Downtown Mobile news and info - January 2017
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Thousands Ring in a Wet 2017!

New Year's Eve 2016 brought wind and rain and, amazingly, thousands of revelers to celebrate at midnight! The deluge obviously kept some people at home, but fortunately many took their chances and had a great time rocking to 38 Special's non-stop hit parade. Hotels were fully booked before the forecast turned so gloomy, and we certainly hope our out-of-town guests had enough fun that they'll be back next year...or even sooner for Mardi Gras. 

Speaking of guests, we'll be crawling with them later this month as the coaches, NFL scouts, players and their families descend on the Port City for the Reese's Senior Bowl game. It's always a fun week to be in Mobile, and you can check out all the fan activities in the listing below. 
Bankhead Tunnel and Street Closings
L'Arche First Light Marathon
On Sunday, January 8, 2017, between 6:00 a.m. - 3:00
 p.m., the Traffic Safety Unit will be assisting the L’Arche First Light Marathon Run by escorting the runners and  directing traffic at most of the intersections in the Downtown, Down the Bay, Historical District, Springhill, and the Creighton areas of Mobile. 
Route for the 26 Mile Run: (Downtown residents please note: this run will begin with a canon blast!)
At 7:30 a.m.,  the (26) and (13) miles runners will start on Government St. at Claiborne St. and will travel west on Government St. to Broad St.; south on Broad St. to Virginia St.; west on Virginia St. to Ann St.; north on Ann St. to Selma St.; east on Selma St. to Charles St.; north on Charles St. to Palmetto St.; west on Palmetto St. Roper St.; north on Roper St. to Church St.; east on Church St. to Broad St.; north on Broad St. to Government St.; west on Government St. to on Old Government St.; west on Old Government St. to Fulton St.; north on Fulton St. to Dauphin St.; west on Dauphin St. to Mobile St.; north on Mobile St. to Old Shell Rd. where the (26) and (13) miles runners will separate.
The (26) miles runners will travel west on Old Shell Rd. from Mobile St. to Sage Ave.; south on Sage Ave. to Dauphin St.; west on Dauphin St. to Hillwood Rd.; north on Hillwood Rd. to Country Club Rd.; west on Country Club Rd. to Westgate Rd.; north on Westgate Rd. to Bit & Spur Rd.; west on Bit & Spur Rd. to University Blvd.; north on University Blvd. to USA South Dr.; west on USA South Dr. to Auburn Green Dr..; to USA North Dr.; to University Blvd.; north on University Blvd. to Gaillard Dr.; east on Gaillard Dr. to Museum Dr.; east on Museum Dr. to McGregor Ave.; south on McGregor Ave. to The Cedars Ave.; east on The Cedars Ave. to Dilson Ln.; south on Dilson Ln to Old Shell Rd.; west on Old Shell Rd. to Avenue of Oaks Dr.; south on Avenue of Oaks Dr. to Springhill College Rd.; east on Springhill College Rd. to Portier Ln.; south on Portier Ln. to College Ln.; north on College Ln. to Loyola Ln.; east on Loyola Ln. to Myrtlewood Ln.; north on Myrtlewood Ln. to Batre Ln. east on Batre Ln. to Stein St.; east on Stein St. to I-65 West Service Rd.; south on I-65 West Service Rd. to Old Shell Rd.; east on Old Shell Rd. to Mobile St.; south on Mobile St. to Dauphin St.; east on Dauphin St. to the finish line at Conception St.
The (13) mile runners will travel north on Mobile St. from Old Shell Rd. to Springhill Ave.; east on Springhill Ave. to Levert Ave.; south on Levert Ave. to Ashland Place Ave. east on Ashland Place Ave. to Lanier Ave.; north on Lanier Ave. to Springhill Ave.; east on Springhill Ave. to Florence Place; south on Florence Place to Old Shell Rd.; west on Old Shell Rd. to Fulton St.; south on Fulton St. to Dauphin St.: east on Dauphin St. to the finish line at Conception St.
At 2:00 p.m., the 1.5 Mile Fun Run will start on St. Francis St. at Conception St. and travel west on St. Francis St. to Dearborn St.; south on Dearborn St. to Dauphin St.; east on Dauphin St. to the finish line at Conception St.


