Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 3/15-3/17

3/15- 3/17  


FAIRHOPE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL- Fri/Sat/Sun 10am-5pm, downtown Fairhope

The festival is free to the public. More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event.  CLICK HERE    

SPRING FEVER CHASE 10K & 2 MILE FUN RUN- Sat 7am (reg); 8am (10K); 9:30am (2 Mile), Bayview St and Fairhope Ave, Fairhope

This 10K run and 2-mile fun run/walk takes both runners and walkers on a beautiful and challenging course through the neighborhoods of Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. CLICK HERE

MOBILE KIDNEY WALK- Sat 8am (reg); 9am (walk), UMS-Wright Cooper Stadium, Old Shell Rd

This is the Alabama Kidney Foundation's premier fundraising event, dedicated to raising funds to help local kidney patients. Join us for a morning filled with live entertainment, door prizes, children's activities and much more!  You can walk on our own…or join a team like ours… iHeart Lloyd, in honor of our friend. CLICK HERE

FRIENDLY SONS OF ST PATRICK PARADE- Sat 11:15, starts at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, downtown Mobile

Catch some green beads from the Friendly Sons of St Patrick walking parade. It begins after 10am St Patrick’s Day Mass. CLICK HERE

73rd Annual ST PATRICK’S DAY STREET PARTY- Sat/Sun, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St, Mobile

It’s the biggest St Pat’s party in Mobile! The music lineup includes the Red Clay Strays, the Vegabonds, Blackwater Brass, Johnny Hayes & the Loveseats.  CLICK HERE

“GO IRISH ON THE ISLAND” ST PADDY’S DAY PUB CRAWL- Sun 9:15am-6pm, Pensacola Beach

The annual pub crawl with the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce features 12 participating beach bars, restaurants and hotels serving up Irish drink specials, music and mischief. CLICK HERE 

FOLEY BBQ & BLUES COOKOFF- Sat 11am-4pm, Heritage Park, Foley

The barbecue cook-off attracts both corporate and individual teams competing for bragging rights in several award categories. Festival goers enjoy great food, popular blues bands, children’s activities, and a raffle.

All proceeds support the Chamber Foundation. CLICK HERE

10th Annual SMOKIN’ IN THE SQUARE- Fri 12noon-6pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 9am-5pm; Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

Great food and great entertainment! BBQ Cookoff includes approximately 50 professional teams and 25 backyarder teams. CLICK HERE

PINK- Sun 7:30pm, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, CLICK HERE

THE BAND PERRY- Sat 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

JESS HILARIOUS- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

CHRIS JANSON- Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE


PENSACOLA OPERA presents FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON- Fri 7:30pm; Sun 2pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

If you are looking for a magical journey, look no further than Florencia in the Amazon – Pensacola Opera’s take on Daniel Catán’s transformative opera. Florencia shimmers with passionate melodies and sumptuous orchestrations reminiscent of Puccini and Debussy. CLICK HERE

TWILIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL- Sat 4:30pm-8pm, Halstead Amphitheater, Coastal Alabama Community College, Fairhope

The music event will feature Skate Mountain Music's Red Clay Strays and Ross Newell with the Mulligan Brothers, sponsored by Rileigh and Raylee Angel Ride Foundation and Coastal Alabama Community College. CLICK HERE    

TOUCH A TRUCK- Sat 10am-2pm, Hank Aaron Stadium

Touch a Truck is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of trucks and meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. Children will be allowed to touch, climb aboard and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe environment. Admission is $20 cash per carload of people. This event benefits the Mitchell Cancer Institute and Adoption Rocks. CLICK HERE


MOBILE DIABETES WALK FOR CAMP SEALE HARRIS- Sun 2pm-5pm, USS Alabama Battleship Park, Causeway, CLICK HERE

Each participants’ fundraising efforts or donations will enable kids to attend Camp Seale Harris – Alabama’s only diabetes camp.

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm; Chickasaw Civic Theatre

It is a play about theatre, musical theatre. Yet, it is NOT a musical. This comedic romp pokes fun at various musicals through a murder mystery. CLICK HERE 

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT- Thurs/Fri 7:30pm; Sat/Sun 3pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

The literary classic based on the story of a stuffed rabbit who longs to become real through the love of its owner. CLICK HERE

ORANGE BEACH INVASION CAR SHOW- Fri/Sat/Sun 8am-5pm, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Orange Beach Invasion is the newest Car, Truck and Bike Show to hit the Gulf Coast. With over 25,000 spectators in attendance over the past event shows, this will be one packed event, be sure to come check out the 3rd year! CLICK HERE 

WHEELS ON THE WATERFRONT OPEN CAR SHOW- Sat 8am-2pm, Cooper Riverside Park, downtown Mobile

Come see vintage and classic cars - or register yours for the show! Free for spectators. CLICK HERE

BRAGG MITCHELL MANSION SPRING TEA- Fri 2pm-5pm, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Springhill Ave, Mobile

Guests are treated to delicious hot and cold tea, treats, and an informal look at the Mansion. CLICK HERE

GENGHIS KHAN: THE GREAT CIVILIZER- Sat Jan 26- Sun April 28, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Discover the man behind the legend in the blockbuster exhibition experienced by over a million people around the world. Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world’s most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator.  CLICK HERE

USA JAGS BASEBALL vs TEXAS STATE- Fri/Sat 6:30pm; Sun 1pm, Stanky Field, CLICK HERE

Listen to Jags Baseball on 99.5 The Jag and (keyword Jags) all season. CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs KNOXVILLE ICE BEARS- Fri 7:35pm; Sat 7:05pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE   


CAPTIVE STATE (PG13)- Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents. Stars Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, John Goodman

WONDER PARK (PG)- Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. Features the voices of Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Ken Jeong

FIVE FEET APART (PG13)- A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. Stars Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Claire Forlani

NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (PG)- A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve a mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community. Stars Sophia Lillis, Sam Trammell, Andrea Anders

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