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of events

 

*For events marked TBD, please call or check website to confirm dates.

The calendar of events on this website is a sampling of the events across our great state. For a full list of events  from around the state, Go to VisitMississippi.org or download our app. Search mississippi tour guide in the app store or google play.

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January 26 – 27  |  Clarksdale

Clarksdale Film Festival

Southern and blues music films with special guest and live blues music.

662.624.5992  |  clarksdalefilmfestival.com

 

January 26 – 28  |  Gautier

38th Annual Gulf Coast Orchid Show & Plant Sale

Orchid societies from Mississippi and across the country set up beautiful exhibits. Many plants are available for purchase.

gcorchids.org

 

January 27  |  Jackson

Mississippi Blues Marathon

You've never had more fun with the blues. For professionals and first-time racers, this event offers a marathon, half-marathon, relay and kids' one-mile marathon.

601.624.7882  |  msbluesmarathon.com

 

 

 

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FEBRUARY 7 - 11  |  OXFORD

Oxford Film Fest

The annual four-day festival attracts quality films, both short and feature length, and highlights the talent of young, local and national filmmakers.

877.560.3456  |  oxfordfilmfest.com

 

February 8 – 14  |  Jackson

Dixie National Livestock Show & Rodeo

This three-week event features horse shows, the largest livestock show east of the Mississippi River, the second largest PRCA Rodeo, a junior livestock show, a Western festival, trade shows and more.

601.961.4000  |  mdac.ms.gov

 

February 9 – 10  |  Starkville

The Rotary Classic Rodeo

The PRCA rodeo brings some of the toughest stock to town for two rounds of bull riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding and  more.

662.323.3322  | mshorsepark.com

 

February 10  |  Greenville

Mississippi River Marathon

The only marathon in the Mississippi Delta, the race will start at the scenic Lake Chico in Arkansas or at the base of the Mississippi River Bridge and finish in downtown Greenville.

662.334.2711  | msrivermarathon.com

 

February 24  |  D'Iberville

11th Annual D'Iberville BBQ Throwdown & Festival

Enjoy this annual barbecue cook-off filled with chicken, ribs and brisket while teams compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes. Other festivities include live entertainment,

arts & crafts, face painting, children's activities and more.

228.392.9734  |  diberville.ms.us

 

 

 

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March 1 – 3  |  Columbus

Blues for Willie Festival

Three days of hot blues in honor of blues legend Willie King, including concerts and a motorcycle charity ride.

662.328.2787  |  columbus-arts.org

 

March 16 – 17  |  Wiggins

Pine Hill Festival

Blaylock Park fills with over 100 vendors, including artisans, specialty foods

and entertainment.

601.928.5418  |  stonecounty.com

 

March 17  |  Jackson

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival

A fun-loving, Irish-inspired celebration including parties, runs, concerts, children’s activities and a major parade.

601.984.1972  |  halsstpaddysparade.com

 

March 24 – 25  |  Ocean Springs

Spring Arts Festival

More than 100 arts, crafts and food vendors will set up in downtown. Cooking demonstrations, entertaining lectures and more.

228.875.4424  |  oceanspringschamber.com

 

March 30 – 31  |  Oxford

Miss-I-Sippin'

Come taste craft beer and food from around the state while enjoying music from local bands.

662.236.6429  |  oxfordarts.com

 

March 31  |  Newton

15th Annual Loose Caboose Festival

This annual festival held in historic downtown Newton includes a full midway carnival, over 100 vendors, car show, live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids.

601.692.6675  |  newtonchamberms.com

 

 

 

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April TBA  |  Southaven

16th Annual Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival

Enjoy the Mississippi BBQ Cooking Championship, live concerts, a carnival midway and spectacular rides.

662.890.7275  |  southaven.org

 

April 4 – 7  |  Gulf Coast

66th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage

Features elegant homes, gardens and historic landmarks throughout the Gulf Coast.

gulfcoastspringpilgrimage.webs.com

 

April 4 – 8  |  Pass Christian

21st Annual Art in the Pass & Celebrate The Gulf

Features fine arts, crafts, music and food. Artists from 15 states

participate in this juried festival showcasing works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, pottery and more.

228.452.3315  |  passmainstreet.com

 

April 5 – 14  |  Columbus

78th Annual Spring Pilgrimage

This award-winning event has been widely recognized as one of the best and most authentic home tours in the South. The 2018 Pilgrimage embraces and

celebrates all of Columbus’ history as it serves up a feast of irresistible cultural flavors with events such as Catfish in the Alley®, Art ‘n Antiques Show and Sale,

Tales from the Crypt and more.

