Fireside Tales at Blakeley
Historic Blakeley State Park invites families and others interested in local folklore to gather around the campfire for a special storytelling presentation Friday, Oct. 26, starting at 6 p.m. Park admission $4 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. State Highway 225 about five miles north of Spanish Fort. Visit blakeleypark.com.
Sensory Friendly Trick or Treat
The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center (8909 Rand Ave., Daphne) will host a Sensory-Friendly Trick or Treat on Friday, Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parents or care providers must accompany children. Bags will be provided. Call 251-583-5530.
Halloween at the Exploreum
Join us for an Animated Halloween at the Gulf Coast Exploreum on Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for family-friendly activities and demos inspired by animation while exploring the amazing worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Visit exploreum.org.
Boo at Bellingrath
Dress up your little goblins and enjoy a day of Halloween fun at Bellingrath on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day: $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Purchase online at brownpapertickets.com.
Walk a 30-minute guided trail through the haunted forest of Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley. Oct. 26 and 27. First tour begins at 7 p.m., last tour at 10 p.m. Tours will run at 30-minute intervals. Geared toward teens and adults. Please wear closed-toe walking shoes. $15 admission. Call 251-923-4267.
Fear in the Forest
Magnolia Corn Maze presents a haunting experience unlike anywhere else in our area. $20 per person includes two corn mazes, a hayride, petting zoo and all unlimited activities. Oct. 26, 27 and 31, 7-11 p.m. at 15275 County Road 49 S., Summerdale. Call 251-605-7216.
Family-friendly Haunted House
Join Trinity Episcopal Church, 1900 Dauphin St. in Mobile, Oct. 26 and 27, 6:30-9 p.m. The Haunted House will also be open Oct. 28 and 31, 3-6 p.m. $10 for adults or $5 for kids under 12. Special pricing for groups of 10 or greater. Call 251-473-2779.
Fall Fest at The Shoppes at Bel Air
The Shoppes at Bel Air will host its Fall Fest featuring games, activities and crafts for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged to amplify the Halloween spirit! Join us Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fountain near J.C. Penney. Call 251-375-1297.
St. Mary Fall Festival
Fall Festival with Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 28, 1-3 p.m. Prizes for best trunk and other contests including costume, hula hoop, limbo and cake walk. Inflatables, haunted house and concessions including Kona Ice. Gate fee is $1 per tricker or treater.
Scary stories with Stephen Graham Jones
Join us Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the USA student center outdoor amphitheater for scary stories read by Stephen Graham Jones, a genre-bending writer who spans the worlds of experimental fiction, horror, crime and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town of Terror Circus Asylum
The most terrifying attraction on the Gulf Coast is every weekend in October at OWA in Foley. For older kids and adults. Tickets start at $19.99 and packages to the park and other attractions are available. For more information go to visitowa.com.
The Park After Dark
Visit Saturdays in October inside The Park at OWA for a variety of kid-friendly events and activities. Grab the kiddos and spend a Halloween-themed day in The Park as they enjoy a hay maze, create fun arts and crafts, and make lasting memories! Times and activity details at VisitOWA.com.
Church Street Graveyard Tours
Historic Mobile Preservation Society (HMPS) and Church Street Graveyard Society will present a tour of Mobile’s oldest cemetery Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Learn all about the graveyard and the people laid to rest there. $10 per person, free for HMPS members. Tickets at historicmobile.org/events or pay cash at start of tour.
Congressional town hall
Congressman Bradley Byrne will hold two town hall meetings. Thursday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. at the Saraland City Hall and Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. at the Bayou La Batre City Hall. Meetings are open to the public and free. Information at Byrne.House.Gov/TownHalls.
Forks and Corks
Join us Friday, Oct. 26, for an evening of food, music and marine science at the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab as eight Mobile County Public School teams compete in a seafood culinary competition. Tickets are $30 each/$50 for two. Visit DISL.org/special-events or call 251-861-2141.
The inaugural three-day ArtSeaLab Festival is Oct. 26-28 at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus, 101 Bienville Blvd. Culinary arts competition, outdoor arts and crafts show, high school and middle school “Love Our Gulf” art competition, marine debris 3D art competition, eco-poetry community workshops, live folk demonstrations, performances and children’s art plus science activity tents. Visit artsealab.org.
