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Hurricane Katrina in Black and White

July 27-August 31

A collection of astounding photographs from behind the lens of Bay St. Louis Native LaChina Tillman Ozment on display. 

  • Date(s): 07/27/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Location: Bay St. Louis & Waveland libraries
  • Phone: 228-467-5282

Biloxi Shuckers vs. Mobile Bay Bears

August  23-27

Come out and cheer on the Biloxi Shuckers, a minor league baseball team at their home field in Downtown Biloxi. Tickets can be purchased online at

  • Date(s): 08/23/2015 - 08/27/2015
  • Times: Sun 5:10pm, Mon-Thu 6:40 pm
  • Location: MGM Park, 105 Caillavet Street, Biloxi
  • Contact: Biloxi Shuckers
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Admission: Tickets start at $11

Book Signing with Haley Barbour

 August 27

Haley Barbour former Mississippi Governor
America's Great Story - Leading Through Huricane Katrina - book signing.

  • Date(s): 08/27/2015 - 08/27/2015
  • Times: 2:15pm-3:30pm
  • Location: Bay Books, 131 Main St., Bay St. Louis
  • Phone: 228-463-2688

Booksigning with Governor Haley Barbour

August 27 

Please join Governor Haley Barbour at Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse as he signs America's Greatest Storm on Thursday, August 27th from noon to 2:00 PM. Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse is located at 300 East Scenic Drive in Pass Christian. Books will be on sale at the event or may be reserved by calling 228-222-4827 or emailing When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi on August 29, 2005, it unleashed the costliest natural disaster in American history, and the third deadliest. Haley Barbour had been Mississippi's governor for only twenty months when he assumed responsibility for guiding his pummeled, stricken state's recovery and rebuilding efforts. America's Great Storm is not only a personal memoir of his role in that recovery, but also a sifting of the many lessons he learned about leadership in a time of massive crisis. For the book, the authors interviewed more than forty-five key people involved in helping Mississippi recover, including local, state, and federal officials as well as private citizens who played pivotal roles in the weeks and months following Katrina's landfall.

  • Date(s): 08/27/2015 - 08/27/2015
  • Times: Noon - 2:00 PM
  • Location: Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse, 300 East Scenic Drive, Pass Chrisitan
  • Contact: Scott Naugle
  • Phone: 228-222-4827
  • Admission: Free
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

Hancock Chamber Salute to Business and Industry Awards Gala

August 27

Salute to Business & Industry presented by the Hancock Chamber of Commerce and the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission will be Honoring the Citizens of the Decade, Marsha and Haley Barbour.

  • Date(s): 08/27/2015 - 08/27/2015
  • Times: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Location: Hollywood Casino, 711 Hollywood Blvd, Bay St. Louis
  • Phone: 228-467-9048

MS Gulf Coast Chamber Business After Hours

August 27

Come be a part of the memorable Katrina related Business After Hours complimentary event. 

  • Date(s): 08/27/2015 - 08/27/2015
  • Times: 5pm-7pm
  • Location: Hancock Bank, #1 Hancock Plaza, Gulfport
  • Phone: 228-604-0014

Remembering & Resurfacing Beach Park

August 27

Pascagoula's Katrina story is presented in an interactive way at the beautiful Beach Park. It is the home to the Katrina Trail, which is a walking track with tiles painted by local school children and signage that breaks down information about the hurricane into small pieces that can be used to teach children about it. It is also the home to a beautiful installation of public art made of three metal waves - the tallest representing the wave action at Beach Park, the next representing the sustained waters and the smallest showing the height of the waves. The public is invited to attend a brief sunset ceremony reflecting on Pascagoula's story and progress and to take a stroll on the Katrina Trail while it is glowing with luminaries, symbolizing the path to renewal.

