Mobile Festivals & Shows

Mobile Festivals & ShowsThe city of Mobile is no stranger to the idea of throwing a great party. It is a lesser-known but no less significant fact that the first Mardi Gras took place here and not in New Orleans. While that first celebration took place in 1703, the tradition of celebrating the culture, food and music that make up this part of the world continues throughout the year. Need proof? Just take a look at some of the more notable festivals and shows that take place every year in Mobile.

Mardi Gras in Mobile
Mardi Gras in Mobile takes place over the course of two and a half weeks in February. The city has been recognized as the site of the first ever Mardi Gras celebration in 1703, well before it took place in New Orleans. To continue the tradition of those festivities that were established long ago, many locals and visitors make plans to enjoy the yearly Mardi Gras in Mobile. The festival attracts well over a million people who come to enjoy the parade, masks, the “throws” of beads, as well as all the tastes, sights and sounds that make this party one that should not be missed.

Web: www.cityofmobile.org

BayFest
When fall comes to Mobile, the falling leaves are just one of the things you can expect. The other is the celebration of BayFest. Held every October, this 14-year-old festival brings some of the best musical performers who are known for playing the best rock, country and soul music anywhere. This party draws an average of 200,000 guests to downtown Mobile.

Web: www.bayfest.com

The dreams of several young, beautiful and talented contestants are realized every June when Mobile hosts the America's Junior Miss Pageant. Lovely young ladies from all over the country come to the city to display their notable talents such as singing, dancing or performing a special talent. They also go through rigorous preparation to see who will walk away with the coveted title.

Address: 751 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36604 - MAP
Phone: (251) 438-3621
Web: www.ajm.org

BBQ Championship & Hog Wild Festival
How spicy can you get? That's a question that is asked every year by participants and visitors who are a part of the BBQ Championship and Hog Wild Festival held in Mobile every March. The Greater State Fairgrounds is the site of this deliciously saucy event that features 120 cooking teams competing for cash and prizes. Plus, there are several kid-friendly activities in addition to the great music and BBQ. It all goes to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile.

Address: 3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, AL 36607 - MAP
Phone: (251) 479-4900
Web: www.bbqmobile.net

Christmas at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Mobile's grandest example of antebellum beauty, not only celebrates its historic past but looks to the future every first Sunday in December as it gets in to the spirit of the season with Christmas at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Choirs, food, music and lots of great family fun help spread plenty of Christmas cheer at this highly popular holiday festival.

Address: 1906 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36607 - MAP
Phone: (251) 471-6363
Web: www.braggmitchellmansion.com

Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival
Enjoy some cool jazz during the hot Mobile summer when you make plans to spend some time at the Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival. Held at various venues in downtown Mobile the first weekend of August, this event not only spotlights this uniquely American musical genre, it also allows aspiring musicians to learn from the pros in a variety of work shops and all-star jam sessions. Plus, the various cultures that make up Mobile are celebrated as well with delicious foods, traditional costumes and much more. This is one of the city's signature summer events not to be missed!

Address: 115 South Dearborn Street, Mobile, AL 36602 - MAP
Phone: (251) 432-8343
Web: www.gcehjazzfest.com