There is always something to celebrate in Mississippi’s cities by the bay! Whether it’s an impromptu beach bash, an instant party when the dice roll your way, the monthly Art Walk, or a variety of seasonal festivities, the calendar is always full. Plan your trip accordingly, or just create your own celebration when you arrive!

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Every Thursday – IPA Fun Run

Enjoy your favorite beer after the race.  Buy your first beer, enjoy your second one free.  One free beer per participant.

Address: Mockingbird Caf’e, 110 S. Second St., Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: 5:45pm, registration: 6pm, run (times may change seasonally)
Website: www.mockingbirdcafe.com

Every Friday – Bay Bikers Social Bike Ride

Each Friday, weather permitting, area bicyclists meet in the evening and take a tour around town. It’s an adult social group and everyone is welcome. Most rides end with a stop at a local restaurant or bar.

Location: Daiquiri Shak, 112 Court St., Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: 7:30 pm-till

Every First Friday – First Fridays at Lazy Magnolia

Enjoy great local beer, food, and music. Lazy Magnolia’s brewery tour and tasting experience is even more fun on the first Friday of each month. Sip your samples while enjoying local live music. Try some beer pairings with locally produced treats available for purchase from our featured food vendor. Get a Collector’s Pint Glass, and you can be one of the first to sample a new brew not yet released for sale. Lazy Magnolia will donate $1 to a local charity for each guest who joins us for the First Friday tour and tasting experience. No RSVP necessary, just show up. Now that’s a great way to spend a Lazy afternoon!

Address: Lazy Magnolia Brewery, 7030 Roscoe Turner Rd., Kiln, MS
Admission: $15
Hours: 5pm – 8pm
Phone: 228-467-2727
Website: www.lazymagnolia.com

Every Second Friday – Board Games for Adults

A fun evening of board games for adults at the Mockingbird Cafe. Bring your own games or use theirs.

Address: Mockingbird Café, 110 South Second St., Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: 5pm-8:30pm
Phone: 228-467-8383

Every Saturday – Hancock County Farmers’ Market

You’ll find fresh produce, homemade breads, and much more. A spot at the market is free of charge.

Address: 3068 Longfellow Dr., Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: 8am
Phone: 228-860-6203

Every Second Saturday – Second Saturday Artwalk

Held in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis the second Saturday of every month, art, fun, music, food, and shopping are yours to enjoy in this pedestrian-friendly event sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association.

Address: Old Town Bay St. Louis
Admission: Free
Hours: 4pm-8pm
Phone: 228-463-2688

2/21/2019 – Art with Milo

Join creative storyteller and painter for a lesson in watercolors.  All experience levels welcome! The Bird will offer Happy Hour food & drink specials for anyone who joins. Limited seating available.

Location: Mockingbird Café 110 S. Second Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: $35
Hours: 6:30pm – 8pm

2/23/2019 – Krewe of Kids Mardi Gras Parade

It’s too cute for words, but this parade is also lovely on a deeper level – it starts out at Dunbar Village assisted living home with children handing beads to elders who are enlivened by all the excitement.

From Dunbar Village, they parade down Dunbar to Larroux Park at the corner of Dunbar and Julia Street, then back. The kids use bikes, wagons, sometimes canoes on hospital gurneys, or fake alligators mounted on shopping carts.

Location: Dunbar Village 725 Dunbar Ave. Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: Starts at 11pm

2/24/2019 – Mardi Gras Parade

Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade

Location: Begins on Drinkwater Road, Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Begins at Noon
Phone: 228-342-9232

2/24/2019 – 4th Sunday a 4:00

These 4th Sunday programs at Christ Episcopal Church bring some renown performers and fabulous fine artists to the Bay on a regular basis, and this month’s offering will be no exception!

All money in the “donation basket” is given to the performers, and all payments for art go directly to the artist.

