Best Bets

Best Bets

Check your Best Bets before you make your weekend plans, so you don't miss out! We've got local events, concerts and more all along the Gulf Coast.Full Bio


Best Bets for the Weekend, Oct 27- Oct 29

GREATER GULF STATE FAIR - Friday October 27th - Sunday November 5th, The Grounds, West Mobile

The Greater Gulf State Fair has the largest midway on the Gulf Coast, great musical acts, character meet & greets, fair food, a rodeo and more! On opening weekend, look for Tarver Heights Friday on the iHeart Media stage and the Tip Tops on Sunday! Plus meet & greets with Blippi Saturday. CLICK HERE 

PENSACOLA INTERSTATE FAIR- Thursday, October 19th - Sunday, October 29th, Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds

Pensacola’s biggest and longest-running annual agricultural and entertainment tradition returns, bringing with it exhilarating rides, live music, exotic shows, colorful attractions and exhibits, flavorful fair food, and fun for the whole family. Don't miss performances by Tracy Lawrence (Friday, October 20), Shane Proffitt (Saturday, October 21), The White Tie Rock Ensemble’s Tribute to Journey (Friday, October 27), Mark Chestnutt (Saturday, October 28) and more. CLICK HERE    

MAKING STRIDES OF SOUTH ALABAMA WALK- Sat 6:30am (Registration); 8:00am (Walk), Spanish Plaza, Downtown Mobile

Put on something pink and join this walk to fund breast cancer research and programs. Let’s Wipe Out Breast Cancer. CLICK HERE 

MAKING STRIDES OF PENSACOLA- Sat 8am-12noon, Seville Square, CLICK HERE   

BAY BITES FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL- Sat 12 noon - 4pm, Braided River, 420 St Louis St, Mobile

Wear your spookiest Halloween costume, grab a bite from the area’s tastiest food trucks, and shake them bones to tunes from Symone French and the Trouille Troupe. Benefit for Mobile Baykeeper. CLICK HERE   

ELBERTA GERMAN SAUSAGE FESTIVAL - Sat 8a - 5p, Elberta Town Park

All proceeds benefit the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department and other local non-profit organizations. They will be cooking and serving 6,000 pounds of sausage. Over 150 arts and crafts vendors, food, live music throughout the day, and so much more. Admission is FREE. CLICK HERE

SEWARD FARMS FIELD OF FRIGHT & HAUNTED HAYRIDE- Sat 6pm-8:30pm, Seward Farms, 10836 Tanner Williams Rd, Lucedale, MS

Are you hungry for a little FRIGHT? Explore the field of fright, it’s scary fun for all ages!! A corn field full of clever twists and surprises. While you’re there, jump aboard the Haunted Hayride which takes you into the darkness of the unknown!! CLICK HERE   

MOB-TOBER FEST- Sat 3pm-9pm, James Seals Community Center & Park, 540 Texas Street, Mobile


Join us for a full day of fun and entertainment including a live DJ, favorite characters, and bounce house inflatables! And Trail of Treats for Halloween trick-or-treating.


Don't miss TRISH MAY & THE PLATINUM CAFE! Bring your blankets and chairs and relax with us! CLICK HERE   


KIDZ BOP NEVER STOP TOUR- Sat 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, featuring today's biggest global pop hits, "sung by kids for kids." CLICK HERE   

MERCYME with CROWDER & ANDREW RIPP- Thurs 7pm, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, CLICK HERE   

JURASSIC QUEST - Fri 12 noon -8pm; Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 9am-7pm; Mobile Convention Center

North America’s most popular interactive dinosaur experience is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! Families are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween best with opportunities to participate in onsite costume contests, see the baby dinos in costume, and more T-Rexellent Halloween surprises in store!  CLICK HERE   

PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS: HAUNTCERT - Sat 3:30pm and 6:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

This is a family-friendly Halloween concert. Prepare to be mesmerized by a bewitching blend of Halloween-themed music, spellbinding stage lighting, and a live band. CLICK HERE 


MONSTER MASHUP ROLLER DERBY- Sat 3pm, Mobile Civic Center

Mobile’s roller derby team, the Derby Darlings, will host the Monster Mashup—a two-game roller derby event, with players from around the region gathering for the Halloween weekend competition. This family-friendly event will include half-time entertainment during both games, concessions, and local vendors. CLICK HERE 

MOBILE WITCHES RIDE - Sat 3:30pm-7pm, Blind Mule, Downtown Mobile

Delta Dogs challenges you to get your best, most fabulous witch costume together and hop on your broom (aka your bicycle - yeah decorate that too!) for a 3-mile, easy paced bike parade around downtown Mobile. The fun will end in a fabulous block party with music, libations, and food. Your ticket gets you access to the block party, a free beer and a short-sleeved event t-shirt. Ages 18+to ride. CLICK HERE   

BOO AT BELLINGRATH- Sat 1pm-6pm, Halloweentown movie at 6:30pm, Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore

Dress up your little ghosts and goblins and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun at Bellingrath! The Gardens will be filled with spooky and fun inflatables, and local businesses and organizations will set up numerous treat stations to hand out candy and trinkets to guests of all ages. CLICK HERE  

