Cruisin' The Coast is Coming to MS Gulf Coast

Matt Claiborne
August 6, 2021

Of all the events that come through the Mississippi Gulf Coast annually, Cruisin' the Coast is the biggest and best. Why? This car enthusiast event has activities and things to do at venues in all coastal towns. Nearly every local business and casino has something special for the offering.

Cruise into Cruisin' The Coast 2021 in Long Beach MS‍

This year's Cruisin' event is shaping up to be a big one. Not only is it the event's 25th anniversary, but it's also got tons of unique events and fun stuff to do. The event spans the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast, so true to its name; you can cruise your way to fun all week long.

The event is officially running from October 3 - 10, 2021, but chances are you'll start to see neat vehicles rolling down Beach Boulevard before and after the show.

Getting In and Getting There‍

Old school car

There are two ways to enjoy the event. You can either register your car to join in on the cruisin' fun, or you can enjoy it as a spectator.

If you want to drive your way into the show, you'll want to become a registered participant. You can pre-register at the Cruisin' website. Once you're registered, your first stop at the show will be the registration desk in Gulfport. The address is 200 East Beach Boulevard. It's on Highway 90, just west of Courthouse Road. If you haven't pre-registered, you'll be able to do so there on the day of the event.

The registration desk will hook you up with your packet of goodies. You'll get a printed copy of the show schedule as well as your Window ID Card. Your ID card is your pass into all of the venues.

Spectators don't need tickets or any registration. The registration process allows for the parking of your vehicle inside the event. If you don't want to do that, simply park outside any venues and walk in. There's no charge, and you can enjoy the cars, music, and fun with no hassles.

Cruisin' Official Event Sites‍

Since the event has the word "cruisin'" in its name, you won’t be at just one location! Here are the other event locations you can cruise to.

  1. Central registration desk in Gulfport -- Highway 90 a few miles east of Highway 49
  2. Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Swap Meet)
  3. D'Iberville, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
  4. Downtown Ocean Springs
  5. Edgewater Mall parking lot
  6. Downtown Pass Christian
  7. Downtown Bay St. Louis
  8. Pascagoula Beach Park

Calendar of Events‍

Yellow car next to a Biloxi Mural

Festivities start on October 3 with the View the Cruise in Gulfport from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The big event for the day is the Cruisin' Through the Decades show in Gautier from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with the drive-in movie starting at 6:30 pm. This year, the film is Grease.

Official registration pick-up and onsite registration begin in Gulfport on Monday morning. Events run all week long at the event sites on the coast. Noteworthy artists are holding special performances in many venues and at many of the area's casinos.

By far, the biggest day of the event is "Super Saturday," on October 9th. Live bands will play at Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Edgewater Mall, D'Iberville, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula. The Long Beach Yacht Club will be putting on a Cruisin' Breakfast, and the doors open to the Vicari Auto Auction at the GCC at 8:30 am. The Aviation Museum will salute the event with a special fly-by, passing Highway 90 from Ocean Springs to Bay St. Louis. Finally, "The Legends of Motown" will play at the Hollywood Casino Resort in Bay St. Louis. That event starts at 7:00 pm and includes a fireworks show.

Sunday is the event finale with ceremonies and awards shows. And, of course, the winner of the raffle car will be announced! This year's offering is a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible.

For a complete list of the times and events featured at this year's event, check out the Cruisin' the Coast 2021 Schedule.

Noteworthy Entertainment for the Show‍

Red Mustang in front of the Biloxi Lighthouse

Get ready to rock because on Tuesday, October 5, KISS's "End of the Road World Tour" will be appearing at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

On Thursday, October 7, surf's up on the Gulf Coast. The Beach Boys will be playing at the Beau Rivage.


Ready to get cruisin'? If your hot rod needs some appreciation, be sure to pre-register online. And whether you're in town for Cruisin' or any of the other fun things to do in Long Beach, MS, book your stay at the Inn at Long Beach today, where you'll be right in the heart of the action.

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