Festivals and Events this Summer around the Metro

JACKSON, Miss. (MISSISSIPPI WEEKEND) -

The summer is packed in Jackson! Check out this list of 10 events and festivals across the metro to add to your schedule.

41st Annual Pepsi Pops : A Blast at the Park - Friday, May 27th at Old Trace Park at the Rez

This concert brings the community together to enjoy music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $15 and the Rez is the perfect backdrop as the sun sets with boats enjoying the music from the water. Gates open at 5:30 pm, chairs, food, and blankets are allowed, but they ask that you leave glass and alcohol at home. The Manship and Which Which superior sandwiches will be on location with food options, and Pepsi products will be sold to drink.

Mississippi Pickle Fest - Saturday, June 11th at the Mississippi Ag Museum

The Pickle Fest isn’t only about Pickles. If you love anything fermented, this festival is for you! From 3pm - 8 pm there will be music, games, contests, local vendors, and much more. Restaurants and vendors will work together to bring you pickle themed food and drinks! You can plan ahead for a fun day because this event is happening rain or shine.

Byram Swinging Bridge Festival - Saturday, June 18th at Jackson Dragway

Festival goers can expect live music, a car show, carnival rides, and even fireworks in the heart of Byram. Rocking the Swinging Bridge Festival is a great reason to bring the whole family out.

Juneteenth R&B Jam - Sunday, June 19th at the Mississippi Coliseum

Grammy award winning artists Monica, and Ne-yo, team up with August Alsina to celebrate the culture, and R&B!

Juneteenth Festival / Business Expo- Sunday, June 19th at Smith Park

This family event is from 12pm - 7pm at Smith Park in Jackson. It’s all about supporting local black owned businesses! To get involved, or for more information reach out to Robin Knox at (228)249-4966 or queenbyroe@gmail.com.

Miss Mississippi Competition - June 22nd - June 25th at the Vicksburg Convention Center

The Miss America Competition has a legacy 98 years in the making. Encouraging young woman to excel through “talent, leadership, communication, skills, and intelligence.” Watch this years competition take place Wednesday, June 22nd, through Saturday, June 25th at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

2022 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest - Thursday, June 30th - Sunday, July 3rd Kicks off at the Canton Town Square

This is a weekend filled with fun and unique experiences involving hot air balloons! Events will take place in Canton and Ridgeland, more details are to come.

Mississippi Book Festival: A Literary Lawn Party - Saturday, August 20th at the State Capitol Building and Grounds

Families can expect a day filled with more than 170 authors, over 40 panels, book signings, food, and a lot of fun! From 9am to 5pm, The Mississippi Book Festival will keep the family entertained, and best part is- it’s free! Authors or vendors, have until June 1st to get involved with the festival. You can get more information on their website.

Wells Fest 2022- Saturday, September 24th 9:30am - 4:30 pm at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park

This years Wells Fest is 38 years in the making self proclaimed as Jacksons original music festival. The event is free and 100% of the proceeds go to non profit, The Good Samaritan Center. The festival kicks off at 9:30am with a pet parade, followed by live non-stop music from 10am - 4pm on two stages. Artists will be dropped in September. The festival will also include a plant sale, silent auction, vendors, and more!

If you want to add a festival or event to the list, email anisa.sakile@wlbt.com