The Vieux Marche goes green for Shrek on Saturday

On Saturday, the Vieux Marche will become a street fair full of activities throughout the day before being transformed into a nighttime cast party for “Shrek the Musical,” which is playing this weekend at the Saenger.

Beginning at noon, more than a dozen arts and crafts and food vendors, numerous children’s activities and entertainment will fill Howard Avenue between Reynoir and Lameuse streets.

Then at 7 p.m., the lights will go green and the cast of “Shrek the Musical” will frolic along the area, as if they were in Shrek’s “swamp.”

The cast will hold a meet-and-greet session in promotion of the musical performance taking place at the Saenger Theater now through Sunday.

Fair admission is free, but there’s a $2 entry to the children’s area, which is just north of Merit Health on Howard Avenue. You’ll find water sports, laser tag, a bouncy house and more. Children are encouraged to wear swimsuits.¬† $1 from each children’s area wrist band sold will go to help with restoration of the Saenger Theater.¬† For more information, call event promoter Jourdan Hartshorn at 228-236-7233.

Elsewhere this weekend:¬† Skid Row & Stryper perform at the Hard Rock, Culture Club appears at the IP, and the musical ‚ÄúA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum‚ÄĚ continues at Center Stage.
See the weekend lineup
See the Saenger Theater lineup
City Desk: Hear a weekend preview and more


News and notes

Pickle ball¬†to return:¬†Monday, Wednesday, and Friday pickle ball¬†games¬†return to the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center on Monday.¬†¬†The games were briefly relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College so the Synder could accommodate the city’s popular summer camp.

Summer camp: Summer camp came to a close this afternoon for more than 500 children enrolled in the nine-week program. To read details and to see photos from a Sun Camp visit to City Hall, click here.

Splashing to pause: On Thursday,  the splash pad at Point Cadet Plaza will temporarily close for two days of cleaning. The splash pad will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 6. For more information about the Point Cadet splash pad or any of the three city-maintained splash pads, call the Parks and Recreation office at 228-388-7170.

Weekend swimming to pause: Saturday, Aug. 6 will be the last weekend to swim at the Biloxi Natatorium. The annual Saturday season closes Aug. 13.  For more information about city swimming programs, call the Biloxi Natatorium at 228-435-6205.

Trash talk: The Biloxi City Council has a special meeting Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 to discuss trash pick up. The public meeting will include a Q&A with representatives of the Harrison County Utility Authority, which oversees the countywide contract with Waste Pro. ¬†The council’s first-of-month¬†meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. To see agendas and supporting documents for both meetings,¬†¬†click here.

Attention Pokemon Go players: The Biloxi Visitors Center grounds will be closed this evening, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. to accommodate private events.