The Mississippi Gulf Coast has tons to offer the music-loving tourist. From the Blues Trail to live music with your BBQ, there’s a little something for everyone here.
Let’s take a walk (or a dance) along the Coast over the course of three days, with lots of sights and stops for the music-loving visitor. Follow this and you can’t go wrong.
Explore Old Town Bay St. Louis! Up and at ‘em. Start your day off with a walking (biking or driving) tour of Old Town. Keep your Instagrams at the ready.
Hungry yet? Stop by Trapani’s Eatery for lunch. Order the soft-shell crab po-boy, fresh from the Gulf. Your stomach will thank you. Get the fried green tomatoes and crawfish cakes to start.
Beads and Feathers
Time to work off that po-boy with a little museum stroll. NOLA doesn’t have all the fun come Carnival season, trust us. Check out our history of letting the good times roll on the Gulf Coast at the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum, which features over a dozen costumes. Bonus? It’s free.
Detour: The French Potager
No day is complete without a little shopping. Especially if that shopping involves beautiful antiques and home accessories. Stop by the French Potager on Main St and pick up some goods that you probably won’t find anywhere else.
Winner, Winner, Burger Dinner (And Music)
Want great beer, great food and live music on the weekends? Yes? Then stop by the Mockingbird Café, known for its rustic décor and music shows. Pull up a seat on the patio and order the Mockingburger and a beer from local brewery Lazy Magnolia.
Feel the Blues – 100 Men Hall
Digest that burger and head out to your first stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail – the 100 Men Hall on Union Street. Built in 1922 by the “100 Men DB Association,” the hall has 14-foot ceilings and a tin roof, and is a vibrant center of jazz culture. So vibrant that people can recall performances by Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Earl King, and more. Yup – that famous.
Hit the Trail
Head over to Pass Christian for the Blues & Jazz in the Pass marker. From there, make your way to Corner Main and Murray Street in Biloxi for another stop on the Blues Trail. Take a photo. Learn something.
A Little Country, Too
People on the Mississippi Coast may love the blues, but they also love its close first cousin – country. Check out Chris LeDoux, the Singing Bronc Rider’s, marker on the Country Music Trail in Biloxi as well. Hungry for more country? Check out Gilley’s Honky Tonk Grill, inspired by Mickey Gilley, in the heart of Downtown Gulfport.
An Elegant Lunch
Take in some history and some delicious food, too, at Mary Mahoney’s, a restaurant in one of the oldest homes in America.
BBQ and Blues
It’s not a trip to the Gulf Coast without some BBQ and blues. Head on over to the aptly named Murky Waters Blues-N-BBQ for ribs, chicken, baked beans and live music. And sit outside in the courtyard while you’re at it.
You could end your night at this point. But for something a little wilder…
Stop and Smell the Magnolias
Consider checking into 1894 at the Grand Magnolia Suites & Ballroom. On 3.5 acres of property in downtown Pascagoula, the suites are surrounded by centuries old Oak and Magnolia trees. Enjoy morning coffee or and evening sunset on the porch, and soak in the southern culture.
Do You Like Seafood?
It’s not a trip to the Gulf Coast without some fresh seafood. Head on over to Bozo’s Grocery & Grill to dig into some fresh shrimp, crabmeat and more. And while you’re at it, get the oysters. Yum.
Give Your Dancing Shoes a Break
And get outdoors. Make your way to the Pascagoula River Blueway and rent a kayak to see the sights from the water. The fresh air will be good for you, promise.
Mondays may be for the office, but Sundays are for The Office Bar & Lounge. Head on over for a cocktail or two before heading out to enjoy some dinner and tunes.
Have Some Music With Your Ribs
Dinnertime! Which calls for dining at one of the most famous spots on the bayou —The Shed Barbeque & Blue’s Joint. Pull up a seat by the bonfire and dig into some of the best BBQ in America. And catch some sweet blues tunes while you’re at it.
And if you’re looking for a reason to stay out…
Late Night Juke
Now’s the time to hit up The Mississippi Juke Joint in Ocean Springs. Great cocktails, great music and a great late night menu to boot, here’s the perfect spot to wrap up your Gulf Coast adventure.