• Empty Bowls: Fundraiser helps feed Hungry in the Pinebelt

    Empty Bowls: Fundraiser helps feed Hungry in the Pinebelt

    According to Feeding America, 19 percent of Mississippi households live with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. That translates into more than 160,000 Mississippi children under age 18 living in food insecure households, consistently unable to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

  • Happenings: October

    Happenings: October


    11:30 AM - 1 PM @ City Hall Fountain Park

  • CULINARY CRAWL: Taking it to the Hub City’s Streets

    CULINARY CRAWL: Taking it to the Hub City’s Streets

    VisitHattiesburg is pleased to announce the city’s second annual Restaurant Week scheduled for Oct. 6 –13. Last year’s inaugural event attracted foodies from throughout the region, and VisitHattiesburg expects this year’s event to grow with the addition of new partners and offerings.

    Visitors and locals will enjoy the week’s theme, OctoberFEAST, which will feature specialty hamburgers as a nod to “Hattiesburgers.” Participating restaurants will embrace the theme by creating new menu items and specials for the week. 

  • DUBARD SPEAKEASY OCTOBER 3 @ The Bottling Company

    DUBARD SPEAKEASY OCTOBER 3 @ The Bottling Company

    For the seventh year, the DuBard School will celebrate the gift of language in true speakeasy fashion. This event recognizes the 55+ years of service DuBard School has provided to individuals by helping them to “speak easy.” 
    The DuBard School Speakeasy is a night of music, food, drinks and dancing – all while spreading the good news of the school and the life-changing DuBard Association Method.   

  • September Happenings

    September Happenings


    8PM @ Saenger Theater
    Keb' Mo' (Solo) will be live at the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater as part of the City Lights + Music Nights Concert Series. His 14 albums have garnered him 4 GRAMMY awards and a producer/engineer/artist GRAMMY Certificate. He has received 11 GRAMMY nominations. Keb' has also been awarded 11 Blues Foundation Awards and 6 BMI Awards for his work in TV & Film. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Saenger Box Office.

  • Happenings: August

    Happenings: August

    AUGUST 9, 23
    7PM @ Town Square Park
    SummerTunes, presented by Live @ Five H'Burg and the Thirsty Hippo, continues August 9 and 23 at Town Square Park in Downtown Hattiesburg. SummerTunes is the Live @ Five summer series offering free live music and an opportunity to enjoy the company of your friends, family, neighbors and fellow citizens in Town Square Park. The event takes place the second and fourth Friday of June, July, and August from 7-10 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

  • Happenings: 70th Annual Miss Hospitality

    Happenings: 70th Annual Miss Hospitality

    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.

  • Happenings: July

    Happenings: July


    JULY 3

  • Laughs 4 Life

    Laughs 4 Life

    While the annual Laughs 4 Life may be a fun and relaxing night out for many, to founder Kent Oliver it’s that, plus much more.
    Laughs 4 Life found its way into the life of Oliver in 2015, when at the age of 34 he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. After months of procedures, chemo, and treatment locally at the Forrest General Cancer Center, as well as the Mayo Clinic, Oliver underwent a stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt University, which has greatly improved the long-term outcome for him, his wife, Candace, and two daughters, Charlotte and Anna.



    When Signature Magazine publisher David Gustafson threw out the idea of hosting a Oscar-style, red carpet award show in conjunction with FestivalSouth’s annual ‘Best of the Pine Belt’ competition five years ago, even his own staff raised an eyebrow or two.
    But thanks to their encouragement and hard work – and the overwhelming support of the greater Pine Belt community – the annual Best of the Pine Belt Award Show became a reality and has quickly become one of the biggest and most-talked-about nights of the year.

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