The Hangout • 101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores.
Kick off a jam-packed cook-off weekend on Friday with the Craft Beer Festival featuring tastings of dozens of craft beers and live music. On Saturday, enjoy chef demos and workshops, an oyster shucking contest and sample oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants from across the country. Admission is $10. Kids 12 and under get in free. Tasting tickets are available for purchase to sample oysters.
Don’t miss four days of brilliant, entertaining and award-winning films screened throughout downtown Fairhope. Tickets are $75 for a six-pack or $110 for an all-access pass.
Bienville Square • 150 Dauphin St.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This fundraiser for Lifelines Counseling Services features local restaurants’ best brunch dishes, live music and a Bloody Mary mix-off competition. Must be 21 or older to attend. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home • 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore.
Don’t miss the largest outdoor chrysanthemum display in the nation! View hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums displayed on bridges and balconies and in baskets and containers throughout Bellingrath Gardens. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white.
GulfQuest National Maritime Museum • 155 S Water St.
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sample from 25 premium bourbons and whiskeys while overlooking the Mobile River. There will be also be hors d’oeuvres, wine and local brews, a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Proceeds benefit Coastal 150, a regional leadership effort to make coastal Alabama the place to live, work and play along the Gulf Coast.
Mobile Convention Center • 1 S Water St.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at the Junior League of Mobile’s annual holiday market, featuring more than 100 merchants from across the country. General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The city of Fairhope will celebrate the start of the season with entertainment from the Eastern Shore Choral Society, Fairhope High School band and Fairhope Middle School Band. Mrs. Claus will also be present to collect Christmas wish lists to bring back to Santa. The trees will light at 6 p.m. sharp!
Mardi Gras Park • 163 Government St.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The city of Mobile will kick off the holiday season with a merry market, live music, pictures with Santa and much more. The tree will light at 6:10 p.m., so don’t be late!
The Grounds • 1035 Cody Rd. N
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Take in a variety of cultures from all across the globe with this annual celebration featuring food, art, music, crafts and entertainment from drummers, dancers, acrobats and more. Tickets are $12.
Spanish Plaza • 401 Government St.
8 a.m. Burn some calories before your holiday feast at this fundraising run supporting Camp Rap-A-Hope, a camp for Gulf Coast children faced with cancer. Registration prices range from $10 – $25.