It stands to reason that the city known for bringing Mardi Gras to America would know a thing or two about having a good time. And Mobile certainly does. Entertainment is abundant and easy to find.


The list of live music venues is growing throughout the Mobile area, but downtown Mobile serves as the city’s entertainment center – with a lively mix of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, galleries and theaters.


Dauphin Street  and the historic Saenger Theatre anchor the district known as LoDa, for Lower Dauphin Street. The renovated Saenger attracts major national touring acts, including Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and Norah Jones, and is home to the Mobile Symphony. Local clubs feature live music daily.


A wide variety of restaurants – from elegant to casual – are popular meeting places for dinner before heading off for an evening of entertainment, music and fun.


Mobile recently joined many other cities with lively downtown entertainment scenes in creating designated entertainment districts allowing people to mingle freelyand carry beverages between establishments.


BayFest is one of the largest musical festivals on the Gulf Coast, attracting more than 200,000 music lovers to hear some of the nation’s top performers in every genre, including country, classic rock, alternative, pop, jazz, R&B, rap, gospel, modern rock and more.


Other festivals such as ArtsAlive  and LoDa ArtWalk bring crowds of people to downtown streets to sample what the city has to offer.


But nothing tops the excitement of Mardi Gras season when crowds fill downtown for three weeks of parades.


Find out more about events in the Mobile Bay area by visiting the City of Mobile calendar.