calendar

of events

 

*For events marked TBD, please call or check website to confirm dates.

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The calendar of events on this website is a sampling of the events across our great state. For a full list of events  from around the state, Go to VisitMississippi.org or download our app. Search mississippi tour guide in the app store or google play.

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January 7  |  Jackson

Mississippi Blues Marathon

You've never had more fun with the blues! For professionals and first-time racers, this event offers a marathon, half-marathon, relay and kids' one-mile marathon.

601.624.7882msbluesmarathon.com

 

January 26 - 28  |  Clarksdale

Clarksdale Film Festival

Southern and blues music films with special guests and live blues music.

662.624.5992  •  jukejointfestival.com

 

January 28  |  Biloxi

7th Annual Top of the Hops  Beer Festival

Receive a commemorative sampling mug and access to two-ounce samplings of more than 150 world-class craft beers in multiple beer gardens.

228.594.3700 •  topofthehopsbeerfest.com

 

 

 

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February TBD  |  Jackson

Dixie National Livestock show & Rodeo

This three-week event features horse shows, the largest livestock show east of the Mississippi River, the second largest PRCA Rodeo, a junior livestock show, a Western festival, trade shows and more.

601.961.4000 •  mdac.ms.gov

 

February 15 - 19  |  Oxford

Oxford Film Fest

This annual four-day festival attracts quality films, both short and feature-length, and highlights the talent of young, local and national film makers.

877.560.3456 •  oxfordfilmfest.com

 

February 24  |  Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs Night Parade

As part of Mardi Gras season, Ocean Springs hosts a night parade with floats, music and more.

228.355.0146  • oceanspringschamber.com

 

February 25  |  D'Iberville

11th Annual D'Iberville BBQ  Throwdown & Festival

Annual barbecue cook-off with teams competing for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. Live entertain- ment, arts & crafts, children's activities and games.

228.257.9734 diberville.ms.us

 

February 25  |  Meridian

Meridian Mardi Gras

Bringing New Orleans to Meridian, this family- friendly event features king cakes, gumbo, parades and a sanctioned barbecue cook-off.

601.485.1944meridianms.org

 

 

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March TBD  |  Jackson

Hal's St. Paddy's Parade & Festival

A fun-loving, Irish-inspired celebration including parties, runs, concerts, children's activities and a major parade.

601.984.1972  •  halsstpaddysparade.com

 

March TBD  |  Starkville

International Fiesta

Celebrate the various cultures represented in Starkville's diverse community. Taste the food, join the dancing and be a part of this world party.

662.325.0787

 

March 1  |  Moss Point

9th Annual Taste of Jackson County Gala

Taste what Jackson County has to offer; local restaurants, venues and live music.

228.762.3391  •  jcchamber.com

 

March 4  |  Long Beach

5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day  Festival & Parade

This annual celebration features bagpipes, Irish dancers, Irish music, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, games and activities for the children.

228.697.3868

 

March 4  |  Vicksburg

Run Thru History

Celebrating its 38th year, the 10K road race is held every year, rain or shine, on the first Saturday in March. Also features a one-mile fun run and a 5K walk.

601.638.1071 runthruhistory.org

 

March 11  |  Waveland

8th Annual Souper Mud Fest in  Old Town

Old Town merchants hold an open house, sell bowls created by local potters, then fill them with soup at participating merchants as you shop.

228.463.9222

 

March 17 - 18  |  Wiggins

Pine Hill Festival

Blaylock Park fills with more than 100 vendors, including artisans, specialty foods and entertainment.

601.928.5418  • stonecounty.com

 

March 24 - 25  |  Ocean Springs

Spring Arts Festival Herb,

Garden & Art

More than 100 arts, crafts and food vendors will set up downtown. Cooking demonstrations, entertaining lectures and more.

228.875.4424  •  oceanspringschamber.com

 

March 24 - 25  |  Jackson

Zippity Doo Dah Parade & Festival

Festival featuring famous author and boss Queen Jill Conner Browne, her court of comely Queens and Wannabee chapters from the entire world. Proceeds go to the Batson Children’s Hospital.

