2018 Gulf Coast Weekend Festival & Events Preview


There’s no place like the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Spring is here and the area is filled with fun things to do and beautiful things to see. Here are a few festivals and events happening along the coast:


April 20 – 22

Annual Crawfish Music Festival

Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi

“A family of four can afford this festival for less than they would pay for just one admission ticket at other festivals in the region! Great talent, exciting midway rides, unique vendors, games, give-a-ways, and contests for one low daily price. Enjoy thrilling carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, delicious food, and more. All events and concerts held rain or shine.”

April 26

Annual Ports of Call

Climb CDC Event Center, Gulfport

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“This International Food Festival features live entertainment along with a variety of foods from local restaurants representing 6 different international ports.There will be signature cocktails, adult beverages, a silent auction and fun surprises. Tickets are $20”

April 28

Wild West Fundraiser, Part 2 – Cowboys vs Aliens

The Warehouse, Gulfport

6 p.m. to 11 11 p.m.

“Join The Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum for it’s one-of-a-kind, annual signature Wild West Fundraiser. This fun-filled night will include dancing, music, and food to support continued development and sustainability of the Railroad Museum so it can remain open FREE to the public. A dunking booth, mechanical bull, pie throwing and jail will feature local celebrities and politicians for your fun and entertainment such as Mayor Shea Dobson, CEO of the Port Jonathan Daniels, along with 18 more local celebrities.  Tickets are $50 per person and benefit the Railroad Museum. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MCMRCM.org, at the Railroad Museum, on their Facebook page, or call (228) 234-4649.”

April 27 – 29

1699 Weekend of Discovery

Fort Maurepas Park, Ocean Springs

Saturday 8:15 am until, Sunday Regatta begins at 11 am

“1699 Weekend of Discovery celebrates the history and discovery of Ocean Springs founded in 1699. Hosted by the 1699 Historical Society of Ocean Springs the weekend kicks off with a full dress presentation and reception, followed by a celebration with a 5 K run/walk, special mass, boat regatta, children’s pet parade and the full dress reenactment at Fort Maurepas Park on Front Beach.”

April 27 – 29

Annual Fatima International Spring Fest

Our Lady of Fatima, Biloxi

Friday 4:30 pm-9 pm; Saturday 10 am-10 pm, Sunday 11:30 am-8 pm

“Live entertainment by local artists and thrilling carnival rides are the stars of the three-day family festival sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Biloxi. Celebrating its unique combination of diverse cultures, the church’s parishioners share their heritage each year in music, arts, entertainment. In addition to traditional festival favorite foods, fresh seafood from the Gulf is the star in Fatima’s “World Famous Gumbo” fried fish, po-boys and crabcakes on Saturday.”

May 5

Annual Southern Summer Arts & Craft Festival

Harrison County Fairgrounds

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Enjoy music, great southern food, lots of vendors, art, crafts and other handmade items. There will be give aways throughout the show, bouncy houses for the kids while you shop and much more. Flea market and arts and craft show has artists from all over the southeast, local farmer’s produce, tons of hand made merchandise as well as fun for the children and an open concession.”

May 10

Annual Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival

L & N Depot, Ocean Springs

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“Enjoy an evening to sip and savor some of the best food and drink. There will be cooking demonstrations, live music, and more. Tickets are $50”

May 18 – 19

Annual Pirate Day In The Bay

Downtown Bay St. Louis

Friday 4-11pm, Saturday 11am to 11pm

“Join The Krewe of Mystic Seahorse & Capt. Longbeard for Pirate Day In The Bay, with Captain Longbeard and his pirate crew including the Lafitte Brothers (Jean & Pierre). Festivities start Friday evening with the opening of “Krewe Central” (music and carnival rides).”

May 19 – 20

Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show

Schooner Pier Complex, Biloxi

“The Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show showcases wooden boats in the water and on trailers. There will be art & craft booths, cast net contest and live music. Come enjoy sails aboard the Biloxi Schooners every hour on the hour, $15 per person, as well as delicious shrimp and fish plates, live music by Hank Beruman, cast net contests, model boat building, oyster shell painting, artists vendors, demonstrations, exhibits, crafts, & more!”

May 20

Southern Steampunk Expo

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Join The Southern Steampunk Expo for it’s one-of-a-kind, annual signature event at The Warehouse. This location has been home to “Terror on the Coast” and is filled with amazing movie sets and props from the big screen. This fun-filled Expo will offer Tea Dueling, Costume Contest, Belly Dancing exhibitions, games from Gulf Coast Gaming Events, area Airships, area steampunks sharing tips on the steampunk genre, multiple vendors, live birds & so much more. There will be vendor workshops and panels to offer instruction on making items such as leather clothing accessories.”

May 25 – 27

Annual St. Clare Seafood Festival

St. Clare Catholic Church, Waveland

Friday 5p m-11 pm, Saturday 11 am-11 pm, Sunday Noon-10 pm

“The St. Clare Seafood Festival features fantastic food of all kinds and of course seafood, carnival rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle, 5K run and much more. Proceeds benefit St. Clare Catholic Church.”

May 27

Annual Jazz In The Pass

Downtown Pass Christian

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Come to Pass Christian to enjoy some wonderful live music and a relaxing view of the Gulf of Mexico! You won’t want to miss this free event by Pass Christian Main Street.”