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Festivals and trade shows throughout the year in Laurel and the surrounding area offer residents and visitors good food, entertainment, and safe family fun.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Parade - Downtown Laurel. Held the 3rd weekend of each January.

Laurel Junior Auxiliary Gala
Black-tie event held to raise money for the Laurel Junior Auxiliary service projects including Family Matters Clothes Closet, Kids Count Drug Program and Salvation Army Christmas Assistance. This gala is held each February.

George S. Gardiner High School Reunion
Graduates assemble for festivities every even year during the last week of April.

Women’s Life Conference
Sponsored by South Central Regional Medical Center, this Saturday event is generally held in late April or Early May with topics of interest to women presented by celebrity guests.

Day in the Park
Sponsored by the Laurel Arts League, is a 25-year-old arts festival held outdoors in Mason Park. The festival brings a wide range of talented artisans to Laurel for a full day of enjoyment the first Saturday in May. For more information visit their website at www.laurelartsleague.com.

Mother’s Day Blues Festival
Held Mother’s Day weekend at the Laurel Fairgrounds, this event brings blues musicians such as Mel Waiters, Shirley Brown, Ms. Jody, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Call for ticket information (601) 426-4646


Blues Bash
A night of cool beats and good eats on the front lawn of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 7th Street in historic downtown Laurel. A live blues band entertains on the front stage (past performers have included The Houserockers, King Edward, The Beale Street Blues Band and James "Super Chickan" Johnson), while good old-fashioned barbecue plates are served around back. Bring your family and your lawn chairs, rain or shine, to this last blast of the summer. Call (601) 649-6374 for more information.

B95 Colgate County Showdown Magnolia Festival
Held the 1st Saturday in June each year, this event features food, crafts and a country music showdown.

Oak Park Reunion
Graduates of Oak Park High School assemble bi-annually during the week of July 4th.

Independence Day Fireworks Show
Spectacular fireworks display held each year at 9:15 p. m. on July 3rd. Free to the public.

National Night Out Against Crime
The 25th Annual National Night Out Against Crime is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by Laurel Police Department
National Night Out (NNO) is designed to:
° Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
° Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
° Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
° Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.



Heritage Arts Festival
Held the first Saturday in October on the front lawn of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 7th Street in historic downtown Laurel. The full day of art activities and artist demonstrations is made all the more enjoyable by live music. All activities are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art at (601) 649-6374.

Loblolly Festival

The Loblolly Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in October and celebrates Laurel’s heritage as a sawmill town. Vendors from several states, artists, crafters and craftsmen set up shop in the streets of downtown Laurel for this one day event. Live music of various genres can be heard throughout the day. Food ranges from your first funnel cake of the fall to corn dogs, chicken on a stick and every variety of festival food imaginable. Our lovable lumberjack, Mr. Loblolly visits with the crowd and will stop for a photo op, too!
Demonstrations vary from year to year, but a crowd favorite for sure is Dayton Scoggins, the chainsaw artist. Dayton will be on hand for the 2012 festival, selling his creations as well as demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture.

A contest for high school artists is sponsored by Masonite Corporation. Students paint a door skin supplied by Masonite to depict a theme chosen by the Loblolly committee. The art is judged by a blind panel of visual art experts. The art will be on display at the festival. The winning art will be featured on a downtown banner.

This event is free to the public.
For more information, call (601) 433.3255 or email info@laurelmainstreet.com.

South MS Fair
Held annually the third week in October, midway rides, great food and fun for the entire family.

Landrum's Country Homestead & Village "Annual Christmas at the Village" Open House
Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving 9 am - 9 pm with candelight tour at 5 pm. 10 acres of beauty, fun & adventure. A working homestead with gem-mining, a blacksmith shop, Confederate soldiers encampment, entertainment, Indian village, general store. Enjoy barbecue & funnel cakes from the "ole smokehouse". For more information call (601) 649-2546 or www.landrums.com

Laurel Sertoma's Christmas Parade
Mississippi's largest Christmas parade! It occurs annually on the first Saturday in December at 10 a.m. Route runs through the business district in Historic Downtown Laurel. It's a Laurel tradition!

Laurel Kiwanis Annual Pancake Day
A Laurel tradition just like going to the Christmas parade! Pancakes are sold in three locations - the Oak Street YWCO, First Baptist Church Family Life Center and the Pine Belt Education Center (old Gibson's building). Held on the first Saturday in December.

"Happy Holidays"
A seasonal display of over 800,000 lights held in Mason Park. Opening ceremony first Saturday evening in December. Featuring seasonal music, dancing, and visit from Santa. Food and drinks available. Seating not provided - please bring your own. For further information or call the Mayor's office at (601) 428-6401.