Happenings: October


11:30 AM - 1 PM @ City Hall Fountain Park
The Hattiesburg Arts Council’s annual Downtown Brown Bag Concert Lunch Series has been an active outdoor program every Thursday in October for more than 25 years. This year’s lineup of musicians performing vocal and instrumental jazz, pop and folk, will appeal to all age groups and styles. The concerts are free and open to the public, and are held at City Hall Fountain Park Plaza each Thursday in October from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week, Coca-Cola and local restaurants graciously donate soft drinks, a delicious lunch and dessert on site for the audience to purchase for $7. This concert series serves as a fundraiser for the Hattiesburg Arts Council and promotes community spirit with our downtown businesses and their employees, as well as our retired citizens, students, special needs programs, and tourists looking for a culturally uplifting event on a beautiful October afternoon. Drinks provided by Coca-Cola; cookies provided by:  Double Tree by Hilton; $7 lunches available by a different Hub City eatery each week. Follow HAC’s Facebook page for weekly updates.
HAC Brown Bag lineup is as follows:October 3 - Charles Carter “One Man Show” - Keg and Barrel
October 10 - Tom McDermott and Guest - SouthBound Bagel & Coffee Shop
October 17 - Southern Miss Steel Jazztet - Thirsty Hippo                 
October 24 - Scott Chism & the Better Half - South Mouth Deli
October 31 - M.T. Pockets - The Porter

5 PM @ Town Square Park
Live @ Five is a free, outdoor live music series held in downtown Hattiesburg and takes place on Friday evenings in the spring and fall from 5-9 p.m. The events are sponsored by local businesses and organizations and produced by Live @ Five Productions LLC.
• Oct. 4 – Midnight Revel
• Oct. 11 – PineBelt Pickers
• Oct. 18 – Boma Bango
• Oct. 25 – Sugarcane Jane and the Bucket Fillers


5:30 PM @ Saenger Theater
Come, we fly! Oh! Thou hast waited in vain...
Join the Saenger at 5:30 p.m.f or a bewitching block party that’s sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. There will be themed drinks and crafty cocktails available for purchase, fun games fit for all witches, and costumes are highly encouraged. Show us your best Winifred, Sarah, Mary, Dani or Binx! Disney’s classic movie, Hocus Pocus, will begin at 7 p.m. The Sanderson Sisters are three wild witches returning from 17th century Salem for a night of wicked fun and comic chaos. After being conjured up by unsuspecting teenagers, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town to reclaim their youth before sunrise. Rated PG. Get your tickets now, before they are gone. Tickets are $7 and are available at eventbrite.com.


5:30 PM @ Keg & Barrel
Join The Avenues for South Mississippi's largest pumpkin carving on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Keg and Barrel. See who can display the best carving skills. Some carving kits will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Carving will begin at 5:30 p.m. with judging taking place at 7 p.m. $10 to enter, includes one pumpkin. Additional pumpkins are $5. Prizes for the winners, but the bragging rights are more important anyway. Don't forget to wear your costume. While carving your pumpkin, you will be able to enjoy some family-friendly spooky tunes. Grab your family and friends; you don't want to miss this.


8 AM-4 PM @ 201 West Main Ave., Lumberton
Live music, pie-baking contest, pumpkin contest, fun endeavors and shopping, Kid Zone, jump houses, game and prizes, costume contest, food, arts and crafts. Rain or shine. Live demonstration.

2-5 PM @ Downtown H’BURG
Downtown Hattiesburg will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The event will include food, art and shopping, as well as Halloween activities.

7:30PM @ Saenger Theater
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: Dragons Tour live at the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater as part of the City Lights + Music Nights Concert Series. Birdtalker will be the opening act for this event. Show at 8:30 p.m.

7-10 PM @ Eureka School
Fifteen distinguished alumni of Hattiesburg’s city schools will be inducted into the 2019 Hattiesburg Hall of Fame by the Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation during a black-tie gala on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Eureka School Museum.
The 15 alumni selected, including three posthumous nominees, for the Hattiesburg Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are:

  • Lt. Col. Raylawni G.A. Branch, Ret., Civil Rights Pioneer
  • Charles J. Brown,Bronze Star Veteran 
  • Dr. Richard Clark, Founder, Hattiesburg Clinic                                                                          
  • Janet Gurwitch, Cosmetics CEO
  • Dr. Eddie A. Holloway, University Dean of Students
  • Steve Knight, Most Basketball Coaching Wins in State History
  • Dr. Lynn McMahan, Founder, Southern Eye Clinic
  • Carlton “Corky” Palmer, College World Series Baseball Coach
  • Ora Lee Shaheed, Healthcare Administrator
  • Randy Swan, Television News Anchor/Director
  • Lawrence Warren, Paving Magnate
  • Percy Watson, State Legislator

Posthumous Members

  • Peggy Jean Connor, Civil Rights Activist
  • Jackie Dole Sherrill, First Female Sergeant/Detective, Hattiesburg Police Department
  • Iola Craft Williams, Executive Director, African-American Military History Museum

The HPSD Foundation hosts the Hall of Fame gala as a scholarship benefit, with proceeds going to students and staff of Hattiesburg Public School District. Funds generated by the event are earmarked for student scholarships, teacher grants and early childhood education readiness.
The event will be staged on Thursday Night, Oct. 24. The black tie dinner and reception are ticketed events but the public will have an opportunity to meet the Class of 2019 when they are presented pregame during Homecoming Activities at D I Patrick Stadium on Friday Night, October 25. Business patrons and alumni who would like to become official sponsors for the gala should go to HattiesburgHOF.com. For more information on the Hall of Fame, visit: http://hattiesburghof.com.


