Need For Speed

March brings races, race cars, boats and more. Quench your speedy thirst with any of these action packed events.

March 13 -15

The Mobile Boat Show brings the 2015 collection of boats, motors, trailers, kayaks and a whole lot more. Enjoy a day with family and friends exploring the exhibit, attending demonstrations and workshops and other special events. For adults 13+ tickets are $7.00 online and $8.00 at the door.

March 14 
ARCA Racing series presents ARCAMobile 200. The Mobile International Speedway is the official home of the Mobile ARCA 200. This half mile oval has seen some of the nations’ top drivers compete for one of the most unique trophies in all of motorsports – a 42″ high deluxe jukebox.

March 28
This year is the 38th Annual Azalea Trail Run, one of the premier 10K road races in the United States. Register online or visit the website for more information!

Music: Festivals, Concerts and More!

Mobile’s March Madness kicks-off with some very special musical performances. Whether you fancy a night at the opera or a day by a festival stage, Mobile has an event for you!

March 13
Spend your Friday night with Elvis Costello at the Saenger Theatre for his U.S. Solo ‘Detour’ Tour. Tickets are on sale now ranging from $47.50 – $82.50 (plus additional fees). For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Saenger Theatre or call (251) 432-2010.

March 14 
The Sing-Off Live Tour will feature a cappella versions of chart topping hits performed by stars from NBC’s hit TV show, The Sing-Off. Tickets are on sale now at the at the Saenger Theatre for $32.50 (plus additional fees).

March 20 & 21
Support our nations heroes and attend the first ever Mobile AeroFest! This two-day event is packed with music, art, food and sports. Enjoy top entertainment and munch on World’s Largest Pot of Gumbo…almost 4,000 pounds of fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood! To make a donation, purchase tickets and learn more click here.

March 21 & 22
Mobile Symphony presents From Tragedy to Triumph led by conductor Scott Speck. The University of South Alabama’s Concert Choir will also join the Mobile Symphony for Brahms’ Song of Destiny. The performance begins at 8:00pm on Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased online or over the phone (251) 432-2010

March 27 & 29
Mobile Opera presents Manon Lescaut at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. For tickets, more information or to make a donation visit their website.

Arts, Culture and History

Take time this month to enjoy the rich culture Mobile has to offer! Spend a day touring a historic home, browsing through anticipated spring flowers or gazing at beautiful local art.

March 13
The Annual Spring Tea at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion will be from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Enjoy tea and an informal tour of the mansion. Admission for adults is $12.00 and $8.00 for children. Purchase tickets online or call for more information (251)471–6364.

Join the Art Walk in Downtown Mobile and visit art galleries, studios, local vendors and unique shops. The LoDa Artwalk happens the second Friday of each month from 6 – 9 p.m.

March 13-15
Historic Mobile Homes Tour is hosted by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Take a walk through some of the city’s most architecturally significant properties in the Spring Hill neighborhood.  Admission is $25.00 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Tickets available at online. For more information, call 251-432-6161 or email hmps@bellsouth.net.

March 20-22
A Fairhope, Alabama tradition, the Arts & Crafts Festival is back! Over 235 of the finest arts and crafts will be featured. Along with, live, local entertainment changing every hour. The festival is from 10 a.m to 5 p.m daily.

March 26-29 

Experience the Southeast’s largest outdoor flower show with the Festival of Flowers. There will be plants for sale, plus instructional sessions. Thursday, Friday & Saturday it will be open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m and on Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m. For tickets and information, call 251.639.2050 or 1.877.777.0529.

All Things Irish

No need to pack away all your Mardi Gras beads, Mobile’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are almost here! Bust out your green beads and celebrate at one of Mobile’s Irish establishments.

March 14

Luck of the Irish Parade & Cook Off is back! It will begin at 8:00am, followed by the cook-off at 11:00am and parade at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the gate and children 12 and under are free.

It is time to party in the streets with Callaghan’s Irish Social Club Street Party.

Grab your green dress and head to O’Daly’s Irish Pub for the Green Dress Run and O’Hooligan’s Ball. The 5k course beings at 564 Dauphin Street, runs through midtown and finishes at 564 Dauphin Street. Day of registration is at O’Daly’s Irish Pub from 2-2:30pm and the race begins at 4:00pm. Register online through Eventbrite. Following the race will feature performances by Dumpstaphunk, Fly By Radio, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones.

March 17 
O’Dalys Irish Pub will be open at 6am for their annual Kegs n Eggs. Enjoy live entertainment from Molly Ringwalds and $1.00 green beer!

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club will yet again play host to a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Visit the link to stay updated on their details!

Triple your Mobile Mardi Gras Loot!

It’s not a secret that a big part of America’s Original Mardi Gras is catching as many beads, moonpies and stuffed animals as possible!  But, it’s only the truly dedicated that know how to hit up a single parade multiple times to maximize their haul!

Our looping parade routes make it easy, so show up downtown early and follow these instructions. Although Route A is shown in the map, this should work for any parade routes except for Route D.

3-stop-parades

1. Start on the corner of Church and Claiborne Streets to catch the parade as it is beginning.
2. Head to Government Street and wait for the parade to pass by again. The intersection doesn’t really matter; pick your favorite!
3. Wait around 20-30 minutes for the parade to loop back around on Government Street. Stay in the same spot, or change it up! We suggest checking out the scenic Spanish Plaza at Government and South Hamilton Street.

FOR THE TRULY AMBITIOUS

Run as fast as possible back to #1 in order to catch the parade right as it is ending. If you do that, you would have caught the parade four times and you would be a Mobile Mardi Gras BOSS!

And that’s it!  Happy Mardi Gras!