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City of Gulfport - Leisure Services Department
Special Events
Subject to change due to COVID-19. Please call for more information.

The Special Events division is responsible for the activities that are not typically mainstream recreational activities. Events that are hosted by the Special Events Division include: the Annual Boo Bash event; Easter Egg Hunts; Back to School Health and Wellness Fair; 4th of July Fireworks Display; Senior Summer BBQ; Summer Jamboree, etc. The division also works with the Gulfport Family Events Committee to host the Cinema by the Shore or movie nights in Jones Park that occur every third Friday of every month from April through August each year.

Here's our calendar of events for 2021:

  • Senior Mardi Gras Mambo Drive Thru - February 4th - 11am - Lyman Community Center
  • Easter Egg-Sravaganza Drive Thru - March 23rd - 6pm - Gulfport Sportsplex Soccer Complex
  • Fireworks Display - July 4th - 8:45pm - Jones Park & Gulfport Municipal Marina
  • Back to School Health and Wellness Fair - Tentative: July 31st - 9am to 12noon - Barksdale Pavilion
  • Boo Bash - Tentative: October 30th - 6pm to 9pm - Gulfport Sportsplex Soccer Fields
  • Sugarplum Saturday Christmas Parade - Tentative: December 4th - 6pm - Downtown Gulfport

Cinema by the Shore Dates for 2021 - Jones Park

  • Toy Story 4 - April 16th - Dusk - Jones Park
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2 - May 21st - Dusk - Jones Park
  • Kung Fu Panda - June 18th - Dusk - Jones Park
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - July 16th - Dusk - Jones Park
  • Pets 2 - August 20th - Dusk - Jones Park

Stay tuned for additional details or information.

Event Hosting

If you are interested in hosting an event in Jones Park or in one of our City of Gulfport public parks, please contact our Special Events staff at 228-868-5881 or email lsevents@gulfport-ms.gov to get more information on the special event permit application process, rental prices, and check date availability.


Barksdale Pavilion Leo Seal Educational Plaza
Amphitheater Area with Flanking Pavilions Harbor Market Pavilion


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