This week’s events in JXNMS:
50’s Night – The District at Eastover – Tuesday 6 pm
Join the dapper District for a night of live music, BINGO, costumes, raffle prizes, swing dancing, food, drinks & fundraising for Ballet Magnificat, plus a celebrity appearance by “I Love Lucy’s” “Little Rickey,” Keith Thibodeaux.
Writer Beth Ann Fennelly in the Welty Garden – Eudora Welty House – Thursday 6 pm
The Visiting Writer Series at Millsaps College welcomes Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, to the Welty Garden for a reading and book signing. Fennelly’s books will be available for purchase on-site and Coffee Prose will offer refreshments for sale, including book-themed pops. The event will be entirely outdoors (masks and social distancing are required). Seating is limited and guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or purchase one from the gift shop.
Griffin House – Duling Hall – Thursday 7:30 pm
American Songwriter says, “If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House.” Hear House in a COVID-conscious show presented in part by Southern Beverage Company, Cathead Vodka, A2Z Printing, Saltine & Liquid Creative. Tickets are available here.
Vintage Market Days – MS Trademart – Friday-Sunday
The Market is an upscale, vintage-inspired, indoor/outdoor event featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, foods, seasonal plantings and a little more. Friday’s early buying event is 10 am – 5 pm. Saturday’s General Admission is 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Get tickets $15; 12 and under are free).
JSU Football – Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Stadium – Saturday 3 pm
The Tigers take on Prairie View A&M in this Saturday afternoon game. General admission tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com ($23 before fees).
I Am a Man “chalk the walk” family event – Two Mississippi Museums – Sunday 1 pm
Design your own outdoor sketches inspired by the protest artwork of civil rights activists featured in the special exhibit “I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970.” Enjoy music, fun activities and sweet treats as you create your own canvas on the Entergy Plaza. Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free every Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and includes the I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970, and Mississippi Distilled and this special chalk event.
Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety and Politics mdah.ms.gov/2MM
(through June 26) Two Mississippi Museums • 601.576.6800
Fascinating artifacts, enticing stories, and surprising images from prehistory to Prohibition take visitors on a journey that begins with ancient alcohols and the science of spirits through the social problems that led to the temperance movement.
Metro Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
(April 24) Mynelle Gardens • 601.960.1894
Annual plant sale fundraiser and celebration of Mother Nature’s floral beauty.
SWAC Baseball Championship bit.ly/SWACbaseball21
(May 19-23) Smith Wills Stadium
Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit mschildrensmuseum.org
(May 29-Sep. 6) Mississippi Children’s Museum • 601.981.5469
Experience the first children’s museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s award-winning series, Doc McStuffins. Join the magical storytelling as you help Doc and her friends in the new McStuffins Toy Hospital! Through imaginative play and hands-on activities, learn life-lessons about wellness. There is so much you can do to take care of you! Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit is produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and presented by Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Disney Character live appearances are not part of the exhibit. ©Disney
Mississippi Quarter Horse Summer Show mqha.org
(June 5-6) MS State Fairgrounds
Approximately 250 competitors will take to the arena in a variety of events vying for prize money.
70th Annual National Square Dance Convention 70nsdc.com
(June 23-26) Jxn Convention Complex • 504.390.2137
Hosted by the Mississippi Square and Round Dance Association, the convention will showcase this traditional “folk” dance with competition and instruction.
Mississippi Black Rodeo
(July 9 & 10) Mississippi State Fairgrounds • 903.753.3165
Enjoy a weekend of rodeo fun with steer roping, barrel-racing and saddle-ridden bucking bronc by competitors from all over the southeast.
Lan Bar Barrel Racing – All-American Barrel Horse Youth lanbar.com
(July 15-16) MS State Fairgrounds
Held annually, racers ages 19 and younger compete in the event, second only to the youth world in youth shows in numbers and payout.
Lan Bar Barrel Racing – The Mega Barrel Race lanbar.com
(August 19) MS State Fairgrounds
Barrel racing with a $60,000 purse. Exciting equine action that annually calls Jackson home.
Mississippi Book Festival msbookfestival.com
(August 21) Mississippi State Capitol
“Mississippi’s Literary Lawn Party” features visiting authors, panel discussions, book signings, booksellers, food trucks and family-friendly fun.