Come to Bayou La Batre and then visit areas nearby for
events on turf and in the surf.

22nd Annual Taste of the Bayou
October 23, 2010, Bayou La Batre, AL

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Bayou La Batre Community Center

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.

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7th Annual John L. Broom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

October 14-17, 2010, Alabama Gulf Coast

The 2010 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


October 1-3, 2010, Mobile, AL

BayFest will celebrate its 16th 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.

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Thunder on the Gulf

October 12-17, 2010, Orange Beach, AL

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 ( 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.

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Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Watch footage from the 2010 Blessing of the Fleet

Video courtesy of Andrew C. Harper, PhD, Director, Media and Documentary Projects Center,
The University of Mississippi
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May 1, 2011, 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."

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To see footage from our 61st Annual Blessing of the Fleet in May 2010, click here.

Taylor Creek Shooting Preserve

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 for tournament dates and hunting news.

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (Canceled for 2010 but stay tuned for 2011)

Mobile, AL

As one of the largest fishing tournaments in the nation, the Rodeo attracts at least 100,000 spectators and approximately 3,200 competing fishermen.

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Sea Turtles in May

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.

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Mardi Gras

January 6-March 8, 2011, Mobile, AL

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.

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January 2, 2011, Mobile, AL; 7:00 p.m. CST

The 12th Annual GMAC Bowl for Division I College Football will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium
and televised by ESPN.

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61st Annual Senior Bowl

January 29, 2011

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.

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Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta

April 2011, Dauphin Island, AL

About 300 beautiful sailboats from more than eight states adorn Mobile Bay.

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The Museum of Mobile

Current Exhibits:

Helen Keller: The Capitol Sculpture
July 27 - September 27, 2010
This exhibit features a statue portraying the dramatic moment that Helen Keller was liberated from the “double dungeon of darkness and silence.”

Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution
July 23 - October 3, 2010
Evolution / Revolution is an exhibition of more than 40 wood sculptures by the artist, spanning two decades of artistic development and a growing national reputation.

Marian Acker Macpherson: Etcher of Old Mobile
July 23 - September 26, 2010
This exhibit features as many of Macpherson’s etchings as can be located, as well as a selection of her other works.

Wood Artistry from the Permanent Collection
July 23 - September 26, 2010
The Museum's collection of wood art, developed since the late 1980s, represents the creativity of American and International artists.

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Mobile Museum of Art

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.

Upcoming exhibits

Eudora Welty – Exposures and Reflections
Opens September 2, 2010
This is an exciting exhibit of the photographic and literary works of famed Southern writer Eudora Welty. Forty photographs and excerpts from Welty’s written catalogue will harness the powerful creative spirit of one of the South’s great twentieth century writers.

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Mobile International Speedway: Irvington, AL

Late model racing during the year and TBARA Winged Open Wheel Sprint Cars in August

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Mobile Bay Bears

See Minor League Baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks April through September in Hank Aaron Stadium. Also visit the Hank Aaron museum.

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University of South Alabama Jaguars

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.

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