Festivals, films & fun in Lower Alabama

10 Sep 2014 · Bellator Blogger

The fall season in Lower Alabama is a popular time for locals to get involved, hang out and have some fun. Whether you’re in Mobile, Daphne, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, or another city in Lower Alabama, everything from music, food, films, fashion, festivals and more will be featured within the next couple of months.

Next weekend will kick-off the run of events with the Blues and Grooves Festival in Mobile, Blues & Grooves L.A. Songwriter’s Festival in Fairhope, and the South Alabama Film Fest, also in Mobile. The Blues and Grooves Festival is on Saturday, September 13th, and is a musical celebration held in Mobile to promote Down Syndrome Awareness. The L.A. Songwriter’s Festival, held September 11th-13th, is going on its 10th year of music festivities where many local songwriters will have the chance to swap songs and tell the stories behind them. It will be located at the American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope. The third event being held on this weekend is the South Alabama Film Fest, from September 12th-14th, to showcase all varieties of films by, for or about the South and its people. The hope of the festival is to help Southern filmmakers showcase their art and spread their future efforts.

Many locals love getting involved if it means supporting a good cause and on September 20th there is a great one. The team at Shepherd’s Place is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease that will be held in Fairhope. While there is no fee for the walk, you must register and are encouraged to make a donation to join the fight against Alzheimer’s. Each participating walker will receive a “promise garden” flower in the color that represents why they are walking. The following week, the 4th annual Mobile Fashion Week will keep up the trend of supporting good causes with a portion of their proceeds going towards Camp Rap-A-Hope, a summer camp for kids and teens with cancer. Mobile Fashion Week will begin Sunday, September 21st and last until Saturday, September 27th.

One of the annual events that the Daphne area looks forward to is the Jubilee Festival, which is now going on its 26th year and will be held on September 27th and 28th. The event usually attracts over 30,000 people and has more than 130 artists and craftsmen displaying their works. There is a Kids Art in the Park project, a Food Court, and it’s free to attend. Following that is the annual Shrimp Festival being held the weekend of October 9th that tends to attract more than 250,000 people and over 300 vendors with fine art and arts & crafts. There will be something for everyone – music, food, a Children’s Activity Village, a Sand Sculpture Contest, Shrimp Fest Idol Contest and more! To wrap up the month of October there will be the annual Festival of Flavor in Foley on the 18th featuring locally grown and produced food, wine and craft beer. Local Chefs will be preparing dishes and brewers from all over Alabama will be talking about their uniquely crafted beers.

Fall tends to be one of the busiest seasons for Lower Alabama with every type of event going on, ranging from food festivals, music, fundraisers for nonprofits, and much more. With the range of events each city has to offer, it’s not hard to find something just for you or for you and your family to do together on the weekends.