Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 10/11- 10/13

LOCAL EVENTS:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

ALABAMA @ TEXAS A&M- Sat 2:30pm, College Station TX, CLICK HERE   

FLORIDA @ LSU - Sat 7pm, Baton Rouge LA, ESPN, CLICK HERE

FLORIDA STATE @ CLEMSON- Sat 2:30pm, Clemson SC, ABC, CLICK HERE   

2nd Annual LEX & TERRY RIDE TO RECONNECT POKER RUN- Sat 8:30am-10am (Registration) at Pensacola Harley-Davidson; 2pm-6pm - Post Poker Run Party at Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

The ride starts at Pensacola Harley-Davidson and ends at The World Famous Flora-Bama. You’ll have plenty of time to hang with Lex, Terry, Dee & Sarah! This ride benefits Operation ReConnect a local organization that supports Combat Veterans and their families by giving them the gift of time to reconnect on our beaches after deploymentCLICK HERE

48th Annual NATIONAL SHRIMP FESTIVAL- Thurs/Fri/Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm, Public Beach (Hwy 59 @ Hwy 182), Gulf Shores

Four days of food, music, fine art, arts & crafts, children’s activities and more. The seafood boardwalk offers every kind of shrimp dish you can think of, along with other favorites like crawfish pistols and crab claws. CLICK HERE 

PENSACOLA GREEK FESTIVAL- Fri/Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 12noon-5pm, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Pensacola

You’re invited to become Greek for the weekend! Enjoy the music, dancing, the culture of the local Greek community, and of course, the food! CLICK HERE   

THRILLER NIGHTS OF LIGHTS OF MOBILE-  Oct 4-Oct 31, open nightly 7pm-10pm, Hank Aaron Stadium

This is a family-friendly drive-thru light show synchronized to music playing through your car radio. Displays of giant spiders, spooky eyes, friendly ghosts, and tumbling scarecrows are just a few of the displays to see dancing to a fun variety of Halloween music. The only show of its kind in the country. CLICK HERE

OWA FALL FESTIVAL- Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Sept 21-Nov 3, OWA Amusement Park, Foley

Enjoy fall-themed activities including corn mazes (Haunted Corn Maze and a Family Friendly Corn Maze), pony rides, artisan booths, authentic Tribal demonstrations, free weekly concerts and more! CLICK HERE

OWA: THE PARK AFTER DARK- Saturdays & Sundays, 5pm-7pm, Sept 28- Nov 3, OWA Amusement Park, Foley

A variety of kid-friendly events and activities, from pumpkin painting contests to trick-or-treating. CLICK HERE   

OWA TOWN OF TERROR: HOTEL MitcHELL- Fridays & Saturdays 6pm-11pm; Sundays 6pm-9pm, through Nov 3, OWA Amusement Park, Foley

Haunted House (not recommended for those under 13)CLICK HERE

HAUNTED DUCKS- Fridays & Saturdays, starting at 7pm, Fort of Colonial Mobile, downtown Mobile

Embark on this all new spine-tingling tour of Mobile and the Mobile River to search along our haunted city streets for forgotten souls who linger somewhere between today and the afterlife. While this duckboat tour is quite creepy, this is a family attraction! CLICK HERE

WALES WEST PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS and SCARY NIGHT TRAIN- Fri 5pm-9pm; Sat/Sun 1pm-9pm, Wales West Light Railway, Silverhill

Ride an authentic steam train to the Haunted Barn, enjoy the new haunted maze and kid-friendly Pumpkin Patch, a hay-free hayride, and petting zoo/pony rides. The kid-friendly Pumpkin Patch Express runs from 5-7 p.m., and the Scary Night Train begins at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE 

BOO AT THE ZOO- Sat/Sun 10am-5pm, Gulf Breeze Zoo

Join this safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner. Includes trick-or-treat trail with candy, treats and toys, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, a critter touch zone and the entire Zoo! CLICK HERE

6th Annual PENSACOLA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL- Sat 8am-5pm, Bayview Park, downtown Pensacola

Over 40 teams supported by thousands of spectators will be competing for bragging rights in the 6th Annual Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival. They’re also raising money for Gulf Coast Kid's House and Junior Achievement of NW Florida. The races take place in Bayou Texar just off Bayview ParkCLICK HERE

4th Annual DANETOBERFEST- Sat 11am-4pm, Seville Square Park, downtown Pensacola

Live music, great food, amazing vendors, and featuring the Danes of Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue! This year’s festival theme is “Danes on Parade.” Around two-dozen adoptable Great Danes will be on site to greet festivalgoers. The Dane parade will begin about noon.  CLICK HERE

