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While meandering past more than 250 exhibitors, guests of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts can peruse artful wares during the weekend-long exploration of visual arts, music, and food. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival welcomes visitors to amble under a canopy of trees and feast eyes on artisans' endeavors in blacksmithing, split-oak basketry, pottery, colorful found-object sculpture, and accounting. Live music flutters about the festival from eight bands across two stages, delighting ears with surging gospel choirs and twangy country singers. Taste buds, too, bask in artistic attention, salivating over Cajun fare or saucy ribs, or mistaking a still-life gyro for its edible muse.

503 Main Avenue
Northport,
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Nestled inside Art Off Main Creative Studios' homey Northport abode, crafters sidle up to canvases, cookies, or a scuffed pair of shoes and embellish each surface with their own inimitable outlook. Classes abound, from painting and sewing to after-school kids' sessions that turn uneaten sandwich crusts into mixed-media masterpieces. Open-studio classes enable do-it-yourselfers to harness the miscellany of materials at their disposal to create any imaginable type of project, and the studio stokes the flames of creativity while also paying homage to distinct pieces from local artists by hanging their handmade magnum opuses on the walls of one room in the house. The cozy confines make an ideal setting for birthday parties, as the accommodating staff is enthusiastically well versed in party planning and assists customers in creating a festive event such as a bridal shower or an elegant-yet-understated pet wedding

2207 5th St
Northport,
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Selected as the Best Restaurant in Tuscaloosa in 2010 by TuscaloosaRestaurant.com, Opus pairs its creative dinner menu with knowledgeable service in a modern, chic setting. Employing a variety of cooking styles and distinctive ingredients, the chefs turn out innovative plates such as tempura eggplant fries ($8) and red-pepper bisque with cauliflower and brie ($7). An artful display of wild-berry-glazed short ribs ($24) or a trio of sea bass, baked lobster mac 'n' cheese, and tiger shrimp ($36) extinguishes hunger, and freshly prepared apple bread pudding ($7) or vanilla-bean crème brûlée ($8) finish feasts. Crystal chandeliers and white tablecloths foster an elegant space for games of chess waged with the oysters du jour on the black-and-white checked floor ($10). Opus is open for dinner Tuesday–Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

430 Main Ave
Northport,
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Farley’s Ballroom fills with the rhythmic rush of fluttering feet during weekly group dance lessons and private instruction sessions. During six-week beginner courses, dancers can fly solo or flock together in group lessons for individuals or couples on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Instructors draw from a rotating slate of styles that, like months on a bargain-bin calendar, change every three weeks, so participants will learn two distinct genres during each course period, including tango and rumba (November 7–December 12) or the waltz and cha-cha (December 19–January 23). For more intense tutelage, one-on-two private lessons instruct couples in ballroom, Latin, or swing dancing. Dance masters schedule private lessons on any day of the week, calibrating training intensity depending on dancers’ goals, prior experience, and ability to withstand getting served.

2205 4th Street
Tuscaloosa,
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Though O, The Oprah Magazine sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

905 15th St
Tuscaloosa,
AL
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Bama Mini Golf challenges families with a pair of 18-hole miniature-golf courses in an all-ages environment fit for toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between. Considered an intermediate challenge, the facility's first course features plenty of lighting to illuminate putts during evening rounds. The advanced course weaves through the property's wooded surroundings and transforms into a glow-in-the-dark adventure after nightfall. Concession stands dole out sodas, ice cream, and fresh snow cones to fuel more fun and games, which Bama Mini Golf plans on expanding to include go-karts, an arcade, and laser tag.

7825 Highway 69 S
Tuscaloosa,
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