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Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Coastal Mississippi, but instead of white snow, we have 26 miles of white sandy beaches and 12 coastal communities boasting plenty of space to roam and a plethora of things to do and see. On the Secret Coast, you can find safe and enjoyable holiday-themed activities and events for every age and budget, including the best holiday light show in the Southeast! Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival is Mississippi’s largest Christmas light show, and visitors to this year’s show will see over 1.5…

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Coastal Mississippi's Guide to The Peter Anderson Festival

Are you planning on attending the South’s premiere arts and crafts festival? You should! Mark your calendars for November 7-8, 2020 for the 42nd Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon. We’ve crafted our own How-To guide to ensure you navigate Coastal Mississippi’s biggest festival like a pro. Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual businesses on any potential changes to their availability and/or hours, but rest assured Coastal Mississippi is working diligently with our partners to ensure your…

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Halloween on The Secret Coast

Halloween is the perfect time to enjoy a getaway to explore some of the spookiest experiences The Secret Coast has to offer! Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual businesses on any potential changes to their availability and/or hours, but rest assured Coastal Mississippi is working diligently with our partners to ensure your safety and health is the top priority. Find out how in our Destination Promise of health and safety. …

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The Ultimate Guide to Cruisin' The Coast

Cruisin’ The Coast was voted #1 in USA TODAY: Best Car Show Competition in 2018 and 2020! America’s Largest Block Party celebrates antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events.Car enthusiasts from 40 states plus Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico arrive in Coastal Mississippi once a year to showcase their rides and to cruise our beautiful 30-mile stretch of beach-side highway with designated stops sprinkled throughout our 62 miles of coastline. …

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Explore Like a Local

Looking to stretch your legs and spread your wings in a destination that offers relaxation and excitement in equal measure? Look no further than The Secret Coast! With 62 miles of scenic shoreline, itineraries to suit every type of traveler, and plenty of room to roam, Coastal Mississippi delivers on fun and freedom to explore. We've compiled a list of local favorites and invite you to discover these treasured secret s…

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2020 Mardi Gras Parade Guide

One of the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras is a parade. And parade we will in Coastal Mississippi! Every community down here knows how to party and they’re all sending invitations your way. The parades on The Secret Coast are family friendly and are always a great time…

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The Top Spring Festivals in Coastal Mississippi

In Coastal Mississippi, festival season doesn't end with the purple, green, and gold trappings ofMardi Gras. We keep the good times rollin' along our 62 miles of scenic coastline throughout the dawning of spring. Our unique annual events range from art festivals to nationally-renowned competitive fishing tournaments to celebrations of classic cars. So, put a spring in your step and plan a trip to Coastal Mississippi today…

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Experience the Flavors of Coastal Mississippi at Chefs of the Coast

Magnolia, roux & brews will all be features at the 37th Annual Chefs of the Coast Food & Wine Gala on October 20, 2019! This annual event is presented by the Mississippi Coast Restaurant & Beverage Association. This event, featuring close to 20 restauranteurs and chefs, will take place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center from 6-8:30 p.m. At the event, expect gourmet food samplings, wine tastings, a beer garden, a food truck corral, a Culinary Gladiator Battle, silent auction, live entertainment and more! To add to the…

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A Coastal Mississippi Holiday

In Coastal Mississippi, we always find a reason to celebrate – and Christmas tops the list (well, maybe behind Mardi Gras)! From the nationally acclaimed Christmas light show at the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival to the dazzling holiday entertainment at the casinos, we celebrate with families in mind…

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Water Closures Will Not Dampen Your Fun in Coastal Mississippi

Coastal Mississippi’s tri-county region is a multi-faceted destination filled with various avenues, backroads, scenic coastline, and waterways to explore. From arts & culture and headline entertainment to boutique shopping, outdoor activities and family attractions, we offer something for every type of visitor and every type of budget. At this time, visitors can still enjoy most fresh water and salt water opportunities that extend beyond the affected areas in the region, including kayaking, paddle boarding, excursions to barrier islands…

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