Location: Christ Episcopal Church 912 S. Beach Blvd Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: 4pm – 6pm

2/25/2019 – Hancock Performing Arts Center

An Evening With George Winston

Proceeds benefit the Hancock County School District

Also, support the Hancock County Food Pantry by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert.

Mississippi Gulf Coast piano enthusiasts (and music lovers of all sorts) will want in on this golden opportunity to hear George Winston in concert, in person, in the flesh, live, in a Benefit Performance. In the Kiln. Wowsa! Talk about your don’t-miss opportunities!

Location: 7140 Stennis Airport Road, Kiln, MS
Admission: $25 general admission – $40 VIP
Hours: 7pm – 9pm
Website: Hancock Performing Arts Center
Phone: 228-255-6247 (Catherine Tibbs)

2/28/2019 – Open Mic Night at 100 Men Hall

Take a turn on the historic stage of the 100 Men Hall as an artist – or come as an audience member for a  night of music, words, and movement every fourth Thursday of the month at the Hall. Local musician, Scott MacDonald will MC the event.

Location: 303 Union Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Begins at 6pm
Admission: Free – Cash bar
Phone: Rachel at 415-336-9543
Email: rachel@dangermond.org

3/2/2019 – Krewe of Diamondhead Parade

Catch the Carnival spirit north of I-10 with the colorful Krewe of Diamondhead! The route will be from Diamondhead Circle down Gex Drive, left onto Aloha then on to Kalani. The parade will turn right onto Diamondhead Drive East then left onto Golf Club Drive to the County Club Circle where it will disband.

Location: Diamondhead Circle, Diamond, MS
Hours: 12pm – 2pm

3/2/2019 – Open Mic Night ​​Mockingbird Café

Hosted by Mike Oase – Oh, be brave!  We’re a good-hearted town and everyone will still cheer you on even if you hit a few wrong chords or botch some lyrics.  We appreciate you letting your inner performer come out to play!

If you don’t perform, you’ll have a grand time watching. Great food, good beer and a family-friendly environment in the coolest city on the coast.

Location: Mockingbird Café 110 S. Second Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: 6pm – 9pm

3/2/2019 – History of Mardi Gras at the 100 Men Hall

Groove to the soulful sounds of Mississippi’s Golden Coast hottest band, Unfazed, on stage at this historical music venue. Dine on good-for-your- soul food by Chef Chris Hayes, a Food Network star and the owner of The Smoking Oyster. Hear stories from local resident, Golden Fairconnetue, about her own family history of Mardi Gras at the 100 Men Hall.

The 100 Men Hall was the epicenter of African American Mardi Gras in Bay Saint Louis. Back in the day this joint was jumping. Come find out why. 

Location: 303 Union Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Admission: $30 in advance – Cash bar
Phone: Rachel at 415-336-9543
Email: rachel@dangermond.org

3/4/2019 – Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse Lundi Gras Parade

Get set to roll!  Signature collectibles: Hand-painted Oysters, as well as only a dozen “Evangeline’s Axes!” ​

Location: Begins Bookter Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Begins at 5pm
Phone: 228-365-5581

3/5/2019 – Mardi Gras Parade

Krewe of Real People

Location: Begins Vecaise Ave. to Old Town ends at Bookter St, Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Begins at 1pm

3/9/2019 – 11th Annual “SOUP”ER MUDFEST 2019

Buy your bowl made by local artists for $20 (Cash Only) under the tent on Main Street and tour Old Town Businesses to enjoy a tasting of over 20 soups.

Benefit for the Hancock County Food Pantry, Old Town Merchants Association and Hancock County Tourism.

Location: Old Town Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: 3:30pm – Till
Phone: 228-463-1670

3/10/2019 – Honky Tonkin’ – A Silver Slipper Event at 100 Men Hall

Thanks to the Silver Slipper, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue will be on stage at 100 Men Hall lighting a fire on the dance floor. Watch the mural come alive on the side of the 100 Men Hall. Steve Barney, the Mad Potter of BSL, will be throwing pots – upside down! Chef Chris Hayes will be dishing out delectable food for purchase, and Pop Brothers, local artisan ice pop makers, will be selling tasty treats. .