601.981.9606 •  zddparade.com

 

March 25  |  Greenwood

Viking Half Marathon

Located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, this half marathon and 5K promises Southern charm, fast times and an unbelievable race experience.

662.453.4152  •  vikinghalfmarathon.com

 

March 29 - 31  |  Oxford

Oxford Conference for  the Book

In its 24th year, this conference brings together writers, artists, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, students and literacy advocates for three days of conversation in this literary town.

662.915.3374  •  oxfordconferenceforthebook.com

 

 

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April 1  |  Hattiesburg

33rd Annual HUBFEST

This event takes over downtown with live music on multiple stages, arts & crafts booths and more.

601.296.7500  •  hubfestms.com

 

April 1  |  Ridgeland

SantÉ South Wine Festival

An international showcase of the world's premier wines and Mississippi's culinary delights.

601.987.0020  •  santesouth.com

 

April 1  |  Meridian

Threefoot Arts Festival

A day-long juried arts show, featuring artists from across the Southeast, hands-on children's workshops, entertainment, food and more.

601.693.2787 •  meridianarts.org

 

April 1 - 2  |  Pass Christian

20th Annual Art in the Pass

This juried arts festival features more than 100 artists offering unique pieces in a variety of mediums.

228.452.5969  •  artinthepass.com

 

April 1 - 2  |  Ridgeland

Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

A juried fine arts festival showcasing America's finest artists and exciting musical acts.

601.605.5252  •  ridgelandartsfest.com

 

April 6 - 9  |  Amory

39th Annual Amory Railroad Festival

Event celebrating Amory’s history with live entertainment, a car and truck show, 5K race and arts & crafts.

662.256.7194  •  amoryrailroadfestival.com

 

April 7 - 8  |  Vicksburg

RiverFest Music & Arts Festival

Annual festival featuring live music, handmade arts & crafts show, 5K race and children's activities.

riverfestms.com

 

April 7 - 9  |  Holly Springs

Annual Home & Heritage Festival & Spring Pilgrimage

Take a walking tour through history as characters from the past come to life in period dress. Enjoy tours of historical homes, churches and attractions.

662.252.4523  •  hollyspringspilgrimage.com

 

April 8  |  Pass Christian

5th Annual Pass Wine & Food Festival

Join the Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce and Oak Crest Mansion Inn for live music, local food and more.

228.604.0014

 

April 8  |  Starkville

Cotton District Arts Festival

Features a 5K run, pet parade, juried arts & crafts, live music, plant show and food from area restaurants.

662.324.3080  •  cdafestival.com

 

April 8  |  Cleveland

Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival

In its 48th year, this fine juried arts festival features fine art, photography, pottery, jewelry and more.

crosstiefestival.com

 

April 8 - 9  |  Petal

Petal Southern Miss Powwow

Annual traditional dance competition featuring social dancing, stickball demonstrations, storytelling, Southeast American Indian artifacts and more. Free.

601.583.3306 •  petalchamber.com

 

April 9 - 12  |  Biloxi

65th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage

This event features elegant homes, gardens and historic landmarks along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Pascagoula to Diamondhead.

springpilgrimage.com

 

April 13 - 23  |  Biloxi

25th Annual Mississippi Coast  Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival

Festival featuring great talent, rides, vendors,  delicious food and more.

228.594.3700  •  mscoastcoliseum.com

 

 

April 18 - 22  |  Southaven

Southaven Springfest

Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned cooking contest featuring five days of midway rides, music, food and great family fun.

662.890.7275  •  southaven.org

 

April 20 - 23  |  Clarksdale

Juke Joint Festival

Half blues festival, half small town festival and all about the Delta. The festival features 100 blues acts.

662.624.5992  •  jukejointfestival.com

 

April 21 - 22  |  Tunica

Tunica Rivergate Festival

The 25th annual Rivergate Festival features crawfish, barbecue, live music, children’s activities, arts & crafts and a bicycle race.

