The cultural resources of the Mississippi Gulf Coast also include the many local events and festivals that celebrate the area's distinctive traditions through music, food, and various activities. The catches of competitive anglers are on display in July at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport, that has been dubbed the world's largest fishing rodeo. Seafood abounds at all local festivals, but it is celebrated specifically at the Crab Festival in Bay St. Louis, the Country Cajun Crawfish Festival in Biloxi and the Seafood Festival in Biloxi.
In October, Jackson County honors its rural heritage at the County Fair in Pascagoula, while Vancleave celebrates the county's heritage with the Jackson County Ole Time Festival and Mule Pull in March. In December, Biloxi marks the season with a parade of decorated boats in "Christmas on the Water." Another notable event in December is the annual Christmas Eve sale by the ladies of the Slavic Benevolent Society in Biloxi of pusharatas, a delicious Slavonian pastry.
Festivals and events commemorating the area's French colonial heritage include Mississippi Coast History Week in Biloxi, the Fort Maurepas Living History Weekend in April and the French Colonial Living re-enactments in October in Ocean Springs. Music festivals include Jazz in the Pass in Pass Christian, the New Life Church Blue Grass and Gospel Music Festival in Hancock County, the Magnolia State Bluegrass Festival in Wiggins, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues and Heritage Festival in Pascagoula. Music, food, and story telling are celebrated at the Blueberry Jubilee and Storytelling Festival in June in Poplarville and at the Great Storytelling Festival in Ocean Springs in October.
Numerous festivals celebrating the area's arts and crafts are held in the fall. In October, there is the annual George E. Ohr Festival in Biloxi. The Peter Anderson Art Festival is held in Ocean Springs in November. In September, Pass Christian holds Art in the Pass and Oceans Springs sponsors Art Walk. Folk art is celebrated at the Gingham Tree Arts and Crafts Festival in Lucedale in November.