In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Jackson’s Events, Concerts and Fall Festivals

Jackson and the surrounding areas have geared up for fall y’all! Check your calendars because you don’t want to miss out on these festivals and events.

These fun-filled-fall events are from Jackson, MS and surrounding areas.

 

September

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Soggy Sweat Craft Beer & BBQ Fest

September 15

from 1pm to 4pm at Smith Park. This event is hosted by Mississippi Brewers Guild. The guild will release a collaborative beer from brewers across the state. There will be beer and BBQ to sample along with beer and food to purchase. Tickets are $20 each, and only 300 will be sold.


Cathead Distillery Amateur Dog Show 

September 15

from 1pm to 8pm at Cathead Distillery. Entry fee for your pooch is only $10, and all the proceeds from the show go to benefit Cheshire Abbey. Award list ranges from titles like “Fluffiest” to “Most likely to run in the opposite direction”. The dog show starts at 2pm sharp, so don’t be late! If you don’t have a pup, there will still be plenty of beer, tours and games going on.


Taste of West Jackson

September 15

from 12pm to 4pm at Claiborne Park. The Common Ground Covenant Church hosts the 3rd annual festival where 10 local restaurants will compete to win over your taste buds and the judges. There will be live, local music from Miz Tiffany, Smooth Funk, Frank Shelby Jr. and Carrie Parker-Small. This event is family friendly with space jumps and field games. Admission is free!


Mississippi Science Fest

September 21 & 22

from 9am to 5pm in Jackson MS. The event is presented by C-Spire, is a hands-on science event put on by LeFleur’s Museum District in Jackson- this includes MS Museum of Natural Science, MS Agricultural & Forestry Museum, MS Children’s Museum and the MS Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Friday will be a field trip day full of STEM- themed events and activities (must book with each museum individually). Tickets for the event are $10, and they  give you access to all four museums. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at any museum on the event day. Events and activities vary all day long, so take a look at the schedule to find the events you are interested in.


 Gumbo Festival

September 22

from 11am- 5pm at Smith Park. This event will include a gumbo cookoff, live music, and a blind judging of the gumbo to reveal the Gumbo making Champion! This event benefits the Harold T. & Hal White Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door!


Jackson Zoo Party Expedition

September 27

from 6pm to 9pm at the Jackson Zoo. The annual “unleashed” party is for anyone 21 and over. Individual tickets are $30 per person and $50 for couples. Zoo themed art will be for sale to raise money for the zoo. This expedition will give guests the opportunity to chat with the animal keepers and care staff, take part in animal encounters and chow down on some snacks from participating restaurants.


Wing Dang Doodle Festival 

September 29

from 8am to 4pm at Gaddis Park in Forest, MS. The festival is free of admission. There will be an annual chicken wing contest with a grand prize of $1000! Along with the contest there will be live entertainment from Trey Jones and the Luckenbach Willie Nelson Tribute Band, crafts and activities for kids like arts and inflatables and an antique tractor show. The Wing Dang Dash 5K will take place at 8am and the 1/2 mile fun run will start at 9am.


WellsFest 

September 29

from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park. This is a family-friendly music festival. Admission is free. This event is hosted by Wells Memorial United Methodist Church and WellsFest, and all proceeds go to benefit a local non-profit.  The festival includes a 5K Run, 1-mile fun run, pat parade and two stages of continuous live music. For more information on the festival visit the church website.


Highway 49 Fest

September 29

Gates open at 10am and the event will take place at the Richland Soccer fields in Richland, MS. There will be arts & crafts, a kids zone and a petting zoo for the kiddos from 10am- 5pm. In addition to the kids events, there will be a car show, Corn Hole Tournament, 5K run, Softball Tournament, Kickball Tournament, live entertainment and yummy food concessions. Runaway June will perform at 6 pm and then Craig Morgan will take the stage at 7:30 pm.


Cathead Distillery Oktoberfest

September 29

from 2pm to 8pm at Cathead Distillery. There will be live music from Rooster’s Blues, football on tv and gaming competitions. The event will have craft and domestic beers from Mississippi breweries, food vendors and Ping-Pong, Cornhole, Jenga competitions and more. Tickets range from $10 to $30. The event is kid and pup friendly and kids under 12 get in free!


