Happenings: July



6-10pm @ H’Burg’s CHAIN PARK & Petal River Park

For the second time, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association and the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer a family-friendly Fourth of July experience complete with a fireworks display over the Leaf River. Presented by Coca-Cola, the celebration will be family-friendly for residents and visitors of both Hattiesburg and Petal. Live music, activities, a kids zone, and a range of food vendors will be on both sides of the Leaf River. Admission to the event is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pets, glass, tents, and personal fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted. Parking onsite is limited, but offsite parking with shuttle service will be available.  For further inquiries, contact Valerie at Petal Area Chamber of Commerce, (601) 583-3306 or Andrea Saffle with Hattiesburg Downtown, (601) 583-4329 or Facebook/2019 Star-Spangled Celebration.



Fourth of July Fireworks
7PM @ Little Black Creek Campground and Park

Regular day use fees apply before 7PM. Park entry after 7PM will be $10 per car. The fireworks will start shortly after dark. 



William Carey 
Dinner Theatre
June 13-July 20 @ WCU Joe, Virginia Tatum Theatre

Carey Dinner Theatre will celebrate its 44th season with two musical comedies when “Mississippi unique dinner theatre” opens again this summer. From the aroma of the catered buffet, through the candlelit meal, to the thrill of the first chords of the overture, CDT offers patrons an all-around entertainment experience with two shows in June and July. Radio Gals, written by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, the creative genius behind hits Smoke on the Mountain and Pump Boys and Dinettes, is June 13 – 29; and Peace Like a River, the gospel musical comedy sequel to CDT’s 2011 smash hit Peace in the Valley, is July 9 – 20.
Radio Gals, which runs June 13 – 29, tells the story of Hazel Hunt who receives a transmitter as a retirement gift and Station WGAL is born in Cedar Rapids, Arkansas. Twenty-one original songs provide the backdrop for this zany musical. Peace Like a River, which runs July 9 – 20, tells the story of Harmony Valley Church and the confusion that reigns there. Full of lively gospel music and humor, the show is a heartwarming evening for audiences. CDT alumni, such as Philip Fortenberry and Keith Thompson, can be found in professional theatre. Fortenberry was a keyboardist for the national tour of "Cats" and more recently was the musical director for the revival of "Hair" and "Seussical, The Musical." Thompson was a musical director in New York, where his credits include "Les Miserables," but is now based in Las Vegas. Both have numerous credits in professional theatre. Shannon Robert completed a master of fine arts at Florida State University and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia before returning to the Carey theatre faculty and the position of designer with CDT. The box office opens Monday, June 3, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $35 and include tax, show and buffet. For reservations, call (601) 318-6221. Shows are nightly except Sundays and Mondays.


JULY 26-27


Friday, July 26 
Saturday, July 27 
8PM @ Saenger Theater

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Mississippi Miss Hospitality will host its largest competition in more than a decade, welcoming 44 contestants to Hattiesburg in July. This year’s program features not only the contestants but their Little Misses and former state Miss Hospitalities as well. The Platinum Jubilee competition will take place at 8 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.
In its 22nd year as host city, Hattiesburg will showcase this year’s best and brightest young women as they compete for the title of Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality. Forty-four women, who represent all regions of the state, will vie for the title of Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality, with the winner serving for a full year as the state’s official ambassador for economic development and tourism.  In 2018, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition added a Little Miss Hospitality component, which encourages local representatives to serve as a mentor throughout her reign to a young girl from her hometown between the ages of 6 and 10. Returning this year, the program allows Little Misses to appear on-stage during competition and participate in official events. If crowned the next Mississippi Miss Hospitality, the contestant’s Little Miss will serve alongside her as she fulfills her duties and responsibilities as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassador.
“Tourism is the front door to our state, and economic development is the backbone,” said  Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG. “For 70 years, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality program has championed these economic sectors while supporting the state’s best and brightest young women through a scholarship program. As the contestants, along with their friends, family, and Little Miss participants, travel to Hattiesburg, we are eager to welcome them and showcase our city.” Arriving on July 21, the contestants will be welcomed to the University of Southern Mississippi before starting their week-long journey to the crowning ceremony on July 27.  Throughout competition week in Hattiesburg, contestants will attend social events, participate in community service projects, and attend rehearsals and competitions. The public is invited to meet the contestants at the Miss Hospitality autograph party from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Turtle Creek Mall. A program of VisitHATTIESBURG, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition is presented by the Mississippi Development Authority, The University of Southern Mississippi, the City of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Saenger Theater and Forrest General Hospital. Sponsorships and patrons allow the program to annually award more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to participants. “Hattiesburg is delighted to be in its 22nd year as host city of this statewide program, which promotes ambassadorship in tourism and economic development,” said Kristen Brock, Miss Hospitality program coordinator. “Each year, we have a talented group of young female leaders participating in Miss Hospitality, who eagerly await the opportunity to showcase their love for their hometowns and for Mississippi.” Tickets are expected to sell out, so pre-purchases are encouraged. Tickets are available online at HattiesburgSaenger.com or 
by calling (601) 584.4888. 





Laughs 4 Life presents a night of comedy with Frank Caliendo and Keith Alberstadt. Taking aim at cancer for a fourth consecutive year, Laughs 4 Life was created as a way to bring the comfort of laughter to the community of Hattiesburg while raising awareness and funds for cancer research and patient focused initiatives.
All proceeds from this year's event will go directly to our beneficiaries: The International Myeloma Foundation, the Forrest General Cancer Center, and for the first time we are partnering with Children's of Mississippi. As Children's grows through the construction of their new tower adjacent to the current Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Laughs 4 Life will be dedicating funds specifically for both physical space and programs aimed at generating smiles to families and patients during their time of care.  Laughs 4 Life has been made possible with support from our many sponsors, including Marquee Sponsor Forrest General Hospital.  Tickets are $35-$60. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250 to include a pre-show dinner and meet-and-greet at the Bottling Company.  For more information, visit www.laughs4life.com


AUG 12

The Mississippi Lebowski Fest

The Hattiesburg Saenger Theater presents the inaugural Mississippi Lebowski Fest, a two-day event inspired by The Big Lebowski, a Coen brothers cult classic. Free admission. On July 12 there will be a Block Party and Movie at the Saenger Theater. Lebowski Fest kicks off at 5PM with a block party on Forrest Street and The Big Lebowski movie screening begins at 8PM. Available for purchase will be themed beverages (Perhaps a White Russian?), full bar, music and games. Costumes are encouraged. 


AUG 13


A Bowling Party will be held all day at Hub Lanes. Lebowski Fest just wouldn't be complete without an evening of bowling. Present your Lebowski Fest ticket at Hub Lanes for a free shoe renta. Lane rental not included. For more information, visit the Saenger Box Office or call (601) 584-4888.


AUG 13


The Pine Belt Lions Club will host its annual breakfast at the Half Shell Oyster House, 6555 Hwy. 98 West. Tickets are only $8 per person and proceeds go to funding the various philanthropic projects of the Lions Club. For more information, call (662) 255-9827.


AUG 25

National Night Out Against Crime
7PM @ H’Burg locations

The City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County will observe National National Out Against Crime activities during several events planned around the Hub City.
• Thursday, July 25: National Night Out Kick-Off Event, at C.E. Roy Community Center, 6 – 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 6: Lunch & Learn with Law Enforcement, Firemen and Friends, at 53 Academy Drive, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 6: Neighborhood Parties, located all throughout Hattiesburg, 6 – 8 p.m.
For more information, call (601) 545-4500