Are you attending the Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs this November 3-4? Here’s everything you need to know to have a successful festival weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


Places to Stay

Considering a day-trip to the festival? With over 400 artists, crafters and food vendor booths, we highly recommend you overnight and enjoy both days. With accommodations for just about any type of traveler, we are sure you will find just the right place. Check out our complete list of places to stay on the Coast here


Have Breakfast at TatoNut

Treat yourself to the best donuts in Mississippi for breakfast! Arrive early because the line will be down the block, but the wait will be worth it once you try the delicious potato dough pastries. TatoNut is closed on Sundays, so be sure to stop here for breakfast on the first day of the festival.


Plan Transportation

Parking is limited for the festival, so take advantage of the festival’s free park n' ride options. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 8:30am to 5:30pm each day. Drop off locations are at the Government Street and Porter Avenue entrances/information booths. Free parking and transportation is courtesy of the YMCA and Coast Transit Authority. The buses will pick up from Ocean Springs Upper Elementary and Oak Park Elementary located at 2300 Government St. Buses will also pick up from the Greyhound Stadium parking lot located at 1005 Hanley Road.


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Dress Comfortably

The festival spans multiple blocks, so make sure you wear shoes that you are comfortable walking long distances in. Even though it’s November, it can still be very warm in South Mississippi. Make sure you wear something you are comfortable wearing outside for multiple hours.


Bring your Appetite

The culinary life on the Coast ebbs and flows with the seasons; it's as fresh, as local, as gulf to table as it gets anywhere in the country. Throughout the festival, you will find ample food vendors giving you tons of options to savor some of the regions finest. Along with an abundance of culinary options, you will have the opportunity to taste many beers throughout the festival. Blue Moon is the title sponsor of festival, so be sure to sip on some of Blue Moon’s refreshing brews this weekend. 

Grab a Business Card

Make a lap around all of the booths before you start to buy, especially if you are on a budget. Even if you love the first piece you spot, we promise you will find more that you will want to bring home. You should grab a business card from any vendors you like because many of the artists’ pieces will be available for purchase after the festival.


Explore the Coast

If you are spending the weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for Peter Anderson Festival (which we highly recommend), make sure you get out and explore our 60 miles of scenic shoreline. Scattered like pearls, our twelve Coastal towns present their charming personalities, each an intriguing coastal character with a new story to tell. Every town on the Coast is a new chapter, providing the opportunity to meet a unique coastal character and enjoy new flavors, experiences, and streets to stroll. Together, the towns of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are an invitation to create your story and embark on a journey of open-ended experiences.


Do you have any additional suggestions for festival attendees? Let us know in the comments.