March 5: Chili Cook-off
The Grounds • 1035 Cody Rd. N
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The 27th 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 the American Cancer Society.
March 10: Wine, Women & Shoes
Alabama Cruise Terminal • 201 S Water St.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shop designer fashions, enjoy delicious food and wine, bid on incredible auction lots and enjoy a performance by the Dyversatile Crew at this fundraising event for Camp Rap-A-Hope. General admission is $100.
March 10 – 13: 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 the beauty of some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes at the largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast. This year's theme is “Taking Flight to a World of Gardens.” Visitors will be able to explore the artful symmetry of a French parterre, seek contentment and harmony in a tranquil Zen garden and the vibrancy of a South American paradise. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the gate. Be sure to stick around for Buds, Brews and Rosé on Thursday from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. The event will feature ice-cold beer and live entertainment by Crown Jewelz amidst a flower-filled setting. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, and proceeds will benefit the Providence Hospital surgical suites.
March 11 – 12: Mobile Historic Homes Tour
The Pillars • 1757 Government St. (for parking and will call)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take a tour of some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the Leinkauf Historic District. Tickets are $25 until March 10, then $30. Proceeds benefit the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the Historic Oakleigh House Museum.
March 15: Elton John
Mobile Civic Center • 401 Civic Center Dr.
8 p.m. Sing along to “Tiny Dancer, ” “Bennie and the Jets” and other classic hits as Sir Elton John performs live in Downtown Mobile.
March 18 – 20: Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival
10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. More than 230 exhibitors from across the nation will bring their best works to show and sell. Local art, live entertainment and unique cuisine will also be available for purchase on the streets of downtown Fairhope. Admission is free.
March 19: Azalea Trail Run
8 a.m., 10-K, 5-K; 9:30 a.m., 2-K fun run. Thousands of runners race down the oak-shaded streets of downtown Mobile in this run presented by the Port City Pacers.
March 19: Callaghan’s St. Patrick's Street Party
Callaghan's Irish Social Club • 916 Charleston St.
Toss back a couple of green beers and listen to live music with a thousand of your nearest and dearest friends at Alabama's largest St. Patrick's Day street party. Sláinte!
March 19: Downtown Cajun Cook-off
Cathedral Square • Downtown Mobile
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Head downtown to dine on delectable Cajun dishes and support the Child Advocacy Center. Tickets are $10 in advance at local venues, $13 if purchased online and $15 the day of the event.
March 23: 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 Wilmer Hall and a scholarship fund in memory of former student athlete and UMS-Wright graduate Lyon Newell. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.