Where to Eat & Play During This Weekend’s MS Balloon Fest

Headed to the area for 2021 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, July 1-4 in Canton & Ridgeland?

The weekend brings together the magic of hot air balloons, music, fireworks and more – and gives you a chance to visit Jackson, too!

For a look at places to eat and play in the City With Soul, read on!


The Manship – Belhaven
Focusing on wood-fired meats, seafood and pizzas and boasting the largest whiskey collection in town, The Manship sounds like it would be named after a decidedly masculine sailing vessel. In truth, the name comes from the historic gothic revival mansion located not too far from the restaurant in Belhaven. The Manship strives to utilize whole animal cookery whenever possible out of respect for the farmers and their livestock that provide the proteins. This philosophy shows up throughout the Mediterranean-leaning menu from charcuterie boards of cured meats to pasta sauces to pizza toppings.

Cultivation Food Hall – LeFleur East
Cultivation is Jackson’s first food hall, and in fact it’s the first in the entire state. It has quickly become a favorite dining destination for locals seeking a little variation in their restaurant choices. The attractive dining area features shared seating for multiple food and drink concepts, each of which maintains a separate space to prepare and vend their food. Serving as an incubator for new restaurants, the concepts may change over time, but there are always some spectacular options ranging from Indian and Cajun cuisine to craft cocktails and specialty coffee drinks.

Dinner at Crazy Cat Eat Up features a rotating menu of seasonal selections.

Crazy Cat Eat Up – LeFleur East
Crazy Cat Eat Up started out as just a bakery, but soon customers began clamoring for them to expand into a full-service restaurant offering lunch throughout the week and dinner on Thursday through Saturday night. Serving elegantly plated inventive dishes that range from salads to sandwiches to seafood, Crazy Cat focuses on seasonal food presented in an unfussy Southern ambiance, like dining in your favorite grandma’s tearoom. (Providing she was a very good cook, of course.) True to their baking heritage, the desserts at Crazy Cat are insanely delicious.

Broad Street Baking Company – Fondren
A Jackson stalwart, Broad Street has been baking artisan breads and pastries since 1998. They also serve full menus for all three daily meals with egg dishes and varieties of avocado toast at breakfast, burgers and sandwiches for lunch and rich pasta dishes for the evening repast. A beverage menu of coffee drinks plus beer and wine completes the dining experience.

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The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum will host a 5k Saturday morning at 7:30 am.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s Watermelon Classic 5k

Planning to run the Balloon Chase 5k Saturday evening? Get a morning run in, too, in Jackson! The annual sporting event returns with race day events on July 3 that will include a competitive 5k run, 5k walk, and one mile run. Register here (before July 2 at 5 pm).

Museum Cool Down

If you want a chance to cool off and learn more about history, art or science, or simply take a chance to play, consider time well-spent in a Jackson museum. From the Two Mississippi Museums to the Mississippi Museum of Art, Natural Science, or Mississippi Children’s Museum, some of the coldest air in town – and the coolest experiences – can be found here.

More ways to play…

To plan more of your trip to Jackson, go to visitjackson.com.

Presented in partnership with Visit Ridgeland and Canton Tourism, partners with Visit Jackson in the Capital Area Tourism Association.