Visit the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum!

October 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and MuseumHank Aaron, one of baseball’s most iconic figures, had his humble beginnings right here in Mobile, Alabama. You can visit those early days and more at the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum!

Hank Aaron’s achievements are legend and continue to cast a long shadow on the sport to this very day. His beginnings, however, were as humble as one can get. Much of his early days and career have been preserved and are on display at the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum.

The museum, located appropriately enough at Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears, is the original Aaron family home.

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Tour the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail

September 29th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail

Explore and discover the history and contributions of Mobile’s African-American community on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail.

More than 40 stops illustrate the long and varied history of the people and events that have impacted Mobile’s history. Stops include Hank Aaron’s playground, a slave market, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and Africatown.

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Malaga Inn Lodging Special for TenSixtyFive Music Festival 2016!

September 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

TenSixtyFive Music Festival 2016Get set for 3 days of live music in the streets of downtown Mobile, AL at the TenSixtyFive music festival. September 30th through October 2nd, 2016!

TenSixtyFive Music Festival returns for its second year as a replacement for the long-running, long-gone, BayFest Music Festival.

Bands in the schedule consist of popular acts from both the national and local scene. Headliners include Counting Crows, Seether, Moon Taxi, and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue!

The 1065 Festival is a free event that brings numerous bands, local artists, and craftspeople to downtown Mobile. Malaga Inn is offering a room special to coincide with Mobile’s TenSixtyFive Music Festival. For more details on our special rate, scroll down to the end of this post.

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Get Your Tickets For The 2016 Dauphin Street Beer Festival!

August 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2016The 19th annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival is only days away, scheduled for August 27th, 2016! If you haven’t gotten your tickets or lodging yet, now is the time!

The Dauphin Street Beer Festival (DSBF) is a popular, annual event held every August in downtown Mobile. Over 30 taverns and restaurants offer samples of more than 90 different import and craft beers from all over the U.S. and the world!

On the night of the Mobile beer fest, ticket holders will go to the Crescent Theater on Dauphin Street. Here you will collect your DSBF writsband, mug, temporary membership card, venue map, and first sample of beer. After that, you’ll walk from venue to venue at your own pace and whim, sampling beers and generally enjoying yourself.

Tickets for the Dauphin Street Beer Festival can be purchased online but don’t forget to register for the event, too!

Alabama law requires that you have a membership to enter private clubs. A temporary membership code is available for the night of the Dauphin Street Beer Festival. If you don’t have the code with you when you arrive at the Crescent Theater to pick up your mug and wristband, you wont be able to participate!

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Prepare Your Tastebuds For Taste Of The Bayou 2016!

August 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Taste of the Bayou 2016The 28th annual Taste of the Bayou, scheduled for September 24th, 2016 is almost here! Taste of the Bayou is a popular, annual seafood competition using fresh, Bayou La Batre seafood to compete – and you get to be the judge!

$80 million of commercial seafood come out of Bayou La Batre each year. Consequently, Bayou La Batre is known as the Seafood Capitol of Alabama! It makes total sense to have such an amazing event like this right here in Bayou La Batre.

Taste of the Bayou is the area’s premiere Southern seafood tasting event. It’s a seafood cooking competition and tasting event featuring seafood dishes prepared by teams of local chefs. The teams can compete in any or all of the 4 categories: General Seafood Dish -Restaurant, General Seafood Dish -Non-Restaurant, Gumbo, and Dessert.

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Take A Walk Down Alabama’s Alligator Alley

July 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit Alabama's Alligator AlleyAlligator Alley, in Summerdale, AL, is not your typical farm. Unless, of course, your typical farm has over 450 alligators with names like “Captain Crunch” in it!

Alabama’s Alligator Alley (not to be confused with the stretch of Interstate 75 in Florida) is over 20 acres of natural cypress swamp that has been turned into a preserve for rescued alligators.

The bulk of these alligators were considered “nuisance animals” found or kept in unnatural environments. Without Alligator Alley, these beautiful creatures would otherwise be killed.

For visitors, Alligator Alley is a chance to see over 450 alligators, from hatchlings to mature adults, in their natural habitat. You’ll see gators, ranging in size from 5 to more than 13 feet long, relaxing, sunbathing, courting, feeding, and nesting.

