Art in the Pass returns the weekend of April 1 – 2, 2023, 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. each day in scenic 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 90 artists from 10 states. Now in its 25th 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 is free.
Art in the Pass is sponsored by the Pass Christian Main Street Association and the City of Pass Christian.
Scholarships and Art Supply Donations
Proceeds from Art in the Pass support art education in Mississippi Gulf Coast schools. In 2022, Art in the Pass awarded over $28,000 in scholarships and school grants to participating schools in Harrison and Hancock counties. Monetary awards included four 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 as well as the Pass Christian School District and the Pass Christian Boys and Girls Club. Each artist in the festival contributes one piece to the silent auction, and proceeds from the auction and the on-site donation box fund the scholarships and grants. The student art show will take place on Sunday, April 2, and the winners of this year's scholarships will be announced at 1 p.m.
Celebrate the Gulf
In addition, 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.
AAA Southern Traveler Travel Treasure Award
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.