Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 3/29-3/31

3/29- 3/31 


30th Annual AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CHILI COOKOFF- Sat 11am-3pm, Mardi Gras Park, downtown Mobile

Chili Cookoff is a four-hour fun-filled day of great food and live entertainment where teams compete to find out who can cook-up the best chili in the community. ***Look for the iHeart Team, next to the stage!!*** Enjoy live music from Delta Smoke, Jesh Yancey & the High Hopes, and the Coastal Alabama Sun Chief Show Band. Tix $10 in advance; $15 at the gate. CLICK HERE

10th Annual LITTLE BLACK DRESS - Thurs 6:30pm, Fort Whiting, Mobile

Fifty local area “McModels” will be featured in this fast-paced runway show in fashions styled by Dillard’s. Paired with the runway show, the cocktail party will feature Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants with exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. CLICK HERE

AUBREIGH’S ARMY FOUNDATION LEMON FACE GALA- Thurs 6pm, GulfQuest Maritime Museum, downtown Mobile

On her 11th birthday, March 28, 2018, Aubreigh started the Lemon Face Challenge to bring awareness to the monster called DIPG, the deadliest form of childhood cancer. Aubreigh passed away in August, but the Foundation continues her fight with a celebration on what would have been Aubreigh’s 12th birthday. The gala includes dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions. CLICK HERE  

PENSACOLA CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL- Sat 12noon-1pm (VIP); 1pm-3pm (Gen Admission), Cordova Mall, Pensacola

Join the Gulf Coast Kid’s House for Chocolate Fest 2019, at Cordova Mall, for the 16th annual chocolate lover’s extravaganza. Attendees may purchase a VIP ticket for $25 for exclusive access from 12 – 1 pm or a General Admission ticket for $15 and attend from 1-3 pm. CLICK HERE 

MOBILE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL- Sat 10am-4pm, The Grounds, west Mobile

The Mobile Chocolate Festival celebrates all things CHOCOLATE and benefits Penelope House Family Violence Shelter. Travel down Chocolate Bliss Lane. Visit vendors for all your chocolate and gift-giving needs. Enter your signature chocolate concoctions in our Chocolate Challenge, and more! CLICK HERE


This bi-annual fundraiser benefits the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department sells nearly 7,000 pounds of sausage… plus there are other German dishes available. Enjoy live music and over 100 arts and crafts vendors. Admission is FREE! CLICK HERE 

3rd Annual SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM BBQ COOKOFF- Sat 2pm-10pm, Fairhope Civic Center

There will be food, drinks, family fun, and the event will end that evening with a concert by the Velcro Pygmies. Tickets are $30 and available from any fire fighter, at the Ingleside Fire Station or at the door. Proceeds will be used to fund equipment to keep the fire stations and volunteers safe and prepared. CLICK HERE

2nd Annual PENSACOLA VEGFEST- Sat 11am-7pm, Community Maritime Park, downtown Pensacola

VegFest celebrates local vegan vendors from food to clothing, soaps, and much more. Watch Cooking demonstrations and try the food. Bring your entire family for a fun-filled day. FREE ADMISSION. CLICK HERE

THE WHARF BOAT & YACHT SHOW- Fri/Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm, The Wharf Marina and Marina Lawn, Orange Beach

With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream getaway setup is just waiting around the corner! Take in a fashion show, instructional seminar, or find a cozy spot on the lawn and jam to a collection of live bands. CLICK HERE

PANCAKES & PUPPIES- Sat 7am-10am, Wilmer Hall Children’s Home, Mobile

It’s a fun-filled morning of delicious pancakes, Conecuh sausage, Carpe Diem coffee, jumpies, face painting, games, puppies, and more! The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) will be there with puppies available for adoption.  CLICK HERE

DAUPHIN ISLAND NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL- Sat 9am-5pm, Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

A celebration of the cultures that existed in the Alabama coastal region in the 1700s through the early 1800s, the festival will feature live storytelling and hands-on demonstrations of Native American food , recreational activities, and arts and crafts. CLICK HERE 

JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO RETURNS- Sun 3pm-6:30pm (plus Tues-Thurs 10am-1pm and 3pm-6:30pm), Plaza de Luna, downtown Pensacola

The Spanish Royal Navy tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano will be the Elcano's eighth visit to the city since its first in 1959. CLICK HERE  

GULF COAST SCIENCE FESTIVAL- Sat 10am-2pm, Seville Square, Pensacola

This Festival, featuring a variety of science- and technology-related activities, aims to inspire curiosity, experimentation, and creative problem solving by both adults and children. A FREE event, for all ages. CLICK HERE  

MONSTER JAM- Sat 1pm and 7pm; Sun 1pm, Pensacola Bay Center

Monster Jam is adrenaline-charged family entertainment providing jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats that promise to leave fans entertained. Monster Jam events feature some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco and many more. CLICK HERE

CASTING CROWNS- Thurs 7pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE

BILL GAITHER & THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND- Thurs 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE


THE WALLFLOWERS - Sat 8pm, Hard Rock Live Biloxi, CLICK HERE

MARLON WAYANS- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE  

SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO- Sat 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

HEATHER LAND- Fri 8pm, Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

BISHOP GUNN, MAGNOLIA BAYOU- Fri 9:30pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

SAMMY KERSHAW- Sat 8pm, Wind Creek Casino, Atmore, CLICK HERE 

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents CARMINA BURANA- Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, downtown Mobile

Carmina Burana's driving rhythm and bold sound have made it one of classical music's biggest hits. You've heard it in everything from TV commercials to movies to rap. Hear Carmina Burana live with 188 musicians - orchestra, three choirs, three soloists!  CLICK HERE

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm; Joe Jefferson Playhouse, Mobile

This is the classic comedy about a zany family whose daughter Alice is getting married and they have to straighten up to meet the new inlaws. Unfortunately, the inlaws arrive at the wrong time and see Alice’s family in all their crazy glory.  CLICK HERE

COTTONTAIL EXPRESS AT WALES WEST- Sat/Sun 11am-4pm (thru April 20th), Wales West RV Park and Light Railway, Silverhill AL

Always a family favorite, a ride on real train is only one part of an experience that includes an Easter egg hunt, treats and refreshments, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. 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


DUMBO (PG)- A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. Stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

HOTEL MUMBAI (R) - The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families. Stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer

THE BEACH BUM (R) - A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher

UNPLANNED (R) - As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson’s passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything. Stars Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott

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