BayFest, Mobile Alabama's music festival, fills the downtown with music. Over the course of three days, more than 200,000 people will head to the city center to enjoy the music at one of the biggest events in Alabama. More than 125 bands and solo acts take to nine different stages during this Mobile music festival, representing a wide variety of genres. The family-friendly event has something for everyone and all tastes, including a kids' activity area. If you're wondering when to go for BayFest, you'll have to make plans to visit Alabama in mid-October.

BayFest Facts and History

The festival debuted strongly in 1995, attracting a hearty crowd of 50,000. Over the years of its history, the crowds have grown bigger as the acts have grown stronger. Mississippi blues legend B.B. King has been been one of the headliners, as have Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Nelly, and other recognizable names.

The BayFest Music festival will bring back the Launching Pad stage, which features local and regional acts. Because you don't have to buy a ticket for each concert, you can hop from stage to stage, discovering new bands and enjoying old favorites, which is especially cool if live music is one of your favorite things to do.

Tickets to the BayFest Music Festival

Kids under the age of twelve are admitted free of charge to the family-friendly festival as long as they're with a ticketed adult. Anyone older can purchase a day pass or upgrade to the three-day ticket. Either way, you get a lot of music for you money. The festival organizers pride themselves at offering tickets at a price families can afford. An entire day at the BayFest Music Festival costs less than a typical arena headliner ticket. The non-profit organization that organizes the festival helps return proceeds to the communities along the Gulf Coast, primarily through scholarships.

Directions to the Mobile Music Festival

The BayFest Music Festival takes place on streets throughout the heart of Mobile—officially two blocks to the west of Water Street between Government and Congress streets. Several local nearby streets give you access to the festival, and parking is available on lots throughout downtown Mobile. During the Mobile music festival, free shuttles will run during the festival hours hours.

In order to get to Mobile, take the Water Street exit from Interstate 10. From Florida, take I-10 to the west. From New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, take I-10 east. From Birmingham and other points north, head to Mobile via Interstate south to the 165 connector, which leads right to Water Street.

Lodging near Bayfest

Many festival goers will come from out of town to experience the music and fun of BayFest. If you're one of the out-of-towners, you'll be glad to know that you have a lot options for overnight accommodations, including several Alabama hotels.

The Hampton Inn & Suites, on 62 South Royal Street, is one of the hotels within a short walk of the festival stages. One of the new additions to Mobile's hotel scene offers its guests a complimentary morning buffet breakfast and wireless Internet. The hotel also has an outdoor saltwater pool, which is still accessible in October.

Also close to the BayFest action, the Mobile Bay Adventure Inn is located in the heart of town on 255 Church Street, within a mile of the Gulf Coast Exploreum and the Carnival Mardi Gras Museum. During BayFest, you can leave your car at the hotel and walk right to the gate.

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