800.920.3533  |  visitcolumbusms.org

 

April 6 – 8  |  Aberdeen

Aberdeen Southern Heritage Pilgrimage

Tours of antebellum and Victorian homes, Civil War encampment, historic cemetery tours, storytelling, proper tea, historic church tours and carriage rides.

662.369.9440  |  aberdeenpilgrimage.com

 

April 6 - 8   |  Starkville

Super Bulldog Weekend

Share the maroon and white excitement at the spring homecoming with SEC baseball, softball and the pig cooking contest.

662.323.3322  | starkville.org

 

April 7  |  Starkville

Cotton District Art Festival

Features a 5k run, pet parade, juried arts & crafts, live music, plant show and food from local restaurants.

662.324.3080  | starkvillearts.org

 

April 7  |  Cleveland

Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival

In its 49th year, this juried fine arts festival held on the Bolivar County Courthouse grounds features art, photography, pottery, jewelry, live jazz music and

Southern food.

crosstiefestival.com

 

April 7  |  Hattiesburg

Hubfest

This event takes over downtown with live music on multiple stages, arts & crafts booths and more.

601.296.7500  |  hubfestms.com

 

April 7  |  Ridgeland

Santé South Wine Festival

An international showcase of the world’s premier wines and Mississippi’s succulent culinary delights.

601.987.0020  |  santesouth.org

 

April  7 – 8  |  Ridgeland

Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

An outdoor juried fine arts festival showcasing America's finest artists and exciting regional musical acts.

601.605.5252  |  ridgelandartsfest.com

 

April 11 – 15  |  Amory

40th Annual Amory Railroad Festival

This event celebrates Amory’s history with arts & crafts, great food, entertainment, carnival and antique car show.

662.315.5771  |  amoryrailroadfestival.com

 

April 12 – 15  |  Clarksdale

Juke Joint Festival

Half blues festival, half small-town festival, and all about the Delta. This festival features 100 blues acts.

662.624.5992  |  jukejointfestival.com

 

April 14  |  Vicksburg

38th Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Fest

For over four decades the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University has sponsored what has become Mississippi's longest-running and most prestigious

jazz festival.

601.877.6602  |  alcornstate.edu

 

April 19 – 21  |  Tupelo

Tupelo Film Festival

Tupelo's annual festival celebrating the art of film includes film competitions and education sessions for filmmakers.

662.213.3307  |  tupelofilmfestival.net

 

April 20 – 21  |  Vicksburg

RiverFest Music & Arts festival

This annual festival features live music, handmade arts & crafts and children's activities.

riverfestms.com

 

April 20 – 21  |  Tunica

Tunica Rivergate Festival

The 26th annual festival features crawfish, barbecue, live music, children's activities, arts & crafts and a bicycle race.

662.363.2865  |  tunicachamber.com

 

April 21 – 22  |  Columbus

Wings Over Columbus with USAF Thunderbirds

This outstanding air show features the world-renowned US Air Force Thunderbirds and is perfect for the whole family.

800.920.3533  |  visitcolumbusms.org

 

April 27 – 28  |  Oxford

Double Decker Arts Festival

Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, this festival now boasts over 200 art and food vendors, with local and

regional bands for entertainment.

662.232.2477  |  doubledeckerfestival.com

 

April 28  |  Kosciusko

Natchez Trace Festival

This festival, 48 years strong, is held in the

historic downtown area and features arts & crafts, food, entertainment for adults and children, and more.

662.289.2981  |  kosytrace.com

 

 

 

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May 4 – 5  |  Columbus

23rd Annual Market Street Festival

Held in historic downtown Columbus, this popular festival features extensive arts & crafts, food vendors and outstanding live music.

800.920.3533  |  visitcolumbusms.org

 

May 4 – 5  |  Jackson

The Mercantile

Presented by Mississippi Magazine, this unique shopping event features an array of apparel, gifts, home décor and more available in Mississippi. Shop ‘til you drop

within a “walking map” of the state and learn about other great offerings available throughout the state.

mismag.com

 

May 4 – 5  |  Greenwood

Que on the Yazoo

Que on the Yazoo is downtown Greenwood's celebration of its culinary heritage. Includes a sanctioned barbecue competition, food vendors, activities and live music throughout the first weekend of May.

queontheyazoo.com

 

May  5  |  Ridgeland

Natchez Trace Century Ride

A bicycling race on the scenic Natchez Trace with energizing rest stops featuring local food and music.

