Best Bets, Weekend of 5/5- 5/7


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BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY presents FLEETWOOD MAC’S RUMOURS- Fri 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for that album.  The second set features a selection of Fleetwood Mac’s “greatest hits” accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.  CLICK HERE    

ALABAMA 200TH BIRTHDAY KICKOFFFri 6pm- 10pm, Mobile Mardi Gras Park, Cooper Riverside Park

Free family fun, including children’s activities and face painting, followed by fireworks from the river, and a concert by ISing.  Free admission.  The 3 year celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial kicks off in Mobile.  CLICK HERE   

GULF COAST HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVALFri 2pm-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Foley Festival Grounds, Hwy 98

The festival features 35 hot air balloons from across the country.  It kicks off Thursday with a Balloon Glow at Tanger Outlet Center in Foley from 6pm to 8pm.  During the festival Friday and Saturday, balloons will only be visible at dusk and dawn, weather permitting.  Tethered balloon rides are planned both evenings, around 7pm. Family activities and music during the day Friday and Saturday.  CLICK HERE  

MOBILE BAYBEARS BASEBALLThurs 5:05pm, Fri/Sat 7:05pm, Sun 2:05pm, Hank Aaron Stadium

The BayBears host the Jackson Generals, with a doubleheader for Thirsty Thursday (Wednesday game postponed by rain), Friday Night Fireworks, Star Wars Night on Saturday, and Sunday Funday/Bark in the Park (with Play Catch on the field before the game and kids run the bases after the game) with iHeart Radio.  CLICK HERE   

USA JAGUAR BASEBALL- Fri/Sat 6:30pm, Sun 1pm, Stanky Field, USA campus

The Jags host Little Rock.  You can listen to the games live on 99.5 The Jag or on iHeart Radio.  CLICK HERE   

99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE LAWNSat 1pm-4pm, Southern Napa, Old Towne Daphne

This is the 5th annual craft beer festival in Daphne, with 99 craft beers, music, and a lawn party.  CLICK HERE 


FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALKFri 6pm-8pm, downtown Fairhope

More than two dozen exhibitors put their work on display... sculptors, painters and many other types of craftsmen are excited to talk about their work and explain their artistic process  Food vendors participate, too, so you can enjoy dinner with your family while perusing fine art. CLICK HERE   

STURGILL SIMPSONSat 8pm, Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, CLICK HERE  

NEWSBOYS- Fri 7pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE   

SISTER HAZEL - Fri 9:30pm, The Steeple on St Francis, CLICK HERE   

BLACK VIOLIN- Sat 7:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

It’s violin like you’ve never heard it before, a blend of classical and hip-hop.  CLICK HERE    

BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER with MODERN ELDORADOS- - Fri 7pm, South Willing St, downtown Milton

A free outdoor concert series.  CLICK HERE   

BLUES ON THE BAY CONCERT SERIES with MODERN ELDORADOS- Sun 6pm-8pm, Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

Free concert series on the Bay.  CLICK HERE   

MUD BOTTOM REVIVAL MUSIC FESTIVAL- Sun 3pm-7pm, The Dog Pond (2415 Venetia Rd.), Mobile

Lineup includes Willie Sugarcapps, Slide Bayou featuring Ryan Balthrop, Harrison McInnis and Lee Yankie, Yo Jonesy and Crowned Jewelz.  This is a fundraiser for Dog River Clearwater Revival.  CLICK HERE  

KOOL & THE GANGFri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE    


WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISEFri 8pm, Island View Casino, Gulfport, CLICK HERE   

BYE BYE BIRDIEFri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Playhouse in the Park

The Tony award-winning musical is a fond but insightful satire on American society of the 1950s, centering around an Elvis-like rock & roll superstar and the schemes of his would-be song-writer. CLICK HERE   

PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS presents SHOWTIME- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

This year's Showtime is a lively performance featuring music of the more popular genres as well as some tried and true classics. CLICK HERE   

CHARLOTTE’S WEBFri 7:30pm, Sat/Sun 3pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

A literary classic, meet Fern and her prize winning pig, Wilbur. Wilbur and his barn yard buddies are lifted to notoriety when a clever spider named Charlotte spins miracle words into her web.  CLICK HERE  

BATTLE IN BAMA CUSTOM CAR, TRUCK & BIKE SHOW - Fri-Sun, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Metal Brothers Hot Rods presents Battle In Bama custom car, truck, & bike show.  Family atmosphere, with kids games, vendors and more.  CLICK HERE   

MARCH FOR BABIES--Sat 8am (registration), 9am (Start), Geri Moulton Sculpture Park, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital

March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, helps prevent birth defects, premature birth, and other leading causes of infant death and disability.  This is a 1 mile walk through the beautiful children’s sculpture park in front of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.  CLICK HERE  

OZANAM’S LUCKY DUCKY INFINITI EVENT- Sat 6-9pm, Infiniti of Mobile

Admission includes wonderful food, music and dancing with the RuffWater Band, a silent auction and a chance to adopt-a-duck and win a themed prize basket full of a variety of prizes.  All proceeds will directly benefit uninsured residents of Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia (AL.) counties who are unable to afford necessary prescription medications.  CLICK HERE   

ST MARY’S CASINO NIGHTSat 6pm-10pm, St Mary Catholic School Auditorium

Enjoy “A Night in Rio” featuring live and silent auctions, games with celebrity hosts, and great food and entertainment! CLICK HERE   

BURGER BATTLE BY THE BAY- Sat 11am-3pm, Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

The Burger Battle by the Bay will feature teams of civic organizations, backyard novices and restaurants from the greater Pensacola Area.  It will benefit the SubWestRotary Foundation and Take Stock in Children. CLICK HERE   

DRUGS: COST & CONSEQUENCES- Thru September 3rd, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

In this interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the history and the current science behind drug law enforcement, drug prevention, drug addiction, and drug treatment specific to Alabama’s local communities, as well as the U.S.  CLICK HERE 


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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL 2 (PG13)- Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.  Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

GIFTED (PG13)- Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.  Stars Chris Evans.  Now showing at the Crescent Theater in downtown Mobile.  


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