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23rd Annual MS Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival

April 16-19, 23-26

A family of four can afford this festival for less than they would pay for just one admission ticket at other festivals in the region! Great talent, exciting midway rides, unique vendors, games, give-a-ways, and contests for one low daily price.

In addition to fabulous music enjoy thrilling carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, delicious food, and more. The festival is a two-weekend event with the second weekend highlighted by a Coast Crawfish Cook-off where teams compete for trophies and cash.

If you love great music, mudbugs (crawfish), thrilling family fun carnival rides, and delicious food this is a festival you won't want to miss. The festival draws crowds from three states and averages 55,000 guests.


Awarded "2007 Southern Travel Treasure" by AAA's magazine, AAA Southern Traveler
Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring Event 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015

  • Date(s): 04/16/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Times: Check website for complete schedule
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Admission Charged – Call for tickets

63rd Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage

April 22-26

The week-long event features beautiful homes, gardens, and historic locations. The event features elegant homes, gardens, and historic landmarks along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Pascagoula to Diamondhead. Experience the treasures in each of our communities! Hosted by Gulf Coast Council of Garden Clubs. Click here for tour schedule.

Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events 2004
Top Events USA 2011, 2012 & 2013

  • Date(s): 04/22/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Location: Throughout MS Gulf Coast
  • Contact: Linda Domino - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-861-5826
  • Admission: Free – Donations Appreciated

17th Annual ColOhr Fest

April 24-26

A Celebration of the ExtraOHRdinary. A celebration of the arts, held on the beautiful beachfront grounds of the world famous Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi. Enjoy the cool Gulf breezes under the shade of our sprawling 100 year old oak trees. Browse and shop through a huge variety of "Ohriginal" art from local and regional artists. Pick up some treasures from dozens of arts and crafts booths as well as home-grown veggies, plants and much more in our Ohr Marketplace. Dine on delectable dishes for which the Coast is famous! Relax and enjoy non-stop free entertainment. Try your hand at creating your own work of art - workshops and demos for adults and kids! Laugh and marvel at the often hilarious "Potter Games"...or sign up for one of our ColOhrful Contests!


  • Date(s): 04/24/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Times: Fri. 5pm-9pm; Sat. 9am-8pm; Sun. 10am-6pm
  • Location: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: $5
  • General Admission Child: Free (ages 12 and under)

2015 Bear Creek Music Festival

May 2

Discover the power of music at the 2015 Bear Creek Music Festival hosted at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. This festival showcases the young talent across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Musicians, artists, performers and vendors will crowd the grounds at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center to celebrate their talents together. Teachers of various forms of music will be offering lessons throughout the event. Come enjoy southern food, music, art and comfort with friends and family of all ages. If you can't make the afternoon events, come join Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in celebrating their birthday, then to close this year’s event, don’t miss an amazing performance from Mississippi’s own Oh, Jeremiah!

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 2pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Phone: 228-897-6039
  • Admission: $10
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible
    • Children

Pass Christian Historical Society Garden & Home Tour

May 3

Event offers a glimpse inside 150-year-old Scenic Drive cottage in Pass Christian. Guests are invited to explore the home and the maintained grounds, including a guest cottage, stable, greenhouse and gazebo overlooking the beach and water. Refreshments will be served on the front lawn.  Proceeds support the Pass Christian Historical Society. Tickets sold at the door and at Pass Christian Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse (300 E. Scenic Dr., P.C.) or on

  • Date(s): 05/03/2015 - 05/03/2015
  • Times: 2pm- 5pm
  • Location: 849 East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Wilma Rizzardi
  • Phone: 228-452-0161
  • Admission: $25
  • General Admission Child: $15 (age 18 - under)
  • General Admission Senior: $25

Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Speckled Trout World Championship

May 14-16

Speckled Trout World Championship with over $15,000 worth of guaranteed on the line. Fun family event with 4 categories and a free kids division in each category.

  • Date(s): 05/14/2015 - 05/16/2015
  • Location: Farmers Market Pavillion, Gulfport Small Craft Harbor
  • Phone: 228-380-9929
  • Admission: $75
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

Our Lady of Fatima International Spring Festival

May 15-17

Live entertainment by local MS Gulf Coast artists, thrilling carnival rides and an international menu of tasty foods are just a sample of the three-day family festival sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Biloxi. Celebrating its unique combination of diverse cultures, the church's parishioners share their heritage each year in music, arts, entertainment and a variety of traditional dishes from their respective ethnic backgrounds.