64th annual Greater Gulf State Fair
The fair kicks off on Friday, Oct. 26, with the return of music to the grandstand. MCA Nashville Records country singer and actor Josh Turner will open on Oct. 27, followed by Back to the ‘90s featuring All 4 One, Coolio and Tone Loc on Nov. 2. Concerts are included with general fair admission; upgraded Gold Circle seating options are available, including access to private bathroom and bar. Visit www.mobilefair.com.
Coastal Alabama Community College in Fairhope will host a Gospel Fest Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. Featuring African Universal Church Choir, Eastern Shore Choral Society and Path to Peace Choir. Bring chairs and blanket. Food, door prizes, singalong. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Rotary Youth Club. Contact LMason@RotaryYouthClub.org.
AOPA’s last fly-in
Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores is hosting the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s last fly-in for 2018 on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. The fly-ins are designed to give AOPA pilots and other aircraft enthusiasts the opportunity to connect with each other, learn more about aircraft and have fun. Exhibits, free seminars. Open to the public. Visit aopa.org.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Chapel Speckled Trout Invitational
Competitive angling, fresh-fried mullet and tasty sides, kid-friendly activities, live music and lively prizes combine for a day of fun for a good cause on Saturday, Oct. 27. St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 14755 Oak St., Magnolia Springs. Visit stpaulsms.org, call 251-965-7452 or email email@example.com.
Elberta Sausage Festival
Join us Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Elberta’s famous “One With Two Without” German sausage and sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children, and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. 13052 Main St., Elberta.
Movie on the Promenade
Grab a blanket or chair and join GulfQuest for the movie “Coco” outside on the Riverfront Promenade, Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. Our in-house restaurant, The Galley, will be offering a pizza slice and drink for just $5. Visit gulfquest.org.
Fall Market in the Park
Fall market comes to Cathedral Square Saturdays through Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Live musical performances, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans and locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honey, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta. Find us on Facebook @MobileArtsCouncil.
CUMC fall farmers market
Christ United Methodist Church will hold a farmers market Tuesdays, 2:30-5 p.m., through Nov. 13. Locally grown produce, seafood, honey, fresh roasted coffee and local craft artist. West side of church property at 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile.
Fairhope fall farmers market
Thursdays through Nov. 6, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy delicious, healthy foods in season — greens, herbs, sweet potatoes — at the Fairhope farmers market. Enjoy live music, a variety of vegetables and produce, and leave with a fresh bouquet of flowers. Fairhope Public Library Youth Services invites kids to come each week for activities at 4 p.m. Visit fairhopeal.gov for more information.
Enjoy free, family-friendly pop-up events including music, games and other activities Oct. 28, 2-5 p.m., at Cooper Riverside Park. Theme is “Just Add Fun.” Visit specialeventsmobile.org.
Bingo at Via!
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Open to the public. Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., 251-478-3311.
“Pink is the New Green”
Join us for the annual “Pink is the New Green” soiree, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. Hosted by William Norville Harrison in memory of his wife, Debbie. Music by The Marlow Boys, silent auctions and door prizes. All donations will benefit USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.
Boots & BBQ Barn Bash
The fifth annual Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off Thursday, Oct. 25, to benefit the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music by Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats and barbecue at Moe’s Original Bar B Que (701 Springhill Ave.). Admission is $40 per person. To register online, visit give.childrensal.org/barnbash.
St. Mary Parish Haunted House
Sponsored by St. Mary Life Teen and Sunny Side Theater on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Mary Parish (1453 Old Shell Road, Mobile). Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family and can be purchased in advance at the Parish office. All proceeds will go directly to benefit St. Mary youth programs.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama on Saturday, Oct 27, at Bienville Square to help create a world without breast cancer. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and the walk starts at 8 a.m. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/mobileal for more information.
