Live at the Plaza: Fridays in July, 6-9 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. The City of Tuscaloosa is once again hosting musical acts as part of this series. The concerts are free, and the atmosphere is family-friendly. Bands playing this month include The Kemistry Project, Alabama Blues Project, Earl “Guitar” Williams, Corey Nolan, Plato Jones, Tim Few, and Sweet Home Symphony.
Independence Day Bash at CHOM: July 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. July 4th Enjoy Civil Air Patrol demonstrations, activities, hot dogs, and lemonade, crafts, games and more – all included in admission. For more information, visit chomonline.org or call (205) 349-4235.
Run 2 for T-Town: July 4, 7:30 a.m. NorthRidge Fitness, Northport. This fun, family-oriented, two-mile race includes lots of prizes and giveaways, music, and watermelon. Applications are available at Wagner’s RunWalk and NorthRidge Fitness.
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 patriotic performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m.) and a stunning firework show (9 p.m.). Amphitheater gates and concessions open at 6 p.m.
Kentuck Art Night: July 5, 5-8 p.m. Main Avenue, Northport. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night.
First Friday in Downtown Tuscaloosa: July 6, 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 firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.
Color Me Crazy at CHOM: July 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Design your own salt painting, create pointillism art, and test a lava lamp experiment. For more information, visit chomonline.org or call (205) 349-4235.
Puppers and Pride: July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Aberdeen Habitat Alchemy, downtown Tuscaloosa. Bring your pup down for a dog wash – for donations! Proceeds benefit Druid City Pride. graceaberdean.com
Alabama Blues Week: July 9-15. Events and classes are planned throughout Tuscaloosa, including Government Plaza, the Moody Music Building, and the Bryant Conference Center. Events include free blues performances, master classes and sessions led by blues and music industry musicians, as well as UA faculty. For more information, visit alabamablues.org
Chamber Business After Hours: July 10, 5-7 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.
Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s Summer Lecture Series: July 12, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion, downtown Tuscaloosa. Dr. Martin Olliff, Troy University historian, will discuss the effects of the Great War (World War I) on the state of Alabama – both during and after the war. Cost: $5 per person; free for Preservation Society members. For more information, visit HistoricTuscaloosa.org or call (205) 758-2238.
Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents “Once Upon a Mattress:” July 12-22, Bean-Brown Theatre, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa. This funny and irreverent musical is Broadway's retelling of "The Princess and the Pea." Filled with songs, laughter, and romance, this is a summer musical for the whole family. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit theatretusc.com or call the Theatre Tuscaloosa Box Office at (205) 391-2277.
Inspect Insects at CHOM: July 14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Examine specimens from all over the world, make a bug hat, and decorate a bug. For more information, visit chomonline.org or call (205) 349-4235.
Midtown Village “Screen on the Green”: Saturdays, July 14-Aug. 11, 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. For more information, visit midtownvillagetuscaloosa.com.
Bama Art House Films Summer Series: Tuesdays through July 17 (No screening on July 3), 7:30 p.m. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org/bamaarthouse.
Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon.; Tuesdays 3-6 p.m. 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.