meet, the teams are given a brief description of each horse and are allowed to watch them warm up before the competition. Once you mount the horse you draw, you must go immediately into the ring to compete!

With the motto “Attitude is everything”, Courtney will ride fearlessly into the National Cacchione Cup with her coach. Since her coach has been her trainer since day one, Courtney says “It’s safe to say that I am very close to my coach and couldn’t be happier to have her standing by my side at (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Nationals.” It’s hard to believe that a University team is competing on the national level without much press, but hopefully, with the help of Tuscaloosa’s One and Only Courtney Poist, The University of Alabama’s Equestrian Team will soon have their day in the sun.

Graduation is around the corner and that means it’s about to be a topsy-turvy world in many ways! One important part of that “weekend of all weekends” is that the parents visit the kids in their college town! So, expect to see tons of proud and excited parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles here in our one and only Tuscaloosa, to celebrate the success of their Graduates!
There are some important rules when it comes to treating and feeding the family in this unique situation, and we decided to focus on the most important aspect: Taking them to dinner. Or more precisely: Them taking you to dinner! As a Tuscaloosa local, the choice of the restaurant should be yours and you should choose wisely because the parents will probably be paying! Here are our top 5 places to have a family dinner at graduation weekend in Tuscaloosa!

1. Dreamland Barbeque
Let’s begin with the perfect place to impress your family with some authentic southern food: Barbeque! It’s one of the easiest things to fall in love with when you move to Alabama, and will likely crave it after they leave! Dreamland is the local hero among the Barbeque places in Tuscaloosa. The southern chain understands the Alabama spirit like no other and is known for its delicious ribs that literally fall off the bone! Grab your parents, grandparents, siblings and anyone else that will visit you for graduation and take them out for a fun dinner with some delicious ribs and white bread along with their famous homemade Dreamland BBQ sauce!

2. Cypress Inn
Parents visit = parents pay, right? Take that chance and let them take you out for a sartorial graduation dinner at the fabulous Cypress Inn! Of course, it will be your parent’s pleasure, too, because the Cypress Inn is one of the most scenic and impressive restaurants in town: Located directly on the Black Warrior River it provides a lovely view from the elevated restaurant and even terrace to sit outside! After dining you might take a walk through the gardens or down the steps and enjoy the wooden boat dock. Or just have another drink at the terrace, celebrate and watch the boats on the river.

3. Chuck’s Fish
It might be old fashioned, but fish is still considered to be a dish for special occasions. And what occasion could be more special than your graduation! So, take your family to the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa and enjoy delicious specialties at Chuck’s Fish! Their Sushi Bar is one of the best in town, always fresh and with tailor-made creations exactly for your taste! Or sit downstairs in the main restaurant and enjoy classics as well as novel dishes with fresh fish, caught around the corner in Florida! The seafood creations are also definitely worth trying – who could say no to crab cakes, oysters, and fish tacos? Finally, end a perfect evening with your favorite cocktails from their fantastic bar!

4. Southern Ale House
If you want to give your family an authentic southern dining experience without focusing on Barbeque too much, the Southern Ale House is a great place to take them! In a warm and inviting atmosphere, it serves both classic and contemporary interpretations of Southern cuisine. Besides amazing burgers and birds, you should order their variety of homemade biscuits – the ultimate southern side! Another highlight is – as the name says – the selection of beer! Alongside local brews from Birmingham and Gadsden, American classics as well as international specialties like French and German beer, the Southern Ale House has got more than ten different ales! That makes assuredly one favorite beer for everyone in the family!

5. Evangeline’s
Last but not least, we can’t help but recommend Evangeline’s, another lovely casual upscale restaurant. Located right across the bridge on McFarland in Northport, it is also close to campus. A little hidden in the alleys of Tuscaloosa Galleria, you walk past a beautiful fountain and the scenic white buildings with striped awnings before entering the restaurant. The atmosphere inside is almost magical, the interior and decorations with hundreds of little lights are very unique. They serve various gourmet dishes that come in surprisingly big portions – so don’t hesitate to bring the always-hungry dads or brothers! On a warm night, you might return to the outside again and enjoy a glass of wine in the alley, covered by more lights and listening to the fountain.