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GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast

July 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf CoastGulfQuest is a 90,000 square foot museum in Mobile, AL that is shaped like a ship and dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico’s rich maritime traditions. You’ve never seen anything like this!

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast opened its doors to the public on September 26th, 2015 and it’s been full steam ahead ever since. Plan for at least half a day to truly explore the five engrossing decks of this glass-walled, ship-shaped museum.

This unique maritime museum offers 90 state-of the-art interactive displays. You’ll see simulators, theaters, and unique exhibits on the marine archeology, shipwrecks, hurricanes of the Gulf of Mexico. GulfQuest is one of only two such interactive maritime museums in the U.S.

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Bellingrath Gardens Wonderful Wednesdays

June 24th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens Wonderful Wednesdays 2016Bellingrath Gardens Wonderful Wednesdays is a series of lectures and workshops covering tips and techniques for your home and garden.

Summertime here on the Gulf Coast is always fantastic. Our extended growing season means a plethora of lush and beautiful flora to soak in and enjoy, no matter where you look. No where is that more true than at Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Located on the Fowl River, in Theodore, AL, this once private estate is well known for its immaculate grounds. Along with a lush 65 acres and historic home, Bellingrath hosts numerous events throughout the year like Wonderful Wednesdays.

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Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 2016

June 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 2016It’s time for the annual Grand Bay Watermelon Festival once again – July 3rd and 4th, 2016 – providing you an opportunity to enjoy some delicious Alabama-grown watermelon as well as live music, arts & crafts, and more!

Held in part to pay homage to Grand Bay’s farmers, in part to celebrate the delicious, thirst quenching watermelon namesake, the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival has been a local, Independence Day tradition since 1973. The festival actually goes back at least as far as 1949 but died out for a number of years before being revived in the early 70’s. Popular and now held to coincide with our nation’s Fourth of July celebrations, this beloved local event has been going strong ever since.

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2016 Distinguished Young Women National Finals

May 30th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Distinguished Young Women National Finals 2016

Scheduled for June 23rd through the 25th in Mobile, AL the 2016 Distinguished Young Women National Finals (formerly America’s Junior Miss) is a multi-day event including contests, entertainment, and numerous opportunities to see these fine young people compete in the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls.

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Attend the 2016 Mobile Dragon Boat Festival

May 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Fuse Project's 2016 Mobile Dragon Boat Festival logoFuse Project’s third annual Mobile Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for June 11, 2016 in Mobile at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park!

Dragon boat racing dates back over 2,000 years in Southern China, only emerging as an international sport from Hong Kong in 1976. These original races were an ancient folk ritual expressing both the religion and culture of the people involved.

While modern Dragon boat races have separated from this original intent, they are still teams of determined individual contending against each other in long, beautiful boats decorated to look like fancifully colored, oriental dragons – and that means fun!

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Let Mobile Botanical Gardens Grow On You

April 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Botanical GardensOne hundred acres of both natural and cultivated gardens, woodlands, and trails make Mobile Botanical Gardens the largest collection of plants on the Gulf Coast and a great day trip for both gardeners and nature lovers alike!

In the 1700’s, before Europeans arrived to log it, Mobile Botanical Gardens’ acreage was part of a vast Longleaf Pine forest. Now part of that forest is back, with the rest either converted to paved garden areas or left as natural woodland gardens populated with local flora and fauna – Mobile Botanical Gardens!

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Visit Mobile’s Historic Oakleigh House

April 18th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Historic Oakleigh House MuseumStep back in time to the antebellum South with a visit to Mobile, Alabama’s most popular attractions – the Historic Oakleigh House Museum!

A beautiful example of a pre-Civil War, southern home, the Historic Oakleigh House Museum in the Oakleigh Historic Complex is considered one of the rarest examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States.

Remarkably well preserved, much of the credit for its current state of repair falls to the families who have lived here and carefully adapted and preserved the home through the intervening decades.

