Events

Family

Family fun takes on a whole new meaning at the Downtown Crawfish Jam, Annual BBQ Showdown and Piney Woods Picnic where food, music, and family exist in perfect harmony. Join in the ‘unzipped” fun with Birthday Bash at the Hattiesburg Zoo or salute our troops at Camp Shelby’s centennial celebration. Bring your crew and join the fun!

Zoo Lights & Holiday Market

12/14/2018 - 12/23/2018
Zoo Lights is a multiple night holiday winter event featuring lighting of the Hattiesburg Zoo for all ages. A favorite Christmas tradition for many, this years’ Zoo Lights display will be bigger and brighter than ever before. Zoo Lights will be brimming with holiday fun for the whole family. The zoo will be illuminated as loved ones bundle up and take in the sights.

“Mississippi History through the Arts” - HAC Morning Coffee Talk with Dr. Mark Malone

01/08/2019
Event is free and open to the public.

Annual Amateur Photo Competition for Adults & Children

01/19/2019
Join Hattiesburg Arts Council for their annual Amateur Photo Competition for Adults and Children!

HAC presents: Mississippi Poetry Out Loud Southern Regional Contest

02/01/2019
Join Hattiesburg Arts Council for great poetry recited by students in grades 9-12. Free and open to the public.

HAC smART Space Interactive Exhibit - "Fill Your Heart with Art"

02/12/2019
"Fill Your Heart with Art" - A smART Space interactive exhibit with hands-on Valentine gift making for children and adults. Free and open to the public.

Heartland: Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (University of Southern Mississippi Forum)

02/12/2019
Sarah Smarsh writes about class, politics, and public policy and has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's online, The Guardian, VQR, The New York Times, The Independent, Longreads, and Guernica. Heartland: Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, her memoir of growing up poor in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, will be published in September 2018. The book, which has been named by both Barnes and Noble and Publisher’s Weekly, as one of the most anticipated new books of the fall, explores the class divide in America and seeks to unravel myths about rural America that suggest that those who live in the flyover states are backwards and ignorant. This event is free and open to the public.

“Art in the Garden” - Presentation by Felder Rushing and HAC Birdhouse Contest

03/23/2019
Featuring painted feather exhibit by Elaine Maisel, glass art from Seraphim Studios, and live music. The event is free and open to the public.

The Future of the Planet: Climate Change and Environmental Protection (University of Southern Mississippi Forum)

03/26/2019
Gina McCarthy has spent her career championing campaigns to cut air pollution, ensure clean water, reduce greenhouse emissions, and secure environmental justice and health equity. In 2013, she was appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by President Barack Obama. As the 13th Administrator of the EPA, McCarthy led the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change. More recently, she was appointed the founding director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University. This event is free and open to the public.

HAC presents: Arc of Southeast Mississippi Showstopper Performance

03/31/2019
Head to the Historic Saenger Theater for this yearly fundraiser for The Arc of Southeast Mississippi.

Hattiesburg Rise & Shine Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K

04/06/2019
Join the Pinebelt Community Foundation on Saturday, April 6, 2019, for the 8th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K.

Finding the Titanic and Other Tales of the Sea (University of Southern Mississippi Forum)

04/16/2019
An oceanographer and marine archeologist, Robert Ballard is the founder of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island and the Ocean Exploration Trust. He is best known, however, for discovering and exploring the Titanic in 1985 and subsequent expeditions which located the German battleship Bismarck in 1989, the British Lusitania in 1993, the USS Yorktown in 1998, and PT-109 in 2002. This event is free and open to the public.

National Travel & Tourism Week

05/05/2019 - 05/11/2019
Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week with us at events all week. More details coming soon!