Following this year's theme "Music Moves Us", the Festival is showcasing an impressive lineup of entertainment, performing an eclectic mix of musical genres including: jazz, country, Irish, Filipino, classical, pop, rock, blues and contemporary worship. The stage will also feature dance groups and a Junior Talent Show. The International Food Court offers a menu of taste sensations from around the world: Italian, Jamaican, Pilipino, South African, Greek, Vietnamese as well as American cuisine. In addition, seafood from the Gulf will be showcased in the Festival's "World Famous Gumbo", po-boys and crabcakes. Among the mouthwatering desserts offered will be the Biloxi-Croatian traditional pastry treat known as Pusharatas. Indoor and outdoor dining and takeout will also be available.

This event features carnival rides, delicious international food booths, snacks, drinks, the desert parlor, ice cream and the cake wheel. Children's games & activities including the Hamster Water Ball game, pony rides and the turtle races! Live entertainment all weekend long featuring singers, dancers, choirs & musicians.

Carnival rides are open throughout the Festival, and pay-one-price ($20) armbands are available on Friday from 5pm to 9pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. By popular demand, Human Hamster Balls and Turtle Races will also return. In addition to the impressive selection of rides for all ages, there will be a special area for children with bounce houses, crafts and facepainting. Other festival features will include: a silent auction, arts and crafts vendors, a book sale, rummage sale, plant booth, and a classic car show on Sunday. An added attraction this year is a "Christmas in May" Shoppe, where hundreds of gently loved Christmas decorations will be offered at bargain prices.

The highlight of the Festival is its finale - a $15,000.00 Drawdown Dinner. With the purchase of a $100 ticket, four people will be admitted to the dinner held in the Parish Hall on Sunday night. The 400 tickets sold will be drawn for an opportunity to win prizes, $1,000 cash or the Grand Prize of $10,000.00. Tickets may be purchased (while they last) by visiting the Festival Information Booth (located in front of the Parish Hall).

  • Date(s): 05/15/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • Times: Friday @ 4pm-10pm; Saturday @ 10am-10pm, Sunday 11:30am-8pm
  • Location: Our Lady of Fatima, 2090 Pass Road, Biloxi
  • Contact: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
  • Phone: 228-388-3887
  • Admission: Spectators Free

20th Annual Gulf Coast Wooden Boat Show

May 16-17

Join us as we applaud historic, antique, classic and contemporary wooden boats at the largest gathering of watercraft on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Wooden Boat Show features exhibits, demonstrations, music, children's activities, good food, contests, prizes & much more.

  • Date(s): 05/16/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • Times: 10am–6pm
  • Location: Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Megan Seymour
  • Phone: 228-435-6320
  • Admission: Admission Charged

5th Annual St. Clare Seafood Festival

May 22-24

Festival features fantastic food of all kinds and of course seafood, rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle, 5K run and much more! Don't miss this exceptional festival as it returns to the beach. Proceeds benefit St. Clare Catholic Church. 

  • Date(s): 05/22/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Times: Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday Noon-6pm
  • Location: St. Clare Catholic Church, 236 South Beach Blvd, Waveland
  • Contact: Earline Thomas or Kathy Scott (Vendor Contact)
  • Phone: 228-363-2769 / 228-467-9275
  • Admission: Spectators Free

11th Annual Jazz in the Pass

May 23-24

Jazz in the Pass is moving to the streets of Downtown Pass Christian with free outdoor performances taking place at the town pavilion on the corner of Davis and Second Streets. The festival weekend kicks off on Friday night with a Jazz Party (tickets required.) Saturday activities start with the Blessing of the Fleet at the East Harbor, followed by a Street Fair and Gumbo Cook-off with Gumbo Tasting on Davis Avenue. Two full days of entertainment are scheduled, including local favorites Dr. Rock, Starz and the Coast Big Band. A special performance by the 41st Army Brass Quintet Band and jazz headliner Jose Francois are also scheduled. For more information on the schedule,

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Times: Sat.12pm-8pm; Sun. 12pm-6pm
  • Location: Downtown Pass Christian
  • Contact: Pass Christian Main Street
  • Phone: 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Free (Tickets required for Jazz Party)

39th Annual Pass Christian Blessing of the Fleet

May 23
Historically significant event before shrimp season features vessels colorfully decorated as they take their turn to receive a blessing in anticipation of a bountiful year! Enjoy the decorated boats and an antique car show as well.

