Best Bets For The Weekend, May 21- May 23

USS MOBILE COMMISSIONING and “TARDY GRAS” PARADE- Parade Friday at 6:30pm, downtown Mobile, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm over the Mobile River; Commissioning Ceremony Saturday at 10am

The future USS Mobile (LCS 26), the U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-class littoral combat ship, will be commissioned at the

Alabama State Port Authority. Mayor Sandy Stimpson says this is a historical event for the U.S. Navy, Austal and the City of Mobile; it’s rare for a ship to be built, christened and commissioned in the city it’s named after.

Due to COVID restrictions, the event is closed to the public, but will be live streamed HERE.  

The city is celebrating with the USS Mobile Dedication Parade, a Mardi Gras style parade on Friday night at 6:30pm in downtown Mobile, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm over the Mobile RiverCLICK HERE

PENSACON- Fri-Sun, Pensacola Bay Center and various venues in downtown Pensacola

Pensacon, the Gulf Coast's largest pop-culture convention, features more than 100 celebrity guests, artists, authors and other exciting personalities. Enjoy panels, performances, costume contests, workshops, activities and more. CLICK HERE

THE DRIVE-IN LASER LIGHT SHOW- Thurs 8pm; Fri/Sat 8pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm; Sun 8pm, Robertsdale Fairgrounds

The Laser Shows include some of your favorite Musical Hits from Current Pop to Classic Rock! All choreographed with cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, and DUAL large screen laser projection! Check out our LASER FLOYD Spectacular on Friday and Saturday night at 10:30PM. There’s a dedicated "Tail-Gate" seating area for every vehicle! Bring your own chairs, blankets and refreshments. 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  

GRANDMAN TRIATHLON- Sat 7:00am start, Fairhope Pier

The Publix Grandman Triathlon is the #1 sprint triathlon in Fairhope. Swim 1/3-mile, bike 18 miles, and run 3.1 miles through beautiful downtown Fairhope and along scenic Mobile Bay. Grandma is also hosting the Publix Virtual Triathlon this year from May 22 -- June 6 for racers who prefer not to race in person just yet. Proceeds benefit Mobile Baykeeper, Gulf Coast Area Triathletes and myTeam Triumph: Southern AlabamaCLICK HERE

GCAA WILD THINGS ZOO ART FEST- Sat 9am-3pm, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

Art and Wild Things fit together perfectly as the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance joins the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for a day of artists, music, family fun and of course...exotic animals! CLICK HERE

MARKET IN THE PARK- Sat 7:30am-12 noon, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

Shop local for fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams/jellies, original art, decor and moreCLICK HERE

LOBLOLLY HONEY FEST- Sat 9am-3pm, Loblolly Farm, Semmes

Free Admission. Family-friendly event with beekeeping education, live music from The Backseat Drivers, vendors, food trucks, and more! CLICK HERE

GULF COAST CULTURE FEST- Sat 8am-10am, Seville Square and Bartram Park, downtown Pensacola

Gulf Coast Culture Fest brings together Gulf Coast artists, businesses, vendors, and citizens for a rejuvenating and unifying day of music, dance, poetry, theater, and visual art.  CLICK HERE

WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78s- Fri 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER: MIKEY CLAMS - Fri 7pm-9pm, Jernigan’s Landing, Milton

The Spring Series offers a variety of music from local favorites to national touring bands. Bluegrass, country, blues and rock and roll will be performed on the stage in Downtown Milton. Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome. No glass containers are allowed. Dancing is highly encouraged!! CLICK HERE   

ROMEO AND JULIET- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Playhouse In The Park, Langan Park

Experience the drama, the romance, and the magic of William Shakespeare’s ROMEO and JULIET at the Playhouse in the Park. This is the first full live production in over a year and the Playhouse needs your support CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL vs ROCKET CITY TRASH PANDAS- Wed/Thurs/Fri 6:35pm; Sat 6:05pm; Sun 4:00pm, Blue Wahoos Stadium

Promotions include Thirsty Thursday, Fireworks Saturday, Military Family Sunday. CLICK HERE

BIG WALK CELEBRATION- Sat 9:30am-11:30am, Blue Gill Restaurant, Spanish Fort

The BIG Walk is Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama's largest annual fundraiser and plays a vital role in carrying out our completely donor-supported mission year-round. This year we are skipping the walk and will be hosting an outdoor, socially-distanced celebration. CLICK HERE

AFC MOBILE vs FLORIDA ROOTS- Sat 7pm, Lipscomb Field, Michael Blvd, Mobile CLICK HERE