January is coming to a close, Mardi Gras balls are happening all over the area, and there are lots of events happening all over the Alabama Gulf Coast. We have picked the top five events you …
January is coming to a close, Mardi Gras balls are happening all over the area, and there are lots of events happening all over the Alabama Gulf Coast. We have picked the top five events you shouldn't miss this weekend.
Start your weekend with a visit to the Pinta in Gulf Shores or sampling king cake at the King Cake-Off in Mobile Friday. Saturday is busy with our remaining three events. Start the day swapping seeds and plants at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo or eating gumbo in Foley. If you are looking for something inside or you are a "Downton Abbey" fan, head to Mobile and check out the newest exhibit at the History Museum of Mobile. Keep up with events taking place across the Gulf Coast by visiting the Event Calendar at GulfCoastMedia.com.
The Pinta at LuLu's
What: A replica of Christopher Columbus' tall ship Pinta will pull into the marina at LuLu's Gulf Shores Thursday, Jan. 26. The ship will be open for dockside educational tours.
When: Thursday, Jan. 26 – 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
King Cake-Off 2023
What: Don't miss your chance to taste the best king cake on the Gulf Coast. Taste 20 king cakes from around the area and help choose the best. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kingcakeoff.com.
When: Friday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Community Seed and Plant Swap
What: Celebrate National Seed Swap Day at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for the first Community Seed and Plant Swap event. Bring your seeds, plants and cuttings from your garden to swap with attendees. Swapping adds variety to your garden and allows you to share your love of flowers, herbs and vegetables with new gardeners. All event activities are included with zoo admission. Receive a 10% discount off zoo admission with a donation of wildflowers seeds. The seeds will be used to re-seed the banks around ponds throughout the zoo.
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gumbo & Alabama Slammer Festival
What: Enjoy a day of live music, fun, gumbo and cocktails at the inaugural Gumbo and Alabama Slammer Festival. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance at beachlifeevents.com.
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dressing The Abbey
What: Are you a "Downton Abbey" fan? The History Museum of Mobile has a new exhibition that features the iconic wardrobe worn by the cast. From the rich country tweeds to beautiful evening gowns to a starched footman's livery. Visitors will see how evolving styles both reflect and shape ideas about society, culture, manners and history at this transformative period in the history of the Western world. For more information, visit historymuseumofmobile.com.
When: Saturday, Jan. 28 – April 22, hours vary
Where: History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, Mobile
Price: Admission prices range from $5 for children to $10 for adults