Mississippi Coast to Host State’s Biggest Events for Endless Fall Fun
Peter Anderson Festival, Cruisin’ The Coast and more make The Secret Coast a one-of-a-kind getaway for travelers this season
COASTAL MISSISSIPPITo lack., September 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the summer months draw to a close, the fun continues on the Mississippi Coast! Fall in The Secret Coast offers travelers several opportunities to conjure up the seasonal spirit with a variety of spooky experiences, outdoor activities and fall events – including the state’s biggest events – for all fall lover types.
From iconic fall events to beautiful southern flora, there’s no shortage of unique things to do and see from Mississippi 62 miles of coastline. The destination encourages visitors to extend their stay this fall, whether it’s a day or a week, to truly experience all that the Mississippi Coast has to offer.
“The destination is bursting with energy and diverse coastal experiences throughout the year, but the fall season is an especially wonderful time to visit. along the Gulf Coast,” said Patty Meagherdirector of communications and engagement at Coastal Mississippi CVB.
For those considering a trip to the Secret Coast, here are a few reasons why you should visit this fall:
Coastal Mississippi Fall Events Only
- The 31st edition Blues & Heritage Festival will be held on September 10 in Pascagoula. With many stops on the Mississippi Blue Trail, there’s no better place to experience and celebrate this musical art form this fall than on the Mississippi Coast. This one-day festival features some of the best blues musicians in the industry and helps preserve this rich musical tradition, attracting thousands of enthusiasts from across the United States.
- Known as America’s Biggest Block Party, Coastal cruise is coming back this fall Oct. 2-9. Car enthusiasts from across the country will travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to showcase their vintage, classic and hot rod vehicles on the Mississippi Coast. Designated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxid’Iberville, gulfport, Christian pass, Sources of the ocean and Pascagoula offer their own mini-festivals with live music, local food, car shows, vendors and more. Nearly 10,000 registered cars make this unmissable fall experience the biggest event in the state of Mississippi!
- History buffs and entertainment buffs alike will appreciate the Annual Fall Gathering in Beauvoir event October 15-16. Offering an up-close experience of the sights and sounds of the 1800s, the Fall Gathering takes place on the 52-acre Beauvoir campus. Guests can watch professional re-enactors twice a day and explore the historic grounds under magnificent live oak trees draped in Spanish moss.
- The 44th edition Peter AndersonArts & craft festival is a seasonal staple of the Mississippi Coast that is sure to inspire artful fall moods. Recognized as the largest fine arts festival in the state, the event is organized November 5-6and features more than 400 booths from artists and artisans from all over United States and beyond. From oil paintings and pottery to handmade jewelry and metalwork, viewers can enjoy a festive weekend of diverse art, live local music and fresh coastal food – at middle of 300 year old live oak trees in the charming community of Sources of the ocean.
- There’s nothing quite like enjoying the fall breezes and vibrant vegetation while gliding along one of the Coastal from Mississippi blue lanes by kayak or canoe. Paddlers can choose from seven mapped Blueways, or water trails, along miles of beaches, rivers, coves and bayous. The trails range from leisurely journeys through local marshes fringed by southern flora, to a physically challenging 20+ mile adventure. along the largest free-flowing waterway in the lower 48 states – the Pascagoula River
- No fall party is complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch! Farmer Brown’s Southern Farm situated in Saucer, MS is an authentic working farm producing chemical free produce and food since 2013. Every weekend only in October, the private farm opens to the public and offers hay rides, a pumpkin patch, animal feedings and natural playgrounds for children of all ages. Visitors can purchase delicious homemade jellies, fresh seasonal vegetables, canned farm produce, watermelon ice cream and the famous barbecue.
- For those looking to disconnect this fall, Coastal Mississippi offers a number of camping and glamping locations. Buccaneer State Park Deals Tentrr sites, complete with a raised platform tent, picnic table, chairs, fire pit, propane heater, and even a memory foam mattress. The park overlooks the Gulf of Mexico with access to hiking trails, disc golf courses, barbecues and more. For a truly remote experience, several of the Mississippi shores barrier islands also allow camping.
- Coastal Mississippi is unique in that you can enjoy fishing 12 months a year. fall fishing is distinct because it offers some of the best inshore fishing opportunities to reefs, bridges, back bays and around local piers, as sought-after game fish like speckled trout and rockfish make their way into bays and marsh systems along the coast. The combination of shorter boat rides, lighter winds and cooler temperatures make fall fishing a unique experience.
- The Visit to Old Biloxi Cemetery captures the 318-year history of Biloxi, Mississippi by sharing the stories of some of its most fascinating former residents and characters. The continuous operation, free self-guided tour brings the coastal cemetery to life, with live historical re-enactments and musical performances at the cemetery. The experience provides insight into the city’s rich and diverse history and is the perfect stop on a fall visit.
- The one of a kind Annual terror on the coast (Sept. 17-Oct. 31) is a Hollywood-style haunted house located in gulfport this uses props from academy award-winning television and film productions filmed in and around Mississippi and Louisiana. The 86,500 square foot haunted house has no shortage of thrills that will make visitors feel like they’ve come to the set of a horror movie.
- The Mystic Ghost Ride Company (Sept. 3-March 2023) offers a variety of spooky tours that are sure to scare even the bravest visitors this fall. Choose between a haunted boat tour in the bayou, a walking tour of a historic ghost pub, or a sunset cruise on the Pirate’s Curse – for an unforgettable experience along the Gulf Coast. Guests will learn the history, legends and lore behind local hauntings and cursed pirates under the eerie night sky and autumn breeze.
To learn more and start planning your fall getaway to the Mississippi Coast, visit CoastalMississippi.com.
About the Mississippi Coast: Coastal Mississippi is an organization responsible for promoting Southern Mississippi as a tourist and congress destination all over the world. Its mission is to attract an ever-increasing number of leisure, convention, sports and business visitors to the region. It is dedicated to maximizing the travel and tourism industry for Southern Mississippi. Visit CoastalMississippi.com to learn more.
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