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22nd Annual MS Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival

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

  • Date(s): 04/17/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • 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

3rd Annual Rockin' the Riverfront - Birds, Boats & Bands

April 26-27

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.

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Times: Saturday 9am-9:30pm, Sunday 9am-6:30pm
  • Location: Riverfront Park - Downtown Moss Point
  • Phone: 228-235-4700
  • Admission: Spectators Free

3rd Annual Stella's Blues & BBQ Festival

May 3

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.

  • Date(s): 05/03/2014 - 05/03/2014
  • 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


May 23-25

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!

  • Date(s): 05/23/2014 - 05/25/2014
  • Times: Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday Noon-6pm
  • Location: St. Clare Catholic Church, 236 South Beach Blvd, Waveland
  • Contact: St. Clare Fair Committee
  • Phone: 228-467-9275
  • Admission: Spectators Free!

2nd Annual Pass Christian BBQ & Blues Festival

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.



  • Festival begins @ 10am! Enjoy an array of family friendly carnival rides, local art, BBQ, and other coast food as well as live Blues musicians all weekend.
  • Backyard BBQ Competition judging begins @ 11am with BBQ teams from all over competing for the title of Grand Champion.


  • Festival opens @ 10am with another great day of delicious BBQ, rides and great unique art.

Pass Christian Harbor Festivals is currently seeking unique artisans, BBQ teams and blues musicians for the Pass Christian BBQ & Blues. Please go to for applications and information or call Renee Brooks at 228-342-2366.

  • Date(s): 05/31/2014 - 06/01/2014
  • Times: Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. BBQ Competition Saturday
  • Location: Pass Christian Harbor, Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Renee Brooks or Willie Davis - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: (228) 342-2366 or (228) 216-1307
  • Admission: Spectators Free

28th Annual Coast Coliseum Summer Fair

June 5-15

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

  • Date(s): 06/05/2014 - 06/15/2014
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Admission Charged - See Above

12th Annual Scrapin the Coast

June 20-22

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): 06/20/2014 - 06/22/2014
  • 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

66th Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

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!

  • Date(s): 07/03/2014 - 07/06/2014
  • 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

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey ® Super Circus Heroes

July 3-6  

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!

  • Date(s): 07/03/2014 - 07/06/2014
  • Times: Thursday 7pm, Friday 5:30pm, Saturday 2pm & 6pm, Sunday @ 2pm!
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Call for tickets!

29th Annual Our Lady of the Gulf “Crab Festival”

July 4-6

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

  • Date(s): 07/04/2014 - 07/06/2014
  • 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

Ocean Springs 4th of July Summer Concert & Fireworks

July 4

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 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.

  • Date(s): 07/04/2014 - 07/04/2014
  • Times: Festivities start @ 7pm - Fireworks @ 9pm
  • Location: Fort Maurepas Park, Front Beach - Ocean Springs
  • Contact: City of Ocean Springs
  • Phone: 228-875-6722


September 13-14

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

  • Date(s): 09/13/2014 - 09/14/2014
  • 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


September 20-21

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!

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 09/21/2014
  • 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!


October 5-12 

"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

  • Date(s): 10/05/2014 - 10/12/2014
  • 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

24th Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Fest

October 18-19

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): 10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
  • 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

28th Annual Fall Muster

October 18-19

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): 10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
  • Times: 9am gates open
  • Location: Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home
  • Phone: 228-388-4400
  • Admission: Admission Charged

93rd Annual Jackson County Fair

October 19-26

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): 10/19/2014 - 10/26/2014
  • 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!

14th Annual Wavefest

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

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 11/01/2014
  • Times: 11am-9pm
  • Location: Garfield Ladner Municipal Pier, Beach Blvd & End of Coleman Avenue, Waveland
  • Contact: Waveland Community Coalition
  • Phone: 228-467-0855
  • Admission: Spectators Free


November 1-2

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" 

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 11/02/2014
  • Times: Saturday 9am–5pm; Sunday 9am–4pm
  • Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 228-875-4424
  • Admission: Free - $2 Donation Suggested

14th Annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade

November 8

Mark your calendar and save the date.  Honoring all past and present veterans.

