Celebration of the written, visual, and performing arts
Free interactive artistic experiences for all ages
Showcase of local and regional artists of all genres
Come Join Us!


Arts Alive! strives to cross all genres of art with creative displays of visual, multi-media and performance expression.


Mobile’s premier annual celebration of the arts offers three days of varied artistic experiences and interactive and hands-on activities. It is held every year in April in downtown Mobile's Cathedral Square Arts District, and as of 2014, again in October at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.

The upcoming festival takes place this year from October 24-26: Fri, 4 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission with Gulf State Fair Ticket.

We welcome you to come join us for a celebration of the arts as varied as the colors of the rainbow. From recycled fashions to music videos by local musicians and filmmakers, this event will prove to be one of the best yet. Come down for live performances, shop for beautiful artwork and revel in a community exposition to remember.

Call to Artists

Join us for another year of making art happen! Do you want to participate as a display artist in the juried art show? Visual artists, click the link below to download this year's artist application.

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Project Proposals and Application

Have a great idea for an installation, performance or interactive art project? Click this link for a proposal application.

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Our Fall Festival Partners

The Grounds is a year-round entertainment, convention and commercial venue home to several of the Gulf Coast's largest events. With more than one million annual attendees to our campus, we are a leader in the area of community development. For more information visit: thegroundsmobile.com.

The Fuse Project Investing in the world's most valuable resource. The Fuse Project is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to providing the spark for innovation, funding and implementation of projects benefiting children along Alabama's Gulf Coast. The Fuse Project invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children. For more information visit: thefuseproject.org.

Our Spring Festival Partners

Temporal City Festival began in 2011 with an idea and no budget. A group of ten artists was selected and paired with a space in a downtown building or assigned a spot on the street and invited to execute an experimental installation or performance project for anywhere from one day to the entire duration of the weekend. This year the event will take place inside The Temple, 1 block north of Cathedral Square. For more information visit: www.rumorunion.com.

South Sounds Music Festival was conceived 2 years ago with the mission to be "the first festival in the country dedicated entirely to showcasing new Southern music." A roster of more than 40 artists will showcase their talents at venues throughout downtown and on the Arts Alive performance stage in Cathedral Square all weekend long. For more information visit: www.southsoundsfest.com.

October 2014 Festival Schedule

Find out what's going on for the October 2014 Arts Alive Festival.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. - Edgar Degas


We would love to hear from you! Send us an email with questions or comments.

April Event Location:
Cathedral Square
Arts District

300 Conti St.
Mobile, Alabama 36602

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October Location:
Greater Gulf
State Fairgrounds

1035 Cody Rd. N
Mobile, Alabama 36608