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Long Beach home to Saturday farmer's market, USM Gulf Coast

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 Jazz and blues music, food and craft vendors and family-friendly fun attract hundreds to USM's Jazz and Blues Festival at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach each year.
SUN HERALD/FILE Jazz and blues music, food and craft vendors and family-friendly fun attract hundreds to USM's Jazz and Blues Festival at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach each year.

Long Beach is a city that had once anointed itself the radish capital of the world. Radishes have fallen out of favor, but a diverse community of residents has risen from its farming past to be known as the friendly city.

Games and activities are available during the spring at the Town Green. The farmers market held Saturdays in downtown Long Beach at Church Avenue and First Street has fresh food. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus is on U.S. 90 across from Long Beach’s beautiful beach.

USM Gulf Park is also home to the more than 500‐year‐old Friendship Oak Tree, which is a popular photography spot.

Population: 15,448

Points of Interest

• Games on the Green, spring 2016, Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Avenue

Long Beach Central Business District, Jeff Davis Avenue, 863‐1556,

Long Beach Farmers Market, Long Beach Farmers Market is open 8:30 am ‐ noon Saturdays in downtown Long Beach, the corner of Church Avenue and First Street

Long Beach Splash Pad, Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave., 669‐7601

Southern Mississippi Jazz & Blues Festival, early April each year, front lawn, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, 730 E. Beach Blvd., 214‐3296

Taste of Long Beach, Sept. 24, Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave., 604‐0014

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, 730 E. Beach Blvd., 865‐4500

Wind & Wave Festival, last Saturday in April each year, Long Beach Harbor, 863‐1556

• Long Beach Live, April 7‐ Oct. 6, 2016, 6:30‐8:30 p.m. first Thursday of every month,  Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave. 864‐6323

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