Know Before You Go: Loblolly Festival 2021

Loblolly lovers rejoice! Loblolly Festival is back, this Saturday from 9-4pm in Downtown Laurel. Get ready for the biggest event of the year. 

What’s Playing

Enjoy live music on two stages all day long. Bring a chair, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Loblolly Festival as long as you’d like.

The Loblolly Stage (Front Street)

9:00am-10:15am Free N’ Easy

10:45am-12:00 noon Jones & Pine

12:30pm-2:00pm Ryan Cooper

2:30pm-4:00pm Cary Hudson & The Piney Woods Players

The Knight Butcher Stage (Central Avenue) 

11:00am-2:00pm Free N’ Easy

Drink Up!

The Southern Beverage beer trailer will be located on Oak Street by Trustmark Art Park (and the Laurel Main Street tent) serving up brews for you to enjoy while you stroll around the festival. Be sure to bring cash or visit one of the ATMs Downtown, as cards will not be accepted at the trailer.

Many of our eateries also serve alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages for your convenience. Drink local!

What’s Cookin’

Over 20 food vendors will be on Oak Street featuring corn dogs, funnel cakes, barbecue, and more. Not to mention our delicious Downtown eateries…take your pick! (We recommend filling up on a little bit of everything.)

Fun for the Family

Loblolly Festival is an event for the whole family! Expect games, jumps, and activities for the littles of all ages.

The pumpkin patch at First United Methodist Church, the Heritage Arts Festival at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the viewing of the Art on Masonite contest at The YWCO are also great options for family fun.

Shop Small

While you’re Downtown, make sure to visit our Downtown businesses. This is a great opportunity to check out a shop you’ve never been in before! (Or your very favorite)

It’s important to still make your way down Central Avenue to support the stores and eateries affected by road closures and temporary construction. Not to mention, The Knight Butcher stage will be featuring live music from 11am-2pm.

Scarecrow Invasion

Our Downtown merchants will unveil their scarecrows on Saturday! Check out all their larger-than-life creations while you enjoy the festival. The winners of the competition will be announced on our social media pages on October 5th.

Helpful Tips

  • Furry friends are allowed to attend the festival, but be mindful of city leash laws and please pick up after your pets.
  • Loblolly Festival is free! 
  • Keep the City ‘Beautiful’! Make sure to discard pet waste, food, and garbage in trash receptacles.
  • When you’re sippin’ and strolling, make sure to follow the city’s open container laws, and stay in the leisure district.
  • Ample parking is available in outer lots. Don’t be afraid to get your steps in!
  • Grab a Loblolly Guide from the Laurel Main Street tent by Trustmark Art Park for a map and more information on the event.
  • Loblolly Festival is rain or shine! Don’t worry, we won’t cancel on you.


A special thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who make this event happen! Loblolly Festival is presented by our signature sponsor, Howard Industries. 

 

“Wine Down” in Downtown Laurel this Fall

It’s time to “wine” down after hours in Downtown Laurel this Fall! Join us under the lights for 3 more unforgettable evenings this year. 

Sip Back and Relax

May all wine lovers rejoice! Wine Down is back for 3 more dates in 2021, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Over 20 Downtown Laurel merchants are pouring, with quite a few others still opening for business, including our amazing restaurants!

This is the perfect opportunity for you and the girls, or you and the family, to #getdowntown and see what we have to offer.

Know Before you Go

Wine Down Downtown is a wine tasting event. You’ll purchase your $15 reusable, collectible wine tumbler from one of the 2 Laurel Main Street event check-ins to take all over town to “wine stops”. The wine stops are our pouring businesses–your ticket is the tumbler! (Be prepared to show your ID.)

Each wine stop will serve 1 2-ounce pour of their select wine and depending on the stop, you might get something else special to taste! Some of our merchants are not pouring, but will be open for business and ready to serve you! Guests can even expect specials, sales, and entertainment at various stops.

The check-ins are located at 500 Central Ave, Laurel, MS 39440 AND 414 Front St, Laurel, MS 39440. After purchasing your ticket, you will also receive a map of Downtown, including all the wine stops and other shops/restaurants open during the event.

All 3 dates are 5-8 pm, but some businesses or restaurants could have longer hours or be closed during the event.

You may purchase tickets on-site or online.

*Make sure you choose the correct date you wish to attend!

Everything to Enjoy

Every date will feature live music in Trustmark Art Park. You may also catch live entertainment at one of the wine stops or other open businesses depending on the date.

Don’t forget our restaurants! Take a break and grab something delicious to eat between stops. Laurel has plenty of food to offer.

Don’t like wine or just don’t want to drink? No worries. You may attend Wine Down for free, if you don’t intend on tasting at the wine stops. It’s a great night to shop and eat anyway!


Make sure to walk on down to Central Avenue during the event to visit our members in the area of active construction. Don’t skip out on supporting our businesses affected by the temporary road closures!

