The Third Weekend in October

It’s that time of year again in Tuscaloosa. Fall is in the air, and Alabama welcomes the Tennessee Volunteers back to Bryant Denny Stadium. Other than the late-night kickoff on Saturday, the weekend is action-packed with events around town. Check out the details for Tide Tip-Off, Live at the Plaza, the Bama Belle Jazz and Dinner Cruise, and Hocus Pocus at CHOM below.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers

One of the most deep-rooted rivalries in college football returns to Bryant Denney this Saturday night. Kickoff is officially set for 8 p.m central time. Can’t make it to the game? Check out local restaurants and bars streaming the game on ESPN ​here​. Before the game, head on over to the Bryant Museum opening at 9 a.m. or the Supe Store opening at 10 a.m. in all three locations. Join Big Al, The Million Dollar Band, and the Alabama Cheerleaders at Gorgas Library for the Elephant Stomp, starting at 7 p.m. Autographs by Tyrone Prothro and Prince Wimbley will be located in the Chevrolet Tent at 4, Derrick Oden and Antonio Langham in the Hibbett Sports Sneaker Shed at 5, and finally Trent Richardson in the Unilever Tent starting at 6. ​Have you picked out your cigar for the Third Saturday in October? It’s a tradition for the winner of the Alabama vs. Tennessee game to fire up a stogie as the clock hits zero! Check out one of our incredible cigar shops around town for your selection of choice. Want one last reason to check out the rivalry game this weekend? Being the first night game of the year, Alabama has a pretty special surprise for fans in the form of a brand new lighting system in Bryant Denny!

Tide Tip-Off

Coleman Coliseum is the place to be this Friday night as the Crimson tide men and women’s basketball teams kick off their season with this exciting event. The event starts with a student block party at 5 o’clock with free food and entertainment. Doors to the public open at 6 and fans can grab autographs from both the men’s and women’s teams. The first 1,000 fans will receive free Tide Tip-Off T-Shirts, and the first 2,500 fans will receive LED sticks to light up Coleman Coliseum. ​The event will be packed with entertainment, giveaways, prizes, and more.​ Come out and check out the beginning of the Nate Oats era Friday Night at 7 p.m.

Live at the Plaza- The B-Sides

By popular demand, the Live at the Plaza series has been extended to include two dates in October! ​This Friday night, two incredible bands take the stage at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. ​Admission to the concerts is free and open to the public. Vendors will be on-site before the show starts to kick off this family-friendly event. Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy a night filled with music under the stars.

Hocus Pocus at CHOM

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa presents “Hocus Pocus” this Saturday. Starting at 9 a.m., join CHOM! In a morning of arts, crafts, tricks, and treats! Make a black cat craft and design your very own wand. Search for the magic ingredients to brew a spooky potion. The event continues until 4:30 when the museum closes. Find more information about CHOM! Including admission and other events ​here​.

Bama Belle Jazz and Dinner Cruise

Take a cruise Friday evening down the Black Warrior on board the Bama Belle. After boarding Tuscaloosa’s only paddleboat river cruise, passengers will enjoy live jazz music as the night unfolds. Dinner will be served shortly after disembarking at 7 p.m. The trip will return to the dock by 9 p.m. This extraordinary evening voyage is by reservation only, and tickets are on sale for $38. For information on the Bama Belle and tickets, check out the link ​here​.