Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 4/5-4/7

4/5 - 4/7

LOCAL EVENTS:

MOBILE BAYBEARS BASEBALL vs PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS- *** Rained out Thursday… Doubleheader Friday starting at 5:05pm; Sat 7:05pm; Sun 2:05pm, Hank Aaron Stadium

It’s Opening Weekend for the FINAL season of Mobile BayBears baseball, with the BayBears hosting another Battle of the Bay with the Blue Wahoos.

There will be fireworks following the game on Opening Night Thursday and on Friday. Sunday is Sunday Fun Day and Bark in the Park. CLICK HERE

6th Annual FIRKIN FEST - Sat 2pm-6:30pm, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, downtown Mobile

Benefiting the American Cancer Society, the festival features participating breweries showcasing distinctive cask ale in a firkin, a barrel made of stainless steel that holds 10.8 gallons of beer. There will be live music from Yeah Probably. The all-inclusive Firkin Fest tickets include\ entrance to the festival, samples of each firkin, crawfish, sample glass, koozie, literature and live music. CLICK HERE

BARLEYBRINE OYSTER & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL- Thurs-Sat, downtown Pensacola

This festival will bring together brewers, chefs and beer-loving foodies and raise funds for the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s storm relief efforts. Join Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” for a sumptuous five-course dinner BLUEGRASS & SUNSHINE" BEER DINNER Friday at Seville Quarter. The Grand tasting is Saturday from 12 to 5pm at DeLuna Winery. CLICK HERE

MOBTOWN MAC ‘N CHEESE FESTIVAL- Sat 12pm-3pm, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

United Cerebral Palsy presents the ultimate comfort food event, the Mobtown Mac 'n Cheese Fest. This kid friendly event will offer an opportunity to taste creative twists on a comfort food classic. CLICK HERE

16th Annual BUNNY HOP- *****Oops! WE HAD IT WRONG. It's SUNDAY, not Saturday.... Sun 1pm-3pm, Geri Moulton Children’s Park, between USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Mobile

A family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Mobile.  Tickets are available at the door for $10, for ages 3-10. CLICK HERE 

CAMELLIA CLASSIC OPEN CAR SHOW- Sat 8am-3pm, Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore

Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath. Proceeds from car registrations will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast and the Autism Society of Alabama. CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA JAZZ FEST- Sat/Sun 10am-8pm, Seville Square, downtown Pensacola

Pensacola JazzFest is a family-oriented festival that celebrates all types of jazz, presented by prominent national, regional and local artists, as well as area college and high school jazz bands. There’s also a “Kids Jam” with harmonicas and kazoos each afternoon for the children. CLICK HERE

STAPLETON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL- Sat 10am-6:30pm, Stapleton Elementary School, Stapleton, Alabama

The festival features the Amanda Cook Band and several top local Bluegrass bands. This is a family friendly event with food trucks and numerous activities for children. Bring chairs or a blanket and come enjoy top quality Bluegrass music on the school’s beautiful, oak-lined campus. CLICK HERE

HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS- Sat 11am-3pm, University of South Alabama Intramural Fields

Holi, the festival of colors, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the coming together of people. This holiday celebrates the coming of Spring with all of its beautiful colors and vibrant life. Join in the biggest celebration where everyone will cover each other in colored powders (safe and natural). FREE entry and color for all attendees!!! CLICK HERE 

DISCOVERY DAY- Sat 10am-2pm, Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of the research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and what the Sea Lab team is working on. Admission is free to all exhibits outside of the Estuarium. Adults will pay a reduced admission to the Estuarium. Children get in free. CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL - Fri 5pm-10pm; Sat 11am-7pm,

Pensacola Community Maritime Park

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity welcomes families, foodies, and Pensacola Habitat supporters to its annual Food Truck Festival. Friday evening is an “appetizer” to the main event, and features several food trucks and a band. Saturday will be a foodies’ paradise as you wind your way around dozens of food trucks and listen to live music. CLICK HERE  

GULF COAST CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL- Thurs 9am-2pm, The Grounds, west Mobile

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama for the first FREE children's literary event on the Gulf Coast. Come and enjoy an array of emerging authors, illustrators, storytellers & live performances. CLICK HERE

HOPE GROWS HERE- Sun 12:30pm-4pm, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic, Fairhope

Hope Grows Here is a farmers market brunch locally sourced from Baldwin County growers and producers. All proceeds from Hope Grows Here will provide critical funding to support clinical, pharmacy, radiation and education services for the MCI Kilborn ClinicCLICK HERE

1st SUNDAY OUTDOOR MARKET AT 5 RIVERS- Sun 12pm-4pm, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Causeway, Spanish Fort

Featuring local arts & crafts, farmers' market, and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift ShopCLICK HERE

THREE DOG NIGHT- Thurs 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE   

RONNIE MILSAP - Thurs 7:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE

TRACE ADKINS - Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

BILLY GARDELL (from the TV series Mike & Molly)- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - Sat 7:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE

WILLIE NELSON - Mon 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE

BALLET PENSACOLA’S CINDERELLA- Fri/Sat 7pm; Sun 2:30pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

Bring the entire family to enjoy the classic telling of this ageless story. Moving to the definitive music of Prokofiev, Ballet Pensacola's dancers will captivate your imagination as Cinderella seeks to escape her evil family and find Prince Charming.  CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR- Sat 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

From elation to melancholy to great passion, this annual celebration of music by Russian composers promises to elicit a host of emotions. CLICK HERE

University of Mobile Mainstage Musical INTO THE WOODS- Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm, Saraland Performing Arts Center

Presented by The Alabama School of the Arts’ Department of Theatre. A childless baker and his wife attempt to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they meet Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, where they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  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

USA JAGUAR BASEBALL vs COASTAL CAROLINA- Fri/Sat 6:30pm, Sun 11:30am, Stanky Field, USA campus, CLICK HERE

Listen to Jags Baseball on 99.5 The Jag and iheartradio.com (keyword Jags) all season.

5th Annual BIG WALK- Sat 9am-12 noon, Bluegill restaurant, Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort

The BIG Walk is Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama’s largest annual fundraiser. CLICK HERE

INFIRMARY HEALTH DUATHLON -Sat 8am, Pro Health, Mobile Infirmary Blvd, Mobile

This running and cycling combination race consists of a two-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and a two-mile run through the streets of midtown Mobile. There’s also a post-party with local food truck vendors for athletes and spectators to enjoy. CLICK HERE

KIDS WIN FISHING TOURNAMENT- Sat from sunrise to 11:30am, The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach

Bait those hooks, reel em' in, bring your fish to the scales and have tons of fun! This event is great for first-time or experienced young anglers. Children from 3 to 12 will compete in two age groups. Every kid is a winner and will have the chance to collect tons of prizes and trophies. CLICK HERE

MOVIES:

SHAZAM! (PG13)- We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam. Stars Zachary Levi, Michelle Borth, Djimon Hounsou

PET SEMATARY (R) - Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. Stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

THE BEST OF ENEMIES (PG13)- Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. Stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay

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