2019 Gulf Coast Weekend Festival & Events Preview


Springtime on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Temperatures begin to rise, sunny days last longer and with more people outside it seems like there’s fun around every corner. Here’s a list of upcoming spring festivals & events so your sure to catch all the good times.

Saturday, March 16

Grillin’ on the Green

The 2019 Grillin’ on the Green takes place at the Biloxi Town Green on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the 2 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Parade attendees will enjoy free admission, a BBQ cook-off and awards ceremony, food plates starting at $5, a children’s play area, arts & crafts vendors and live music all day. It’s the perfect way to spend your Gulf Coast Weekend and a great way to kick off your St. Paddy’s Day celebration.

Hibernia St. Patrick’s Day Parade & 5k run

Downtown Biloxi, Derby run starts at 9 a.m., parade starts at 2 p.m.


‘A parade featuring bands, military units, flag bearers, bagpipers, leprechauns, a horse-drawn carriage with the parade’s Grand Marshal and Colleen, and colorful floats tossing Irish trinkets, green beads, and doubloons. Irish Derby/5K Run held in conjunction with the parade. Presented by the Hibernia Marching Society & The Gulf Coast Running Club. The parade begins at the Biloxi Yacht Club on Hwy 90 and ends on Esters Blvd.’

Unity Festival

We will have vendors for Food and Crafts, Children’s Carnival, Health Fair, Parade, Music & Fun! 9:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M. Free admission and parking. Contact Information: (228)-863-0307 OR (228)-861-0161

Waveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

City Park, corner of Central & Waveland Ave., Waveland, 12 p.m.

‘The Parade route will line up on Waveland Ave and go down Central Ave to Colman Ave, then to the beach and back up Waveland Ave. Big Trucks will go to Lakeshore Rd. Hosted by the Waveland Civic Association.’

Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub

Pass Christian Downtown Shopping District, 133 Davis Ave., Pass Christian, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., free to everyone wearing green.

‘The Krewe of Blarney marks its 25th year during its Parade Walk of 2019 on St. Paddy’s Day. From early on, the Krewe was a take off from the Pete Fountain Halfast Walking group in New Orleans. It is the only St. Paddy walking parade on the Gulf Coast. Anyone wearin’ Green can join in the parade. Golf carts and autos follow behind. The Grand Marshall is Victor Pickich and the Colleen is Celest Plaisance. The route will start at the Pass Christian Post Office by going south on Davis Avenue and will continue to Scenic drive where it will turn west and end in front of Bacchus restaurant where the street will be closed for an official block party. The parade will include the Bay Ratz drumline, the Boy Scouts, the Topless Riders Convertible Club, decorated golf carts, along with a few antique cars and fire trucks and many walkers including the Kaptian’s of the Krewe of Blarney. Everyone is invited to the parade and the block party after.’

Shenanigan’s on Fishbone Alley

Fishbone Alley, Downtown Gulfport, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

‘Get ready for a wee bit of Irish fun at “Shenanigan’s On Fishbone Alley” where ye might see a lucky leprechaun & parading thru the streets! Come dance a jig to lively Irish tunes; enter the Irish Costume contests; check out the “Irish Ducks on a Pond” for valuable treats and prizes and look high and low in the “Shenanigan’s Luck of the Irish Scavenger Hunt!” and so much more! Only the true “Irish at heart” will be able to find the hidden “Pot of Gold!” Learn all about Irish Whiskey at the 27th Ave Bistro Whiskey Tasting & Tapas. Shenanigan’s on Fishbone Alley T-shirts for sale! Don’t miss this delightful St Patty’s rollicking good time brought to you by Quota International of the MS Gulf Coast! Proceeds from the event will benefit the speech & hearing impaired and disadvantaged women & children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!’

