Best Bets For The Weekend, Apr 30-May 2

FAIRHOPE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL- Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, downtown Fairhope

The festival is free to the public. For 2021, there will be only Alabama artists exhibiting their best works. Artists will be set up so that social distancing is possible. Come see the best Alabama artists and enjoy some delicious cuisine from the food court and downtown restaurants throughout the festival. CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL- Fri-Sun, starting at 9am, Seville Square and Fountain Park, downtown Pensacola

Cajun or not, here we come! The festival features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, fresh from Louisiana, plus other Cajun fare like boudin, jambalaya, etouffee, gumbo, and more! Shop arts & crafts vendors and enjoy live music all weekendCLICK HERE

2021 MOBILE KIDNEY WALK- Sat 9:30am-11:30am, UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Old Shell Rd entrance

Join us for a socially-distanced Kidney Walk Celebration! Proceeds raised through the annual Kidney Walk will provide financial assistance to low-income dialysis and transplant patients; kidney disease education and awareness; and patient support servicesCLICK HERE 

LEGENDS IN CONCERT: CELEBRATE VEGAS - Wed-Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm, through May 30; OWA Theater, OWA, Foley

Celebrate Vegas will feature four artists that have had the greatest impact on the entertainment capital of the world over the last 60 years. The line-up will include tributes to the stars of the original residencies in Las Vegas, the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra and the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley, as well as the Goddess of Pop, Cher, and Lady Gaga, the hottest ticket on the strip in recent years. CLICK HERE  

MIKE EPPS IN REAL LIFE COMEDY TOUR- Fri 7:30pm and 11:00pm, Pensacola Bay Center

Actor and comedian Mike Epps will be joined on stage with some of comedy’s most talented entertainers, including Lavell Crawford, Karlous Miller and Kountry Wayne. CLICK HERE

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents RUSSIAN CLASSICS- Sat 6pm and 8:30pm; Sun 1pm and 3:30pm, Mobile Saenger Theatre

Five monumental Russian composers raise their voices in this concert: Tchaikovsky, Anton Arensky, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. CLICK HERE   

TAB BENOIT with special guests WHISKEY BAYOU REVIEW- Fri 8pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE

GRILLIN’ AT THE FORT DOUBLE STEAK COOKOFF- Sat 8am-5pm, The Fort Park, Spanish Fort

Do you enjoy grilling? Have you been deemed the king of the grill? Are you intrigued by the world of competition cooking? If so, come put your skills to the test at this year's Steak Cook-Off! In association with the Steak Cookoff Association.  CLICK HERE  

BURGER BATTLE BY THE BAY- Sat 11am-1:30pm, Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

Attendees get to taste numerous samples of grilled burgers made by both professional and amateur cook teams and vote for their favorite! Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children - Escambia County and the other community service projects of the Pensacola SubWest Rotary Foundation. CLICK HERE  

SEMMES HERITAGE DAY/ ARBOR DAY- Sat 10am-2pm, Semmes Heritage Park

Vintage Car & Wagon Show ~ Live Music ~ Wagon Rides ~ Camellia Maids~ Arts & Crafts ~ MGM Plant Sale ~ Vendors~ Exhibits & Demonstrations ~ Cake Walks ~ Historic Displays ~ Open House Tours of One-Room 1902 Schoolhouse, Malone Chapel, Log Cabin ~ Vintage Fashion Show & More. CLICK HERE  

BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER: BOUKOU GROOVE- Fri 7pm-9pm, Jernigan’s Landing, Milton

The Spring Series offers a variety of music from local favorites to national touring bands. Bluegrass, country, blues and rock and roll will be performed on the stage in Downtown Milton. Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome. No glass containers are allowed. Dancing is highly encouraged!! CLICK HERE   

FIRST SUNDAY OUTDOOR MARKET AT 5 RIVERS- Sun 12 noon-4pm, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort

The Market is an opportunity to shop outdoors and support local artisans, crafters, growers, and makers. The May Market at 5 Rivers will feature a glass blowing demonstration by Freddie Blanche of #Muffinjawdesigns. Additionally, there will be other activities like the Animal Ambassador program from 2pm-3pm and a Market Day Delta Discovery Tour at 1:30pm. CLICK HERE

25th Annual PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE: A Musical Comedy for Adults- Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm, Pensacola Little Theatre

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. ***Mature audiences only*** CLICK HERE

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