Cruise on down to the Ohr Festival Saturday

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is reviving its arts festival with a new name and a Cruisin’ twist, and it all takes place on Saturday. 

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will be transformed with craft beer tents, arts and craft vendors, vintage campers and more during the George E. Ohr Art and Beer Festival. 

“We are thrilled to resurrect the festival and implement two exciting components, a vintage camper rally and craft beer,”  said the museum’s Natalea Thomson.  “We will have a variety of festival programming that will appeal to the public.” 

The event, formally known as the George Ohr Arts Festival, will feature vintage campers that have taken advantage of the two-night camping on the grounds of the museum, 20 art and craft vendors selling ceramics, jewelry, photography, and entertainment including the Blackwater Brass, the Biloxi High School Jazz Band, the Boys & Girls Club Drum Line, Bay Ratz Marching Battery, ROCK U2, Marley Roberts, Tony Sea & the Southern Nights, and the Mad Potter of Bay St. Louis, Steve Barney.

Oh, and let’s not forget the beer!  Craft beer vendors and beer tents will be set up throughout the festival and a home brewer’s competition takes place from 1 to 3 p.m.

Entry to the festival, as well as the museum, is free, but access to the beer tents requires the purchase of an armband. General admission armbands are $25 and VIP armbands, which include five full 16-ounce pours, are $50.  A limited number of VIP armbands are available.  

Added Thomson: “We hope the festival becomes a mainstay in the museum’s programming for the community to enjoy for years to come.”

Elsewhere this weekend: Cruisin’ The Coast continues, the Beach Boys will perform at the Beau Rivage, Strictly Sinatra Presents The Rat Pack will be at the Hard Rock, and Brandon Bennett’s Elvis My Way will be at the IP.
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See this weekend’s overall entertainment lineup


Zoom, zoom! Cruisin’ heads into final days

This year’s record-setting Cruisin’ The Coast rolls into its final stretch this weekend, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, whose department has the task of keeping traffic moving safely in Biloxi, says it’s been a smooth ride.

“Everything’s been good so far,” Miller said, as the eight-day Coastwide parade of cars today announced its registration at 8,328. “The participants have been very cognizant of the rules of the road, and I think the cones and the additional signage along U.S. 90 are all working well.

“We’ve had some minor backups of traffic here and there, and I think you’re going to see that when you have thousands of cars and people in town. There’s no way around that, literally. But our advice to people is just enjoy yourself. Take your time and enjoy the sights.”
See the Cruisin’ schedule
Video: A one-minute redux of the downtown block party