Come to Hattiesburg and you’ll see for yourself why this prospering city has the reputation of being a great place for business, education, health care, retirement, and the arts! The rich musical heritage of this dynamic city includes two markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail noting Hattiesburg’s contribution to the growth of the blues. Also, The Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, published by Rolling Stone magazine, credits Hattiesburg as being the home of one of the earliest rock and roll recordings made in 1936. The University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, and local community arts organizations currently offer over one thousand performances annually, making Hattiesburg Mississippi’s Music Destination.
Hattiesburg is centrally located—less than 100 miles from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson, New Orleans and Mobile— drawing cultural tourists from within the state, across the nation, and around the globe. Come and enjoy the rich artistic spirit of Hattiesburg during FestivalSouth®, June 7-21, 2014!
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Hattiesburg is Mississippi's Music Destination
June 7-21, 2014 marks a city-wide celebration: FestivalSouth’s® exciting fifth season! FestivalSouth is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists. Presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), this year’s festival offers events from across the spectrum of the arts – music, dance, art, and theatre.
Musical offerings include classical, blues, jazz, gospel, and Broadway events. Ongoing art and sculpture exhibits draw visitors to downtown Hattiesburg. The Arts Market brings local craftsmen, artisans, and tourists together under one roof. Classical and modern ballet events bring exciting movement to the festival. Keep your appetite in check with food, glorious food, from eateries all over town. Artie Events for Kids offer fun, fun, fun for FestivalFamilies. And don’t miss our late-night events to cap off a day of adventure in the Pine Belt.
FestivalSouth® offers events for cultural arts lovers of every age and taste!
HCA is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.