Downtown Mobile news and info - July 2014
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If you are a lover of music or art or just being part of a happening scene, you'll want to be downtown this weekend. ArtWalk takes over the galleries, shops and streets on Friday evening; Mobile United's Engaging the Next Generation fills Cathedral Square at the same time; and SouthSounds  kicks off a three-day music and art festival as well. All the details are below, but start making plans now to take advantage of all the fun to be had. 


Two New Restaurants Announce Plans to Open Downtown

Montego's will soon be serving up Carribbean inspired dishes at the corner of Dauphin and Joachim streets. The menu features burgers, tacos and other Gulf Coast favorites. 

Fans of Von's in Bayou le Batre and the popular Von's food truck will be delighted to learn the Asian/American fusion restaurant will be adding a location downtown. They'll be serving up local seafood and other specialties at 69 St. Michael Street. 



New Clothing Store Opens

Urban Stiles at 453 Dauphin Street is offering a beautifully edited selection of clothing for men and women. The sleek new space is bright, inviting and, at the moment, filled with things you want for spring! Visit the website for a preview of what you'll find in the shop.

Phelps Dunbar Relocates

Over the weekend, one of Mobile's most storied law firms moved into one of the city's most historic buildings. Phleps Dunbar is now occupying 2 1/2 floors of the Van Antwerp building, recently renovated by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. To read the full article by's Michael Finch, click here.
Block By Block Update

Our Regents and Stewards (the teams in Yellow and Purple) were busier than usual in was Mardi Gras after all and big crowds can leave big messes! Take a look at the report for an overview of the kinds of things they handled. Some highlights: 35,000 lbs. of trash collected, 21,000 people greeted, 29 motorists assisted, 18 hits of graffiti removed. 
Fundraiser for Springboard to Success
Thursday, April 16
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us after work for fun and food in Cathedral Square while raising money for the non-profit that operates the Urban Emporium. The Cajun Cornhole Classic is a 16-team, single elimination tournament with prizes in lots of fun categories (best team name, best team costume, etc.) Geaux Boy will be on hand with great Cajun food and will donate a portion of the evening's sales to the cause!




Engaging the Next Generation

April 10, 2015

Mobile United invites young professionals to Engaging the Next Generation, a volunteer fair at Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile on Friday April 10, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This volunteer fair will include an exhibit of 35 non-profit organizations, a Food Truck Festival, and the SouthSounds Art & Music Festival as a part of the monthly LoDa Artwalk.


Apr 10, 2015
6:00 - 9:00
Downtown Galleries and Shops

Downtown Mobile has become the place to see and be seen the second Friday of the month as thousands of folks stroll Dauphin Street enjoying art, live music, and great shopping and dining. Galleries and shops will be open with refreshments, and street vendors will offer one-of-a-kind hand made items. 

Cathedral Square and various venues throughout downtown

April 10-12, 2015

40 Southern bands and Southern Visual Artists come together to celebrate Downtown Mobile, Southern art and music.

Free stage in Cathedral Square. Participating Venues: Alchemy Tavern, The Blind Mule, Callaghan's Irish Social Club, Moe's Original BBQ.

Schedule and ticket information


RSI Hackathon

Apr 10, 2015
Cafe 615

Rural Sourcing Inc. is hosting a competition for local computer programmers to see who can create a mobile website in only four hours. The prize...up to four paid internships with the Mobile tech company. 


Apr 11, 2015

Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on Saturday, April 11, as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 22nd Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show on the Great Lawn. It’s all for a good cause, too; proceeds from car registrations will go to the Bay Area Food Bank and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. 


Apr 9, 2015

The University of Alabama’s one-night-only performance of 42nd Street will be complete with big, flashy tap dances, gorgeous costumes and a cast of 40 is sure to dazzle audience members at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. April 9, 2015, 7:30 pm Tickets now on sale $25.00 (plus additional fees) Tickets and more info.


Apr 11, 18, 25, 2015

2015 April Walking Tours The History Museum of Mobile, in conjunction with the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, will lead free tours through historic downtown Mobile as part of a state-wide effort on the following Saturdays: April 4, 11, 18 and 25. The hour-long tours will start at 10 am at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and end at the History Museum of Mobile. Participants are encouraged to tour the museum (also complimentary admission) immediately following the walking tour.