Bring your dancing shoes!

Location: 303 Union Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Noon – 4pm
Admission: $15 in advance – $20 at the door
Phone: Rachel at 415-336-9543
Email: rachel@dangermond.org

3/16/2019 – 11th annual Stella Yelling Contest

This event has become one of the community’s favorite traditions and it is free to the community!  Contestants are not limited to gender or age.  All participants are welcome.  Each contestant should be prepared to give their best Stanley Kowalski “STELLA!!!” yell to the Little Theatre Stella.  Stanley and Stella are characters of the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The Little Theatre holds the contest every year as part of their Tennessee Williams’ Tribute to celebrate Tennessee Williams’ birthday.  BSLLT has a connection with the Pulitzer Prize winning author because the Theatre’s building was the primary set for the Hollywood motion picture “This Property is Condemned” based on a one-act play by Williams.

Location: 398 Blaize Ave., Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Starting at 4pm
Admission: Free – Contestant fee is $10
Phone: 228-467-9o24
Website: Little Theatre

3/16/2019 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade Waveland

Organized in 1964, it’s the oldest Irish Parade on the Mississippi Coast.

Look for the Krewe of Kinski, the Krewe of Shamrockers, The Queens, and the Raw Oyster Marching Club, and get ready to catch beads, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage!
The Parade route will line up on Waveland Ave. and go down Central Ave. to Coleman Ave., then to the beach and back up Waveland Ave. Big Trucks will go to Lakeshore Rd.

Location: Parade will line up on Waveland Ave, Waveland, MS
Admission: Free to the public
Hours: 12 or 1pm (TBD)
Website: www.waveland.ms.gov

3/19/2019 – Hancock Performing Arts Center

2019 Lecture Series – The Struggle Copntinues: Equity in Education

Sponsored by a grant with the MS Humanities Council

William Coleman Hancock County Historical Society, “The History of Education in Hancock County”.

Location: 7140 Stennis Airport Road, Kiln, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: 6:30pm
Website: Hancock Performing Arts Center
Phone: 228-255-6247 (Catherine Tibbs)

3/23-24/2019 – Arts Alive 2019

This rapidly growing festival highlights the burgeoning scene of artists, makers, and performers from across the region.  In keeping with our motto, Celebrating, Art, Engaging Communities, Enriching Lives, the festival will include live demonstrations, hands-on activities, and artist showcases marketplace at host locations across Old Town

Location: Old Town Bay St. Louis, MS
Hours: Sat 10am – 5pm and Sun 11am – 4pm
Website: Hancock Arts

3/30/2019 – 6th Annual Bay St. Louis Half Marathon & 10K

This event benefits local law enforcement officers and the Friends of the Hancock Animal Shelter.

Runners love the wide, well-paved beach boardwalk that goes for miles from BSL and east along the coast, so it’s no surprise that this race is growing in popularity every year (this is the 6th!).

Location:  Main Street and Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: Starts at 7am
Register or Volunteer: Click here

4/29/2019 – Hancock Performing Arts Center

2019 Lecture Series – The Struggle Copntinues: Equity in Education

Sponsored by a grant with the MS Humanities Council

Poetry Read, HHS Poetry Out Loud Club.

Location: 7140 Stennis Airport Road, Kiln, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: 6:30pm
Website: Hancock Performing Arts Center
Phone: 228-255-6247 (Catherine Tibbs)

5/24-26/2019 – St. Clare Seafood Festival

Fantastic food, rides, live music, crafts, a raffle, and a classic car show are all part of the fun at this favorite start-of-summer festival. The festival opens Friday May 24th through Sunday May 26th.

Location: St. Clare Catholic Church, 236 South Beach Blvd, Waveland, MS
Admission: Free
Hours: Fri, 5pm-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, Noon-10pm.
Phone: 228-467-9275