the backs of a group of people walking among tents of art vendors at the 2018 Druid City Arts Festival

Warm Up for Summer with Activities This May

The spring semester is almost over, but there’s no shortage of events and activities to enjoy on campus, in Tuscaloosa and beyond throughout the month of May.  

The First 25 Years of Alabama Softball 

Daily Starting May 6, 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 

The Paul W. Bryant Museum will host The First 25 Years, a new exhibit on Alabama softball. Opening Friday, May 6, the exhibit will be open to the public throughout the month. Admission required.  

Vulcan Park and Museum 

A vintage yellow Coca-Cola truck is parked on a street.
This vintage bottle truck and more will be on display at Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham May 14 and 15.

May 14 and 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209 

As a part of its “Birmingham Bottling: Soft Drinks in the Magic City” exhibit, Vulcan Park and Museum will have a 1927 Coca-Cola delivery truck and more on display May 14 and 15. The museum sits next to Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue, on Red Mountain, which offers breathtaking views of the city of Birmingham. 

Druid City Arts Festival 

May 20, 5-10 p.m.; May 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Government Plaza, Tuscaloosa

Celebrate art, music and food at the 13th annual Druid City Arts Festival. The free, two-day event includes performances by several local music artists, dozens of exhibits and food trucks.

Flow Tuscaloosa Lantern Parade 

May 21, 7 p.m., Tuscaloosa Riverwalk near Hotel Indigo 

Help light up the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk during Flow Tuscaloosa’s lantern parade. Starting at the Riverwalk entrance near Hotel Indigo on Greensboro Avenue, parade-goers with handmade paper lanterns will process to the River Market. Afterward, head over to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum for “An Evening at the Pool.” 

An Evening at the Pool 

May 21, 7-10 p.m., 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 

A green bush with blue blueberries.
Blueberries are waiting to be picked this season.

In partnership with Flow Tuscaloosa, participants can first light a lantern and gather for an evening of togetherness and reflection inspired by the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum’s latest exhibit, “Swimming Together.” In the exhibit, explore the history of public swimming in Tuscaloosa. Also included will be a lighted animation of the former Queen City Pool, now filled in on the museum’s grounds. Enjoy food trucks and music, too.  

Saturday in the Park: Pottery Firing 

May 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 634 Mound State Parkway, Moundville, AL 35474

Learn how to create pottery like the Native Americans who lived in Moundville. Saturday in the Park will continue into June and July, teaching families about Native American history, archeology, sustainable gardening and more. Admission required.

Pick Your Own Fruit 

Daily, Lang’s U-Pick Blueberries, 14727 Bel Aire Estates, Coker, AL 35452 

Farm-to-table foodies and families alike can venture to this quaint family farm just outside of Tuscaloosa to pick fresh blueberries, which will be ready to pick by the end of May.


Caroline Gazzara-McKenzie, Strategic Communications,