January 9 – February 9: Mardi Gras 2016 Parades
Downtown Mobile and Other Locations
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Celebrate the carnival season with friends and family at one of the local parades rolling through the streets of Lower Alabama. Click here to view the complete parade schedule.
February 2: “Terror at Bottle Creek Book Signing
Page & Palette • 32 S Section St., Fairhope
6 p.m. Celebrate the release of the newest young adult book from Mobile Bay contributor, Watt Key, award-winning author of “Alabama Moon.” His new novel, “Terror at Bottle Creek” tells the story of Cort, a 13-year-old boy fighting for his life during a brutal hurricane. Admission is free.
February 5: St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Saenger Theatre • 6 S Joachim St.
7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show. See the popular Birmingham-based band perform live in Mobile as part of their “Alabama World Tour.” Special guests Daniel Elias + Exotic Dangers will open. Tickets range from $15 – $35.
February 13: Battle of Mobile Bay 5K
Fort Gaines • Dauphin Island
9 a.m. Where else can you get a good workout and enjoy scenic views of Dauphin Island? Registration ranges from $15 – $20. Food and beverages will be provided inside Fort Gaines after the race.
February 17: Widespread Panic
Mobile Civic Center • 401 Civic Center Dr.
7:30 p.m. Don't miss a live performance by the neo-hippie jam band that has established an impressive grassroots following for close to 30 years. Tickets are $58.
February 18: Grayson Capps
Mobile Museum of Art • 4850 Museum Dr.
7 p.m. The Mobile native singer-songwriter will bring his blues/rock vibe to the stage as part of the Mobile Museum of Art's “Live at the Museum” series. Admission is $10 at the door.
February 19: Mobile Boat Show
Mobile Convention Center • 1 S Water St.
Noon – 8 p.m., Fri.; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. Explore the latest boat and marine products at this 64th annual event. This year’s show will also feature professional flyboarding demonstrations, the Fetch-n-Fish dog show and the Skeeter Experience seminar series that showcases a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. Tickets are $8 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
February 27: Mobile Chocolate Festival
Abba Shrine Center • 7701 Hitt Rd.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sample all the chocolate you could want, and do it for a good cause. Pick up sweet treats from various local vendors along Chocolate Bliss Way, develop your baking skills at the Mobile Fixture demonstration area, indulge in chocolate martini tastings and enter your designs to Project YumWay. Admission is $3, and proceeds benefit Penelope House.
February 27: Orange Beach Seafood Festival
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy a day full of delicious food, arts and crafts vendors and music for the whole family. The festival also includes a silent auction, car show featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles and a Kids' Zone complete with a climbing wall, inflatables and games. Admission is free.
February 27: Chili for Charity
Oak Hollow Farm • 14210 South Greeno Rd., Fairhope.
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The annual fundraiser features live music, children's inflatables, a mechanical bull, a variety of homemade desserts for sale and of course, a chance to sample some of Baldwin County’s best chili. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Ecumenical Ministries of Baldwin County, an agency dedicated to providing aid for low income families, the disabled and elderly.