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. 

 

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 Downtown This Thursday: Farmers Market & Movie Night

There’s always a reason to #getdowntown in Laurel. This week’s reason is Downtown Thursday!

Hosted by Agape Church and made possible by Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, this event is definitely a summer favorite. Here’s everything you need to know to make plans to hang out on Thursday evening.

What

Downtown Thursday includes lots to do! A community Farmers market with local vendors of all kinds, a free family-friendly movie night, live music, activities, and food trucks! This week’s movie is Disney’s Raya and The Last Dragon.

Where

The Farmers Market is located on the 300 block of Magnolia Street between some of your favorite Downtown businesses and eateries! Downtown Movie Night is held in the Backlot–in the parking lot located behind the Kress building. It’s one right turn off Magnolia street. Look for the silo!

When

The Farmers Market begins at 5 PM, however the streets are blocked off much earlier in the day. It ends at 8, when Downtown Movie night begins in the Backlot.

 

This event is the perfect way to spend your summer evening in Downtown Laurel. Get out, support our local farmers and vendors, our Downtown, and the community! 

Thank you Agape Church and Sunbelt Federal Credit Union for making Downtown Thursday happen. Join us this Thursday, July 15th, and then—until next year!

For more information, click here!

Wine Down April and May 2021

Spring is here. and summer is fast approaching, and there is honestly nothing better to do on a warm night in Laurel, Mississippi than to stroll through downtown enjoying a glass of wine.

We have made that so easy with our famous Wine Down events! Once a month, downtown Laurel comes alive at night to host this event.

After purchasing your tumbler, participating stores show you our famous southern hospitality by offering you a pour of a different wine each month. This also gives you a chance to shop the stores and see what our little town has to offer!

Need to Know Info:

-We will only be serving one pour per person at each participating location to people over the age of 21. Remember your ID’s, because you will need them! They will also only be poured into Wine Down tumblers, which change every month!

-This is a “Sip and Stroll” event! Our amazing downtown area follows the “to-go ordinance”, so feel free to walk around with your tumblers, but we DO NOT allow outside beverages.

-Bars and restaurants can serve you to-go drinks during this event if they choose, but it must be purchased inside the location and given in a to-go cup! Wine tumblers are for the event use only!

-Tickets and tumblers will be available for purchase for $15 from the Laurel Main Street tent! If you are purchasing on site, it will be cash only!

-We suggest that you park on the outskirts of Downtown Laurel for the event! It will be busy, so get there early!

-Kids are welcome! This is a family friendly event, but please remember that children must remain supervised at all times!

-Don’t drink wine? No worries! Alongside our restaurants and bars where you can purchases any type of drink of your choosing, stores like Scotsman General Store and Sullivan’s carry an assortment of sodas. If you need a            night-time coffee fix, Lee’s Coffee and Tea and Bird Dog Cafe are open as well. Laurel has something for everyone to enjoy during this event!

-While our mask mandates are lifted, we do ask that you practice COVID safety measures. Remember to practice social distancing when possible, and if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay at home.

Help us keep our town safe. Wash, sanitize, protect, distance, and clean.

Our upcoming dates for this event are April 23rd and May 21st, and we are so excited to be able to provide this event for locals and visitors alike! Life seems like it is slowly but surely returning to normal, and events such as these provide a space to have fun and participate in our community!

Hope to see y’all there, rain or shine!

 

LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

 

PRESS RELEASE

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LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

Laurel, Mississippi (December 15, 2020) — It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that Laurel Main Street (LMS) announces the cancellation of this year’s Downtown Countdown, due to take place on December 31, 2020.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors felt it was the right decision. Downtown Countdown was an incredibly successful event in its inaugural year, and one we looked forward to continuing, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our partners, volunteers, and community.

“We are devastated to share this news and had held out hope that our county and city would be in a much healthier situation, but that is not the case,” LMS President, Truitt Taylor, stated.  “After reviewing the Governor’s mandates, the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area, and in close consultation with our city leaders, we believe that cancellation is the appropriate call.”

We remain committed to downtown Laurel and our mission of economic revitalization. We appreciate the support of our city leaders, Main Street Partners, Members, and event sponsors, and we look forward to resuming in-person events in 2021.

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Laurel Main Street is an organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Laurel. Using the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, Main Street communities boost local business from the city center outward. Laurel Main Street is an accredited Main Street America organization.