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Discover the Mobile Carnival Museum

March 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Carnival MuseumNew Orleans may be the noisiest city in America to celebrate Mardi Gras but Mobile is the oldest. Carnival in the US is traceable back to 1703, some 15 years before New Orleans was even founded. Learn all this and more at the Mobile Carnival Museum!

Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world and has been for many centuries, springing from medieval Catholic rituals around the advent of Easter and, before that, pagan celebrations of spring.

When most of us think of Mardi Gras, visions of parades and beads and masks and … New Orleans come to mind, which is completely understandable but also misleading. Many think of New Orleans as the source of Mardi Gras in the US – when, in fact, that would be Mobile, AL. One fascinating Mardi Gras fact among many that you will find at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

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The 58th Annual Dauphin Island Regatta

March 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Dauphin Island RegattaThe Dauphin Island Regatta, known as the largest single-day point-to-point race in the United States, will see hundreds of boats and over a thousand crew members in Mobile Bay April 23rd and 24th, 2016.

A two-day event featuring competitive sailing on Mobile Bay, the Dauphin Island Regatta is not just for sailors alone. Along with the excitement of the race in the bay, Dauphin Island itself hosts an diverse array of festivities all weekend long with private and public celebrations, live entertainment, food and drinks, art exhibits, and much more.

Typically, Dauphin Island Regatta competitors start off from the Mobile Yacht Club, near the entrance to the Dog River. The actual race usually begins in the middle of Mobile Bay and finishes at Dauphin Island. A return race on Sunday usually concludes the regatta.

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Get Set For Aerofest 2016!

February 22nd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's Aerofest 2016AeroFest 2016, April 1st through the 3rd, is the second annual recurrence of a festival celebrating our nation’s heroes: injured military service members and Veterans with a world-class lineup of music, art, sports, education, festivities and fun.

Our nation relies and was built upon a core of brave and patriotic men and women whose very real, personal sacrifices were made in the name of a grateful nation.

AeroFest 2016 salutes these heroes and dedicates its profits to critical Veteran’s issues, such as PTSD, suicide, and homelessness, as well as supporting like-minded charitable organizations and future fund-raising events.

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Experience Colonial Times at Mobile’s Historic Fort Condé

February 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's Fort CondéStep back in time to the 18th century and America’s colonial days with a visit to Mobile, Alabama’s historic Fort Condé!

Built of brick, stone, packed earth, and cedar timbers by the French in 1723 to guard against British or Spanish attack, Fort Condé protected Mobile and its citizens for almost 100 years and under three different names!

From 1723 to 1763, the fortifications were under French rule as Fort Condé. From 1763 to 1780, England was in possession of the region, and renamed the structure Fort Charlotte. From 1780 to 1813 the battlements were known as Fort Carlota while Spain had the upper hand.

Come 1813, Mobile was occupied by US troops, and the English name for the fort – Fort Charlotte – was once again applied. Seven years later, it was determined the fort was no longer needed and, by 1823, almost all visible traces of the fort were under Mobile’s newly expanded streets: gone.

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Mobile Boat Show – February 19-21, 2016

January 22nd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Boat Show 2016 Flyboard exhibition

Enjoy the Flyboard exhibition at the 2016 Mobile Boat Show

Are you a boating or fishing enthusiast? Is getting out ont he water something you look forward to all year long? Then you wont want to miss the annual Mobile Boat Show, in Mobile, AL, scheduled for February 19th through the 21st, 2016!

The annual Mobile Boat Show is held around the beginning of each year at Mobile’s Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. This spectacular facility’s 100,000 square foot exhibit hall will be packed to the rafters with new boats of every make, style, and size as well as a wide variety of other marine products: motors, trailers, fishing tackle, etc.

Beyond new and revolutionary new boats and products, Mobile Boat Show 2016 is also set to feature product demonstrations, seminars, performances, competitions, and special events.

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Meet Tutankhamun at the History Museum of Mobile!

January 18th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Tutankhamun at the History Museum of MobileHoward Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 is considered the most important archaeological find of the last century – and now you can discover the ancient treasures of the boy king of Egypt for yourself, on display at the History Museum of Mobile until April 3rd, 2016!