601.853.2011  | visitridgeland.com

 

May 5  |  Yazoo City

Jerry Clower Festival

Historic Main Street fills with something for all ages, including arts & crafts, children’s activities, antique and classic car show, food, silent auction and music.

800.381.0662  |  visityazoo.org

 

May 5  |  Covington County

29th Okatoma Festival

Held downtown around the historic courthouse, this event features a 5k run/walk and children's fun run, artisans, children's activities, quilt exhibit, car show,

parade and two stages of entertainment.

601.765.6012  |  covingtonchamber.com

 

May 5, 8 - 12, 15 - 19, 22 – 26  |  Natchez

Natchez Festival of Music

The entire month of May is filled with wonderful concerts and musical events to entertain just about any music lover’s taste; from jazz to classical and

Broadway to blues.

888.718.4253  |  natchezfestivalofmusic.com

 

May 10  |  Ocean Springs

Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy an evening to sip and savor some of the best food and drink on the Gulf Coast during this annual food festival with cooking demonstrations, live music

and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

228.875.4424  |  oceanspringschamber.com

 

May 11  |  Ridgeland

Pepsi Pops

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's concert of star-spangled favorites followed by a sky full of fireworks.

601.960.1565  |  msorchestra.com

 

May 12  |  Olive Branch

Mayfest

A fun-filled day with events including a 5k run, food vendors, games, arts & crafts, live music and kids entertainment.

662.893.0888  |  olivebrancholdtowne.org

 

May 12  |  Cleveland

Pour Mississippi Craft Beer & Music Festival

The fourth annual festival features more than 30 breweries from around the South.

keepclevelandboring.com

 

May 12 - 13  |  Tupelo

GumTree Festival

Tupelo's annual juried arts festival featuring over 100 artists on display, songwriters' competition and children’s activities. A 10k race is also held as

part of the weekend.

662.844.2787  |  gumtreefestival.com

 

May 17 - 19  |  Meridian

Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

Celebrate the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, with three days of live music by national acts.

601.485.1808  | jimmierodgersmusicfestival.com

 

May 18 - 19  |  Batesville

SpringFest

This two-day music festival also features a carnival, food vendors and arts & crafts vendors.

888.872.6652  |  batesvillemainstreet.com

 

May 19  |  Ridgeland

Dragon Boat Regatta

Dragon boat teams race head-to-head, while a free festival is held on shore.

601.605.2554  |  madisoncountychamber.com

 

May 24 - 27  |  Olive Branch

Brussel's Bonsai Rendezvous

World's top bonsai artists demonstrate bonsai techniques.

800.582.2593  |  brusselsbonsai.com

 

May 25 – 27  |  Waveland

8th Annual St. Clare Seafood Festival

Food vendors, carnival rides, live music, crafts, silent auction, raffle, 5k run and more.

228.467.9275  |  228.467.9275

 

May 26  |  Vicksburg

Symphony at Sunset

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concert at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Free.

601.456.0804  |  friendsofvicksburg.org

 

May 27  |  Pass Christian

14th Annual Jazz in the Pass

Enjoy live music and a relaxing view of the Gulf of Mexico.

228.452.3315  |  passmainstreet.com

 

May 27  |  Batesville

St. Jude Bass Classic

Annual fishing tournament held on Sardis Lake to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.

901.412.7683  |  stjudebassclassic.com

 

 

 

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June TBA  |  Canton

Allison’s Wells Summer Film Camp

Young filmmakers write, shoot and edit a short film, followed by a reception and the premiere showing of the films.

601.859.1307  |  cantontourism.com

 

June TBA  |  Horn Lake

6th Annual Juneteenth Festival

This huge carnival features rides, arts & crafts, 5k and live music.

662.342.3469  |  hornlake.org

 

June 1  |   Laurel

LRMA 25th Annual Blues Bash

Enjoy blues entertainment and barbecue on the front lawn of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

601.649.6374  |  lrma.org

 

June  1 – 3  |  Biloxi

89th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Fais-Do-Do

Celebrate the history of seafood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a blessing of the fleet and daylong festival.

228.435.6339  |  gulfcoast.org

 

June 2  |   Greenwood

Greenwood Airshow

This airshow at Greenwood-Leflore Airport features aerobatic acts and live music.

facebook.com

 

June 2  |  Kosciusko

Tour De Attala Bike Ride & Little Mountain Bike Ride

Bike ride on the historic Natchez Trace.

662.289.1226  |  kosytrace.com

 

June 2  |  Walthall County/Tylertown

Walthall County Dairy Festival

One of the largest festivals in the area celebrates its 41st year in 2018. Free.

