Mississippi Festivals are here to be enjoyed by everyone traveling in the south. And don’t forget that this is the Watermelon Capital of the World and the Seafood Capital of the World! So expect to find festivals that will tantalize your tastebuds where ever you go!
Mississippi Watermelon Festival: Join the fun and celebrate the Watermelon! Entertainment – including national acts, food, arts and crafts. There are a variety of events to bring patrons into the park and town. All booths and the stage lie within the city park. Lots of games for the children, a 5k run/walk, carnival, and fireworks to end the activities. July 19 – 20, Mize City Park.
Mississippi Book Festival: This Book Festival brings together hundreds of contemporary authors; national, regional and local, who connect directly with fans and new readers. As invited guests all will explore in-depth themes, or walk along Authors Alley; it’s the festival hub for self-published authors and much more. Visit on Sat, Aug 17 in Jackson.
Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival: Enjoy one of the top blues festivals on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Visitors will have an excellent opportunity to hear their favorite songs, eat delicious food and other refreshments, see culture exhibits and share in this fun outing with the entire family. O.B Bucana, Pokey Bear, Ra’Shad – The Blues Kid, Ronnie Bell, Blues Lady Adrena, and Aaron Cook – “Mr. Stroke It”. Enjoy the fun on Sat, Sep 7, at Jackson County Fairgrounds, in Pascagoula.
Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival: This is a celebration of seafood heritage in the City of Biloxi. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, activities for the children and the best seafood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! On Sunday the main feature is the Sun Herald Gumbo Championship, where for a separate fee attendees can taste professional and amateur gumbo from teams competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Best of Show Awards. Join in the fun on Sat & Sun, Sep 14 – 15. Biloxi Town Green.
40th Annual Okeelala Festival: This festival hosts something for everyone, from a classic car show with 32 classes of vehicles to Mississippi made arts and craft vendors. Great southern food, music and a parade of beauties, a pet show and a Youth Talent show. Sat, Oct 5 in Baldwyn
Cruisin’ the Coast: Welcome to America’s Largest Block Party! Cruisin’ The Coast® began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events. Car enthusiasts from 40 states plus Canada, Germany, and Puerto Rico arrive on the Mississippi Gulf Coast once a year to showcase their rides and to cruise the beautiful 30-mile stretch of beach-side highway with designated stops in towns such as: Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, reserved parking for registered cruisers where you can take a look at these restored and antique vehicles, and the vendors offering food and event merchandise. Join in the fun from Oct 6-13; festivities close at 6 PM in Centennial Plaza in Gulfport.
9th Annual Gateway to the Delta Festival: Planned is a full scale festival complete with art and craft vendors from across the Southeast and a music line-up for the enjoyment of all. In addition, there are BBQ contests, children’s activities, a photography contest, and car show. All this happens on Sat, Oct 12, in Charleston.
TravelKatz will be happy to help you make a special vacation for you and your family to enjoy any of these Mississippi Festivals. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
Sitting high atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, the city of Vicksburg was the setting of a bloody 47-day siege during the Civil War. The site of this epic battle is now Vicksburg National Military Park, preserving original fortifications and the U.S.S. Cairo, an ironclad gunboat that once prowled the waters of the Mississippi River. Vicksburg is also the place where Coca-Cola was first bottled, a fact that is happily immortalized at the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum.
Vicksburg National Military Park: The road that winds through the site of the siege and battle of Vicksburg is dotted with monuments celebrating the sacrifices made by the soldiers who fought here. Historic markers tell the story of the battle and the terrain still shows signs of how hard-fought battle was. The visitor’s center has information and a map of the park which will help with your tour. Save a couple of hours at least to drive slowly through this park, viewing the remnants of trenches dug by the Union soldiers as they battled the Confederate troops. Attractive flora and fauna belie the carnage and awful conflict that occurred in 1863 at this site. You can arrange to have a guide join you in your vehicle or purchase a CD at the visitor center that allows you to conduct your own tour.
U.S.S. Cairo Museum: This Civil War ironclad ship is huge and amazingly intact. The ship is displayed outside under a canopy, with a walkway onto one of its decks. Inside the nearby building, the museum displays amazing artifacts found in the ship which illustrate how the crew lived and operated. The ship hit a mine in 1862 and sank in 12 minutes, but the crew were all rescued. This is a one-of-a-kind experience for any history buff or any boater. The museum is a part of the military battlefield park and no separate admission is charged. When you look at this ship and realize that it took a ton of coal an hour to keep the steam up, it is incredible it could float. It must have been horrible for the men who had to work on the ship, the conditions must have been deplorable. It just goes to show the dedication of the people who came to our country for a better life and of the men that fought for our freedom then and now. It is amazing that so many artifacts from the ship survived.
Old Courthouse: This courthouse was a landmark spot for Jefferson Davis, a place in which filed a lawsuit to recover property lost in the war. This was the Warren County Courthouse, and now it’s a museum with about a five-dollar entry fee. It’s impossible not to notice this place. The courtroom upstairs is impressive and there are loads of artefacts and photos to make this visit very interesting indeed. Also has a very good gift shop which is not overly priced. The displays appear to celebrate the ‘Confederate Heritage’ and ‘The flag that did not surrender’ and ‘Blacks who wore gray’ that shows an interesting twist on the Civil War. The collection of Confederate flags, weapons, and other gear was fascinating and rare. Real Civil war bullets are for sale here. The admission is $5, and the volunteer emphasized that the museum gets no government moneys. This is s must stop for any history buff.
Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center: This free museum told us all about the Mississippi river with many interesting and interactive displays, its ecology and wildlife, the history of the peoples who have traveled it, the history of its floods and the engineering that is now put in place to prevent the worst flood damage. You also get to go on board a riverboat and explore it. There’s so much to see–their sleeping quarters, the kitchen, the bowels of the boat, and the pilot house. Really good for older children too.
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum: If you are a Coke fan you might enjoy see this small museum where Coke was first bottle in 1894, complete with a soda fountain and memorabilia. This is before the museum was established in Atlanta, GA.
Travelkatz recommends flighing into Jackson International Airport and drive to Vicksburg. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make this a fun and educational trip for you and your family.