  • Date(s): 05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015
  • Times: Festivities start @ 10am
  • Location: Pass Christian Harbor, Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Pass Christian Harbor Master Office
  • Phone: 228-452-5128
  • Admission: Spectators Free

19th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

June 1-7

Big Boats, Big Fish, Big BUCKS! Hundreds of anglers converge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for this premier sport fishing event. Vessels ply the billfish-rich waters off the coast to compete for over $1,000,000 in cash & prizes. The weeklong event features nightly dock parties, captains banquet, golf outing and live entertainment for the spectators at the weigh scales Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Date(s): 06/01/2015 - 06/07/2015
  • Times: See web site for complete details
  • Location: Point Cadet Marina (behind Golden Nugget), Highway 90, Biloxi
  • Contact: Bobby Carter - Tournament Director
  • Phone: 228-239-2575
  • Admission: Free

29th Annual Coast Coliseum Summer Fair

June 4-14

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair is a family-friendly, jam-packed affordable annual event that offers rides, live music, shows, contests, and headline entertainment. Named a multi-year Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Summer Fair runs June 4-14 on the grounds of the Coast Coliseum.

Gate admission is FREE every day for children under 13 and for adults Sunday through Thursday. Gate admission is just $5 on Fridays & Saturdays for ages 13 and older. Gates open at 5 pm Monday-Friday and 1 pm Saturday and Sunday..

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring Event 2015

  • Date(s): 06/04/2015 - 06/14/2015
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Admission Charged - See Above

86th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Fais Do-Do

June 4-7

Thursday: Memorial Mass for Deceased Fisherman, 6:00pm, St. Michael Catholic Church. 228-432-0097
Friday: Past Royalty Reception, DMR Great American Seafood cook off, 5:00pm @ Slavonian Lodge, 159 Maple Street, Biloxi
Fais Do-Do Festival and Shrimp Queen Pageant - 10am-10pm - Biloxi Town Green
The Blessing of the Fleet Mass- 4pm @ St. Michael Catholic Church
Coronation of the Shrimp King & Queen during the Fais-Do-Do, 5:30pm - Biloxi Town Green
Sunday: Blessing of the Fleet - 2pm

Friday, the celebration begins with the DMR Great American Seafood Cook Off & Past Royalty Reception! Come view Mississippi's finest chefs as they compete for the Mississippi Seafood title! The winning chef goes on to represent Mississippi in the Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans! Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Held in conjunction with Biloxi's Blessing of the Fleet Past Royalty Reception.

Saturday, The Fais Do-Do - a much-loved Biloxi tradition - begins & features continuous live entertainment, hundreds of craft vendors, local artisans, and the best seafood in the entire world! The climax of the festive party is the coronation of the King and Queen. The Biloxi Cultural and Heritage Exchange will take place from 10:30 AM till 12:30

Sunday, closes the weekend with the ceremonial wreath dropping. Boats form in the west end of the Biloxi Channel near the Beau Rivage Casino and then parade east in the Biloxi Channel! Shrimp boats and recreational boats receive blessings for a safe and bountiful season. Join in the Fun as music blares from boat radios, boats parade by and wave to spectators with the attitude - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events 1988 & 1993 *Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring Event 2010 & 2012

  • Date(s): 06/04/2015 - 06/07/2015
  • Location: Biloxi Town Green & Biloxi Channel
  • Contact: Kay Miller - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-435-6339
  • Admission: Fais-Do-Do $5.00 at the gate. Children under 12 & under free

10th Annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival

June 6 
Blueberry season is in high gear and the town of Ocean Springs sets out to stain the streets of Downtown Ocean Springs—and the teeth of festival goer’s alike—blue, during the town’s Red, White and Blueberry Festival!  Event offers an assortment of antiques, crafts, fresh produce, plenty of blueberry products, open houses for downtown businesses and much more!

  • Date(s): 06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-875-4424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

13th Annual Scrapin the Coast

June 19-21 

Scrapin The Coast offers it all…Bikini contest, stereo competition, hydraulic contest, hot food, vendors, live music, car & truck show, burnout contest and more! Hundreds of hot rods converge on the coast for a FUN time.  Come enjoy FUN in the SUN. To register online CLICK HERE to download and print the form and mail it in.

  • Date(s): 06/19/2015 - 06/21/2015
  • Times: See Website for complete schedule
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Myles or Greg - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: (228) 832-2688 or (228) 832-4683
  • Admission: Admission Charged - Call for tickets

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

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

  • 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

3rd Annual Bay Harborfest

July 17-19

Whether you prefer the sun and sand or food and shopping, visitors and locals alike will delight in the exceptional variety of live music, tasty festival food fare, and local artisans' creations over three days as we celebrate at the Bay St. Louis harbor! Come enjoy the sights and sounds of this extraordinary music festival and the southern hospitality of Mississippi's ‘West Coast'!

