2019 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 18 – 21

Hancock County Fair

Hancock County Fairgrounds

‘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 19 – 22

Mississippi Songwriters Festival

Along the MS Gulf Coast

‘The Annual MS Songwriters Festival features over 100 national and regional songwriters at 13 venues: 10 in downtown Ocean Springs, 1 in Gautier, 1 in Moss Point and 1 in Margaritaville Biloxi. A Top 20 Event Award winner 1000’s of fans take to the streets at Mississippi’s largest songwriter festival.

Legendary local songwriter Paul Overstreet is being honored September 19th onstage 6:30pm at the Historic Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education Theatre with the MS Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented by local and state dignitaries.’

September 20 – 22

Chillin on the Gulf Coast

Centennial Plaza – Gulfport

‘Delicious, one-of-a-kind southern cuisine. Toe-tappin’, booty-shakin’ music. Arts and crafts ’til you drop. Sunshine Tour & Travel and Margaritaville Resort Biloxi have come together to host the blowout celebration of the year. Come experience this inaugural music, food & arts festival to celebrate the newly renovated Centennial Plaza.

Dozens of live music performances from artists like Cowboy Mouth, Copper Chief and Bag of Donuts, plus FREE public access to the Plaza (This area features lots of food, drinks and fun to enjoy), everyone can come and be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration for the whole family.’

September 21 – 22

Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

Diamondhead City Hall

‘Over 150 art, crafts, and unique gifts vendors and food stands at Gex Drive and City Hall. Prize raffle. Come inside for lunch specials in the club.’

September 21

Maritime & Seafood Museum $10,000 Drawdown

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

‘Come enjoy a night at The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum for our 34th Annual $10,000 Drawdown! Delight in our seafood buffet, open bar, silent auction, & door prizes are given throughout the night. Tickets are $100 – admits two people. Call 228-435-6320 to purchase your ticket today!’

September 26

Biloxi Community Market Festival

Under I-110 – Corner of Howard & Hopkins Blvd.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come and enjoy the many market vendors, entertainment by Colin Lockey, and hourly giveaways. The September Community/Farmers Market will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs, plan to have lunch with us!  James DelPrince, with Mississippi State Extension Center will be demonstrating fall wreath making, and giving them away.  We will have other fun activities for the kids and adults!

September 28

Not Your OPA’s Oktoberfest

Marcy C. O’keefe Cultural Center

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Craft beer fest featuring 30 beer vendors and featuring Crooked Letter Brewery. Family fun with a unicorn rides, a petting zoo, Dachshund Weiner Dog Race, German food and live music. Fraulein Cheri Salvetti & the Oompahs – The Tall Boys. Tickets start at $30. VIP Tent includes free food from Vestige, Broome’s Catering and The Shet ($65 early bird or $75 at the door).

October 4 – 6

Holy Family Catholic Church Seafood Festival

Holy Family Parish – Pass Christian

Friday 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘The 43rd 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. Attendance is free.’

October 5

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 5


Biloxi Town Green

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

‘The OOMA’s annual Ohr Fest is one of its biggest annual fundraisers. This year’s theme is art, beer, music, and community. The festival will offer a diverse array of arts and craft vendors, craft beer tents, a homebrewers’ competition, live music, a ceramics throw-down between the coast’s finest potters, a whacky ceramics-based performance by the Mad Potter of Bay St. Louis Steve Barney, and some of the Southeast’s most sought after food trucks—all on the beautiful Biloxi Town Green. The cost of admission is free, but access to the beer tents will require purchasing an armband: General Admission armbands: $35 – Buyers will receive unlimited 3 oz. beer pours. VIP armbands: $60 Buyers will receive a commemorative ceramic beer stein(a $40 value), Three full 16 oz. pours, Unlimited 3 oz. pours. *Only 100 VIP armbands will be available for purchase.’

October 6 – 13

Cruisin’ The Coast

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 19

Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Festival

Downtown Gautier – Hwy 90 & Dolphin Dr.

9 a.m. to 7 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 19 – 20

Fall Muster

Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 24

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

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 1

Art & The Afterlife

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

‘Art and the Afterlife is a celebration of Día de Muertos on the grounds of THE MARY C. O’KEEFE CULTURAL CENTER OF ARTS AND EDUCATION in support of the Mary C, The WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM OF ART, and The OHR O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART. Admission is $15 with $10 food plates available. Craft and domestic beer will also be available for purchase with marigold sangria available as well.’

November 2-3 

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 8

Sugar Magnolia Music Festival

Hancock County Fairgrounds

Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. until

Camp under the stars and enjoy music for 2 days. The Malones, Billy Iuso, Jonny Sketch, Camile Baudoin, Mem Shannon, Jason Ricci, Josh Garrett Band, Heath Ledet, The Quickening, Dana Abbott, Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous, Mikey B3 and Rochelle Harper.


November 9 – 10

Celtic Music Festival & Scottish Highland Games

Harrison County Fairgrounds

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

‘Events include: Jousting, Clans, Vendors, Children’s Activities, Irish Dancing, Highland Cows, Bagpipe Bands, Sheep Herding, Artisans, Authentic Food, and more.’