The History Museum of Mobile’s current main exhibit, Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb is a window into the life and death of King Tut through 100 reproductions of his famous tomb’s treasures. Exhibited at the History Museum of Mobile since October 2015, this collection from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt recreates the artifacts discovered in King Tut’s tomb, the richest archaeological find of all time.

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Visit Battleship Memorial Park

December 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkBattleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama is a military history park and museum containing a collection of historic aircraft and ships including the iconic USS Alabama and the USS Drum – both of which are National Historic Landmarks.

At Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park, you can explore the USS Alabama and the oldest American submarine on display in the world, the USS Drum.

Aboard the USS Alabama, you have access to 12 decks of this fascinating ship and can explore much of her, including climbing inside gun turrets, getting a feel for what it must be like to man a 12mm gun, and even get locked in the brig! (they’ll let you back out – honest)

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Attend Mobile’s New Year’s Eve Celebration 2015!

December 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's New Year's Eve - MoonPie Over MobileMobile, Alabama really knows how to put on a party and Mobile’s New Year’s Eve celebration is no exception – it might even be the rule!

Since 2008, Mobile’s New Year’s Eve event has featured the signature dropping of a giant MoonPie – “MoonPie Over Mobile” they call it – along with other attractions such as a second-line parade, live music, fireworks, a laser light-show, college football tailgate party, and other festivities.

Wait – a giant MoonPie?

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Visit Christmas Past at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

November 23rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas Past at the Bragg-Mitchell MansionStep back in time to a Christmas past – one without Scrooge and his ghosts – at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, one of Mobile, Alabama’s most celebrated antebellum mansions!

For many, the best part of the Christmas season is all of the beautiful lights and decorations that go up seemingly every where, bringing cheer and good holiday spirit to all who look upon them. It’s a tradition that has gone on for time out of mind, since before there were strings of electric lights, plastic snowmen, and glowing, inflatable Santas.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, decked out for the holidays in vintage style during the month of December each year, provides a look back to one of these earlier, simpler Christmas eras.

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home Magic Christmas in Lights

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens and Home Magic Christmas in LightsLooking for something fun to do in Mobile, Alabama during the holiday season? There’s plenty going on but one thing you should not miss is the Magic Christmas in Lights display at Bellingrath Gardens and Home – November 27th through January 2nd!

Bellingrath Gardens and Home attract people year ’round to the Mobile area with their 65-acre, lush public garden and immaculately decorated historic home. Located on the Fowl River, just a half-hour outside of Mobile in Theodore, Alabama, this once private estate was opened to the public in 1932.

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Attend the 2015 Mobile International Festival!

October 23rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile International Festival 2015

See amazing groups like the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers
at the Mobile International Festival

Ever wanted to travel the world, to experience all the different cultures? The Mobile International Festival provides the next best thing – November 21, 2015 at the Mobile Civic Center!

The 32nd annual Mobile International Festival is your opportunity to travel the world without ever needing a passport or leaving the United States! You’ll experience food, music, dances, storytelling, shopping, exhibits, art and fun from 70 different nations around the world – and all of it in Mobile, Alabama’s Mobile Civic Center!

The Mobile International Festival was started in 1983 as a way to give Mobile area residents an opportunity to celebrate, share, and experience the broad array of cultural heritages alive in the region. Recent immigrants, long-time U.S. residents, and Native Americans make up the nearly 2,000 volunteers who take part in the festival each year, bringing the world to Mobile, AL.

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The 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival

October 9th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Alabama Pecan Festival 2015If you like pecans, particularly if you’re partial to pecan pie, then Mobile, Alabama has a 3-day festival for you: the 30th annual Alabama Pecan Festival – November 6th through the 8th, 2015.

Pecans have been an important part of Alabama produce since the 1940’s, when the crops that were begun in the early 1900’s really started to take off. The Alabama Pecan Festival is a salute to this success story and the humble, delicious little fruit that most of us think of as a nut: the pecan!

The Alabama Pecan Festival – a 3-day celebration held in Mobile, AL – features cook-offs for dishes like best barbecue and best hamburger, an antique wooden boat show, arts and crafts vendors, antique cars and tractors, a carnival with rides, the crowning of the new Alabama Pecan Festival Queen and, of course, music!

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