601.876.2680  |  walthallchamber.com

 

June  4 – 10  |  Biloxi

22nd Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Vessels ply the billfish-rich waters of the coast to compete for cash and prizes. The event features nightly dock parties, captains banquet, golf and live entertainment.

228.239.2575  |  mgcbc.com

 

June 6 – 10  |  Tupelo

Elvis Festival

A musical celebration to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo's native son, and the impact of his music on the world.

662.841.6598  |  tupeloelvisfestival.com

 

June 7 – 9  |   Greenville

Steve Azar Delta Soul Celebrity Golf Event

This fundraiser is held at the Greenville Golf and Country Club and brings celebrities and sponsors for an extraordinary experience of the Delta.

Benefits the St. Cecelia Foundation.

steveazar.com

 

June 7, 14, 21, 28  |  Hernando

Sunset on the Square

A summer concert series with a variety of musical acts on the courthouse square. Free.

662.429.9055  |  hernandoms.org

 

June 8 – 10  |  Grenada

Thunder On Water

The annual safe boating festival will celebrate 25 years with a carnival, fireworks, music, car and big rig show, arts & crafts, barbecue contest and more.

662.226.2571  |  thunderonwater.net

 

June 9  |  Port Gibson

Windsor Car, Truck, Motorcycle Show

The third annual event featuring a best in show competition and food, a 5k run/walk and fun run, and other entertainment.

601.437.4351

 

June 9 – 23  |  Hattiesburg

Festival South

Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival offering free and ticketed events.

601.582.5555  |  festivalsouth.org

 

June 10 – 23  |  Jackson

USA IBC

Jackson becomes the center of international dance every four years through the USA International Ballet Competition. Ballet’s rising stars from around the

globe aspire to dance in Jackson at Thalia Mara Hall to secure their career.

601.355.9853  |  usaibc.com

 

June 11 – 16  |   Yazoo City

Bentonia Blues Festival & Related Events

Since 1972 this festival has been celebrating the unique and haunting style of country- blues that originated in Bentonia, Mississippi.

800.381.0663

 

June 16  |  Meridian

State Games of Mississippi

This Olympic-style competition features over 5,000 athletes and 37+ sports in various locations. The opening ceremony is held on city hall lawn and features

a parade of athletes, live music and fireworks display.

601.482.0205  |  stategamesofms.org

 

June 20 – 23  |  Vicksburg

Miss Mississippi Pageant

This award-winning pageant includes a parade, autograph parties and preliminary and crowning competitions.

601.638.6746  |  missmississippipageant.com

 

June 23  |  New Albany

Sam Mosley's Freedom Fest

Join the legendary Sam Mosley in historic New Albany for concerts, fireworks, barbecue and more on the banks of the fabled Tallahatchie River.

662.534.1047  |  visitnewalbany.com

 

June 28 – 30  |  Canton

Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

Featuring over 25 balloons, a firework show, entertainment, concessions and more.

601.859.1307  |  cantontourism.com

 

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July TBA  |  Brookhaven

Brookstock

Enjoy the sounds of rock ’n’ roll during this three-night event in Brookhaven featuring musicians from all over the South.

601.833.1411  |  visitbrookhavenms.com

 

July TBA  |  Natchez

Natchez Food & Wine Festival

Since 2000, this eating event has been a delicious to-do drawing foodies from throughout the region to sample the culinary creations of some of the South’s

finest chefs, best breweries and most respected wineries. Purchase tickets in advance.

601.660.7300  |  natchezfoodandwinefest.com

 

July TBA  |  Corinth

Slugburger Festival

A weekend dedicated to the beloved slugburger including a carnival, live entertainment and the World Slugburger Eating Championship.

662.287.1550  |  mainstreetcorinth.com

 

July TBA  |  Yazoo City

Yaz Summer Blast

Multi-day event produced by Yazoo City as an annual celebration of Independence Day including music, food and fantastic fireworks displays.

800.381.0662  |  visityazoo.org

 

July 11 – 14  |  Philadelphia

69th Annual Choctaw Indian Fair

Four days of tribal culture at its finest, plus top name entertainment, and activities for the young and young at heart.

601.650.7450  |  choctawindianfair.com

 

July 13 – 15  |  Holly Springs

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum Annual Festival & Birthday Celebration

Held in her hometown of Holly Springs, this festival celebrates the life and legacy of Ida B. Wells.

