You're Invited To Laurel's Famous Loblolly Festival

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year especially in downtown Laurel. 

The City Beautiful becomes magical during the fall/winter months. 

Some of our most beloved community events all take place over these months making this time of the year even more special. 

One of those events is our annual Loblolly Festival. 

To us Laurel residents, fall officially begins on the first Saturday of October. This full day event gets us in the spirit - even if it is 90 degrees outside. 

What is the Loblolly Festival in Laurel, MS?

It's a festival honoring our rich heritage as a sawmill town. 

Artisans from across the southeast set up shop along the streets. 

Live music can be heard all throughout downtown.

Food vendors line up and down Oak Street and the aroma of authentic festival food fills the air. 

It’s a total sensory experience! 

But where does the name, Loblolly, come from?

(photo courtsey of Guild and Gentry)

Back in the 1800s Laurel was founded as a lumber mill town and quickly became the yellow pine capital of the world. Loblolly is a type of pine tree found here in Laurel, MS.

You can read more Laurel history here. 

This family friendly event also has plenty of activities for kids too! Bring the family and plan to spend the day with us on October 7, 2023.

There is one additional special event happening on October 7 that we are so excited about! 

Erin will be signing copies of her latest book, Heirloom Rooms at 5:00 PM at the Scent Library. Click here to purchase your ticket for the book signing with Erin. 

*While the Loblolly Festival is free to attend, the book signing with Erin is a ticketed event. Only those who purchase a ticket will be able to attend the book signing. 

See ya there!

Click here for helpful info when you plan your visit to Laurel.