Gazebo Gazette

Art in the Pass returns the weekend of April 6 – 7, 2024, with fine arts, live music, food and more, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The event takes place from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday in scenic War Memorial Park in Pass Christian, Mississippi.  Showcasing a variety of media–including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pottery–this annual, vetted fine arts festival features approximately 110 artists from more than 10 states.

Now in its 26th year, Art in the Pass attracts 10,000 visitors from across the region. Various bands will provide live music and food vendors will offer a variety of foods throughout both days.  Admission and parking are free.

War Memorial Park is located between Fleitas and Davis avenues on Scenic Drive in Pass Christian.  For more details, visit www.ArtinthePass.com or the Art in the Pass Facebook page.

Art in the Pass is sponsored by the Pass Christian Main Street Association and the City of Pass Christian.  Proceeds from Art in the Pass support art education in Mississippi Gulf Coast schools.

In 2022, Art in the Pass awarded nearly $40,000 in scholarships and school grants to participating schools in Harrison and Hancock counties. Monetary awards included seven scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing art-related careers, as well as grants designated to fund art programs in high schools in Harrison and Hancock counties and for the Pass Christian Boys and Girls Club.

The student art show will take place on Sunday, April 7, and the winners of this year’s scholarships will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Additionally, the Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival also is held in the park Saturday until 3 pm. The event includes more than 25 exhibits related to the wise use, preservation and conservation of our valuable aquatic and coastal resources. All events are free.

In 2015, Art in the Pass was selected as an official AAA Southern Traveler Travel Treasure by the AAA Association. AAA Southern Traveler magazine is read by more than 290,000 frequent travelers, and each bimonthly issue features a series of four to six unique Southern attractions. 

For more information regarding Art in the Pass, please contact the event chair, Betty Sparkman, at 703.980.3376 / bdsparkman@gmail.com or Lisa Eveleigh at 919.265.4526 /  lgeveleigh@gmail.com