Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 5/3- 5/5

5/3- 5/5

LOCAL EVENTS:

COCKTAILS WITH CRITTERS- Thurs 6pm-9pm, Bluegill Restaurant, Causeway, Spanish Fort

This is the 14th Annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation. The event will include a silent auction, live music by Eric Erdman, hors d'oevres and beer and wine! Tickets available online at sealabfoundation.org. CLICK HERE 

MERCY ME with CROWDER and MICAH TYLER- Thurs 7pm, Mobile Civic Center, CLICK HERE

THUNDER OVER THE SOUND- Sat/Sun 8:30am (gates open 7:30am), Keesler Air Force Base; 1pm-5pm, Biloxi beachfront

Thunder Over the Sound, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds, takes place on the flightline at Keesler Air Force Base and along the beaches of Biloxi, and is a joint effort between Keesler AFB and the city of Biloxi. The show includes other performances: Team Aeroshell, the Army Special Ops Black Daggers, a MiG-17 and many more. (Events are subject to change due to weather) CLICK HERE

GULF COAST HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL - Thurs 6pm-8pm Balloon Glow (at Tanger Outlets); Fri 2pm-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm, Festival Grounds, Foley Soccer Complex

Featuring more than 40 hot air balloons from across the country; activities include tethered rides each night, Balloon Glows, entertainment, carnival attractions, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and the Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show. ****Balloons fly early in the morning (around dawn) and late in the afternoon (around dusk). All flights are weather dependent.*** CLICK HERE

BLESSING OF THE FLEET- Sat/Sun 10am-4pm, St Margaret Parish, Bayou la Batre

Admission is free and the event will include Alabama Gulf seafood, traditional Vietnamese Cuisine, a Gumbo Cook-off (Saturday only), Arts & Crafts Show, Decorated Boat Contest, Boat Cruises, Bingo, activities for children, and more. Land Parade Sunday at 2pm, followed by Blessing and Boat Parade at 3pm. CLICK HERE

BIDS, BREWS & BEATS- Sat 11am-3pm, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key

There will be food, live music and a live auction, benefitting Alabama Credit Union’s Secret Meals for Hungry Children organization, serving 295 children in 8 schools across Mobile County, Baldwin County, and the Perdido Key area. Each Friday food packs are delivered to these schools and teachers secretly place the packs into students backpacks so they have enough food to eat over the weekend. CLICK HERE

BURGER BATTLE BY THE BAY- Sat 11am-2pm, Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

Attendees get to taste numerous samples of grilled burgers made by both professionals and amateurs, and you can vote for your favorite! Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children, providing educational opportunities for underprivileged kids. CLICK HERE 

RACE TO THE TOP - Sat 9am, Turquoise Place, Orange Beach

Spectrum Resorts and the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics want you to test your fitness level with our local heroes and compete for a three-night stay at Turquoise Place and for the bragging rights to the “Top of the Tower Champion” title. This stair race up 31 floors to the top of Turquoise Place Tower, is open to the public and will benefit the Special Olympics of Alabama.  CLICK HERE

BALD EAGLE BASH- Sat 4pm-7pm, Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center, Fish River Bridge, Hwy 98

Fresh Gulf shrimp dishes and desserts prepared by 16+ area chefs and restaurants, signature beer from Fairhope Brewing Co, great selection of wines, and. . . music by The Red Clay Strays! It's the Gulf Coast's greatest "Party for Preservation!" CLICK HERE

A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE UNDER THE STARS ON THE MOBILE RIVER- Sat 7pm-11pm, Cooper Riverside Park, downtown Mobile

Featuring Unfazed; Yeah, Probably; Jeff Floyd; with special guest jazz artists, "The Queens of Soul" Jeanette Harris & Althea Rene'. Proceeds benefit Legacy 166 Literacy ProgramsCLICK HERE

LOCAL GOODNESS- Sun 4pm-7pm, Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center St (near USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital), Mobile

At this unique farm-to-table event, Local Goodness pays tribute to local cuisine, art and music while raising awareness and support for the mission of providing the highest quality healthcare for the children and women in this region. This year’s event will support the expansion and renovation of USA Children’s & Women’s Pediatric Emergency Department, the only facility of its kind on the Gulf Coast. CLICK HERE

HOBBY HORSE DERBY- Sun 1pm-6pm, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

This event is a fun competition for the whole family. Hop on your hobby horse, dress in your best race day costume, and compete to be top "dog" in Mobile! Proceeds will benefit Delta Dogs, a non-profit, community-supported organization that helps provide free spay and neuter and veterinary healthcare to the pets of people living below the poverty line in the Mobile.  CLICK HERE

MOBILE RIVER FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL- Sun 2pm-7pm, Cooper Riverside Park, downtown Mobile

This event will highlight local restaurants and chefs, with exciting musical performances from local artists Roman Street, Yo Jonesy, SoFree (University of Mobile Ensemble) and The Jazz Studio (Program of the Mobile Big Band Society). CLICK HERE

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK- Fri 6pm-8pm, downtown Fairhope

Celebrating local artists, crafters and musicians. Stroll downtown Fairhope and visit local merchants, as well as the Eastern Shore Art Center. CLICK HERE   

TOM SAWYER- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, Playhouse In The Park, Langan Municipal Park, Mobile

An accomplished young cast brings the Mark Twain classic to life, with a beautiful set and an original score by Scott Jolly and Danny Mollise. CLICK HERE  

PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS presents SHOWTIME- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

This year’s Showtime is a lively performance featuring music of the more popular genres as well as some tried and true classics. CLICK HERE

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents FORTE- Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

The MSO season ends with Forte, two beloved masterworks in one concert: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 and Rachmaninoff's sweeping Second Piano Concerto, featuring acclaimed Van Cliburn Gold-Medal winner Vadym Kholodenko.  CLICK HERE

LORD HURON- Fri 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

CHARLIE WILSON- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE  

LEE GREENWOOD - Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

INCUBUS - Sat 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP- Fri-Sun, Gulf Place Beach, Gulf Shores

The field was selected from the 75 NCAA institutions sponsoring the sport of beach volleyball. The 8 teams areSouthern California, UCLA, Florida State, Pepperdine, LSU, Cal Poly, Hawaii, and Stetson. The event will be televised live by ESPN networks. CLICK HERE

AFC MOBILE SOCCER vs BATON ROUGE UNITED - Sat 7pm, Lipscomb Athletic Field, Mobile  CLICK HERE

USA JAGUARS BASEBALL vs LITTLE ROCK- Fri/Sat 6:30pm; Sun 1pm, Stanky Field, USA campus 

Listen to Jags Baseball on 99.5 The Jag and iheartradio.com (keyword Jags) all season. CLICK HERE 

PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL vs BILOXI SHUCKERS- Wed/Thurs/Fri 6:35pm; Sat 6:05pm; Sun 1:05pm, Blue Wahoos Stadium, Pensacola

Promotions include Thirsty Thursday, Fireworks Saturdays and Family Sundays. CLICK HERE

MOVIES:

UGLY DOLLS (PG)- The free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most. It’s an animated musical with new songs from Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, Nick Jonas, Pitbull and more!

LONG SHOT (R) -When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly. Stars Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen

THE INTRUDER (PG13)- A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property. Stars Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy

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