2018 Fall Festival & Events Preview


There’s no place like the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Fall 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:

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September 27

Cocktails & Oysters for St. Jude

Island View Casino Resort, View Showroom

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Enjoy an evening of complimentary food and beverages sponsored by iHeart Radio, WLOX Television and Tito’s Handmade Vodka inside the View Showroom. Cocktails & Oysters for St. Jude will feature seafood favorites such as baked and fresh raw oysters on the half shell, a crab cake station, boiled shrimp as well as other appetizers and desserts prepared by Island View’s culinary staff under the direction of David Crabtree, executive chef and back to back Oyster Cookoff People’s Choice winner. The open bar will feature Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Budweiser and Coca-Cola. Starz will provide the entertainment for the evening. There will be a silent and live auction as well as a drawing for a fresh water pearl necklace valued at $1,500 from Paull & Paull Jewelers in Gulfport. Advanced tickets start at $25 and all proceeds from this evening will go to St. Jude’s Kids. Must be 21 or older to attend.”

September 28 – 29

Gulf Coast Oyster Cook-Off & Festival

Jones Park, Gulfport

Gates open Friday 4 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.

“All weekend enjoy some the best live music and entertainers from national touring country bands to some of the most talented local and regional bands. Oyster Fest is judged by three judges with the categories including best Oyster Rockefeller, Charbroiled and House Specialty. Winning Teams will receive Oyster Cook-Off awards and $1,500 total cash. This event will include the Rock N Roll Car, Jeep and Bike Show. Participating in car, jeep and bike enthusiasts from the country. Over 100 participants adds value entertainment the event. The first ever Gulf Coast Oyster Shucking contest will take place Saturday, September 28th on the main stage at 7pm.”

September 28 – 30

Holy Family Catholic Church Seafood Festival

Holy Family Parish – 140 East Beach Drive, Pass Christian

Friday 7pm-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

“The 42nd Annual Holy Family Catholic Church Seafood Festival features Gulf Coast food such as Gumbo, Boiled Shrimp, fried seafood, Po-Boys, Vrazel’s Eggplant Larosa, and many other mouth-watering treats! There will be crafts, live music, $10,000 drawdown, and $1,000 raffle.”

September 29 – 30

Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

Diamondhead Country Club

Saturday 9:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Over 150 art, crafts, and unique gifts vendors and food stands under the trees at the Diamondhead Country Club. Prize raffle. Come inside for lunch specials in the club. Free shuttle from the Diamondhead Shopping Center both days.”

September 30 through October 7

Cruisin’ The Coast

Recurring daily at various spots along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

“Thousands of classic cars converge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for an entire week of rock ‘n’ roll, drag races, sock hops, swap meets, and headline entertainment all along the Gulf Coast. Car enthusiasts parade their antique, classic, hot rods & custom vehicles up & down Highway 90 with entertainment provided at designated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gautier, Gulfport, Long Beach, Ocean Springs & Pascagoula. Since its inception in 1996, Cruisin’ the Coast has grown from 374 cars to over 7,000 annually.”

October 4 – October 6

Cruisin’ The Coast – ‘Goula Cruise

Beach Park in Pascagoula

Daily between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Join thousands of classic car fans for Cruisin’ the Coast, ‘Goula style – with live music, food during the day, and a special movie night at the beach followed by a fireworks spectacular. Again this year, the Zonta 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival downtown shares the weekend with Cruisin. Enjoy free shuttle rides between these two great events!”

October 6

Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival

Downtown Plaza of Pascagoula

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Hundreds of LOCAL arts and crafts and food vendors will line the streets in downtown Pascagoula on Saturday, October 6th for the annual Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival. Apart from food and merchandise vendors, downtown businesses will be open and there will be live entertainment and activities for the children. This event is held on the SAME weekend as Cruisin’ the Coast – ‘Goula Cruise, and FREE shuttles will be offered between the two events.”

October 6

George E. Ohr Art & Beer Festival

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The first ever George E. Ohr Art & Beer Festival and offers a diverse array of arts and crafts vendors; craft beer tents; a homebrewers’ competition; a camper rally with vintage campers, skoolies, and camper vans; a community car art restoration project; live music; a whacky ceramics-based performance by the Mad Potter of Bay St. Louis Steve Barney; a ceramics throw-down between the coast’s finest potters; and food vendors!

The festival will fall during Cruisin’ the Coast, one of the largest tourism attractions to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, last year seeing over 8,000 classic cars register. The museum anticipates a crowd of 2,000+ attendees and dozens of vintage campers to participate in this year’s festival.

