Top Things to Do in April 2023

Mark your calendars with this month's top local events you won't want to miss.

little girl holding a basket during an April Easter Egg hunt
Easter Egg Hunt

Through June 21: Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
GulfQuest Museum
In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, GulfQuest Museum presents this display of about 150 historical objects spanning more than 350 years, delving into the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Through April 22: “Dressing the Abbey”
Mobile History Museum
This exhibit weaves fashion, history and popular culture by featuring outfits from the wardrobe of the popular TV show, “Downton Abbey.” The museum curated a complementary exhibition, “Dressing Mobile: 1920’s Fashion in the Port City.” The local angle showcases the transformation of Mobile society and culture from the years 1890 to 1930.

April 1: Easter Egg Hunt
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
9 a.m. Hop down to the to Bellingrath’s great lawn where thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered for children to gather and exchange for prizes. 

April 1: Mudbugs and Margaritas
Heritage Park Foley
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Crawfish and margaritas star, plus craft beer, live music, a kid zone and more. Entry: $5 dollars, free for children under 12.

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April 2 – 30: Watercolor & Graphics Art Society Spring Exhibition
Old Majestic Brewing Company
Reception to be held April 8 from 5 –  7  p.m. This juried show by the The Watercolor & Graphic Arts Societiy offers a sampling of artists’ works from a variety of media.

April 7: The 18th Annual Artys
Soul Kitchen
6: 30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Mobile’s only awards program that acknowledges contributions made to the arts in Mobile. Tickets: $50.

April 7: World Ballet Series: Cinderella
Mobile Civic Center
7 p.m. An enchanting story for all ages with a dose of humor, majesty of classical ballet and a promise of “happily ever after.” Tickets start at $31.

April 8: Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Drop
The Florabama
Noon. Enjoy kids’ crafts, face painting and an Easter egg hunt. Watch the Easter Bunny sky dive onto the beach and little children can visit with him after he lands.

April 9: The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Loxley Municipal Park
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rides, crafts, live music, a car show, a 5k run and food vendors abound at free annual festival. 

April 14 – 15: Billy Strings
Mobile Civic Center
8 p.m. Grammy award-winner Billy Strings plays for two nights. Tickets start at $53.

April 15 – 16: Brahms Symphony No. 4
Saenger Theater
7:30 p.m. Sat.: 2:30 p.m. Sun. Brahms’ fourth symphony is accompanied by Weber’s “Euryanthe Overture” and Caroline Shaw’s “Music in Common Time.” The musical performance features the University of South Alabama Concert Choir and Mobile Opera Chorus. Ticket prices vary.

April 15 – 16: Kites Over Mobile
Brookley By The Bay
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat.; noon – 5 p.m. Sun. Watch professional kite flying demonstrations, kite displays, live music and a candy drop. Have a picnic, bring your kites, chairs and blankets.

April 19: The Art of Presentation: A Tablescape Event
Eastern Shore Art Center
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Wisteria Garden Club presents stunning tablescape
displays. Meet the designers and enjoy refreshments at this come-and-go event. Be amazed by the creative, clever and inspirational tablescapes. Tickets: $20.

April 20: Fortune Feimster
Saenger Theater
7 p.m. Feimster’s “Sweet and Salty” is currently streaming on Netflix, and was nominated for Best Comedy Special for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Tickets start at $25.

April 21 – 23: Zydeco and Crawfish Festival
Waterway Village, Gulf Shores
6 p.m. Fri. – 6 p.m. Sun. Sink your teeth into juicy crawfish while dancing to the rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands in the South. 

April 22: Earth Day Mobile Bay
Fairhope Pier
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Join Alabama’s largest Earth Day celebration, featuring environmental exhibitors, hands-on activities for all ages, food vendors and entertainment. Find information on hybrid cars, electric vehicles, solar panels, ground source heat pumps, wind turbines, eco-friendly home solutions and growing an organic garden.

April 23: 8th Annual Dog River Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival
Bender Point, Mobile
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Relax under the oak trees for a fun afternoon. Music enthusiasts and river stewards annually look forward to this popular family event on the river to enjoy great musical entertainment and food trucks.

April 23: Kid’s Day
James Seals Park
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kids can dress up as a characters from their favorite book,
movie or TV show. There will be story time, tethered hot air balloon rides and activities at this free family event.

April 28: “Full Moon Fever”
Saenger Theater
8 p.m. The Black Jacket Symphony will perform Tom Petty’s classic “Full Moon Fever” in its entirety, along with his greatest hits. Tickets start at $27.

April 28 – 29: ‘Bama Gulf Coast Cruisin’
The Wharf, Orange Beach
9 a.m. Come and see the beautiful cars on display at this free event that includes giveaways, door prizes, nightly parties and a scenic beach cruise.

April 28 – 30: Plein Air Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island Art Gallery
8 a.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sun. An art event and competition for artists who paint on-site around the island and neighboring coastal venues. There is an art show and sale at the Dauphin Island Art Gallery, as well as a public reception to meet and mingle with participating artists. 

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