Summer is still lingering in Coastal Mississippi, and as we slowly but surely usher in cooler weather, we welcome the dawn of festival season. From unique festivals to one-of-a-kind events, it's never been a better idea to plan a trip to the Coast and enjoy all Coastal Mississippi has to offer.

  • Inaugural Booker Fest, August 30 - 31: Celebrate the musical genius of James Carroll Booker III with a rollicking good-time! This fundraiser for the preservation and maintenance of 100 Men Hall will include a gospel tribute by the St. Rose de Lima choir and a piano tribute by New Orleans musicians, Tom McDermott and Josh Paxton, a screening of Lily Keber’s documentary on Booker, Bayou Maharajah, as well as readings and talks by Ellis Anderson of the Shoofly and locals who knew Booker. 

  • Ocean Springs Artwalk, August 31: This fun Labor Day weekend event takes place in the heart of downtown Ocean Springs. Watch artists in action, shop for local art, eat and drink at local restaurants and mingle among the small, local boutique shops and galleries. 

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival, September 7: Named as a Top 20 Festival Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Blues & Heritage Festival is one of the top blues festivals in the region. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear their favorite songs, dine on coastal favorites, and soak in local culture. Artists this year include: O.B Bucana, Pokey Bear, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, Ronnie Bell, Blues Lady Adrena, and Aaron Cook "Mr. Stroke It".

  • Inkin’ the Coast, September 13-15: One of the more unique festivals on the Coast returns to Biloxi for another year of music, art and ink. With tattoo artists from around the world, including famous TV personalities, Inkin’ the Coast features a beard and mustache contest, tattoo contests and an array of vendors.

  • Hummingbird and Nature Festival, September 13-14: Taking place at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, this inaugural festival celebrates the beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration pattern through Coastal Mississippi! Birds will be banded and released by trained professionals, and guests can experience scenic bayou views, special guest speakers, live animal shows, a kids activity zone, nature-themed arts & crafts vendors, and a native plant sale! 

  • Biloxi Seafood Fest, September 14-15: For the 37th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival, attendees will enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and the best seafood on the Gulf Coast. Come for the seafood; stay for the Sun Herald Gumbo Championship where you can taste professional and amateur gumbo from skilled teams across the region.

  • Annual MS Songwriters Festival, September 19-22: Known as The Birthplace of America’s Music, Mississippi is the home of the blues. To honor the state’s place in music history, the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance hosts the nationally recognized Mississippi Songwriters Festival in Ocean Springs. From professionals to newcomers and blues to rock and roll, you’ll find something for everyone at this annual festival.

  • Chillin’ on the Gulf Coast at Centennial Plaza, September 20-22: To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Centennial Plaza in Gulfport, Sunshine Tour & Travel and Margaritaville Resort Biloxi are hosting the inaugural Chillin’ on the Gulf Coast music festival. With artists like Cowboy Mouth, JJ Grey & Mofro, North Mississippi Allstars and Samantha Fish, this festival is shaping up to be one of the largest on the Coast. A perfect chance to come check out the new Centennial Plaza, get your tickets today for the event of the season.

We hope to see you for these fantastic coastal events in August and September!