Ocean Springs St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

Downtown Ocean Springs, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

‘The festivities will begin at 10am with local shops and galleries offering green specials, live music and more. Restaurants and bars will soon join in turning St. Patrick’s holiday into a “lucky” bash serving something green or Irish inspired with festive music and lucky charms. The fun continues at 5pm with more drink specials and live music at participating locations.’

Saturday, March 23

Barbecue Under The Oaks

Gulfport Centennial Plaza, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

‘The event, now in its 31st year, features the friendly competitive spirit of about 30 cooking teams of “Ribmeisters” as they try to out-do each other to create the most succulent, smoky, fall-off-the-bone barbecue to thrill the crowds, along with a wide array of traditional down home “fixins” and even gourmet accouterments.   Ribmeister teams prepare for the event long in advance, and many of them fire up their grills and smokers in the dark of night to slow smoke their ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other offerings long before the crowds arrive.’

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

Spring Arts Festival: Herb, Garden & Art

Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Ocean Springs

‘More than 150 artists, crafters and plant vendors will set up booths in downtown Ocean Springs. Artist demonstrations and educational sessions will be a part of the event. Visit www.oceanspringschamber.com/springartsfestival for schedules beginning in February.’

Arts Alive!

Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Town Bay St. Louis

‘The Annual Arts Alive! Festival takes place on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Presented by The Arts, Hancock County, this year’s festival will be filled with live demonstrations, artist showcases, hand-activities and more.’

Wild West Fundraiser: Ales & Rails From Around The World

Sat. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Hollywood Warehouse 3420 Giles Rd., Gulfport

‘All Aboard as the MS Coast Model Railroad Museum hosts our 3rd Annual Wild West “Ales & Rails” Fundraiser on March 23, 2019, from 7PM-11PM at The Hollywood Warehouse! This year’s theme is “Ales & Rails from Around the World” and costumes are highly encouraged! We will have over 20 breweries from the Gulf Coast and beyond, Liquor from Cathead Vodka, and Wine from Fort Bayou Wine & Liquor. The Tall Boys will be headlining and DJ Aztek will be mixing up some fresh tunes for our Line Dancing Performances. We will also have a Mechanical Bull Ride for all the Cowboys and Girls! This is definitely one of the most talked about events on the MS Gulf Coast!’

Saturday, March 30

Biloxi Chamber Craft Beer Fest

MGM Park, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

‘Biloxi Chamber’s 3rd annual Craft Beer Fest is an opportunity to sample many local craft beers plus more. The event will be held at MGM Park and attendees will sure leave with a new favorite in the Craft Beer offerings.’

Jazz & Blues Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., USM Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach

The 2019 Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival will be held on the front lawn of the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. The festival features jazz and blues musicians, local artists and craftsmen, food vendors, and activities for the entire family.

Saturday, April 6

Celebrate The Gulf Marine Education Festival

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., War Memorial Park, Pass Christian

‘Visit more than 25 exhibits related to the wise use, preservation or conservation of our valuable aquatic and coastal resources. Children and adults alike will get to experience everything from crawling through the ever-popular “Turtle Hurdle” to visiting the Fossil Dig activity where kids can look for a fossilized shark tooth to take home as a free souvenir, as well as displays of marine mammal and sea turtle artifacts, sponsored by the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. Participants will also participate in many hands-on activities involving native plants, birds and marine life.’

C & R’s Crawfish Cookoff

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., C & R’s Bar, Waveland

‘Bring your best crawfish recipe. Teams Needed- Sign Up Early $150 entry fee (includes crawfish). First prize is $500 and there will be a limit of 20 teams.’

Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7

Art In The Pass

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., War Memorial Park, Pass Christian

‘Fine arts, crafts, music, food and more, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Showcasing a variety of media–including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pottery–this annual, vetted fine arts and crafts festival features 100 artists from 15 states and attracts 10,000 visitors from Pensacola to Baton Rouge.’

