What to do near Biloxi, MS: Burger Cook Off, Cobia Tournament

Southern Mississippi music fans will head for a day at the New Orleans Jazz Festival which runs from Friday, April 29 through May 5, and there’s plenty more music and events happening this weekend in southern Mississippi.

Here is the program for the last weekend of April and the beginning of May:

Thusday – The cult performs at Hard Rock Biloxi. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by someone over 30. Tickets start at $34.99.

Friday – Night of the Three Dogs performs at IP Casino Biloxi at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $44.

Friday and Saturday – Earth, Air and Fire performs at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi. Shows at 8 p.m. Tickets from $90.95

Saturday – Jewelery and Arts Fair at Mary C., 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presented by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society and will include sales of handmade jewelry and mineral specimens, art, sculpture, pottery and photographs.

Saturday – Premiere of XIII, an Apollo 13 documentary by MSU Films at Infinity Science Center. Admission and free movie ticket includes a Q&A with Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and Apollo 13 engineer Gilroy Chow. Also 10th Anniversary Celebration from noon to 2 p.m., I-10 Exit 2.

Saturday – Bud & Burgers Outdoor Cooking Contest, 5-8 p.m. at L&N Depot Plaza in downtown Ocean Springs. Tickets are $15 for adults to sample competitor burgers and a beer, or $10 for those under 21.

Saturday and Sunday- Gorenflo’s Cobia Tournament at Gorenflo Tackle Shop, 119 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi. The scales are open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Sunday – Miss Aquarium Contest at the Mississippi Aquarium, 2100 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Categories for ages 0-18, winners participating in the Miss Magnolia State Pageant pageant.

April 28-May 8 — “You can’t take it with you”, performed by Center Stage Theater at 2670 Palofox Street, Biloxi. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50.

April 29-May 8 — “Spongebob the Musical” presented by Wings at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Shows at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.

Tuesday, May 3 — Old McDonald’s Farm Sand sculpture at Edgewater Mall, Biloxi. Sculptors begin work on a 75 ton sand sculpture inside the mall in front of JC Penney. Construction will continue until May 13, and the completed sand sculpture will be on display for visitors. Free

Other shows and musical events are listed in the Mississippi Coastal Calendar.

Mary Perez has won awards for her articles on business and casinos for the Sun Herald. She also writes about Biloxi, jobs and new restaurants and developments coming to the coast. She’s a fourth-generation journalist.