Jan. 21-Feb. 21/MOBILE – Recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703. Home to “America’s Family Mardi Gras.” Culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and, of course, crowds of parade-goers. Floats are glowing spectacles manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins and armed with crowd-pleasing “throws” such as beads, Moon Pies, doubloons and candy. https://www.mobile.org/events/mardi-gras/
Jan. 20-22, 27-29, Feb. 3-5/GUNTERSVILLE – Each weekend will start on Friday evening with a social and wine tasting event followed by an educational session on eagles in Alabama and a presentation by an Alabama State Park Naturalist. The Saturday agenda includes more sessions by noted conservation experts, guided field trips to look for eagles, raptors, and waterfowl in the wild and ends with a dinner buffet in the Pinecrest Dining Room. Sunday ends the weekend with more guided field trips, an educational program, and a photo opportunity with live birds. Visit www.alapark.com/lake-guntersville-state-park or call (256) 571-5440.
Thru Jan 16/ORANGE BEACH – Weekends 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon – Fri is 4-10 p.m. at The Wharf near the Main Street entrance. Let us bring winter to you! Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin or fall into the season on real ice. All skaters are required to complete a waiver before coasting on blades along the Gulf Coast with us. Sign the e-waiver before you arrive to save time in line. More information is at https://alwharf.com/
Wonderland Under Warrior
Thru Jan. 8/WARRIOR – At Rickwood Caverns State Park. A truly magical experience when we transform the cave into an underground winter wonderland with over 100,000 lights and holiday displays. The path is a mile walk in the cave along with approximately 30 stairs to navigate. The gift shop will be decorated for the occasion and offer unique gifts, ornaments, snacks, and hot cocoa to purchase. Santa Claus will also visit the caverns to greet visitors and pose for photos. https://www.alapark.com/parks/rickwood-caverns-state-park.
Martin Luther King Celebration
Jan. 12-16/MONTGOMERY – Known as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, this city celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on select dates in January. The series begins with Stepping Into Power: Young People’s Town Hall from 6-8 p.m. The next day is a Jazz and Lyric Celebration at the Renaissance Hotel, 8-10 p.m. It concludes with the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service from 9 a.m. to noon. To see a complete list of events visit https://www.mlkdaymgm.com/events