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:

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September 1

Ocean Springs Artwalk

Downtown Ocean Springs

10 a.m. t0 4 p.m.

“Watch artists in action, shop for local art, eat and drink at local restaurants and mingle among the small, local boutique shops and galleries. Art Walk features a mixture of potters, painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and more. Bring the family, shop til you drop, while having fun.”

September 8 & 9

Biloxi Seafood Festival

Biloxi Town Green

Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“37th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce’s biggest fundraiser, is a celebration of seafood heritage in the City of Biloxi. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities and the best seafood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

September 8

Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival

Jackson County Fairgrounds

12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Enjoy one of the top blues festivals on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Visitors will have an excellent opportunity to hear their favorite songs, eat delicious food and refreshments, see culture exhibits and share in this fun outing with the entire family.”

September 15

Maritime & Seafood Museum $10,000 Drawdown

Maritime & Seafood Museum, Biloxi

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Fundraiser for the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. Begin with cocktails and entertainment by Hank Berumen at 6 pm. The seafood buffet will begin at 7 pm and the drawing starts at 8 pm. There will be door prizes and a Silent Auction. Call the Museum to buy a ticket. Only 500 tickets are sold. You do not have to be present to win.”

September 19 – 22

Hancock County Fair

Hancock County Multi-Purpose Arena

“Hancock County Fair is a family affair with live entertainment, midway games and rides, a pageant, livestock and craft competitions. There will also be a country market with arts & crafts and local cuisine along with traditional fair food.”

September 20 – 23

Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival

Various locations

“This festival has grown into an impressive showcase of talent – including 15 to 20 professional songwriters (many from Nashville) who generously share their work by playing at a variety of local venues or teaching their craft in various workshops. Held in the picturesque art-filled city of Ocean Springs, the Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival is a “feast for the ears”. True to our mission of remaining a non-profit organization, there is never a cover charge to enjoy the shows.”

September 27

Biloxi’s Farmers Market Festival 

Corner of Howard & Hopkins Blvd., Biloxi

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Come and enjoy many farmers’ market vendors, live entertainment, hourly give-aways and themed activities. Lunch available for purchase.”

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 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.”

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