Downtown Mobile news and info - October 2015
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Judging by all the people walking about Downtown Mobile these days, summer has finally loosened its grip on the Port City. There will be plenty of opportunities to take to the streets this month, beginning with the October edition of ArtWalk this Friday. The second annual Streets Alive! event takes place on the 18th, with a new activity: the Wintzell's Big Oyster One-Mile Run. See the article below for more information, but go ahead and add it to your calendar now! 

This is just the beginning of a busy time, however, both from a cultural and economic standpoint. Things are happening, and it's not just because we can finally spend enough time outside to see it!


Von's Bistro Now Open

If you're a fan of Von's food truck and have been wishing you could order from the inventive Asian/Gulf Coast fusion menu any time, your wish has been granted. The brick and mortar restaurant has opened at 69 St. Michael Street for lunch Monday - Saturday and dinner on the weekends.  

KABL & CO will soon be bringing a great energy to the downtown retail scene. Located at 451 Dauphin Street, the shop will carry clothing for men and women and gifts for everyone! A sneak peek promises both trendy and timeless fashion. Look for a mid-month opening!




The historic Hiram Lodge is set to undergo a major renovation which will convert the former Masonic Lodge into residential units. A local developer plans to create about 16 apartments in the three-story building. The units will come with parking, soaring ceilings and great views of the Mobile skyline!


Precision Engineering has purchased the 400 block of St. Louis Street and plans to renovate the historic building for its new downtown offices. The firm currently employs 70 engineers and plans to grow to more than 100 over the next five years. The announcement is just the latest for the burgeoning St. Louis Street corridor that is becoming a hub of technology and creativity in the Port City.

Mobile is undoubtedly the center of commerce and finance for the region, but our cultural institutions are not to be overlooked. We are indeed fortunate to have a full complement of excellent performing arts organizations, some of which are kicking off outstanding seasons. 

The Mobile Opera is launching its 2015-16 season with Pagliacci Friday, and Sunday, October 23rd and 25th. This season should be especially exciting as the Opera moves into its new home at the Temple Downtown at 351 St. Francis Street. Mobile Opera is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in the United States, but there's nothing old or stuffy about the programming! Visit to learn how to be a part of the opera scene.

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra season kicked off last month, with an amazing line up of performances yet to come. From Beethoven & Blue Jeans to Cirque de la Symphonie, the MSO  performances at the Saenger Theatre are sure to entertain and inspire. Learn more.

The Mobile Ballet will bring some of the world's most  beloved and entertaining ballets to life on the Civic Center Theater Stage this season, beginning with Snow White November  7th and 8th. For 27 years the Mobile Ballet has presented outstanding performances and promoted the ballet to the community as an expression of the human spirit. Learn more.


Open Streets for All 

Run, Dance, Hop, Skip, Bike, Skate, SkateBOARD, Pogo-Stick, Wobble and Waltz your way downtown Sunday, September 18 for Mobile's second annual Streets Alive. The oldest Open Streets event in Alabama offers you multiple dance classes, adult and child bike races, arts & crafts, a rock wall and so much more. Dauphin Street will be closed from 2-6PM, so no need to worry about traffic; this is a carless event (parking available). Bring the whole family down for some wholesome, active fun. New this year are the Wintzell's Big Oyster One-Mile Run (register here) and the Makers' Garden. More information can be found here and here, and if you'd like to volunteer (free t-shirt!) please register today!

Open Streets for Food 

Come celebrate Mobile's downtown restaurant scene with your family and friends while supporting Prichard Preparatory School at their largest fundraiser of the year! They will close sections of Lower Dauphin Street in front of participating restaurants and offer price-fixed menus and a communal dining atmosphere. Even the student ensemble will be in attendance! To purchase tickets, visit Seating time will be at 6:30 p.m. The event is paperless, meaning your tickets will be held using your reservation name.

Sponsorships are also available ranging from $250-$10,000. It is anticipated that this event will be a big draw for business people and supporters of the local community, so this is an excellent opportunity for sponsors' exposure. To sponsor this event, or for more information, please call Clara Mellown at 251-380-7220 or email her at The deadline for sponsorships is quickly approaching, so call today!

Rob Thomas

October 21
Saenger Theatre

Rob Thomas has been one of modern music’s most compelling and commercially successful artists for well over a decade – between Matchbox Twenty, his solo work, and his various collaborations with iconic artists like Santana, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, his tally now stands at more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. He is arguably the most accomplished singer/songwriter of his generation and coming to the Mobile Saenger Theatre October 21st. Tickets and more info.

