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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.

Dec. 5, 12, 19 Family Night
It's a Charlie Brown Christmas performed by Stagedoor Productions

Entertainment Saturdays
Dec. 6 Mary Elizabeth Sawyer
Dec. 20 Kelly School of Dance

Entertainment Sundays
Dec. 14, 21

*Awarded Top Events USA Newsblog 2012

  • Date(s): 12/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • 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

Electric Masquerade Music Experience

January 3

The 2015 Electric Masquerade Music Experience is a celebration of beginning of the Mardi Gras season. EMME will feature live music, art, and carnival along with the culture and tradition that are deeply rooted in the Mardi Gras season. Showcasing over 50 artists and entertainers from around the world, EMME will display an all genre music experience with acts performing on 4 different stages, including Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, EDM and Indie Music. Electric Masquerade will also feature a costume competition, keeping the Mardi Gras spirit with the masquerade tradition. The winner of the costume competition will be presented on the Main Stage before the headlining act. 

The 2015 Electric Masquerade Music Experience ​is a benefit for Make A Wish Mississippi. If you participate in this event, you are supporting contributions to Make A Wish Mississippi.

  • Date(s): 01/03/2015 - 01/03/2015
  • Times: 11am-11pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: $35 ($85 VIP)

44th Annual Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade

February  7

Family friendly local Mardi Gras parade featuring lots of floats, throws and FUN! Great family fun and a night parade. 

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: Downtown Long Beach
  • Contact: Sandy Salvage
  • Phone: 228-234-1424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

48th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade

February 8

The parade route begins at the intersection of Drinkwater & Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis (in front of the Bay St. Louis Governmental Annex Bldg) then rolls west ending at Auderder Street & Highway 90 in Waveland (disbanding in front of West End Restaurant) **The parade will travel WEST bound towards Waveland in the EAST bound lane - one straight route - from the Bay to Waveland! GREAT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

  • Date(s): 02/08/2015 - 02/08/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Highway 90, Waveland
  • Contact: Dianne Martin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-216-9911
  • Admission: Spectators Free

7th Annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Mardi Gras Night Parade

February 13

Parade begins Front Beach to Porter Avenue to Washington to Government ending at Holcomb. Hosted by the Ocean Springs Carnival Association.

  • Date(s): 02/13/2015 - 02/13/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Ocean Springs - Parade Route Above
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Mardi Gras Assn or Ocean Springs Chamber
  • Phone: (228) 218-5667 or (228) 875-4424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

45th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras DAY Parade

February 14

Parade route through downtown Gulfport! Parade starts at 19th Street and goes towards Highway 49, continues pass Hancock Bank & throughout downtown Gulfport.


  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: Downtown Gulfport
  • Contact: Cecile Scialdone - Krewe President
  • Phone: 228-860-2578
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Jackson County Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 14

Family Fun for everyone! Parade begins at Pascagoula & Ingall Avenue to Market Street, continues north to Jackson Avenue then south returning to start. Lots of throws and family oriented parade. RAIN DATE: Sunday the 15th at 2:00pm 

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Pascagoula
  • Contact: Alma Huyett - Jackson County Carnival Association
  • Phone: 228-990-1456
  • Admission: Spectators Free

27th Annual North Bay Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 15

North Bay Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade features approximately 70-units and stretches from LeMoyne Boulevard in St. Martin all the way to Central Avenue in D'Iberville with parade goers waiting for all the "goodies" to catch thrown from all the floats.

  • Date(s): 02/15/2015 - 02/15/2015
  • Times: 1:30pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Area

85th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade

February 15

Parade starts at the corner of Davis Avenue and Second Street, proceeds to Scenic Drive turns west to Henderson Avenue, North to St. Louis, east to Church Street, south to Second Street, east on Second to Davis Avenue. Some consider this parade to be the "Best" of Mardi Gras! Hosted by the St. Paul Carnival Association.

  • Date(s): 02/15/2015 - 02/15/2015
  • Times: Parade begins at Noon
  • Location: Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Robin Rafferty - St. Paul Carnival Assn President
  • Phone: 228-547-4873
  • Admission: Spectators Free

45th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras NIGHT Parade

February 17

See all of the wonderful sights of Mardi Gras during this unique night parade - complete with colorful costumes, floats, and other interesting Mardi Gras themed items!  Over 60 floats participate - meaning Fun for the whole family!