  • Date(s): 08/27/2015 - 08/27/2015
  • Times: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: Beach Park Pascagoula, 600 Park St.
  • Contact: Suzanne Steinberger
  • Phone: 228-938-2356

D'Iberville Katrina Remembrance & Recovery Celebration

August 28-30

August 28-29 - Katrina Exhibit, D'Iberville Civic Center, Automall Parkway, D'Iberville, 9am to 5pm

August 29 - 7pm - Ella Kliger's documentary Katrina: Kindness of Strangers followed by Dessert Reception, D'Iberville Recreation Center, Kajja Dr

August 29 - Celebration Dinner D'Iberville Civic Center, Automall Parkway, D'Iberville, 6pm,

August 30 - Continental breakfast and time for sharing stories and memories, D'Iberville Recreation Center, Kajja Dr, D'Iberville, 10am

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/30/2015
  • Location: D'Iberville Recreation Center, Kaija Dr, D'Iberville
  • Phone: 228-326-5468

Dave Jones Jazz Saxophonist

August 28

Come for the fun and enjoy dinner and the music. Jazz saxophonist, Dave Jones brings life to any party or occasion. Jazz livens things up and makes everyone feel good. Dave Jones plays almost every style of jazz: warm Stan Getz style Bossa Novas; American Songbook standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and others; "Gypsy Jazz" hits, such as After You've Gone and Sheik Of Araby; Count Basie and other big band swing and blues tunes like Route 66 and Cute; jazz standards made famous by Miles Davis and others; and Classic New Orleans Jazz favorites such as When The Saints Go Marching In and St. Louis Blues. Whether as a solo sax performer or with groups he leads, Dave adds romance, sophistication and fun.  

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 5:30am-8:30pm
  • Location: Diamondhead Country Club, 7600 Country Club Circle, Diamondhead
  • Contact: Dave Jones or Diamondhead Country Club
  • Phone: 228-234-1610 or 228-255-2918
  • Admission: Free

Katrina Cafe - Lessons Learned

August 28

Mike Womack, the former head of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, which oversaw and tracked the billions of dollars in federal aid that flowed to Mississippi, discusses the many lessons learned from the Katrina aftermath and recovery.

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 12pm-1pm
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: $10 (includes lunch)

New Day in the Bay

August 28

As a part of the ongoing Katrina +10 Anniversary, join us in Celebrating Our Can-Do City. Tour, dine and shop all day. Chamber Open House and area tours 10am-5pm. Bay Books Signing 10am-11:15am; Buoy's Bar at 8pm.

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Longfellow Civic Center, Court Street, Bay St. Louis
  • Phone: 228-216-9048

Overcoming Katrina: 10 Years of Progress Lecture and Book Signing with Former Governor Haley Barbour

August 28

This university and community wide event commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will feature former Governor Haley Barbour as the guest speaker, and a program with Gulf Park leadership, Gulf Park SGA president, Mayor from the City of Long Beach, as well as Representative Richard Bennett. A book signing by Governor Barbour will follow. Partners: City of Long Beach Mayor's Office, Gulf Coast Business Council, Office of the Vice President for the Gulf Park campus.

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 8 a.m.
  • Location: Fleming Education Center Auditorium, USM, Gulf Park campus,730 East Beach Blvd.
  • Phone: 601-266-5507
  • Admission: Free

The Australian Bee Gees Show

August 28

It's Saturday Night Fever every night with The Australian Bee Gees Show - A Tribute to the Bee Gees. One of the most successful and adored acts in musical history is recreated on the Vegas stage in a 75-minute multi-media concert event. You'll hear hits like, "Staying Alive," "You Should Be Dancing," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Jive Talkin.'"

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Hard Rock Casino, 777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (877) 877-6256 or (228) 374-7625
  • Admission: Tickets start at $9.99


 August 28

New Life Disaster Relief Announces "VolunteerFest"  It's Not About The Recognition, It's About The Relationships - Supported By A Community of Grateful Residents to Honor God & Give Thanks to All Katrina Volunteers. To coincide with the Ten Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For anybody that has Volunteered in the Mississippi Gulf Coast; "A Party is being thrown in your honor!  Live Music and Free Food to Honor and celebrate how you selflessly served the community."

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: New Life Disaster Relief
  • Phone: 228-596-0390
  • Admission: Free

10th Annual Katrina Memorial Observance

August 29

On the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a community-wide Katrina memorial service will be conducted at the 6,000-seat MGM Park in downtown Biloxi.

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 9am
  • Location: MGM Park, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547

Audubon Coastal Bird Survey Volunteer Training

August 29 

Are you interested in volunteering, learning about coastal birds, and making a difference in your community? Join us and become an Audubon Coastal Bird Survey Volunteer on August 29th and help endangered coastal bird species! Volunteers are needed to identify and count coastal birds along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for scientific data collection. No previous birding experience is necessary. Training will be provided. Lunch Provided. The Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Program is a local volunteer-driven, Citizen Science effort that was developed through the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in response to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. This survey provides critical data on diversity and population trends, and allows conservation managers to assess threats and identify remedial actions. Surveys sites are located in Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties.

