If you're contemplating making the pilgrimage down south to Laurel anytime soon, spring time in City Beautiful never disappoints! The winter chill is usually gone by the end of February and the now famous scent of the Olive Blossom (perfectly captured in our signature Laurel Candle) fills the air.
But most importantly some of our most popular Downtown events make this time of the year even more special. Here's a few events to look forward to this season in 2024!
Annual Chili Cook Off
February 10, 2024 | 11:00am -3:00pm
Laurel Main Street kicks off each new year with the annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off. Join us on Central Avenue on the second Saturday in February for live music and Laurel's finest chili!
All entries are cooked on site and judged by a team of professionals.
Children under twelve can grab a hot dog at the Magnolia State Bank Hospitality Tent, sample the chili, and enjoy the festivities for free.
Laurel Leap Basketball Tournament
March 2, 2024!
On the first Saturday in March, we’re taking it to the streets for downtown Laurel’s only 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament — Laurel Leap Day!
Courts will be set up in the parking lot along Front Street with plenty of room in the bleachers for spectators to cheer on their favorite team. Food vendors, beverages, and a DJ will also be around to transform Front Street into a sports arena for all to enjoy!
Wine Down Downtown
March 8, 2024, April 12, 2024, May 17, 2024 | 5:00-8:00pm
Join all your favorite downtown merchants for monthly wine tasting & extended shopping hours!
Wine Down Downtown is a perfect date night or girls' night out! Pick up your cup from the LMS Entry tent, located at the corner of Central Ave. and N Magnolia St.
$20.00 PER PERSON PER WINE TUMBLER; MUST BE 21 TO PURCHASE/ ID REQUIRED. *This is a rain or shine event.
March 16, 2024 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Laurel Mercantile Co. is proud to host Mississippi Made on March 16, 2024 from 9 am to 3 pm. Mississippi Made is a vendor market featuring artisans and makers from across the state. The event is held at the Mercantile Yard at 414 Front Street in Laurel, Mississippi. Vendors will showcase handmade ceramics, jewelry, local honey, wooden creations, hand-painted artwork, goat milk soaps, stained glass, and much more. Several vendors have made special appearances showcasing their craft on the hit HGTV show, Home Town.
April 20, 2024 | 11:00am - 3:00pm
Crawfest is a longstanding tradition that welcomes warm spring weather and the tasty delight of seasoned crawfish. It's one of our favorite events since it's hosted along Front Street in front of Laurel Mercantile Co., so be sure to stop by!
Enjoy the finest taste of the south with a variety of flavorful crawfish and assorted sides with your ticket purchase. KIDS under TWELVE enter & eat free! For those who don’t or can’t eat crawfish, other food options will be available for purchase.