has special events all year long. Chances are whatever time of year you visit, you’ll find plenty going on in this exciting region. With such a rich, historical background and so many different cultures, many of the special events are unique to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region. Below is a list of just some of the larger events in the area - by month:
The Annual Professional Cowboys Championship Finals - four days of bull riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and bareback riding.
February is the height of Mardi Gras Season. Mardi Gras has been celebrated on Mississippi's Gulf Coast for centuries, so you can expect a number of festivities during the month - parades, carnival balls and lots and lots of fun.
St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities
The Discovery by D’Iberville and the Legacy of Fort Maurepas. Biloxi celebrates the landing of D’Iberville with an annual three-day weekend of family oriented entertainment and history.
The Annual Great Biloxi Schooner Races and the Blessing of the Fleet. This is a yearly event to mark the onset of shrimping season. Included in the celebration is a street festival, the coronation of the Shrimp Queen & King, and a parade of festively decorated boats receiving a blessing for a safe and bountiful season.
The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair & Music Festival. A spectacular eleven days of fun-filled games, specialty acts, rides, music, novelty vendors and delicious food.
The Mississippi Deep-Sea Fishing Rodeo held on the Fourth of July. This is the largest event of its kind in the world. Gulfport’s harbor is turned into a carnival with rides, concessions, arts & crafts fair, and a spectacular fireworks display.
4th of July Fireworks Display on Deer Island – can be viewed from along the beach at Biloxi.
The All-Female Knost Regatta at the Pass Christian Yacht Club.
The Biloxi Seafood Festival
Sand Sculpture Contest on Biloxi Beach.
The George Ohr Fall Festival of Arts.
Cruisin’ the Coast – Go back in time to the 50s and 60s with classic cars, big-name entertainment, “Show-n-Shine” cruise-ins and more fun.
Peter Anderson Festival – named in honor of the late Master Potter. Features arts & crafts by some of the South’s finest artists, music and entertainment, traditional and ethnic food.
Biloxi’s Annual Christmas on the Water Boat Parade.
A special note about Christmas in Biloxi. It encompasses traditions of the French, Cajuns, Vietnamese and Old South. Southerners love to decorate their homes for the holidays, and lawns are set aglow with thousands of lights, ornaments, themes and reindeer. Homes all along Highway 90 and the beach are decorated, many of them the grand antebellum homes.