Harbor Fest

What do HSSM, the City of Gulfport’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, BBQ World’s spring Barbeque Competition, and Ron Meyers’ productions have in common?

They are all part of Harbor Fest, the biggest, best new festival on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Saturday, March 16


Jones Park-Gulfport

Over 100 arts and crafts vendors, HSSM’s Pet Playground featuring hundreds of adoptable pets from several local shelters and rescues, and a BBQ competition featuring over 30 teams will be ongoing throughout the day, which will also feature several other fun activities for kids, pets, and adults alike!

FREE Admission | FOOD |  Pet Parade |  FUN for KIDS (Furry & Non-Furry)

ARTS & CRAFTS | Microchip & Rabies Clinic | BBQ Competition

City of Gulfport Annual Easter Egg Hunt | HUNDREDS OF ADOPTABLES from local shelters & rescues | AND MORE!

9am-11:30am:                   Easter Egg Hunt

City of Gulfport’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Activities, including pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Noon:                                   Harbor Fest Pet Parade

Treat your pet like royalty! Click here for details on the Pet Parade and sign up early. All proceeds will benefit HSSM’s Second Chance Ward! Royalty packages are available for the most pampered of pets!

9am-5:30pm:                     Shop Arts & Crafts!

Over 100 vendors will set up their wares in beautiful Jones Park and the Barksdale Pavilion!

9am-5:30pm:                     HSSM’s Pet Playground

Bring the pets and enjoy a beautiful Spring day in Jones Park during the Coast’s only truly pet-friendly festival! Then take home a perfect new furry family member from the hundreds of adoptable pets from several different local rescues and shelters!

9am-5:30pm:                     Microchip & Rabies Clinic

$5 rabies shots and $7 Microchip & Tag packages!

9am-5:30pm:                     BBQ Competition with 30+ contestants!

These teams will vie for high-dollar prizes in four categories: chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Winner’s Ceremony will be held at 5:30pm!

9am-5:30pm:                     Chili & Wings Cook Off to benefit HSSM!

Know someone who makes an amazing pot of chili or killer hot wings? Get a team together and enter the Harbor Fest Charity Cook Off! Entry fee is just $25. Public will taste for $5 and pick their favorite to win! Call (228) 363-2716 for details and to enter!


Please be sure to review the Harbor Fest Rules closely if you plan on bringing your pet(s)! Current rabies vaccinations and valid rabies tags are NECESSARY and, if needed, can be provided via the on-site Microchip & Rabies Clinic.

Watch hssm.org/HarborFest for details as they become available!

And Click Here to sign your pets up ahead of time for the Harbor Fest Pet Parade!

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