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Check your Best Bets before you make your weekend plans, so you don't miss out! We've got local events, concerts and more all along the Gulf Coast.Full Bio


Best Bets for the Weekend, Nov 23- Nov 26

TURKEY TROT FOR HOPE 5K & GOBBLE WOBBLE FUN RUN- Thurs 8am-11am, Mardi Gras Park, Downtown Mobile

Run the Turkey Trot for Hope certified 5k or 1 mile Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving Day in Mobile! Your registration supports Rapahope, a non-profit organization that offers free year-round programming for families battling childhood cancer. Our goal is to help children with cancer have life-changing camp experiences filled with as many amazing moments as possible. CLICK HERE   


Thurs/Fri, gates open at 10am, 6477 Jack Springs Rd, Atmore

The Pow Wow is a 2-day homecoming celebration of our rich cultural heritage with families, friends and neighbors. Activities include dance contests, a drum contest and the Poarch Creek Indian Princess Contest.

Visitors also enjoy unique crafts and festival favorite foods such as oak wood fire-roasted corn, buffalo burgers, and fried chicken. CLICK HERE  

MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS - Open nightly 5pm-9pm, Nov 24- Jan 3 (closed December 25 and January 1), Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 28th year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2023! In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. CLICK HERE   

ELF PARADE & CHRISTMAS JUBILEE- Friday: Parade Lineup 12:30, Contest Judging 1:25pm, Parade Start 2:00, Government at Palafox, Downtown Pensacola

Download and color your ears, wear your best elf outfit, salvage an ugly holiday sweater, or decorate your wagon or stroller: Everyone can show off their creativity at the Elf Parade! During parade lineup, you can join any contest you like. Santa will announce the winners just before we march, and each winner will lead their section of the parade.  CLICK HERE   

CELTIC ANGELS CHRISTMAS- Fri Nov 24, 7pm, Pensacola Saenger Theatre

A joyous celebration from start to finish, encompassing vocal and instrumental Holiday and Irish favorites. Paired with show-stopping world-class champion Irish dancing and a fully live band, Celtic Angels Christmas is sure to awe and entertain. CLICK HERE  

FNL: FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE - Fri 12 noon- 5pm, Tricentennial Park, Mobile

The City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department presents FNL: Friday Night Live. Take a break from Black Friday shopping and join us for a free, family concert of Blue Grass & Gospel Music! Performances By:

The Amanda Cook Band, Michael Slater and Company Music, and DJ Herb Love. Grab your Family friends, and snacks for a relaxing daytime concert in the park!  CLICK HERE   

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: OUTDOOR HOLIDAY MARKET- Sat 12 noon-4pm, Downtown Mobile around Cathedral Square

Shop Small this holiday season! Find unique gifts while supporting local businesses. Head downtown to Cathedral Square to take care of your holiday shopping.CLICK HERE    

IRON BOWL BLOCK PARTY- Sat 12:30pm-7:30pm, N. Jackson St. Between St. Louis and St. Anthony Streets, Downtown Mobile

Huddle up at the City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department's Iron Bowl Block Party! Catch the 88th Iron Bowl Game on our 23'x13' HD LED screen! Enjoy a live DJ playing during TV timeouts, plus a chance to win prizes for best-dressed and most spirited fans. Don't forget to bring your chairs and blankets! Please no tents or umbrellas.  CLICK HERE   

MARK NORMAND- Fri 7pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre, CLICK HERE   

RICKEY SMILEY- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Biloxi, CLICK HERE    

THE WIZ: THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL - Sun 4pm, Mobile Civic Center, CLICK HERE    

HOLIDAY MOVIE WEEKENDS: POLAR EXPRESS & HOME ALONE - Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm, National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

Polar Express will show on the 4 Saturday afternoons (11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16) and Home Alone will show on the 4 Sundays (11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17) between Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends. The start time for both movies will be 2 pm and tickets will be $10 each. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided.  CLICK HERE     

PENSACOLA WINTERFEST- Nov 17- Dec 24, Plaza Wonderland, Downtown Pensacola

Downtown Pensacola comes alive with song and dance, arts and crafts during the holidays, with “A Whoville Christmas Caper,” “Polar Express Tour” and “The Grinch’s Merry Match” tours. Pensacola Winterfest's tours and photos with Santa take place in Plaza Wonderland at the corner of Government Street and Palafox Place. Snow and music starts at 5:30 on Fridays, 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday, on all Tour nights.  CLICK HERE   

WINTER AT THE WHARF: ICE SKATING - Nov 17-Jan 15, Main Street, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin or fall into the season by coasting on blades.  CLICK HERE    

USA JAGS @ TEXAS STATE - Sat 6pm, San Marcos, Texas,  CLICK HERE  

Listen to the Jags all season on 96.1 The Rocket, Sports Talk 99.5 and the free iHeartradio app. Pre-game show starts 2 hours before kickoff. CLICK HERE  



Happy Thanksgiving Day With Pumpkin And Nut On Wooden Background

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