662.252.3232  |  idabwellsmuseum.org

 

July 14  |  Grenada

Grassroots Blues Festival

A celebration of Mississippi's rich cultural heritage of blues music and the artists that bring it to life featuring great live music by traditional and obscure artists.

662.565.2478

 

 

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August TBA  |  Brookhaven

Exchange Club Fair

Hosted by the Exchange Club of Brookhaven for more than 60 years, this event includes food, carnival rides, games and lots of fun for the whole family.

601.833.1411  |  visitbrookhavenms.com

 

August 2 – 5  |  Oxford

Oxford Fringe Festival

This festival takes place around the historic square in Oxford, in a mix of spaces from a small 200 seat theatre, noted music nightspot, art gallery,  coffee shop

and outdoor performance pavilion.

662.236.6429  |  oxfordarts.com

 

August 3 – 4  |  Water Valley

Watermelon Festival

Features arts & crafts, food, children's activities, music, street dance, fireworks, antique car show, free 3k walk/run barbecue cooking contest and more.

662.473.1122  |  watervalleychamber.info

 

August 4  |  Greenwood

Bikes, Blues & Bayous

Mississippi’s largest cycling event with more than 850 riders on the flat, fast alluvial plains of the Delta. Post-ride event includes barbecue and live blues

entertainment.

662.392.4100  |  bikesbluesbayous.com

 

August 10 – 12  |  Clarksdale

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

One of America's most distinctive music festivals featuring some of the best entertainers that represent our blues and gospel heritage. Free.

662.627.5301  | sunflowerfest.org

 

August 16 – 18  |  Tishomingo County

Dulcimer Festival

Festival dedicated to preserving, promoting and teaching the dulcimer.

662.423.6515

 

August 19  |  Jackson

Mississippi Book Festival

Known as Mississippi’s “Literary Lawn Party,” this free event for book lovers of all ages is held on the grounds of the State Capitol and features over 150 authors,

more than 45 panels, activities and more.

769.717.2648  |  msbookfestival.com

 

August 24 – 25  |  Clinton

Red Brick Roads Music & Arts Festival

Features live music, good food, art vendors and a huge selection of craft beers on the brick streets in Olde Towne Clinton.

601.924.5472  |  redbrickroads.com

 

 

 

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September TBA  |  Columbus

17th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute

Tribute to America's most prolific playwright and Columbus' native son featuring plays, forums, exhibits and more.

800.920.3533  |  visitcolumbusms.org

 

September 1  |  West Point

Prairie Arts Festival

This free event is held Labor Day Saturday every year in downtown West Point. Prairie Arts Festival has more than 300 vendors of the best handmade crafts and

juried fine arts in the South, something for the whole family.

662.494.5121  |  westpointms.org

 

September 7 – 9  |  Holly Springs

Annual Hummingbird Migration & Nature Celebration

Held at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, the award-winning festival treats thousands of guests to renowned speakers, live animals, guided nature walk,

wagon rides and the opportunity to get up close with the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, one of the smallest birds on earth.

662.252.1155  |  strawberryplains.audubon.org

 

September 8 – 9  |  Biloxi

37th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival

A celebration of the seafood heritage of Biloxi and Mississippi Gulf Coast. This festival features live entertainment, activities for kids, arts & crafts vendors and

seafood.

228.604.0014  |  biloxi.org

 

September 15  |  Greenville

41st Annual Delta Blues & Heritage Festival

Always held on the third Saturday in September, this festival is the oldest continuously operating blues festival in the country.

662.335.3523  |  deltabluesms.org

 

September 15 – 16  |  Diamondhead

34th Annual Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Fair

Held on the beautiful grounds of the Diamondhead Country Club and features over 150 arts, crafts, gift vendors and food stand, and more. Complimentary shuttle

service is available from the Diamondhead Shopping Center each day.

dhartsandcrafts.weebly.com

 

September 21 – 22  |  Hollandale

Sam Chatmon Blues Festival

Festival with bikers, vendors, barbecue and blues performances in the hometown of blues legend Sam Chatmon.

662.827.2241

 

September 27 – 29  |  Greenville

6th Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival

Voted No. 1 New Festival in America by American Blues Scene Magazine in 2015. The Annual Highway 61 Blues Festival is now part of the Mighty Mississippi Music

Festival held in Warfield Point Park.

662.334.2711  |  mightymississippimusicfestival.com

 

September 29  |   Clarke County/Quitman

28th Annual Forestry & Wildlife Festival

Fun-filled day with activities for all ages, including entertainment, delicious food, arts & crafts, children's games, car and truck show, bass tournament and more.

