March is always such a beautiful time to visit us in Fairhope, AL. The weather is perfect, the flowers are blooming everywhere, and the Fairhope events calendar is full of unique things to do. It’s the start of the Spring festival season with lots of local food, art, music, waterfront activities and fun for everyone in the family. See our list of 11 ways to spend a relaxing day in Fairhope, AL in March 2023. Be sure to check the event links to verify times and other information, including ticketing. Need lodging? We’ve got you covered, beautifully!
3/17, 18, 19: 71st Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival | Downtown Fairhope | 10am – 5 pm each day
The annual Arts & Crafts Festival is a huge hit with both locals and visitors alike. It was recently named one of the top 15 art shows in the nation by the prestigious Sunshine Artist Magazine. Visitors come from far and wide to experience this free 3-day event with over 200 fine arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the United States. We also love the festival food trucks, children’s activities, music and local entertainment and we usually take a few Jubilee Suites guests with us to experience the show. This year’s featured artist is Ricky Trione, a blind artist who paints from his heart. See one of his original paintings in our bed and breakfast when you come to visit. Check out all the details on the website for the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.
3/17, 18, 19: 51st Annual Outdoor Art Show | Eastern Shore Art Center | 10am – 5pm each day
Coinciding with the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, our Eastern Shore Art Center at 401 Oak Street holds an annual art show outdoors featuring artist booths, live demos, food trucks and more. Inside the Art Center are more permanent and special exhibits, including a collection of Southern Folk Art donated by folk art collector Gail Ellerbrake. This special collection is on display January 6 until March 31. The exhibit also includes notable pieces from the Nall Collection of Alabama Art.
3/18: 45th Annual Spring Fever Chase | Downtown Fairhope | 8am
This 10K and 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk winds through beautiful downtown Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. Register in one of 4 categories- 10K Age Grouper, 10K Walkers, 10K Wheelchair Division, and 2 mile Fun Run. Hosted by Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo Bank, this annual event benefits our Baldwin County Schools. Early registration for all four races is happening now until 2/27 at the Race Roster website. After 2/27, the registration price goes up slightly.
3/25: Elberta German Sausage Festival | Elberta Town Park | 8am – 5pm
Take a leisurely drive into the countryside on 98 E for about 25 miles and you’ll arrive at Elberta Town Park at 13052 Main Street in Elberta, AL. This family-friendly festival is famous for German sausage & sauerkraut, continuous musical entertainment for adults and children, a beer tent, and more than 200 arts & crafts booths. It is held twice a year, always on the last Saturday on March and again in October and all proceeds benefit the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department. This event does not allow pets other than service animals as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act. For more information check out their Facebook page. This festival was voted the Community Event winner for 2023 in the Gulf Coast Media Best of Baldwin (County) competition. While you’re in Elberta, be sure to check out this unusually interesting small town!
Every Friday and Saturday except 3/17-18: Fairhope Foodie Tour | Tickets Required | 2pm – 5 pm each day
This is the only tour of its kind in Fairhope, AL. Try the foods Fairhopians love most at our best restaurants. Add on the cocktail package for three delicious cocktails served by the restaurants. Have fun getting to know other locals and guests to our city. Walk just over a mile in downtown Fairhope and visit 5 restaurants in 3 hours at a leisurely pace good for most fitness levels. Learn the stories behind the food and the restaurants that created them. All ages welcome, including children. Find out why Southern Living votes Fairhope as one of the “Best Small Towns in the South.” We’ve taken guests on this tour and we all loved it! Check availability, pricing and make your reservation at their Taste of Fairhope website.
Anytime: Charter Sailboat Cruise in Mobile Bay | Sailtime Charters | Reservation Required
Fairhope is a waterfront town directly on Mobile Bay and your visit won’t be complete without some waterfront adventures. Choose your sailboat, your destination and your sailing partners and embark on a beautiful tour on Mobile Bay. You’ll be on a private charter yacht with up to 6 guests. Cruises are available for everything from 2 hours to 8 hours with some fascinating local destinations to choose from. Bring your own food and beverages and enjoy the perfect weather we often have in March. We’ve had the pleasure of sailing with Sailtime and we can wholeheartedly recommend them to our guests. See the Sailtime website for all the beautiful options and contact information to make your reservation.
