Things To Do: January

Last Updated December 29, 2017
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Celebrate the new year with a polar plunge in the Gulf, oyster social, Mardi Gras parades and beer festivals in Alabama.

Polar Bear Dip

Flora-Bama Logo
Be brave this year! Participate in Flora-Bama's annual polar bear plunge, which involves running into the chilly Gulf at high noon. ...

Bellingrath Gardens Winter Camellia & Cold Hardy Annual Displays

Bellingrath Gardens Winter
Winter doesn't damper the blooms at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore. In January and February, the 65-acre Southern estate...

Regional Cooking Classes at Cobalt

Cobalt The Restaurant
Cobalt, The Restaurant, located under the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach, is known for its contemporary coastal cuisine. But...

Back Forty Beer Pairing Dinner

Back Forty Beer Company
To ring in 2018, Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden is launching a series of monthly beer dinners at the brewery. All four courses are...

Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Warm up this winter during Bellingrath Gardens and Home's special programs. Every Wednesday in January and February, Bellingrath hosts...

Boardwalk Talk at the Estuarium

Dauphin Island Sea Lab
The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab hosts a free, twice-monthly Boardwalk Talk. This program offers the public a chance to...

Huntsville Beer Week

Huntsville Beer Week
This year, the eighth annual Huntsville Beer Week kicks off on January 19. Founded in 2011 to celebrate the Rocket City’s beer scene, this...

Huntsville Craft Beer Trail Conversation Series

Huntsville Brewery Conversation Series
Get to know downtown Huntsville's craft brewers at this monthly Q&A series. Chat with brewers and learn about craft culture at a new...

Let's Dish! Recipe Club

Let's Dish Recipe Club
Talk and taste during the monthly recipe club at Homewood Public Library. Let's Dish! is all about food and discussion. Participants...

Huntsville Bikes & Brews

Bikes Brews Huntsville
Check out Huntsville's Downtown Craft Beer Trail via bicycle during this monthly group ride. Bikes & Brews leads a leisurely...

Bienville Bites Food Tour

Bienville Bites Food Tour
On this food tour through Mobile's Lower Dauphin Street Historic District (LoDa), you'll get to sample dishes from seven local...

Mardi Gras Parades on the Gulf Coast

Mardi Gras Mobile
Mobile was the birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras. And ever since 1703, the Port City and its surrounding towns have been throwing...

The Market at Pepper Place

Market at Pepper Place
Snack on a sausage biscuit and sip on a bottle of kombucha while shopping for goat's milk soap, foraged mushrooms and gourmet salsas at The...

Fairhope Brewing 5th Anniversary Party

Fairhope Brewing Party
Fairhope Brewing is throwing a Star Wars Episode V-themed party for its fifth anniversary. The brewery will have more than 40 beers on tap...

Von Brewski Beer Festival

Von Brewski Beer Fest
Sample dozens of craft beers from Huntsville-area brewers and national imports at the Von Brewski Beer Festival. Your ticket purchase...


Bourbon and barbecue are a match made in heaven. Few things can improve such a pairing, but raising money and awareness of the Alabama/...

Auburn Monthly Market

Auburn Monthly Market
Find Lee County's best produce and jellies at Auburn Parks and Recreation's Monthly Market. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, local...

Below The Radar’s Home Brew Brew-Off

Below The Radar Home Brew
As part of Huntsville Beer Week, Below The Radar Brewing Company is hosting its first-ever home brew competition. All amateur brewers are...

Irons One Distillery Whiskey and Tea Tasting

Irons One Tasting
This isn’t a class about your grandma’s favorite whiskey and sweet tea mixture. Instead, this collaboration between Irons One Distillery...

Birds & Brews

Huntsville Botanical Garden
Learn about cranes and sip beer at this afterhours fundraiser for the Huntsville Botanical Garden's Education Department and the...

Baumhower's Tailgate Challenge

Reeses Senior Bowl
Are you a master tailgater? Put your gumbo-making, wing-grilling and BBQ-slathering skills to the test in Baumhower's Tailgate...

2018 Alabama Oyster Social

Alabama Oyster Social
Support local oyster farmers and the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory (AUSL) at the fifth annual (and final) Alabama Oyster...
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