The Peter Anderson Festival, the Gulf Coast’s largest arts festival, returns to downtown Ocean Springs for its 39th year on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce estimates 150,000 people attended last year’s festival. The event hosts hundreds of arts and crafts vendors from throughout the nation along Washington Avenue, Government Street and surrounding areas.
The artwork offered is handmade originals with painting, photography and pottery sold alongside jewelry, glassware, yard art and more.
At the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Ocean Springs Art Association’s annual juried art show will be on display throughout the festival with works available for purchase.
The museum also will host its first Young at Art show Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Artists age 8 to 18 will offer their artwork for purchase. The museum is on Washington Avenue, just south of Porter Avenue.
Live music will be presented daily at the Food Court located off Cash Alley. The Colin Lockey Band will start things off Saturday morning at 10. The Brennan Roybal Band will play at 12:30 and Ty Taylor will play at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, Rhythm & Rain will play from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Jade Sanders will play from 2:30-5 p.m.
The top 10 entries in the Blue Moon Art Project competition will be on display on the main stage and visitors may vote on their favorite for a people’s choice award. The contest winners and festival award winners will be announced on the stage at 2:15 on Sunday.
The array of food at the festival seems never-ending. From the home cooked meals of the Macedona Church to Coast restaurants, the taste of the South is well represented.
In addition to cuisine, there are sweets from Cinnabon and Landrum’s Homemade Ice Cream and fun festival foods such as Mann’s Kettle Korn.
Also at the festival, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory will offer a Hands On Marine Education Area with artifacts and activities on marine biology.
Free shuttles to the event will run every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The shuttles run from three parking areas: Ocean Springs Upper Elementary (2320 Government St.) and Oak Park (2230 Government St.) schools and Greyhound Stadium (1005 Hanley Rd.).
Admission is free.
Peter Anderson Festival
Where: Downtown Ocean Springs, hundreds of arts, crafts and food vendors, plus live music
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free shuttles to the event will run every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The shuttles run from three parking areas:
▪ Ocean Springs Upper Elementary, 2320 Government St.
▪ Oak Park, 2230 Government St.
▪ Schools and Greyhound Stadium,1005 Hanley Road.