662.363.2865 •  tunicachamber.com

 

April 22  |  Waveland

10th Annual Crawfish Cook-off

Crawfish cook-off featuring up to 20 cooking teams. First prize is $500.

228.231.1018

 

April 28 - 29  |  Oxford

Double Decker Arts Festival

Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus Oxford imported from England in 1994, this festival now boasts more than 200 art and food vendors, with local and regional bands for entertainment.

662.232.2477  •  doubledeckerfestival.com

 

April 29  |  Long Beach

4th Annual Wind & Wave Festival

Kite festival with kayaking, windsurfing, craft and food booths, and live entertainment.

228.206.4041 •  longbeachcda.com

 

 

 

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May TBD  |  Batesville

Batesville SpringFest & Mississippi Cornhole Classic

Annual two-day music festival featuring a 5K race, cornhole tournament, carnival and children’s activities.

888.872.6652  •  batesvillemainstreet.com

 

May TBD  |  Corinth

Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K Race

Run through Corinth’s beautiful, shady residential streets. Almost $4,000 in overall prize money. Five place trophies in all age groups.

662.287.8300  •  corinthcoke.com

 

May TBD  |  Flowood

Flowood Family Festival & Arts Fair

The city of Flowood’s annual family-friendly festival featuring children's activities and live music. Free.

601.992.4440  •  cityofflowood.com

 

May 5 - 6  |  Meridian

Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

Celebrate the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, with two days of performances by astounding national musical acts.

601.485.1808  •  jimmierodgersmusicfestival.com

 

May 5 - 6  |  Greenwood

Que on the Yazoo

Celebrate downtown Greenwood's culinary heritage with a sanctioned barbecue competition, food vendors, activities and live music.

queontheyazoo.squarespace.com

 

May 6  |  Collins

28th Annual Okatoma Festival

Held downtown around the historic Courthouse, this event features a 5K run/walk and children's fun run, artisans, food vendors, quilt exhibit, children's fair and two stages of entertainment.

601.765.6012  •  covingtonchamber.com

 

May 6  |  Yazoo

Jerry Clower Festival

Historic Main Street fills with something for all ages, including arts & crafts, children’s activities, antique and classic car show, food, silent auction and music.

800.381.0662  •  visityazoo.org

 

May 6  |  Poplarville

Trash to Treasure

Downtown flea market and garage sale.

601.795.0578  •  poplarville.org

 

May 11  |  Ocean Springs

Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy an evening of some of the Gulf Coast’s best food and drink during this annual festival with cooking demonstrations, live music and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

228.875.4424  •  oceanspringschamber.com

 

May 12  |  Ridgeland

Pepsi Pops

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's concert of star- spangled favorites followed by a sky full of fireworks.

601.960.1565  •  msorchestra.com

 

May 12 - 14  |  Clarksdale

Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival

Live blues music played in front of The Rock and Blues Museum. Bring a chair and enjoy.

901.605.8662  •  blues2rock.com

 

May 13  |  Pascagoula

8th Annual Live Oak Arts Festival

A cultural celebration featuring live music, arts & crafts, local cuisine, kids activities and more.

228.219.1114

 

May 13  |  Olive Branch

Mayfest

Enjoy family-friendly events including a 5K run, kids’ zone, live music, food and arts & crafts.

662.893.0888  •  olivebrancholdtowne.org

 

May 13  |  Cleveland

Pour Mississippi Craft Beer &  Music Festival

This third annual festival features more than 30 breweries from around the South.

keepclevelandboring.com

 

May 17 - 20  |  Horn Lake

Magnolia Fest

Four fun-filled days with activities for all ages. Free admission, 5K run, music and midway.

662.342.3469  •  hornlakeevents.com

 

May 19 - 21  |  Tylertown

Bluegrass on the Creek

This annual event held at the Southwest Events Center draws an audience over an eight-state area.

601.876.5606

 

May 20  |  Ridgeland

Dragon Boat Regatta

Dragon Boat teams race head-to-head, while a free festival is held on shore.

