There’s Something for Everyone to Do in Mobile

The Alabama Gulf Coast offers a variety of outdoor activities. With our mild year-round climate, outdoor fun such as bicycle riding or running is an every day possibility. Only an hour away, beautiful beaches can be enjoyed almost any day as well. With the second largest delta in the country, camping, fishing are minutes, not hours away. Don’t forget about USA athletics. The Jags are sunbelt champs in many sports.  Mobile is located between the cradle of aviation in Pensacola, FL and the Mississippi Coast which has casinos and live entertainment. Another hour and you can be in the French Quarter of New Orleans, described by some as America’s most outwardly European city. Come back to Mobile, though, and enjoy some of the freshest seafood around. Shrimp and fish right off the boat and, down in Bayou la Batre, Murder Point oysters harvested just for you. Dining options abound with everything from a burger at Callaghan’s, the south’s best dive bar, to farm to table fare offered at Nobel South, to the more classic cuisine at Noja. Mobile is also home to the Original Mardi Gras, so come prepared to get your bead on.   

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Monthly

Fairhope Art Walk — Takes place in downtown Fairhope the first Friday of every month.

Loda Art Walk — Takes place in downtown Mobile the second Friday of every month.

Brown Bag in Bienville – Come have lunch in the Square on Wednesdays with live jazz.

Blessing of the Fleet – Usually held the first weekend in May to bless those making a living in the seafood industry and their vessels. This event takes place in Bayou La Batre about 35 minutes from Mobile.

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival – More than 50 balloonists come to town for this event.

Arts Alive! – Three day festival held in the Cathedral Square Arts District during April.

Dragon Boat Racing – A festival new to our area takes place the first weekend in June and is held at the Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Interstate Mullet Toss – Throw a dead mullet to see who can throw the farthest. One of the Gulf Coast’s largest beach parties.

Mobile Historic Homes Tour – Take a walk back though time and enjoy a look at some of Mobile’s most historic homes every March.

Coastal Seafood Craze – This event takes place the 2nd weekend in May, in conjunction with ArtWalk in downtown Mobile. It is sponsored by the Alabama Coastal Foundation it is a night filled with music and amazing local seafood.

Mobile Alabama Pride Fest – The last weekend in April Mobile shows its pride downtown in Bienville Square.

Dauphin Island Gumbo Cookoff – This event takes place the last weekend in April. In addition to the gumbo, you can enjoy live music.

Strawberry Festival Loxley – For more than 25 years the Strawberry Festival has taken place in Loxley, Alabama in mid-April. They even have their own pageant.

Festival of Flowers – For over 20 years the Festival of Flowers has been a spring tradition in Mobile taking place the 3rd weekend in March. Exhibited on the grounds of Providence Hospital, it is the perfect start to the season.

SouthSounds Music Festival – Held in April in conjunction with ArtsAlive! this festival is a showcase for new southern music of all genres.

Elberta German Sausage Festival – Started over 40 years ago, the Sausage Festival brings about 30, 000 visitors to the town of Elberta in Baldwin County. Held in March and October, it’s one of the few opportunities to enjoy polka music!

Chili Cook Off – This annual event benefits the American Red Cross and is held at the Mobile Fair Grounds in March.

Azalea Trail Run – Enjoy the beautiful azaleas on this 10k road race that has been a Mobile tradition for almost 40 years!


Summer

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo – The largest fishing tournament in the world, held at Dauphin Island. Be sure not to miss the liar’s contest!

Dauphin Street Beer Festival – Sample 90 different microbrews and imports from all over the world.

Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival – A 5 day event held in downtown Mobile at the beginning of August mixing education and entertainment.

“Battle of Mobile Bay” – This annual reenactment takes place the first weekend in August. 2014 will be the 150th anniversary of the engagement.

Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament – This fishing tournament takes place the weekend before the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and is designed for children 15 and younger.

Dauphin Street Vault - Have you ever seen people pole vault on a city street? If not, your chance comes every July in downtown Mobile.

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Every year for over 40 years the city of Grand Bay has celebrated the 4th of July holiday with a watermelon festival.

