Friday, october 1, 2021 | 5pm-9pm

Five hundred drones launched into the darkness will create illuminated three-dimensional shapes and characters, such as alligators, dolphins, and turtles. This one-of-a-kind light show is choreographed to a soundtrack of classic and modern favorites. Fireworks will punctuate the night as lagniappe!

After a one-year pandemic-imposed hiatus, Mississippi Aquarium’s annual fundraiser, which debuted in 2018 as Hancock Whitney Splash Bash, returns this fall with a fresh, new look, feel, and name
Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars
Scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021, from 5-9 p.m. at Gulfport’s waterfront Jones Park. The community celebration, which is free to the public, features food, music, and a stellar first-of-its-kind-on-the-Coast drone light and fireworks show.

Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars on October 1 kicks off the Big Gulfport Weekend full of family-friendly events! The weekend is a collaboration to bring three days of family-oriented festivities to downtown Gulfport.  On Saturday, October 2, the Gulfport Main Street Association’s “View the Cruise” begins in downtown Gulfport with live music by Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters, with an opening act by Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys. The weekend rolls into Sunday, October 3, with a classic car “cruise,” art displays, music, children’s activities, and some of the city’s best local cuisine.  For more information about View the Cruise, visit
What's Happening at Jones Park
Admission to the Jones Park event is free, with families, groups, and individuals encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the show. Attendees can purchase food from one of 20 food trucks lining Jones Park presented by the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and food provider partners. Food truck vendors will open at 5 p.m., with live music by Rhythm & Rain.
VIP Experience at Mississippi Aquarium
Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars
sponsors and Mississippi Aquarium patrons have the exclusive opportunity to watch the drone light and fireworks show from premier viewing spots throughout the Mississippi Aquarium campus from 6-9 p.m. Sponsors and patrons party with upscale cocktails, coastal cuisine, animal encounters, and other experiences unique to the Aquarium. Must be 21 or older to attend the VIP experience at Mississippi Aquarium.


Enjoy upscale cocktails, coastal cuisine, and animal encounters – while viewing the show from our prime location at Mississippi Aquarium.
Must be 21 or older to attend the VIP experience at Mississippi Aquarium.


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