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Top 10 Things to Do in February

Mark your calendars for this month's local events you won't want to miss.

Photo courtesy of The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

February 4 - 28 Mardi Gras 2017

Downtown Mobile and other locations

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Celebrate the carnival season with friends and family at one of the local parades rolling through the streets of Lower Alabama. Click here to view the complete parade schedule.

February 2: Beatriz Williams

Page & Palette • 32 S. Section St., Fairhope.

Noon. New York Times best-selling author Beatriz Williams celebrates her latest work “The Wicked City,” a novel about a love triangle set in the Jazz Age. 

February 2: Night Market

Mobile Museum of Art • 4850 Museum Dr. 

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. This monthly market showcases makers, artists, artisans and craftsmen who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. In addition to shopping, guests will enjoy food from Ben’s Burga Kaboose, beverages from Fairhope Roasting Company and live entertainment including the DJ Stylings of Neil Byrne (AKA Hot Lobster!) and music from Excelsior Band. Admission is free.

February 3 - 5, 10 - 12: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Mobile Theater Guild • 14 N. Lafayette St. 

8 p.m., Fri. - Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Journey back to 1950s Mississippi and watch as the drama unfolds in this quintessential Southern drama by Tennessee Williams. Tension boils over as Gooper, Mae, Brick and Maggie “the cat” come together to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. Tickets range from $15 - 20. 

February 16: Matthew McNeal

Mobile Museum of Art • 4850 Museum Dr. 

7 p.m. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter will showcase his gritty, Southern vibe on stage as part of the Mobile Museum of Art's "Live at the Museum" series. Admission is $10 at the door.

February 18: Mystic Mutts of Revelry 2017

Fairhoper's Community Park • Downtown Fairhope

1 p.m. Let the good times roll with your four-legged friend in this walking Mardi Gras parade for the canine population. This year's parade has a sports theme. All proceeds from MMOR will benefit The Haven, Fairhope's no-kill animal shelter. 

​February 18: ZZ Top

Saenger Theatre • 6 S Joachim St.

7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show. Sing along to "Sharp Dressed Man" as ZZ Top stops in Mobile as part of The Tonnage Tour. Tickets range from $46 - $126. 

February 18: Orange Beach Seafood Festival

Main Street • The Wharf, Orange Beach

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy a day full of delicious food, arts and crafts vendors and music for the whole family. The festival also includes a silent auction, car show featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles and a Kids' Zone complete with a climbing wall, games and more. Admission is free.

February 18: GulfQuest Exhibit Opening

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum  155 Water St. 

The reopening of GulfQuest will feature lower ticket prices, free parking and an exciting new exhibit called "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure." The interactive traveling exhibit will feature more than 500 artifacts discovered from deep-ocean shipwreck expeditions around the world as well as information about shipwreck exploration and the technology used to find and recover shipwreck treasures. Following the grand opening, GulfQuest will open to the public Wednesdays - Saturdays beginning February 22. 

February 25: Chili for Charity

Oak Hollow Farm • 14210 South Greeno Rd., Fairhope.

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. The annual fundraiser features live music from Blind Dog Mike and the Howlers, children's inflatables, a hay ride, a variety of homemade desserts for sale and of course, a chance to sample some of Baldwin County’s best chili. Admission for adults is $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the Ecumenical Ministries of Baldwin County, an agency dedicated to providing aid for low income families, the disabled and elderly.

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