2019 Gulf Coast Weekend Summer Festival & Event 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.


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.’

Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2

Blessing of the Fleet & Fais Do-Do

Saturday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Point Cadet Plaza Pavilion, Biloxi

Saturday: 90th Annual Fais Do-Do – Point Cadet Pavilion from noon to 10pm features craft vendors, local artisans, and great seafood. Live entertainment. The Blessing Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, located on Highway 90 – 4pm. Sunday: The celebration continues with the ceremonial wreath dropping at 2pm. Boats will line up in the west end of the Biloxi Channel near the Beau Rivage Casino and then parade east in the Biloxi Channel. All shrimp and recreational boats are invited to receive a blessing for a safe and bountiful season. Cash prizes will be awarded; $1,000 will be given to the 1st place best decorated boat, $500 will be given to 2nd best decorated boat, and a $500 participation award will be given to a selected working boat.

Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 16

South Mississippi Summer Fair

Gates open Monday-Friday 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm

‘The South Mississippi Summer Fair is a family-friendly, jam-packed affordable annual event that offers rides, live music, shows, contests, and entertainment. Named a multi-year Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Summer Fair runs June 6-16, 2019 on the grounds of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. This year’s entertainment includes more rides than ever before, plus Close Encounter of the Exotic Kind, The 3 Ring Super Circus and back by popular demand, Extreme Illusions & Escapes with Josh Knotts and Lea featuring all new jaw dropping illusions and mind boggling escapes. And let’s not forget our favorite Show-Me-Safari Swine racing and petting zoo, the family fun tent, live local music, and much more! Gate admission is FREE every day for children 11 and under! The South Mississippi Summer Fair is a family-friendly, jam-packed affordable annual event that offers rides, live music, shows, contests, and entertainment. Named a multi-year Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Summer Fair runs June 6-16, 2019 on the grounds of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.’

Wednesday, June 8

Chandy Fest & Bed Race

1 p.m., Chandeleur Brewing Company

Chandy Fest: live music by Cut Bait, Midnight Revel, and Blackwater Brass. Food, vending, specialty Beers, family friendly, kid zone. Bed Race: Check in no later than Noon, 4 runners and 1 rider per bed, Must be able to stop safely, Prizes for 1st place and best dressed, $100 registration fee, Space is limited to 14 teams, First Come, First Served!’

Red, White & Blueberry Festival

10 a.m to 2 p.m., L&N Depot Plaza, Ocean Springs

‘Blueberry season is in high gear and the town of Ocean Springs sets out to stain the streets of Downtown Ocean Springs and the teeth of festival goer’s alike, during the town’s Red, White and Blueberry Festival. Event offers an assortment of antiques, crafts, fresh produce, plenty of blueberry products, open houses for downtown businesses and much more! Enjoy free vanilla ice-cream topped with blueberries or strawberries provided by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau, sample some great blueberry dishes, share blueberry recipes, purchase blueberry bushes, cooking demonstrations and more.’

Saturday, June 15

Moss Point River Jamboree

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

‘Enjoy a day on the river with a kids zone featuring bounce house, waterslides, obstacle course, train rides and face painting. Vendors on site. Live music with Unfazed!’

Thursday, July 4 – Saturday, July 6

Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival

Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Our Lady of the Gulf Church grounds, Bay St. Louis

‘Local food, live music, 100 Arts & Crafts booths, rides, raffles, Crab Races, and much more. Food items include boiled crab and shrimp, shrimp and catfish po-boys, gumbo, crab stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers, dogs, and so much more.’

Saturday, July 13

Friday Fest

4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Old Town Bay St. Louis

‘Celebrate the birthday of the acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo during Second Saturday. There will be a Frida-look-alike contest, a Mariachi photo booth, face painting, tapas, pinatas and more!’

Saturday, August 17

Alice Moseley Fun Festival

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum

‘Enjoy food, arts & crafts, live music, and a kids play area.’

Saturday, August 31

Ocean Springs Artwalk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Ocean Springs

‘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.’

Saturday, September 14 – Sunday, September 15

Biloxi Seafood Festival

Saturday 10 am-9 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm

’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. Sunday will feature the Sun Herald Gumbo Championship, where for a separate fee attendees can taste professional and amateur gumbo from teams competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Best of Show Awards.’

Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22

Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival

Recurring daily at 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.’

Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22

Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday 9:30 am–5 pm; Sunday 10 am–4 pm, 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.’