Inflation has cast a burden on Alabama families looking for relief where they can, and thankfully, Tuscaloosa has a number of free events this summer the entire family will love.
Live music, fireworks, movies, art nights and much more popular the Druid City’s calendar this summer, something for everyone.
Check out the city’s best options for fun free things to do below.
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Live at the Plaza
The city’s popular Live at the Plaza event returned for summer 2022, and it’s already drawn a big crowd. Every Friday in June and July, you can join the City of Tuscaloosa on Government Plaza for free, live, local music. The event is family and pet-friendly. Bring your family, friends, pets, picnic blankets and folding chairs, as two bands perform each week, an opener and a headliner. It typically starts at 6 pm in Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. You’ll also find food trucks and a kids station on hand. Read the full schedule below:
June 24: Amanda Shaw (7-9 pm), Jackson Chase (6-6: 45 p.m., m.)
July 17: CashBack (9 pm), TBD (6-6: 45 pm)
July 8: Algorhythm (7:15 – 9 pm), Matthew Wurtele Duo (6-7 pm)
July 15: The Orange Constant (7-9 pm), Four Times Blue (6-6: 45 pm)
July 22: The Powell Brothers (7-9 pm), Kat Taylor (6-6: 45 pm)
July 29: Henri’s Notions (7: 15-9 pm), Stone Harbor (6-7 pm)
Townsquare Media Movie Night
More fun in the park at Government Plaza. Each Saturday at sunset, you can enjoy a free movie in the park. This event also has food trucks, so bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy three more weeks of free downtown movies. The schedule is below.
June 25: Old Yeller
July 2: 101 Dalmatians
July 9: Elf (Christmas in July!)
Fourth of July Celebration on the River
The City of Tuscaloosa will host a Fourth of July Celebration on the River on Monday, July 4, from 6-9 pm at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The free, family-friendly event is open to the public and will include live music, kids’ activities, fireworks and more.
The kids’ zone will be located open inside the Amphitheater at 6 pm with games and activities for all ages. DJ Tank will be performing from 6-7: 50 pm
The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra will perform around 7:55 pm Fireworks will begin at 9 pm after brief remarks from Mayor Walt Maddox. “After a successful return of Celebration on the River last year, I am thrilled to bring back the celebration of such an important day,” Mayor Walt Maddox said via a city release.
Attendees are encouraged to park in the free parking deck located on 23rd Ave between 6th and 7th St, just behind City Hall, and take a shuttle or walk to the Amphitheater. Accessible parking will be available in the Amphitheater box office parking lot. The Amphitheater’s clear bag policy will be in effect for this event.
Druid City Music Hall Free Summer Concert Series
The music venue located on the Strip in Tuscaloosa is in the midst of its free summer music series, featuring a live show each Thursday. No ticket necessary. Doors open at 7 pm For all ages shows, attendees under 16 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Lean more. The full schedule is below:
June 23: Tristan Tritt
June 30: Winston Ramble
July 7: Crawford & Power
July 21: Stone Senate
July 28: Adam Hood
Grilling in T-Town
The Bama-Q Grilling series this official Steak Cookoff Association competition, a World Food Championship qualifier an opportunity for local grillmasters to compete in a welcoming environment in an unintimidating way, according to organizers. All steaks for the competition are provided by local sponsor Northriver Cattle Co. and are included in the competitor registration fee. All judging is completely blind so there is no playing favorites. Simply put, it comes down to the best steak. Local businesses, organizations, and amateur backyard cooks of all ages are invited to the event July 9 (12-5 pm) at Druid City Social (301 Greensboro Avenue) and encouraged to register to compete. The top-performing locals will be recognized and eligible to win special prize packs. The competition will also feature a World Food Championships qualifying event with the best dessert taking home a golden ticket to the World Food Championships Finals in Dallas. Learn more.
Art Night at Kentuck
Kentuck, one of the Tuscaloosa area’s leaders in the arts community, hosts a free monthly Art Night celebrating art and artists. The first Thursday of each month gives you a chance to enjoy exhibition openings, open artists’ studios, live music in the courtyard, extended Gallery Shop hours and pop-up shops from local vendors. The events are free, family-friendly and open to the public. Learn more. The gallery is located at 503 Main Avenue in Northport.
This monthly celebration of the arts in the Druid City gives you a chance to visit galleries and businesses celebrating the best the community has to offer. Exhibit openings at both The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center take place on First Fridays from 5-8 pm and are free and open to the public. Participating galleries include University of Alabama galleries, the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, The Paul R. Jones Gallery, Harrison Galleries, O’Connor Art Studios and Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy. Learn more.
Tuscaloosa River Market
Located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the Tuscaloosa River Market is a weekly fixture for so many residents. Every Saturday from 7 am until noon at the River Market on 1900 Jack Warner Parkway, you will find the freshest locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, baked goods, unique artisan crafts, live music and more from 70 farmers and artisans. And you get to visit with the folks who work hard to make this farmers market happen every blessed Saturday. Learn more at www.tuscaloosarivermarket.com.
Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic
Technically not the summer, this comes just after the tail-end and is worth a mention. The Ol ‘Colony Golf Complex will become a stop tournament on the Epson Tour, an official qualifier for the LPGA. Enjoy free admission Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 as the best women golfer’s in the world compete in Tuscaloosa in a unique event with so few professional sporting events taking place in the city. General admission is free, but there will also be hospitality options you can purchase.