HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Festival South will return to Hattiesburg for its eight season, featuring a lineup of performances, presentations and other events at Hattiesburg venues from June 1 through June 17.
The opening weekend features Broadway and television personality Tom Wopat, most famous for starring in the "The Dukes of Hazzard" during the '80s, as he presents an intimate concert of music from the great American songbook.
Then, families will be able to enjoy the Mississippi premiere of Broadway's "James and the Giant Peach." This full-scale musical from the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winners for best song in the acclaimed motion picture "La La Land," features The Hub City Players on stage at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center in the classic tale sure to delight audiences everywhere.
Great independent films from around the globe will be in competition for this year's top prize in the Film Expo, as well as an exclusive late-night screening of Labyrinth by Mississippi's own Jim Henson and featuring the late great David Bowie.
Festival South 2017 will also feature The Life and Legacy of Jim Henson and our Mississippi Doodle Art events, specially created to commemorate, inspire, and celebrate 200 years of Mississippi's statehood. With a weekend full of homegrown talent, Live at Five will host a special FestivalSouth edition at Town Square Park and the Craft Beer Festival celebrates it's fifth anniversary in downtown Hattiesburg with an even bigger line-up celebrating the bicentennial by honoring Mississippi's Craft Beer industry.
The Festival Finale weekend features Broadway and television heart-throb Kyle Dean Massey singing in an exclusive engagement at The Bottling Company. Star of hits including Wicked, Pippin, and the ABC and CMT series "Nashville," Kyle Dean is sensational singer, actor and dancer that will sweep you away on a musical journey.
Returning favorites include Artie Events for Families, the Festival5K, Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show, FestivalSpeaks, Coffee Concerts, Craft Beer Festival, and events for the whole family including music, art, theatre, dance, food, and more!
Tickets for all events are on sale now either individually or collectively with a Circle Pass that allows access to most events and early entry to many. For tickets, call 800.844.8425 or 601.266.5418 or visit www.festivalsouth.org for any information.