  • Date(s): 07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015
  • Times: See Website Complete Schedule
  • Location: Downtown Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Michael Rosato, Bay Rat Productions, LLC
  • Phone: 571-228-2506
  • Admission: Festival Admission free.


August 30 (tentative)

CPR Fest 19 Presents The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. Entertainers include Godsmack, Skillet, Seether, Buckcherry, Escape, the Fate, Redlight King, Within Reason, sons of Revelry, These Raven Skies and Tattered.

  • Date(s): 08/30/2015 - 08/30/2015
  • Times: 11:30am-11:30pm - All day event
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Ricky Mitchell - Market Manager
  • Phone: 228-236-1092
  • Admission: Tickets on sale through or any Ticketmaster location

24th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Festival

September 5 (tentative)

Enjoy one of the top blues festivals on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Top named blues entertainers will headline this event. Visitors will have an excellent opportunity to hear their favorite songs, eat delicious food and refreshments, see culture exhibits and share in this fun outing with the entire family. 

  • Date(s): 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: Gates open at 11am; Show starts at 12:30pm
  • Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula
  • Contact: Addie Brent, Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Commission, Inc.
  • Phone: 228-497-5493
  • Admission: Call for tickets.

Ocean Springs Artwalk 2015

September 5

Watch artists in action, shop for local art, eat and drink at local restaurants and mingle among the small, local boutique shops and galleries. Art Walk features a mixture of potters, painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and more. Bring the family, shop til you drop, while having fun.

  • Date(s): 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 10am–4pm
  • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-447-4249
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Annual Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

September 19-20 

Over 150 vendors set up with hand-made crafts & multi-media art works for sale! Drinks, sandwiches," munchies" available outside, and the Diamondhead Country Club offers a lunch special inside. A raffle for some exciting prizes is also available. Free shuttle bus transportation from the Diamondhead Shopping Center parking lot on both days. The air-conditioned bus delivers you to where the action is, and returns at your convenience. Proceeds from booth rentals benefit Diamondhead Continuing Education.

  • Date(s): 09/19/2015 - 09/20/2015
  • Times: Saturday @ 9:30am–5pm; Sunday @ 10am–4pm
  • Location: Diamondhead Country Club, 7600 Country Club Circle, Diamondhead
  • Contact: Pat Sheehy - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 255-6922 or (228) 547-6922
  • Admission: Spectators Free!

Hancock County Fair

September 23-26 (tentative)

Revival of the Hancock County Fair brings back the history of County Fairs and celebrates community heritage. It is a family affair with live entertainment, midway games and rides, arts and craft vendors, rodeo for all ages, livestock and local restaurants sharing their specialties as well as traditional fair food. There will be several events held: Corn-hole Tournament, a Hancock Fair Queen Pageant; Cutest Kid Contest as well as a Car Show.

  • Date(s): 09/23/2015 - 09/26/2015
  • Times: Wed. 3pm-9pm; Thur. 9am-10:30pm; Fri. 9am-11pm; Sat. 8am-11:30pm
  • Location: Hancock County Multi-Purpose Arena, 1484 Kiln Delisle Road, Kiln
  • Contact: Leayn Walton - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-363-7268
  • Admission: Free (Wed-Thur); $5 (Fri-Sat)
  • General Admission Child: Free (10 and under) with paying adult

2nd Annual Gulfport Anchor Fest

September 26-27 (tentative)

Anchor Fest, Gulfport's cultural & heritage festival, will celebrate everything that makes Gulfport great. The event will include a wooden boat show; arts & crafts; maritime, history & industry displays; children's activities; live music; local food & drink and more.

  • Date(s): 09/26/2015 - 09/27/2015
  • Times: Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
  • Location: Jones Park, Barksdale Pavilion & Gulfport Small Craft Harbor,
  • Contact: Jacqueline Bordeaux
  • Phone: 228-868-5700
  • Admission: Free

HOG Festival

September 26
Grab the kids and come out to the first annual HOG Festival, an enormous post-rally event for Gov. Phil Bryant's HOG Ride. Admission is FREE and the experience is priceless. Enjoy the food, the games, and the music all for a great cause. All proceeds support the Home of Grace scholarship program and help individuals in need of addiction recovery.

Live Music, Door Prizes, Delicious Food, Car/Motorcycle Show, Games & Contests, Inflatables, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Baked Goods, and much, much more!

