In a city born to celebrate, there’s never a shortage of entertainment options. 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.


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 every night of the week.


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 freely and carry beverages between establishments.


Other festivals such as 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. French soldiers and settlers first celebrated Mardi Gras in Mobile in 1703, and we’ve been perfecting the party ever since.


Entertainment online


To find more entertainment options in the Mobile area, visit these websites:


Downtown Mobile Alliance

Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival

Mobile Civic Center

Mobile Arts Council

Visit Mobile

MOJO (Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed)


Saenger Theatre

The Grounds