In Coastal Mississippi, festival season doesn't end with the purple, green, and gold trappings of Mardi 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!

  • Arts Alive, March 21-22: For the last 18 years, Arts Alive has been produced by the local non-profit arts organization, The Arts, Hancock County. It started as a modest tour of artist studios and has evolved into the capstone arts and culture event of the year in Hancock County. As always, Arts Alive is free, open to the public and full of surprises, featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts for sale, unique artisan experiences, hands-on activities, and live performances.

  • Art in the Pass, April 4 - 5: The 23rd Annual Art in the Pass provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate art while enjoying the breathtaking beachfront views of Coastal Mississippi. Overlooking the gulf in Pass Christian, Art in the Pass welcomes over 100 vetted artists from across the region showcasing a variety of media and genres. A family-friendly event, Art in the Pass also features Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival, providing hands-on activities that address marine and estuarine environmental issues associated with the Gulf of Mexico. So, bring the kids, buy some art, and learn about the natural wonders of our tri-county coast.

  • Crawfish Music Festival, April 15 - 19: One of the premiere festivals in Coastal Mississippi, the 28th Annual Crawfish Music Festival promises entertainment, hot boiled crawfish, and exciting mid-way rides. Located on the beachfront property of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the five day festival boasts exciting lineups every night with plenty of music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased in advance, but admission to the Crawfish Cook-Off requires an additional fee. Two words of advice before you go: come hungry!

For more information, check out our insider's guide to the Annual Crawfish Music Festival here.


  • Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 - 25: There's no better place to spend your Memorial Day than Coastal Mississippi! Whether you're in need of quiet relaxation or crave a weekend full of outdoor adventure, the 62 miles of scenic coastline provides itineraries for every type of traveler and budget. Our accommodations range from boutique hotels in charming downtown districts to world-class casino resorts - some properties are even pet-friendly! For the leisure visitor, Coastal Mississippi boasts an array of attractions, shopping, spas, and nightlife to fill your schedule. And for the outdoor adventurer, choose from boat cruises to the barrier islands, fishing charters for deep-sea catches, kayak or paddleboard rentals for river exploration, and even eco-tours for estuarine education. Find endless choices and open-ended experiences on The Secret Coast.

Couple hiking on island

  • King Master Tournament, May 25 - 30: One of the richest king tournaments in the US, the King Master presented by Yellowfin saw 38 teams compete for last year's cash winnings of over $160,000. This year's third annual event is expected to draw even more competitors and onlookers, with the 1st prize cash award totaling $100,000. The family-friendly tournament welcomes visitors from all over the country to Point Cadet Marina behind the Golden Nugget Biloxi. Don't miss the boat parade, which kicks off the tournament on May 28. 

  • Jeepin' the Coast, May 28 - 30: Join over 1,000 Jeep aficionados from across the region as they flock to Coastal Mississippi this May. Since 2012, the family-friendly event sees Jeepers cruise down the area's 26 miles of white sand beaches, enjoying the scenic coastline and participating in events along the way. Previous years' celebrations have included beach crawls, live entertainment, a 5K fun run, and scavenger hunts. Make sure you brush up on your Jeep wave etiquette beforehand!

  • Billfish Classic, June 1 - 7: Hundreds of anglers will converge in Coastal Mississippi for the 22nd Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, competing for over $2 million in cash and prizes. As the premiere billfish tournament in the Gulf of Mexico, the Billfish Classic holds the Gulf of Mexico Blue Marlin record at 1054.6 pounds! The week-long features nightly dock parties and live entertainment for spectators at the weigh-in scales. Put this tournament on your calendar for your chance to see another record made!

Billfish Classic

  • Scrapin' the Coast, June 26 - 28: Heralded as the south's largest and premiere car, truck, and bike show, the 18th Annual Scrapin' the Coast will bring hundreds of hot rods to Coastal Mississippi for a weekend of non-stop cruisin' and fun. In addition to the official car and truck show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, expect vendors, live entertainment, a burn-out contest and corn hole tournament on the weekend's itinerary. 

For an insider's guide to Scrapin' the Coast, visit here to learn more.

We hope to see you for these fantastic coastal events! Stay up-to-date with everything happening across Coastal Mississippi by visiting our events page.