Cooler weather expected for the Kentuck Festival of the Arts this weekend

A cold front through the Tuscaloosa region will bring temperatures closer to fall for the 50th annual Kentuck Arts Festival this weekend.

“It won’t be drastic, but it will certainly be different from what we have felt,” Jessica Laws, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, said Tuesday. “We will go from the humidity and heat to a cooler temperature. It could be about 15 degrees cooler from Friday to Sunday afternoon.”

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While high temperatures through the end of this week will be in the mid to 80s, Laws said highs will be in the 70s for the Kentuck Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to Kentuck festival-goers, Laws advised people planning to attend shows at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Thursday and Friday to keep an eye on the weather.

For the Beach Boys’ show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Laws said conditions would be hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees low at the start of the concert.

But for Koe Wetzel’s show, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, fans could see downpours as the front moved towards the Tuscaloosa region. The amphitheater doesn’t allow umbrellas, so fans may want to bring a poncho. Laws said she did not predict severe weather events.

Tickets for both shows are available at

Laws said the risk of downpours is expected to disappear by Saturday afternoon, but it is possible that there will be some drizzle as the Kentuck Festival begins that morning.

The rest of the afternoon should be clear and the trend will continue on Sunday.

The hours of operation for the Kentuck Festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Kentuck Park, 3401 Fifth St., Northport

Admission is $ 10 per day, or $ 15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Masks will be mandatory for entry.

The festival will feature over 270 performers, live music, spoken word performances on the Kathryn Tucker Windham stage, activities for children, demonstrations of folk and contemporary crafts, food trucks and craft beers. local.

The opening of the new Kathryn Tucker Windham stage is scheduled for Saturday noon, featuring family and friends from Windham, a comb-kazoo choir and more, with souvenir combs for the first 200 visitors.

Here is the Kathryn Tucker Windham stage lineup for Saturday

• 11am: The Rude Mechanicals, reading works by Kathryn Tucker Windham, including stories from “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey”

• Noon: Dedication of the Kathryn Tucker Windham stage

• 1:00 p.m .: University of Alabama undergraduate writers

• 2 p.m .: ASP (Alabama Student Association for Poetry)

• 3 p.m .: Pure Products, a series of lectures hosted by the Faculty of the Department of English at the University of Alabama, with Sara Pirkle, Eric Parker, Jessica Fordham Kidd, Jane Morton, Anna-Davis Abel, Heather Hamilton and Alfredo A. Arevalo.

For sunday

• 11:00 am: University of Alabama undergraduate writers

• 1:00 p.m .: Rough Mechanics

• 2 p.m .: Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director of the Alabama Writers Forum

• 2:30 p.m. – Ashley M. Jones, Poet Laureate from Alabama

Saturday musical programming:

• 9:30 am-10:30am: Ray Reach Trio

• 11 am-12pm: John Calvin Abney

• 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m .: Red Dirt Boys

• 2.15pm-3.30pm: CJ Chénier

• 3.45 p.m.-5.00 p.m .: Café Noir

For Sunday:

• 10 am-11am: UA String Ensemble

• 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m .: Amy McCarley

• 1 pm-2.15 pm: Fairfield Four

• 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m .: Red Mountain Yellowhammers

For more information on the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, visit

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