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Mississippi State Fair

October 3-14

Commissioner Andy Gipson invites you to join in the festivities of the 159th MS State Fair at the fairgrounds! The gates open Wednesday the 3rd at 5pm. For more info on the daily events, ride specials, livestock show schedule and even a fairground map go HERE! Regular gate admission is $5 and parking is $5 as well. Children under the age of 6 are free!  Check out the full fair schedule! 


Witches Ride

October 4

Extra Table is bringing some spook to Fondren’s Live after Five! Starting at 5pm, check in for all events begins. Fondren Restaurants will be donating a portion of their evening sales to Extra Table and offering great specials to participating customers! The main events going on during this Halloween-spirited night are:

Barks & Boos pet costume contest ($10 pet entry fee)

Hal & Mal’s decorated pumpkin contest ($5 entry and BYOP)

Witches Ride and awards ($20 entry)

Screening of Hocus Pocus @ 7pm

Here is more information on the events and tickets  .


Pumpkins in the Park

October 6

from 5:30 to 9pm at the Belhaven Park. This event is hosted by the Greater Belhaven Foundation. Join the fun and come decorate a pumpkin and listen to live music from Sara Sullivan. “Hocus Pocus” will be showing at dark! Admission is free, so bring a chair, the kids and come enjoy a fall night with the Belhaven community.


Pumpkin Adventure

October 10-13, 17-20 & 24-26

This adventure includes a fun-filled hayride around the AG museum as well as a pumpkin patch to find the perfect pump to carve. Admission is $7 and they ask that if your group has 10 or more people to please call and make a reservation.


MercyMe Concert

October 11

at 7 pm at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, MS. This concert is part of MercyMe’s Imagine Nation Tour with Tenth Avenue North. Tickets range from $25 to $66 plus fees. MercyMe is a Christian band based out of Dallas, TX.


Glucklich Fest

October 13

from 11am to 9pm at Lucky Town Brewery Company. This event is hosted by the Mississippi Brewers Guild and Lucky Town. This event is all things Oktoberfest with yummy craft beer, live music, SEC football showing, a beer mile, stein hoisting competition, tailgating and more!


Sanderson Farms Championship

October 22-28

The golf championship will take place at the Country Club of Jackson. There are multiple ticket packages that you can purchase. Check here for the full tournament schedule.


Cyndi Lauper in concert

October 25

from 6:30pm to 10pm at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS. Doors open at 6:30 and the show will start at 7:30. All seats are reserved and tickets cost $29-$59.


Halloween at the District

October 26

Starting at 7 p.m., the District will celebrate Halloween with a special family movie night featuring the Halloween Classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Kids are encouraged to arrive in costume and should expect tricks and treats throughout The District. The screening will take place on The District Green so arrive early to secure your spot: Go-Cups Encouraged, Lawn Chairs Welcome.


Park After Dark

October 26

from 6pm to 8:30 pm. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park and the Mississippi Children’s Museum have partnered together to bring you the spooky and fun event! There will be crafts, trick-or-treating, and an evening of all things Halloween! Tickets for this event are $9.


Gov’t Mule in concert

October 26

Ardenland presents Gov’t Mule from 7pm to 10pm at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS.  Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets cost $25-$45.


November

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Harvest Fest

November 6-10

at the MS Agriculture. Each day from 9am to 2pm, the grounds will come to life to give visitors a glimpse of Mississippi in the olden days. Visitors will learn about the Blacksmith shop, Cotton Gin, Cane Mill, Grist Mill and the Print shop and see how agricultural development has shaped our lives.


Mistletoe Marketplace

November 7- 10

at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. This event is hosted  by the Junior League of Jackson. From galas and shopping to fashion shows and Santa Claus himself, the Marketplace has a number of spirit-filled events. For more info on the specific event check out the special events page. Tickets for general admission are $10 and special events vary by event.


Monster Jam

November 16 & 17

at the Mississippi Coliseum at 7pm each night. Tickets range from $15 to upwards of $40 each depending on your seat. This Monster Jam showdown will include the well-known Grave Digger, as well as Avenger, Brutus, Hurricane Force, Jester, Scooby-Doo, Slinger and Storm Damage!


Homestead for the Holidays 

November 29 & 30

From 5pm-8pm at the MS Agriculture Museum. Mrs. Claus, Santa and Rudolph will all be in town for photo ops! Live music will fill the grounds that will come alive with Christmas 1800s style. Grab breakfast for supper as you enjoy the carousel rides, train rides and arts and crafts. The print shop will be making limited edition postcards to send your wish list to Santa and the General Store will be full of gifts and stocking stuffers.