Independence Day Bash at CHOM: July 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. July 4th Dance with DJ Chuckie from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Civil Air Patrol demonstrations, activities, hot dogs, and lemonade all included in admission. For more information, visit chomonline.org or call (205) 349-4235.
July 4th Celebration on the River: July 4, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. This annual event is free and open to everyone and features the PARA Kids Zone (6 p.m.), a performance by Taylor Hicks (8 p.m.), a patriotic performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (8:10 p.m.) and a stunning fireworks show (9:10 p.m.). Amphitheater gates and concessions open at 6 p.m.
The Green Scene Movie “Finding Dory”: July 7, 1 p.m. City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department, Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. TES is hosting this free kids’ movie series, which includes a free bag of popcorn and refreshments provided by Coca-Cola. Adults must accompany children under 15; guests are asked to limit to five children per supervising adult. For more information, contact Tuscaloosa 311 or call the Environmental Services Department at 205-248-4900.
Fun Friday Night at CHOM: July 7, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information: (205) 349-4235 and chomonline.org.
First Friday in Downtown Tuscaloosa: July 7, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. This event is free to the public. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open as a way for the community to see what downtown Tuscaloosa offers. For more information, visit tuscarts.org.
Live at the Plaza: Friday, July 7, 6-9 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. The City of Tuscaloosa is once again hosting musical acts as part of this weekly series. The concerts are free, and the atmosphere is family-friendly.
Second Annual Puppers and Pride: July 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy, downtown Tuscaloosa. Volunteers will be on hand to bathe dogs for donations, with proceeds benefiting Druid City Pride. For more information, visit facebook.com/DruidCityPride.
Saturday Storytime: July 8, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuscaloosa Public Library (Main Branch). For more information, and to see other TPL events, visit Tuscaloosa-library.org. For additional activities, visit tuscaloosa-library.org/calendar.
Midtown Village “Screen on the Green” Presents “Trolls”: July 8, 8 p.m. on the Green at Midtown Village. This free summer film series features great kids’ movies. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy. All screenings are weather permitting; if a movie is rained out, it will be shown at a later date.
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper: July 9, 7:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Tickets available via Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit Ticketmaster.com, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Bama Belle, Black Warrior River Paddle-Boat Cruises: Fridays, 7 p.m. (BBQ cruise, catered by Full Moon Barbecue, $29 per person). Saturday, 4 p.m. (Sunset Cruise, $15). Sunday, 3 p.m. (Sightseeing Cruise, $15). For more information, visit bamabelle.com.
Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Blvd, Tuscaloosa. Shop for fresh produce, grass fed beef, baked goods, cheeses and more. Buy fresh, buy local. For more information, visit tuscaloosarivermarket.com or call (205) 248-5295.
Northport Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 6 a.m. to noon, 4150 5th Street, Northport. For more information, visit npfarmersmarket.com.
Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, Tuscaloosa. This University of Alabama student-run farmer’s market features vendors from all over the state, along with live music from local musicians. For more information, visit homegrownalabama.ua.edu.
Take the Tour: Ever wondered what happens to the recyclable items City crews collect each week? Visit the City of Tuscaloosa recycling plant and watch the process up close. See how bottles, cans, paper, and boxes are sorted, processed, and baled in the facility. Learn about the importance of recycling – and how recycling benefits our community every day. Free tours are given Monday through Friday, but must be scheduled in advance. Visit www.tuscaloosa.com/ESD or call Tuscaloosa 311 to learn more.