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April 17-20 & 24-27
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
Huge festival featuring plenty of arts & crafts, food vendors, antique car & boat show, kids corner with bounce house & more, boat building contest, educational booths, fun filled Latin dancing & live entertainment all day & into the evening! Bring your lawn chairs & blankets. No coolers or pet allowed. Check website for complete schedule.
The festival features blues music and BBQ! 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.
Festival features fantastic food of all kinds and of course seafood, rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle and much more! Don't miss this exceptional festival as it returns to the beach! Proceeds benefit St. Clare Catholic Church!
May 31-June 1
A fun filled festival with a Backyard BBQ competition, great art and
down home Blues music! In addition there is a special children's area
where kids will have fun making their own blues instruments with the
Pass Christian Library,l Cool Blues.Local artists offering wonderful unique
arts and crafts as well as fabulous lip licking BBQ for sale.
Pass Christian Harbor Festivals is currently seeking unique artisans,
BBQ teams and blues musicians for the Pass Christian BBQ & Blues.
Please go to www.passchristianbbqandblues.com for applications and
information or call Renee Brooks at 228-342-2366.
The Coliseum Summer Fair has tons to offer! A family-friendly, jam packed affordable event, filled with midway rides, free live music, shows, contests, and headline entertainment - this event truly offers something for all age groups.
Gate admission is FREE Sunday - Thursday and only $5 on Fridays & Saturdays for ages 13 and older, children under 12 free gate admission daily. In addition to family affordable - $20 Pay-One-Price ride admission offered.
Pay-one-price ride times: Monday-Friday 5pm-10pm; Saturday & Sunday 1pm-6pm; Sunday, June 19 1pm-9pm. Gates open @ 5pm Monday-Friday & 1pm Saturday and Sunday.
Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring Event 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011
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.
July 3 - 6
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!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus Heroes, showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches... of laughter of course! Come join us in celebrating the bravery, courage and honor that lives inside all of us at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes: far from ordinary, beyond extraordinary!
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.
Ocean Springs celebrates with festivities for the entire family! Bring
your blankets, chairs, BBQ grills, play volleyball, kids enjoy the
splash pad, then comes the best...an evening of live entertainment
featuring performances by local musicians throughout the state! In
addition, fireworks end the evening with a BANG! Do not miss celebrating America's Independence Day - the Ocean Springs way.
A huge festival & celebration featuring a wide variety of seafood dishes, arts & crafts, kids village, children's activities, inflatable slide, bungee obstacle, face painting, games, gumbo championship, continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend, and more! Sponsored by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.
Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall Event 2008, 2010, 2011 & 2012
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events for 2010
Awarded Top Events USA 2011
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, save your nerves and your feet - take the shuttle! The air-conditioned bus delivers you to where the action is, and returns at your convenience! This event is one of the finest arts & crafts fairs in the United States! Proceeds from booth rentals benefit Diamondhead Continuing Education!
"Calling ALL car enthusiasts...Cruisin' the Coast is the event for YOU!" Thousands of classic cars converge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for an entire week of rock 'n' roll, drag races, sock hops, swap meets, headline entertainment, and FUN...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 4,000 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
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
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!
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!
November 1 (tentative)
Put on your flip-flops, grab that shaker of salt, board your galleon and join in the on a fun-filled day. Live music, plenty of activities, pirate costume contest along with arts & crafts and more. Come on down "The Pirates of the Mississippi Sound" await your arrival.
Bands: The Brass-A-Holics Go Go, Funk Band, Jinny Buffett and The Poor Ole Reefer Band, Lost Shakers of Salt.
Other activities: Pirate Costume Contest, Wavfest 5K Run/Walk for a Cure/Relay for Life, arts and crafts
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 most 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"
Mark your calendar and save the date. Honoring all past and present veterans.
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
January 24-25 (tentative)
Come unhinged at this festival featuring cool family fun rides and activities, fabulous food and one of a kind local art. There will be a classic car parade and cruise on Saturday starting at 10am in front of City Hall. Parking is free on the streets of Pass Christian and an easy walk down to the festival which is located in Pass Christian Harbor. The "Pass" knows how to throw a PARTY.
Top 44 Events in the Central Gulf Coast
Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Event
"Southern Special Treasure" by AAA's magazine
February 7 (tentative)
Break out your purple, green and gold and Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras Mayhem in the Park is an event you're not going to want to miss a minute of.
JUST ROLL WITH IT: Bicycle Parade Registration/lineup 2:30pm; Parade starts at 3:30pm and will parade around the sidewalks in Jones Park (a 1 mile route). Anyone interested in participating in this can go to the City of Gulfport's website and fill out a registration form and return to us via fax or email.
• JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: Local restaurants will be showing off their Cajun style in hopes of earning the title of "Best Jambalaya on the Gulf Coast!" The best part is that it's a "People's choice award" so, the local community gets to try free samples of spicy goodness from their favorite restaurants and vote on which one has the best Jambalaya around!
