Kentuck is back+3 more festive October events in Tuscaloosa

There Are Endless Ways To Enjoy Fall In Tuscaloosa, Including The Kentuck Art Festival. Photo Via Kentuck Art Center On Facebook
So many wonderful festivals are back this October. Photo via Kentuck Art Center on Facebook

There are endless reasons to celebrate fall in Tuscaloosa. As the temperature cools down and the cider warms up, we all get in the festive spirit. Luckily, some of Tuscaloosa’s signature events are back and better than ever this October. Here are the events we’re most excited about.

1. Kentuck Festival of the Arts

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Kentuck is Tuscaloosa’s premier celebration of Alabama art. Photo via Kentuck Art Center on Facebook

Kentuck is a true Tuscaloosa tradition. The annual arts festival will celebrate its 50th year this October, and it’s sure to be a beautiful event. The one-of-a-kind festival features more than 260 artists, live music, spoken word, food trucks and craft beers. There’s truly something for everyone at Kentuck 2021. I’ll see you there!

2. Druid City Pride Festival

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Druid City Pride is a celebration of authenticity. Photo via Druid City Pride on Facebook

Pride never dies, and I know Druid City Pride is coming back strong this October. The sixth annual Druid City Pride has a killer lineup of musicians, entertainers and more to celebrate Tuscaloosa’s LGBTQ+ community. Legendary activist Cleve Jones, who founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and led the National March for Equality, will host the festivities. Druid City Pride will also host a number of other events in October, including cocktail parties and drag queen bingo.

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Who’s ready for Druid City Pride’s return to Tuscaloosa? Photo via Druid City Pride on Facebook

3. 5th Street Vintage Market

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Who else has a weakness for vintage photos and jewelry? Photo via 5th Street Vintage Market on Facebook

The 5th Street Vintage Market combines my favorite things–vintage merchandise, artwork and downtown Northport–into one event. Even better, it’s a great way to support local collectors while getting outside. 5th Street Vintage Market will have pop-up markets in November and December as well.

4. Tuscaloosa StoryWalk

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The Tuscaloosa StoryWalk will be permanently installed at Jaycee Park this month. Photo via Tuscaloosa StoryWalk on Facebook

The Tuscaloosa StoryWalk will open its permanent location this October. After successful pop-up events earlier this year, the educational project has finally found its home at Jaycee Park and Fairgrounds. Tuscaloosa StoryWalk brings stories to life with podiums that hold laminated book pages and the physical characters nearby. This permanent installation is a win for Tuscaloosa families.

The StoryWalk will permanently open on October 2. The kickoff will have games, activities and food for the whole family.

How will you celebrate October in Tuscaloosa? Tag @thebamabuzz and share your plans!

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