601.605.2554  •  madisoncountychamber.com

 

May 20  |  Hernando

Hernando A'Fair

More than 200 arts & crafts and food vendors converge on the historic courthouse square. Features live music, children’s activities and a 5K race/walk.

662.280.8875  •  hernandooptimist.org

 

May 26 - 28  |  Waveland

7th Annual St. Clare Seafood Festival

Featuring fantastic food, rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle, 5K run and much more.

228.363.2769

 

 

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June TBD  |  Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg Craft  Beer Festival

Celebrates the craft beer industry, hosting breweries from all over the country.

601.270.2756  •  hattiesburgcraftbeerfest.com

 

June TBD  |  Kosciusko

Jammin’ on Jackson

Family-friendly event featuring live music on the historic court square in downtown Kosciusko. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy.

662.289.2981

 

June 2  |  Laurel

LRMA 24th Annual Blues Bash

Enjoy blues entertainment and barbecue  on the front lawn of the Lauren Rogers  Museum of Art.

601.649.6374  •  LRMA.org

 

June 2 - 3  |  Clarksdale

Delta Jubilee

Enjoy music, crafts, 5K run, fishing  rodeo, pet show, barbecue cook-off,  carnival rides and many other family-  oriented activities.

662.627.7337  •  clarksdale-ms.com

 

June 3  |  Olive Branch

Crawfish Music Fest

This festival features a crawfish eating  contest, gumbo cook-off, live music and  a kids’ zone.

901.238.8001  •  southbranchlionsclub.org

 

June 3  |  Ridgeland

Heatwave Classic Triathlon

A half-mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir,  a 27.4 mile bike ride along the Natchez Trace  Parkway and a 10K run along Ridgeland's  shaded multi-use trail.

601.853.2011  •  heatwavetri.racesonline.com

 

June 7  |  Greenville

Hotter Than Hades Half Marathon

It is the Hotter than Hades race for a reason, and you are running in the Mississippi Delta and experiencing the beauty of it as well.

662.347.2920  •  hotterthanhades.racesonline.com

 

June 7 - 10  |  Grenada

Thunder on Water

Annual safe boating festival held on Grenada Lake featuring a carnival, barbecue contests, food vendors, arts & crafts vendors and more.

662.226.2571  •  thunderonwater.net

 

June 8 - 18  |  Biloxi

31st Annual South Mississippi Summer Fair

A family-friendly, jam-packed event offering rides, live music, shows, contests and entertainment.

228.594.3700  •  mscoastcoliseum.com

 

June 10  |  Poplarville

Blueberry Jubilee

The Blueberry Jubilee is an arts & crafts fair.

601.795.0578  •  blueberryjubilee.org

 

June 12 - 17  |  Yazoo City

45th Annual Bentonia Blues Festival

Weeklong celebration of the unique and haunting style of blues music known worldwide and unique to Bentonia.

800.381.0662  •  visityazoo.org

 

June 21 - 24  |  Vicksburg

Miss Mississippi Pageant

This award-winning pageant includes a parade, auto- graph parties and preliminary and crowning competitions.

601.638.6746  •  missmississippipageant.com

 

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July TBD  |  Oxford

The Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference

Event brings together writers, teachers, students and other lovers of Faulkner’s work for five days of lectures and discussions charting the cultural elements in the writer’s imagination.

662.915.5811  •  outreach.olemiss.edu

 

July TBD  |  Jackson

Mississippi Black Rodeo

Enjoy a weekend of fun, including a parade downtown, with the Black Rodeo. Admission.

903.753.3165  •  realcowboyassociation.com

 

July 1  |  Columbus

Fireworks on the Water

Celebrate America’s birthday with an evening of live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors and an outstanding fireworks display at the Columbus Lock and Dam.

662.329.1191  •  visitcolumbusms.org

 

July 7 - 8  |  Grenada

Grassroots Blues Festival

A celebration of Mississippi’s rich cultural heritage of blues music and the artists who bring it to life, created to provide a stage for traditional and obscure blues artists.

