About FestivalSouth

FestivalSouth® events return to Hattiesburg venues, June 9 – 23, 2018, with a fun-filled line-up of events, performances, and presentations. Now in its ninth season, The Hattiesburg Concert Association presents Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival, offering both free and ticketed events that showcase the area’s rich creative economy. There is something for everyone!

Prior to the opening, The Best of the Pine Belt Awards show sets the stage on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Saenger Theatre. Showcasing the area’s choices for the best and brightest, it is also the release of the June issue of Signature Magazine that serves as the festival program.

One week later on opening night, June 9, country music legend Mac McAnally returns to join the FestivalOrchestra for a live performance of their award-winning CD, “Southbound.” The Mannoni Performing Arts Center will reverberate in an evening full of great music.

Families will enjoy the tale of 1001 Arabian Nights and “Scheherazade” as the FestivalSouth Orchestral Academy takes to the stage to perform. There will be a carnival of surprises in store before and during the concert that will begin at a family-friendly time, 4 PM, on June 16. Artie Events for all ages also fill the exciting summer schedule.

Cinema takes center stage at the FestivalSouth Film Expo that expands to encompass the entire second week of the festival, June 17 – 23. In addition to enjoying great independent films from around the globe competing for this year’s top prize, movie-goers will enjoy special screenings and presentations by Mississippi writers and their Hollywood film adaptations.

The FestivalFinale celebrates the film theme with “The Reel Big Movie Concert” that will showcase the great movie music of the silver screen in an evening full of surprises. This family-friendly event has also been moved to 6 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre so everyone can enjoy an early night on the town!

Events for the whole family including music, art, theatre, dance, food, and more are just around the corner at FestivalSouth 2018, June 9 – 23. Join us for a single event or weeks of fun! Explore the amazing opportunities that are at your fingertips year-round and now, showcased at FestivalSouth!

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part,
from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.