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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.
TenSixtyFive is a free music festival in downtown Mobile attracting thousands of music lovers to hear three days of country, rock, jazz, R&B, rap, gospel and more.
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.
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
MOJO (Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed)
TenSixtyFive Music Festival