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YAYE

June 9-August 9

YAYE theatrical circus sensation is a must-see. This show will take your breath away. 

  • Date(s): 06/09/2015 - 08/09/2015
  • Times: Mon.-Thur 7pm; Sat & Sun 3pm & 7pm
  • Location: Beau Rivage, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (888) 566-7469 or (228) 386-7111
  • Admission: Tickets start at $12.95

Biloxi Shuckers

Come out and cheer on the Biloxi Shuckers, a major league baseball team at their home field in Downtown Biloxi. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Biloxi-Shuckers-tickets/artist/2071641

July 2015 Home Schedule:

July 1-3      MS Braves (July 3- 6:10pm)
July 15-19  Chattanooga
July 20-21  Mobile Baybears
July 28-31  Jackson Generals

  • Date(s): 07/01/2015 - 07/31/2015
  • Times: Action starts @ 7:10pm
  • Location: MGM Park, 105 Caillavet Street, Biloxi
  • Contact: Biloxi Shuckers
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Admission: Tickets start at $11.00

Breeding Birds Volunteer Stewardship Training

July 1

Least Terns and Black Skimmers are nesting on Mississippi coastal beaches. Volunteers are needed on weekends May-July 2015 to educate beach-goers and help protect beach nesting birds. We need folks to work as Colony monitors, Sentinels, and Outreach Educators. There are beach-nesting bird sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, and Biloxi. Volunteers are asked to commit 2 or 4 hours per shift on weekends during these hours: (8am-6pm). No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. Space is limited. (Unable to attend? Training will be provided on site.) Register online and view full list of sites at http://goo.gl/aLG0OP.

  • Date(s): 07/01/2015 - 07/01/2015
  • Times: 5:45pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Beauvoir-Presidential Library Board Room
  • Contact: Amanda Odom
  • Phone: 228-285-0449
  • Admission: Free
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus

July 1-5

Experience all the things you know and love and be amazed by things you've never seen before! Witness superhuman stunts so close you can FEEL it! Astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the globe have been assembled in one place providing a riveting display of unimaginable proportions that is Engineered for Excitement and Custom Built for Family Fun!  Don't miss this opportunity to get closer than ever to The Greatest Show On Earth.

  • Date(s): 07/01/2015 - 07/05/2015
  • Times: Wednesday - Friday 7pm; Sunday 2pm & 6pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Tickets start at $15

Wednesdays at WAMA! Yoga in the Gallery

July 1

Join us for a yoga session led by Moira Anderson of River Rock Yoga in our serene east and west galleries. After you refresh your body and spirit you will be refreshed by smoothies provided by Smoothie King. Space is limited so reserve your spot early.

  • Date(s): 07/01/2015 - 07/01/2015
  • Times: 6pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Walter Anderson Museum of Art
  • Contact: Corey Christy
  • Phone: 228-872-3164
  • Admission: $25
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

67th Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

July 2-5 

Billed as the largest family friendly fishing rodeo in the world, this successful yearly event includes fun for the entire family. The event features fireworks, fishing, fellowship, vendors, and FUN! Contestants fish the Gulf waters for days, competing for cash and prizes in 30 categories of both saltwater and freshwater fish. In previous years, records for tuna, shark and flounder have been broken at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. The fishing rodeo attracts an average of 50,000 people every year, and even made the cover of Sports Illustrated! For vendor information call Michael Casano @ (228) 255-0035!

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Event 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015!


  • Date(s): 07/02/2015 - 07/05/2015
  • Times: Gates open Noon Daily
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport - Barksdale Pavilion
  • Contact: Richie Valdez - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-863-2713
  • Admission: $5 Admission Includes all 4 days, Children 5 and under free

Merle Haggard

July 2

At the age of 78 the veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer/bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. It almost goes without saying that Merle Haggard is widely regarded as country music's greatest living recording artist. A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he's consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment.

  • Date(s): 07/02/2015 - 07/02/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: IP Casino Resort & Spa, Studio A, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-385-2600
  • Admission: Tickets start at $50

2nd Annual Spark at the Park @ Muddy Joe's

July 4-6

2 days of fun and excited. Enjoy fireworks, waterslides, bounce houses, chicken drop, crawfish cook off. Live performances by Sarah Ross and Confederate Railroad, Moonshine Revival and Neal McCoy.