Cory Smith plus The Mulligan Brothers

October 9
Saenger Theatre

The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans. And it’s one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin’ Is Good. The project, released on Sugar Hill Records, marks the first time that the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith’s most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the investment made by the fans who have supported him since his first album in 2003. He's bring his talent to the Mobile Saenger Theatre October 9th.


October 9th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
LoDa Arts District

The October ArtWalk is always one of the best of the year. The weather is perfect, new fall inventory fills the shops and galleries, and the activity on the street is fun and unexpected. Live music, tasty treats and libations await at Mobile's monthly street party. 


October 11
Soul Kitchen Music Hall

The members of the reggae group from Santa Barbara, California all originally hail from Hawaii. They're known for their mix of reggae, dub, rock and for their sunshine reggae.

Kidz Bop Kids:
Make Some Noise Tour

October 30
Saenger Theatre

The KIDZ BOP Kids are the face and voice of KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids in the U.S. These talented young performers—Ashlynn, Bredia, Grant, and Matt—sing on the best-selling KIDZ BOP albums, star in national KIDZ BOP TV commercials and music videos, and host KIDZ BOP Radio on SiriusXM Channel 77. For five consecutive years, the KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist.” Check them out at the Mobile Saenger Theatre October 30.

Barbizon USA Model Search

October 17
Mobile Convention Center

Barbizon isn't just about walking on a runway or reading lines from a script, it's so much more! The Barbizon experience is about discovering what makes you special, and developing your one-of-a-kind "star" quality for the whole world to see. We invite you to review the Barbizon programs to see how our expert modeling and acting training, along with life-skills instruction, will give you the confidence and tools to shine for a lifetime. Coming to the Mobile Convention Center October 17. More info.

Who Dat Ozanam?


Come out to O’Daly’s Irish Pub on Thursday Oct. 15 to watch the Saints face the Falcons while supporting Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy! There are great drink specials and even better prizes that you can win throughout the night! Here is the link to the event page on Facebook for more information.

New York City Dance Alliance


NYCDA leads the industry in offering professional weekend conventions – exciting workshop classes from our distinguished faculty, thrilling competition and a professional audition experience – all in a supportive, positive, and fun environment! Expect to be INSPIRED! 

NYCDA is able to create experiences and opportunities that no other dance convention can offer.  We are proud of our exclusive and continued support from the professional dance community which assists us to help dancers to take the next step into the ‘real world.’ Coming to the Mobile Convention Center October 23rd through the 25th.


History Refused to Die


Featuring over 75 works by 15 Alabama self-taught artists from the collection of William S. Arnett and Souls Grown Deep Foundation, History Refused to Die examines the textured African American experience in Alabama. Special video installation by Tom Leeser. Often referred to as "outsider" or "folk" art, works from this genre of truly astonishing American art are sure to engage and surprise visitors of all ages and walks of life. Learn more

Chocolate! The Exhibition

Sept 26 - Jan 17
Gulf Coast Exploreum

The Gulf Coast Exploreum has brought to Mobile  a unique and educational exhibition for young and old alike. Chocolate! The Exhibition explores the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats, tracing chocolate from its origin in the rainforest to its status as a global economic commodity.
Chocolate! and its national tour were developed by the Field Museum of Chicago and was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Learn more.


What's on the Screen

The Crescent Theaterfeatures current releases and popular documentaries. Plus, you can relax in one of 10 recliners and enjoy a glass or wine or beer. Current films, showtimes, and tickets

The Gulf Coast Exploreumwith its I-MAX Dome will educate and entertain at the same time! Current films and showtimes. 


Live Music Listing

Looking for some great live local and regional music in downtown? Check out these sources:

Soul Kitchen
Alchemy Tavern

Moe's Original BBQ
O'Daly's Irish Pub
The Listening Room

Lagniappe has a listing of live music in the Mobile area.

With 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, displays and theaters, GulfQuest is a place you'll want to visit often.

The exhibits are housed on multiple decks of a life-sized replica of a container ship, so come ready to walk and browse and take your time. There are many places to sit and enjoy the view, both inside the museum and outside overlooking the beautiful Mobile River and the busy of Port of Mobile.

For any additional information, please visit the GulfQuest

October Happenings

30th Anniversary for Shibui, 'Living with Brushes and Ink',
Coordinator - Mary Rodning. 
Artwalk October 9, 5:30-8:30, Wine Tastings, Appetizers,
Music by Bayou Rhythm. 
Tues-Sat 11-5, Sun 11-3.
251-694-0278, info

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