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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, Jan 19- Jan 21

**MARDI GRAS** Get all the info on parades and more from Mobile Mask!

DAUPHIN ISLAND PEOPLE’S PARADE- Sat 1pm, Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, CLICK HERE   


Join the Pirates of Lost Treasure for their annual Flotilla. This year’s theme is a tribute to Jimmy Buffett, “Yes, I am a Pirate.”

The fleet departs Holiday Harbor Marina at promptly 10:45 a.m. You can watch the flotilla at Sunset Grille, Oyster Bar and Hub Stacey’s, as well as the Big Lagoon State Park, Galvez Landing, and Innerarity Point Park. Celebration party afterward at the Flora Bama Lounge.  CLICK HERE    

KIDS & KRITTERS MARDI GRAS PARADE - Sat 12 noon- 3:30pm, Casino Beach parking lot, Pensacola Beach

Join this Mardi Gras walking procession for people and pets! Registration opens at noon. Wear a costume, bring beads to throw. Parade entry fee for Pets, $10 each. Kids are free. Prizes for best costumed pet and best mini float made from a wagon or stroller. CLICK HERE    

6th Annual KING CAKE-OFF - Fri 5pm- 7:30pm, Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall, Downtown Mobile

Who has the best King Cake on the Gulf Coast? YOU BE THE JUDGE! Local bakeries, eateries, and grocery stores will compete to see who has the tastiest King Cake and King Cake-Inspired Treat on the Gulf Coast. This family-friendly event will feature live music, local vendors, kids' activities, King Cake tastings, and more! This event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Gulf Coast.  CLICK HERE   

CORDOVA MALL BALL - Sat 8pm-until, Cordova Mall, Pensacola

Dance the night away to live entertainment with three bands and parade through the mall with a second line band and aerial performers who light up the event with stunning LED optics and fire-flaming performances. Enjoy tastes of Mardi Gras with food samplings from over 20 area restaurants, specialty cocktails, a silent auction and more. 

This year, Pensacola Mardi Gras Foundation and Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation have joined forces to expand Cordova Mall Ball with a portion of the proceeds continuing to benefit Studer Family Children’s Hospital Ascension Sacred Heart.  CLICK HERE    

ORDER OF THE MARDI MUTTS- Sat 10am-1pm, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 850 Owens St, Mobile

The Friends of Mobile Animal Shelter are teaming up with the City of Mobile Animal Services for Order of the Mardi Mutts, a Mardi Gras themed adoption event. Attendees can enjoy treats, family-friendly activities, more!

PLUS: Adopt a new pet and receive a FREE Mardi Gras themed stuffed animal with your official adoption certificate.  CLICK HERE  

KIDS DAY 2024- Sat 10am-1pm, Trimmier Park, Alba Club Rd, Mobile

Rev up your engines and get ready to burn rubber! Bring your Power Wheels for the race of a lifetime. Enjoy music, bounce houses, and more!

Race and registration is FREE!  CLICK HERE    


GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA: LUNAR NEW YEAR - Fri 5pm-9pm, Downtown Pensacola

Share in the festivities by celebrating the ‘Year of the Dragon!’ You can come celebrate with us under the lanterns, and see a variety of performances! Gallery Night is an all-ages, community, arts, and cultural event on the third Friday of each month.  CLICK HERE   

JAPANESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION - Sat 12 noon-4pm, Wright Place, Pensacola

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida (JAS) will usher in the “Year of the Dragon” with its 30th annual Japanese New Year Celebration. Festivities will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, Japanese dancing and children’s performances, martial arts and sumo demonstrations, music, food vendors, and other cultural displays, plus a silent auction. CLICK HERE 


SILENT DISCO HEADPHONE PARTY- Sat 8pm-10pm, Cedar Street Social Club, Downtown Mobile

Get ready to party ‘quietly’ with The Mobile Rundown and Do Some Good Mobile at the Silent Disco Party – where the music is loud… in your headphones only! Choose between three different channels of music and groove to your favorite. A portion of proceeds benefits Do Some Good Mobile.  CLICK HERE   

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents FIREBIRD- Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Director Scott Speck says,"Firebird encompasses three of the most groundbreaking composers of two centuries: The consummate Romantic (Tchaikovsky), the ultimate musical adventurer (Stravinsky) and the most influential jazz composer (Duke Ellington).” CLICK HERE    

STYX - Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE    

DEON COLE - Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort Biloxi, CLICK HERE

HEATHER McMAHAN: THE COMEBACK TOUR- Fri 8pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE    

THE HEART BEHIND THE MUSIC- Fri 7:30pm, OWA Theater, OWA Parks & Resort, Foley

Embark on a soul-stirring journey into the heart of musical creation with “The Heart Behind the Music Songwriters’ Showcase” featuring Mitch Rossell, John Ford Coley, and Lenny LeBlanc.  CLICK HERE


Step into the spotlight and become part of the musical mosaic at OWA Theater’s “Open Mic” night. A celebration of raw talent and undiscovered gems, this event invites both aspiring and accomplished songwriters to share their artistry in an atmosphere of creativity and camaraderie.  CLICK HERE    


MADAME BUTTERMILK- Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Jan 18th-28th, Chickasaw Civic Theatre

This hilarious musical comedy is fun for the whole family. Carly Speranza has always dreamed of singing the lead in Carmen. When she wins the role, however, she quickly learns that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding. It’s not Carmen . . . it’s the Car Men, a Country-Western group. But Carly promised to be there, and she keeps her promise. CLICK HERE    

GEES BEND- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Jan 19th-Feb 4th, Joe Jefferson Playhouse, Mobile

Gee’s Bend is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife, and the Civil Rights movement.  CLICK HERE    

STEEL MAGNOLIAS- Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Jan 12th-Jan 28th, Theatre 98, Fairhope

Set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the ladies of the town; Ouiser, Clairee, M’Lynn, and Shelby. CLICK HERE   


It’s Batman Night!

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs MACON- Sat 7pm, Pensacola Bay Center

It’s Mardi Gras Night!


king cake with crown

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