Culture and Recreation

culture2Ballet or bowling. Softball or the symphony. Musicals or movies.

Jackson County’s vibrant culture and rich recreations entice, entertain, and engage residents and visitors alike.

The calendar abounds year round with events including performing arts, museum exhibits, sports, parades and festivals.

Performing Arts

Walter Anderson Players
Melange Dance Company

Visual Arts/Museums

culture1Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Jolly McCarty Gallery
Shearwater Pottery
Marsh End Pottery
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center
Singing River Art Association
Ocean Springs Art Association

Points of Interest

Old Ocean Springs Historic District
Fort Maurepas
Old Spanish Fort and Museum
Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Gulf Islands National Seashore—Mississippi District
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Scranton Nature Center & Theme Gardens
Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Jolly McCarty Depot


golferGulf Hills Hotel & Coshellnference Center
Shell Landing Golf Club
Mississippi National Golf Club
The Preserve Golf Club
Whispering Pines Golf Course
Pascagoula Country Club
Martin Lake Resort
IG Levy Skatepark
Airboat Rides
Deborah Washington Soapbox Derby
Saltwater Fishing
Freshwater Fishing
Youth Baseball Fields
Soccer Complex

Jackson County Recreation Facilities

Amateur Theater – 1
Fishing Facilities – 21
Public Beaches – 2
Movie Theaters – 11
Skating Rinks – 3
Parks – 22
Golf Courses – 7
Tennis Courts – 22
Bowling – 2
Walking Tracks – 6

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Major Annual Events

cruisin-the-coastMardi Gras and Carnival Balls
Mississippi Blues Festival
Christmas on the Water Boat Parade
Taste of Jackson County
Taste of Ocean Springs
Moss Point River Jamboree
Pilgrimage of Homes
Herb & Garden Fest
Renaissance Festival
Landing of D’Iberville Reenactment—1699 Festival
Blessing of the Fleet
Peter Anderson Arts Festival
Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival
Gautier Mullet Festival
Jackson County Fair
Cruisin’ the Coast
Weekly Fresh Markets in Moss Point and Ocean Springs

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