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From one college senior to another:

I’ve had the pleasure of interning with Visit Mobile this semester. This also happens to be my last semester of college and they have tasked me with creating a #somobilebucketlist for college seniors. It’s almost like my graduation depends on it! So here goes…

Just like that four years have flown by! There’s now only one month standing between us and graduation. We’ve survived (barely) the sleepless nights, the coffee overloads, and the senior capstone projects! Soon many of us will be headed to grad school, to new and exciting careers, or back to mom’s couch. So, before it’s all over, grab your best pals (or the one with the car) and make this last month the most exciting yet. From crawfish boils to kayaking, you’ll most definitely be going out with a bang!

I’ll be sure to update this post as my friends and I move through the list. Be sure to share your adventures with the hashtag #somobilebucketlist. Last but not least….CONGRATULATIONS!  

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-Brittany Gagliano, Visit Mobile

IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY

St. Patrick’s Day is coming in hot and we’re seeing green because of all the excitement! Just like all the other holidays throughout the year, Mobile and all her people never miss a celebration! We have the inside scoop on all the festivities happening on Saturday. We know you’ve already gathered your green and cleared your calendar, so take a look at all the shindigs you can jump into! 

*Click the event titles for all of the details. Events are subject to change.

March 17, 2018 

O’Daly’s Green Champagne Brunch

Are you a fan of champagne? How about green champagne? O’Daly’s has all the green beer and green champagne you can imagine! Don’t miss out on the shrimp and grits (or the party.)

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The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Parade

We have parades for everything around here! The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Parade is rolling in on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Even the Archbishop is in on the celebration! Meet at Cathedral Square or find a spot around Bienville Square…whatever you do, just be there!

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Callaghan’s 72ND Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party

Callaghan’s has been hosting this street party for over 70 years and it doesn’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon. Come enjoy music from The Mulligan Brothers, Blackwater Brass, and Devon Gilfillian, while you get lost in a sea of green!

Insider tip….be sure to stick around for the annual photo before the sun goes down!

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O’Daly’s Green Dress Run

Get a running start on your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at 4:00 p.m. by taking part in the O’Daly’s Annual Green Dress Run. Adults and kids are welcome to join in on the 5k benefiting Mobile Child Advocacy Center. Or, celebrate from the sidelines as you cheer on the participants!

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-Brittany Gagliano, Visit Mobile 

New Mardi Gras Flag Debuts

One of the greatest things about Mardi Gras in Mobile is that it evokes such an energy in the city.  People walk with a certain pep and you can almost smell the excitement. Mobile is electric and her people are ecstatic.

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We got word that a new flag was in the works a couple of  months ago but  didn’t have a clue as to what it would look like.

What will it look like? Will it be colorful? Will it feature Joe Cain? Will it be as detailed as our floats that parade the streets? Will it look like Mobile Mardi Gras? Will we like it? 

Before we answer the last question, let’s take it back a bit.

Back to 1987.

Back in 1987,  the YWCA produced an ‘official’ Mobile Mardi Gras Flag, having the copyright to sell the flags with the profits going back to the YWCA. They held the copyright up until over ten years ago, then the YWCA stopped operating.

Mobile is a city where colorful beads hang from the trees 365 days a year. We ooze Mardi Gras pride and have been wanting another flag for…ever!

Fast forward to modern-day and we bring you a gentleman named, Stephen McNair.

Recognizing the void,  Stephen led the charge on creating a new design that Mobilians could pridefully display on a flag.  He set out to create a design that represented all Mardi Gras organizations and serve as a symbol of the annual celebration we all hold so dear.

Holy MoonPie that sounds like a major undertaking, right?  He met with community folks, numerous parading organizations, civic stakeholders,  marching clubs, mystic societies (and more!)  He summarized all of the feedback  and handed it over to the design team.

Now, let’s talk about that question…will we like it?

Stephen McNair, a proud Mobilian and historic preservationist took on a project that hits so close to home (anything Mardi Gras related).   

And, he did it well.    

New Mardi Gras Flag 2018

Using only the original Mobile Mardi Gras colors ( purple and gold) and displaying the year 1703 (which represents the first year Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile)  this new design is simply perfect.

As promised, the new flag is officially available for purchase. So be sure to deck your halls with the newest flag in town…get it HERE!

-Visit Mobile 

2018 Mobile Mardi Gras Schedules!

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Hot off the press, y’all.  The 2018 Mobile Mardi Gras Schedules are here!!

You can find these little babies around Mobile at various hotels, restaurants and Visit Mobile’s Welcome Center {located at 111 S. Royal Street.}  Or, you can click HERE and download your printable version immediately.

First parade of 2018 hits the streets of Downtown Mobile on January 26! As always, we’ll be keeping you updated on all things #MobileMardiGras here, there and every…well you get the idea!  

