The calendar has turned, meaning it’s officially the Holiday (read: busy) Season. November brings with it fall festivals, Thanksgiving celebrations, and of course it ushers in Christmas and all the ensuing fanfare. It’s a time of year meant to be spent with family and friends. Since the holidays can also drain your piggy bank, it’s important to find free events to enjoy that are rich in experience and easy on the wallet. There is a little something for everyone around town. To help you decide which events you can’t miss, NoJa highlights five free November events happening in Mobile.
1. LoDa ArtWalk
November 10, beginning at 5pm.
The Battle House Hotel
Roam around lower Dauphin Street and take in local artistry at its finest. The sidewalks will be lined with artists, artisans and craftspeople who make locally sourced handmade goods. While browsing their merchandise, enjoy live music, food, and drinks. Enjoy the cool night and support local vendors at the LoDa ArtWalk, which begins at The Battle House Hotel.
2. Veteran’s Day Celebration, Parade of Flags and Symphony Concert
November 10; Symphony at 7pm
Aircraft Pavilion at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Celebrate our military veterans and country’s proud militia with local heroes. The festivities begin with a parade of flags, presented by hundreds of local 4th graders with music from Baker High School. The 2017 Veteran of the Year, Patriot of the Year and Veteran’s Day Essay winners will all be presented, and a keynote address given by the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman, Skye Bork. The grand finale features the Mobile Symphonic Pops in a rousing rendition of patriotic music in a tribute to our veterans.
3.Family Fun Fall Festival
November 11 from 3-7pm
Dayspring Baptist Church
This large fall festival brings the family together to celebrate all the excitement that comes with a nip in the air and the changing leaves. The community wide Fall Festival features inflatables, two fair rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, train rides, hay rides, rock climbing, a classic car show and a football tent to watch the games! Food is offered at a minimal price ranging from fair food to jambalaya to Chick-Fil-A. All activities are free so bring the kids out for one last fall hurrah before Christmas arrives!
4. A Night of Song
November 13 at 7pm
The Battle House Hotel
Take a step back in time and enjoy a relaxing evening at the tavern. The Royal Street Tavern invites the public to come listen to acapella music. The entertainment is free. Food and drinks will be offered as specials.
5. Lighting of the Trees
November 17 from 5-7pm
Bienville Square on Dauphin Street
Welcome in the Christmas season with the annual Lighting of the Trees! Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Santa Claus will flip the light at 6:10 pm, but the enjoyment doesn’t stop there. Browse the Merry Market, enjoy live entertainment and make sure to get your picture with Santa for a memento of the year’s festivities.
Soak up the celebrations and entertainment that only November can offer. There are events for everyone across the city to enjoy. Keep in mind these five free November events happening in Mobile from NOJA as you plan out your holiday season.
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