Bark in the Park, Birdfest, T-Town

Tuscaloosa’s amazing April continues this weekend with Bark in the Park, Birdfest, the T-Town State Fair, Willie Nelson and more.

After rainy conditions for last weekend’s A-Day football game, the weather will cooperate this weekend with plenty of sunshine and summer temperatures high in the 80s, with overnight lows in the 60s.

Here are the details on some of this weekend’s big events in the Tuscaloosa area:

bark in the park

Franklin Smelley, 14 months, pouts as his mother Josei pulls him away after trying to pet a chocolate lab during the annual Bark in the Park in Sokol Park on Saturday April 21, 2018. This event year is scheduled for 10am-2pm Saturday at the Will May Dog Park. [Gary Cosby Jr./Staff Photo]

The dogs will have their day on Saturday as the Tuscaloosa bark in the park returns to Will May Dog Park.

The annual event raises funds for the upkeep of the 5-acre park, which opened in 2013 at Sokol Park, 5901 Watermelon Road.

Bark in the Park is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a pet photo booth, K-9 police dog show, free dog washes, tents with local vendors, and pet adoption opportunities. animals. At 1 p.m. there will be a pet parade, with judges awarding best in show and separate prizes for large and small breed dogs.

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Family-friendly activities will include face painting, cookie decorating, ring tossing and cornhole. There will also be music and food trucks from Urban Cookhouse, Pastors Kitchen, Heritage House, BobaMania and Cajun Cream.

Admission is free for all dogs and their owners, but donations will be accepted. Bark in the Park 2022 t-shirts will be on sale for $25, in sizes small to extra-extra-extra large.

Donations can be made at For more information, search Tuscaloosa Bark in the Park on Facebook.

Children put together a birdhouse at the annual Birdfest at Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville in this file photo from 2016. This year's Birdfest will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. [Staff file photo]

bird party

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park will host Birdfest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Guests can take a birding walk with one of the park’s volunteers, Dwight Lammon, at 9 a.m. The event will also include crafts to make and take home, as well as information on wildlife conservation, birding checklists, birdhouse plans and more. The Alabama Audubon and Black Warrior Riverkeeper will also have information tables at the event.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students, and free for children under 5.

Moundville Archaeological Park is located at 634 Mound State Parkway in Moundville, 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa off Alabama Highway 69.

T-Town State Fair

The T-Town State Fair will end Sunday in the parking lot of the old McFarland Mall, 900 Skyland Blvd. The fair, run by Kissel Entertainment, features circus rides and games, food, magicians, a sea lion splash and more.

The lounge will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10, with children 5 and under admitted free. Armbands for unlimited rides can be purchased for $35. For more information, visit or Kissel Entertainment’s Facebook page.

Elizabeth Esser-Stuart samples some of Wade Gilliam's produce in this 2019 file photo from the Farmers' Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market.  The market will be open from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. [Staff Photos/Gary Cosby Jr.]

At the market

The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market will feature over 70 local farmers and artisans selling fresh produce and unique items. The Farmers Market will be open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway, on the banks of the Black Warrior River. For more information, visit

Additionally, the Kentuck Saturday Art Markets will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kentuck Art Center, 503 Main Ave., Northport. The market features sidewalk chalk, small crafts and local artists who will display works for sale. Free entry. For more information, visit

Willie Nelson and more

Country music legend Willie Nelson will be at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for a concert on Friday night.

The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with opening acts Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, plus Peytan Porter.

Tickets are available at or at the Amphitheater Box Office, 2710 Jack Warner Parkway, for $99.50, $79.50, $69.50, $59.50, 39.50 $ and $29.50 plus shipping. For more, go to And on Saturday, Druid City Music Hall will host a concert featuring up-and-coming country artist Cooper Alan and sister duo Tigirlily. Admission is $10, with general admission seating. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Druid City Music Hall, 1307 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit

Contact Ken Roberts at [email protected].

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