2023 Mississippi Festival Guide

All your festival listings for Jackson, Biloxi, Gulfport, Cleveland, Olive Branch, Tupelo, Hattiesburg and all of Mississippi.

Welcome to Mississippi’s most comprehensive festival guide where you can find all of the music festivals, food festivals, cultural festivals, art festivals, historical festivals, wine and beer festivals and more in such cities as Jackson, Biloxi, Gulfport, Cleveland, Olive Branch, Tupelo, Hattiesburg and everywhere in-between in Mississippi.

This guide does NOT include county/animal fairs, conventions/expos or events lacking the 3 essentials of a festival (food, vendors and entertainment). Feel free to contact me if you have a question about your event.

Also, please check dates and festival websites in links provided as time approaches, especially for any listings where there is an * (asterisk) next to the date. This means that the date is unconfirmed.

“My Review” means that it’s a link to my review of that festival.

If there is a festival you do not see but would like listed, please Contact Me and let me know about it, especially smaller festivals that don’t have the advertising.

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FEBRUARY

2/11 – Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off – Laurel

2/17 – Krewe de Roux Festival Parade and Block Party – Brandon
2/18 – Krewe de Roux Festival: Gumbo Cook-Off – Brandon
2/18 – Carnaval de Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cook-off – Vicksburg

2/25 – Wine and Whiskey Festival – Hattiesburg

MARCH

3/4 – Gulf Coast Beer and Bacon Festival – Gulfport
3/4 – Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival – Hattiesburg

3/11 – Grillin’ on the Green – Biloxi
3/11* – L-Town Music Festival – Laurel

3/17 – Ocean Springs St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Ocean Springs
3/18 – Unity Festival – Gulfport
3/18* – St. Thomas Irish Italian Festival – Hattiesburg
3/18 – North Mississippi Songwriters Festival – Corinth

3/25 – Gulf Coast Oyster Cook-Off and Festival – Biloxi
3/25 – Hubfest – Hattiesburg
3/25 – Art in the Park – Clinton
3/25 – Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade and Festival – Jackson
3/25-3/26 – Natchez Powwow – Natchez
3/25-3/26 – Spring Arts Festival – Ocean Springs

APRIL

4/1 – Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival – Pass Christian
4/1 – Calvary Baptist Church Spring Festival – Petal
4/1* – Anotherfest – Cleveland
4/1 – Township Jazz Festival – Ridgeland
4/1 – Whistle Stop Festival – Waynesboro
4/1 – World Catfish Festival – Belzoni
4/1 – Laurelpalooza – Laurel
4/1-4/2 – Picayune Spring Street Festival – Picayune
4/1-4/2 – Art in the Pass – Pass Christian

4/8 – Caterpillar Parade and Spring into Green Market – Clinton

4/13-4/15* – Catfish in the Alley – Columbus
4/13-4/16 – Amory Railroad Festival – Amory
4/14-4/15 – Vicksburg Arts and Music Festival – Vicksburg
4/14-4/15 – Mockingbird Songwriter’s Music Festival – Leland
4/15 – Arts Alive! – Bay St. Louis
4/15 – Community Bank’s Downtown Crawfest – Laurel
4/15 – Downtown Crawfish Jam Music Festival – Hattiesburg
4/15 – Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival – Cleveland
4/15* – Downtown Throwdown – Corinth
4/15 – Juke Joint Festival – Clarksdale

4/18-4/22* – Southaven Springfest – Southaven
4/19-4/23* – Brookhaven Spring Fest and Fair – Brookhaven
4/21 – King Cotton Crawfish Boil – Starkville
4/21-4/22 – Smokin’ on the Tracks – Summit
4/21-4/23 – Tunica Rivergate Festival – Tunica
4/21-4/23 – Crawfish Music Festival – Biloxi
4/21-4/23 – Gulf Coast Cannabis Festival – Biloxi
4/22 – Brewfest at Mississippi Ale House – Olive Branch
4/22* – Wings Over Wiggins – Wiggins
4/22* – Starkville Pride – Starkville
4/22* – County Line Music Festival – Baldwyn

