Best Bets For The Weekend, May 7- May 9

GULF COAST HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL- Thurs 6pm-8pm (Balloon Glow); Fri 2pm-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 12 noon -8pm, OWA, Foley

More than 40 hot air balloons will light up the green space at OWA and soar through the skies in the heart of Foley. Balloons fly at dawn and dusk each day, wind and weather permitting. The Festival features children’s activities, tethered balloon rides, balloon glows, balloons in flight, artesian and food vendors, live music, and moreCLICK HERE   

49th Annual ART IN THE PARK- Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-4pm, John B. Foley Park, Foley

join us at “Art in the Park”, a competitive juried fine arts show for artists and craftsmen from across the southeast. Over 100 artists showcase their talents while providing unique, hand crafted cultural experiences and shopping opportunities. CLICK HERE

24th Annual RUFUS B. LEE GUMBO COOK-OFF -- Fri 5pm-8pm, Cooper Riverside Park, downtown Mobile

The Gumbo Cook-Off recognizes National Maritime Day, a day annually set aside to recognize America’s maritime industry, and especially those who serve at sea. The Gumbo Cookoff celebrates Mobile’s waterfront and highlights the GulfQuest Maritime Museum; all proceeds will go to support GulfQuest operations. The Gumbo Cook-Off will feature maritime displays, activities for kids, music, and, of course GUMBO! CLICK 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  

MOBILE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT- Sun 5:30pm, Mobile Botanical Gardens, Museum Drive

Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra's annual Mother's Day Concert will move this year to the Mobile Botanical Gardens' ReBloom Lawn! Please join us as we celebrate Mother's Day with an evening of music and scenic beauty. CLICK HERE


Students from The Jazz Studio open the show at 3:00 p.m. and Mobile Big Band Society take the stage from 4:00 until 6:00. Bring Mom and your lawn chairs and enjoy great weather and live music and dance in the beautiful spring sunshine of The Oakleigh Garden District. CLICK HERE   

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

Showtime is a Broadway-style extravaganza featuring music from nearly every genre, ranging from classical to contemporary, pop to musical theatre, and more! CLICK HERE

THE WIZARD OF OZ- Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun 7:30pm, Henry George Park, Fairhope Pier

We're off to see the wizard at Eastern Shore Rep's 8th annual Theatre on the Bluff sunset production of the Wizard of Oz!! Patrons should bring their own blanket or lawn chair, and picnics are encouraged. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Tickets are currently only available online. CLICK HERE

DISNEY’S NEWSIES: THE MUSICAL- Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm, The PACT Theatre Company, Mobile

Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsboys on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishersCLICK HERE

BLUE ANGEL MUSIC BLUES ON THE BAY: CAT RHODES & THE TRUTH - Sun 6pm, Community Maritime Park, Pensacola

Blues on the Bay is a Free Concert series. Bring your chair, blanket, cooler, drinks and family for a great day by the bay.  CLICK HERE   

BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER: KARLI RYAN - 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   

25th Annual PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE: A Musical Comedy for Adults- Thurs/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


Round 1 of the SPHL Playoffs will be Friday. Join the Ice Flyers as we white out the Hangar!  CLICK HERE

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