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March 2015

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Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Champions Tour

March 26-29

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): 03/26/2015 - 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)

27th Annual Barbecue Under the Oaks

March 28

Join us as we move our butts...and ribs and legs after 26 years to Centennial Plaza for Barbecue Under the Oaks, March 28, 2015″!!!   FUNdraising relaxed, family-friendly themed event, held in the shade of dozens of centuries-old oaks. The event features the friendly competitive spirit of about 30 cooking teams ("Ribmeisters") as they try to "out-do" each other to create the most succulent, smoky, fall-off-the bone barbecue delicacies to thrill the crowds, along with a wide array of traditional down home "fixins" and even gourmet accoutrements.

Guests sample the barbecue specialties until full...at this "all-you-can-eat" occasion! In addition to enjoying the barbecue meal, guests enjoy music and checking out the items up for bid in the silent auction tent. Children enjoy as well...as they head towards the play area to have their faces painted, take a ride on a "train", and have fun with the blow-up bouncy house and slide!  Don't miss this Fabulous, FUN, FOOD event!

BBQ Under the Oaks will also include a Drawdown with a GORGEOUS $5,000 piece of jewelry from Pav and Broome, a Large Green Egg from Blossman Gas and much much more. Only 200 tickets will be sold.

Proceeds benefit The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and Gulf Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra.


Barbecue Under the Oaks received the "Awards of Excellence" by the League of American Symphonies Volunteer Council, as one of the best fundraising events in the nation!

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 03/28/2015
  • Times: 11:30am-2pm
  • Location: Centennial Plaza, Gulfport
  • Contact: Gulf Coast Symphony
  • Phone: 228-896-4276
  • Admission: $40/advance; $45/door
  • General Admission Child: $10

3rd Annual Harbor Fest

March 28

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

Harbor Fest features 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. 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 http://www.ronmeyersproductions.com/.

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 03/28/2015
  • Times: 9am-8pm
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Lisa Evans, Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-831-3020
  • Admission: $5

Keesler Air Show & Open House

March 28-29
 
You do not want to miss The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who perform precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world. Along with the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army States Army Parachute Team, "The Golden Knights," will also perform at the Air Show/Open House. The team travels around the United States, performing parachute demonstrations at air shows, major league football and baseball games, and special events, connecting the Army with the American people. Please visit our facebook page for more information.

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 03/29/2015
  • Times: 9am-5pm
  • Location: Keesler AFB
  • Contact: Jerry Taranto or Susan Griggs
  • Phone: 228-377-7329; 228-377-1179

Gulfcoast Yacht & Boat Show

April 9-12

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): 04/09/2015 - 04/12/2015
  • 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
  • General Admission Child: 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

4th Annual Stella's Blues & BBQ Festival

April 11

Get ready for some awesome BBQ, lots of great bands & entertainment ,and of course Bay St. Louis Little Theatre will present their annual "Stella Yellin' Contest." You can count on some of the PREMIER Barbecuers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to be at this one!

Enjoy listening to the sounds of blues in 3 different venues along with vendors offering the BEST Mississippi BBQ the coast has to offer all serving up the finger licking, mouthwatering food. Stella may have the "blues", but we're going to cheer her up.  Held in conjunction with the Stella Yelling Contest. Proceeds benefit the BSL Little Theatre. Sponsored by Silver Slipper Casino and the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre. Production of Pelican Events-Mississippi.

  • Date(s): 04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015
  • Times: 12 noon-9pm
  • Location: Historic Depot, 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Charlie Cornelius or Cyndi Meyer - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: (678) 485-9620 or (228) 467-0855
  • 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, 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
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

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!

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  • 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)

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

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

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
Saturday:
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

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, 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 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

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.

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!

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

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

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!

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

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. 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 & 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)

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 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

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

6th Annual "STELLAAAAA" Yelling Contest

April 11

Do you have what it takes to be a "star?" Come out and compete in an annual tribute to writer Tennessee Williams by seeing who does the best Stanley Kowalski impression as he yells for who else...Stella! The character of Stella from Tennessee Williams' play "Streetcar Named Desire" stands on the theater balcony while contestants give their best Stanley Kowalski "Stellaaaaaa" yell! Prizes awarded! Come out and give it your best try. Everyone is invited to join us and cheer for your favorite "Stanley." This annual event has become another fun, favorite event in our community. Don't miss it!! Sponsored by the BSL Little Theatre.

  • Date(s): 04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015
  • Times: 2pm - 3pm
  • Location: Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Cheryl Grace - Theatre Board President
  • Phone: 228-864-2882/228-467-9024
  • Admission: $10

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)

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

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!

11th Annual Biloxi Christmas in the City

December 5 (tentative)

Enjoy great entertainment featuring choirs, bands and dancers, pictures with Santa, and special Biloxi treats Pusharattes. The region's favorite artisans and antique dealers will be offering beautiful merchandise for all your gift-giving needs, in addition to delicious and specialty foods. Sponsored by the Biloxi Main Street Association. 

Vendors applications available at www.mainstreetbiloxi.com. 

  • Date(s): 12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Rue Magnolia & Water Street - Downtown Biloxi Arts District
  • Contact: Kay Carter
  • Phone: 228-435-6339
  • Admission: Spectators Free

4th Annual Snowflakes & Sugarplums and Christmas Festival

December 5 (tentative)
 
Enjoy the holidays the "Bay St Louis" way...music, vendors, food, fun, fellowship and more! The Historic Depot District is transformed into a fabulous winter wonderland, with twinkling holiday decorations, shops and galleries decked to the halls, snow maze and world's largest rocking horse, shopping and H&H Express Train and much more. Bring the family for some local hometown Christmas spirit. Hosted by the Snowflakes and Sugarplums Committee.

  • Date(s): 12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
  • Times: 11am-9pm
  • Location: Historic Depot District, Bay St Louis
  • Phone: 228-463-9222
  • 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