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 9am-3pm
  • Location: Wingate Hotel, 4302 W Beach Blvd, Gulfport
  • Contact: Amanda Odom
  • Phone: 228-285-0449
  • Admission: Free
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

Boys II Men

August 29

Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. Recently celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades. The group's 4 Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 20-year career, Boyz II Men have also won a whopping 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. 

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: IP Casino Resort & Spa, Studio A, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-385-2600
  • Admission: Tickets start at $40

Concert for the Coast

August 29

Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and Rosco Bandana will perform at MGM Park for the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Tickets available at the MGM Park box office and through Ticketmaster and on line at

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: MGM Park, 105 Caillavet Street, Biloxi
  • Admission: Tickets $25, $35, $45 + fees

Fight Force International presents Slugfest

August 29

 There is no point system in Slugfest. When the bell rings your objective is to knock your opponent out! Just 2 fighters slugging it out for 3 rounds! The winner of each division wins $1,000! Do you have what it takes to enter?

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 5pm-12:00am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Tickets start at $25

Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemorative Event

August 29

Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall with a special presentation of "The Oak Tree" by local author J. Steven Spires. The Oak Tree is a story of love and hope in the midst of disaster. A book signing will be immediately after the presentation.

We will also have a visit from The Land Trust for the MS Coastal Plain. There will be face painting and the Imagination Playground as well! You don't want to miss out!

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 11am
  • Location: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport
  • Phone: 228-897-6039

Katrina 10 Year Remembrance Service and Picnic in the Park

August 29

10 Years 10,000 reasons

Join the City of Gulfport and area churches in celebration of 10 years of recovery, rebuilding and renewal with 10,000 reasons to be thankful. The Remembrance Service begins at 10:5am with pre-music and concludes before noon. Features speakers include former Governor Haley Barbour, Mayor Billy Hewes, former Mayor Brent Warr, Dr. John Kelly, Col. Frank Amodeo, Pastor sonny Adolph and key leaders from coast faith communities. Music includes a mass choir, a worship band and the Spirit of Carey.

Remembrance Service followed by Picnic in the Park. Food vendors offer food for sell, water will be provided or you can bring  your own picnic lunch for you and your family.

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 10:30am
  • Location: Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park in Gulfport

Rebuild Lakeshore Events

August 29

Celebrate the recovery of Lakeshore and dedication of the newly constructed Lakeshore Baptist church

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: Call for schedule.
  • Location: Lakeshore Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis
  • Phone: 228-469-0110

Ringing of the Church Bells Across the Coast

August 29

All churches are invited to participate to commemorate when Hurricane Katrina made landfall by ringing their church bell.

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 9:30am
  • Location: Longfellow Civic Center, Court Street, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Mary Perkins
  • Phone: 228-467-6836

Taste of Culture - HK-10 Families of the Storm

August 29-30

Commemorates the 10- anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, through a festival which will celebrate South Mississippi's spirit of recovery, resiliency, courage and the strength of communities as they have worked to rebuild a stronger MS Gulf Coast. The celebration will be shared with people of diverse culture and ethnicities and will serve as a catalyst to move the MS Gulf Coast into a bright future for all.

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/30/2015
  • Times: Call for schedule.
  • Location: 1621 30th Avenue, Gulfport
  • Phone: 228-357-5633
  • Admission: Free

Waveland's Ground Zero Hurricane Homecoming

August 29

Attend the Waveland's Ground Zero Hurricane Homecoming ceremony. Lives lost to Katrina in Hancock County will be remembered. Be a part of the Grand Re-opening of the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum. Enjoy music, food and beverages and tour the museum featuring the new H.C. Porter Exhibits, Backyards and Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories.  Bring your lawn chairs, Katrina memorabilia, picnic baskets and more for an evening of tailgating. Katrina authors will be on hand to sell and autograph books through Bay Books. 

