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Top 10 Things to Do in May

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

Little Black Dress

May 4: Little Black Dress

Fort Whiting Auditorium • 1630 South Broad St.

6:30 p.m., doors open. See the latest fashion trends on stage at the Jaguar Land Rover Gulf Coast LBD Cocktail Party and Runway Show benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. Fifty local-area “McModels” will be featured in the fast-paced New York styled runway show. Afterward, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from area chefs and restaurants. General admission tickets are $100.

May 4: Cocktails with the Critters

Bluegill Restaurant • 3775 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feast on tasty hors d’oeuvres and cool beverages while listening to live music by Eric Erdman. There will also be a silent auction featuring local art, jewelry, home goods and more. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation.

May 5: Alabama 200 Launch

Downtown Mobile

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Mardi Gras Park; 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., Cooper Riverside Park. Celebrate Alabama's bicentennial with free admission to the Museum of Mobile, Fort Conde and Mobile Carnival Museum as well as live music, fireworks and activities for the kids. Admission is free!

May 5 - 6: Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Foley Sports Park

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. General admission is free; tethered balloon rides range from $15 - $20. 

May 6: 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn

Southern Napa Fine Wine House • 2304 Main St., Daphne.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Eastern Shore's only craft beer festival features 99 beers to sample, food and live music. Tickets are $45.01, which includes admission, a sampling of all beers, tasting glass and a 6-pack of craft beer from the festival. 

May 6: Sturgill Simpson

The Amphitheatre at The Wharf • Orange Beach

8 p.m. Check out Grammy-winning artist Sturgill Simpson perform live with special guest Margo Price. Tickets range from $23 - $43.

May 13: Creek Fest

Tricentennial Park

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don't miss this free 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. 

May 13: Orange Beach Wine Festival

Caribe Resort • 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach.

Noon - 4 p.m. Enjoy more than 120 wines and craft beers, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the Bay and more. Tickets are $59 in advance, $69 at the gate. 

May 14: Mother's Day Concert

Bellingrath Gardens and Home • 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore.

1 p.m. Treat mom to something special this year with the Mobile Youth Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert at Bellingrath Gardens. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch to enjoy during the concert. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

May 19 - 21: Hangout Music Festival

Gulf Shores

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. General admission tickets are $309.

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