FREE MOVIE: One of our favorite 'family friendly' Mardi Gras movies, "Princess and the Frog" will start at 6pm with complimentary popcorn, cotton candy and refreshments AND A LOT MORE OF MARDI GRAS MAYHEM events and activities!
Family friendly local Mardi Gras parade featuring lots of floats, throws and FUN! Great family fun and a night parade.
February 8 (tentative)
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!
February 14 (tentative)
Parade route through downtown Gulfport! Parade starts at 19th Street and goes towards Highway 49, continues pass Hancock Bank & throughout downtown Gulfport.
February 14 (Tentative)
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.
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.
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.
February 13 (tentative)
Parade begins Front Beach to Porter Avenue to Washington to Government ending at Holcomb. Hosted by the Ocean Springs Carnival Association.
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!
Gulf Coast Carnival Association traces its roots back to 1908 as Biloxi's first Mardi Gras parade, which included 17 floats, 150 flambeau carriers, the new 12-piece Herald Newspaper Band, a grand marshal, the mayor and the councilmen. Today the Carnival Association continues the tradition begun over 104 years ago, with King D’Iberville and Queen Ixolib reigning over the largest Mardi Gras parade on the MS Gulf Coast with over 100 units.
February 21-22 (tentative)
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
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!
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.
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.
Confederate Memorial Day is a day to remember all of those who fought for the South during the War Between the States.
The Memorial Day Program will start at 1:00 p.m. beginning with the Presentation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
There will be a handful of speakers including Biloxi City Council Woman, Dixie Newman.
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.
This festival brings vendors and musicians from all over the Gulf Coast to display their craft through art and music. Attendees will enjoy delicious southern food and exciting Coast music from 10am -10pm. The emcees for this year's festival are Sarah Grammar and Kipp Greggory. Grammar is a senior at Biloxi High School and a student in the WINGS Performing Arts program at Lynn Meadows Discover Center. Kipp Greggory is a well-known voice on the Coast, the General Manager and Host for SuperTalk MS Gulf Coast 103.1.
Visitors to this year's Pass Christian Historical Society's Tour of Homes will view five homes which reflect the city's past from the mid-19th century through 1935.
The homes showcase the variety of architectural house types and styles of the period from a raised cottage with a Greek revival facade, an American center-hall cottage with a graceful columned wrap-around porch, and the impressive three-story home of Mrs. Jeanne McDaniel. The featured homes include:
• The home of Mrs. Lynn Gildersleeve, 1001 East Beach Blvd. is a "cottage" type home with three dormers jutting from the center roof, an American center-hall plan cottage with a wrap-around porch lined with French doors and windows.
• The Bailey home, 829 East Scenic Drive is a raised cottage with a Greek revival facade and the American center-hall floor plan. It dates to 1850 with the "crab claw" stairs added in 1938. The home is exquisitely furnished with the original estate furnishings.
• The home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Petagna¸ 710 East Second Street, demonstrates how a historical structure can be incorporated within a modern home. This home exemplifies the best of historical adaptation.
• The home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McElroy, 533 East Scenic Drive is a colonial revival mansion designed by New Orleans architect Richard Koch. The McElroys renovated the home and beautiful gardens in 2010.
• The home of Mrs. Jeanne McDaniel 519 East Scenic Drive was almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and has been meticulously reconstructed to its former glory. Refreshments will be served here from 2 to 5 pm.
Docents will be available with architectural and historical information at each house. Visitors will be given a brochure, tour program and a walking/driving tour and map of the area. Refreshments will be provided by the Society's members at the McDaniel home.
Sponsored by the Pass Christian Historical Society.
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.
January 23 (tentative)
Come unhinged at "Oyster Eve" a VIP celebration of all things oyster! Prelude party to the 4th Annual Pass Christian Oyster Festival which will be held January 25 & 26. This will be a special Oyster Eve because PCHF is partnering with Pass Christian's very own Crystal Seas Seafood to offer the Crystal Seas' Oyster Throwdown where local chefs will compete to be the Top Oyster. This event which provides funds for scholarship and helps keep the festival free. It has become an annual must do event featuring great oyster dishes and fun.
Participating Chefs: TBA. Sponsored by Crystal Seas Seafood, Rex Distributing and Coca Cola.
January 31 (tentative)
Family oriented parade which begins at the Golden Sportscomplex, exits out of the north entrance to Prudie Circle, turns left heading south on Three Rivers then turns right on Dedeaux Read and continures west where it ends at the interesction of Highway 49.
February 4 (tentatve)
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.
Family friendly parade with lots of throws and family FUN! Join in on the FUN and catch lots of "goodies!" This year's THEME , "Characters of Pine Island". Paradeline up begins at Johns' Bayou Road at 12 Noon and rolls at 1:30.
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.
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.
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.
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. There are always eight dukes, eight maids, two royal pages, and of course, the king and queen all presented to the public for the first time. Don't miss the presentation.
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.
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.