  • Date(s): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: 5:30pm
  • Location: Downtown Gulfport
  • Contact: Cecile Scialdone - Krewe President
  • Phone: 228-860-2578
  • Admission: Spectators Free

8th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade

February 17

The Krewe of Diamonds parades through downtown Bay St. Louis. It's the Gulf Coast only predominantly African-American Krewe and this parade is one of the Bay’s BEST- attended by locals & visitors alike! This parade originally was the Krewe of Real People! Parade route is down Main Street, turns on to 2nd Street on to Union Street continuing to Blaize Avenue in front of the Historic Depot.

  • Date(s): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Tequila Hall or Corinn Burton - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: (228) 342-0883 or (228) 671-1471
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 17

This MUST DO EVENT is a 107 year old tradition, family oriented Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Biloxi. Pre-parade activities are held at the Biloxi City Hall. Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animals, cups, doubloons, and plenty of other trinkets are thrown from over 100 beautifully decorated floats along the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade route.

  • Date(s): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers, Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Free

9th Annual D'Iberville BBQ Throwdown & Festival

February 21 

Annual BBQ chicken, ribs & brisket cook-off with teams competing for over $5000 in cash & prizes! The event continues to grow yearly with the addition of a YOUTH BBQ cook-off...bring the kids...they can win cash & prizes as well! Live entertainment all day, arts & crafts, face painting, children's activities & games, clowns, Pulled Pork Taste Tent, & of course...Barbeque! For applications or vendor information contact Desiree Marquez , (228) 257-9734, Barbie Cutrer, (228) 669-1550 or Patty Ewing, (228) 392-9734. Sponsored by the City of D'Iberville.

Sanctioned by the International BBQ Cookers Association (IBCA)
Awarded (STS) Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Winter Event 2012 & 2013

  • Date(s): 02/21/2015 - 02/21/2015
  • Times: 9:30am–5pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Civic Center,10395 Automall Parkway D'Iberville
  • Contact: City of D'Iberville Parks & Recreation
  • Phone: (228) 392-9734 or (228) 257-9734
  • Admission: Spectators Free - BBQ Competition Entry Fee

Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing

February 27-28

The world's most popular and spectacular monster truck series returns bigger and better than ever! Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, as seen on Speed Channel, features the world's premier monster trucks competing in head to head racing and amazing freestyle with sky wheelies, cyclone style donuts and big air!

  • Date(s): 02/27/2015 - 02/28/2015
  • Times: Friday 7:30pm, Two Shows Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Call for tickets or purchase through Ticketmaster

9th Annual Grillin on the Green

March 14 (tentative)

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.  This year's event promises to be bigger than ever! 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. Be entertained by Rhythm & Rain starting at 10am, noon is The DD Thunders Band, after the parade is Barbara & Company. 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): 03/14/2015 - 03/14/2015
  • 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

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Champions Tour

March 23-29

The 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic field is ready to display some of the best golf in the world! With seven World Golf Hall of Famers and 17 major championship winners, the MGRC field will feature some of the greatest golfers in the world. The tournament played at the world-class facility of Fallen Oaks each spring . Come out and watch. You don't won't to miss a minute of this excitement.

  • Date(s): 03/23/2015 - 03/29/2015
  • Times: Tournament throughout the day
  • Location: Fallen Oak Golf Club, 24400 Highway 15, Saucier
  • Contact: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
  • Phone: 228-896-6365
  • Admission: $15 (ages 15 and under free w/adult ticket)

3rd Annual Harbor Fest

March 28

A Celebration for Children and Family! Live Christian Concerts, Plenty of Food, Pets, and much more!

Billed as the Largest Family Event to ever come to Jones Park. Harbor Fest will feature live music, over 100 Arts & Crafts booths and some Big Boy Toys! Tons of BBQ Vendors as well as other foods to choose from. A Kid's Village will be full of activities for children of all ages along with a petting zoo, jump houses, a ride-on train and more. The Humane Society of South Mississippi will sponsor a Pet Village featuring 10+ local and regional rescues with hundreds of pets available for adoption along with a Low-Cost Microchip and Rabies Vaccination Clinic. Harbor Fest is the only Pet Friendly event on the Coast. So parents can bring the whole family-INCLUDING the pets. The first 1,000 kids to arrive will each receive an Easter egg with a prize in every egg and the grand prize of an Xbox and cash awards.