4/28-4/29* – Pine Hill Festival – Wiggins
4/28-4/29 – Gulf Coast Dragon Boat Festival – Gulfport
4/28-4/29* – Hog Wild BBQ Cook Off and Family Festival – Brookhaven
4/28-4/29 – Double Decker Arts Festival – Oxford
4/28-4/29 – Byram Swinging Bridge Fesitval – Byram
4/29* – Que on the Yazoo – Greenwood
4/29* – Rockin’ Railroad Festival – Hazlehurst

MAY

5/5-5/6 – Market Street Festival – Columbus
5/5-5/6* – Liberty Heritage Days – Liberty
5/5-5/6* – Celebration of the Arts – Yazoo City
5/5-5/7 – Blue Suede Cruise – Tupelo
5/5-5/7* – Jackson Greek Fest – Jackson
5/5-5/7 – Ridgeland Art, Wine and Wheels – Ridgeland
5/6 – Rock-N-Roll Open Car, Jeep and Bike Show – Biloxi
5/6* – Free Flowin’ Fest – Pascagoula
5/6* – Laurel Day in the Park – Laurel
5/6 – Santé South Wine and Food Festival – Jackson
5/6* – Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest – Clarksdale
5/6* – Leland Crawfish Festival – Leland
5/6* – Okatoma Festival – Collins
5/6-5/7 – Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival I – Meridian

5/8-5/14 – Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival II – Meridian
5/10-5/14* – Magnolia Fest – Horn Lake
5/12-5/13* – Threefoot Festival – Meridian
5/12-5/13* – Mudbug Music Festival – Natchez
5/12-5/13 – Five Star City Fest – Senatobia
5/12-5/14 – Gumtree Art and Wine Festival – Tupelo
5/13* – Flowood Family Festival – Flowood
5/13 – Iron Horse Festival – McComb
5/13 – May Makers Market – Clinton
5/13 – Mississippi Makers Fest – Jackson
5/14 – Mothers’ Day Blues Festival – Hattiesburg

5/19-5/20 – Pirate Day in the Bay – Bay St. Louis
5/19-5/20* – Women in Blues Festival – Clarksdale
5/20* – VetFest – Hattiesburg
5/20 – A’Fair Arts and Crafts Festival – Hernando

5/26-5/27* – Red Hills Festival – Louisville
5/26-5/28* – St. Clare Seafood Festival – Waveland
5/26-5/28* – Goat Fest – Clarksdale
5/26-5/27* – Cathead Jam – Jackson
5/27* – Unity in the Community (Metcalfe Homecoming) – Metcalfe
5/28 – Jazz in the Pass – Pass Christian

JUNE

6/3 – Red, White and Blueberry Festival – Ocean Springs
6/3 – Walthall County Dairy Festival – Tylertown

6/7-6/11 – Tupelo Elvis Festival – Tupelo
6/8-6/11 – Thunder on the Water – Grenada
6/8-6/11* – South Mississippi Summer Fair I – Biloxi
6/9* – LRMA Blues Bash – Laurel
6/10* – Poplarville Blueberry Jubilee – Poplarville
6/10* – Mississippi Pickle Fest – Jackson
6/10* – The Stella Day Community Event – Columbia

6/12-6/18* – South Mississippi Summer Fair II – Biloxi
6/15-6/17 – Bentonia Blues Festival – Bentonia
6/16* – Sounds in Downtown Block Party – Picayune
6/16-6/17* – Rocking the Swinging Bridge Festival – Byram
6/16-6/18 – Columbus Juneteenth Festival – Columbus
6/16-6/18* – Birthplace of American Music Festival/BAM Fest – Clarkdale
6/16-6/18* – A Taste of Soul Culture Fest – Greenville
6/17* – Vicksburg Juneteenth Celebration – Vicksburg
6/17-6/19* – Hattiesburg Juneteenth Festival – Hattiesburg

6/24* – Sam Mosley Freedom Fest – New Albany
6/24* – Pride Day – Biloxi
6/24* – Lynch Street Cultural Arts Festival – Jackson
6/24* – Crystal Springs Tomato Festival – Crystal Springs

6/29-7/1* – Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Fest – Bay St. Louis
6/29-7/2* – Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest – Canton
6/30* – Fireworks on the Water – Columbus
6/30 – Star-Spangled Celebration – Hattiesburg
6/30* – Olive Branch Fireworks and Festival – Olive Branch
6/30* – Ridgeland Celebrate America Balloon Glow – Ridgeland
6/30-7/1* – Southside Townsend Blues Festival – Columbus
6/30-7/4* – Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo – Gulfport