  • Date(s): 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
  • Times: 5pm-8pm
  • Location: Waveland Civic Center & Ground Zero Hurricane Museum, 335 Coleman Avenue
  • Phone: 228-467-9048

On-Going Events

Katrina + 10

Through September 7

This daily exhibition is an examination of the catastrophic destruction, immediate relief, sustained recovery, shared experience and progress on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking South Mississippi. Moving multimedia exhibitions tell the story of the Katrina experience from those on the front lines: The Sun Herald, WLOX, and Mississippi Power Company. Two static environments, in the iconic pods will represent the inspirational volunteer effort from individuals and groups from around the world (coordinated by Hands on Mississippi), and the rebuilding of roads and bridges by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. 

  • Date(s): 03/20/2015 - 09/07/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm daily
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: Museum admission

Farmers Markets Throughout The Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast farmers markets regularly offer fresh seasonal produce; old-world handmade artisan breads; meats and sausage; artisan cheeses, butter, and cream-top milk; jams, jellies, and pickles made from local foods; cookies and other baked goods; gumbo, tamales, and other prepared foods; plus plants and handmade milk soaps and lotions. Some feature cooking demonstrations, live music, and more!  NOTE:  Locations & Times may change.

Location: Under the I-110 Bridge overpass on Howard Avenue, Biloxi
Open: (April - September) - Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 6am-4pm

Location: 10383 Automall Parkway (in front of Civic Center)
Open: Year Round - Monday-Saturdays
Times: 7am-4pm

Location: Jones Park Pavilion, Highway 90
Open: Wednesdays 9am-1pm
Saturdays 2pm-5pm

Location: 125 Jeff Davis Avenue - Downtown Long Beach
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 9am-12pm

Location: L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 9am-1pm

Location: Victory Parking Lot, 3214 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula
Open: (April - October) - Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 7am-1pm

Location: War Memorial Park, Highway 90, Pass Christian
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 8am-Noon

Location: Interstate 10 at 8095 Menge Ave, Pass Christian
Open: Fridays
Times: 3pm-7pm

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

Rhythms of Jazz Exhibit

The new exhibit by renowned artist, author and educator, Ted Rose, is called Rhythms of Jazz for a reason - it is a translation of movement onto canvas. However, it goes beyond painting to music and moves into the realm of relocation in space. Coming from a gymnastics background, Rose sees the movement of paint as a gymnast thinks through a movement from one location to a relocation of the body. Interpreting the movement in space is similar to what happens with the multiple rhythms and linear transformation of a melody in jazz. One rhythm begins, disappears underneath, reappears slightly altered, becoming more intense and complex - not your usual 4/4 time. And the same happens to the melody.

Acrylic on glass is layered so that movement happens inside out, and the final transfer to canvas leaves the earliest placement on top - showing the movement in retrospect. It uses space memory like a musician uses tonal memory or a gymnast traces his movement through space. Space becomes the active component and rhythm is key.

His opening talk will explore this philosophy and method through demonstration and dialogue with a jazz musician. 

  • Date(s): 06/18/2015 - 08/30/2015
  • Times: Reception: June 30, 5:30 - 7:30 pm; Opening Talk and Dialogue: 6:15 pm.
  • Location: Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, Albert Duckett Gallery, 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs,
  • Contact: Mary C. Cultural Center
  • Phone: 228-818-2878
  • Admission: Free

Live Entertainment - Beach Blvd Steamer

Come enjoy live music on the patio at the Island View.

Aug. 1, Eddie McDaniel
Aug. 2, Cheri & Tony
Aug. 8, Gillies & Gronkowski
Aug. 9, Ian Taylor
Aug. 15, Kelsey Moran
Aug. 16, Hank Berumen
Aug. 22 (TBA)
Aug. 23, Cheri & Tony
Aug. 29, Hank Berumen
Aug. 30, Gillies & Gronkowski

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/30/2015
  • Times: 4pm-8pm
  • Location: Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach, Gulfport
  • Phone: (877) 774-8439 or (228) 314-2100
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Must Be 21 or Older


Happy Hour starts the weekend off right featuring hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and specials on cocktails, wine and bottled domestic beer!

August 7 Michael Halat
August 14 Hank Berumen
August 21 Mark Smith
August 28 Missy Spinosa

  • Date(s): 08/07/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Times: 5pm-7pm
  • Location: Palace Casino Resort, 158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi
  • Contact: Palace Casino Resort
  • Phone: (800) 725-2239 or (228) 432-8888
  • Admission: Spectators Free