March 7: American Cancer Society Chili Cook-off
The Grounds • 1035 Cody Road N.
11 a.m. The 26th annual event brings food, entertainment and charity together in the best way possible. The whole family is invited to The Grounds as teams compete for bragging rights on who has the best chili in town. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention, patient services and life-saving research
March 13: Elvis Costello
Saenger Theatre • 6 S Joachim St.
7 p.m., doors open; 8 p.m., show. Don't miss this outstanding performance by the English singer-songwriter whose career has spanned more than 35 years. Tickets range from $50 – $85.
March 14: Callaghan's St. Patrick's Day Street Party
Callaghan's Irish Social Club • 916 Charleston St.
Toss back a couple of green beers with 1, 000 of your nearest and dearest friends and family members while listening to live music from Cardinal Sons, Naughty Professor and Kansas Bible Company. Sláinte!
March 13 – 14: Tee Off Fore a Cure
Lakewood Golf Course • Point Clear
Hit the links for this event benefiting patients and cancer research at Children's of Alabama. And don't miss the pre-party on Friday at the Wash House Restaurant featuring fabulous food, a silent auction and Fairhope's up-and-coming music artist, Summerlyn Powers. The golf tournament is $200 per person or $800 per team. Pre-party tickets are $25. Golfers and sponsors are complimentary.
March 20 – 22: Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival
10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. More than 200 exhibitors from across the nation will bring their best works to show and sell. Local art, live entertainment and unique cuisine will be available on the streets of downtown Fairhope. Shuttle rides will be available for $2 one way. Admission is free.
March 21: Downtown Cajun Cook-off
Cathedral Square • Downtown Mobile
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nosh on delectable Cajun dishes such as crawfish pie and jambalaya at Mobile’s first Cajun Cook-off presented by Cunningham Bounds. Hang out downtown and be sure to listen to the live music on tap. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Child Advocacy Center.
March 21: Florida-Georgia Line
The Amphitheater at The Wharf • 23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach.
7:30 p.m. Sing along to “Cruise” and other hits from the country band as part of their “Anything Goes” tour, featuring Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard. Tickets range from $29 – $59.
March 25: Lyon Newell Charity Throws Meet
UMS-Wright Preparatory School • 65 Mobile St.
3:30 p.m. As many as 92 high schools from Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are invited to participate in this sporting and charity event to raise money for the Child Advocacy Center and a scholarship fund in memory of former student athlete and UMS-Wright graduate Lyon Newell.
March 26 – 29: Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus • 6801 Airport Blvd.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thur. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. Explore landscaped gardens, designer tablescapes and more at this year’s “Southern Roots”-themed floral showcase. For a more laid-back experience, check out Buds ’n’ Brews on Friday night from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Kick back with an ice-cold beer and the music of Lee Yankie while scouting the displays. Tickets for Buds ’n’ Brews are $40 per person or $75 per couple in advance and $45 per person or $80 per couple at the door. Tickets for the festival are $12 in advance and $14 on the day of the event.
March 28: Azalea Trail Run
8 a.m. 10-K, 5-K and 2-K runs. Thousands of runners race down the oak-shaded streets of downtown Mobile in this run presented by the Port City Pacers. Water stations will be provided along the course.