Tours of antebellum homes and the Historic downtown district occurs each April during Heritage Week – A
Tuscaloosa Pilgrimage. This event is sponsored by The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. Some structures in the tour could include The Old Tavern, The President’s Mansion, The Mildred Warner House, the Murphy-Collins House and the Battle-Friedman House. Other activities include informative lectures, children’s activities and the presentation of the Tuscaloosa Belles.
The Sakura Festival marks the symbolic falling of the cherry blossoms. Every March Tuscaloosa celebrates it’s ties with Japan and it’s Sister City of Narashino City with the Sakura Festival. A variety of events are planned to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy and learn about Japanese Culture.
More than 500 works of American art spanning 1775 to the present are located at the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art. Noted as a top collection of American paintings, sculpters, furniture, and decorative arts from the late 18th to the early 20th century collected by industrialist and philanthropist, Jonathan, “Jack” Warner. The Westervelt Warner has been written up in the New York Times as ‘a great place to visit in Tuscaloosa.’
The Alabama Blues Project annual fundraiser Evening of Art & Blues is held each fall at the L&N Station in historic Downtown Tuscaloosa. This unique event features live blues music from some of the best musicians in our area, as well as a silent and live auction. Auction items include a wide array of fine art, folk art, gift baskets and autographed memorabillia (such as guitars signed by B.B. King and Buddy Guy). All proceeds benefit the Alabama Blues Project, a Northport-based award winning non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Alabama blues.
The south has always been the country’s most fertile ground for genuine folk art. Kentuck Festival of Arts is a two-day outdoor festival that attracts over 300 artists and more than 30,0
00 visitors. Unlike most other art festivals, Kentuck is highly selective and each artist is invited only after careful judging of their works. The selection criteria include originality and distinctiveness, plus a true relationship to folk heritage. The festival is held the third weekend in October.
Dickens Downtown is held the first Tuesday in December in downtown Northport. Shops along Main Avenue are decorated with Victorian items as
musicians dressed in Victorian costume participate in this holiday celebration featuring Father Christmas, period music, magic, arts, food and fun!