601.776.5701  |  clarkecountychamber.com

 

September 29  |  Meridian

Rose Hill Costumed Cemetery Tour

Rose Hill Company of Players dress in period costume and tell the documented stories of those buried in the cemetery. From gypsies to city founders, the stories

tell a rich history.

601.479.2483  |  rosehillplayers.net

 

September 30  |  Hernando

Front Porch Jubilee

Honors area blues, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and folk rock musicians. Live music, food and beverage vendors.

662.429.9055  |  frontporchjubilee.ms

 

 

 

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October TBA   |  Walls

23rd Annual Walls Fall Festival

This festival features 60+ craft and vendor booths, inflatables, car show, bake sale, silent auction, live entertainment, community exhibits and more. Free.

662.781.1333  |  minormemorial.org

 

October TBA  |  Tupelo

Chickasaw Celebration

This celebration of Chickasaw culture and heritage is held in Tupelo's Fairpark.

662.842.4176  | inkana.org

 

October TBA  |  Jackson

The Sanderson Farms Championship

A great annual stop on the PGA Tour. Enjoy the hospitality, the serenity of the Country Club of Jackson, the pristine course, great food and great people.

601.898.4653  |  sandersonfarmschampionship.com

 

October TBA   |  Yazoo City

Yazoo County Fair

First held in 1928 and now known as the second oldest county fair in the state, this event offers amusement rides, arts & crafts exhibits and more. Admission

includes free parking and unlimited rides.

800.381.0662  |  visityazoo.org

 

October 3  |  Tunica

Gateway to the Blues "Tweetup"

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music on the Gateway to the Blues Museum stage. This event is part of Bridging the Blues and is a free concert.

tunicatravel.com

 

October 3 – 14  |  Jackson

Mississippi State Fair

One of the South's largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more.

601.961.4000  |  msfair.net

 

October 5 – 6  |  Carrollton

Carrollton Pilgrimage

 Tours include historic homes, churches, government buildings and stores.

662.237.6910  |  visitcarrolltonms.com

 

October 5 – 6   |  Ridgeland

EuroFest Auto & Motorcycle Show

This free outdoor event features the great automobiles and motorcycles of Europe.

601.946.1950  |  euro-fest.net

 

October 5 – 6  |  Brookhaven

Ole Brook Festival

This annual festival will celebrate its 44th year in downtown Brookhaven with more than 200 craftsman, food vendors, car show, live entertainment and KidZone.

601.833.1411  |  visitbrookhavenms.com

 

October 5 – 7  |  Aberdeen

Bukka White Blues Festival

Enjoy Mississippi blues on the banks of the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Other festivities include arts & crafts, barbecue contest, petting zoo, kayak rentals and great food.

662.369.9440  |  bukkawhitefestival.com

 

October 6  |  Pascagoula

38th Annual Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival

Features arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, exhibit booths, antique car show and lots of children's activities. Artisans will be on hand to explain their crafts.

228.229.9908  |  zontaofpascagoula.com

 

October 6  |  Carrollton

Pioneer Day Festival

Shop arts & crafts vendors around the historic courthouse and stop by educational booths to learn about our history.

662.237.6910  |  visitcarrolltonms.com

 

October 12 – 13  |  Cleveland

Octoberfest

Two days of live music, arts & crafts, a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned barbecue competition and more.

662.843.2712  |  octoberfestms.com

 

October 12 – 13   |  Clarksdale

Tennessee Williams Festival

Celebrating Tennessee Williams (TNW), the festival includes porch plays at historic TNW sites, a student drama competition and various lectures from scholars.

662.624.5648  |  coahomacc.edu

 

October 12 – 20   |  Laurel

98th Annual South Mississippi Fair

Enjoy great entertainment, delicious "fair" food, the best carnival rides around, agricultural and livestock competitions.

601.649.9010  |  somissfair.com

 

October 14 – 21  |  Pascagoula

97th Annual Jackson County Fair

Thrill rides, livestock shows, arts & crafts displays, food booths, exhibits, live music, "Old Settlers Day" and much more. Join us for this blue ribbon affair and a

fall tradition.

228.769.6043  |  co.jackson.ms.us

 

October 19 – 20  |  Wiggins

Stone County BBQ & Blues

Pitmasters compete for cash prizes while visitors enjoy the blues,  arts & craft vendors and children's activities at Blaylock Park in  downtown Wiggins.

601.928.5418  |  stonecounty.com

 

October 19 – 21  |  Natchez

Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and

national talent fill the air with live music.

