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Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus

July 1-5

Experience all the things you know and love and be amazed by things you've never seen before! Witness superhuman stunts so close you can FEEL it! Astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the globe have been assembled in one place providing a riveting display of unimaginable proportions that is Engineered for Excitement and Custom Built for Family Fun!  Don't miss this opportunity to get closer than ever to The Greatest Show On Earth.

  • Date(s): 07/01/2015 - 07/05/2015
  • Times: Wednesday - Friday 7pm; Sunday 2pm & 6pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700
  • Admission: Tickets start at $15

67th Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

July 2-5 

Billed as the largest family friendly fishing rodeo in the world, this successful yearly event includes fun for the entire family. The event features fireworks, fishing, fellowship, vendors, and FUN! Contestants fish the Gulf waters for days, competing for cash and prizes in 30 categories of both saltwater and freshwater fish. In previous years, records for tuna, shark and flounder have been broken at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. The fishing rodeo attracts an average of 50,000 people every year, and even made the cover of Sports Illustrated! For vendor information call Michael Casano @ (228) 255-0035!

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Event 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015!


  • Date(s): 07/02/2015 - 07/05/2015
  • Times: Gates open Noon Daily
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport - Barksdale Pavilion
  • Contact: Richie Valdez - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-863-2713
  • Admission: $5 Admission Includes all 4 days, Children 5 and under free

31st Annual Our Lady of the Gulf “Crab Festival”

July 3-5  

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

Ocean Springs 4th of July Fireworks Show

July 3

 Do not miss celebrating America's Independence Day the Ocean Springs way. Bring your blankets and chairs, play volleyball, kids can enjoy the splash pad and everyone can end the evening with a BANG as fireworks lightup the night sky.

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 07/03/2015
  • Times: 8:45pm
  • Location: Fort Maurepas Park, Front Beach - Ocean Springs
  • Contact: City of Ocean Springs
  • Phone: 228-875-6722 or 228-382-2817

Pascagoula 4th of July Celebration

July 4

Join the City of Pascagoula at Beach Park for a free fireworks show celebrating the birth of our nation. Be sure to tune in to Magic 93.7 during the fireworks show to really get into the patriotic spirit! 

  • Date(s): 07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015
  • Times: Festivities begin @ 6:30pm - Fireworks @ 9pm
  • Location: Beach Park, Pascagoula
  • Phone: 228-938-2356

3rd Annual Bay Harbor Fest

July 17-19

Whether you prefer the sun and sand or food and shopping, visitors and locals alike will delight in the exceptional variety of live music, tasty festival food fare, and local artisans' creations over three days as we celebrate at the Bay St. Louis harbor!

The legendary Gregg Allman is headlining this event.

  • Date(s): 07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015
  • Times: See Website Complete Schedule
  • Location: Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor
  • Contact: Michael Rosato, Bay Rat Productions, LLC
  • Phone: 571-228-2506
  • Admission: Tickets start at $20; $5 age 12 and under

Disney Live: Three Classical Fairytales

August 2

Prepare to laugh, sing and dance as you step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life in a live theatrical experience that is pure magic.

  • Date(s): 08/02/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Times: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm shows
  • Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Admission: Tickets start at $15

Professional Bull Riders - Built Ford Tough Series

August 7-8

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): 08/07/2015 - 08/08/2015
  • Times: Fri, 8pm; Sat. 7pm
  • Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-594-3700
  • Admission: Tickets start at $20
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

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)

Ocean Springs Artwalk 2015

September 5

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

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

24th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival

September 12

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

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

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

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

33rd Annual Chefs of the Coast

September 20

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

 

 

 

  • Date(s): 09/20/2015 - 09/20/2015
  • Times: 5pm-9pm
  • Location: Island View Casino, New South Tower, Gulfport
  • Contact: Beverly Martin - Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-324-0032

Hancock County Fair

September 23-26 

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

38th Annual Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival

October 3

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

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

19th Annual Cruisin' the Coast

October 4-11  

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

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

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

Vicari Classic & Muscle Auction

October 8-10

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

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

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

30th Annual Fall Muster

October 16-18

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

Recognized AAA Southern Travel Treasure 2011.

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

25th Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Fest

October 17-18 

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

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

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

Fear Fete Horror Con & Film Festival

October 17-18

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

  • Date(s): 10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Times: TBA
  • Location: MS Coast Convention Center (B-Hall), 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Derek Morris
  • Admission: $25
  • General Admission Child: Free (age 10 and under) with paid adult
  • General Admission Senior: $20

94th Annual Jackson County Fair

October 18-25

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): 10/18/2015 - 10/25/2015
  • 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) 769-6043 or (228) 217-1667
  • Admission: Spectators Free!

15th Annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade

November 7

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

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

22th Annual Vettes By the Shore

November 7

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

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

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

15th Annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program and Parade

November 11

Join us as we pay tribute to those who have served and are serving our country. A special emphasis for the POWs and MIAs is conducted during the program, as well as a Twenty-One Gun Salute by the veterans' organizations. See classic cruisers, patriotic music and much more. The parade will be held in downtown Moss Point, at the Jackson County War Memorial Park. The parade will leave the Southgate Shopping Center at 10 a.m., corner of Jefferson Avenue and Main Street. 

  • Date(s): 11/11/2015 - 11/11/2015
  • Times: 10am
  • Location: Jackson County War Memorial - Downtown Moss Point
  • Contact: Jackson County Chamber
  • Phone: 228-762-3391
  • 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!