Apr 12, 2015

Enjoy A Victorian Spring Sunday, April 12th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Richards DAR House at 256 N. Joachim Street. Hat & ensemble contest with prizes. Categories: Breath of Spring, Vintage, Funniest, Most Creative, Just for Kids. The $20.00 donation will go toward the $75,000 historic cast ironwork restoration on the grounds.

The Festival of Quilts 2015

April 17 & 18, 2015

The Festival of Quilts 2015 ~ The Art of Quilting will be presented by the Azalea City Quilters Guild at the Mobile Civic Center in Expo Hall located at 401 Civic Center Dr. Mobile AL. More than 350 quilts made by guild members will be showcased. Activities include demonstrations, large vendor mall, special exhibits, a boutique and an auction. Admission is $6. More info

Mobile Symphony Orchestra: The Music of John Williams

Apr 11th at 8:00 & 12th at 2:30

There is no more recognizable American composer of symphonic music than John Williams. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, his music has earned a privileged position in American pop culture. the MSO will create a spectacular sound track for the final concert of their Pops series! More info.

Exploreum Science Center

Apr 14, 2015

Mudbugs, music and more! Heralding the official opening of crawfish season on the Gulf Coast, the Exploreum Junior Advisory Board is hosting its 6th annual Crawfish in the Courtyard. The signature Cajun-themed fundraising soiree will be held at the science center Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm.
All event proceeds will benefit Discover Science, the Exploreum’s program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children engaging educational science experiences. Tickets and more info.


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

April 12 & 13, 2015

The Invincible Czars, Austin’s critically acclaimed connoisseurs of silent film score, return to Mobile for two screenings of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.

Fusing math-rock, classical music, lounge grooves, country shuffles and circusy polka, the band has built a name for themselves with their reinterpretations of classical works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, as well as their original scores for classic silent films. Tickets and more info.


Apr 22, 2015

Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them. Expect the unexpected. Coming to the Saenger Theatre soon.


Apr 19, 2015

A race for all fitness levels, whether you are ready to set a personal record or this is your first race, come join us at The Biggest Loser RunWalk!

Details and registration

Mobile Symphony Orchestra: Music of The Rolling Stones

Apr 25, 2015

Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, the Mobile Symphony will perform The Music Of The Rolling Stones on Saturday, April 25, at the Saenger Theatre. This new concert addition to the MSO Rocks Series promises a masterful combination of symphonic arrangements with a full rock band and singer delivering the greatest hits of The Rolling Stones.


Soul Kitchen: April 2015

This month at Soul Kitchen Music Hall be sure not to miss Breaking Benjamin, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Five Finger Death Punch and much, much more. For a full listing of this month's shows, check out


2015 USA Gymnastics Region 8 (Level 7 & 8) Championships

Apr 24-26, 2015

The USA Gymnastics Region 8 Championships will bring approximately 600 girls (ages 8 and up) to Mobile along with their coaches, family and friends. The event will bring athletes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Top gymnasts will move on to the USA Gymnastics Eastern Championships. 

Bill Burr

Apr 28, 2015

Internationally acclaimed comedian Bill Burr comes to the Mobile Saenger Theatre. You may recognize him from The Chapelle Show, The Heat, Stand Up Guys, Date Night or Breaking Bad. You will recognize him as a comedic genius after attending his show. Tickets start at just $35.



History Museum of Mobile

Through September 2015

Ark of India is an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist, Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and most importantly, photographs and writings. 
In March, the History Museum will mark the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with an exhibit that serves as a poignant reminder of those horrific months when the waters of the Gulf teemed not with life, but with deadly, thick, black tar. More than 20 local artists will lend their works to this exhibit entitled What's at Stake?, designed to remind visitors of the beauty and the uniqueness of the Gulf region, and the necessity of its protection. Learn more about both exhibits

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Through December 2015
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. Learn more

Windows on Abstract Art

Through the month of April

Be sure to stop by for ArtWalk, Friday, April 10th. Music by Bayou Rhythm, wine tasting and appetizers. "Open Studio Sundays" with refreshments and working artists. 

Parents' Night Out is Back!

This is the ideal opportunity for parents of children ages 4 - 12 to spend a grown up night out at LoDa Artwalk, enjoying all that downtown Mobile has to offer, while their kids enjoy the best in quality, informal education, entertainment and social development in a secure and structured environment. 
Children will be able to explore the Exploreum's hands-on, interactive exhibit galleries, experience a kid-friendly feature film, make new friends, and learn lots of new stuff from the Exploreum's team of informal educators! Register here.


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