We strongly encourage you to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Mississippi State Department of Health and additional guidelines by the City of Jackson (facial coverings ARE still required in the city of Jackson, along with social distancing). Stay informed of additional public health guidance on the national level, too.
This week’s events in JXNMS:
WellsFest Art Auction 2021 – Duling Hall – begins Tuesday
See the art in person on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from noon to 7 pm at Duling Hall and register to bid during the online auction. Bidding opens at 5 pm. on Tuesday and closes at 5 pm on Saturday. For more information and to register to bid on art, visit wellchurch.org.
Tuesday Trivia – Cultivation Food Hall – Tuesday 6 pm
Get a group together and put your minds to the test in the Living Room at Cultivation. Playing as a team or single, this event is free and open to the public. Grab a drink from Gold Coast Bar & order food from vendors (tacos are 3 for $10 at Yo Mama’s).
Tech JXN 2021 – Jackson Convention Complex, Mississippi Museum of Art – Thursday – Friday – Saturday
TECH JXN is a three-day event spotlighting the four major sectors of Jackson’s economy: Technology, Education, Creativity and Healthcare. It will feature speakers covering topics related to each of the economic sectors, a virtual reality workshop, a film academy and separate film showing, a Jxn Indie Music festival pop-up, multiple town halls, a college Fair, professional development workshops, and two career fairs (municipal & corporate).
Saltine Flight Night – Saltine Restaurant – Thursday 4:30 pm – 8 pm
Serving up a cocktail flight for you & your football crew every Thursday night from 4:30 – 8 pm for a limited time. Cocktails this week inlaced the “Red Zone Rita,” “Pick 6 Punch,” “Tito’s Touchdown,” and “Boozy Blitz.”
WellsFest 2021 Benefit Concert – Virtual – Thursday 7 pm
Don’t miss performances by three of Jackson’s most popular music groups – Chris Gill, The Jackson Gypsies and Barry Leach with Patrick Harkins and Raphel Semmes. The benefit concert will be livestreamed on both WellsFest’s Facebook page and at wellschurch.org.
Soul-Filled Weekend – Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium – Thursday – Sunday
Visit Jackson and the City of Jackson present the Soul-Filled Weekend with two college football games at the core of multiple days of activities. Jackson State University will play Delta State University for the annual WC Gorden Classic and Mississippi Valley State University will challenge Southern University (Baton Rouge) for the Delta/Bayou Clash. Additional events, activities and tickets are available at soulfilledweekend.com.
The Flamingo presents the JXN Flea September Market – Ecoshed – Saturday 10 am
Bring friends and family, including the pet kids, and get ready to have a great time while supporting local small businesses and vendors. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced.
Whole Hog Roast Benefit BBQ – Urban Foxes – Saturday – 11 am
Raising money for St. Jude, Chef Hunter Evans (Elvie’s) will offer bbq plates from a Homeplace Pastures whole roasted hog. The event is being held at Urban Foxes on North Street. Full menu and order details to come. Check in with Evans on Instagram for developing details.
2021 Mississippi Invitational msmuseumart.org
(through November 7) Mississippi Museum of Art
The 2021 Mississippi Invitational exhibition is a survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working in the state. As part of a statewide, collaborative effort to welcome visitors back to art museums and sculpture gardens, Museum admission is free in August. Crowd size is limited to 40 in the exhibit at one time and masks are required.
Wild Weather mdwfp.com
(through December 31) Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
A highly interactive exhibit, developed and produced by Science North in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, illustrates severe weather as a powerful and unpredictable force. From thunderstorms to summer heat waves, hurricanes to blizzards, uncover the science behind the weather all around us and learn how exciting, new discoveries are unraveling many of weather’s mysteries.
Evicted: An Exhibition jsums.edu
(through October 3) Johnson Hall Art Gallery, Jackson State University
Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, the Evicted exhibition brings visitors into the world of low-income renter eviction. The exhibition challenges visitors to face the enormity of one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems, while providing context for the crisis and a call to action.
Symphony at Sunset fondren.org – POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
(September 16) The Cedars
Enjoy an evening under the stars on the grounds of the historic Cedars house, circa 1840, held in conjunction with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Free and family-friendly.
TECH JXN techjacksonms.com
(September 23-25) Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson Convention Complex
TECH JXN is a three-day event spotlighting the four major sectors of Jackson’s economy: Technology, Education, Creativity and Healthcare. It will feature speakers covering topics related to each of the economic sectors, a virtual reality workshop, a film academy and separate film showing, an indie music festival, multiple town halls, a college Fair, professional development workshops, and two career fairs (municipal & corporate).