32th Annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show

November 13-15

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

December 4-5

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

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

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

Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Fall 2009 & 2011, 2012 & 2015 Event
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 North American Events 2011 

 

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

11th Annual Biloxi Christmas in the City

December 5 

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

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

Geek-O-Nomicon 2015

December 11-13

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

  • Date(s): 12/11/2015 - 12/13/2015
  • Times: See website for event times.
  • Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Biloxi Twelfth Night

January 6

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Monday, Jan. 6, with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at the Biloxi Visitors Center and parading to the Mardi Gras Museum. The occasion also serves as reminder of the religious significance of Carnival, often lost on the tens of thousands of revelers at Mardi Gras parades. Twelfth Night, the 12th day from Christmas, is the night before the Epiphany, the day when the three wise men visited the infant Jesus, foretelling the revelation of God the Son being born as a human.

The Twelfth Night gathering will begin at the Visitors Center, and at 6 p.m., the reigning Royal Court of Gulf Coast Carnival Association will be presented to extinguish the Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse. The entourage will then board a float and parade to the Mardi Gras Museum, where, at 6:30 p.m., the lights at the Mardi Gras Museum will be illuminated, signaling the beginning of Carnival season.

  • Date(s): 01/06/2016 - 01/06/2016
  • Times: 5pm
  • Location: Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Julie Suarez or Biloxi Visitor Center
  • Phone: (228) 435-6280 or (228) 374-3105
  • Admission: Free

8th Annual Krewe Of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade

January 23

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

  • Date(s): 01/23/2016 - 01/23/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Pass Christian Area – See Above
  • Contact: Jeffery Cuevas
  • Phone: 228-216-2097 or 228-234-9454
  • Admission: Spectators Free

26th Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade

January 30

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

  • Date(s): 01/30/2016 - 01/30/2016
  • Times: 1:30pm
  • Location: Johns' Bayou Road, Vancleave
  • Contact: J.R. (Rich) Wilson - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-990-0270
  • Admission: Free

49th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

The parade route begins at the intersection of Drinkwater & Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis (in front of the Bay St. Louis Governmental Annex Bldg) then rolls west ending at Auderder Street & Highway 90 in Waveland (disbanding in front of West End Restaurant)  The parade will travel west bound towards Waveland in the east bound lane - one straight route - from the Bay to Waveland. Great fun for the entire family.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2016 - 01/31/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Highway 90, Waveland
  • Contact: Dianne Martin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-216-9911
  • Admission: Spectators Free

86th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

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): 02/07/2016 - 02/07/2016
  • Times: Parade begins at Noon
  • Location: Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Anne James
  • Phone: 228-234-2022
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball

February 8

This event pays tribute to historical and literary themes yearly with different tableaus and masked royalty steeped in the kind of ceremonial drama worthy of a classical epic. While the colors, the decorations, and the costumed characters vary significantly from year to year, the selection and composition of the royal court does not. Witness the Coronation of King d'lberville and Queen lxolib, sovereign rulers of the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Day. 

  • Date(s): 02/08/2016 - 02/08/2016
  • Times: 8pm-1am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Viewing Only Allowed

46th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras NIGHT Parade

February 9

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): 02/09/2016 - 02/09/2016
  • Times: 5:30pm
  • Location: Downtown Gulfport
  • Contact: Cecile Scialdone - Krewe President
  • Phone: 228-860-2578
  • Admission: Spectators Free

9th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade

February 9

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

  • Date(s): 02/09/2016 - 02/09/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Tequila Hall or Corinn Burton - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: (228) 342-0883 or (228) 671-1471
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 9

Spend the day with family and friends during the oldest parade on the MS Gulf Coast in downtown Biloxi. Pre-parade activities are held at the Biloxi City Hall. Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animals, cups, doubloons, and plenty of other trinkets are thrown from over 100 beautifully decorated floats along the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade route.

  • Date(s): 02/09/2016 - 02/09/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers, Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Free

Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing

February 26-27

Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through.

The 2016 touring season will bring more Monster Jam excitement tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

  • Date(s): 02/26/2016 - 02/27/2016
  • 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: Ticket prices starting at $20 ($5 parking fee)

10th Annual D'Iberville BBQ Throwdown & Festival

February 27

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, Pulled Pork Taste Tent, & of course...Barbeque! For applications or vendor information contact Desiree Marquez , (228) 257-9734, Patty Ewing, (228) 392-9734. Sponsored by the City of D'Iberville and Gateway Group.

  • Date(s): 02/27/2016 - 02/27/2016
  • Times: 9am–4pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Civic Center,10395 Automall Parkway D'Iberville
  • Contact: City of D'Iberville Parks & Recreation
  • Phone: (228) 392-9734 or (228) 257-9734
  • Admission: Spectators Free - BBQ Competition Entry Fee

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

19th Annual Art in the Pass

April 2-3

The 19th 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): 04/02/2016 - 04/03/2016
  • 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

Gulfcoast Yacht & Boat Show

April 8-17

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): 04/08/2016 - 04/17/2016
  • Location: Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport
  • Contact: Rob Lynch
  • Phone: 951-780-0538
  • Admission: $12
  • General Admission Child: 12 and under free

24th Annual MS Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival

April 14-17, 21-24

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): 04/14/2016 - 04/24/2016
  • 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

12th Annual Jazz in the Pass

May 28-29

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

  • Date(s): 05/28/2016 - 05/29/2016
  • Times: Sat.12pm-8pm; Sun. 12pm-6pm
  • Location: Downtown Pass Christian
  • Contact: Pass Christian Main Street
  • Phone: 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Free (Tickets required for Jazz Party)

14th Annual Scrapin the Coast

June 24-26

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.

  • Date(s): 06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016
  • 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

20th Annual Cruisin' the Coast

October 2-9 

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): 10/02/2016 - 10/09/2016
  • 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