3rd annual Mobile Witches Ride
Delta Dogs hosts the 3rd annual Witches Ride on Oct. 28 beginning with registration at 3:30 p.m. at the Blind Mule. Get your best, most fabulous witch costume together and hop on your broom (aka your bicycle — yeah, decorate that too!) for a 3-mile, easy-paced bike parade around downtown Mobile and DeTonti Square. Delta Dogs, a local nonprofit that provides free spay/neuter and veterinary care to the pets of Mobile’s community in need. Visit 2018mobilewitchesride.
Animal Art Safari
Paws, claws, toes and tails have been put to canvas by the animals of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to create a one-of-a-kind artwork collection that will be on display and offered at auction on Saturday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m. at 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores. Proceeds will go toward the Build Your Zoo charitable fund. Tickets are $50/person in advance or $75 at the door. Visit alabamagulfcoastzoo.com/art.
Prodisee Pantry Turkey Trot
The 9th annual Prodisee Pantry Turkey Trot runs through Old Towne Daphne on Saturday, Oct. 27, with both a certified 5K Race and a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. The 5K Race starts at 8 a.m. on Main Street at City Hall. The Fun Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit Prodisee Pantry, Baldwin County’s largest nonprofit emergency food pantry. Visit prodiseepantry.org or call 251-626-1720.
Ace of Hearts Poker Run
WKRG will hold its 2nd annual Ace of Hearts Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 27, noon until 5 p.m. Riders can leave from Mobile or Pensacola Bay Harley-Davidson, hitting up different stops along the way and culminating with the after party at Flora-Bama in the tent. Benefits the American Heart Association. Look for more information on wkrg.com.
“Freaky Friday” auditions
Come out and audition for a brand new musical, “Freaky Friday: The Musical!” on Oct. 26 and 27, 6-9 p.m. at The PACT (3995 Cottage Hill Road, Unit C, Mobile). Download the audition packet at thepactmobile.com.
Garden sketch club
Visit Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday, 2-4 p.m., for a relaxing time sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience welcome. General admission $5 for nonmembers.
“Our Beloved Women” Exhibit
The Marx Library at the University of South Alabama will host “Our Beloved Women: Matriarchs of the Poarch Creek” through December.
“Animation Academy” at the Exploreum
Visitors will learn about the history of animated drawings, from prefilm animation devices to today’s computer-generated animation, and try their hand at drawing characters. Through Jan. 6. Call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.
“Mystery of the Mayan Medallion”
Secrets of an ancient world await at the History Museum of Mobile, through Dec. 30. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.
“Madagascar: Island of Lemurs” at Exploreum
Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates the IMAX® 3D documentary “Madagascar: Island of Lemurs,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers — lemurs. Visit exploreum.com.
“Everest” at Exploreum
Celebrate the Exploreum’s 20th anniversary with “Everest.” An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in spring 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit and their successful return to base camp. Visit exploreum.com.
Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all Mobile County residents. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.
SEC Women’s Soccer Championship
Orange Beach will again host the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. Tickets will be available at the gate for $5 per game for adults and $2 per day for children (K-12). All games will be broadcast live on the SEC Network. Visit SECSports.go.com/Clubhouse/
Run-ish at FIVE
Run-ish, walk-ish, bike-ish, drink-ish. Choose your -ish and join us every Wednesday evening at 6-ish at FIVE, 609 Dauphin St. in Mobile, followed by drink and food specials. Call 251-308-3105.
Medicare open enrollment seminars
The Mobile Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Area Agency on Aging/SHIP to offer free seminars Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, to better understand Medicare choices. Locations and dates include: Newhouse Park & Community Center (2960 Alston Drive) Nov. 16; Stott Park Community Center (2150 Demetropolis Road) Oct. 26 or Nov. 30; Laun Park & Community Center (5401 Windmill Drive) Nov. 2; and Mitternight Park & Community Center (5310 Colonial Oaks Drive) Nov. 9. Call 251-208-1610.
Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale, baldwincountyal.gov.
Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.
Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973.
Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.
Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., daphneal.com.
Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday, townofelberta.com.
Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., gulfshoresal.gov.
Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.
Semmes City Council: First and third Tuesday. Work sessions at 3 p.m., regular council meeting at 4 p.m. Semmes City Council Chambers,
7875 Moffett Road Unit #C, 251-649-8811.
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