3/2: Free Lecture Series on Fairhope History | Fairhope Public Library | 5:45pm – 7:45pm
In this series of 4 lectures on Fairhope history, the Fairhope Library at 501 Fairhope Avenue has recruited some really interesting speakers to discuss the unique aspects of Fairhope, AL. This is the 3rd event with local historian, Allen Todd, to discuss “Day Trips from Fairhope : Quirky Discoveries of a Historian”. Perfect for locals and visitors alike to learn more about this fascinating town we call home. We can’t wait to hear more! Click on this link for all the details about this special event.
3/3: First Friday Artwalk | Eastern Shore Art Center | 6pm – 8pm
Always a fun and free evening, visitors and locals alike love this monthly street party that starts at the Eastern Shore Art Center at 6pm. Each month a different sponsor provides music, refreshments, and a chance to say hello to new and old friends while surrounded by fascinating exhibits that change regularly. Start with dinner at one of our local restaurants, then visit the Eastern Shore Art Center. After you’ve enjoyed the exhibits, walk down Section Street and find yourself serenaded by pop-up local musicians on street corners, in restaurants and bars, and even local retailers who stay open late this night each month. Come get a taste of living like a local in Fairhope, AL.
3/11: 15th Annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off | Heritage Park in Foley, AL | 11am – 5pm
Festival-goers enjoy great food, popular blues bands, children’s activities, and arts and crafts vendors at this one-day annual outdoor event held on the second Saturday of March at 125 E. Laurel Avenue in Foley, AL. Sanctioned by both the Alabama Barbecue Association Trail and Kansas City Barbeque Society, individual and corporate teams compete in several barbecue cook-off award categories. This festival started in 2009 as the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. All proceeds support the Foundation which uses the funds to support the community and our schools. See all the details on their website.
3/25-26: Swan Lake Ballet Performance | Mobile Civic Center Theater | Tickets Required | Saturday at 7:30; Sunday at 2:30
Mobile Ballet’s 35th anniversary season culminates with Swan Lake, “one of ballet’s greatest love stories filled with dynamic storytelling and sublime dance. International guest artists and the Mobile Ballet Company dance to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score brought to life under the direction of conductor David Ott. Be captivated by the romance, drama, and battle between good and evil in one of the most iconic ballets of all time. With choreography by Katia Garza and Israel Rodriguez after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, come and witness how this new version of Swan Lake takes flight. The Saturday, March 25th performance will feature live music, led by conductor David Ott.” (from their website). Hurry! Tickets are going fast.
Anytime: Picnic w/ Southern Charm Picnic Company | Reservation Required
We love Southern Charm Picnic Company! Many of our guests have chosen to have one of their gorgeous picnics right on our bluff overlooking Mobile Bay, and we can’t think of a more beautiful way to top off your stay in Fairhope. Whatever you’re celebrating, Southern Charm will help you create a customized picnic with seating, decorations, food, games, fresh flowers and many more unique options all set up beautifully by the staff. Best of all, they do all the cleanup too! Southern Charm does pop-up picnics in Fairhope, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Ft. Morgan, AL. Be sure to check out all the possibilities at their website and make your reservations for March when Fairhope’s weather is nearly perfect.
About Jubilee Suites Bed & Breakfast
At Jubilee Suites, we offer our guests a luxurious, yet comfortable, waterfront experience in our boutique bed and breakfast. Each of our 7 suites is individually decorated and most have gorgeous views of Mobile Bay. We offer a full made-to-order breakfast each morning in our Bayview great room, free parking, and free use of our kayaks, paddleboards, bikes, and many other amenities. Our onsite Experience Manager can work with you to help plan a getaway you’ll always remember. See all our Amenities and Experiences and learn more about our Suites and then book right on our website. Questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help. We can’t wait to meet you this year! Dana and Jim Maloney, Innkeepers