Located near the University of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is the largest outdoor amphitheater in West Alabama. Seating up to 8,400 people, the theater is a major venue for popular musical performances and shows. The amphitheater opened in 2011 with a performance by the Avett Brothers and Band of Horses. Since then it’s had performances from artists such as Kenny Chesney and Patti LaBelle. Be sure to check their website as they provide updates on upcoming events and shows.
The River Market is a year-round marketplace that hosts weekly farmer’s markets and a variety of other events. The market, which is nestled right along the banks of the Black Warrior River, is open every Saturday from 7am-12pm. Head down for beautiful atmosphere, fresh foods, baked goods, artisan goods, locally made crafts, and much more!
“Hands-on” isn’t just a clever part of their name—it’s precisely what they offer! The museum offers a multitude of interactive exhibits that focus on the sciences, art, and other fun topics for children ages 0-13 (being a kid at heart counts as well). Exhibitions include a play area designed to replicate a farmer’s market, a hospital that educates kids on healthcare, a part palace, and much more! They also host events year-round that promote curiosity and learning for kids, including fun biology classes and STEAM workshops.
The Bama Theatre is a historic building in the city of Tuscaloosa. Since 1938, it’s provided shows, cultural events, and community events. Today, the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre Company and the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers reside at the Bama Theatre. The Theatre hosts plenty of splendid and interesting events including a Jewish Film Festival every spring, an art gallery, and concert performances.
The Paul Bryant Museum pays tribute to the legendary University of Alabama coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, as well as numerous other notable athletes from the university. Bryant’s coaching career spanned 25 years, during which he won a record total of 323 games, and six national championships. Exhibits include a Hall of Honor, the history and tradition of the Crimson Tide football team, a crystal replica of Bryant’s famous houndstooth hat, and more.
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