Hooray for December in T-Town and Northport! This week features a ton of outstanding holiday happenings to get you in the spirit, including the Christmas Parade, the opening of Holidays on the River, Dickens Downtown, and more.

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41st Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, PARA: NOTE: Moved from Monday because of rain. Dec. 8, downtown Tuscaloosa. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit tcpara.org.  

Holidays on the River Grand Opening: Dec. 6, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music and dance performances and more, there is something for the entire family. Tickets to skate may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater box office on-site. Viewing admission is free of charge. For more information, visit holidaysontheriver.com

Dickens Downtown: Dec. 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., historic downtown Northport. This community supported Victorian holiday gathering celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. Free event. For more information, visit dickens-downtown.com. 

WHEN: Friday, December 23rd from 10-3pm  

*Seatings are limited. Please call ahead for reservations.

 

This week’s calendar is once again jam-packed with fun and interesting things to do around town. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, and be sure to check out the always wonderful Veterans Day Program on Friday.

Have a blast at these events, and as always, if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

UA Theatre & Dance Presents “Falsettos”: Nov. 7-13, Allen Bales Theatre at Rowand-Johnson Hall, University of Alabama campus. This Tony Award-winning musical combines two one-act stories that will make audiences laugh and cry. For more information, including tickets and show times, visit theatre.ua.edu. 

LifeSouth Blood Drive at Tuscaloosa Public Library: Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be at TPL for donations. For more information on TPL happenings, visit Tuscaloosa-library.org.   

General Election 2016: Nov. 8. Polls in Tuscaloosa County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Not sure of your polling place? Visit myinfo.alabamavotes.gov.

Tap Into Mayor’s Night Out: Nov. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. Band of Brothers Brewing Co. (1605 23rd Ave.), Tuscaloosa. In a continued effort to be open, efficient and effective, this meeting gives Tuscaloosa residents an opportunity to discuss plans, ideas and concerns directly with Mayor Walt Maddox. This come-and-go meeting will not include a presentation.

The Northport and Tuscaloosa community can support United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama by participating in the Food Truck Festival on Friday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nucor United Community Park, 1100 UCP Parkway.  Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Tuscaloosa, the event will help to fund some of the programs and services offered by UCPWA.

Isn’t it great when it starts to (finally) feel like fall? This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city offers. There are a TON of excellent Halloween activities planned, along with wonderful fall festivals. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

Sorority Row Trick or Treat: Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Sorority Row, Magnolia Drive, University of Alabama Campus. Children of Tuscaloosa (ages 12 and younger) are invited to dress up and visit sorority row for candy and games. Costumes are encouraged, but masks are not allowed for this family-friendly event. Hosted by the Alabama Panhellenic Association.

Heroin: The Epidemic Town Hall Meeting: Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. A panel of local experts in addiction treatment and law enforcement will be on hand to discuss the growing heroin epidemic in our area. For more information, and to RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (205) 765-1463 or (205) 535-2689.

A Haunting at the Museum: Oct. 25, 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Alabama Museum of Natural History, UA campus. Is the UA campus haunted? Joint ALMNH and The Gorgas House Museum guides for candlit ghost walks around the Quad, ghostly stories in the Museum and spooky crafts for the kids. Free and fun for all ages. For more information, call (205) 348-7550.

Tech-or-Treat Night at Gateway: Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center (2614 University Blvd East). Hosted by the City of Tuscaloosa. Kids in costume can get treats (candy) and enjoy tech-related items, including virtual coloring books and cell phone accessories. For more information, contact Tuscaloosa 311.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

Tuscaloosa Comedy Cafe: Oct. 18, 6:45-8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. This evening of fun features the humor of Jeff Allen and the teenagers of Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ. All proceeds benefit the work of YFC in the community. Tickets: $50. For reservations, call (205) 752-3361 or visit ttowncomedycafe.org. 

West Alabama State Fair: Oct 19-23, Sokol Park. This year’s fair features rides, a rodeo, a petting zoo, monster truck rides, food vendors, live entertainment and more. All admission proceeds help to support United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama. For more information, visit westalabamastatefair.com.

Tuscaloosa Riverfront Advisory Commission Public Hearing: Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m. Council Chamber of City Hall (2201 University Boulevard). The purpose of this meeting is for the Tuscaloosa Riverfront Advisory Commission to review current development proposals within the Riverfront Development District (RD) and provide comments for such developments to be included in a report to the Planning Commission. 

Dierks Bentley Somewhere on a Beach Tour 2016 (with Randy Houser): Oct. 19, 7 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.

October is really flying by. It’s a busy time in West Alabama, with a lot of great events. This week, you’ll find plenty of them. The weekend is absolutely packed with activities, not the least of which is the 45th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts. There’s also the 2016 Color Run, and the Brews, Blues & BBQ event at Band of Brothers. Have a blast enjoying all that our area has to offer!

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

An Evening of Poetry and Music: Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Bean Brown Theatre on the Shelton State Martin Campus. The Shelton State Community College Music Department presents this collaborative work, which includes musical performances by Shelton State students and poetry readings by Shelton State faculty and staff.

UA Theatre & Dance Presents “Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre”: Oct. 11-13 (7:30 p.m.), Oct. 14 (5:30 p.m.), Morgan Auditorium at Morgan Hall. Alabama Repertory Dance ARDT is hosting the world premiere of Qianping Guo’s ballet The Trainer. This new ballet is about the intimate relationship between animals and their trainer at a circus. Tickets: $20 (adults), $17 (seniors and UA faculty/staff), $14 (students/children).

Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s “Dinner at Your Door”: Oct. 13, 3 to 5:30 p.m. The JLT’s fundraiser allows area residents to order specially prepared meals from several local restaurants and vendors – and have them delivered right to their door by Junior League members! For more information, and to order, visit jltuscaloosa.org.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the secrets that lie behind some of Tuscaloosa’s most haunted properties, you now have the chance with Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours.

It’s October in Tuscaloosa and Northport. We know that means some of the best weather this area has every single year, but it also means some of the best events. These are just some of the great happenings in our area this week. We know you probably don’t have time to enjoy them all – but hopefully you can take a little time out and enjoy at least a few of them. Have fun, whatever you’re doing this fine week!

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

DCH Foundation “A Day on the Courts”: Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Indian Hills Country Club. For more information about this women’s doubles tennis mixer call (205) 759-7349 or visit thedchfoundation.org. 

UA Theatre and Dance Presents “Hamlet”: Oct. 4-9, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Marian Gallaway Theatre at Rowand-Johnson Hall, University of Alabama campus. Admission: $20; $17 for seniors, UA faculty and staff, students and children. For more information, call (205) 348-3400 or visit ua.tix.com.  

Moundville Native American Festival: Oct. 5-8, Moundville Archaeological Park. Performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers are on hand to educate festival-goers about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. Includes living historians, arts and crafts arbors and children’s area. For more information, visit Moundville.ua.edu.  

Kentuck Art Night: Oct. 6, 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Northport. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

The DCH Foundation is hosting three “PINK” events this month to raise awareness for breast cancer, including a tennis tournament, a cocktail event and a golf tournament. Proceeds from all of the events benefit the Foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund. 

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