Five things to do this weekend in Tuscaloosa


It’ll be a great weekend to save on back-to-school shopping, listen to a live concert from some cool local bands, or give your child a chance to make S’mores. All of these activities are taking place this weekend in Tuscaloosa.

Here are the details:

Tax-free shopping weekend

All buyers can save big this weekend during Alabama’s 16th annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. From 12:01 am Friday until midnight Sunday, the state waives its 4% sales tax on school supplies and clothing. More than 325 cities and counties, including Tuscaloosa, Northport and Tuscaloosa County, will also waive their local taxes. Items exempt from sales tax include clothing priced at $ 100 or less per item, school supplies valued at $ 50 or less per item, books that cost $ 30 or less, and tablets, computers laptops, computers and printers priced at $ 750 or less. More information is available on the Alabama Retailers Association website.

Living at the Plaza

The city’s free outdoor summer concert series continues Friday at Government Plaza. This week’s performers will be One Wild Sunday at 6 p.m., followed by Stonegrey around 7:15 p.m. Free entry. Government Plaza is at 2106 Sixth St. in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit

The inaugural Live at the Plaza event drew a large crowd at Government Plaza on Friday, June 4, 2021 to hear Sonik Jones followed by The Kemistry Project. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Free Movies

The City of Tuscaloosa Environmental Services Division will host the “Green Scenes” environmental film series at the Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex, 3440 Kauloosa Ave. This week’s free movie, “Abominable” will begin at 1 pm inside the Curry Building. Guests will receive a free bag of popcorn and refreshments provided by Coca-Cola Tuscaloosa. Adults must accompany children under 15 years old. The series will continue at the same time every Friday in July. For more information, call Tuscaloosa 311. And on Saturday night, the Free Movies Downtown at Sundown series will feature Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” from dusk at Government Plaza. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will be on site.

saturday at the park

Saturdays in the grounds of the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park offer a glimpse into Native American culture. This Saturday’s event will feature a tour of Native American plants and gardens with Rosa Hall. Saturday in the park takes place every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on the Moundville Archaeological Park website.

Around the campfire

The Children’s Hands-on Museum will have all the ingredients to make your child a happy camper on Saturday. The museum’s “Around the Campfire” day will give children the opportunity to make sundials, chlorophyll paintings and, of course, S’mores. The museum, located at 2213 University Blvd., will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $ 9. For more information, visit

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