662.565.2478

 

July 13 - 15  |  Corinth

Slugburger Festival

A weekend dedicated to the beloved Slugburger, including a carnival, live entertainment and the World Slugburger Eating Championship.

662.287.1550  •  mainstreetcorinth.com

 

July 15  |  Holly Springs

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Annual Festival & Birthday Celebration

Held in her hometown of Holly Springs, this festival celebrates the life and legacy of Ida B. Wells.

662.252.3232  •  idabwellsmuseum.org

 

July 21 - 28  |  Philadelphia

Neshoba County Fair

Known as “Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty®,” this 128-year-old weeklong fair is held each summer, and features harness racing, arts & crafts, political speeches, rides, music and live entertainment.

601.656.8480  •  neshobacountyfair.org

 

July 28 - 30  |  Natchez

Natchez Food & Wine Festival

Since 2000, this event has been a delicious to-do on summer calendars, drawing foodies from throughout the region to sample the culinary creations of some of the South's finest chefs, breweries and wineries.

601.442.4895  •  natchezfoodandwinefest.com

 

 

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August TBD  |  Kosciusko

Central Mississippi Fair

This annual fair is a week-long event filled with family fun, entertainment, carnival rides and exhibits.

662.289.2981

 

August TBD  |  Jackson

Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival

The biggest, baddest, boomin'est live show in the Southeast, with more than 30 legendary performances on five stages. Each year, the magnificent City with Soul Main Stage features some of the biggest names in music.

601.960.1891  •  jacksonfestival.com

 

August TBD  |  Byhalia

Sounds of Summer Music Festival

Live music, kids’ zone, various vehicle displays, interactive arts & crafts tent, sponsor tent, business and wellness booths.

662.838.8127  •  byhalia-ms.com

 

August 4 - 5  |  Water Valley

Water Valley Watermelon Festival

This 48th annual event includes a barbecue contest, fireworks, arts & crafts, food vendors, watermelon games, 3K walk/run, music, car show, trolley for downtown shopping, brewery tours and more.

662.473.1122

 

August 5  |  Greenwood

Bikes, Blues & Bayous

Mississippi’s largest cycling event features  more than 850 riders on the flat, fast alluvial  plains of the Mississippi Delta. The event  features several ride distances for cyclists of all  skill levels. Post-ride event includes  barbecue, cold beverages and live  blues entertainment.

662.392.4100  •  bikesbluesbayous.com

 

August 5  |  Greenwood

Ramcat Rhythm & Brews

The Delta's craft beer event, featuring a selection of craft beers, a homebrew competition and live music in downtown's most historic alley.

662.453.7625

 

August 11 - 13  |  Clarksdale

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

One of America's most distinctive music festivals, featuring some of the best entertainers who represent our blues and gospel heritage. Free.

662.627.5301  •  sunflowerfest.org

 

 

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September TBD  |  Diamondhead

33rd Annual Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

More than 100 arts & crafts and gift vendors and food stands under the trees at the Diamondhead Country Club.

 

September TBD  |  Jackson

CelticFest Mississippi

Immerse yourself in Celtic art, music and culture.  This event also features educational workshops, family and children's activities and plenty of food. Admission.

mdac.state.ms.us

 

September TBD  |  Southaven

Mid-South Fair

Ten fun-filled days of carnival rides, games, food, petting zoo and music.

901.274.8800  •  midsouthfair.com

 

September 1 - 2  |  Iuka

Iuka Heritage Festival

Celebrate this 29th annual festival on Labor Day weekend with fun, food, entertainment and hospitality.

662.423.8638  •  iukafestival.com

 

September 2  |  West Point

Prairie Arts Festival

Held Labor Day Saturday every year in downtown West Point, this family-friendly event has more than 300 vendors of the best handmade crafts and juried fine arts in the South. Free.

662.494.5121  •  westpointms.org

 

September 7 - 10  |  Columbus

Tennessee Williams Tribute

Tribute honors one of America’s most prolific playwrights and Columbus’ native son with plays, speakers, exhibits and Victorian home tours.

