Mudbugs, music, make for day of fun


The 21st Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Music Festival, Hattiesburg’s original crawfish and music festival,  presented in part by Southern Beverage, is set for April 27, at Walthall Park. DCJ is one of the several fun neighborhood events hosted by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association throughout the year and serves as its most significant fundraiser for the Walthall Foundation.  

 The Downtown Crawfish Jam is a pay-one-price music festival that features an exciting mix of six musical acts starting at 11 am. The musical stars include Royal Horses w/Hal Kolodney, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Ponch Bueller & the Loaded Baked Potatoes, Midnight Revel w/the Hub City Horns, as well as local favorites Massive J & Battlecat and Shagnolia. In addition to the six bands, there's all-you-can-eat crawfish, burgers, hot dogs, Coke products and cold beer.  

 The Downtown Crawfish Jam offers a family-friendly atmosphere fit for all ages. Kids will be able to enjoy the Kid Zone and take full advantage of various slides, face painting, and other activities.  

 In addition to the festival, there's the 7th Annual USM Council Psychology Student Government Voodoo Zombie 5k. The 5k will begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Hattiesburg and end at 9:30 a.m. at Walthall Park. For more details about the 5k, visit their Facebook page at 

 The Downtown Crawfish Jam and Music Festival advance tickets are on sale now at and the following locations: Twin Forks Wine & Provisions-  409 Hemphill Street, Downtown; T-Bones Records - 2101 Hardy Street, Midtown; South Mississippi Crawfish Company, 5032 Old Hwy 11, Hattiesburg and Signs First, 4400 Hardy Street, West Hattiesburg.  

Advance tickets

• Junior Ticket $30 (under 21) 

• Adult Ticket $40 (includes admission plus all-you-can-eat and drink)

 Valid I.D. required at the gate to receive the "all you can drink beer" wristband. Day of the event tickets will be $50 for adults, $30 for under 21, and children 12 and under are admitted free and get a limited food ticket. All tickets are all-inclusive. Crawfish guaranteed until 3 p.m. only. 

 “Pets, tents, and coolers will not be allowed in this year,” said Brian Saffle, DCJ chairman. “We are expecting a large crowd, so we are making every effort to make sure our guests enjoy the day. Rain or shine the event will happen, but we are all praying for a beautiful spring day.”  

 Parking for this year’s event will be made more accessible as well, thanks Grove Transit. Parking will not be available at Sacred Heart, so Grove Transit will shuttle people throughout the day back and forth between various parking lots and the Walthall Park. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited parking on the streets in the neighborhood. Walnut Street will be closed off between Hall Avenue and Rebecca Avenue, and Rebecca Ave will be closed between Walnut Street and Court Street.  

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