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Coast festivals bring crawfish, music, grilling this week

SUN HERALD/FILECrawfish dinners are big hits at the Crawfish Music Festival. This year's festival opens Thursday at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
SUN HERALD/FILECrawfish dinners are big hits at the Crawfish Music Festival. This year's festival opens Thursday at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. SUN HERALD

For the 24th year on the Mississippi Coast, the Crawfish Music Festival will bring talented local and national music acts, family fun, giveaways, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, cook-offs, games, food and most importantly, hot boiled crawfish. On Thursday, admission will be free for everyone. The prices of platform, reserved seat/pit and general admission tickets will vary.

The festival runs over the next two weekends. Gates will be open from 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday each weekend.

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By the time the festival ends, the Coast will have been able to see many of their favorite headliners: X Ambassadors, Jeffrey James, Travis Tritt, Neal McCoy, North Mississippi Allstars, The Revivalists, Flow Tribe, Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Chris Janson, Juvenile and Mystikal. In addition to the Bud Light Main Stage, there will be an acoustic stage featuring local artists in the Craft Beer Garden.

Bryan Adams said in a statement Sunday night that he was cancelling his Thursday concert because of HB 1523.

Biloxi's Quality Seafood and Poultry will serve crawfish, potatoes and corn daily. There will be signature dishes to enjoy provided by food vendors and attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy regional cuisine such as fried crawfish, crawfish étouffée, crawfish pies and smoked crawfish burger to name a few.

On the first Thursday, the 2016 Miss Crawfish Music Festival Scholarship Pageant will be presented. The winner will receive $1,000, the title of Crawfish Music Festival Queen and other prizes.

For details or tickets, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

On Saturday, another festival will hit the Coast.

Bad weather in March forced the 10th annual Grillin' on the Green Festival to reschedule for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd. This festival will feature grilling competition, live entertainment by Rhythm and Rain, Ty Taylor Band and Barbara and Company, children's play area, barbecue cook-offs, awards, arts and crafts vendors and prizes, -- more than $6,000 in prize money to the Grillin' winners. Admission is free and food plates will be available for purchase. Details: 435-6339.

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