The Hub City in October

It’s an extremely busy month in the Hub City with something for everybody – football, film fests, fall festivals and lots more fun. In addition to the Happenings listed on Pages 20 and 21, you’re sure to find a lot more events here. Get you calendar out and get ready to plan your days and weeks ahead.

Fridays in October
Film Fest
7pm @ Saenger Theater

In the past, the October Saenger movie series has featured two shows during a two-week period. However, this year, the Saenger is screening films every Friday throughout the month. The schedule for each week is:

  • Oct. 6: Hocus Pocus
  • Oct. 13: Friday the 13th
  • Oct. 20: Halloweentown
  • Oct. 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

October Film Fest tickets are $5 per person, per movie for all movies except Rocky Horror. Tickets for Rocky Horror are $10 each and include festivities, props and entertainment. All tickets can be purchased online at, at the Saenger Theater Box Office, or by calling 601.584.4888. The doors will open one hour before showtime.

Monday, Oct. 9
Pink Monday Breast Cancer Benefit
4-7pm @ Town Square Park

Join in Pink Monday in the Park as we recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrate the strength and courage of Pine Belt survivors. There will be special guest speakers, survivor testimonies, light snacks, live music by Charles “CC” Carter. This is a free community event. Bring your lawn chairs. Call 601.447.2236 or 601.307.8732­

Oct. 6-10
Mobile Street Renaissance Festival
@ Mobile Street

This outdoor family-friendly event, includes the Sho'Nuff Good BBQ cookoff, introducing the Twin Forks Rising Farmers Market, Vegan Burger Battle and Sweet Potato Pie contest. Good music, arts/crafts vendors and more.

Saturday, Oct. 7
Downtown Hattie’s Maker’s Market
10am-4pm @Town Square Park

Hosted by Hattiesburg's own leather crafters, Grizzly Bear Leatherworks,this is a once-a-month first Saturday of the month pop-up market that seeks to promote S.T.E.A.M. – Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Mathematics. Because of the growing art movement sweeping thru Downtown Hattiesburg, we have chosen to focus primarily on the arts.  We are seeking MAKERS. A maker is defined as any craftsman, artisan, artist, crafter, smith of any kind, or person that promotes the handmade craftsmanship. We are seeking people that are open to doing demos of their trade. Blacksmiths, silversmiths, crocheters and woodturners.

Thursday, Oct. 12
The Avenues Pumpkin Carving
5:30-8pm @ Keg & Barrel

Join residents of  The Avenues for South Mississippi's largest pumpkin carving! On Thursday, Oct. 12, we will 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 5:30pm with judging taking place at 7pm. The cost is $10 to enter and includes one pumpkin. Additional pumpkins are $5. While carving your pumpkin, you will be able to enjoy some family-friendly spooky films and music. Grab your family and friends, you don't want to miss this!

Oct. 12-14
Southern Miss Homecoming
@ around Hattiesburg

  • 19th annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament
    8:30am Friday, Oct. 13
    Hattiesburg Country Club
  •  Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony,
    6:30pm Friday, Oct. 13
    Thad Cochran Center Ballroom

    The Southern Miss Alumni Association will induct seven outstanding alumni into the Hall of Fame. Contact Rene’ Trigg at 601.266.5691 or for more information.
  •  Dixie Darlings Alumnae Reunion Dinner
    7-9pm Friday, Oct. 13
    Thad Cochran Center Room 218

    For more information, contact Melissa Lyman at
  •  Friday Night at the Fountain
    7-10pm Friday, Oct. 13
    Centennial Green

    Friday Night at the Fountain, hosted by Southern Miss Activities Council, kicks off on Centennial Green and will feature the homecoming court, members of the Golden Eagle football team, Seymour, cheerleaders and the Dixie Darlings.
  • Homecoming Parade
    11am Saturday, Oct. 14

    Parade starts at the Starbucks at Midtown and travels east to the front entrance of campus.
  •  USM vs. UTEP Homecoming Game
    6pm Saturday, Oct. 14
    The Rock, USM campus

Saturday, Oct. 14
Tutus at the Zoo
10am-12pm @ Hattiesburg Zoo

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Forrest General’s Spirit of Women presents Tutus at the Zoo. Every little girl who visits will receive a pink tutu and a temporary tattoo of a pink ribbon for their cheeks. There will be information on breast health for women and a chance to sign the Drive to Inspire car in honor or memory of a breast cancer patient or as a pledge to remind loved ones to schedule their annual screenings. The first 100 girls who visit the Zoo that day will also have the opportunity to show off their tutus on the field at the Southern Miss Homecoming game against the UTEP Miners that night at The Rock.  

Friday, Oct. 20
Do Good Portrait Project Opening Reception
3-5pm @ Second Floor City Hall

The "Do Good Portrait Project,” which be featured in the second floor lobby of Hattiesburg City Hall, features the portrait photography exhibit by various HAC smART Space Programs. An opening reception will be held from 3-5pm Oct. 20. This Do Good Portrait Project will feature portraits by adults and children from Clearview Recovery Center, Earl Travillion Attendance Center, HAC smART space after school program and Arc of SE Mississippi Rise and Shine. This is a Community project organized in conjunction with the exhibition of southern portraits from the Do Good Fund in the Gallery of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Oct. 25-30
Zoo Boo
5:30pm@ Hattiesburg Zoo

Each night, the Hattiesburg Zoo will transform into an enchanting setting fit for the scariest goblins and the most delicate princesses. Guests will enjoy Halloween decorations through the Zoo, Jeepers Creepers keepers animal encounters, themed games, animal shows, fortune telling, and more!

Thursday, Oct. 26
The Avenues Halloween Parade
5:30-7pm @ Hardy Street

The sixth annual Avenues Halloween Parade begins at 5:30pm at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church on Hardy Street and will end at The Hattiesburg Zoo. If you would like to participate, please visit Also, be mindful that at least six walkers per float are required to walk beside the float for the duration of the parade to help with crowd control.

Friday, Oct. 27
SoPro Halloween Party
8pm@ Southern Prohibition Taproom

A second batch of Selfie Destruct DDH IPA will be hitting the shelves and taps for a very special Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 28. Attendees after 8pm must be 21 or older. Mercury Pizza will be on site slinging pizza and waffles. There will also be a costume contest with voting set for 9:30pm. Winner gets a taproom gift card and SoPro gear!

Friday, Oct. 27
6-8pm @ African American Military History Museum

Join us for unearthly Halloween fun at the Historic USO's annual spook-tackular BOOSEUM event! Boogie to hair-raising tunes and enjoy trick-or-treating, face painting, a costume contest, games and much, much, more! Tickets can be purchased at the door. $2 for parents, $1 for kids. FREE for members.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Dearly Departed Walking Tour
6pm @ Begins at Saenger Theater

Presented by the Historic Downtown Neighborhood Association in cooperation with The Avenues Alliance and Hub City Players, you’re in for a treat this Halloween. The first Dearly Departed Walking Tour begins at 6pm Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Saenger Theater. Each tour lasts about 55 minutes. Tickets are $25 per person, 12 years and older.  Advanced purchased recommended. The Downtown Tour includes trolley service. Begins at Saenger Theater. Ticket price includes light refreshments. Tour times, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm.