Kick off Summer with These Things to Do in June

School’s out, all the end-of-year events and ceremonies have passed, and now it’s time to soak up summer.

Whether you want to kick back and listen to music or have an adventure searching for shark teeth, The University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa area have something going on for you.

June Events on and Around Campus

Saturday in the Park
June 1 and 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archaeological Park

Saturday in the Park is a series of demonstrations and presentations related to Native Americans, archaeology, natural history, sustainable gardening and more. Join Tammy Beane on June 1 to learn about Native American pottery firing techniques. Make your own piece of pottery to take home while supplies last. On June 15, Bill Skinner will be demonstrating the use of several types of tool and weapon technologies. 

view from the crowded audience of the stage at a recent Live at the Plaza concert

Live at the Plaza 
June 7, 14, 21, 28, Government Plaza

Head to downtown Tuscaloosa every Friday this summer for free outdoor concerts sponsored by Coca-Cola and Avenue Pub and presented by the city of Tuscaloosa. Food trucks and a kids’ zone will be available. 

Make Your Own Historical Letter With Wax Seals 
June 8 and 22, 9 a.m.-noon, Gorgas House Museum 

Try your hand at composing letters with historic writing utensils and learn how to make your own wax seal. Materials will be provided at no cost. Children of all ages are welcome to participate.  

Celebrate Local 
June 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuscaloosa River Market 

Stop by to browse businesses from all over West Alabama offering wares like clothing, accessories, home decor, art and more, along with services including wellness spas offering demonstrations.  

three people use sifters to look for fossils in a creek bed

Fossil Excursion Day Trip 
June 25, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Meeting Place: Alabama Museum of Natural History 

Search for fossils from the Cretaceous Age in an Alabama waterway with experts from the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Participants will get wet and muddy wading in shallow streams to collect shark teeth and other marine fossils. All participants 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Due to terrain and length of trip, this excursion is not recommended for children 5 years and younger.

Bama Art House Nostalgic Summer Series 
June 11, 18, 25, 7 p.m., Bama Theatre 

Go back in time and watch some of the biggest summer movie hits on the big screen at The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa’s Summer Bama Art House Nostalgic Blockbusters Film Series. The series kicks off in June with “The Wizard of Oz” June 11, “Top Gun” June 18 and “Dirty Dancing” June 25.

Druid City Derby Triple Header 
June 15, 12:30-7 p.m., Bobby Miller Activity Center 

Take in the action with Tuscaloosa’s premier adult and junior roller derby teams at back-to-back bouts. The adult team will face Rocket City Roller Derby and the junior Daredevils will take on Cyber City. 

Ultimate Summer Night
June 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Midtown Village

Head to Midtown Village for a summer evening filled with the sounds of live music. Browse over 20 local vendors and treat the kids to fun activities. Pets are welcome, too! 

close up of a brush on canvas creating a water color painting.

Brushes and Blooms: Watercolor Painting with Abi Brewer 
June 20, 6-8 p.m., Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center 

The Arts Council presents this watercolor workshop with Abi Brewer, who has her own unique style. Tickets are $40, which includes all materials. A cash bar will be available.

Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week 
June 23-29, Select Restaurants 

This weeklong celebration of local eateries returns this month with local restaurants around town featuring special dishes and discounts. It’s the perfect time to try something new or support an old standby.  

What We Wore 
Through June 29, Warner Transportation Museum 

June marks the last month of “What We Wore.” This powerful exhibit challenges myths related to sexual assault and shares real survivor stories from individuals in West Alabama.