Hattiesburg is one of the top destinations in Southern Mississippi for travelers. The Hub City is a growing community of over 45,000 people that has something to offer everyone. Travelers will love the classic local Southern cuisine, community events, and large historic districts.
HUBFEST has been a cornerstone of the Hattiesburg community for over three decades. It’s free to attend and will take place on April 1st, in Downtown Hattiesburg. The event is one of the top art and music festivals in the state, and event organizers expect at least 30,000 attendees. Over 250 food, art, and craft vendors will be on hand selling a variety of handmade items and artisanal foods. Cover bands from various genres will be performing throughout the event on four stages. A large children's area (requires entry free) is filled with a variety of games and activities. HUBFEST ultimately gives travelers the ideal opportunity to get to know the people, businesses, and attractions of Hattiesburg. ResortsandLodges.com got the chance to interview Lindsay Pace, Communications and Events Director for the Area Development Partnership, to learn more about this family-friendly event.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
LP: This will be the 33rd year of Hubfest.
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
LP: Event organizers expect between 25,000 and 30,000 attendees.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract?
LP: Hubfest has something for everyone.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
LP: The premier art and music festival is held in beautiful Historic Downtown Hattiesburg and features four stages of live music, over 250 art, craft, and food vendors, and a large children’s area. The one-day festival is free to the public, except for the children’s area (Healthy Kids Zone) which requires a $10 fee for unlimited all-day play.
RAL: Are there any activities for children?
LP: Yes, the Healthy Kids Zone will have inflatable bounce houses, slides, two enormous inflatable obstacle courses, games, and more, for $10 to play all day.
RAL: Will there be any Guest Appearances?
LP: Attendees can expect to see country music stars, local bands, and artists on four stages.
RAL: What dining options will people encounter?
LP: There will be over 40 food vendors to choose from, offering a variety of meal choices. We will also have our local downtown restaurants available for service throughout the day and night.
RAL: What is the overall environment like?
LP: HUBFEST is a family-friendly environment.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
LP: We have The Bay Bed & Breakfast, which is right around the corner from all the action. We, of course, have several hotels in Hattiesburg as well that are about 10 minutes from downtown.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
LP: HUBFEST showcases Downtown Hattiesburg and the many activities, shops, restaurants, and businesses we have to offer. People look forward to this annual event because there is so much to do and it is a free event.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
LP: Absolutely! The 25,000 – 30,000 people that HUBFEST brings in are not only staying in the downtown area, but are exploring the entire city of Hattiesburg. The businesses downtown, as well as those throughout the city, benefit from this special festival.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
LP: This is a fun, family-friendly event where you can pack up for the day and take a drive into beautiful Downtown Hattiesburg. We believe we have something very special and unique that sets Hattiesburg apart from other mid-sized cities. The people and businesses all have something special to offer, and that’s not something you’ll find everywhere. Come have a good time at HUBFEST while listening to live music and spreading the love to local businesses.
For more information about HUBFEST, please visit the event website.