Events Calendar

March | April 2014

Mardi Gras Parade
MARCH 1 | Pascagoula
The Jackson County Carnival Association hosts its annual family-friendly parade. The fun begins its loop around the town at Ingall Avenue. Visit gulfcoast.org/visitors/events/mardigras/ for more information.

Greenhouse Tomato Short Course
MARCH 4-5 | Raymond
Educational seminars covering a range of greenhouse tomato topics will be presented at this annual conference. Come learn tomato growing tips and techniques from experts hailing from across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact Dr. Rick Snyder at 601.892.3731 or visit greenhousetomatosc.com.

The Slave Series: Quilts by Gwendolyn A. Magee
MARCH 7-MAY 18 | Jackson
Gwendolyn A. Magee’s mastery of quilting and artistic vision will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art until May 18. These profound quilts combine the artist’s impressive use of appliqué, embroidery, layered fabrics, and embellishments with the difficult history of slavery in America. Call 601.960.1575 or visit msmuseumart.org for more information.

Spring Pilgrimage
MARCH 8-APRIL 8 | Natchez
Wander through the 27 antebellum mansions that will open their doors to visitors during this month long pilgrimage. Homeowners and friends greet and guide guests in period attire. Call 601.446.6631 or visit natchezpilgrimage.com/natchez-spring-pilgrimage.php.

Seabee Day
MARCH 8 | Gulfport
Celebrate the U.S. Navy Seabee on board the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport. With a base parade, games, food, live entertainment, carnival rides, over 80 vendors, and hands-on Navy demonstrations, there will be something for everyone in the family. Free and open to the public. Visit seabeeday.org.

Jackson Garden & Patio Show
MARCH 14-16 | Jackson
The Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association will provide educational seminars, yard art, plant sales, and food vendors at the Mississippi Trade Center. Plant aficionados are sure to enjoy! For more information, call 601.919.8111 or visit msnla.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
MARCH 15 | Pass Christian
Excitement and festivities abound throughout Pass Christian for this annual event. Follow the throws and catch the luck of the Irish from City Hall to Davis Avenue. Call 228.547.4873 or visit
gulfcoast.org/visitors/events/st-patricks-day/

8th Annual Grillin’ on the Green
MARCH 15 | Biloxi
Celebrate at this annual event featuring a BBQ competition, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more! All proceeds benefit the historic Bond-Grant House. Call 228.435.6339 or visit gulfcoast.org/events/

C3: Community Art Project Unveiling
MARCH 20 | Jackson
Join the Mississippi Museum of Art in The Art Garden for the public installation of the 2014 C3 Community Art Project unveiling. The work features symbols collected from Mississippians from all walks of life, representing their personal and community identity. For more information, call 601.960.1575 or visit msmuseumart.org.

Eudora Welty 10th Anniversary Garden Party
MARCH 27 | Jackson
Commemorate the tenth anniversary of the historic Eudora Welty House garden being open to the public with a luncheon hosted by writer Julia Reed. The event will be held at the Mississippi Museum of Art, with an heirloom plants from Welty’s own garden available for purchase afterwards. All proceeds benefit the Welty garden’s continuing restoration. Tickets are $60 each. For more information call 601.353.7762 or email foundation@welty.org. 

A Time for Ballet
MARCH 27-29 | Jackson
Belhaven University Dance Ensemble presents a sampling of classical, neoclassical, and current ballet performances. Dance enthusiasts are sure to enjoy these innovative works presented at the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre. General admission $10; $5 for Seniors and non-Belhaven University students. Call 601.965.1400 or visit belhaven.edu/dance/performances.htm for more information.

Battle on the Bayou
MARCH 29 | Ocean Springs
Kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddle boarders will love this 9.5-mile race. Enjoy meandering through estuarine marsh and maritime forest. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Trails Heritage Partnership, promoting healthy physical outdoor activity. Call 228.282.4972 or visit battleonthebayou.com for more information.