Harbor Fest is brought to you by WLOX TV, Coast Radio Group, BBQ World, The Humane Society of South Mississippi and Ron Meyers Productions. For more information log onto www.ronmeyersproductions.com.

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 03/28/2015
  • Times: 9am-5pm
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Lisa Evans, Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-831-3020
  • Admission: $5

GulfCoast Yacht & Boat Super Show

April 2-5

The largest boat show on the Gulf and one of the top boat shows in the country. The show features over power, sail, and paddle vessels from 8' to over 80'. These watercraft are displayed both in water and on land at the largest marina on the upper Gulf, Gulfport Harbor in Gulfport, Mississippi. This event attracts attendees from over 18 states and 3 countries.

  • Date(s): 04/02/2015 - 04/05/2015
  • Times: Thursday 1pm-7pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Rob Lynch
  • Phone: 951-780-0538
  • Admission: $12.00, children 12 and under free

18th Annual Art in the Pass

April 11-12

The 18th annual Art in the Pass will host more than 100 artists from 15 states in the two-day juried arts festival held at scenic War Memorial Park overlooking the Gulf in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Art in the Pass showcases artists who work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, woodworking and jewelry.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Department of Marine Resources, the Marine Cuisine Pavilion located on the northeast side of the park will host two days of cooking demonstrations using Mississippi Gulf Fresh Seafood to promote the culinary arts. This event includes free cooking demonstrations by local and regional chefs, sample tastings, recipes and information on cooking seafood on both Saturday and Sunday.

The annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival will held concurrently with Art in the Pass and is a free, fun, family-friendly event to be held on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., adjacent to the park's playground. Celebrate the Gulf will offer lively hands-on activities addressing marine and estuarine environmental issues, and recreational and commercial uses associated with the Gulf of Mexico.


Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring 2011 Event
Awarded One Of The Top Events USA 2013

  • Date(s): 04/11/2015 - 04/12/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: War Memorial Park - Corner of Scenic Drive & Fleitas Avenue, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Anita Giani - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 452-5969 or (650) 743-0870
  • Admission: Spectators Free

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.

ALL EVENTS AND CONCERTS HELD RAIN OR SHINE!

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

  • 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 weeklong 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
Awarded
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

Our Lady of Fatima International Spring Festival

May 15-17 (tentative)

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

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 12 and for adults Sunday - Thursday. Tickets are only $5 on Fridays & Saturdays for ages 13 and older, with Pay-One-Price ride admission every day. Gates open at 5 pm Monday-Friday and 1 pm Saturday and Sunday..

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring Event 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • 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

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 (tentative)

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, and 2011!


  • 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 (tentative) 

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 - 07/03/2015
  • Times: Daily 11am-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 24-26

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): 07/24/2015 - 07/26/2015
  • 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.

30th Annual Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

September 19-20 (tentative)

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 (tentative)

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!

CONTESTS & GAMES
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.

DOOR PRIZES
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!

WELCOME THE HOG RIDE
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

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 (tentative)

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, 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

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

29th Annual Fall Muster

October 17-18 (tentative)

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 welcomed! Festivities include a Picnic Basket Auction, Ladies Tea & a Saturday Night Dance with Entertainment! 

Recognized AAA Southern Travel Treasure 2011!

  • Date(s): 10/17/2015 - 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

32th Annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show

November 6-8 (tentative)

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. This year a 5k Santa Run is being added along with a 1 mile fun run. Visitors plan a day of shopping and spending the night here on the Coast.  For more information about Christmas City, visit www.christmascitygiftshow.com

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

  • Date(s): 11/06/2015 - 11/08/2015
  • Times: Friday, Saturday 9am – 6:30pm; 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 Adults, 16 and under FREE - Free Parking

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!
**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

Calendar of Events

Classic Arms Productions - Biloxi Gun & Knife Show

December 20-21

Buy-Sell-Trade-Browse!  Hundreds of displays & vendors featuring New and Old Guns, Ammo, Gun Parts, Reloading Supplies, Books, Knives, Coins, Camouflage and related items at discount prices!