Kids AND adults can show their competitive side throughout the day. We'll have everything from potato sack racing to a slowest bike contest. There will be plenty of prizes to give away, so come early to compete for them all.

Register at the door for FREE. Our generous sponsors have outdone themselves and given us fantastic items to give away. Registration not only enters you into awesome door prizes, but you'll receive a grab bag filled with all sorts of goodies. Come early, because you must be present to win!

Mid-way through the day, hundreds of motorcycles will come flooding into the festival where you'll be greeting them with waving flags and joyful cheers. Led by Governor Phil Bryant, it will be an exciting reception for everyone.

  • Date(s): 09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015
  • Times: 10am – 2pm
  • Location: First Baptist Church of Gulfport, 12190 Hwy 605
  • Contact: Home of Grace
  • Phone: 228-826-5283
  • Admission: Free

HOG Ride

September 26
Start your engines for this 44-mile motorcycle ride from Moss Point, MS to Gulfport. Every dollar raised at this motorcycle fundraiser will fund the Home of Grace scholarship program and provide financial assistance to those who can't afford the cost of addiction recovery.

Those who participate with HOG Ride will have an additional opportunity to make a greater impact for the Home of Grace scholarship program. Those who raise a minimum of $25 in individual sponsorships will be eligible for a higher pin level, as well as prizes. Larger prizes are also awarded to the top fundraisers.

Cost includes: Ride with the Governor, HOG Ride T-Shirt, Chick-Fil-A Breakfast, and Collectible Insignia Pin

  • Date(s): 09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015
  • Times: 8:30am (check-in at 7:30am)
  • Location: Trent Lott Airport, Moss Point
  • Contact: FG Ware
  • Phone: 228-217-8085
  • Admission: Other
  • General Admission Adult: $25/bike ($35 day of) $10/passenger

33rd Annual Chefs of the Coast

September 27 (tentative)

Celebrate culinary excellence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with the Coast's best restaurants serving food amid wine and beer, live music, fabulous entertainment and silent auction! Must be 21 or older. Cocktail attire.

 Proceeds help support the MHRA - Gulf Coast Chapter Education and scholarship fund.

Named, "Travel Treasure" by AAA Southern Traveler Magazine 2012 


  • Date(s): 09/27/2015 - 09/27/2015
  • Times: 5pm-9pm
  • Location: Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Avenue, Biloxi
  • Contact: Beverly Martin - Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-324-0032
  • Admission: $65

Professional Bull Riders

October 2-3 (tentative)

Explosions and flames light the Coliseum to start the show. Then the excitement really begins when the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet, providing two hours of thrills and spills guaranteed to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and your heart pounding. The nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series visits some of the most famous arenas across the United States, including Madison Square Garden in New York and Cowboys Stadium. Each event has a winner, and riders accumulate points towards the ultimate goal, the Professional Bull Riders World Championship. The highest-paid bull riders in the world are not only competing for the coveted Championship Buckle, but also the $1 million bonus awarded to the winner!

  • Date(s): 10/02/2015 - 10/03/2015
  • Times: 8pm on Friday, 10/2 and 7pm on Saturday, 10/3
  • Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-594-3700
  • Admission: $13.00
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

38th Annual Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival

October 3

The Zonta festival is Pascagoula's premier event featuring arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, exhibit booths, antique car show and lots of children's activities. Artisans will be on hand to explain their crafts. A free shuttle service will be provided from Hwy 90.

  • Date(s): 10/03/2015 - 10/03/2015
  • Times: 9am–5pm
  • Location: Downtown Plaza of Pascagoula, Pascagoula
  • Contact: Andrea Chenoweth - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 229-9908 or (228) 762-7018
  • Admission: Free

19th Annual Cruisin' the Coast

October 4-11  

Thousands of classic cars converge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for an entire week of rock 'n' roll, drag races, sock hops, swap meets, and headline entertainment all along the Gulf Coast! Car enthusiasts parade their antique, classic, hot rods & custom vehicles up & down Highway 90 with entertainment provided at designated stops in Biloxi, D'Iberville, Gulfport, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Diamondhead, Ocean Springs & Pascagoula. Since its inception in 1996, Cruisin' the Coast has grown from 374 cars to over 7,000 annually!

**Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) "Shining Example Award"
**Awarded Mississippi's "Governor's Excellence in Tourism Award - Event of the Year 2000
**Awarded "Southern Travel Treasure" by AAA's magazine, AAA Southern Traveler 2001
**Awarded Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2003 & 2005
**Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Event 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014

  • Date(s): 10/04/2015 - 10/11/2015
  • Times: Check website for complete schedule of events
  • Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast (Coastwide)
  • Contact: Cruisin' The Coast Office
  • Phone: (888) 808-1188 or (228) 385-3847
  • Admission: Vehicle Registration/Spectators Free

Vicari Classic & Muscle Auction

October 8-10

VICARI AUCTION will be expecting 500 cars in the Classic & Muscle Car Auction during Cruisin The Coast - America's Largest Block Party. Cruisin' The Coast is a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events. Car enthusiasts from over 39 states and Canada drive to the Mississippi Gulf Coast once a year to showcase their rides and to cruise the beautiful 30-mile stretch of beachside highway with designated stops in Ocean Springs, D'Iberville, Edgewater Mall, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, reserved parking for registered cruisers, spectator parking, vendors for food and event merchandise. The week long event includes The VICARI CLASSIC & MUSCLE CAR AUCTION, cruise-ins, a VA Hospital Cruise, swap meet, and a parade. Spectators are welcome and will find that the cruisers love to talk "old cars"

Collectibles: Thurs. 12:00 a.m., Fri. & Sat. 10:00 a.m.
Cars: Thurs. 1:00 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11:00 a.m.
Feature Cars: Fri. & Sat. 3:00 p.m.
Car check-in: Wed. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Date(s): 10/08/2015 - 10/10/2015
  • Times: Doors open @ 8:30am, Auction starts Friday & Saturday @ 10am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Will Loomis - Auction Manager
  • Phone: 504-875-3563
  • Admission: $15.00 (Children 10 and under are free)

94th Annual Jackson County Fair

October 11-18

Thrill rides, livestock shows, arts/crafts displays, food booths, exhibits, live music, “Old Settlers Day” and much more! Join us for this “Blue Ribbon” affair and “A Fall Tradition!”  A MUST SEE EVENT!

  • Date(s): 10/11/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Times: Sunday opens @ 4pm; Monday-Thursday @ 11am; Friday @ 10am; Saturday @ 11am; Sunday @ 1pm
  • Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula
  • Contact: Jim Hart, Director
  • Phone: (228) 762-6043 or (228) 217-1667
  • Admission: Spectators Free!

30th Annual Fall Muster

October 16-18 

Experience the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the 1861-1865 conflict! There will be cavalry, infantry and cannon demonstrations, and a battle on each day. All branches of service, North and South, civilians, drummer boys and spectators are welcome. Festivities include a Picnic Basket Auction, Ladies Tea & a Saturday Night Dance with entertainment.  

Recognized AAA Southern Travel Treasure 2011.


  • Date(s): 10/16/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Times: 9am gates open
  • Location: Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home
  • Phone: 228-388-4400
  • Admission: Admission Charged

25th Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Fest

October 17-18 (tentative)

Great shopping for unique hand crafted items and delicious Gulf Coast food! Learn about the Gulf Coast in the "hands on" Heritage & Education Area, and kids will have a blast in the FREE Kids area! Enter the famous Mullet Toss Contest - you've definitely gotta see how far you can throw a mullet! There's a Car Show on Saturday. Bring your folding chairs & your dancing shoes - there's 2 entertainment Stages to keep your toes tapping - Fun for All Ages!

**Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2011

  • Date(s): 10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Times: Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-5pm
  • Location: Downtown Gautier on Dolphin Drive between Lowe's and the Singing River Mall
  • Contact: Susan Parol - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-215-0828
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Fear Fete Horror Con & Film Festival

October 17-18

Fear Fete is the Gulf Coast's ultimate brand of all things horror. This event features a horror film festival, horror convention, panels, classes, parties, zombie pub crawl, and more. Fear Fete also produces several events throughout the year which including special screenings, parties, and more horror themed goodness! If you are looking for the ultimate horror experience, then you have found it!

  • Date(s): 10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Times: TBA
  • Location: MS Coast Convention Center (B-Hall)
  • Contact: Derek Morris
  • Admission: $25
  • General Admission Child: Free (age 10 and under) with paid adult
  • General Admission Senior: $20

15th Annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade

November 7

Come out to help celebrate and honor past and present veterans at the "Red White & Blue in the Park" festival. What a great way to salute our Veterans and enjoy a free fun filled family focused festival.  This event will include musical entertainment, food vendors and military static display exhibits. The parade is dedicated to the Mississippi National Guard. 