JULY

7/1* – Diamondhead 4th of July Fireworks Celebration – Diamondhead
7/1* – Horn Lake Grand Fireworks Display and Festival – Horn Lake
7/1-7/2* – Natchez 4th of July Celebration – Natchez

7/4* – Belmont 4th of July – Belmont
7/4* – Eupora Freedom Festival – Eupora
7/6-7/8* – Crawford Cotton Boll Festival – Crawford
7/6-7/8 – Slugburger Festival – Corinth

7/13-7/15* – Choctaw Indian Fair – Philadelphia
7/14-7/15 – Mississippi Watermelon Festival – Mize
7/15* – Coastfest Car Show – Biloxi
7/15* – Delta Soule Picnic Festival – Greenville

7/22 – Brookstock – Brookhaven

7/29* – Eli-Pride of the Yazoo River Festival – Satartia

AUGUST

8/3-8/6* – Artesia Day Festival – Artesia
8/4-8/5* – Watermelon Carnival – Water Valley
8/4-8/5* – Overbrook Songwriters Festival – Brookhaven

8/11-8/12* – RISE Hattiesburg Hot Air Balloon Festival – Hattiesburg
8/11-8/13* – Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival – Clarksdale
8/12* – Bright Lights Belhaven Nights – Jackson
8/12 – Jackson Water Lantern Festival – Jackson

8/19* – Tri-State Blues Festival – Southaven
8/19* – Mississippi Book Festival – Jackson

8/25-8/26* – Red Brick Roads Music and Arts Festival – Clinton

SEPTEMBER

9/1-9/3* – Booker Fest – Bay St. Louis
9/1-9/3* – Change Tupelo Festival – Tupelo
9/2* – Iuka Heritage Festival – Iuka
9/2* – Prairie Arts Festival – West Point
9/2* – Ben Fest – Columbus
9/2* – Red’s Old Timers Blues Festival – Clarksdale
9/2 – Columbia Food and Music Festival – Columbia

9/7-9/10* – Brookhaven Fall Fair – Brookhaven
9/9* – Downtown Brews and Bites – Hattiesburg
9/9 – Grenada Downtown Jubilee – Grenada
9/9* – Pork Rock Fest! – Laurel
9/9* – Bodock Festival – Pontotoc
9/9* – Blues and Heritage Festival – Pascagoula
9/9 – Cruisin’ the Pearl Car Show and Family Fun Day – Columbia
9/9-9/10 – Biloxi Seafood Festival – Biloxi
9/9-9/10* – Hummingbird Migration and Nature Festival – Holly Springs

9/14-9/17 – Mississippi Songwriters Festival – Ocean Springs
9/16* – Festival Hispana – Pascagoula
9/16* – Leland Frog Fest – Leland
9/16* – Pelahatchie Muscadine Jubilee – Pelahatchie
9/16* – Delta Blues and Heritage Festival – Greenville
9/16* – Cruizin’ Clinton Car Show – Clinton

9/21-9/23 – Hummingbird and Nature Festival – Moss Point
9/21-9/24* – Mid-South Fair I – Southaven
9/22-9/23* – Mighty Roots Music Festival – Stovall
9/22-9/23 – Oxford Blues Fest – Oxford
9/22-9/23* – Fall Flywheel Festival – Houston
9/22-9/24* – Mississippi Pecan Festival – New Augusta
9/23* – Tallahatchie Riverfest – New Albany
9/23* – WellsFest – Jackson
9/23* – Wing Dang Doodle Festival – Forest
9/23* – Hernando Water Tower Festival – Hernando
9/23* – Sam Chatmon Blues Festival – Hollandale
9/23* – Cotton Gin Festival and Car Show – Noxapater
9/23* – Burnsville Waterway Festival – Burnsville

9/28-10/1* – Mid-South Fair II – Southaven
9/28-10/1* – Coming Home with Pride – Jackson
9/29-9/30* – 7th Avenue Heritage Festival – Columbus
9/30* – Osyka Fall Fest – Osyka
9/30* – Clarke Fest – Quitman
9/30* – Bad Apple Blues Fest – Clarksdale
9/30-10/1* – Mississippi Peanut Festival – Collins