Written By: Katharina Horvath – Intern

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

Because Easter is a favorite when it comes to family holidays, this Easter weekend in Tuscaloosa is packed with great things to do for the whole family!

Start your weekend tonight downtown at the Green Bar. For only $5 you can enjoy the Soul Mechanics, a unique funk band with an amazing sound that rocks stages all over the southeast! And don’t forget about Green Bar’s amazing drinks! With great cocktails and craft beer, there’s something for everyone here!

The weekend itself is packed with a ton of cultural highlights for young and old! Friday holds two amazing activities for history fans: “Remembering the Great War” is a panel including UA history professors speaking about different aspects of World War I, e.g. the American involvement in the conflict and many others. Free and open to the public, it starts at 4 pm at the 205 Gorgas Library. Or visit the History Workshop at 251 ten Hoor Hall at 3 pm and learn about works of graduate students including the Spanish-American War and others!

Kids love Easter and they will love this Friday’s event as well! Take them to Tuscaloosa Children’s Hands-On Museum and let them join the great Easter egg hunt! From 5 to 7 pm the little ones can search for over 1000 eggs, indoor and with provided bunny bags! The hunt begins at 6 pm sharp – don’t be late!

Saturday has a perfect early bird activity: The Farmer’s Market at the Rivermarket! Opening at 7 am, it provides fresh fruit, vegetables, grain and more! Accompanied by lovely live music you can stroll through the market, or grab some freshly brewed iced tea to cool off. Local food vendors like bakeries and others also offer a nice range of snacks. The Farmer’s market is the perfect place to kick off a relaxed Saturday or to buy the ingredients for your Easter meal!

Let down this fantastic weekend at a thrilling University of Alabama Women’s Tennis match! Watch the Crimson Tide fight this season’s last match against the Missouri Tigers this Sunday at 1 pm. Admission to Alabama Women’s Tennis is always free! So come out and support Seniors Erin Routliffe, Joanna Savva, and Danielle Spielmann in their final home action of the season! Roll Tide!

Also, check out our blog about the Top 5 Places to have Easter Brunch on Sunday!

Written By: Katharina Horvath – Intern

This weekend should be one for the books in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! On Thursday, head over to Coleman Coliseum to cheer on the Crimson Tide! Women’s Basketball will be battling it out with the Mercer Bears in the first round of the WNIT! With tickets for just five dollars, it’s certainly going to be a blast for a great value!

This Friday, rise and shine for some free Kegs N’ Eggs from Innisfree Irish Pub! The party doesn’t stop there as they will have music, traditional Irish dishes, and green beer all day and night! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t limited to just Innisfree either, from Rounders to Band of Brothers, there are celebrations all over town! Look up your favorite bar to see if they have any specials! 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!

Saturday is packed with great events! Wake up early and head to the Farmer’s Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market! 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 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.

Follow up your veggie shopping with some chili tasting! Band of Brothers Brewing Co. for their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off! The cook-off will start at 4 pm with live music shortly following at 7! Down the road, Druid City Brewing Co. has their own concert going on! Holy Youth will be performing Saturday night fresh off their live cassette release, You Did Hear.! Looking to take off with their latest album, Heavy Bored, releasing this spring, this will be a band you don’t want to miss out on!

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!

(without being a cliché)

Spring has sprung, and the blooming flowers and blossoming trees make for one of the best times to show your true love you’re ready to commit! Tuscaloosa is totally for lovers with its southern charms and beautiful scenery. There’s far more to this fair city than just the Denny Chimes proposal. Show your one and only that you’re creative, and try out some of these places to have a truly unique engagement.

Inside the Bama Theatre
There is something magical about the old atmospheric style theater that feels so otherworldly. With the twinkling star lights in the ceiling and the grand Spanish courtyard style décor, it’s a perfect place to surprise them. Whether you see a concert or an independent film, wait for the crowd to leave or get their early and ask the big question. Even better, the second-floor balcony has a great view of the whole interior and might be a more secluded spot.

