Best Bets For The Weekend, Mar 12- Mar 14


FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS, LODA STYLE- Fri/Sat 9am-5pm, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

The 2021 Festival of Flowers, LoDa Style, in Cathedral Square promises to be a cultural delight for Mobile and the surrounding areas as well as a boost to downtown businesses. The community event will be open to the public through a donation of choice by the attendee. Proceeds will be used to purchase Critical Care Monitors for the Cardiac Care Unit at Providence Hospital. Events include the FESTIVAL OF CARS- EXOTIC CAR SHOW Saturday from 9am to 11am. And BUDS AND BREWS Saturday 7pm-10pm, the culminating event of the Festival of Flowers, with food, drinks and entertainment included (ticketed event). CLICK HERE

LODA ARTWALK- Fri 6pm-9pm (in person); 5pm-8pm (virtual), Lower Dauphin Arts District, downtown Mobile

The March Artwalk is a celebration of Women’s History, featuring visual arts, performances, women owned business interviews and more. CLICK HERE  

ROLL MOBILE SKATE NIGHT- Fri 6pm-9pm, Bienville Square, downtown Mobile

Mobile Parks & Recreation Department is bringing a brand new activity to the Bienville Square, by closing off the streets and turning the Square into a giant skating rink with lights, a live DJ, and yes, even the hokey pokey! Fun for all ages! (We highly recommend quad skates or inline skates with softer street wheels.) CLICK HERE   

JUSTIN MOORE Acoustic Show (Sold out)- Sun 5pm, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

This will be an acoustic show on the Tent stage. Doors will open at 5pm, Bruce Smelley to open at 6pm and Justin Moore plays at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE

LEGENDS IN CONCERT: CELEBRATE VEGAS - Wed-Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm, through May 30; OWA Theater, OWA, Foley

Celebrate Vegas will feature four artists that have had the greatest impact on the entertainment capital of the world over the last 60 years. The line-up will include tributes to the stars of the original residencies in Las Vegas, the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra and the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley, as well as the Goddess of Pop, Cher, and Lady Gaga, the hottest ticket on the strip in recent years. CLICK HERE  

ST PAWTY’S DAY- Sat 12:30pm-3:30pm, OWA, Foley

This is a family-friendly, free event featuring music, a pet parade, doggie adoptions and a costume contest! Be sure to dress in your St. Pawtty’s best! Immediately following the pet parade, a costume contest will take place on the OWA Island StageCLICK HERE 

44th Annual McGUIRE’s ST PATRICK’S DAY 5K RUN- Sat 9am, McGuire’s Irish Pub, downtown Pensacola

McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k Run is a Pensacola tradition and is known as the largest Prediction Run in America! The Run will look different this year and as a precaution and for your safety; there will be no post-race party. CLICK HERE  

MOBILE STATE FAIR- Mar 4- Mar 14, opens at 4pm weekdays, 1pm on Sat/Sun, Hank Aaron Stadium

Over 100 Rides, Food Cafes, Concessions , and entertainment at the Mobile State Fair‼️ Also a Petting Zoo, the High Flying Pages Circus, Sea Lion Splash show, Racing Pigs, Magic by Kyle. CLICK HERE

FOLEY BBQ & BLUES COOK-OFF - Sat 11:30am-5:30pm, Heritage Park, Foley

As an Alabama Barbecue Association event and sanctioned through The Kansas City Barbeque Society, this barbecue cook-off attracts both corporate and individual teams competing for bragging rights in several award categories. Festival goers enjoy great food, popular blues music, children’s activities, and more. Proceeds support the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. CLICK HERE   

ORANGE BEACH FESTIVAL OF ART- Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm, Coastal Arts Center Of Orange Beach

47th annual juried fine art festival with 100 artists, gourmet culinary fare, music stage and performing arts stage. Kids Art Alley features quality kids craftsCLICK HERE

PENSACOLA HABITAT FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL - Fri 5pm-10pm; Sat 11am-8pm, Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

This event features diverse mix of food trucks featuring their signature dishes, live music, a Food Truck Tasting Competition, and more!  

(Please help us to keep everyone safe and healthy! The staff, volunteers and vendors will be enforcing a "No mask, no service" rule.) CLICK HERE

MOVIES IN THE PARK: BEAUTY & THE BEAST- Fri 7pm-9pm, Dauphin St and N Franklin St, downtown Mobile

You don't want to miss the first movie of the Spring season. We're showing the 2017 live-action musical "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. 'Be our guest' before the movie for a special preview from Mobile Ballet. Chalk circles will be drawn out so families can enjoy the film while social distancing. Reserve your spot at http://bit.ly/2MCZhHk. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket and refreshments! CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA OPERA presents H.M.S. PINAFORE- Fri 7:30pm; Sun 2pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of class distinctions docks at the Saenger Theatre, promising hilarious high-jinks on the high seas for audiences of all ages! Unable to join us in person? New this season, consider joining us for a special live stream experience!  CLICK HERE   

MOBILE’S LARGEST YARD SALE- Sat 7am-2pm, The Grounds, West Mobile

Admission is free. If you want to be a vendor, register for your spot at Mobile's Largest Yard Sale by Thursday online at thegroundsmobile.com and in-person Saturday, March 13th, from 5am-7am. CLICK HERE

COTTONTAIL EXPRESS- Sat/Sun 10am-3pm, March 6- April 3, Wales West Light Railway, Silverhill

Enjoy a family-friendly steam train ride on Dame Ann to meet the Easter Bunny! Travel by train to the “Bunny Hutch” and enjoy an egg hunt, crafts, refreshments, a miniature train ride, hayless hayride and playgrounds. Guests must purchase tickets online before visiting. CLICK HERE 

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs KNOXVILLE ICE BEARS- Sat 7:05pm; Sun 4:05pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE

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