Laurel’s Best Nightlife Destinations

Spending the weekend in Laurel? Maybe you’ve got your day plans already mapped out, but here’s your nighttime itinerary. 

Dinner & Dessert

Man oh man does Downtown Laurel have some great food! (And sweets.)

A lot of us know what eateries are open during the day, but what about on weekends? And for dinner?

The Loft on Central Ave. has a beautiful, string-lit patio and deck that’s perfect for intimate dinner dates. Or for a group! Lots of business people enjoy coming here for a drink after work.

Local Tip: Try the steak bites!

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Mimmo’s Ristorante and Pizzeria is one of Downtown Laurel’s newest editions for dinner! Their ambience, food, and cannolis are to die for.

Local Tip: Mimmo’s food is authentic Italian! Mimmo makes his bread, pasta, and signature dressing from scratch daily.

Looking for some comfort food? The Pearl Diner is open on Saturdays for lunch, and Friday nights for dinner.

Local Tip: Miss Pearl’s Banana Pudding is the dessert you need. You’ll be talking about it for days to come. Trust us!

Friday Night Fun

In case you didn’t know, Laurel is a hub for great entertainment. From live music to theatre productions, we got it!

Lee’s Coffee & Tea has brand new extended hours, and has welcomed some great new things to the café! Enjoy Lee’s until 9 PM on the weekends, and sometimes later on Open Mic Night.

The first Friday of every month, Lee’s hosts Laurel’s many local musicians for Open Mic Night. Come grab a coffee, craft beer, or a hummus plate and sit back and watch the show!

The second Friday is board game night and the third Friday of the month is Vinyl Night! Bring your favorite record and put in the queue.

Did you know Laurel has a brewery? Well, now you do!

Slowboat Brewing Co. is fun, family friendly, and the place to go for the best live music.

They brew their own in-house craft beer, host food trucks, and have life-size Jenga.

Local Tip: Slowboat is dog friendly. Don’t leave your furry friends at home!


Laurel Little Theatre hosts seasonal productions and events all throughout the year.

Many of our favorite plays have been performed in this historic theatre. Be sure to check out their schedule!

Laurel’s Sip & Stroll Ordinance

The City Beautiful is now home to a “to-go cup” friendly leisure and recreation district.

Get your favorite drinks to-go from our local restaurants and bars, and Sip & Stroll under the lights in Downtown Laurel!

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Best Kid Activities in Laurel, Mississippi

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Spots in Laurel, Mississippi

Every parent knows that when you’re planning a trip, you have to plan around the littles. Whether you’re just stopping in or staying with us for a day or two, these great spots in Laurel are just the thing to let them stretch their legs, run off some energy, or even make a Laurel memento of their own.

Mason Park & Playground

7th Avenue · Laurel, MS

Laurel’s biggest park and playground is always hopping and jumping as kids of all ages enjoy this diverse and colorful wooden playground. Need space to run and play, find a picnic table, or take a walk under the pine trees – this is the perfect spot. During the holiday season, visit Mason Park for an incredible light display, or come see us the first weekend of May for the annual “Day in the Park” event!

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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

5th Avenue · Laurel, MS

Tours are free for the whole family, and if you plan well you can catch a great event such as Free Family Art Days, or the Heritage Arts Festival, held each year during Laurel Main Street’s Loblolly Festival.

Gardiner Park & Playground

4th Avenue · Laurel, MS

Another great spot within walking distance of Downtown Laurel is Gardiner Park.  This large park features a walking track, a large flat area that is great for throwing a ball or frisbee, and a “just right” playground with swing set. Take a walk down 5th Avenue from Downtown, take a right at 7th Street at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and the park is one block down to your left!

Laurel Little Theatre & Pinehurst Park

5th Avenue · Laurel, MS

The Arabian, or Laurel Little Theatre, is the pride and joy of Laurel’s performing arts community. LLT featurs a variety of productions throughout the year, so be sure to schedule your visit to take in the talents of local adults and children alike. Next door, you’ll find Pinehurst Park – where you can toss a penny in the fountain and wish to come back to Laurel again!

Laurel-Jones County Library

Commerce Street, Laurel, MS

The Laurel-Jones County Library is a peaceful, air-conditioned retreat for the whole family. Come during the summertime to enjoy the Summer Reading Program, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Children’s Storytime!

The Laurel Sportsplex & Splashpad

Hwy 84 W

Bring your swimsuit and cool off during the hot Mississippi summers at the Laurel Sportsplex & Splashpad. Entry is totally free and there is a great playground available for dry play.

Laurel Main Street’s “Touch A Truck” Event

Downtown Laurel

If you’re planning a Springtime trip – you don’t want to miss the annual Touch A Truck event! This fabulous event is designed for kids of all ages to play on, ride on and “touch” trucks and other hard-working vehicles. Visit Laurel Main Street’s website for more info here!