January

These events and more can be found posted on the official Dept. of Alabama Tourism website, Sweet Home Alabama.

Saturday, January 28

” A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier “

Dauphin IslandThe well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Civil War Tours are ongoing throughout the area. Find the schedule here.

Mardi Gras in Mobile

MobileExperience “America’s Family Mardi Gras,” delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. Special parade today for Senior Bowl guests; however, Mardi Gras 2017 begins on Feb. 4th through Feb. 28th with various parades running throughout all the Mobile and Baldwin County cities. See Mardi Gras Schedule for exact times and locations of parades. Check the official guide and schedule out at the Mobile Mask.

Senior Bowl 2017

MobileSenior Bowl. 251-438-2276. www.seniorbowl.com. Admission charged. Ladd-Peebles Stadium–The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South, which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. Contest will be nationally televised by NFL Network.

February

Saturday, February 4

Mardi Gras in Mobile Experience “America’s Family Mardi Gras,” delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. Special parade today for Senior Bowl guests; however, Mardi Gras 2017 begins on Feb. 4th through Feb. 28th with various parades running throughout all the Mobile and Baldwin County cities. See Mardi Gras Schedule for exact times and locations of parades. Check the official guide and schedule out at the Mobile Mask.

USS ALABAMA Living History Crew Drill

MobileHistory comes alive aboard the USS ALABAMA when these historical reenactors board the ship. Step back in time with us and see what life was like during WWII.

Tuesday, February 7

Tuesday Winter Civil War Tours

Gulf ShoresA Historian will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan’s History.

Tuesday Winter Civil War Tours Fort Morgan

Gulf ShoresTuesday Winter Civil War Day Tour: A Historian will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan’s History.

Thursday, February 9

Alabama Lifestyles Expo, 25th Annual

Orange BeachOrange Beach. Alabama Lifestyles Expo. 800-235-4757 or 205-222-2862. www.alabamaadvantage.com. Free. Caribe Resort–Something of interest for all ages. Residents and visitors can learn about Living in Alabama Communities, including places to see, things to do, and healthy living. 8 a.m.-2 p.m..

Saturday, February 11

Tropical Vow Renewal at LuLu’s!

Gulf ShoresRecapture the magic of Love with several hundred other couples! Join us at LuLu’s for the 9th Annual Tropical Vow Renewal! This free event is sure to make you fall in love all over again!

Thursday, February 16

BCHM Golf Scramble

FoleyBCHM Golf Scramble www.facebook.com/BchmGolfScramble

Saturday, February 18

25th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Orange BeachThe Festival is a full day of delicious food, 40+ arts and crafts vendors and music for the whole family.

Knights of Ecor Rouge Mardi Gras Parade

FairhopeFeb 18, Fairhope. Knights of Ecor Rouge Mardi Gras Parade. 251-929-1466. Free. Streets of Downtown Fairhope–Enjoy the spirit of Mardi Gras at this beautiful parade of colorful floats. Bring the entire family for this free event. 6:45 p.m. until.

Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 40th Annual Orchid Show and Sale

TheodoreThe Mobile Area Orchid Society will hold its 40th Annual Orchid Show and Sale at Bellingrath Gardens and Home from Friday, February 17, to Sunday, February 19. Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. Vendors will sell orchids, supplies and accessories.

Mystic Mutts of Revelry Parade

FairhopeFairhope’s only walking parade, the Mystic Mutts of Revelry, invites pets and their people to parade through downtown on Saturday, Feb 18th.

Wednesday, February 22

5th Annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball

Gulf ShoresKrewe de la Roux presents the 5th Annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball at LuLu’s! Wednesday, February 22, 2017! Buffet & Open Bar (Wine-Beer-Well Drinks)

Tuesday, February 28

LuLu’s Fat Tuesday Celebration & 17th Anniversary!

Gulf ShoresThis is a full day of GREAT Eats, GREAT Music, and GREAT FUN!! Oh did I mention it is our anniversary here at LuLu’s? And no anniversary would be complete without complimentary cake! You don’t want to miss this…

Mardi Gras Day in Mobile

MobileMobile is not only recognized as the location of the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to “America’s Family Mardi Gras” delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. This magnificent celebration lasts over two and a half weeks and concludes on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and, of course, teeming crowds of parade-goers. The floats are glowing spectacles manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins, and armed with crowd-pleasing “throws” such as beads, MoonPies, doubloons and candy. Mardi Gras must be experienced to be fully understood, and Mobile is the perfect place.