If you need more information, check out our Facebook event. Watch our social media for more announcements to come!

 

 

Save the Date: Loblolly Festival is Back!

We have great news: Loblolly Festival is on. 

Mark your calendars and call your friends, because Loblolly Festival will be held Saturday, October 2nd, 2021! After a missed year, we are so excited to bring back everyone’s favorite festival this Fall.

This event has steadily grown over the years to become the biggest annual event in Downtown Laurel. We look forward to welcoming thousands to stroll our streets, enjoy live music, unique shopping, and lots of fun and good eats.

What better way to welcome Fall?

What to Expect

Loblolly Festival is held in the central Downtown district of Laurel 9AM-4Pm, usually covering Front Street, N Magnolia Street, Central Avenue, Oak Street, and part of N 5th Avenue. We hope for this year’s event to be the biggest and the best, but please note ongoing construction on Central Avenue and Leontyne Price Boulevard.

Due to street closures, vendors will not be placed in areas of active construction. Because of this, our layout will look a little different this year. However, our shops and eateries in that area will still be open and ready to serve you! Keep watch closer to the event for more information on parking and maps.

Loblolly Festival is always the first Saturday in October, rain or shine! Regardless of the weather, we will be Downtown having lots of fun. Make sure to watch the forecast to see what to wear and to bring along.

Arts, Crafts, Food, and Family Fun

This is a great event for everyone in the family! Be ready to enjoy kids activities, live music, specials at local businesses, a variety of shopping from vendors all over the region, and craft beer.

Loblolly coincides with Laurel Main Street’s annual Scarecrow Invasion, the Heritage Art Festival, and First Methodist Church of Laurel’s pumpkin patch.

A yearly cash prize contest for middle school and high school artists is sponsored by The Laurel Arts League.  Students paint a door skin section supplied by Masonite Corporation in cooperation with a chosen theme.  Themes vary from year to year, and  the art is judged by a blind panel of visual art experts. The art will be on display at the festival in the downtown YWCO on W. Oak St. during Loblolly Festival!

More to Explore

More information on Loblolly festival is coming soon! While you’re making plans to be there, check out these blogs on where Loblolly came from and how it celebrate’s Laurel’s Heritage.

Loblolly Festival: Celebrating the Town that Timber Built

Loblolly: The Power of a Historical Name

Be a Vendor

We are still accepting vendors for this year’s festival!

There are four categories of vendors at the Loblolly Festival: Food Vendor, Activity Vendor, Organization, Arts & Crafts.   Applications are available beginning every July (early rate), August (standard rate), and September (late rate).

We would love to have you: Apply Here


Check back with us for more announcements to come like our annual Scarecrow Invasion, the music lineup for Loblolly Festival, and more fun this Fall! We will meet you back here with a complete guide of everything going on at Loblolly festival.

Thank you to Howard Industries, Inc. for helping make this year’s event possible!

 

Get Back to School Ready in Downtown Laurel

Back to school times are upon us! Whether you’re going back to school, work, or want to shop for fun, this weekend is going to be the best time! Read on to find out where to go.

This weekend, Friday July 30th and Saturday July 31st, is Mississippi’s tax free weekend. These two days only, you can purchase school supplies and clothing sales tax free.

Here’s some of our members Downtown you need to visit to get yourself back to school ready!

Clothing and Accessories

Allie’s on Magnolia

Allie’s on Magnolia (Photo taken from @shop.alliesonmagnolia on instagram

Take a stop at Allie’s on Magnolia for ladies clothing and accessories, or if you need a spray tan! Allie’s is known for staying on top of trends and keeping the store fresh and new every time you come by.

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Bella Bella

Bella Bella (Taken from @shopbellabellalaurel on instagram)

Need some new tennis shoes? You can get the very popular On Cloud tennis shoes right here in Downtown Laurel! Bella Bella also has men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, and more! This would be a great stop to get something for everyone in the family.

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Epic Styles Salon

Epic Styles Salon (Taken from @epicstylessalon Instagram)

Here’s your one-stop-shop for a haircut, beauty treatments, nail services, beauty products, gifts, handbags, and more! Epic Styles makes it easy to find everything you need in one place.

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Guild & Gentry, Burks Barber Shop

Guild & Gentry (Taken from @guildandgentry instagram)

Guild & Gentry is a menswear store where you can find anything from sunglasses to suits, as well as get a cut and shave in the same trip. They’re known for having all types of goods and clothing suited to men. Grab something new to wear (or snack on!) and enjoy the old-tyme barber shop before you get back to school.

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Leila Boutique

Leila Boutique (Taken from @leilaboutiquems instagram)

Another fantastic ladies boutique! At Leila’s you can find clothing, shoes, and various accessories. They even offer alterations services! Get a custom made dress or having something tailored that you already have right here.

