See the ‘Greatest Show on Earth,’ a lovely bird sanctuary or timeless theater with Can’t Miss Alabama

Alabama is way cool – behold the ‘Greatest Show on Earth,’ a lovely winter sanctuary, or feed your soul with timeless music and theater.

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See thrilling sights at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ‘Legends’ through Jan. 31

Behold the living legends! Children of all ages will thrill to sights of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® stars in an all-new show at the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

See amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. Buy tickets through Ticketmaster and the BJCC Central Ticket Office, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Children age 2 and older must have a ticket.

Groups of 10 or more may call 1-888-305-9550 or email [email protected]. Tickets are $16 to $81, with fees.

Alexandra.MaggieMay.Jan.28.Cant Miss AlabamaYellow-rumped Warbler.Can't Miss Alabama.Jan.28.2016Take in the Beaks and Barks Winter Festival in Huntsville

Don’t stay in all winter – have fun at the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Beaks and Barks Festival.

Through Feb. 29, enjoy lots of activities: Explore the Lewis Birding Trail on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map, take birding classes and take part in the global Great Back Yard Bird Count. Stretch your legs and bring your four-legged friend to play fetch in the “No Leash Zone.”

Take I-565 to exit 15 onto Bob Wallace Ave. The garden is east, about one-half mile on the right. Nonmembers’ cost is $12 for adults and $8 for ages 3 to 18. Cost for pets is $1. For more information, call 256-830-4447.

Roll with the Mardi Gras celebrations in Daphne and Mobile 

The good times will roll on Dauphin Island and in downtown Mobile this weekend, with the first Daphne and Fairhope parades of the 2016 Mardi Gras season. On Jan. 28, the Order of the Polka Dots – the first ladies’ organization to parade in Mobile – will traverse Dauphin Street in Mobile from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 29, parade-goers can see Apollo’s Mystic Ladies roll through Olde Towne Daphne starting at 6:45 p.m. On Jan. 30, the Knights of Ecor Rouge proceed through downtown Fairhope at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more, click on

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery

From Jan. 28-31, enjoy performances of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival at the Octagon. The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in this three-time, Tony award-winning musical revue. Hear the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced from $20 to $30. Call 1-334-271-5353 for more details.

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