MOBILE FIRE-RESCUE FIRE & LIFE SAFETY EXPO- Fri 9am-1pm, James Seals Community Center, Texas Street, Mobile

The Expo allows citizens the opportunity to gain an inside look at many of the things that MFRD does for the City of Mobile, while also having fun with firefighters. MFRD will provide vehicle extrication and house burn demonstrations, fire truck rides, food, games, safety information, and more. Free & open to the public.  CLICK HERE

LODA ARTWALK- Fri 6pm-9pm, Lower Dauphin Arts District, downtown Mobile

For the October Artwalk, come in costume to trick-or-treat at participating venues and get inspired by unique costumes created and worn by local artists. Visit downtown's galleries and venues for art exhibitions and live performances, stop by Cathedral Square for live music, and stroll through Bienville Square to support LoDa Night Market VendorsCLICK HERE

BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER: TWANG GANG- Fri 6pm-9pm, Jernigan’s Landing, Milton

Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights during the Fall. Pull up a boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great music. CLICK HERE

ALISON KRAUS- Sat 8pm, Mobile Civic Center Theater (MOVED from Saenger Theatre), CLICK HERE

TRAVIS TRITT- Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

NATASHA BEDDINGFIELD- Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE 

For KING & COUNTRY- Fri 7pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE

THE BEACH BOYS- Fri/Sat 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

BOBBY RYDELL WITH DAVE DAMIANI & THE NO VACANCY ORCHESTRA- Fri 8pm, Hard Rock Live Biloxi, CLICK HERE 

ANJELAH JOHNSON - Thurs 7pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE   

WHITE TIE ROCK ENSEMBLE: GUITAR HEROES!- Sat 8pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

White Tie Rock Ensemble presents a tribute to: Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Slash, Angus Young, Jeff Beck and more! 

CLICK HERE

JEANNE ROBERTSON: THE ROCKING CHAIR TOUR- Sun 3pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE

WILDER WOODS- Fri 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

CRUISIN’ THE COAST- Sun Oct 6- Sun Oct 13, various locations on Mississippi Gulf Coast

The 23rd Annual Cruisin’ The Coast featuring all your favorite activities like Cruise-ins, Headline Bands & Oldies Entertainment, a Swap Meet, the CTC/Vicari Auto Auction and much more! CLICK HERE  

CIRCUS SAURUS- Fri 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Sat 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Sun 1:30pm, 4:30 pm, The Grounds, West Mobile

The extinct giants of the past and the endangered Asian elephants of today clash under the Big Top in this high thrilling adventure. CLICK HERE 

FALL MARKET IN CATHEDRAL SQUARE- Saturdays 7:30am-12 noon, Oct 12-Nov 3, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

Fresh produce, local vendors, baked goods, farm eggs, fresh seafood, canned preserves, local honey, handmade art, plants, herbs and more! CLICK HERE

MARKET AT THE PILLARS- Sun 12 noon-4pm, The Pillars, Government St, Mobile

Shop local farmers, makers, bakers, crafters, and artists! Features live music, local eats, and specialty drinks. Pet-friendly and kid-approved. CLICK HERE

9th Annual DAUPHIN ISLAND ART TRAIL- Sat 9am-4pm, various venues on Dauphin Island

Over 40 artists will be at 11 business locations throughout Dauphin Island. Pick up a map at any Art Trail stop. Sponsored by Dauphin Island Chamber of CommerceCLICK HERE

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Chickasaw Civic Theatre

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must solve the mystery of the ferocious, luminous Hound of the Baskervilles before the heir to the family fortune falls to the jaws of the hound. But when author Ken Ludwig retells the story, it moves from high drama to farcical comedy.  CLICK HERE

DRACULA: A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 3pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

We all know the story of the dread vampire Dracula…or do we? What if everything we think we know is wrong? A comedic studio romp through the myths and fantasy of Dracula. Fun, scary, bloody, and very punny. CLICK HERE  

MOVIES IN THE PARK-- INCREDIBLES 2- Fri at dusk, Stotts Park, Mobile

Free movie, sponsored by City of Mobile Parks & Recreation DepartmentCLICK HERE   

MOVIES:

GEMINI MAN (PG13)- An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. Stars ary Elizabeth Winstead, Will Smith, Clive Owen 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY (PG)- An animated version of Charles Addams' series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family. Featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Snoop Dogg

JEXI (R)- A comedy about what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Stars Rose Byrne, Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp

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