Distinguished Young Women – Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, for over 55 years this competition has been held in Mobile. This is a scholarship competition for some of the country’s brightest young women.

Fall

Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival – A large arts and crafts show in downtown Fairhope. This event takes place the first weekend in October.

Taste of Mobile – This event is held at the Mobile Convention Center and showcases 35 local restaurants.

The Greater Gulf State Fair – Usually held during the last 2 weeks of October at the fairgrounds in west Mobile.

GreekFest – Is usually held the 3rd weekend in October. It is held at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Alabama Festival of Flavor – Experience cooking competitions and local recipes in downtown Foley.

Alabama Coastal Birdfest – An annual event held at 5 Rivers Delta resource center in October.

Jubilee Festival – An arts and crafts festival held in Daphne, Alabama the 3rd week in September.

Mobile International Festival – Mobile has hosted an international festival for over 30 years. Showcasing over 70 countries, this November event allows you to have an adventure without ever leaving town.

Pensacola Art Festival – A three day juried art show takes place the 2nd weekend in November at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola.

Alabama Coastal Triathlon

Woofstock – During the last weekend in October, bring your pet downtown for a day of fun in Bienville Square. There will be live music, costume contests for the dogs and wiener dog races!

Fall Market on the Square – From the 2nd weekend in October to mid November the market is back in Cathedral Square every Saturday.

Elberta German Sausage Festival – Started over 40 years ago, the Sausage Festival brings about 30, 000 visitors to the town of Elberta in Baldwin County. Held in March and October, it’s one of the few opportunities to enjoy polka music!

University of South Alabama Football - The jaguars, our Division I team, call Ladd- Peebles stadium home and will be once again playing a full schedule including SEC teams.

Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party – For 40 years, in October the Little Sisters of the Poor have welcomed Mobile to their lawn party. Featuring food and live music, there is something for everyone!

Alabama Pecan Festival – This festival takes place the 1st weekend in November and brings live music, carnival and pecans to Tillman’s Corner.

Christmas Jubilee – Sponsored by the Junior League of Mobile, for 30 years this event has given Mobilians a jump on holiday shopping, This event takes place mid November at the Mobile Fair Grounds.

National Shrimp Festival – Come on down to Gulf Shores as people have for the last 40 years the 2nd weekend in October. Enjoy all there is to do art, food and music!

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival – Held in locations from Pensacola to Gulf Shores, this festival is your opportunity to experience the authors of all kinds of music. This is a 10 day event in November.

Winter

Mardi Gras – Mobile is the home of Mardi Gras, having started in 1703. Balls and parades abound throughout the season.

North Pole Stroll – A winter wonderland in downtown Mobile featuring snow falling from the balconies of downtown businesses.

Senior Bowl – The Senior Bowl is a Mobile tradition since the 1950s. It is the premier opportunity for senior collage players to showcase their talents to NFL scouts. The game is played in January while the Senior Bowl 10k Charity Run takes place in November.

Moonpie over Mobile – Along with music and fireworks, Mobile drops a 600 pound moonpie on New Year’s Eve.

Mobile Marathon – Mobile’s only marathon held annually in January.

Mobile Chocolate Festival – Benefiting Penelope House Family Violence Shelter, this festival celebrates nothing but chocolate! Held at the Abba Shrine Center the 1st weekend in February.

Attractions

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park – Military history park and museum with aircraft, airplanes and a submarine.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home – A 65 acre garden and mansion with beautiful flowers and shrubs. Bellingrath Gardens is located in Theodore, Alabama on Fowl River about 20 minutes from Mobile.

Mobile Bay Ferry –This ferry crosses Mobile Bay to and from Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines.

Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab – An educational exhibit showcasing the 4 key habitats of coastal Alabama.

National African American Archives and Museum – This museum which is housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic places has records and exhibits relating to the history of African Americans in the United States as well as artifacts showing the contributions African Americans have made to the Mobile area.

Timber Creek Golf Club – A beautiful 27-hole course in Daphne, 15 minutes away from Mobile.

Five Rivers Delta Resource Center – We are home to the 2nd largest river delta in the country. A great place to see alligators and other wildlife. You can rent canoes and kayaks and get out on the water!