The University of Alabama Arboretum
Farther west in the outskirts of town, you can find the University of Alabama Arboretum which has thousands of selected plant life, a desert greenhouse, and so much more. Take one of the trails through their collection, a wildflower garden, or just wonder around until you find the perfect place. With the trees blossoming and the warm weather, it’ll surely be a memorable time!

Battle-Friedman House and Gardens
Down on Greensboro Ave, the historic Battle House has one fantastic hidden gem on the property. While the mansion its self is beautiful inside and well worth taking a tour, the gardens are a great little escape. The grounds were designed to be a traditional English garden and the recent efforts of the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society, they have fully restored the gardens to their original style. The perfect spot is the small fountain behind the greenhouse with views of both the house, and the blooming garden.

Any of Tuscaloosa’s Beautiful Lakes
It’s hard to pick just one of the fantastic lakes around town, so picking any will have you on the right course. Lake Lurleen has a fantastic little sandy beach with the lake sprawling out around it, while Lake Nicol has incredibly scenic cliffs overlooking the waters. Even Lake Tuscaloosa has the breathtaking spillway that’ll make a beautiful background when you propose!

Any of the Local Breweries
Hear me out, While not the fanciest of places around town, it is also the least suspected while still being a great venue. From Black Warrior’s laid back atmosphere and game rooms, Band of Brothers‘ proximity to the more elegant Drish House, to Druid City’s iconic chalk murals, there’s a beauty in all three. Now be advised to consider who you’re asking, but to the right person, it could the most unexpected surprise they never thought they needed. Plus, it’s the easiest location for a fast transition to a celebration!
Written By: Deven Wilson – Intern

We have some incredible events going on around Tuscaloosa with great music, delicious food, and plenty of excitement! From 80s icons to foodie favorites, there’s something for everyone this spring to get outside and enjoy T-Town!

Food Truck Fest March 25th
The rapidly growing food truck scene in town has brought back last summer’s hit festival of foodie delights! Food Truck Fest at Band of Brothers will have local darling Local Roots, BBQ icon Archibald, and several others from both T-Town and B’Ham areas!

Dragon Boat Races April 1st
After filling up on some delectable eats April first brings Dragon Boat Races, no fooling! Teams of over 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer will compete in this Hong Kong style water race on the Black Warrior.

First Annual Roots Fest April 1st
The Local Roots food truck has been a recent staple in the Tuscaloosa community! This year kicks off their first ever Roots Fest that will feature live music from Adam Hood, a whole smoked pig, local produce, and a great time!

Sassafras Beer Festival April 1st
Breweries from throughout Alabama will try to win your vote for the ‘Best of Alabama’ Sassafras Beer Festival Award. Head to Wilhagan’s to try them all and choose your favorite! With great music, unlimited* beer samples, and raffle prizes, this is sure to be a great event!

Druid City Arts Festival April 8th
Free and open to the public, local artists, live music, and even more food trucks will all come together at the plaza downtown to celebrate art. The art and artisans will showcase their talents while you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors of downtown, and sample great food from the growing scene around the plaza!

Death by Chocolate April 20th
On the 20th you’ll feel more bitter than sweet if you miss out on the Annual Death by Chocolate Tournament at the river market! Right after filling up on some sweet cocoa, your crimson sweet tooth will be pleased with A-Day following the day after!

A-Day April 21st
Come out and get some preseason autographs, hit up your favorite game day spots, and watch the two greatest teams in college football play each other as the crimson take on the white at Bryant-Denny!

USAT Triathlon April 21st
Come out and see these impressive athletes compete in the Collegiate Club National Championships in a rigorous triathlon through the Black Warrior. Starting at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, these ambitious men and women will swim through the Black Warrior, bike and run through the druid city towards winning the Championship!

Volkfest April 22nd
Willkommen to a little bit of Germany in the druid city at the second annual Volksfest on April 22nd! There will be live music, German-style food, and locally brewed German style beers to turn government plaza into our own Deutsche partei. After that, shake off the pretzel salt on the 29th with the Mayor’s Cup!