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Location: Muddy Joe's Off Road and RV Park, 1260 Rd. 326, Kiln
  • Phone: 228-255-7600
  • Admission: $50 for Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun; $40 for Sat. and Sun.; $35 for Concert Saturday Only (valid after 5pm); $20 for Sun
  • General Admission Child: $10 KID pass (4 day pass) ages 3-10; Free (ages 2 and under)

31st Annual Our Lady of the Gulf “Crab Festival”

July 3-5  

The Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival is the premier fest of the MS Gulf Coast and takes place in beautiful Bay St. Louis on the fest grounds of OLG Church!  Incomparable food, live music, 100 Arts & Crafts booths, rides, raffles, Crab Races, and much more!   Food items include boiled crab and shrimp, shrimp and catfish po-boys, gumbo, crab stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers, dogs, and so much more - you will not leave hungry!   Find us on Facebook at Crab Fest Olg Church. Potential crafters can find the booth application on our website at www.olgchurch.net.

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/05/2015
  • Times: Daily 10am-10pm
  • Location: Our Lady of the Gulf Church Grounds, Beach 228 South Beach, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Jo Sharp or Kathleen LeBlanc - Our Lady Gulf Church
  • Phone: 228-467-6509
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Colt Ford

July 3

Colt Ford is just an unassuming good old country boy from Georgia, a one-time pro golfer turned songwriter and musician who has struck a chord with his growing fan base. On Thanks for Listening, his fifth album on his own perfectly named Average Joes Entertainment label, he returns the favor, offering his audience a humble token of his appreciation.

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/03/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: IP Casino Resort & Spa, Studio A, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-385-2600
  • Admission: Tickets start at $20

Katrina Cafe - A Visiting Chief

July 3

Katrina +10 will host a weekly series of "Katrina Cafe" presentations where well-known community leaders will discuss the challenges of Katrina in their respective fields and how they have overcome those challenges.  Steve Gerard, the chief of the fire department in the little town of New Sharon, Iowa (pop. 1,300), showed up with a few of his fellow firefighters after Hurricane Katrina and spent a month helping muck out houses and lending a hand at the hectic Biloxi fire stations of those days. Hear what he saw and the lessons he learned from his experience.

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/03/2015
  • 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)

Lee Greenwood

July 3  

Lee Greenwood takes the stage on The Great Lawn at Harrah's Gulf Coast. Join us July 4th weekend and sing along to Greenwood's hits, including "God Bless the U.S.A."

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/03/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Harrah's, Great Lawn, 280 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 946-2946, (228) 436-2946
  • Admission: FREE

Sea Creatures Festival

July 3-5

Come out to this fun and exciting event. The 1st Annual Sea Creatures Festival held at Biloxi Point Cadet Plaza is a family oriented and educational event. There will be plenty exhibits from various organizations, live entertainment, food and drink for the whole family. 

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/05/2015
  • Times: 10am-10pm
  • Location: Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi
  • Contact: Frank Gann
  • Phone: 228-369-4961

Biloxi 4th of July Fireworks Display

July 4

Huge annual Fireworks Display over the Mississippi Sound.  Fireworks shot from Deer Island. Hosted by the City of Biloxi.

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, Highway 90, Biloxi
  • Contact: Biloxi Visitor Center
  • Phone: 228-374-3105

City of Gulfport 4th of July Fireworks

July 4

Celebrate Independence Day with huge fireworks display. Fireworks will be shot at 8:45pm from Moses Jetty located in the Gulfport Municipal Marina. Best viewing locations: Gulfport Municipal Marina; Jones Park; and Beach area south of Hwy 90 west of Hewes Avenue. Hosted by the City of Gulfport  - Leisure Services Department.

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: Fireworks begins @ 8:45pm
  • Location: Gulfport Harbor, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Brittany Dyess
  • Phone: (228) 868-5700 or (228) 868-5881

Community Bank Family Day at MGM Park

July 4

Enjoy a day of celebration with your family at the MGM Park. The event will feature inflatables, rock climbing wall, trampolines, video games, live music and even a corn hole competition. This event will begin at 11:00am just outside the gates at MGM Park with great food and music and will continue from 2:00pm - 10:00pm inside and on the field (American Star Field). Games and activities will be on the field of play providing a safe and fun environment for the little kids and even some of us grown up kids. Admission is $5 for entry, $10 for unlimited all day passes for all activities and $15 for suite level tickets. Free re-entry will be granted all day. At 9:00pm watch the spectacular fireworks presentation with synchronized music to the fireworks pumped right into MGM Park.