The cost of entry to the Ohr Art & Beer Fest is free, but access to the beer tents will require purchasing an armband.”

October 13

Family Day Festival

Pascagoula River Audobon Center

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Come celebrate the Pascagoula River Audubon Center’s third anniversary. There will be many family-friendly activities including arts and crafts like tie-dyeing shirts, seeing live animals, face painting, and more! Pop Brothers will have popsicles available for sale!”

October 13

Inaugural Oyster Festival

St. Clare Catholic Church – Waveland

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Enjoy this new festival featuring music, food, fun, and fresh seafood. Live entertainment by Dave Mayley Band (1-3pm) and Monsters at Large with the Moran Brothers (6-9pm). There will be a $5,000 drawdown at 9pm.”

October 20 & 21

Annual Fall Muster

Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library

Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-2pm

“Come experience the sights and sounds of the 1800’s here in Biloxi! Vendors, food, on the 52 acres of the Beauvoir property. Reenactors will have camp set up in the back, battles twice a day on Saturday and Sunday.”

October 21 – 28

Annual Jackson County Fair

Jackson County Fair Grounds – Pascagoula

Sunday 4pm, Monday-Thursday 11am, Friday 10am, Saturday 11am; Sunday 1pm

“Enjoy a week long event with youth activities, arts & crafts, live music, vendor booths, livestock shows, food and rides.”

October 25

Biloxi’s Community Market Festival

Under I-110, Corner of Howard and Hopkins Blvd.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Come and enjoy the many market vendors, entertainment by Colin Lockey and Chase Dalgo, hourly giveaways, and a scavenger hunt for the kids! The September Community Market theme is “Fall Harvest Fun” featuring James DelPrince from the Mississippi State Extension Service; featuring fall wreath demonstrations and giveaways!  Plan to have lunch with us!  There will be grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.”

October 27

Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Festival

Downtown Gautier – Hwy 90 & Dolphin Dr.

10 a.m to 9 p.m.

“Great shopping for unique hand crafted items and delicious Gulf Coast food! Enter the famous Mullet Toss contest – you definitely will want to see how far you can throw a mullet! Bring your folding chairs and your dancing shoes. Enjoy arts and crafts and a variety of local cuisine, kids zone, car and boat show, fishing rodeo, and live music.”

October 28

Halloween Fun Festival

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and have a family fun day. Enjoy trick-or-treating, play games, get your face painted and so much more! Concessions will be sold.”

November 3 & 4

Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival

Downtown Ocean Springs

Saturday-Sunday 9am–5pm

“Presented by Blue Moon. This festival is named in honor of the late master potter, Peter Anderson, this fine arts and crafts festival celebrates the arts with more than 400 booths of artists and crafters from all over the United States and beyond.  From oil paintings to pottery, hand-made jewelry, digital portraits, American folk toys, metal works and so much more, spectators can enjoy a festive weekend joined live music, coastal and ethnic foods surrounded by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and more than 100 shops, restaurants and galleries set outside amongst 300 year old Oak Trees.”

November 10

Annual Moss Point Plein Air Festival

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

10 a.m to 5 p.m.

“Come paint with us at the Annual Paint Outside Moss Point Plein Air Festival! Learn, grow, meet new people, get out in nature with guest artists.”

November 10 & 11

Celtic Music Festival & Scottish Highland Games

Harrison County Fairgrounds

Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm

“Featuring: Seven Nations, Highland Reign, Kracker Dan, Red McWilliams, and more musicians! Jousting, Clans, Vendors, Children’s Activities, Irish Dancing, Highland Cows, Bagpipe Bands, Sheep Herding, Artisans, Authentic Food, and more! Heavy Athletics on Sunday Only!”

November 23 – December 31

Annual Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

Jones Park

Daily – 5:30-9:30pm & the show ends at 10:30pm (weather permitting)

“This spectacular light show is being presented as a walking tour OR aboard a free heated trolley. Participants will be able to visit with Santa in Santa’s Village every night, take pictures at any of the Elfie Selfie stations located throughout the park and enjoy hot chocolate, marshmallows, and concession items available for purchase. Tickets for rides such as Santa’s Big Wheel, the Merry Go Round Carousel, Santa Express Tour Train, Skyracer, Santa’s Kid’s Master Express Train are also available for purchase inside the park. Guests may also wish to Park & Pay at the CTA Parking Garage – Fee includes covered parking, show entry, and free heated shuttle service to and from the show in Jones Park.”