Red Beans & Rice
About The Event

Join us at the BankPlus Red Beans and Rice Festival, where local congregations, businesses, restaurants, and individuals vie for the coveted title of the Best Red Beans and Rice in town! People from all around the metro area turn out to sample the competitors’ beans, listen to the bands, and enjoy the festivities. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 29th at The Mississippi Museum of Art from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hosting the event at the Museum of Art provides a rain-or-shine venue for the food, kid’s activities, music and all of the other festivities. Tickets are on sale now! Get them in advance for $10 or you can purchase them at the event for $15. Children 10 and under receive FREE admission!


 This event is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day of bean eating, cold beverages, children’s activities, musical talent, and more. It also provides a great way for businesses, neighbors and congregations to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from this event will be used to help support the ministries of Stewpot, your favorite Mississippi Homegrown Charity. The money raised helps to keep the doors open, lights on, and continue to provide for the basic needs of men, women, and children



11:00am: Entrance opens

12:00pm: Children's Area Opens

12:30pm: Chris Gill & The Sole Shakers

1:00pm: Red Bean Bag Toss Tournament Begins

2:00pm: Kids Costume Contest

2:30pm: Buffalo Nichols

3:00pm: Children's Area Closes

3:00pm: Stewpot Art Auction closes

4:00pm: Winners are announced



  • Parking: There will be two event entrances- one at the corner of South Lamar and Pascagoula streets, and one at the corner of South Lamar and Court streets. Attendees are encouraged to use the parking lot of the Convention Center Complex. Click here for a site map
  • If you are bringing a purse and/or diaper bag, the bag MUST be clear OR subject to search by event security. This is to ensure that the event is as safe as possible.
  • Feel free to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to relax while you listen to the live music!
  • You will be given an armband when you arrive to enter the event. Adults 21+ will have their IDs checked at the entrance and will be given a separate 21+ armband. Please keep armbands on at all times.




Stewpot Community Services provides compassionate assistance, at no charge, to people in need of physical and spiritual nourishment. Through our ministries, we serve people who are hungry, poor, and homeless, offering food, shelter, clothing, mentoring, care and concern. At Stewpot, we believe that we all are fed through our fellowship with one another and that we are all stronger when we are offering our gifts on behalf of others.


Stewpot, which began as a simple soup kitchen, has developed into an organization offering several different programs- from shelter, to clothing, to counseling, to children's programs. To learn more about our ministry, please visit



Festival Facts
  • This year we will be hosting the Inaugural Bean Bag Toss Tournament! It will be a single elimination style tournament with two players to a team. Sign up your team by clicking here! To enter is $40 for both players, which includes general admission to the festival.


  • Children's Area activities include face painting, balloon art, gem mining, a Halloween costume competition, and trick or treating!