Multicultural Festival and Country Cruise this weekend

The diversity and culture of Biloxi will be on display Saturday during the city’s annual Multicultural Festival on the Biloxi Town Green.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Town Green will be filled with a host of vendors, performances, informational booths, and more as part of the affair.

Admission to the festival is free and vendors will be selling an array of cuisine, including seafood, barbecue, and Mexican dishes. Arts and crafts such as jewelry, handmade children’s clothing, and repurposed metal will also be available for purchase. 

The entertainment lineup begins at 10:15 a.m. with violinist Donald Burton, followed by DJ Tracy from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hispanic dancers at 11:30 a.m., mariachi band at noon, Tango and Salsa at 1 p.m., martial arts at 1:30 p.m., gospel choirs from 2 to 3 p.m., Tango and Salsa again at 3 p.m., Starz Band Live from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Unfazed Show & Band from 6 to 8 p.m.  A local DJ also will be spinning tunes throughout the day. 

“This is a great family festival,” Biloxi Parks & Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said. “There will be plenty to do, see, and listen to.”

Also this weekend, the Ship Island Excursions will host a Fall Sunset Country Music Cruise aboard the Capt. Pete on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Boarding for the cruise begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Margaritaville resort boat dock, 198 Beach Blvd.  Country music will be played by a DJ from SP Sounds throughout the evening, a dancing area will be set up on the top deck, and light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $25 per person and seating is limited.  To purchase tickets, visit online at

Elsewhere this weekend: Melissa Etheridge will perform at the Hard Rock, Michael Bolton with a symphony orchestra will be at the Beau Rivage, Rob Lowe will be telling stories “he tells only to his friends” at the IP, and the annual Chefs of the Coast will be at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. To see a complete weekend lineup, click here.
See the Multicultural flyer
Visit the Biloxi Parks & Recreation webpage


News & notes: City Desk, Bike Biloxi

City Desk: Road work and the Cruisin’ The Coast are the focus on this week’s City Desk podcast.  To listen, click here.

Bike Biloxi:  The monthly downtown bicycle ride takes place Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center.  The ride is free and bike lights and helmets are recommended.  For more information, call the Biloxi Downtown Services office at 228-435-6339.

Meeting, Part 1: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. Among the issues on the agenda: Treasure Bay’s master plan amendments, excursion vessel rates at Biloxi’s harbors and marinas, and a trio of tabled resolutions. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Meeting, Part 2: The residents of Ward 5 conceived the agenda – headed by a zoning issue on Pass Road and plans for the extension of Popp’s Ferry Road – so Councilman Paul Tisdale expects a larger-than-usual gathering for his ward meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Snyder Center. To see the agenda, click here.

Making a Point: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will discuss waterfront development, especially on Point Cadet, during a segment of “WLOX News This Week” airing Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WLOX. By the way, to read a follow-up story on the recent waterfront meetings at City Hall, click here.