662.368.8591  •  tennesseewilliamstribute.org

 

September 8 - 10  |  Holly Springs

Annual Hummingbird Migration & Nature Celebration

Held at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, this award-winning festival features renowned speakers, guided nature walks, wagon rides and the opportunity to get up close with the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, one of the smallest birds on earth.

662.252.1155  •  strawberryplains.audubon.org

 

September 9  |  Pascagoula

25th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival

Blues festival featuring top blues entertainers.  Enjoy music and food.

 228.497.5493   •  msgulfcoastbluesfest.com

 

September 9 - 10  |  Biloxi

36th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival

A celebration of the seafood heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, featuring entertainment, activities for kids, arts & crafts vendors and seafood.

228.604.0014  •  biloxi.org

 

September 9  |  Belmont

Bear Creek Festival & Antique Car Show

Fun-filled day with arts & crafts, an antique car show and more. The festival is great fun for the entire family.

662.427.3381

 

September 16  |  Greenwood

37th Annual 300 Oaks Road Race

This event features a 10K run, 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run along a flat, fast course with scenic routes through the tree-lined neighborhoods of Greenwood.

662.453.4152  •  300oaks.com

 

September 16  |  Greenville

40th Annual Delta Blues & Heritage Festival

This festival is the oldest continuously operating blues festival in the country.

662.335.3523  •  deltabluesms.org

 

September 16  |  Clinton

Cruzin' Clinton

Classic and vintage car show sponsored by Main Street Clinton.

601.924.5472  •  clintonms.org

 

September 22 - 23  |  Greenville

Sam Chatmon Blues Festival

Bikers, vendors, barbecue and blues performances in the hometown of blues legend, Sam Chatmon.

662.827.2241

 

September 23 - 24  |  Gulfport

4th Annual Gulfport Anchor Fest

Event includes a wooden boat show, arts & crafts, maritime, history and industry displays, children's activities, live music, food and drink, and more.

228.868.3414  •  anchorfestgulfport.com

 

September 30  |  Quitman

27th Annual Forestry & Wildlife Festival

Fun-filled day with activities for all ages, including live entertainment, delicious food, arts & crafts, children's games, car and truck show, bass tournament and more.

601.776.5701  •  clarkecountychamber.com

 

 

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October TBD  |  Saucier

5th Annual Success Frog Fest

Arts & crafts, food, live entertainment, children's activities, a silent auction and more.  Free admission and parking.

228.832.8874

 

October TBD  |  Pascagoula

96th Annual Jackson County Fair

Thrill-rides, livestock shows, arts & crafts displays, food booths, exhibits, live music, "Old Settlers Day" and more.

228.769.6043  •  co.jackson.ms.us

 

October TBD  |  Jackson

Mississippi State Fair

One of the South's largest fairs, featuring amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and educational demonstrations. Admission.

601.961.4000

 

October TBD  |  Batesville

Showoff on the Square

Open car show held each October.

888.872.6652  •  batesvillemainstreet.com

 

October 1  |  Pascagoula

39th Annual Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival

Features arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, exhibit booths, antique car show and lots of children's activities. Artisans will be on hand to explain their crafts.

228.229.9908  •  zontapascagoula.info

 

October 2 - 8  |  Biloxi

21st Annual Cruisin' the Coast

Classic cars on display and cruisin' along Highway 90.

228.385.3847  •  cruisinthecoast.com

 

October 6 - 7  |  Carrollton

Carrollton Pilgrimage

Visit historic Carrollton and see history through architecture.

662.237.6910  •  visitcarrolltonms.com

 

October 6 - 7  |  Tishomingo

Trash & Treasures Along the Tenn-Tom

This massive yard sale spans more than 50 miles, and attracts thousands of buyers and sellers each year.

800.386.4373  •  tishomingofunhere.org

 

October 7 - 8  |  Gautier

27th Annual Gautier Mullet &  Music Fest

Hands-on heritage and education area, mullet toss contest, car show on Saturday and live entertainment.