  • Date(s): 11/07/2015 - 11/07/2015
  • Times: Parade 11am; Festival 10am-2pm
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Valerie Mabry - Publicity
  • Phone: 228-669-4997
  • Admission: Free

37th Annual Peter Anderson Arts, Crafts & Food Festival

November 7-8

At this festival - Named in honor of the late artist, Peter Anderson, you will find the works of over 300 regional artists! From oil painting & watercolors, raku pottery, to metal works – all types of exceptional arts & crafts by some of the South's finest artisans await you during this two day festival! Also enjoy live music, coastal and ethnic foods and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art!  

**Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2008, 2009, and 2015
**Awarded "Southern Traveler Treasure" by AAA Southern Traveler's Magazine - 2009.
**Awarded "Best Special Event" Mississippi Main Street 2013.
**Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS)  "2013 Festival of the Year" 

  • Date(s): 11/07/2015 - 11/08/2015
  • Times: Saturday and Sunday 9am–5pm
  • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-875-4424
  • Admission: Free - $2 Donation Suggested

32th Annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show

November 13-15

Is one of the largest gift shows in the Southern Region. Over 300 booths feature Handmade crafts, unique and one of a kind items, different foods, and gifts for everyone.  A large Santa Playland featuring photos with Santa, free kids crafts, facepainting, live music, and plenty of fun. Visitors plan a day of shopping and spending the night here on the Coast.  For more information about Christmas City, visit

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2010 & 2012.

  • Date(s): 11/13/2015 - 11/15/2015
  • Times: Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 9am–5:30pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ron Meyers - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (800) 476-9336 or (228) 831-3020
  • Admission: $8 (1-day), $12 (2-day)

2015 Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival

November 14-15 (tentative)

Continuing the tradition under the majesty oaks of Beauvoir. Traditional foods and merchandise along with Celtic musicians and Irish dancers, border collies, Pipe bands, full contact jousting, Scottish athletic demonstrations, artisans, living history at the Medieval Village, and the popular Ceilidh Saturday night. One ticket price entitles you to enjoy the Games and tour historic Beauvoir including the Presidential Library, the Memorial Cemetery and the home of Jefferson Davis.

  • Date(s): 11/14/2015 - 11/14/2015
  • Times: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-3pm
  • Location: Beauvoir, Hwy 90, Biloxi
  • Admission: $20

Christmas at Beauvoir

December 1-31

Don't miss these exceptional Christmas season events at Beauvoir. Stroll the grounds to view the Christmas lights and see our decorations. Enjoy carolers, crafts for kids, yard games, tours of the house with period decorations and dressers, pictures with Santa, dance performances, a hay ride, coffee and hot chocolate as you stroll the grounds. Sunday - Thursday $5 (family of 4). Events subject to change.

  • Date(s): 12/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
  • Times: 6pm - 8pm
  • Location: Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home
  • Phone: 228-388-4400
  • General Admission Adult: $12.50
  • General Admission Child: $7.50 (6-18) Under age 6 - Free
  • General Admission Senior: $10 seniors, military and AAA

30th Annual Christmas in the Pass

December 4-5 

Start the holiday off  Pass Christian style! Events planned include:

Friday, December 4, 2015
5-7pm Misc Live Music with Pass High Jazz Band, SSC Jazz Band, and more (Small Stage located at People's Bank)
5:30pm Tree Lighting in beautiful Pass Christian War Memorial Park
5:45-6pm Santa Parade (from PC War Memorial Park down beautiful Scenic Drive to Hancock Bank)
7-10pm Live Music with Starz (Main Stage located between Hancock Bank and Martin's Hardware)

Saturday, December 5, 2015:
12-3pm Pet Photos with Santa (in front of Hancock Bank Annex - Davis Avenue) $10
1:30pm Dog PAW-rade (100 block on Davis Avenue) FREE
4-5pm Registration for Pass Under the Lights 5k Run/Walk
5pm Pass Under the Lights 5k Run/Walk (starts and finishes in Sazerac Square)
6:30-10pm Live music with Dr. Rock

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall 2009 & 2011 & 2012 Event
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 North American Events 2011

  • Date(s): 12/04/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 12pm-10pm
  • Location: Downtown Pass Christian & Harbor, Highway 90
  • Contact: Chamber of Commerce; Pass Christian Main Street
  • Phone: 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Spectators Free

30th Annual Christmas on the Water Boat Parade

December 5 (tentative) 

Join in on a community-wide celebration that offers something for all ages and all interests! Boats parade in full holiday décor with a fireworks show after the parade! Best parade viewing locations: between the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Casino Row, or between the Biloxi Lighthouse and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

  • Date(s): 12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast - Biloxi
  • Contact: Rusty David - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 617-3112 or (228) 432-2563
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Geek-O-Nomicon 2015

December 11-14

Geek-O-Nomicon is a distinctive, multi-genre convention that brings together a community of like-minded geeks, nerds, gamers, academics and families who get together to share ideas, network and have fun. Event programming consists of a full weekend of family-friendly activities including celebrity appearances, expert panels and workshops, fan groups, gaming tournaments, vendors area and live entertainment. Geek-O-Nomicon stands for anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, the importance of education, a healthy geek lifestyle, and building a community where the unique geek culture is celebrated and everyone is accepted regardless of differences.