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Quarter Century

Quarter Century (Taken from @quartercenturylaurelms instagram)

Shoes, purses, clothing, jewelry, and more! Quarter Century carries beautiful clothing to match styles of all types of women and brands you recognize. This has been a Laurel gem in the warehouse district for quite a while.

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The Boutique on Central

The Boutique on Central (Taken from @shoptheboutiqueoncentral)

You know where to go! The Boutique on Central is known for ladies clothing and accessories available in a variety of sizes. If you’re looking for a boutique that has it all, this is it. They even have a beer fridge!

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Studio R3

Studio R3 (Taken from @studior3laurel instagram)

Get back to school and back to work ready with a new cut and color! Studio R3 is an Aveda style studio, so you can also buy all your favorite Aveda products there.

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Two a Tee & Co.

Two a Tee & Co. (Taken from @twoateeco instagram)

Two a Tee & Co. is your stop for ladies clothing for all ages, shapes, and sizes! If you’re looking for a variety in style and size, this is a great choice for you.

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Merle Norman

Merle Norman Laurel (Taken from @merlenorman_laurel instagram)

Grab some new makeup or gifts to make back to school more fun. Guess what? They also do makeovers! Making a stop at Merle Norman will have you refreshed and ready to take on the new school year.

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The Ivy Springs Boutique

The Ivy Springs Boutique (Taken from @theivysprings_boutique)

Just look at all that fun stuff to choose from! Now located in The Rusty Chandelier, so you can shop around for all kinds of other fun stuff too!

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The Remnant

The Remnant (Taken from the @theremnantlaurel instagram)

A thrift store with a purpose! All sales from The Remnant are for the benefit of Dwell: A Transitional Housing Community for Women. This is a great place to get deals on clothing, accessories, and home decor and put your money towards a great cause.

They’re having a “Blue Tag Sale” this week!

“Any items in store (clothes, home decor, etc.) with a blue indicator on their price tag will be an additional 50% off of its original price. Come see us and score some great deals!” (As per their Instagram post)

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LollyBell’s Boutique

LollyBell’s Boutique (Taken from @lollybellsboutique instagram)

Need some new clothes for the kids? Stop by LobllyBell’s Children’s boutique! They carry children’s clothing in sizes 0-16. LollyBell’s also does monogramming. If you need something monogrammed, you can now get it done in Downtown Laurel!

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Maddie Lee’s Boutique

Maddie Lee’s Boutique (Taken from @maddieleesboutique instagram)

There’s nothing better than a new graphic tee and sneakers. Perfect for school! Stop by Maddie Lee’s to shop ladies clothing and accessories.

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Oak Street Salon

Oak Street Salon (Photo from the Oak Street Salon Facebook)

Make yourself an appointment at Oak Street Salon to get beautified and back to school ready! We know you need a haircut.

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Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa

Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa (Taken from the Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa Facebook Page)

Don’t forget to get your nails done! Head on down to Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa for all the beauty treatments you may need. They now have added spa treatments.

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This weekend is the perfect time to get Downtown and shop local! While we’re spending more money during the back to school season, let’s work together to spend as much as we can locally in Downtown Laurel.

Can’t make it in person? Check out the social media links for each business. Many offer online shopping!

Pardon our Progress: Construction on Central Avenue

If you’ve been Downtown recently, we’re sure you’ve seen the construction on Leontyne Price Boulevard and Central Avenue. The City of Laurel has contracted out 2 major projects this year to aid in traffic, water and sewer infrastructure, re-pavement, and for the beautification of our Downtown.

Above is a visual conceptualization of the Leontyne Price Corridor project to provide improvements to the Boulevard for entry off the 1-59 interstate, including a new roundabout, turn lane, and more. This project is already underway, as well as the second project further up Central avenue to realign an existing roundabout, repave, and repair infrastructure.

During this construction period, some of the businesses on Central Avenue and Short 7th Avenue are more difficult to access by vehicle. However, they are still open for business! Put on your walking shoes and park at another location Downtown, and make sure to still #shoplocal and #eatlocal at:

Pasta Bella

Sweet Somethings Bakery & Sweet Somethings Bed and Breakfast

Forever Nutrition

The Loft on Central Avenue

Bella Bella

Two a Tee

The Boutique on Central

The Knight Butcher

Office Products

New Look and The Spotted Dog

Bird Dog Café

 

 

It’s always important–now more than ever–to support our small, local businesses in the area affected by construction. We’re calling on you to join us in making an effort to walking a few extra steps to eat, shop, and stay on Central and Short 7th Avenues!

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to The City of Laurel.

Below are 2 flyers with more detailed information released by The City of Laurel in March, 2021. Please be aware that construction dates are always subject to change due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.

 

Thank you to The City of Laurel for prioritizing important infrastructure under the streets and the beautification and improvement of Downtown Laurel! And of course, thank you to all the locals, and visitors alike, that are supporting all of Laurel even when things don’t look as pretty.

“People are dying to get Downtown!” Photo by local photographer, Chad Edwards-MCE Photography