Wellsfest wellschurch.org/wellsfest – MOVED TO ONLINE FORMAT
(September 25) Jamie Fowler Boyll Park
A family festival held to benefit a different non-profit service organ- ization each year. Activities include a 5k race, fun walk, food, children’s games, arts & crafts, silent auction and plenty of live music by area entertainers.
Soul-Filled Weekend soulfilledweekend.com
(September 25-26) Veteran’s Stadium
Two college football games at the core of weekend activities – the W.C. Gorden Classic, pits Jackson State University against Delta State University on Saturday, September 25 and game two, the Delta-Bayou Classic, pits Mississippi Valley State University against Southern University on Sunday, September 26. Additional events leading up to the weekend include a President’s reception, coaches luncheon, high school recruiting opportunities, the WC Gorden/Ashley Robinson Golf Classic (September 24), college fair, a concert and a Sunday church service.
Sanderson Farms Championship sandersonfarmschampionship.com
(September 27-October 3) Country Club of Jackson
Jackson is one of only 39 other cities hosting a PGA event which includes some of the world’s top players.
Capital City Pride mscapitalcitypride.org
(October 1-3) Ecoshed, Smith Wills Stadium, Hal & Mal’s
A celebration weekend and fundraiser benefiting Grace House. Join the Kick-Off Gala at Ecoshed (October 1, 6-8 pm, ticketed); The City With Pride Main Event at Smith Wills Stadium (October 2, 10 am – 7 pm, free); and the Pride Brunch with unity walk at Hal & Mal’s (October 3, Noon – 4 pm, ticketed). Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a 24-hour negative test result prior to events is required.
Little Shop of Horrors newstagetheatre.com
(October 5-17) New Stage Theatre
Not your typical boy-meets-girl comedy, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for almost forty years, becoming one of the most popular shows worldwide.Recommended for ages 12 and up. Masks required. Vaccinated-only performances will be offered.
Mississippi State Fair mdac.ms.gov
(October 6-17) Mississippi State Fairgrounds
This is one of the South’s largest fairs, featuring amusement rides, con- cessions, entertainment by national recording artists, a variety of agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and educational demonstrations.
Pumpkin Adventure msagmuseum.org
(October 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Your adventure will include a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum which will drop you off for a milk and cookie snack. Feel free to explore Small Town, Mississippi, visit the General Store and tour the Heritage Center Gallery. On your way out, stop by the Pumpkin Patch and choose your very own pumpkin to take home with you!
Purple Dress Run thedistrictateastover.com
(October 21) The District at Eastover
Grab your best purple running “dress” and join us at The District at Eastover for a 5K run/walk through Jackson to benefit Catholic Charities Shelter for Battered Families. The “Time to Move” band will play the after party. Register here.
Vintage Market Days: All is Bright vintagemarketdays.com
(October 22-24) Mississippi Trade Mart
Upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, home decor, clothing, handmade treasures, jewelry, outdoor furnishings, food, seasonal plantings and more.
Park After Dark mschildrensmuseum.com
(October 29) MS Children’s Museum/MS Natural Science Museum
Dress up in your favorite costume and head to the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) for their annual Park After Dark party. You’ll find spooky science and fantastic family fun activities at this special evening event.
Nightmare on Mill Street ecoshedjxn.com
(October 29 & 30) Ecoshed
Ecoshed presents an immersive Halloween party & experience. Tickets include a rapturous entrance, full nights of live music, bewitching encounters and haunting photo ops. Costume contest each night (with prizes). Masks (yes, those kind of masks, are required).
Mistletoe Marketplace mistletoemarketplace.com
(November 3-6) Mississippi Trade Mart
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.
Harvest Festival msagmuseum.org
(November 9-13) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Live demonstrations throughout the museum grounds will give visitors a glimpse of Mississippi’s past and show the impact agriculture has made on our lives. Demonstrations will include the operation of the cotton gin, saw mill, cane mill, print shop, blacksmith shop and more.
Mississippi Blues Marathon msbluesmarathon.events
(November 13) Mississippi Capitol Complex
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.
(November 15) Thalia Mara Hall
“Broadway in Jackson” brings the best of touring Broadway direct from New York. Opening the season is Anastasia from the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime. This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.
Homestead for the Holidays msagmuseum.org
(December 9-10) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Enjoy breakfast for supper, story time with Mrs. Claus and a picture with Santa and Rudolph! Take a stroll through Small Town and see demonstra- tors, visit Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead and experience Christmas during the late 1800s. Carousel and train rides will be available as well as hands on historic crafts and live music throughout the grounds.
A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration msmusemart.org
(Opening April 2022) MS Museum of Art
Newly commissioned works by 13 of the most acclaimed African American artists working today examining the profound impact of the Great Migration on the social and cultural life of the United States.