Tuscaloosa’s Children’s Hands-On Museum is hosting the tenth annual Duck Derby on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. This fundraising event, which features 3000 rubber ducks, is without question one of the best family-friendly events around. It’s a ton of fun to watch, too.

Summer is winding down, and while it's normal for everyone to be thinking "back to school" thoughts, there are still a ton of great activities going on around Tuscaloosa and Northport to get out and enjoy now. 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. And FYI: This week's final Live at the Plaza features a very special performance by "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard with his band, Just a Few Cats. Now THAT is a grand finale!

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

July Breakfast & Biz: July 26, 8:30 a.m. Glory Bound Gyro Co. Join fellow members of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama for an informal networking opportunity. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.

The ACT Presents “Willy Wonka Jr.”: July 29-31, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. This musical, presented by an all-youth cast from The ACT’s Summer Camp, chronicles the delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. General admission tickets ($10) will be available at the box office one hour prior to each show. For show times, visit TheACT.info or call (205) 393-2800. 

Live at the Plaza: July 29, 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.  This week's performer is "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard.

Fans of Tuscaloosa’s area food trucks, listen up: Band of Brothers Brewing Company is holding a massive food truck rally this Saturday. For those of us who run around “chasing” these trucks on a regular basis (for me, it’s like Pokemon Go – only with FOOD, and far more satisfying rewards), this is the perfect opportunity to check out all of the goodness being offered up. If y’all loved Trucks by the Tracks, this is like that – but not by the tracks, and with live music, special giveaways, and, of course, local beer (including some limited releases). Happy Weekend.

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.

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Feed to Read Health Literacy Enrichment Camp: July 18-22, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa. The Literacy Council of West Alabama and Stillman College have teamed up to offer this free camp to children ages 5-10. For more information, call Lauren McFarland at (205) 451-6145.  

Alabama Blues Project “Summer Blues Camp”: July 18-22, 1 to 5 p.m. Alberta School of Performing Arts, Tuscaloosa. This camp is for children ages 8-18. Participants will get to play instruments, learn songs and more. For more information, visit alabamablues.org.

Shelton State/Tuscaloosa City and County Schools Dual Enrollment Meeting: July 19, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy. Students in grades 10-12 interested in earning academic and technical credit are invited to attend. For more information, visit Sheltonstate.edu.

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!

Bama Art House Films Presents “High Rise”: July 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org. 

Puppet Arts Theatre’s “The Princess & the Pea”: July 14, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, downtown Tuscaloosa. These two free shows offer a fast-paced introduction to puppetry. Seating is limited and reservations are required; call Arts Council of Tuscaloosa Executive Director Sandra Wolfe at (205) 758-5195 ext. 3 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations. 

The Green Scene Movie “Cars 2”: July 15, 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 16; 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.

The first Thursday of every month is a time for celebrating in downtown Northport, and that time is upon us once again. Kentuck Art Night is set for this Thursday, July 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy great live music, food, and of course, incredible art.

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!

Apples for Education Competition: July 5-9, Chick-fil-A North (Northport) and South (Tuscaloosa). Residents can donate $1 to put their name on a green apple benefitting the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition’s annual backpack outreach for Tuscaloosa City and County students. The Chick-fil-A with the most donated apples wins!  

Bama Art House Films Presents “The Lobster”: July 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org. 

Kentuck Art Night: Thursday, July 7, 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Northport. This monthly event, which is free to the public, features the opening and artists’ reception for “Wish You Were Here Again,” Kentuck’s Second Community Postcard Show. Enjoy pop-up shops, artist demonstrations and live music presented by The Matt Herren Band. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

The Green Scene Movie “Monsters Inc.”: July 8, 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 16; 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.

On Monday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa will kick off its sixth annual Celebration on the River. Free family activities, a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display over the Black Warrior River will be featured.  

This year’s celebration is organized by The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. PARA’s free kid’s zone will include inflatable games, face painting and more. Along with visiting the kid’s zone, the Alabama National Guard will sponsor a rock wall and additional activities.  

Here’s wishing all of our Druid City Living readers a happy July 4th holiday! Another wonderful week lies ahead, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved and above all else: Have fun.

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..

Enjoy your week (and the long weekend), T-Town!

The DCH Foundation and DCH SportsMedicine are urging all sports and recreation-minded individuals to get their cycling gear and running shoes ready. This Saturday, June 25, the system will be sponsoring its inaugural DCH SportsMedicine Dirt, Sweat & Gears Trail Duathlon at Lake Lurleen State Park.  

The event should translate into a fun day for all participants, as it will involve a 10-mile trail bike ride on the Ridge Loop Trail followed by a 5K run on the Lakeside Trail.  

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