800.445.2510  |  natchezballoonrace.com

 

October 20  |  Greenville

7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

Proclaimed as the "Hot Tamale Capital of the World" this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

662.378.3121  |  mainstreetgreenville.com

 

October 20  |  Gautier

28th Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Festival

Festival featuring handcrafted items, food, live entertainment, "hands on" heritage and educational area, and mullet toss contest.

228.215.0825

 

October 20  |  Moss Point

6th Annual Historic Griffin Cemetery Tour

Take a historical journey back in time as actors dress in period attire and

bring life to early ancestors buried in the oldest section of the cemetery. Guided tours are one hour.

228.218.5239

 

October 20  |  Yazoo City

Antique Days

Features live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities for children, kibbee cook-off, antique engine demonstrations, cane syrup cooking and much more.

800.381.0665  |  antiquedays.com

 

October 20  |  Kosciusko

Fall Festival

This festival showcases local artisans on the Courthouse lawn in the historic district, and lots of music and food.

662.289.2981  |  kosytrace.com

 

October 26  |  Richland

Haunted Halloween Trails

Games, refreshments and a scary haunted trail. Enter if you dare.

601.420.3400  |  richlandms.org

 

October 26 – 27  |   Clarksdale

Cruzn The Crossroads

Held in downtown Clarksdale, the birthplace of the blues, the third annual event features a car and truck show, arts & crafts, barbecue contest, children's

activities and live music.

662.902.4181

 

October 27  |  Columbia

6th Annual Gator Fest

This event features canoe and kayak races, dog show, baby alligators, arts & crafts, kids’ zone, food, music and more.

601.736.6385

 

October 27  |  Leland

Leland Frog Fest

A celebration of the arts in honor of Jim Henson who spent his boyhood in Leland, where he was inspired to create the Muppets. The event features hands-on art activities, live music, a chili cook-off and a kids' fun run.

662.686.7383  |  lelandchamber.com

 

October 27  |  Magee

Magee Crazy Day

The 42nd annual festival features arts & crafts, a 5k run/walk, food, car show, live music, children’s activities and more.

601.849.2517

 

 

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November TBA  |  Meridian

Merry Meridian

Celebrate Christmas in Meridian with a season full of activities featuring one of Mississippi's largest nighttime parades, Merry Meridian Market, Santa's Christmas Factory, concerts, theater, ballet, galas, a live nativity and more.

601.485.1944  |  meridianms.org

 

November 1   |  Long Beach

Annual Taste of Long Beach

Experience the culinary delights of local restaurants, beverage vendors and businesses. Entertainment will be provided.

228.601.0014

 

November 2 – 3  |  Meridian

Soulé Live Stream Festival & Meridian RailFest

See live steam engines, rail engines, the largest model railroad set in the region and much more. The event also features the Carousel Association of America Fall Rally.

601.693.9905  |  soulelivesteam.com

 

November 3 – 4  |  Ocean Springs

Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival Presented by Blue Moon

Largest fine arts festival in the state with more than 400 arts, crafts and food vendors set up in downtown Ocean Springs.

228.875.4424  |  peterandersonfestival.com

 

November 7 - 10   |  Jackson

Mistletoe Marketplace

A three-day holiday shopping extravaganza featuring more than 100 merchants from across the nation. Each day features special events designed to fuel the excitement of the approaching holiday season.

601.948.2357  |  mistletoemarketplace.com

 

November 8 – 10  |  Natchez

Angels on the Bluff Cemetery Tour

Tour this beautiful, historic site, stopping at graves to hear stories  and musical tributes to the lives and deaths of some of Natchez’s oldest “residents,” portrayed by their descendants and other local citizens in period costumes. Tickets go on

sale in August and sellout fast.

800.647.6724  |  visitnatchez.org

 

November 10  |  Prentiss

Birthday Challenge

Run, walk or bike your age on the Longleaf Trace.

601.792.5903  | jeffdavisms.com

 

November 14   |  Hattiesburg

Moscow Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

As part of its 25th anniversary tour, Moscow Ballet will have a one-time performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater.

601.584.4888

 

November 16 – 17  |  Waveland

5th Annual Waveland Christmas Bazaar

Find something for everyone on your Christmas list. Shop for great Christmas gifts, clothing, jewelry and home.

228.467.9012

 

November 24 – 25  |  Laurel

Christmas at Landrum's Homestead & Village

The whole village is lit for the holidays and takes guests back in time with a candlelight tour.

601.649.2546  |  landrums.com

 



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December 1  |  Newton

9th Annual Whistle Stop Marketplace

Beautiful holiday market held inside the Historic Newton Depot with unique arts & crafts from all over the state. Free admission.

