Annual Events

Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo

Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo
(January 22 – February 17) Mississippi State Fairgrounds • 601.961.4000
The Mississippi Coliseum hosts the largest livestock show east of the Mississippi River and second-largest PRCA Rodeo, featuring five-horse shows, Junior Livestock show, two-day Western Festival, two trade shows, rodeo dance and parade over three weeks.

Mississippi Blues Marathon
(February 27) Downtown Jackson • 601.624.7882
With live music before, after and throughout the course, this marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k bring runners from across the country (and world) to Jackson. A new 13.1 mile double-loop takes runners through downtown, Belhaven and Jackson State University.

Spring Farm Days
(March 5-7) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum • 601.432.4500
This three-day event is a wonderful opportunity to come out and see the Ag Museum come to life. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, learn about farmstead life and gardening, and see the large farm and forestry equipment display. There will also be baby chicks, chickens and other farm animals on display. Admission for this event is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 18. Reservations are recommended for groups but not required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 601.432.4500 or email us at

Mississippi Book Festival
(August 21) Mississippi State Capitol
“Mississippi’s Literary Lawn Party” features visiting authors, panel discussions, book signings, booksellers, food trucks and family-friendly fun.