Cathedral Square– A municipal park in downtown mirroring the Cathedral across the street.

Dauphin Island – A barrier island in southern Mobile county. The island is about 45 minutes away from Mobile.

Mobile Ballet – A classical ballet company and school.

The Blue Angels – The United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron is the 2nd oldest flying aerobatic team, and they call Pensacola home. Sit on the beautiful beach and watch the air show!

Dolphin Cruises – Tour the waterways and see dolphins up close.

Alligator Alley – Home to 450 alligators, you can observe in their natural habitat. Alligator Alley is located in Summerdale, about 35 minutes from Mobile. Our residents do a second year rotation in Summerdale.

Crescent Theater - A single screen independent theater located in downtown Mobile, the Crescent Theater offers independent and mainstream movies in a comfortable and intimate environment.

Mobile Symphony Orchestra – For over 40 years Mobile Symphony Orchestra has provided the Gulf Coast live symphonic music. Catch them at them at the historic Saenger Theatre.

Mobile Carnival Museum – This history museum showcases over 300 years of Carnival and Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is the home of Mardi Gras in the United States.

Delta Airboat Express – Featuring several tour options, get out and see the delta on an air boat!

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception – The seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, the parish was established in 1703. The church was opened in 1850. In 1962 the cathedral was elevated to a minor basilica by St. Pope John XXIII.

Oakleigh House - A Greek Revival mansion completed in 1833, is a house museum in the beautiful Oakleigh Garden District in Mobile.

Mobile Opera – One of the oldest performing arts organizations in the country, the Mobile Opera performs twice a year the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Wales West Light Railway – A great place to take children, it is built to simulate a Welsh narrow gauge railway. It is located in Silverhill, Alabama, about 35 minutes from Mobile.

Museum of Mobile – Housed in the Old City Hall, built in 1857, the museum offers background into the early settlers through today.

Mobile International Speedway – A paved short track oval located in Irvington, Alabama, about 25 minutes from Mobile.

Sewards Farm Maze – Get lost in a maze of corn in Lucedale, Mississippi, about an hour away from Mobile. They also have hayrides, pig races and much more.

Mobile Symphonic Pops – For over 35 years the Pops have put on free shows for Mobilians. Their events are often held outdoors in parks under the starry sky.

Richards DAR House – A museum house and fine example of the Italianate style, is located in the DeTonti historic district in Mobile, Alabama.

Fort Conde Museum – A 4/5 scale replica of the original Fort Conde is a chance to see what it was like for soldiers in the 17 and 18 hundreds.

Magnolia Grove Golf Course – Part of the Robert Trent Jones Trail, Magnolia Grove is a 54-hole course cut from natural landscape.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and IMAX – Providing permanent and temporary exhibits, there is always something exciting at the Exploreum!

Mobile Museum of Art – The largest art museum from New Orleans to Tampa located in Langan Park.

Gulf Coast Zoo – Home of Animal Planet’s The Little Zoo That Could

Mobile Botanical Gardens – Located in Spring Hill, the gardens are set on 100 acres and is a delightful place to visit.

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion - Another house museum, the Bragg-Mitchell is often the setting for weddings and receptions. The home was built in 1855, tours are offered Tuesday through Friday.

Historic Blakeley State Park – The site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Picnic areas and hiking trails abound.

Point Clear Polo Club – For over 40 years polo has been played in Point Clear.

Bienville Square – A historic city park in the heart of downtown Mobile.

Phoenix Fire Museum – Showcasing the history of fire companies in Mobile from 1838.

Saenger Theatre – Historic theatre built in 1927, hosts top musical artists and film festivals in an intimate baroque decor.

Fort Morgan – A masonry star fort at the mouth of Mobile Bay. The fort was constructed in 1833.

Fort Gaines – A fort built on Dauphin Island in 1821. The fort is known for its reenactments.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Rescue – An almost 7,000 acre refuge located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Christ Church Cathedral – The first protestant church in Alabama, established in 1823.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church – The Church was built in 1961 with a community in Mobile since 1912, the Greek Orthodox Church is magnificent to visit.

Eastern Shore Art Center –Located in Fairhope, the center has different exhibits throughout the year.