Downtown Biloxi will once again don it’s holiday finery and roll out the red carpet for the most beloved family event of the year, Christmas In The City. Biloxi Main Street is your host for this wonderful holiday treat which takes place on Saturday, December 6from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. The Biloxi Downtown Arts District is the place to be for a Christmas experience like no other. You and your loved ones will enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping, round the clock entertainment, and traditional holiday food and drink. Executive Director of Biloxi Main Street, Kay Carter, said that the Arts District is the perfect location. “The event compliments the businesses on Rue Magnolia and Water Street so beautifully and the decorations are so special. Over the years we tried various locations throughout downtown but nothing fits as well as the Arts District,” she said. The Rue Magnolia is transformed into a charming Christmas village that will make you feel like a kid again.
The celebration begins in the evening on Friday, December 5, with the Children’s Parade and the lighting of the Town Green at 6:00 p.m. The best viewing of the parade is on Lameuse Street. There is nothing that sets the tone of the holiday spirit quite like the Biloxi Town Green when it is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. It takes several weeks to set up the decorations and hang the lights but the result is truly magical. During the entire month of December, guests can stroll through the holiday wonderland and enjoy it’s sparkle and rainbow of colors. At the conclusion of Christmas In The City on Saturday evening, December 6, Christmas on the Water Boat Parade begins at nightfall. This event is unique to the Coast and there is nothing as extraordinary as sitting along the shoreline to watch these beauties gently roll by. The boat owners spare no expense to decorate each craft. Imaginations run wild as they find wonderful ways to deck the halls on their beloved boats. Downtown Biloxi is a showplace of Christmas pageantry throughout December and must not be missed. (more…)
As the holiday season gets into full swing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we would like to let all of our readers know about some exciting events taking place. Travel with us from historic Ocean Springs all the way to Bay St. Louis and Waveland as we take a holiday tour of each beautiful city along the way.
Our first stop will be in Ocean Springs for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa. There will be choirs singing holiday music, a parade, tree lighting and a charity toy drive for all to enjoy. Meet at Marshall Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 4th and bring the family to watch a shiny red fire truck deliver Santa to visit the kids. Sponsored by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, admission is free and you can get more information by calling the chamber at 228-875-4236 or 228-875-4424. (more…)
With the holidays fast approaching, it is certain that the needs of those in our communities are many. There are ways that you can help and have a great time doing it. (more…)
American Girl is coming to the Coast! What a rare opportunity for girls in South Mississippi. American Girl dolls are the unique creations that allow young ladies to choose a forever friend that’s just like them! From hair color and length to skin tone and eye color, the choices are endless for those who want a customized version of an American Girl to call their own. You can even get a doll that has freckles or a “Bittie Baby” so your doll can have a sibling or two! (more…)
Coming up in just a few short weeks, Beauvoir on the beach in Biloxi, will be alive with excitement, pageantry, and fun. This time of year, civil war reenactments take center stage on the historical property, with all the pomp and circumstance of the real thing. It all begins the evening of Friday, October 17, at 8:00 p.m with a special Artillery salute. But this year, the day will include a School Day attraction as well. 850 students will be in attendance and quite possibly many more. Kids will have the opportunity to see what it was really like to live as a soldier during this volatile time in our nation’s history. (more…)
Adrenaline Tattoo has done it again! By bringing some of the world’s most renowned talent to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Aaron Antonucci and the other fine folks at Adrenaline Tattoo are poised to make this year’s festival one to remember. You will meet tattoo aficionados like Robert LaSardo of CSI: Miami and featured artists Clint Cummings and Ally Lee of Ink Masters as well as Bob Elmore, TJ Hall, Ink Father and Earl Noble. This is the only place on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that you will find over 70 tattoo artists gathered to bring the ink to life just for you. (more…)
As the seasons begins to change, you will find all kinds of wonderful things to see and do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Diamondhead will kick off this beautiful time of year with two fun filled events that the whole family will thoroughly enjoy.