-Visit Mobile  

 

Appalachian State vs Toledo

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It’s official…. Appalachian State will take on Toledo in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile! Representing the Sun Belt and Mid-American Conferences, the two teams will square off on December 23 at Ladd Peebles Stadium!

The teams will arrive almost a week before the big game to enjoy a variety of events that celebrate bowl week in Mobile!  Check them out HERE! For game information and to stay up-to-date, be sure to follow Dollar General Bowl on Facebook.

We are ready to welcome thousands of families, fans and players to our city during a special time– the holiday season!  Mobile.org is the place to check out all the things you can do to celebrate the season when you’re not enjoying bowl events!

-Visit Mobile

 

 

Celebrate The Season

In Mobile, we make no apologies for our year-round celebrations…. it’s just who we are. Our upcoming calendar makes us happier than George Bailey in the last ten minutes of It’s a Wonderful Life and we’re okay with that. We live for merriment and believe Joe Cain really is Santa Claus.  We invite you to join us as we Celebrate The Season in the city that is Born To Celebrate!

*Click the event title for all of the details. Events are subject to change. 

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS 

UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2017

Drive through a holiday light show synchronized to Christmas music at Hank Aaron Stadium. 

LIGHTING OF THE TREE IN BIENVILLE SQUARE 

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Usher in the holidays with live music, reindeer, pictures with Santa and shopping at the merry market. The switch for the Lighting of the Tree and the Ceiling of Lights down Dauphin Street will be thrown promptly at 6:10, so be sure to be there in plenty of time for the all of the events of the evening.

ICE SKATING AT THE FORT

November 24 – March 4

Grab your friends and family for some ice skating at the Fort of Colonial Mobile! 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

November 25, 2017

Shop with the local merchants, artists and artisans of Downtown Mobile for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Stop by the welcome table at 261 Dauphin Street for a cup of cocoa and pick up a Passport which you can return to be eligible to win a $100 Downtown Mobile Gift Card. 

ARCTIC EXPRESS

NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 24, 2017 

Enjoy over one million lights, steam train rides to visit Santa, refreshments, miniature train rides,  bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo and more! 

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS

NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 31, 2017

Stroll through Bellingrath Gardens and Home to view three million twinkling lights in 15 scenes with more than 1,000 custom designed set pieces. The holiday-decorated home is also open for tours. 

LIGHTS OF LOVE  

November 28, 2017

Tree lighting and holiday festival. Santa Clause, Ronald McDonald and children’s choir. Begins at 4:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY MOVIE IN THE SQUARE: The Muppet Christmas Carol

December 1, 2017 

Bundle up, bring a blanket and enjoy the timeless “Christmas Carol” interpreted by the Muppets! Holiday craft activity for children at 5:30; movie begins at 6:00. 

HOLIDAY DUCKS

December 1 – 23, 2017

Start a new family tradition and join us for a Jingle Cruise as we embark on a cheerful Holiday adventure and roll through the streets of downtown and splash twice into the Mobile River. 

ICE SKATING WITH THE SNOW QUEEN

December 2, 9 & 16, 2017

Get ready for an enchanted experience as we frolick in the snow and ice skate with the Snow Queen herself. Be on the lookout for appearances by special guests!

 

A HOLIDAY MARKET AND ART BAZAAR IN THE GARDENS

December 1 & 2, 2017

Explore Mobile Botanical Gardens, pick up those camellias and poinsettias that make your house into a home during the holidays.

 

CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER TEA at THE BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION

DECEMBER 2, 2017

Enjoy a delightful appearance by Mobile Ballet’s Nutcracker Dancers. Doors open at 3:30 pm for refreshments. At 4:30 pm, the Nutcracker story will be read and the dancers will be introduced.

 

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT THE RICHARDS-DAR HOUSE

DECEMBER 2-3, 2017

Enjoy the beautiful Victorian decorations, holiday treats, live music, gift shop, bake sale and visits with Santa.  

ROMAN STREET & ERIC ESSIX TRIO CHRISTMAS CONCERT

December 3, 2017

This jazz Christmas concert is one you won’t want to miss!

 

HOLIDAY MARKET at OK BICYCLE SHOP

December 3, 2017 

The 5th Annual Holiday Market will have local vendors selling their unique items from clothes, jewelry, specialty made food items, art, furniture, home decor, handbags, candles, beauty products and the list goes on! 

Playhouse in the Park’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 6, 2017

A beloved Dicken’s Christmas story will come to life on the Saenger stage!

CHRISTMAS AT OAKLEIGH

DECEMBER 7-9, 2017

Dressed in traditional holiday finery, Oakleigh guides give you a glimpse into life in early Mobile. Historic Oakleigh Complex. 