BARKTOBERFEST- Sun 10am-4pm, Seville Square, Downtown Pensacola

Bring your furriest friend (and the rest of your family too!) for a day of fun at Pensacola Humane Society’s annual Barktoberfest. Join us for dog-friendly interactive events such as canine obstacle course, bubble area, pup-cake treat walk, ball pits and more. Humans can enjoy food trucks, vendor tents, beverages, face painting and even a strolling magician! CLICK HERE   

BOO AT THE ZOO- Sat/Sun Oct 28 & 29, 10am-5pm, Gulf Breeze Zoo

The Gulf Breeze Zoo's Boo at the Zoo festival includes Halloween entertainment and kid-friendly fun around every corner. Explore our trick-or-treat trail complete with candy, treats and toys, bounce houses, face painting, and our Ambassador Animal Headquarters, not to mention the entire Zoo! CLICK HERE  

HALLOWEEN AT THE EXPLOREUM- Sat 10am-2pm, Exploreum Science Center, Downtown Mobile

Experience thrilling demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities, spooky experiments, tours in the FEAR exhibit, killer costume contest and the Exploreum’s infamous pumpkin explosion! CLICK HERE   


MOVIES IN THE PARK: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS- Thurs 6pm, Herndon Sage Park (2900 Dauphin Street), Mobile

Movies In The Park is a free event that will happen every Thursday in Fall! 8 Movies in 8 Parks! Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers for a Movie Night with Us! All Events Start at 6PM. Movies Play at Dark.  CLICK HERE   

BOOTS & BBQ BARN BASH- Sun 6:30pm-8:30pm, Moe’s Original BBQ

Children's of Alabama's Boots & BBQ Barn Bash benefits the Children's of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. In addition to the good food and entertainment, guests are encouraged to not only wear their best Halloween costumes but also bring their pets and dress them up for a chance to win a prize. Enjoy an evening of live music, costume contests and dinner provided by Moe's Original BBQ.  CLICK HERE  


Announcing the 2nd Annual Fishing for Families Fishing Rodeo where anglers are able to donate their catch to Morgan's Chapel UMC Food Pantry! CLICK HERE  

BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER: THE MODERN ELDORADOS- Fri 7pm-9pm, Jernigan’s Landing, Downtown Milton

Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights in downtown Milton. Pull up your boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great live music!  CLICK HERE  

39 STEPS- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Joe Jefferson Playhouse, Mobile

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! CLICK HERE  

EDGAR ALLEN POE EXPERIENCE - Thurs-Sat 7pm and 9pm; Sun 7pm, now through Oct 31, Historic Oakleigh House

Venture IF YOU DARE into the mind of the grandfather of the thriller: Edgar Allan Poe as he is admitted into the hospital asylum for his final days. As the doctors and nurses try to subdue Edgar, he sees them transformed before his very eyes into his most iconic characters. You too will experience a maddening visit from The Raven in the night and hear the harrowing story of the Tell Tale heart, become a witness to The Fall of the House of Usher and attend a haunted dinner party hosted by a most mysterious Red Masked Man... are you a guest at Edgar's final soiree or are you a fellow patient in the asylum?  CLICK HERE   


HADJI HAUNTED HOUSE- Fri/Sat 7pm-10:30pm, also Halloween night, Hadji Shrine, 800 W Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola

This thrilling community experience will not only provide spine-tingling entertainment but also support the PBCA's mission during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. New Addition - 3d Fun House Maze. CLICK HERE 


NIGHTMARE CHAMBER presents THE INVASION- Thurs Oct 26- Tues, Oct 31, 7pm-10pm, OWA Parks & Resort, Foley

Step into the abyss of your deepest fears as Nightmare Chambers presents “The Invasion,” a haunting experience that will shatter the boundaries of your reality and plunge you into extraterrestrial terror. CLICK HERE 


PENSACOLA ARTS MARKET- Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, Cordova Square, Pensacola

The Pensacola Arts Market encourages you to shop small and buy art, supporting local artists and artisans who bring life and color to our community. We're passionate about fostering connections, nurturing creativity, and celebrating the arts. ** This Saturday Oct 28, there’s a special Fall Bazaar with fun & games, trick or treat, live music and more. CLICK HERE

MARKET IN THE PARK - Sat 7:30am-12noon, Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile

Shop local for fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams/jellies, original art, decor, and more! Plus live music each week.  CLICK HERE  

USA JAGS vs LOUISIANA- Sat 4pm, Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile CLICK HERE  

Gameday info, including clear bag policy, HERE

Listen to the Jags all season on 96.1 The Rocket, Sports Talk 99.5 and the free iHeartradio app. Pre-game show starts 2 hours before kickoff. CLICK HERE  

AUBURN vs MISSISSIPPI STATE - Sat 2:30 pm, Auburn, SEC Network, CLICK HERE  

FLORIDA vs GEORGIA - Sat 2:30pm, Jacksonville, CBS, CLICK HERE  



UWF vs VALDOSTA STATE - Sat 4pm, Pen Air Field, Pensacola, CLICK HERE   

Two little girls are eating cotton candy at the fun fair and making fun

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