Oktoberfest events and festivals fill the weekend in the Hattiesburg area

Hattiesburg will be bustling with activity this weekend as events like Oktoberfest and the Mobile Street Renaissance Festival unfold.

St. John’s Oktoberfest

The 42-year-old St. John Lutheran Church Oktoberfest is the oldest in the central city. Oktoberfest activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hardy Street Church. German dishes, beer, live music, a polka dance demonstration, children’s activities and more are planned during the event.

Some of the food items for sale include sausage and hot dog plates, German potato salad, sauerkraut, bread, German pastries and German mustard. Plates are available on site or to take away. The seats are limited.

Proceeds from the event fund church outreach and missions.

St. John’s Lutheran Church:42nd Annual Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest at the Porter

Porter’s Oktoberfest celebration started earlier in the week, but will culminate with a day of activities on Saturday that includes a competition for the best German outfit, fun games, German dishes on the menu and more. The contest comes with prizes for the best dressed winners.

Other downtown businesses are teaming up with The Porter to host the fall as part of Downtown’s monthly First Saturday event. Participating businesses include ALLEY CATS Ax Throwing Co., Southern Wangz, Sacks Outdoors, Southern Prohibition Brewing Co., Blu Jazz Cafe, Fairley’s Wings & More, The Lucky Rabbit, Hattiesburg Pocket Museum and The Shop Downtown.

The wearer :Oktoberfest, first Saturday events

Southern Prohibition Brewing, Hattiesburg's oldest brewery, is hosting an Oktoberfest pub crawl on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Southern Prohibition Bar Crawl

SoPro held its Oktobefest celebration in September, but is preparing to celebrate again by hosting an Oktoberfest pub crawl on Saturday night, starting at 5 p.m.

Other participating businesses include The Porter Pub, Hattiesburgers and Blues and The Grill and Grocery.

Tickets are $25 per person and come with a plastic mug, rolling pretzel, and drink ticket for each venue. The crawl begins at the SoPro taproom, where tickets are available for purchase.

Additionally, The Switch Yard, next to Southern Prohibition, will have beer specials and football on TV.

Southern Prohibition:Oktoberfest pub crawl

Visitors walk down the street during the annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival in downtown Hattiesburg in this 2018 file photo.

Mobile Street Renaissance Festival

The annual Mobile Street Renaissance festival returns for the 17th year. The event honors the neighborhood’s once-thriving Black-owned businesses and the revival that is taking place with the return of businesses and the creation of the Sixth Street Museum District, which includes several museums that focus on Hattiesburg’s rich black heritage and the legacy of civil rights.

The festival kicks off Friday with music at Mac’s Cafe from 5:30 p.m. to midnight; a book signing and performance by bluesman Bobby Rush at the St. James Wright VFW starting at 6 p.m.; and a silent block party on the 600 block of Mobile Street from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with many food stalls and vendors, a children’s activity area, an art exhibit, live gospel, rhythm and blues and blues music at different locations on Mobile Street and much more.

Evening activities, which take place between 6 p.m. and midnight, include a children’s event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eureka School Museum; a foam party from 8 p.m. to midnight on Mobile Street and a closing party at Mac’s Cafe from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Among the museums on Sixth Street are the African American Military History Museum, housed in the former black-only USO building; the old Eureka school across the street; and the Oseola McCarty House, which was moved to Sixth Street to join the other museums.

Although not on Sixth Street, the Smith Drug Co. on Mobile Street is part of the city’s Museum District.

Mobile Street Renaissance Festival:Two days of activities in downtown Hattiesburg

A protected bike path runs along a section of Camp Street toward the Hattiesburg Zoo, Miss.  Friday March 11, 2022.

Community bike ride

The City of Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Community Bike Ride starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, which will take cyclists around events and retail opportunities in the downtown area, including the Mobile Street Renaissance Festival, The Lucky Rabbit, Downtown Hattiesburg’s First Saturday, Taste of the South Food Truck Festival, The Porter’s Oktoberfest and the Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market.

The bike ride is free. Those without bikes can rent them at the Longleaf Trace Gateway on West Fourth Street near the University of Southern Mississippi. However, rented bikes must be returned before 2:30 p.m.

The ride starts at the front door and will follow the bike path to the city center.

Community bike ride:Hosted by Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation

Worthy Stables, a nonprofit therapeutic riding center, is hosting an Oktoberfest event on Saturday.

Worthy Oktoberfest stables

The Worthy Stables Therapeutic Horsemanship Ranch in the Sheeplo community of Petal hosts an Oktoberfest celebration and family fair.

The event will feature vendors, food trucks, equestrian seminars and demonstrations, a must-watch riding clinic, games, raffles and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will also be pony rides, a bouncy castle and games for children on the estate.

Admission is free, but buckets of donations will be placed at each activity.

The day at the fair will precede a traditional Oktoberfest event with German food and drink for sale, and lots of music from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Worthy stables:Oktoberfest and family fair

Peanuts, pumpkins, squash and a variety of other produce can be seen at Mitchell Farms in Collins during this weekend's Mississippi Pumpkin Festival.

Mississippi Peanut Festival

Mitchell Farms’ 13th Annual Mississippi Peanut Festival returns with a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, goat castle and other kids’ activities, farm tours, performances, food and hundreds of vendors.

Items for sale will include arts and crafts, antiques, children’s clothing, collectibles, jewelry, yard art and more.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Farms on Leaf River Church Road, just outside Collins. Admission is $15 for anyone 2 years and older. Tickets can be purchased at mitchellfamilyfarmsllc.ticketspice.com/pumpkinpatch-maze.

Mississippi Peanut Festival:Hosted by Mitchell Farms

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