Come to Bayou La Batre and then visit areas nearby for
events on turf and in the surf. Magic Christmas in Lights
Mobile, Bellingrath Gardens
Stroll through the 65-acre estate, decorated with more than 3 million lights, and see hundreds of custom-designed holiday displays.
Open daily Friday, November 26, through Friday, December 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). Tours of the Bellingrath Home, decked in holiday finery, are every hour and half hour until 8 p.m. Admission for Magic Christmas in Lights only is $12 for adults and $6.50 for children (5-12). Admission for Magic Christmas in Lights and the Bellingrath Home Tour is $20 for adults and $12 for children (5-12). Call 251-973-2217 for information.
The GoDaddy.com Bowl for Division I College Football will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium
and televised by ESPN.
February 21, 2012- Fat Tuesday
For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliant-colored floats and, of course, the crowds of parade goers that. Revelries begin on Dauphin Island, which hosts the first Mardi-Gras parade of the season in January.
The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South and coached by entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and nationally televised.
Video courtesy of Andrew C. Harper, PhD, Director, Media and Documentary Projects Center,The University of Mississippi For more information, visit olemissmedia.com
May 6, 2012, Bayou La Batre, AL
Our celebration includes a parade, food, family, friends and fun—and most importantly a prayer for our fishermen, the boats they command and the catch they bring in. The blessing: “May God in Heaven fulfill abundantly the prayers which are pronounced over you and your boats and equipment on the occasion of the Blessing of the Fleet. God bless your going out and coming in; The Lord be with you at home and on the water. May he accompany you when you start on your many journeys: May he fill your nets abundantly as a reward for your labor; And may he bring you all safely in, when you turn your boats homeward to shore.... Amen."
To see footage from our 61st Annual Blessing of the Fleet in May 2010, click here.
23rd Annual Taste of the Bayou
September 24, 2011, Bayou La Batre, AL
Our seafood tasting event features more than 30 booths and succulent dishes prepared by local and professional chefs. We spotlight seafood caught and prepared by those who make a living from the area's waters. Tickets are $20.00 and are available in advance from the Chamber of Commerce and member businesses.
The 2011 BirdFest will include several new trips in local inland waterways and will repeat many popular land and boat trips from previous years. From walking tours to canoe/kayak paddle tours to pontoon boat cruises, you’ll see countless species during fall migration along with the vital role estuaries, beaches, and marshes play in the entire eco-system. Since 2004, the Alabama Coastal BirdFest has attracted participants from 18 states and Canada and has donated more than $50,000 toward habitat protection and preservation in Baldwin and Mobile counties. For more information and the schedule of events, visit alabamacoastalbirdfest.com.
October 7-9, 2010, Mobile, AL
BayFest will celebrate its 17th anniversary with an expected crowd of more than 200,000 guests who will make merry in the streets of Downtown Mobile and see more than 125 live musical acts on nine stages during the weekend. Continuous music covers every genre: country, classic rock, alternative, pop, jazz, R&B, rap, gospel, modern rock and more. One of the festival’s stages, the Launching Pad, is specifically designed to spotlight local and regional talent and showcase acts who aspire for musical greatness. There’s also a family activity area that has garnered rave reviews in and of itself.
Thunder on the Gulf will be OPA's and POPRA's end-of year-World Championship Races. OPA is the largest offshore powerboat racing organization in the United States (www.oparacing.org). This will be a two-race format that will have 40 to 60 boats from across the U.S. in town for an entire week.
Monday and Tuesday: Teams arrive Wednesday: Teams practice Thursday: First race Friday: Poker run with racers and fans participating Saturday: Boats test Sunday: Final race
Since OPA is sponsored by GEICO, this race will be part of the GeIco Offshore Racing Series and it will be televised about a month after the race.
Taylor Creek is a hunting preserve that offers guided hunts and Continental pheasant shoots. Guides currently hunt Pointers and English Setters. Taylor Creek boasts the only fully automated 12 station sporting clay course in the area. Each station is wired for "Clay Delay," an automated microphone trap puller. Enjoy 20 acres of tall pines, hardwoods, shrubs and wide open fields. A new lodge/clubhouse is avaible to relex, before and after the hunt. Visit taylorcreekshooting.com for tournament dates and hunting news.
Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (Canceled for 2010 but stay tuned for 2011)
As one of the largest fishing tournaments in the nation, the Rodeo attracts at least 100,000 spectators and approximately 3,200 competing fishermen.
From May through October each year, we share our beaches with dozens of mama sea turtles. These endangered animals are looking for a safe place to make a nest where their babies can hatch, then find their way safely into the warm Gulf waters.
Henri Rathle: Impressions of a Man
November 4 – January 10, 2010
A student of Henri Matisse, Dr. Rathle is recognized for his beautiful floral and Gulf Coast landscapes along with many interesting portraits. Capturing subjects from the local, national, and international scene, these works offer glimmers into the cultural climate of the decades in which he painted. From world leaders to family members, the paintings honestly reveal the true character and priorities of their creator.
The museum is the largest of its kind on the Gulf Coast from Tampa to New Orleans. A collection of more than 8,000 works of art spanning two centuries of culture are permanently exhibited in the 95,000 square foot facility.
December 1 – October 31, 2011
Project 35 is an exhibition of video art from around the world showing a diversity of approaches to making video, as well as the interests artists are addressing in their practice. Among the first series of videos is Guy Ben-Ner’s Berkeley’s Island (1999), which refers to George Berkeley’s famous dictum “to be is to be perceived.” (Some material in this exhibition may be unsuitable for children. Parental discretion is advised.)
Catch college athletic competition throughout the year. Men’s sports include football, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, soccer, softball, cross country, golf, tennis, track & field and volleyball.