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Events Year Round WINTER There is something quite alluring about winter on the beach. Our moderate climate allows for great long walks in mostly solitude. The island may feel deserted, but it is never desolate. CELEBRATE A COASTAL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS Our holiday celebrations resonate with small town charm – with a Christmas Pageant and Parade, lighting of the Christmas Tree and a Holiday Boat Pa- rade. The Island art galleries and shops also host open houses to complete the holiday calendar. Of course, an added benefit is your proximity to Bellingrath Gardens’ Magic Christmas & Lights and it’s just a short trip to downtown Mo- bile’s New Year’s Eve MoonPie Drop. An Island holiday is a wonderful way to ring out the old and ring in the new. MARDI GRAS ON THE ISLAND While Mobile rightly lays claim to the ti- tle as the home of Mardi Gras in Ameri- ca, anecdotal evidence suggests that the first celebrations occurred right here on Dauphin Island. Regardless, our Mardi Gras celebrations kick off the carnival season each year with parades on the first two Saturdays of the season (begin- ning about a month before Fat Tuesday). The Krewe de la Dauphine on February 2 in 2019 while the People’s Parade rolls on February 9. 26 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE WINTER WEDNESDAYS AND CAMELLIAS AT BELLINGRATH GARDENS Enjoy special programs at the Gardens during the cold season. Each Winter Wednesday program covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home, tips for making your garden more spectacular or guest lectures from renowned mem- bers of the horticultural and gardening world. Winter is also camellia season making Bellingrath a beautiful place to visit all year long. SECOND SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS Art Does It! art gallery hosts a monthly guest artist with live music and refresh- ments on the second Sunday of each month and Youth Art Club on the sec- ond Monday. LAST FRIDAY ART NIGHT Happens- yes – on the last Friday of the month all year long. Presented by the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council. 2019 STIRRING THE SAND A regular story-telling event, on a reg- ular irregular basis as well as art class- es for adults and kids. Presented by the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council. BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY 5K RUN Starts at Historic Fort Gaines with a cannon blast, winds around the island and ends back at the fort with a post- race celebration. CHILI, WINGS & WILD CARD COOK-OFF This benefits the historic Little Red School House and Dauphin Island El- ementary. It’s a spirited local compe- tition for the People’s Choice favorites of each of these dishes which leads to a fair amount of trash talking among the teams. Hosted by Pirates Bar & Grill.