The Diamondhead Hummer Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept 13th and promises to be a day filled with wonder and surprises. This is the 3rd year in a row that Bob and Rhonda Vaughan have hosted the event. The Hummer Fest takes place on their private property and they roll out the red carpet for their guests. “It is not uncommon to have hundreds of hummingbirds visit us during the season. For years we would travel to Louisiana to attend a hummingbird/butterfly festival in Folsom, then it occurred to me that we had more hummers coming and going right here at home, in our own backyard! So Bob and I decided to create our own hummingbird festival in South Mississippi,” Rhonda said. (more…)
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the 32nd Annual Chefs of the Coast Food and Wine Gala. This year’s grand tasting event will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Biloxi Civic Center.
Over the years, Chefs of the Coast Gala has become the premier food and wine event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, generating tremendous energy and enthusiasm while promoting the restaurant and hospitality industry. Proceeds from Chefs of the Coast benefit the community by providing scholarships, aiding local charities and providing education. (more…)
We searched high and low for the top 20 FREE things to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and came up with some interesting places and activities for all ages. When most locals want to do something free of charge they think of fishing, hiking, beach combing, hunting and camping. We thought we’d take it a step further and seek out those things that you may have not considered.
Here is a list (in no particular order) of the Go To Places Monthly top 20 picks for the summer of 2014:
Take a trip with a family of captains that really know their stuff. Captains Benny, Lynn and Garrett McCoy will be your tour guides through the pristine waters of one of the United States most natural river and marsh systems accessible to humans.
Located at 7001 Frank Griffin Road, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is a goldmine of nature that is being preserved for all to enjoy. McCoy’s Tours are two hour trips offered year round by reservation. These captains do more than just navigate the waterways. They are certified Master Naturalists! The U.S. Coast Guard certified boats are have comfy, cushioned seats and a covered top for your comfort.
This year’s Katrina Memorial Regatta at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, on August 30th, promises to be a day of fun, family entertainment that everyone can be involved in. All coast residents and visitors are invited to join in the races with no fee required.
Fleet Captain, Joe Pocreva, says that the winners in each division will receive bragging rights for the year and a championship photo. You can enter your dinghy, laser, sunfish, Hobie waves and the like into races that will be judged throughout the day. The first race will begin around 10:30 a.m. and wrap up by 5 p.m. so all those in attendance can enjoy themselves at the yacht club. The dinner menu is not highly expensive and the food is very good.
Adventure awaits you this summer at the Scranton Nature Center and the Scranton Museum in Pascagoula. Under the direction of Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Kristi Ducote, the center is a unique place to relax, explore and inform yourself as you travel through the little-known worlds occupied by fascinating creatures and beautiful ecosystems unique to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Mallory Henderson, Museum Coordinator and Tour Guide, and the dedicated staff and volunteers of the Scranton Nature Center help bring to life the beautiful and often misunderstood wildlife indigenous to our special part of the state. With life-like exhibits covering the large rooms in the Nature Centers building you will be able to see and touch both flora and fauna as your informative guide directs you to each wondrous site. (more…)
There is a world of outstanding summer camp experiences on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this season. Everything from exploring the oceans, studying sharks and learning how to catch prize fish to working side by side with a gourmet chef and preparing delectable meals to share with your family. Leave it to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, and the Marine Education Center, in beautiful downtown Ocean Springs, to develop an extraordinary array of stimulating and fun, “never ever boring,” activities to fill up the summer! Each one promises to provide big adventure and memories that will last a lifetime. (more…)
In last month’s edition of Go To Places, you heard about Mississippi’s journey toward more mental health and wellness for its citizens. Good news! June is the perfect time to get started on your own plan to stay happy and well! What better time than the beginning of summer to not only learn some new ways to reduce stress and help your family stay strong, but also have an evening of good-hearted fun. (more…)
There is just nothing sexier than a man putting a sharp-edged plane to a fresh piece of wood and carefully curling away layers just the way it has been done for hundreds of years. Here in Biloxi, wooden boat builders span generations and are revered as true craftsmen.
The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will be showcasing and lauding these artisans and their unique abilities from May 17th and 18th when the Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show is presented at the Schooner Pier Complex on Hwy 90 in Biloxi.
The Saturday opening will be at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. On Sunday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to see antique wooden boats as well as classic and contemporary water crafts. Parking is free and admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for students age 13 to 18. Kids 12 and under are free. (more…)