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: 11am-10pm
  • Location: MGM Park, 105 Caillavet Street, Biloxi
  • Contact: Tim Bennett
  • Admission: $5 entry ($10 for activities)

Pascagoula 4th of July Celebration

July 4

Join the City of Pascagoula at Beach Park for a free fireworks show celebrating the birth of our nation. Be sure to tune in to Magic 93.7 during the fireworks show to really get into the patriotic spirit! 

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: Festivities begin @ 6:30pm - Fireworks @ 9pm
  • Location: Beach Park, Pascagoula
  • Phone: 228-938-2356

Rockin Dopsie & The Zydeco Twisters

July 4

Performing live. Meet up at H2O Pool and Bar, Biloxi's biggest and sleekest new outdoor pool and lounge. Rockin' Dopsie Jr & The Zydeco Twisters are one of the most requested bands for Corporate Events, Casinos, Fairs and Festivals. Rockin' Dopsie Jr. (pronounced Doopsie) is considered the ultimate entertainer bringing a high energy stage show that has led to him being called the James Brown of Zydeco, but that's not all - throw in some New Orleans Funkiness with a Gumbo of Soul, R N B and the Dopsie brothers Anthony on accordion and Tiger on drums plus the top notch musicianship of The Zydeco Twisters and you have the best high energy show around.

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Golden Nugget Biloxi, 151 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Admission: $25

Waveland Picnic and Fireworks

July 4

Winner of USA Today and Destination America's "Red, White and You" contest Waveland received $50,000 to host an Independence Day barbecue, live entertainment and a huge fireworks display. The event will be held on the beach near Coleman Avenue.

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Location: Coleman Avenue, Beachfront, Waveland

On-Going Events

Katrina + 10

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 - 09/12/2015
  • 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.

 BAY ST. LOUIS MARKET (Depot Produce & Country Market)
Location: Historic Train Depot Grounds, Bay St. Louis
Open: Year Round - Thursdays 2pm-6pm; Saturdays 9am -2pm

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

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

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

HANCOCK COUNTY MARKET
Location: 3068 Longfellow Drive, Bay St. Louis
Open: Year Round - Wednesdays
Times: 9am-1pm

JACKSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula
Open: (April-September) Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 7am-1pm

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

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

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

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

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

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

Suited 2 the Extreme Exhibit

June 3-July 11

Sometimes, a fraction of an inch is all that separates you and certain death! Join us and find out why extreme environments require extreme gear. Astronauts, firemen, race car drivers, and even football players need protective gear to work and play safely. Between June 1st and July 11, with this exhibit and live "Wear it Wednesday" presentations, INFINITY explores the gear, the humans that wear it and the extreme conditions from which they're protected.

  • Date(s): 06/03/2015 - 07/11/2015
  • Times: Mon-Sat. 9am - 4pm
  • Location: INFINITY Science Center
  • Contact: Infinity Science Center
  • Phone: 228-533-9025
  • General Admission Adult: $10: Adults (Age 18-54)
  • General Admission Child: $6: Children (4-17), Ages 3 and under FREE
  • General Admission Senior: $8: Senior Adult (55+), Military
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible
    • Children

Live Entertainment - Sunset Bar

Come enjoy this sleek & sexy new venue with an indoor bar and lounge area with easy access to our poplar outdoor deck. Sunset Bar has an open feel, complemented by its magnificent view of the Gulf.

June 5 Kelsey Moran
June 6 Lisa Lee Albritton
June 12 Gary "Redd" Necaise
June 13 Razzoo
June 19 Gillies & Gronkowski
June 20 Ian Taylor
June 26 Cheri & Tony
June 27 Mirror Image
July 3 Gillies & Gronkowski
July 4 Razzoo

  • Date(s): 06/05/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • 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

Mississippi Rollergirls Live

See the Mississippi Rollergirls - Mississippi's first -- women's flat track derby league, in this action packed, safe, & family-friendly sport - live! Come out, cheer on the "girls" in this full contact sport for women, and see why roller derby is the fastest growing sport in America! Don't miss the FUN!  Tickets can be purchased online at www.msrg.brownpapertickets.com.
 
2015 Bout Home Schedule:

June 6 - Big Easy Crescent Wenches
July 25 - Cajun Rollergirls
September 12 - Tallahassee RollerGirls
October 10 - Red Stick Roller Derby

  • Date(s): 06/06/2015 - 10/10/2015
  • Times: Doors open @ 6:30pm; Action starts @ 7pm
  • Location: Duo Dance Event Center, 3100 Ladnier Rd, Gautier
  • Admission: $12
  • General Admission Child: 10 & under FREE

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