601.683.2201  |  newtonchamberms.com

 

December 1  |  Holly Springs

Tracks of Generals

This event is held at the Holly Springs Depot and celebrates the city’s survival

of one of the most significant raids of the Civil War.

601.503.7605   |  thehollyspringsdepot.com

 

December 15 – 17 & 21 – 23  |  Hattiesburg

Zoo Lights at Hattiesburg Zoo

Join the Hattiesburg Zoo for an enchanted fun-filled evening featuring:

a writing station for letters to Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, train and carousel rides, holiday market with local vendors and more.

601.545.4576   |  zoohattiesburg.com

 

 

 

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January 27 - December 23  |  Southaven

Mid South Flea Market

Held the fourth weekend of each month January through November and the third weekend of December. Vendors offer new and used merchandise including

collectibles, antiques, jewelry and more.

901.368.9519  |  sodesoto.com

 

February 7 - March 18  |  Gulfport

20th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show

United States Equestrian Federation AA Rated hunter-jumper event held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, including a Sunday Gran Prix and family events

every Sunday. Free admission.

228.832.2745  | gulfcoastclassiccompany.com

 

March 3 & October 6  |  Greenwood

Mississippi Blues Fest

Experience blues music in the birthplace of the genre—the Mississippi Delta.

662.453.9197  |  mississippibluesfest.com

 

March 17 - April 7 & September 21 - October 8  |  Natchez

Natchez Spring & Fall Pilgrimages

In a tradition dating back to 1932, Natchez welcomes “pilgrims” into its beautiful historic antebellum homes for tours by costumed hosts in 19th-century character.

This celebration also includes theater performances, special

presentations and live music.

800.647.6742  |  natchezpilgrimage.com

 

ApriL 6 - 8 & October TBA  |  Winona

Hill Fire - Mississippi's Folk Life Play

A delightful event featuring real stories about Southern culture and history. Great tour group experience.

662.283.3750  |  hillfire.org

 

April 15, August 12 & October 7  |  Clarksdale

Cat Head Mini Fest

Free live blues music played on the street in front of Cat Head. Bring a chair and enjoy.

662.624.5992  |  cathead.biz

 

May 10 & October 11  |  Canton

Canton Flea Market Arts & Craft Show

This famous flea market attracts artisans from across the country who showcase their unique handcrafted items such as pottery, jewelry and arts & crafts.

601.859.1307  |  cantontourism.com

 

June 29 - July 1  |  Bay St. Louis

34th Annual Our Lady of the Gulf "Crab Festival"

Enjoy great food, live music, 100 arts & crafts booths, rides, raffles and crab races. Food includes boiled crab and shrimp, shrimp and catfish po-boys, gumbo,

crab stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers, hotdogs and more.

228.467.6509  |  olgchurch.net

 

August 31 - September 1  |  Iuka

Iuka Heritage Festival

Celebrate the 30th annual Iuka Heritage Festival over Labor Day weekend with fun, food, entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, a car and tractor show, and more.

662.423.0051  |  tishomingofunhere.org

 

September & October TBA  |  Southaven

162nd Mid-South Fair

This fair sits on 27 acres filled with a great midway, outdoor concerts, fair food, family activities and much more.

901.274.8800  |  midsouthfair.com

 

September & October TBA  |  New Albany

Tallahatchie River Fest

This fall festival is held in downtown New Albany on the banks of the Tallahatchie River and features free concerts with top-name artists, a downtown street

market a pet parade, duck regatta and more.

662.534.1047  |  visitnewalbany.com

 

September 30 - October 7  |  Gulf Coast

22nd Annual Cruisin' The Coast

Classic cars on display and cruisin' through the coast along Highway 90.

888.808.1188  |  cruisinthecoast.com

 

October 31 - November 2  |  Winterville

Native American Days

This celebration of Southeastern Native American culture and traditions is held at Winterville Mounds Park and Museum in the late fall. Free to the public.

662.334.4684

 

November 23 - December 23  |  Canton

Victorian Christmas Festival

Canton, the “City of Lights,” comes alive each holiday season with attractions and events for all ages. From the Victorian festival to old-fashioned carousel rides,

you’ll find something to tickle your holiday fancy.

601.859.1307  |  cantontourism.com

 

November 23 - December 31  |  Gulfport

4th Annual Gulfport Harbor Lights Christmas Festival

Enjoy a spectacular light show set to music and a Santa's village in Jones Park.

228.868.5881

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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