OCTOBER

10/1* – Chulahoma Blues Festival – Holly Springs

10/5-10/7 – Cruisin’ the Coast – Various Cities/Gulf Coast
10/6-10/7* – Mobile Street Festival – Hattiesburg
10/6-10/7 – Fall into Tupelo Fall Fest – Tupelo
10/6-10/7 – Mules and Blues Festival – Marks
10/7* – Cleveland Oktoberfest! – Cleveland
10/7* – Day in the Country – Madison
10/7* – Nola Fall Festival – Indianola
10/7* – Loblolly Festival – Laurel
10/7* – Summit Fall Festival – Summit
10/7* – Tupelo Pride – Tupelo
10/7* – Zonta Arts and Crafts Festival – Pascagoula
10/7* – Okeelala Festival – Baldwyn
10/7* – Highway 61 Blues Festival – Leland
10/7* – Taste of Stone County – Wiggins
10/7* – Columbia Heritage Festival – Columbia
10/7* – Bukka White Blues Festival – Aberdeen
10/7* – BBQ on the Boulevard – Clinton
10/7-10/8* – Ole Brook Festival – Brookhaven

10/12-10/14 – Tennessee Williams Festival – Clarksdale
10/12-10/15* – Deep Blues Fest – Clarksdale
10/13-10/14 – CelticFest Mississippi – Brandon
10/13-10/15* – Mississippi Renaissance Festival – Gulfport
10/13-10/14* – Delta Hot Tamale Festival – Greenville
10/14 – Fall for Clinton Market and Pet Parade – Clinton
10/14 – Shrimp Tasting Festival – Biloxi
10/14* – Caledonia Day – Caledonia
10/14* – Hot Glass Fall Festival – Hattiesburg
10/14* – Landrum’s Homestead Village Fall Festival – Laurel
10/14* – Ham Jam Arts Festival – Philadelphia
10/14-10/15* – Beauvoir’s Fall Muster – Biloxi

10/17* – Taste of Flowood – Flowood
10/19* – Madison Scarecrow Festival – Madison
10/20-10/21 – Natchez Balloon Festival – Natchez
10/20-10/21* – Main Street Music Fest – Picayune
10/20-10/22* – Fertile Ground Beer Co. Oktoberfest – Jackson
10/21* – Gautier Mullet and Music Fest – Gautier
10/21* – Magee Crazy Day Fall Festival – Magee
10/21* – Bulldog Bash – Starkville
10/21* – Kosciusko Fall Festival – Kosciusko
10/21* – Otherfest – Merigold
10/21* – Gulf Coast Equality Fest – Biloxi
10/21* – Downtown BBQ Throwdown – Pascagoula
10/21* – Carthage Oktoberfest – Carthage

10/26* – Taste of Long Beach – Long Beach
10/26-10/29* – Hambone Festival – Clarksdale
10/27-10/28* – Halloween in Brookhaven – Brookhaven
10/27-10/28* – Cruz’n the Crossroads Cars and Truck Show – Clarksdale
10/27-10/28* – Green Street Music Festival – Grenada
10/28* – Great Delta Bear Affair – Rolling Fork
10/28* – Vicksburg PorchFest – Vicksburg
10/28* – Cotton District Arts Festival and Taste of Starkville – Starkville

NOVEMBER

11/3* – Heritage Farm Live – Wiggins
11/4 – Peter Anderson Festival – Ocean Springs
11/4* – Sweet Potato Festival – Vardaman
11/4* – Levee Beats and Eats – Rosedale
11/4* – Diamondhead Fall Festival and BBQ Competition – Diamondhead
11/4-11/5* – Picayune Fall Street Festival – Picayune

11/10-11/12 – Christmas City Gift Show – Biloxi
11/11 – Olde Towne Holiday Market – Clinton
11/11* – Gingham Tree Arts and Crafts Festival – Lucedale
11/11* – Hernando Dickens of a Christmas – Hernando
11/11-11/12* – Highlands and Islands Celtic Heritage and Music Festival – Gulfport
11/11-11/12* – 50 Nights of Lights I – Cleveland

11/13-11/19* – 50 Nights of Lights II – Cleveland
11/17-11/19* – Brandon Magic of Lights I – Brandon
11/18* – Stringer Alpaca Festival – Stringer
11/18* – Gumbo Fest – Gulfport
11/18-11/19* – Winter Wonderland I – Columbia

