5 exciting outdoor events in Tuscaloosa the whole family will love

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Live at the Plaza is the perfect family-friendly event with a kid zone. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Summer is in full swing in Alabama. Though you might be tempted to stay inside to avoid the heat, there are plenty of outdoor activities to discover in Tuscaloosa. From movie nights at Government Plaza to excavating for shark teeth, there’s an event for everyone. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Kentuck’s Art Nights

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Come check out Kentuck’s monthly art nights. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Calling all art lovers and creative minds! Kentuck Art Center hosts a free monthly art night featuring talented artists, open studios and cob oven pizza.

This month, Kentuck’s art night will take place on July 6th from 5PM-8PM and feature El Chisolm’s “Restoration” painting. According to Kentuck’s website, El Chisolm’s artwork combines acrylic paint, tissue paper, decorative paper and twine on wood to show the beauty that comes from adversity and growing into your truest self. 

In addition to incredible art, participants can also enjoy vegan burgers from the food truck Bean Me Up Scottie while listening to live music from Made Marion. Kentuck’s Art Night is an exciting event for those wanting to engage with the arts while also enjoying good food.

2. Live at the Plaza

Live at the Plaza is a popular event for Tuscaloosa locals. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Every Friday night hundreds of people gather in downtown Tuscaloosa for Live at the Plaza. This family-friendly event features a variety of musicians and is held every Friday night from 6PM-9PM.

From classic country to rock and roll, there’s a genre of music for everyone to enjoy. In addition to live music, the event also gives away free Coca-Cola products while supplies last. There’s even a kid zone where kids can play games and draw with sidewalk chalk.

Make sure to check out the full concert schedule for the month of July.

3. Tuscaloosa Movie Nights

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The next movie night will take place on July 8th at Government Plaza. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

From The Lion King to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this six-week movie series is an exciting event happening in Tuscaloosa. Just like Live at the Plaza, the movie nights take place downtown at Government Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy being outside while watching a great movie.

4. Moundville Jr. Archeology Day

There’s plenty to discover in the streambeds of Alabama. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Are you interested in searching for marine fossils? Do you have dreams of being an archeologist for a day? Look no further than the Museum Fossil Day field trip, hosted by the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

Participants in this exciting excavation will explore muddy river banks and creeks in the Black Belt region of Alabama. Come ready to dig and find fossils hidden in streambeds. Although this event has already sold out for the month of July, the Alabama Museum of National History will continue to promote exciting events in the months to come.

5. Tuscaloosa Farmers Market

The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market is the perfect place to buy summer produce. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market is the perfect Saturday morning activity. From Chilton country peaches to homegrown tomatoes, there’s a variety of fresh summer produce. Grab a cup of coffee from the local food truck and check out all the different vendors.

Have you been to any of these events in Tuscaloosa? Let us know on Instagram and Facebook!

Morgan Byerley
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