HUBfest
MARCH 29 | Hattiesburg
Enjoy a day of arts and crafts, live entertainment, a children’s village, and regional food, and more! Call 601.296.7500 or visit theADP.com.

28th Annual Performing Arts Festival for Children
APRIL 3-4 | Jackson
The Mississippi Puppetry Guild will provide two fun-filled days, packed with a variety of performances by storytellers, dancers, singers, puppeteers, and puppet designers. Call 601.977.9840 or visit mspuppetry.com for details.  

New Albany Home and Garden Show
APRIL 4-5 | New Albany
This two-day horticultural symposium will provide expertise ranging from master gardening to floral design. This annual event will include demonstrations on everything from composting to Southern entertaining. Call 662.316.0080 or visit newalbanygardening.com.

World Catfish Festival
APRIL 5 | Belzoni
Crazy about Catfish? Visit downtown Belzoni to enjoy live entertainment, over 150 arts and crafts vendors, a 5K walk and run, the crowning of Miss Catfish, and a catfish eating contest. Leave with a belly-full of catfish. Call 662.247.4838 or visit worldcatfishfestival.org.

Whistle Stop Festival
APRIL 5 | Waynesboro
Enjoy a day of arts and crafts, live entertainment, pony rides, a 5K walk and run, children’s train rides, and classic car and motorcycle show. Find them on Facebook or call 1.866.735.2268.

An Event with Tim Tebow
APRIL 8 | Jackson
Join football fans at the Mississippi Coliseum for an evening with one of America’s greatest football players. Come see Tim Tebow share his personal, inspiring story. Proceeds benefit the CJ Stewart Foundation, whose mission is to provide Mississippi youth with the resources to overcome adversity. Find them on Facebook or call 601.826.4110.

Amory Railroad Festival
APRIL 10-13 | Amory
Amory celebrates its city history with its 36th Annual Railroad Festival. Entertainment includes the Frisco Market, a car and truck show, and seeing the brand new BNSF Railway locomotive. Call 662.256.8461 or visit amoryrailroadfestival.com.

A Collection of Contemporary Dance
APRIL 10-13 | Jackson
Ballet receives a millennial upgrade with this second dance event for Belhaven University’s spring schedule. These dance works will explore collaboration, experimentation, and innovative usage of technology. General admission $10; $5 for Seniors and non-Belhaven University students. Call 601.965.1400 or visit belhaven.edu/dance/performances.htm for more information.

Cotton District Arts Festival
APRIL 12 | Starkville
Hit the streets of Starkville’s historic Cotton District for music, dance, literature, theatre, culinary vendors, and juried artists. Call 601.324.6080 or visit cdafestival.com for more information.

Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival
APRIL 12 | Cleveland
A Delta tradition continues under the oaks of the Bolivar County Courthouse. Enjoy a juried arts show, road races, live entertainment, regional foods, and fun for the entire family. Call 662.402.5451 or visit crosstie-arts.org for more information.

Composers’ Orchestral Reading Session
APRIL 15  | Jackson
Belhaven student composers realize the dream of having their compositions read by the professional players of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Brief discussions concerning the compositions and composer’s intentions will follow. Call 601.974.6494 or visit belhaven.edu/arts/schedule.htm for more information.

Dioramas of Battle of Raymond and Battle of Champion Hill
APRIL 25-26 | Raymond
Enjoy detailed dioramas of the Battle of Raymond and the Battle of Champion Hill. Thousands of soldiers, cannons, horses, and weapons recreate a large-scale battle scene at this historic event. Visitors will enjoy live programs by local historians, scholars, and diorama creators. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Raymond and Champion Heritage Foundation. Admission: $5. For more information visit www.friendsofraymond.org.

19th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival
APRIL 25-26 | Oxford
Artisans and craftsmen, live entertainment, and great local eateries come together for this annual celebration. Join the festivities on the historic downtown square and be sure to catch a ride on the authentic double decker bus imported from England. Call 662.232.2367 or visit doubledeckerfestival.com for more information.


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