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Mobile Bay Spring Festival Preview

Hello festival season! Use this guide to fill your social calendar with 10 of the best in food, music, arts and more.

Hangout Music Festival

Sports + Outdoors

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: May 5 - 6, 2017
Where: Foley Sports Park
What: Take a tethered ride or sit back and watch hot air balloons decorate the skies of Baldwin County. There will also be carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a performance from the Disc-Connected K9's Frisbee Dog Show.
How much? General admission is free; tethered balloon rides range from $15 - $20

Mobile Streets Alive

When: May 7, 2017 | 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile
What: One big family-friendly street festival complete with youth bike races, adult mini-bike races, slowest bike race, makers' fair, climbing wall, live music and more.
How much? Free

Creek Fest

When: May 13, 2017 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Where: Tricentennial Park
What: Family-friendly celebration including a cane pole fishing tournament for ages 16 and under, live music from Eric Erdman, food, kayak rides, door prizes and educational exhibits. 
How much? Free

Dragon Boat Festival

When: June 10, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
What: Watch teams race in 46-foot long Hong Kong-style dragon boats for 250 meters. In addition to the races, there will be food and fashion trucks, a petting zoo, trackless train, gyro gym, jump houses and pony rides.
How much? $5 admission for spectators, children under the age of 3 are free

Food + Drink

Dauphin Island Gumbo Festival

When: April 29, 2017
Where: Dauphin Island
What: Head to the Island for a weekend filled with live music, kid's activities and a gumbo cook-off.
How much? $10 

99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn

When: May 6, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where: Southern Napa Fine Wine House, Daphne
What: The Eastern Shore's only craft beer festival with 99 beers to sample, live music and food 
How much? $45.01, includes admission, sampling of all 99 different craft beers, tasting glass and a 6-pack of craft beer from the festival

Orange Beach Wine Festival

When: May 13, 2017
Where: Orange Beach
What: More than 120 wines and craft beers, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the Bay and more
How much? $59 in advance, $69 at the gate

Art, Music + Culture

St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts & Crafts Festival

When: April 29, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where: Dauphin Island
What: Browse art, pottery, jewelry and photography from more than 50 local and regional artists. Don't miss the gumbo cook-off and sailboat regatta held that weekend as well. 
How much? Admission is free, food and art is available for purchase

Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival 

When: May 7, 2017 | 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Where: 2415 Venetia Rd. (on Dog River)
What: Bring blankets and chairs to kick back and listen to live performances by Willie Sugarcapps, Slide Bayou and Crown Jewelz to help raise money for the Dog River Clearwater Revival. Food will be available for purchase from a local food truck.
How much? $25 for adults, free for children under 10

Hangout Music Festival

When: May 19 - 21, 2017
Where: Gulf Shores beach
What: Music lovers from all over the U.S. flock to the beach to see performances from some of the hottest musicians including Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, MGMT, Weezer, Major Lazer, The Head and the Heart, The Strumbellas, Band of Horses and more. 
How much? General admission tickets are $309

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