Bankhead Tunnel
The Bankhead Tunnel will be closed from Friday, January 6th at 9:00 p.m. through Monday, January 9th at 5:00 a.m. to allow repairs to a line that provides power to Downtown Mobile.


MoonPie General Store Now Open

Mobile's newest destination retailer opened last week to large crowds and rave reviews! This is the fifth and largest MoonPie General Store in the family-owned chain, and even features a full menu for breakfast and lunch.

In addition to all of the whimsical MoonPie specialty items, including the best selling Red-Neck Six Pack (two RC Colas and four MoonPies), there are shelves full of Mobile banded merchandise. Be sure to check it all out in the beautiful shop in the lobby of the RSA Trustmark Building. 


SOHO Events & Rentals

Planning events in Mobile will be a little easier with the expansion of Fairhope-based SOHO Events & Rentals at 359 St. Francis Street, one of the cutest buildings in Downtown Mobile! The freestanding storefront, just west of The Temple Downtown, will serve as a showroom and sales office. 

According to Josh Kohn, SOHO's (SOuthern HOspitality) Director of Operations, “The event industry is changing faster than ever, and as a leader in this industry, we are excited about being part of the change. The goal of this location is to give our Mobile clients a place to design their next great event.” The lease was brokered by Alan Cameron and David Dexter of NAI-Mobile.


Riverside Ice 
Through January 14th
Check out the website for specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays for families and students.

WWE Live
Sunday, January 8th
5:00 PM
Mobile Civic Center

Mobile Police Department Chili Cook-off

Saturday, January 21st
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Square

"Serve and Protect" takes on a whole new meaning as five teams from the Mobile's finest trade their handcuffs for pots and pans in the Second Annual MPD Chili Cook-Off. Come out to support the team representing your precinct! Tickets are $5.00. Call Kay at 251-454-2346 for tickets or more info. Proceeds benefit the Police Foundation and Crime Prevention Unit.


Reese's Senior Bowl
Saturday, January 28
The game is Saturday, but there are events for fans all week!
Tedeschi Trucks Band
plus Jake Peavy & The Outsiders
Friday, January 13th
Saenger Theatre

Alter Bridge - The Last Hero Tour
Plus Monster Truck
Saturday, January 21
Saenger Theatre

LoDa Live
Listing of live music in and around Downtown Mobile

7 Days of Opera 
January 9th - 15th
The Mobile Opera shares music with the community with a week's worth of events. From lunch concerts to an Opera Trivia Quiz, there are opportunities to experience the joy of opera in new and interesting ways!

Mobile Symphony: Winter Romance
Saturday & Sunday, January 28th & 29th
Saenger Theatre 
Featuring works by some of the Romantic Era’s best known composers: Wagner, Korngold, and Tchaikovsky.


Exchange 202 - Coffee Chats and Lunch & Learns

Socialize Your Bizness - What'z Up Wednesday and Fast 5

Chamber of Commerce - Member and Non-Member Events

Mobile Museum of Art
Outside In: 40 Years of Acquisitions 
Azalea City Quilts

History Museum of Mobile

Filming The Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremburg

Gallery 450

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile Arts Council

Cathedral Square Gallery

Crescent Theater
Manchester by the Sea: Through Jan. 5th
LaLa Land: Opens Jan. 6th


First Light Marathon
Sunday, January 8th

Festivities start early and the race officially kicks off with a 7:30 start time in downtown Mobile. Thousands of runners will be cheered on as they race through the beautiful downtown and historic districts through colleges campuses on the outer reaches of the course then race back downtown to join the crowd and recieve a handmade medalion and celebrate at Bienville Square! Runners will be racing in support of L'Arche Mobile. If a full marathon is too intimidating, there's a half marathon and 1.5 mile fun run as well!

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Downtown Mobile Alliance • 251.434.8498 office
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