Mayor’s Cup April 29th
Run through downtown in either the 5k or 10k run to benefit the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. It’s great healthy way to see a different side of the city and support a great local cause!

Def Leppard & Poison May 2nd
May means music in Tuscaloosa. Starting on the 2nd get ready for some 80s nostalgia with iconic bands Def Leopard and Poison hitting the stage the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds May 3rd
Then bring your favorite 90s kid on the 3rd for some Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds at the amphitheater. The duo has been performing acoustic sets as a side project since 1993!

It’s Gearing up to be a great weekend for events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Starting tonight, you can catch some great music around the city beginning with Farmer’s Daughter at Rhythm & Brews! Farmer’s Daughter brings your classic rock, 80’s, 90’s, country favorites, and current radio hits to their sets each night! Right down the road at Green Bar, Ferguson and the Copper Dogs will be taking the stage! Green Bar will also steal the show Friday as they put on a Looksy Special Five Year Anniversary Show featuring Della Ray and Hothead!

Saturday morning, you can grab your fresh produce at the Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market! 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 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.

Later that day head over to the Children’s Hands-On Museum! CHOM is hosting Bead It! Where the children get to bead their own Mardi Gras necklace! All events for CHOM will be included in the admission price.

This weekend there are also One and Only grand openings! On University Boulevard, Animal Butter will be accepting customers for the first time this Friday. Right across from Government Plaza, the highly anticipated Monarch Espresso Bar will be opening their doors for the first time!

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!

It’s back everyone. Just like every other of their singularity. With an endless parade of affection, it can be difficult to feel single and happy when everyone else sure seems a lot happier. Luckily, we have good news. There’s more to this day than just cupids and chalky heart candy. For those who walk the sidewalk with free hands, our city has helpful ways to enjoy the holiday solo or with your equally single friends.

Don’t forget that the day after will be filled with discount chocolate and candy as a prize for surviving the love laced holiday! Many local and chain stores will be pushing their candy out and you can reap the sweet reward!

Sorry to say, but this day will most likely spread over two weekends with it falling on a Tuesday. Many are likely going to take the time to celebrate with a romantic dinner either the weekend before or after, but while they overindulge on chocolate covered treats, Tuscaloosa has plenty of great escapes for those flying solo.

Avenue Pub
If you haven’t gone by now, this is the perfect chance to try one of the most highly rated burgers in Alabama. Ave Pub might run the risk of hosting some couples on a night out, but with the right group of friends and more importantly a mountain of their Thai nachos can make being single on valentines day seem like the right way to go.

Steamers on the Strip
If fried food and friends don’t go together then what does? Steamers on the Strip offers a bounty of fried seafood in platters worth sharing with some of your fellow singulars. You won’t have to hold the fries with dainty hands; ya’ll can dive into a platter of fried goodness that you know you’ve been craving.

Moe’s Original BBQ
What’s more anti-date than good ole messy BBQ? Moe’s can be the perfect place to get together and share some sides, or horde them while couples fill up the more cliché spots around town. Plus, after dinner, you’re in a perfect place between the strip and downtown bars to join in more anti-V-Day celebrations.

Heat Pizza Bar
At the base of the parking deck downtown, you can find some of the best pizza and cocktails at Heat. Nothing brings friends closer than great pizza! With their large variety of inventive pies and toppings, you can sample from each other or be greedy and keep it all to yourself. The best part of heat comes from their long weekend hours. Open until 2 am on Saturday, and 3 am on Friday means you can chill with some good buddies and drink and eat the night away without ever having to move around.
Buffalo Phil’s
While B-Phils is perfect any day for students with dining dollars left, or people who just love their wings, you can chill with some great food made with love (love being their deep fryer and its liquid gold to make such deliciousness like the country burger). Going for Valentine’s means you can rekindle your love affair with good ole Phil with a side of curly fries.

Taco Mama
Escape the overdone holiday by jump-starting Spring with some Cinco De Mayo festivities. Head over to Taco Mama’s for the day and reunite with your summer fling, chips, and salsa. Indulge in some delicious tacos, or split a pitcher of Margaritas and soon it’ll feel more like a holiday than a reminder of your singleness.