228.215.0828

 

October 7 - 8  |  Hernando

Hernando Water Tower Festival

Outdoor event featuring arts & crafts, car show, one-mile fun run, 10K run, live entertainment and food vendors. Free.

662.429.9055  •  hernandoms.org

 

October 7  |  Columbia

Marion County Historical Society's Heritage Festival

More than 50 years old, this annual event embraces the cultural heritage of Mississippi and features arts & crafts, food, music and entertainment. Free.

601.731.3999

 

October 7 - 8  |  Collins

Peanut Festival

Mississippi Peanut Festival is a special time on the farm. Live entertainment, arts & crafts and food vendors. Fun for the whole family.

601.765.8609  •  mitchellfarms-ms.com

 

October 13 - 21  |  Laurel

97th Annual South Mississippi Fair

Enjoy great entertainment, delicious "fair" food, carnival rides, agricultural and livestock competitions.

601.649.9010  •  somissfair.com

 

October 13 - 14  |  Cleveland

Octoberfest

Two days of live music, arts & crafts, a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned barbecue competition and more.

octoberfestms.com

 

October 19 - 21  |  Greenville

6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

Proclaimed as the "Hot Tamale Capital of the  World,” this unique festival features multiple  tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous  chefs and more.

662.378.3121  •  mainstreetgreenville.com

 

October 20 - 22  |  Natchez

Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

The most colorful annual event in Natchez, featuring gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river, as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

800.647.6724  •  natchezballoonrace.com

 

October 21  |  Wiggins

Stone County BBQ & Blues

Barbecue competition and the blues surround Blaylock Park in October. Pit masters compete for cash prizes while guests enjoy blues music.

601.928.5418  •  stonecounty.com

 

October 25 - 27  |  Greenville

Native American Days

A celebration of Southeastern Native American culture and traditions held at Winterville Mounds Park and Museum in the late fall. Free.

662.334.4684

 

October 28  |  Greenville

Leland FrogFest

A celebration of the arts in honor of Jim Henson, who spent his boyhood in Leland, where he was inspired to create the Muppets®. The event features hands-on art activities, live music, a chili cook-off and a kids' fun run.

662.686.7383  •  lelandchamber.com

 

 

NOVEMBER                                                                                                   back to top

November TBD  |  Corinth

Grand Illumination

Each year 12,000 luminaries are lit in remembrance of the soldiers lost or injured during the Battle of Corinth. The luminaries can be seen at the Civil War Interpretive Center and throughout downtown.

662.287.8300  •  visitcorinth.com

 

November 1 - 4  |  Jackson

Mistletoe Marketplace

A three-day holiday shopping extravaganza featuring more than 100 merchants from across the nation.  Each day features special events designed to fuel the excitement of the approaching holiday season.

601.948.2357  •  mistletoemarketplace.com

 

November 3 - 4  |  Meridian

Soule' Live Steam Festival &  Meridian RailFest

Live steam engines, rail engines, the largest model rail- road set in the region and much more. Also features the Carousel Organ Association of America Fall Rally.

601.693.9905  •  soulelivesteam.com

 

November 4 - 5  |  Ocean Springs

39th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival

Largest fine arts festival in the state with more than 400 arts, crafts and food vendors set up in downtown Ocean Springs.

228.875.4424  •  peterandersonfestival.com

 

November 30  |  Kosciusko

Tree Lighting Ceremony

This event features lighting of the tree and Christmas carols on the Historic Court Square.

662.289.2981



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December TBD  |  Ridgeland

EuroFest Auto & Motorcycle Show

This free outdoor event features the great automobiles and motorcycles of Europe.

601.946.1950  •  euro-fest.net

 

December 3  |  Pearl

Jingle Bell Market

Located at Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves, Jingle Bell Market has more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, antique car show, live entertainment on stage all day, a large kids’ zone and pictures with Santa for kids and pets.

601.939.3338  •  pearlms.org

 

December 8  |  Wiggins

Festival of Lights

Kick off the holiday season at this spectacular event. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Perkinston Campus is transformed into a fantasyland of lights, music and holiday treats for the entire family.