March

Wednesday, March 1

Alabama Antique Trail Sale

Over 125 antique shops and malls all over Alabama participate in a Trail Sale every March and September!

SPANISH MOSS MINIATURE ART SHOW

MobileSee fine art from around the country in this national competition and sale. No painting larger than 5 inches! A wonderful opportunity to see art from some of the finest miniaturists in the country with subjects including wildlife, sporting scenes, florals, landscape & pets.

Spring Bird Migration

Dauphin IslandDauphin Island has been named one of the top four locations in North America for viewing fall and spring migrations! The Sanctuary consists of 133 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp and a beach. Recently, the 3 miles trail system within the Sanctuary has been designated as a National Recreational Trail.

Friday, March 3

Launch of the Alabama Bicentennial Commemoration

MobileLaunch of the Alabama Bicentennial Commemoration 10:30 AM public ceremony at Cotton Hall, 911 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36604 5 PM downtown celebration at Mardi Gras Park featuring music, vendors, and fun for all ages

 

Saturday, March 4

Azalea Bloom Out

TheodoreEnjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens.

Ballyhoo Festival

Gulf ShoresDo you Ballyhoo? This exciting event is unique in its focus on fine art combined with cultural charm and the fun-loving spirit of residents of Coastal Alabama.

Mobile Chocolate Festival

Mobile9th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival to be held Saturday March 4, 2017 at The Grounds in Mobile, Alabama. All proceeds benefit Penelope House.

Friday, March 10

2017 Mobile Historic Homes Tour

MobileThe 48th Annual Historic Homes Tour in Mobile is not to be missed! This year, we will be touring homes in the Old Dauphin Way Historic District.

Spring Tea at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Mobile

Join us for a delicious Southern Tea and tour the magnificent Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. This fundraiser supports the operation and restoration of this Mobile treasure. Admission charged.

Saturday, March 11

FairhopeMarch Fantasy Doll and Toy Show and Sale. Admission charged. Fairhope Civic Center Auditorium–Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Doll Study Club of Alabama. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Orange Beach Festival of Art

Orange BeachMar 11-12, Orange Beach Festival of Art. 251-981-2787. www.coastalartscenter.com. Free to public. Coastal Arts Center–Two days of fine arts: visual, musical, performance and culinary arts are celebrated. The beautiful location on Wolf Bay showcases the natural wonders of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WWII Living History Event

Dauphin Island

Living history of a day in the life of a WWII soldier.

Sunday, March 12
Orange Beach Festival of Art

Mar 11-12, Orange Beach Festival of Art. 251-981-2787. www.coastalartscenter.com. Free to public. Coastal Arts Center–Two days of fine arts: visual, musical, performance and culinary arts are celebrated. The beautiful location on Wolf Bay showcases the natural wonders of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, March 17 thru  March 19

45th Annual OUTDOOR ART SHOW

FairhopeOutdoor Art Show has included prestigious international and regional fine artists for the past 45 years. This year, the Eastern Shore Art Center will accept an exclusive selection of renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers to attract the most respected art dealers, collectors, interior designers, and art enthusiasts.

65th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope

FairhopeHeld in beautiful downtown Fairhope by Mobile Bay each March, this award-winning art show attracts more than 200 exhibitors and more than 250,000 visitors.

Foley BBQ & Blues Cook-Off

Foley

Professional and amateur teams compete for trophies, prizes and bragging rights in several categories. Live entertainment, children’s activities, barbecue tasting, raffle, and arts and craft vendors. Admission charged.

Thursday, March 23 thru 26th

MobileSince the festival debuted in 1994, thousands of visitors from across the country have toured the eight acres of breathtaking garden wonders showcased under the open sky and elegant tents. Established as a fundraiser to assist Providence Hospital in its health care mission, the Festival’s roots have matured and grown into the largest outdoor flower show in the southeast. Recognized as a Top 20 Tourist Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, this year’s show continues its tradition of gardening excellence and education. On March 23-26th please come join us and marvel at the talents of acclaimed designers and architects at the 2017 Festival of Flowers.

Saturday, March 25

2017 Elberta German Sausage Festival–March

ElbertaHeld from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more. Don’t forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.