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Times: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Sondra Hewett - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 985-624-8577
  • Admission: $8
  • General Admission Child: $2 (children 6-11) Under 18 admitted with parent only Active Military $1. off admission with ID

25th Annual Orange Grove Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

The parade stages and originates at the Goldin Sports Complex off Prudie Circle. It starts at the sports complex's North entrance, turning left and headed West on Prudie Cir. It turns left, heading South, on Three Rivers Road. It turns right, heading West, on Dedeaux Road and continues to the intersection of U. S. Highway 49 where in ends. All float and parade traffic will exit north bound on Hwy 49 only. No throwing of parade items will occur on HWY 49 (at all) this year. Floats needing to head South will be allowed the make a "U" turn at a traffic light controlled intersection such as St. Charles Street or O'neal Road.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: Orange Grove Community, Gulfport - See Route Above!
  • Contact: Edwin Wright - Parade Captain
  • Phone: 228-324-9537

7th Annual Krewe Of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

Floats, horse & buggies, golf carts, antique cars & more parade throughout a 5-mile circular route North of Interstate 10! The parade starts & ends @ Neco's Market Place @ the intersection of Vidalia & Cable Bridge Road (Exit 24) - Exit North on Firetower Road to Vidalia Road, then east on Vidalia Road to Cable Bridge Road.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Pass Christian Area – See Above
  • Contact: Jeffery Cuevas
  • Phone: 228-216-2097 or 228-234-9454
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Senior Mardi Gras Ball

February 4 (tentative)

Wear your Mardi Gras attire and join the City of Biloxi Park and Recreation for this Senior Mardi Gras Ball. A King, Queen, Grand Duke and Duchess will be crowned. Plenty of door prizes, hors d'oeuvres served, and entertainment will be provided by Empire Entertainment.

  • Date(s): 02/04/2015 - 02/04/2015
  • Times: 12noon - 2pm
  • Location: Donal M. Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi
  • Contact: Amanda Cannan or Angie McBride
  • Phone: 228-388-1340 or 228-388-7170
  • Admission: Free - RSVP

25th Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

Family friendly parade with lots of throws and family FUN! Join in on the FUN and catch lots of "goodies!" Paradeline up begins at Johns' Bayou Road at 12 Noon and rolls at 1:30.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 1:30pm
  • Location: Johns' Bayou Road, Vancleave
  • Contact: J.R. (Rich) Wilson - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-990-0270
  • Admission: Spectators Free

26th Annual Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Parade

February 7 (tentative)

Family Fun For ALL! This night parade begins at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jackson County Campus on Highway 90 proceeds to Singing River Mall then ending back at college.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Highway 90, Gautier
  • Contact: Bill Whatley & Tim Honeycutt - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: 228-627-1887

Classic Arms Productions - Biloxi Gun & Knife Show

February 14-15

Buy-Sell-Trade-Browse!  Hundreds of displays & vendors featuring New and Old Guns, Ammo, Gun Parts, Reloading Supplies, Books, Knives, Coins, Camouflage and related items at discount prices!

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/15/2015
  • Times: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Sondra Hewett - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 985-624-8577
  • General Admission Adult: $8; $1 Military (with id)
  • General Admission Child: $2 (ages 6-11)

Krewe of Diamondhead Mardi Gras Parade

February 14 (tentative)

Approximately 30 units with mostly elaborately decorated golf carts unload beads, stuffed animals, candy and other Carnival treats to scores of outstretched hands! Parade begins at the Community Center and winds its way towards the Country Club.

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: 12 Noon
  • Location: Diamondhead, Exit 16 North I-10
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Krewe of Neptune Mardi Gras Parade

February 14
 
Join the Krewe of Neptune for Mardi Gras biggest party featuring large Double Decker floats from New Orleans, Marching Bands, and other marching clubs parading through beautiful and historic downtown Biloxi. Click here for parade route. 

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: Parade starts at 5:30pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: kbeverin@kreweofneptune.org
  • Phone: 228-669-4917
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball

February 16

This event pays tribute to historical and literary themes yearly with different tableaus and masked royalty steeped in the kind of ceremonial drama worthy of a classical epic. While the colors, the decorations, and the costumed characters vary significantly from year to year, the selection and composition of the royal court does not. Witness the Coronation of King d'lberville and Queen lxolib, sovereign rulers of Mardi Gras. View the regalia of King, Queen, Pages, Maids, Dukes and flag bearers representing the theme "Coastal, A State of Mind". Don't miss the presentation.

