Downtown events, disc golf usher in Fall

Fall has officially begun and the cooler temperatures today are expected to continue throughout the weekend.  That’s good news because popular outdoor events dominate the weekend.

Tonight, the monthly First Friday event takes place along Rue Magnolia and Water Street. From 5 to 8 p.m. the downtown businesses will open their doors and extend their hours for visitors to the Biloxi Arts District.  Activities include giveaways, the Gallery 782 opening of its newest show, “It’s All about the Details” by Gail Cheney and Dawn Hill,  and entertainment by Colin Lockey.  Coastal Creative Hive, an independent co-op of friends and artists, will also have an art show located at the former Radish Loft on Rue Magnolia. 

On Saturday, the Thiller at Hiller VI disc golf tournament takes place at Hiller Park.  Registration for the tournament begins at 7 a.m., a players meeting will be at 8:30 a.m.,  and the first round begins at 9 a.m. Divisions are open to all ages and The Crooked Letter Brewery will be on site offering free beer to the participants.  The tournament takes place at the park’s disc golf course.

Also this weekend is the state’s largest arts festival, the 40th annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival. The event takes place in Ocean Springs, just over the Biloxi Bay Bridge on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but has an economic impact of $24 million.

“This event attracts 150,000 visitors,” says event organizer Cynthia Sutton, a twin sister of Biloxi’s public affairs specialist.  “Visitors and vendors stay at hotels, visit restaurants and gas stations not only in Ocean Springs but in Biloxi and surrounding areas.”

This year marks the event’s 40th anniversary and includes 475 vendors, commemorative festival T-shirts, the Blue Moon Art Project, and new this year, two entertainment stages.

Elsewhere this weekend: Sinbad will be at the IP, Patti LaBelle will be at the Beau Rivage and Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley will perform at the Golden Nugget.
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