A woman is making a textile using traditional Native American tools.

Take Part in Events on and Around Campus This June

Make the most of the month with these educational, cultural and recreational activities on and around campus.

an audience watching a concert on the plaza
Tuscaloosa’s free outdoor concert series is one of many local events to enjoy in June.

Arts & Museums

Art Night at Kentuck 

June 2, 5-8 p.m., Kentuck Art Center & Museum, 503 Main Ave., Northport, Free 

Explore downtown Northport for an evening. Art Night at Kentuck is held the first Thursday of every month, showcasing exhibition openings, open artists’ studios, live music in the courtyard, extended gallery shop hours and pop-up shops from local vendors. This family-friendly event is free to the public. 

FLOW Exhibition Artist Receptions During First Friday

June 3, 5-7 p.m., The University of Alabama Gallery, 2308 Sixth St., Tuscaloosa, Free
June 3, 5-8 p.m., Paul R. Jones Museum, 620 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, Free

The department of art and art history presents FLOW, two exhibitions in its downtown galleries, with artist receptions held during Tuscaloosa’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. Both exhibitions run through July 27.

Live at the Plaza

Fridays in June, 6-9 p.m., Government Plaza, Tuscaloosa, Free

The city’s summer outdoor concert series returns June 3 with local music acts each week through July. The event is both family and pet-friendly.

Saturday in the Park: Beadwork and Textiles  

June 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archeological Park, 634 Mound State Parkway, Moundville, Free with Admission

Moundville Archeological Park is hosting several events throughout the month, including children’s workshops and tours of the museum and grounds. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the summertime warmth along the Black Warrior River. On June 11, venture back in time to learn how Native Americans create clothing and beading. This family-friendly event will provide hands-on learning opportunities. 

Saturday in the Park: Native Foods and Gardening 

June 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archeological Park, 634 Mound State Parkway, Moundville, Free with Admission

Think you know all there is to know about gardening and food? Learn about Native American agriculture practices while also getting your hands dirty and learning about gardening.  

Juneteenth Celebrations

Throughout June, UA’s Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion offers several events in honor of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, which will be observed on June 20.

Freedom Day Exhibition

June 1-30, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center, Free

This exhibition explores its history, key figures, its impact on the United States and the African American community, ways to get involved and more.

Juneteenth Virtual Cooking Demonstration with Chef Kimberly McNair Brock

June 7, 7 p.m., Virtual, Free

Chef Kimberly McNair Brock, CHHC, AADP, is the owner of Bitty’s Living Kitchen in Birmingham and a certified holistic health coach. McNair will cook crab fried rice and discuss the history of Juneteenth, the importance of cooking in the African American community and how cooking builds traditions. Menu variations for vegetarian and vegan options will be provided. The first 30 registrations will receive an ingredients bag. Registration is required.

Stillman College Tour 

June 15, noon, Stillman College, 3601 Stillman Blvd., Tuscaloosa, Free

Learn about Stillman’s rich history and its resources, collaborative programs and volunteer opportunities; and positively support Juneteenth. Registration is required.

Juneteenth: Freedom Day Presentation

June 16, noon-1 p.m., Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center, Free

A PowerPoint presentation focusing on the history of Juneteenth from 1856 to the present day, celebrations and practices, reading lists and more will be shown. This presentation is offered in collaboration with Safe Zone Resource Center, the Alabama Panhellenic Association and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Juneteenth Virtual Lecture Presentation

June 21, 6 p.m., Virtual, Free

The Intercultural Diversity Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will present a virtual lecture presentation about Juneteenth by Charles Woods III. Woods will address the history of Juneteenth, its impact and ways to celebrate and support Juneteenth. Woods is the education director and trainer for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Registration is required.

Tuscaloosa NAACP Juneteenth Parade & Cookout

Parade: June 18, 9:30 a.m., Westlawn Middle School, 1715 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tuscaloosa, Free
Cookout: June 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Palmore Park, 3701 Fosters Ferry Road, Tuscaloosa, Free

Join Tuscaloosa NAACP’s Juneteenth events with a parade starting at Westlawn Middle School. Participants will walk about 30 minutes with community leaders, discussing the importance of Juneteenth before arriving at a cookout in Palmore Park where Sen. Bobby Singleton and Rep. A.J. McCampbell will be in attendance as “grillmasters.” 

Pride Month

UA Safe Zone hosts events throughout June. Learn more about this annual observance on the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s website. For information or questions about events, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.

Invisible Histories LGBTQ+ T-shirt Exhibit

June 1-30, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center, Free

In collaboration with the Invisible Histories Project, the Safe Zone Resource Center will host an exhibit featuring commemorative items that show the style and ethos of the Pride movement in Alabama through the past 30 years. Invisible Histories Project works with individuals, organizations and service providers to locate materials related to LGBTQ history of the Deep South.

Safe Zone Hangouts

Tuesdays in June, 1-2 p.m., Safe Zone Lounge, 2418 Student Center, Free

The Safe Zone Resource Center will host its weekly Safe Zone Hangouts series throughout June featuring painting, board games, crafts and video games. Participants will learn about LGBTQIA+ resources at UA and connect with other LGBTQIA+ individuals on campus.