  • Date(s): 02/16/2015 - 02/16/2015
  • Times: 8pm-1am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Viewing Only Allowed

36th Annual "Gulf Coast Rod Run"

February 21-22 (tentative)

Huge car & truck show featuring hundreds of Pre-80's cars, trucks, & motorcycles.  Now being held in conjunction with D'Iberville BBQ Throwdown!  Hosted by the Singing River Street Rod Association.

  • Date(s): 02/21/2015 - 02/22/2015
  • Times: 9am-3pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Town Green, 10004 Central Avenue, D'Iberville
  • Contact: Morris Sonnier - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-209-7101
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Entrants Fee Charged

"Grillin & Green" on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

"Grillin & GREEN" on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a weekend filled with events - parades and festivals

St. Patrick's Day Parades offer visitors "throws or prizes" from elaborately decorated floats! The parades include more than 50 units with marchers, antique cars, floats, bagpipes and more! Spectators come from far away to catch the unique "prizes" thrown from the many colorful units - green beads, doubloons, wooden nickels, mini green beer steins, cabbages, potatoes, and even onions (almost everything needed to make an "Irish Stew) are just a few of the delightful "goodies" thrown.

"Grillin' on the Green" is a daylong festival featuring a grilling competition, food, 100's of arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, & children's activities. This event continues to grow in popularity with over 7,000 in attendance. Events held throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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

  • Date(s): 03/14/2015 - 03/17/2015
  • Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast

Classic Arms Productions - Biloxi Gun & Knife Show

August 22-23

Buy-Sell-Trade-Browse!  Hundreds of displays & vendors featuring New and Old Guns, Ammo, Gun Parts, Reloading Supplies, Books, Knives, Coins, Camouflage and related items at discount prices!

  • Date(s): 08/22/2015 - 08/23/2015
  • Times: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Sondra Hewett - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 985-624-8577
  • General Admission Adult: $8; $1 Military (with id)
  • General Admission Child: $2 (ages 6-11)

5th Annual Inktoberfest Tattoo Convention

October 16-18 (tentative) 

Inktoberfest is back!! Ever thought about getting a tattoo or piercing or just wondered what the art work is all about? Then come join us for the 4th annual Inktoberfest. Hundreds of the world's finest artist on hand to deliver you the tattoo or piercing of your dreams! Many unique vendors, freak shows, music, entertainment, tattoo contests and much more! Don't miss this event, it is sure to make a lifelong impression on you all in a fun family environment!  Brought to you by: Adrenaline productions LLC and Adrenaline tattoo co LLC of Gulfport.

  • Date(s): 10/16/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Times: Opens Friday @ Noon, Saturday & Sunday @ 11am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum and Convention, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Aaron Antonucci - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 383-2150 or (228) 206-0310
  • Admission: Admission Charged

Annual St. Rose De Lima Heritage Festival

October 17 (tentative)

Amazing Food including BBQ, Seafood Gumbo, & Sweets. There will be Raffles, Arts & Crafts & a Silent Auction. There will be plenty of things for children such as Walking on Water (Water Ball Activities) and of course, awesome LIVE entertainment all day.

  • Date(s): 10/17/2015 - 10/17/2015
  • Times: 11am-11pm
  • Location: St. Rose de Lima Church, 301 South Necaise Avenue, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: St. Rose De Lima Church
  • Phone: 228-467-7347
  • Admission: Free

National Park Service Free Veterans Day

November 11

In honor of America's Veterans, Gulf Islands National Seashore will join national parks across the country in celebrating Veterans Day with free entry into the park. All visitors who arrive on this dates will be allowed to enter the Seashore free of charge.

  • Date(s): 11/11/2015 - 11/11/2015
  • Location: Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Visitor Center, Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Carol Loew, Gulf Islands Nat'l Seashore
  • Phone: 228-230-4100
  • Admission: Free!

54th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

December 6

View beautifully decorated houses for the holidays! Major fundraiser with all proceeds going back into the community to provide services for adults & children with special needs. Refreshments served following the tour @ the Teahouse (Grasslawn - 720 East Beach, Gulfport). Sponsored by The Civic League of Gulfport. Homes to be determined.

  • Date(s): 12/06/2015 - 12/06/2015
  • Times: 2pm-5pm
  • Location: Throughout Gulfport Area
  • Contact: Donna Gewin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228 896-0415, 228-896-9582, 228-863-3856
  • Admission: $15.00 to tour all homes