38th Annual Peter Anderson Nov. 5-6 2016

The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival was created to honor master potter, Peter Anderson, original potter of Shearwater Pottery, founded in 1928, and to celebrate the arts community.  The festival aided in the economic development and growth of what has become Ocean Springs today.  Our mission is to increase the public awareness of our local artists, shops, and restaurants and to create opportunities for artists, business development and a welcoming quality of life for residents and visitors alike as we share in the Creative Economy. "Festival season" begins in late August and runs through the two-day event set the first weekend in November each year.  The season includes the opening of the application process, kick-off events, pre-parties, pre-festival t-shirt sales,blue moon art project contest and much more.  

 A History of Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts

The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival began as a small celebration by a group of local artists and art enthusiasts. More than 30 years later, it has grown to one of the Southeast's premiere arts and crafts festivals. Last year's crowd was estimated at 150,000 people and there 400 booths for the popular Ocean Springs event. The festival takes over downtown streets with a plethora of artistic and crafty creations.


The festival is also something of a street party with food, music and many specials offered by business and restaurant owners. With dedication and hard work from an army of volunteers it has grown from those humble beginnings.

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