Seafood vendors will boil, fry, steam and serve delicacies created with shrimp, crab and fish from local waters at the 36th Biloxi Seafood Festival on Sept. 9-10.
This celebration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s culture and heritage, held on the Biloxi Town Green across from the Small Craft Harbor, opens at 10 a.m. each day of the event with arts and crafts, children’s activities, live entertainment and the savory tastes of fresh seafood.
Named a Top 20 Fall Event in seven of the past ten years by the Southeast Tourism Society, the festival also features a championship gumbo cookoff on day two with pro and amateur teams competing for Peoples’ Choice and Best of Show awards.
Our recommendation? When you’re not enjoying the sounds and flavors of the Gulf at the festival, get on the water for a good time. Here are a few ways to round out your trip to the Biloxi Seafood Festival.
Take a Tour Offshore
Get up and close to the seafood history of this unique region on a Biloxi Shrimping Trip. Learn about the marine life just under the surface on a journey aboard a real shrimping vessel, including the life of shrimp from their origin to your plate. If you have more time, venture offshore to Ship Island via Ship Island Excursions and tour Fort Massachusetts and the beach of this natural barrier island, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Enjoy Nature & Birdwatching
The rivers and bayous along the Mississippi Gulf Coast provide ample opportunities for birdwatching and enjoying the natural beauty of the landscape. From the Crosby Arboretum nature conservancy along the Pearl River watershed to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center along the largest untamed river in the lower 48 states, this region is prized among nature enthusiasts. For a closer view, take a boat or kayak tour with Eco-Tours of South Mississippi or rent your own vessel and explore.
Charter a Fishing Expedition
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a scenic beauty and an incredible natural resource for prized inshore speckled trout, redfish and much more. But farther into the Gulf of Mexico, more fishing opportunities await. Go offshore on a chartered excursion and pursue the fish roaming the deep blue waters.
Check the full schedule of events at the Biloxi Seafood Festival here.