ELFAPALOOZA – December’s LoDA ArtWalk

December 8, 2017 

This is Mobile’s chance to break the Guinness World Record for most elves in one place. To be a part of the official count, come wearing red, green, an elf hat and – whatever you do – don’t forget your pointy ears!

OUTDOOR HOLIDAY MARKET AT 5 RIVERS CYPRESS GIFT SHOP

December 9, 2017

Outdoor Holiday Market at 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop & Welcome Center. Shop for unique, handmade gifts – featuring outdoor-themed items from local artisans and crafters. Take a walk through the woods and see the new Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.

MOBILE’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS by the MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DECEMBER 9-10 2017

Be prepared for THE holiday experience of the season. Mobile’s Singing Children and soloist Diane Penning will perform holiday favorites. Prepare for glamour that will rival the golden age of Hollywood! 

MOBILE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

DECEMBER 9 & 10 2017

Dancers reprise Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Check website for performance details. 

A SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS at THE BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION

December 9, 2017 

Guests are invited to tour the Mansion with traditional decorations adorning each room, enjoy homemade refreshments, and children’s storytelling and shopping in our gift shop.  

CHRISTMAS AT SEWARD FARMS

December 9, 2017

Sing your favorite Christmas song with the country band, Hayrides, Funny Farm Golf, Jumping Pillow, Yee Haw Slide, Cow Trains, Pony Rides, stay warm by the camp fires and much more…

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES AT FORT GAINES

DECEMBER 9, 2017

Confederate soldier re-en actors and their families celebrate Christmas. Blacksmiths, children’s activities and more. 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

DECEMBER 9 & 16

Brighten your season with an extra special holiday breakfast! Indulge your family in a delicious breakfast, adults and children of all ages are welcome to make their holiday wishes while enjoying meeting Santa and his holiday helpers, holiday ornament crafts, and a dramatic reading of the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself!

BRUNCH WITH THE GRINCH

December 10, 17 and 23rd 

Straight from Mount Crumpit, the Grinch brings his special blend of mischief, turning your meal into an adventure. The green one himself will make the rounds, stopping to pose for photographs. Just make sure to keep a good eye on your bacon. Reserve your seats today!

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY

December 15, 2017

ajama Party starts at 5:00 PM with hands-on holiday activities, hot chocolate, popcorn, and a 7:00 PM viewing of the Polar Express in the Port City Room overlooking downtown Mobile and the river. Admission is FREE! Please RSVP to kfaggard@gulfquest.org , space is limited!

HOLIDAY MOVIES AT THE SAENGER

DECEMBER 15 & 17, 2017

Enjoy a holiday classic at Mobile’s historic theatre!

HOLIDAY MARKET & CHRISTMAS KIDS DAY

DECEMBER 16 & 17,  2017

Race through Mobile’s first snow maze, take your picture with Santa Claus and shop for last minute Christmas gifts at the Christmas market in Cathedral Square. Mirrored after the Christmas market in Hamburg, Germany, the market will feature presents, locally grown produce and baked goods. After you’ve shopped til you’ve dropped in Cathedral Square, hop on one of our trains and head to Bienville Square for kids activities. There will be music, dance, and more!

HOME FREE. A Country Christmas

December 20, 2017

 The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. Home Free continues A Country Christmas in 2017, bringing the slam-dunk smashing success to Mobile’s Saenger Theatre! 

WHITE TIE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

December 22, 2017

A White Tie Christmas is an annual holiday concert series featuring music from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and other Holiday Classics!

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL

DECEMBER 23, 2017

Two of the top college football teams in the country clash in this nationally televised postseason bowl. Events held throughout the city during the week of the big game.   *Dollar General Mardi Gras Parade – December 22

HAPPY NOON YEAR’S

DECEMBER 30, 2017

Noon Year’s event complete with our very own mini MoonPie drop. Noon year countdown to 2018 and lots of family activities at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.

MOONPIE OVER MOBILE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

DECEMBER 31, 2017

Ring in 2018 at one of the coolest parties of the year! Dig into the world’s largest MoonPie cake,  join the second line, watch live entertainment and an all-star fireworks show! And…the world-famous MoonPie drop at midnight! 

 

There’s even more celebrations on Mobile.org if you click the image below!

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-Visit Mobile 

Haint Blue Takes on the Great American Beer Festival

We are thrilled for our friends at Haint Blue Brewing Co. who will soon hit the road for Colorado where the Great American Beer Fest awaits them!

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The talented team is entering their crowd-pleasing saffron saison {Marianne} into the competition (October 5-7) in Denver, Colorado!

The Great American Beer Festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 96 beer-style categories. We admit– we are a little bias, but Marianne should absolutely come home with a gold!

We’ll keep you updated on their adventure straight from the team in Denver.  In the meantime, check out their website on how you can get a taste of Marianne!   http://haintbluebrew.com/

 

-Visit Mobile