Saturday, April 13

Free Flowin’ On The Riverfront

12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lighthouse Park, Pascagoula

‘Free Flowin’ on the Riverfront is a music festival to celebrate the beauty of the Pascagoula River – the last and largest FREE FLOWING RIVER in the U.S. Enjoy a day of free music, local artists, and great food to showcase the unique assets of the Pascagoula River. The event will be held at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula, right along the banks of the Pascagoula River, just South of the Hwy. 90 overpass bridge.’

Wednesday, April 24 thru Sunday, April 28

Crawfish Music Festival

Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi

‘For more than two decades, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum has hosted the Crawfish Music Festival to provide quality entertainment and family fun to the Southeast. The Crawfish Music Festival parties on the front grounds of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum with the beautiful Mississippi Sound in the background. The cool breeze from the Gulf of Mexico welcomes attendees each April. Each night of the Festival promises fun, excitement, and a little something new! Whether it’s the headline entertainment, hot boiled crawfish, or exciting mid-way rides, you won’t want to miss this event! The 2019 line-up is shaping up to be another amazing year of musical entertainment.’

Saturday, April 27

Gulf Coast Dragon Boat Festival

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 13247 – C Seaway Rd. Gulfport

‘The Dragon Boat festival is a fun and exciting fundraising and team building event, where companies, organizations and individuals can participate in a unique style of boat racing. Dragon Boats are 46-foot rowing boats that hold a team of 20 rowers and one drummer. Apart from participating in the race, there are plenty of ways in which you can support the 2019 Gulf Coast Dragon Boat Festival! Every dollar raised goes directly to improving education, health and financial stability in South Mississippi. Whether your participating, sponsoring or just spectating, join us April 27 for the Gulf Coast’s hottest event on water!’

Saturday, May 4

Southern Summer Arts & Craft Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Harrison County Fairgrounds

‘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.’

Thursday, May 9

Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., L&N Depot, Ocean Springs

‘Enjoy an evening to sip and savor some of the best food and drink. There will be cooking demonstrations, live music, and more. Tickets go on sale April 1.’

Friday, May 10 thru Sunday, May 12

Buoy Fest

Recurring Daily, Buoy’s Bar, Bay St. Louis

‘Sit with your toes in the sand while sipping on your favorite boat drinks as Buoy’s Bay Front bar is converted to an island paradise. Arrive early to claim your spot; beach chairs and beach blankets are encouraged.’

Saturday, May 11

Tern Fest

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jones Park, Barksdale Pavilion, Gulfport

‘Audubon Mississippi is excited to announce that we will be hosting The second annual Least Tern Arrival Festival (Tern Fest), hosted by Audubon Mississippi, features educational booths, children’s crafts and games, and food vendors. Attendees will learn about the ecology, threats, and conservation of Least Terns as they visit booths and vendors.

Audubon Mississippi hopes that Tern Fest will not only welcome in Mississippi’s charismatic, summer residents – the Least Terns, but also residents and tourists alike! This festival is a celebration of our heritage: the unique culture, economy, ecology that makes up the coastal Mississippi spirit. Mississippi hosts one of the largest nesting concentrations of Least Terns in the world. Certainly, nowhere else will you have the same opportunity to see so many birds nest on the beach in a single area! We hope to see you there! Rain or shine.’

Friday, May 17 thru Saturday, May 18

Pirate Day in The Bay

Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Downtown Bay St. Louis

‘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).’

Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show

Recurring Daily, 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! To register as a vendor or to register your boat, visit the website or email OUTREACH@MARITIMEMUSEUM.ORG. Deadline for registration is May 6th.’

Saturday, May 25 thru Sunday, May 26

St. Clare Seafood Festival

Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday Noon-10pm, St. Clare Catholic Church, Waveland

‘Featuring fantastic food of all kinds and of course seafood, carnival rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle and a classic car show. Proceeds benefit St. Clare Catholic Church.’

Sunday, May 26

Jazz in The Pass

12 p.m. to 6 p.m., War Memorial Park, Pass Christian

‘Come to Pass Christian’s Memorial Park 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.’