All of Alabama Nation is eagerly anticipating the 2024 spring scrimmage game slated April 13. But football isn’t the only reason to spring to Tuscaloosa for exciting entertainment! Our town is packed with events all year long, from concerts and festivals to fun runs, cook-offs and more. And with WestGate as your central homebase, you’ll be close to them all in a spacious condo just steps from downtown.
As spring is the season of change, now is the perfect time to shake things up with a new kind of trip to T-Town. Here are some of our top spring 2024 events worth a trip to Tuscaloosa.
The Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff
February 10 @ 10:30 am
Bryant Conference Center
Spring weather can still be a bit chilly, but we have the perfect way to warm up at the annual Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff. Sample more than 30 varieties of chili and vote for your favorites, then spend the afternoon enjoying children’s activities, live entertainment, vendor sales and more. Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds support the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa and other local charities.
February 24 @ 10 am
One of the sweetest events of the year happens right in the heart of Government Plaza. This popular family-friendly event puts a special twist on “fun run” as racers run one mile from the starting line, eat one dozen doughnuts, then run one mile back to the finish line. Hosted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, your participation in this challenge will help match mentors to children in our community in need of guidance and support through life’s toughest challenges. Registration is $50 per entry.
March 23 @ 7am
Hosted by FRESHJUNKIE Racing (FJR), this half-marathon running race traces some of the most scenic sights in town, from the banks of Black Warrior River along the Tuscaloosa River Walk to portions of our U of A campus and charming downtown district. Runners can also join the Publix 5K for a shorter (but no less stunning) piece of the action. The start and finish line at Government Plaza offers plenty of place to spread out at the post-run party with live music, good food and cold beer. Portions of registration proceeds benefit local charities, volunteer and philanthropic groups.
April 5-6, 2024
The 15th annual Druid City Arts Festival is a can’t-miss event that celebrates our rich artistic scene and vibrant local culture. The 2-day festival features artists exhibiting from all over the Southeast, live music, educational demonstrations, a kids zone, food trucks, a beer garden and more. Art connoisseurs will find a variety of mediums and forms to explore, including contemporary art and sculpture, contemporary craft, traditional/heritage craft, and folk/self-taught artists.
April 18 @ 5:30 pm
Tuscaloosa River Market
Who knew your sweet tooth could support family counseling services? At Death By Chocolate, you’ll get the chance to sample various chocolate concoctions from a dozen of the area’s best bakers and chefs, then vote for your favorite. At the end of the night, awards will be presented to the most popular chocolateers. Tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit Family Counseling Service Tuscaloosa.
April 21 @ 4 pm
Historic Downtown Northport
This is one delicious event you’ll want to sink your teeth in. The annual West Alabama Food & Wine Festival is a gourmet celebration featuring sweets, small plates, and signature dishes from a wide range of local restaurants. As you roam and sample, sip on a variety of world-class wines, Alabama-based craft beers, aged whiskeys and other delectable spirits. Tickets can be ordered online and the festival benefits the West Alabama Food Bank and Turning Point.
Spring to WestGate for these Exciting Events!
Nestled right next to the stadium and a short walk from downtown, WestGate Condominiums is your perfect starting point for all the spring event action. Our luxury condos feature spacious floor plans, upscale furnishings, gourmet kitchens and private balconies. Book your stay today to enjoy a legendary experience in the heart of Tuscaloosa.