  • Date(s): 11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Valerie Mabry - Publicity
  • Phone: 228-669-4997
  • Admission: Free

31st Annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show

November 8-9

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

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

  • Date(s): 11/08/2014 - 11/09/2014
  • Times: 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

5th Annual Pass Christian Oyster Festival

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


  • Date(s): 01/24/2015 - 01/25/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm Daily
  • Location: Pass Christian Harbor, Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Renee Brooks
  • Phone: 228-222-2921
  • Admission: Spectators Free

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Mayhem in the Park

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!

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 2:30pm
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Katie King or Brittany Dyess
  • Phone: 228-868-5881
  • Admission: Free

44th Annual Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade

February 7 (tentative)

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: Darren Mayer or Amanda Broome-Cumberland
  • Phone: (228) 363-0065 or (228) 806-5048
  • Admission: Spectators Free

48th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras 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!

  • 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

45th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras Day Parade

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.

  • 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 (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.

  • 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

7th Annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Mardi Gras Night Parade

February 13 (tentative)

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

  • Date(s): 02/16/2015 - 02/16/2015
  • 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 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

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 17

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.

  • Date(s): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Free

9th Annual D'Iberville BBQ Throwdown & Festival

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

  • Date(s): 02/21/2015 - 02/22/2015
  • Times: 9:30am–5pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Town Green, 10004 Central Avenue, D'Iberville
  • Contact: City of D'Iberville Parks & Recreation
  • Phone: (228) 392-9734 or (228) 257-9734
  • Admission: Spectators Free - BBQ Competition Entry Fee

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam

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

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): 03/04/2015 - 03/04/2015
  • 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

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

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Confederate Memorial Day

April 26

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.

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9am - 5 pm
  • Location: Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Kali Highbaugh
  • Phone: 228-388-4400 x217
  • Admission: $9 adult, $5 child, $7.50 Senior citizen
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible
    • Children

5th Annual "STELLAAAAA" Yelling Contest

May 3

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): 05/03/2014 - 05/03/2014
  • 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

Bear Creek Music Festival

May 3

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.

  • Date(s): 05/03/2014 - 05/03/2014
  • Times: 10am-10pm
  • Location: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport
  • Contact: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Phone: 228-897-6039
  • Admission: $12 day, $15 night, $20 all day

36th Annual Pass Christian Historical Society Tour of Homes

May 4

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.

  • Date(s): 05/04/2014 - 05/04/2014
  • Times: 2pm–5pm
  • Location: Throughout Pass Christian
  • Contact: Pass Christian Historical Society
  • Phone: 228-452-0161
  • Admission: $25 in advance ($30 at the door)
  • General Admission Child: $15 (12 and under)

53rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

December 8

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): 12/14/2014 - 12/14/2014
  • 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

Pass Christian Oyster Eve

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.

  • Date(s): 01/23/2015 - 01/23/2015
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: Pass Christian Harbor, Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Renee Brooks
  • Phone: 228-342-2366
  • General Admission Adult: $30/advance; $35/door
  • General Admission Child: $15 (ages 18-11) Free (10 and under)

25th Annual Orange Grove Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

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.

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

Senior Mardi Gras Ball

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.

  • 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 (tentative)

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.

  • 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

7th Annual Krewe Of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

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): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: Noon
  • Location: Pass Christian Area – See Above
  • Contact: Jeffery Cuevas
  • Phone: 228-216-2097
  • Admission: Spectators Free

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

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball

February 16

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.

  • 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

Krewe of Neptune Mardi Gras Parade

February 17

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.

  • Date(s): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: Parade starts at 3pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 228-669-4917
  • Admission: Spectators Free

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