4-9PM @ Mohawk Steel & Glass
Join Jeremy Thomley and friends at this year’s fourth festival at the Thomley Christmas Tree Farm (50 Hegwood Road, Hattiesburg). There will be glassblowing demonstrations, a Haunted Hayride (tickets are $3), live music and food, new glass gallery, feed the animals, kids’ activities and games. Blown-glass pumpkins will be featured in the new glass gallery. Other blown-glass items include platters, flowers, cups, paperweights, mushrooms, bowls, vases and lots of ornaments. Free and open to the public. For more information visit HotGlassMs.com.


5:30 - 8:30 PM @ Hattiesburg Zoo
Mischievous Maya is watching our every move, as we prepare for ZOO BOO 2019! Stare into her eyes and face your fears! The most PUUURRR-FECT and MEOWGICAL decorations in town are stamped with her paw of approval! Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged, and you know we all love getting dressed up! We're stirring up a cauldron of cocktails at the BOOS BAR and the GHOSTLY GRILL will have all sorts of spooktacular snacks & spirits! Zoorassic Park is back (and it's BIGGER & BETTER than ever) for all who dare ENTER! The Merry-not too-Scary fun includes:  Jeepers Creepers Keepers Animal Encounters  Unlimited rides on the COUSIN ITT TRAIN & CAROU-SPELL  Discounted tickets to conquer the TOWER OF TERROR  Boogie Man BINGO & Animal Shows sure to keep you on your toes Creepy Campfire Stories that will leave you spellbound  Monster Mash Dance Party (Fit for Witches, Zombies, & Vampires of all ages).  The chance to dig up GHOUL prizes at the Mining Expedition. Stroll through WICKED WALLABY WALKABOUT... if you DARE! There will be Freaky Fun Face Painting, Ghoulish Games .........AND MUCH MORE!! Keep your eyes peeled for Her Majesty, GRAND MARSHAL MAYA! She's reigning supreme for two years running!
*ATTENTION ADULTS; We ask that you do not wear full face masks or full facial make-up. No "fake" weapons of any kind will be allowed for any guests––this is for the safety of everyone*
Prices: $10 per person ages 2 and up (Ages UNDER 2 are free)
*Annual Passes Do Not Apply


5:30 @ Hattiesburg Saenger Theater
Let's do the time warp again! With a jump to the left and a step to the right, the Rocky Horror tradition returns to Hattiesburg for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-show ANTICI....PATION Block Party on Forrest Street! There will be a full bar and we are serving up some fancy fan favorites, like the Thriller Vein Filler, a bourbon & cherry coagulation cocktail that's simply to DIE FOR! The show starts at 8:00 p.m. with an EPIC performance by Hattiesburlesque and a costume contest on the Saenger stage! So, break out your best fishnets and red lipstick for a chance to win some fabulous prizes! They'll be teaching everyone to Time Warp like a pro, and acting out a special live 'shadowcast' during the movie. Tickets are $7 Movie Prop Bags will be available for purchase!
Full audience partici.....pation and use of props is completely encouraged, however, no outside props will be allowed. (We're offering a special prop bag & cocktail combo!) Prop Bag Purchase includes: newspaper, water pistols, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, champagne flutes, party hats, and playing cards. This movie is rated R.


8:30 -11:30 PM @ Payne Center, USM
Join the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for the Pine Belt Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.
Register at: act.alz.org/wtea-pinebelt or text ALZWALK to 51555 for a direct link you can sign up through your phone. For more information, call Josey Lee, (228) 205-3368, Jolee@alz.org


5:30 PM @ Hardy Street (The Avenues)
Begining at 5:30 p.m. at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church on Hardy St and will end at The Hattiesburg Zoo, If you would like to participate, please sign up on the link above..
Also, be mindful that we are going to require at least 6 walkers per float to walk beside the float for the duration of the parade to help with crowd control.
After Party at Keg and Barrel on Hardy St. We'll be announcing the winners there after the parade.



10:30 AM - 1 PM @ Main Street Books
The eighth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Main Street Books, 210 Main Street, in historic downtown Hattiesburg, on Saturday, November 2. The $25 cost includes a handcrafted / hand painted bowl as well as a meal of soup, bread, dessert, and beverage provided by well-known Hattiesburg restaurants.  Before enjoying their meal, guests select a one-of-a-kind bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
This year's event will have a street festival atmosphere. Thanks to the Hattiesburg Downtown Association, Main Street will be blocked from Buschman to Walnut, allowing al fresco dining and live outdoor music. The Hattiesburg Zoo's Zoomobile will be on site with a special animal to visit with event guests.


5:30 PM @ Canebrake Country Club
The Pinebelt Foundation will host the third annual Bourbon Celebration on November 7  at Canebrake Country Club. The VIP ticket holders will arrive at the event 5:30 p.m., followed by all other ticket holders at 6:30 p.m. All ticket holders will taste an array of bourbons while enjoying a variety of entertainment from vocal to visual artist. Other special features of the event include Bourbon Bottle Etching, a Cigar Bar, and a Bourbon Cocktail Competition.