11/20-11/26* – 50 Nights of Lights III – Cleveland
11/20-11/26* – Brandon Magic of Lights II – Brandon
11/20-11/26* – Winter Wonderland II – Columbia
11/23-11/25* – Christmas in the Park I – Collins
11/23-11/26* – Southern Lights in Central Park I – Southaven
11/24-11/26* – Canton Christmas Festival I – Canton
11/24-11/26* – Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival I – Gulfport
11/25-11/26* – Christmas at the Village – Laurel
11/26* – Lighting of the Tree (Christmas in Natchez) – Natchez

11/27-12/3* – Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival II – Gulfport
11/27-12/3* – Brandon Magic of Lights III – Brandon
11/27-12/3* – Southern Lights in Central Park II – Southaven
11/27-12/3* – Winter Wonderland III – Columbia
11/27-12/3* – 50 Nights of Lights IV – Cleveland
11/30* – Christmas on the Town Green – Diamondhead
11/30-12/2* – Christmas in the Park II – Collins

DECEMBER

12/1* – Christmas in the Pass – Pass Christian
12/1* – Capital City Lights – Jackson
12/1-12/2* – Chimneyville Arts Festival – Ridgeland
12/1-12/3* – Canton Christmas Festival II – Canton
12/1-12/3* – Lights of the Wild I – Hattiesburg
12/2* – Christmas on Deer Creek – Leland
12/2* – Petal Celebration in the Park – Petal

12/4-12/10* – Canton Christmas Festival III – Canton
12/4-12/10* – Brandon Magic of Lights IV – Brandon
12/4-12/10* – Winter Wonderland IV – Columbia
12/4-12/10* – Southern Lights in Central Park III – Southaven
12/4-12/10* – 50 Nights of Lights V – Cleveland
12/4-12/10* – Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival III – Gulfport
12/7-12/9* – Christmas in the Park III – Collins
12/8-12/9* – Country Christmas Festival – Tylertown
12/8-12/10* – Lights of the Wild II – Hattiesburg
12/9* – HCAC Holiday Art Market – Hattiesburg

12/11-12/17* – Canton Christmas Festival IV – Canton
12/11-12/17* – Brandon Magic of Lights V – Brandon
12/11-12/17* – Winter Wonderland V – Columbia
12/11-12/17* – Southern Lights in Central Park IV – Southaven
12/11-12/17* – 50 Nights of Lights VI – Cleveland
12/11-12/17* – Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival IV – Gulfport
12/14-12/16* – Christmas in the Park IV – Collins
12/15-12/17* – Lights of the Wild III – Hattiesburg

12/18-12/23* – Canton Christmas Festival IV – Canton
12/18-12/23* – Lights of the Wild IV – Hattiesburg
12/18-12/24* – 50 Nights of Lights VII – Cleveland
12/18-12/24* – Winter Wonderland VI – Columbia
12/18-12/24* – Brandon Magic of Lights VI – Brandon
12/18-12/24* – Southern Lights in Central Park V – Southaven
12/18-12/24* (Closed 12/24) – Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival V – Gulfport
12/21-12/23* – Christmas in the Park V – Collins

12/25-12/31* – Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival VI – Gulfport
12/25-12/31* – 50 Nights of Lights VIII – Cleveland
12/25-12/31* – Brandon Magic of Lights VII – Brandon
12/25-12/31* – Winter Wonderland VII – Columbia
12/25-12/31* – Southern Lights in Central Park VI – Southaven
12/28-12/30* – Christmas in the Park VI – Collins
12/31* – Columbia New Year’s Celebration – Columbia
12/31* – Downtown Countdown – Laurel
12/31* – Tupelo’s New Year’s Eve Party – Tupelo
12/31* – Midnight on Front Street – Hattiesburg

JANUARY (2024)

1/1-1/7* – Brandon Magic of Lights VIII – Brandon

FEBRUARY

2/10* – Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off – Laurel

2/16* – Krewe de Roux Festival Parade and Block Party – Brandon
2/17* – Krewe de Roux Festival: Gumbo Cook-Off – Brandon
2/17* – Carnaval de Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cook-off – Vicksburg

2/24* – Wine and Whiskey Festival – Hattiesburg

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