Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events 3/6-3/8



MOBILE CHILI COOKOFF- Sat 11am-3pm, Mardi Gras Park, downtown Mobile

This is the American Cancer Society’s 31st Annual Chili Cookoff, with 75 teams (including iHeartRadio) cooking up chili, to win bragging rights and to fight cancer. Enjly live music from Nanafalia, Phil & Foster, and Symone French & the Trouille Troupe, a cornhole tournament, and a children’s area at the Exploreum with Animal Tales LLC and the Princesses from Once Upon A Time partiesCLICK HERE

MOBILE BOAT SHOW- Fri 12noon-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-5pm, Mobile Convention Center

The 2020 show will feature a great selection of boats, motors, personal watercraft, and marine accessories. In addition to a huge selection of boats, there are great special events (like the Fetch-n-Fish dog show) for the whole family to enjoy! CLICK HERE  

BALLYHOO FESTIVAL- Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

This exciting festival is unique in its focus on fine art, combined with cultural exchange with the Poarch Creek Indians and a Fiddle/Banjo Competition. Enjoy fine art from all across the southeast, local seafood and live music! CLICK HERE   

JASON ALDEAN- Fri 7:30pm, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, CLICK HERE

JOSH TURNER- Sat 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE   

UNCLE KRACKER- Fri 7pm, Wild Greg’s Saloon Pensacola, CLICK HERE 

GLADYS KNIGHT- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE  

RUBEN SINGS LUTHER - Fri 8pm, IP Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE  


DOKKEN / LYNCH REUNION TOUR- Fri 8pm, Hard Rock Live Biloxi, CLICK HERE 

FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS- Fri 8pm, Mobile Civic Center Theater

Each year, the Festival of Laughs unites some of the most popular names in comedy on stage. Comedy heavyweights Lavell Crawford, Earthquake, Tommy Davidson and Mark Curry will bring down the house with their sharp wit, unbridled humor and hysterical storytelling. CLICK HERE   

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents VIVACE with SUJARI BRITT- Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Young, vibrant and exceptionally talented - cello prodigy Sujari Britt performed at the White House when she was 8 and was a hit on public radio's From the Top at 10. Now she's set to wow Mobile audiences with the Saint-Saëns concerto. CLICK HERE   

JERSEY BOYS- Thurs 7:30pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! CLICK HERE

SEUSSICAL JR, THE MUSICAL- Fri 6pm, Great Lawn, Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore

In “Seussical Jr.,” favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life, including Horton the Elephant and The Cat in the Hat, by the PACT Theatre Company. Don’t miss this magical evening of music and fun in the Gardens! CLICK HERE

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S BLACK COFFEE- Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm, Chickasaw Civic Theatre

Sir Claud has been murdered and his latest discovery, worth millions, is missing. Whodunit? It takes Hercule Poirot to unravel the plot and name the villain in this Agatha Christie classic.  CLICK HERE   

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

Merchants in Downtown Fairhope stay open late and highlight local artists and musicians. Start your Art Walk with a new exhibit at the Eastern Shore Art Center. CLICK HERE  

WWII LIVING HISTORY EVENT- Sat 9am-5pm, Fort Gaines Historic Site, Dauphin Island

Come and experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; there will be authentic camping and blacksmithing in the original blacksmith shop. CLICK HERE

McGUIRE’S 5K PREDICTION RUN- Sat 9am-12pm, McGuire’s Irish Pub, downtown Pensacola

Each runner/walker predicts how long it will take them to complete the 3.1 mile course. The finishers who come closest to the time predicted on their registration form win. Benefiting the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, The Pensacola Police Department, McGuire's Family Matters Program, Blue Angels Foundation and Boy Scouts of America Troop 104. CLICK HERE 

USA JAGUAR SOFTBALL vs APPALACHIAN STATE- Fri 6pm; Sat 3pm; Sun 12noon, Jaguar Field, USA campus CLICK HERE

ICE FLYERS HOCKEY vs FAYETTEVILLE MARKSMEN - Fri 7:35pm; Sat 7:05pm; Sun 4:05pm, Pensacola Bay Center, CLICK HERE   

DINOSAURS AROUND THE WORLD- Jan 18- May 10, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Go back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life! CLICK HERE   


THE WAY BACK (R) - A former HS basketball phenom, struggling with alcoholism, is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption? Stars Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Michaela Watkins, Da'Vinchi

ONWARD (PG)- Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. Featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Ratzenberger

Don’t plan your weekend without your Best Bets- local events, movies, concerts and more!

(Mobile Chili Cookoff 2019... Photo: Mary Booth)