  • Date(s): 12/11/2015 - 12/14/2015
  • Times: See website for event times.
  • Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center,
  • Admission: Other

10th Annual Grillin on the Green

March 12
Go green and celebrate at this family fun event featuring a BBQ competition, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment all day, children's play area and more fun activities. There will be a variety of barbecue for event patrons to choose from. With everything from ribs and brisket to grilled oysters, there will be something for every pallet. Don't forget that the Hibernia Society's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will pass right by the festival area at 2:00 PM.

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Winter Event 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

  • Date(s): 03/12/2016 - 03/12/2016
  • Times: 10am-5pm - An All Day Event
  • Location: Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Biloxi Main Street District
  • Phone: 228-435-6339
  • Admission: Spectators Free

38th Annual Hibernia St. Patrick’s Day Parade & 5k Run (Biloxi)

March 12 

Parade featuring bands, military units, flag bearers, bagpipers, leprechauns, a horse-drawn carriage with the parade's Grand Marshal and Colleen, and colorful floats tossing Irish trinkets, green beads and doubloons.

Irish Derby/5K Run held in conjunction with the parade. Presented by the Hibernia Marching Society & The Gulf Coast Running Club.

  • Date(s): 03/12/2016 - 03/12/2016
  • Times: Derby Run starts 9am & Parade starts 2pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Mary Anne McCusker, Parade info.; Mark Grace, Run Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-265-3416 or 228-334-3280
  • Admission: Spectators Free

52th Annual Waveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 12 (tentative)

St. Patrick's Day parade with folks on floats throwing "goodies," as well as cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for a grand Irish stew to visitors & locals! Family fun for all! Hosted by the Waveland Civic Association!

Parade begins near the city park at the corner of Central and Waveland Avenues. The parade will travel east on Central to Coleman Avenue, turn down Coleman Avenue to the beach, and then travel east to Lafitte St. up to Central and then left to Waveland Ave.

  • Date(s): 03/12/2016 - 03/12/2016
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: See Parade Route Above
  • Phone: 228-216-0357
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Calendar of Events

Hot Rod Power Tour

June 11

Car enthusiasts get ready.The Hot Rod Power Tour will stop at the Centennial Plaza in GULFPORT, bringing thousands of cars, drivers and auto enthusiasts together for one day during the seven cities days event.  Power Tour = biggest traveling road show, car show in the world.
Hot Rod Tour

  • Date(s): 06/11/2015 - 06/11/2015
  • Times: Noon-7pm
  • Location: Centennial Plaza, 200 Beach Blvd, Gulfport
  • Contact: Martha Carrasco
  • Phone: 310-363-4231
  • Admission: Free

34th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival

September 12-13 

Biloxi Seafood Festival is a celebration of the Seafood Heritage of the City of Biloxi and Mississippi Gulf Coast. This two day festival features live entertainment, activities for kids, arts and craft vendors and of course Seafood, Seafood and more Seafood! Sunday will feature the Gumbo Championship. For an additional fee you can enter this area of the festival and sample gumbo from professional and amateur competitors and choose your favorite for the Peoples' Choice Award. Save the Date now! You won't want to miss it!

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events for 2010
Awarded Top Events USA 2011

  • Date(s): 09/12/2015 - 09/13/2015
  • Times: Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Location: Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi
  • Contact: Biloxi Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-604-0014
  • Admission: Admission Charged
  • General Admission Adult: $1 off with Military ID

22th Annual Vettes By the Shore

November 7

Hundreds of corvettes converge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - Corvette Clubs from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and beyond, join together to help make this spectacular car show a great success every year! Other events include door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, music by Rain and more. Come early and show your car or just come look at the fine Corvette.  Register today! Proceeds benefit local charities or individuals in need! Hosted by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Corvette Club.

  • Date(s): 11/07/2015 - 11/07/2015
  • Times: 8am–4pm
  • Location: Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd, Biloxi - Parking Lot
  • Contact: Brian Gambony - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-282-2501
  • Admission: Spectators Free! Car Entry Fee