Experience The SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival 2017

March 25th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival 2017The upcoming SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival is 65 music artists at 14 different downtown Mobile venues, April 7th through the 9th, 2017.

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival stated mission is to showcase the best in up-and-coming and independent Southern Music. The lineup of the festival, while extremely eclectic, favors indie rock. Other genres represented include country, bluegrass, metal, soul, funk, blues, r&b, and hip-hop.

Organizers of the annual festival invite bands based not on their current success but for their passion and potential. These bands on the ticket may not be famous (yet) but they are invited to play because they are good and deserve more exposure.

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival can be looked at as musical evangelism; the organizers are hoping you will find your new favorite band at the show.

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Don’t Miss The Annual Mobile Boat Show 2017!

March 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Attend the 2017 Mobile Boat Show - March 31st through April 2nd, 2017
Boating and fishing enthusiasts take note: It’s almost time for the annual Mobile Boat Show: March 31st through April 2nd, 2017!

Gulf Coast Shows annual Mobile Boat Show is one of those events that is looked forward to all year long. This showcase of new and amazing boats, boating accessories, and fishing gear is the largest event in the area of its kind.

The Mobile Boat Show is more than just simple product promotion. It also features demonstrations and seminars, competitions, live music, and more. The event is so lively and entertaining that even your non-boating friends and family will enjoy it!

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Dive In to 5 Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center!

February 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

5 Rivers - Alabama's Delta Resource Center5 Rivers refers to the spot where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee, and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay. It also names Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, an incredible facility for outdoor recreation!

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is an extraordinary facility in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Located in Spanish Fort, AL, 5 Rivers includes over 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods, and wetlands to explore.

To put it quite simply: for those interested in the great outdoors, there is no better place for adventure and natural beauty. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta consists of a complex network of tidally-influenced rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands and bayous.

The area is home to 126 species of fish, 40 species of mammals, 69 species of reptiles, 30 species of amphibians, and more than 300 species of birds. There are also 500 species of plants here! This rich diversity of life relies on the immense estuary, where the tide flows in to mix fresh and salt water.

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Pack Your Clubs: It’s Time To Discover Mobile Golf Courses

February 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Mobile Golf CoursesLooking to get in a few holes or more of golf during your Mobile getaway? Great idea! Alabama is a golf lover’s paradise and Mobile golf courses offer some of the best golfing around, so grab your clubs and let’s go!

Along the Gulf Coast, golf is a year-round sport. Many golfers come to the state specifically for an opportunity to visit our many popular courses. The world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is here, after all!

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of 468 holes at 11 sites across Alabama. The trail of must-visit courses stretches from Muscle Shoals, AL all the way down to the 54-hole Magnolia Grove course here in Mobile.

Whether you’re serious about the game or just looking to experience some of the best greens around, Mobile golf courses will not disappoint.

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Follow The Mobile Bay Civil War Trail: The Battle For Mobile Bay

January 27th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Follow The Mobile Bay Civil War Trail: The Battle For Mobile BayThe Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail is over 90 miles long, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to north Mobile County. All along its length you’ll discover the sites of famous Civil War battles and learn about the day to day life of average sailors, soldiers, and civilians during America’s Civil War.

The Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail includes over a dozen of Alabama’s Civil War sites. Key parts of both the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Overland Campaign make up the trail.

Some of the sites along the trail have been lost by the passage of time and are marked only by signs. Others, like Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, have been more carefully preserved. All help illustrate the part that the Mobile area played during the Civil War.

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Attend Mobile Mardi Gras – The Country’s Oldest Carnival Celebration!

January 16th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Attend Mobile Mardi Gras 2017!Did you know that Mobile Mardi Gras is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States? The first Mardi Gras was celebrated here in 1703 and it doesn’t look like we’re going to stop anytime, soon!

Mardi Gras itself predates the U.S. by thousands of years. The origin is pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, according to historians. Carnival eventually merged with Christianity because that was easier than abolishing the popular, time-honored tradition! Consequently, Mardi Gras became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

One aspect of the Mobile Mardi Gras that makes it unique is the prevalence of the Moon Pie.

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Get Out On Mobile’s Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink – Riverside Ice!

December 23rd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Come skate Mobile, AL's outdoor ice-skating rink - Riverside Ice!Mobile’s outdoor ice-skating rink, Riverside Ice, is back! Open Now through January 14th, Riverside Ice gives you the opportunity to skate alongside the Mobile River.

Riverside Ice opened on November 19th this year and continues to be a popular attraction for Mobile visitors and residents alike. And no wonder!

Situated along the river, the Riverside Ice ice-skating rink is right on Mobile’s waterfront, with the beautiful Mobile skyline as a backdrop.

The rink is open every day of the week. Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 to 11, and Sundays from noon to 8 pm.

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Ring In 2017 With A MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve!

December 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ring In 2017 With A MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve!Join thousands of revelers in downtown Mobile, December 31st, to hear classic rock band .38 Special at the annual MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Upwards of 50,000 people are expected to fill downtown Mobile, AL at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, MoonPie Over Mobile. The event has become a true Mobile tradition since 2008, the first year the giant MoonPie descended the pole to mark the new year.

This year’s celebration includes a number of different attractions, beginning with the cutting of the world’s largest edible MoonPie! Each year, the Chattanooga Bakery creates a 154 pound MoonPie for the MoonPie Over Mobile event. The world’s largest edible MoonPie is then cut up and served on a first come, first served basis to the events revelers. The giant MoonPie often yields enough for more than 170 people!

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Celebrate The Holidays With Music At Mobile’s Saenger Theatre!

November 28th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Holiday Music Shows at Mobile's Saenger TheatreMobile’s Saenger Theatre has a whole bag full of goodies for you, this holiday season. From live shows to classic holiday films, you’ll find a wide variety of entertainment on stage and the silver screen in downtown Mobile, AL!

There’s always something on stage at Mobile’s Saenger Theatre! Classic films, live shows, and many other events continue a tradition that began in 1927. Mobile’s Saenger is the official home of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and a historic landmark.

Renovated and upgraded for today’s high-tech stage, this classic theater retains its architectural beauty and continues to provide a high caliber of entertainment all year ’round.

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Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights 2016

November 21st, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights 2016If you thought Bellingrath Gardens and Home was stunning before the holidays, wait until you see it decked out in 3 million decorative lights! Come experience one of the nation’s best Christmas light displays at the 21st annual Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights! Open nightly from 5pm to 9pm November 25th through December 31st, 2016.

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights continues the tradition of dazzling lights further magnifying the beauty of the 65-acre estate. More than 1,000 twinkling set pieces in 15 scenes around the garden will amaze and delight.

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See The World at the 2016 Mobile International Festival!

October 24th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile International Festival 2016Visit the world without ever leaving the U.S. at the 2016 Mobile International Festival, scheduled for November 19th at the Mobile Civic Center and Expo Hall!

The annual Mobile International Festival is your ticket to world travel – minus the traveling part! Over 70 different nations from around the world are represented at the festival.

China, Brazil, Egypt, Austria, Gambia, Greece, Mali, Togo, Israel, Vietnam, Ukraine, and more! All on display through exhibitions of culture, heritage, and traditions. The sound of many tongues being spoken at once will fill your ears and imagination. Your eyes will soak up the various arts, crafts, and ceremonial dress.

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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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