By: Charles McCool

Mississippi Gulf Coast Festivals

Spring and Fall seasons are ideal for Coastal Mississippi events and there are at least a few every weekend.

Cruisin’ the Coast

Thousands of classic cars converge in Coastal Mississippi for an entire October week of rock ‘n’ roll, drag races, sock hops, swap meets, and headliner entertainment all along the Secret Coast. Car enthusiasts parade their beautiful antique, classic, custom vehicles, and hot rods along Beach Boulevard, with entertainment provided at designated stops in each of the beautiful Mississippi coast towns along the way.

Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, Ocean Springs

Named after the late master potter, Peter Anderson, the largest arts festival on the Gulf Coast celebrates the arts every November with over 400 booths in downtown Ocean Springs. From oil paintings to pottery, hand-made jewelry, digital portraits, American folk toys, metal works, and so much more, visitors can enjoy a festive weekend of live music, coastal fare, and a beautiful November weekend surrounded by 300-year-old live oak trees.

Gulfport Harbor Lights, Gulfport

This spectacular holiday light show features 1,200,000 lights and can be enjoyed on foot or aboard a free heated trolley ride. Visit Santa’s Village, take a festive ride, snap a photo at one of the Elfie Selfie Stations, warm up with a cup of Christmas cheer, and experience the most magical show in Mississippi and perhaps along the entire US Gulf Coast.

Gulfport Harbor Lights, Coastal Mississippi

Other Coastal Mississippi winter holiday events include Christmas on the Water Boat Parade (Biloxi), Snowflakes in the Bay (Bay St Louis), Bay St Louis Christmas parade, Downtown for the Holidays (Pascagoula), and Ocean Springs Christmas tree lighting and open house.


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