601.928.5418  •  stonecounty.com

 

December 9  |  Gulfport

16th Annual Christmas on the Bayou

Lighted boat parade begins in Gulfport Lake, down Bayou Bernard to the conclusion at the mouth of the bayou at Big Lake.

228.896.4869  •  christmasonthebayou.org

 

 

 

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March 3 - April 2 & October 7, 8, 12, 14 | Winona

Hill Fire - Mississippi's Folk Life Play

A folk life play written locally and based on collected stories and historical events of Mississippi.

662.310.0199  •  hillfire.org

 

March 4 - April 4  |  Natchez

Natchez Spring Pilgrimage

Many antebellum mansions open their doors to visitors during this four-week pilgrimage every spring.

601.446.6631  •  natchezpilgrimage.com

 

March 30 - April 8  |  Columbus

77th Annual Spring Pilgrimage

Features concerts, events for the family, and antebellum mansion and garden tours. Group tours available.

662.329.1191  •  visitcolumbusms.org

 

March 31 - April 1  |  Oxford

Miss-I-Sippin'

Come taste craft beer and food from around the state while enjoying music from local bands.

662.236.6429  •  oxfordarts.com

 

March 31 - April 3, 5, 7  |  Columbus

Tales from the Crypt

This graveyard tour promises to be a memorable experience for lovers of history and drama. A history project for students from the Mississippi School of Math- ematics and Science, students recreate the lives of noted personalities interred at the historic Friendship Cemetery.

662.329.1191  •  visitcolumbusms.org

 

April 23, August 13 & October 8  |  Clarksdale

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest

Free live blues music played on the street in front of Cat Head. Bring a chair and enjoy.

662.624.5992  •  cathead.biz

 

May 11 & October 12  |  Canton

Canton Flea Market Arts &  Crafts Show

Famous flea market featuring artisans from across the US and their unique handcrafted items such as pottery, jewelry and arts & crafts.

601.859.1307  •  cantontourism.com

 

May 29 - June 17  |  Hattiesburg

FestivalSouth

Mississippi's only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival offering free and ticketed events.

601.582.5555  •  festivalsouth.org

 

June 29 - July 2  |  Grenada

Grenada Heritage & Music Festival

A celebration of the 181st anniversary of the combining of the Mississippi towns of Tullahoma and Pittsburg, which combined to create Grenada.

662.226.2060  •  visitgrenadams.com

 

June 29 - July 2  |  Canton

Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

Featuring more than 25 colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes, a fireworks extravaganza, entertainment, concessions and lots of fun.

601.859.1307  •  ballooncanton.com

 

June 30 - July 2  |  Bay St. Louis

33rd Annual Our Lady of the Gulf "Crab Festival"

Incomparable food, live music, arts & crafts booths, rides, raffles and crab races. Food includes boiled crab and shrimp, po-boys, gumbo, crab-stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers and more.

228.467.6509  •  olgchurch.net

 

September 22 - October 9  |  Natchez

Natchez Fall Pilgrimage

Many antebellum mansions open their doors to visitors during this two-week pilgrimage every fall.

601.446.6631  •  natchezpilgrimage.com

 

September 29 - October 1  |  Greenville

5th Annual Mighty Mississippi  Music Festival

Voted #1 New Festival in America by American Blues Scene Magazine in 2015. The Annual Highway 61 Blues Festival is now part of this festival.

662.334.2711  •  mightymississippimusicfestival.com

 

November 24 - December 23  |  Canton

Victorian Christmas Festival

Canton, the “City of Lights,” comes alive each holiday season with attractions and events for all ages. From the Victorian Festival to old-fashioned carousel rides, there is something for everyone.

601.859.1307  •  canton-mississippi.com

 

November 24 - December 31  |  Natchez

Christmas in Natchez

In Natchez, the holidays begin the Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual lighting of the tree and continue with New Year's celebrations, including tours of beautifully lit and decorated historic homes, concerts, candlelight carriage rides, fireworks and more.

800.647.6724  •  christmasinnatchez.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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