See and Do: Fall in Jxn

Jackson’s event outlook for fall is shaping up, offering cultural enticements to go along with cooler temperatures.

From college football to PGA golf and Broadway productions to early holiday celebrations, plan your trip to the City With Soul!

The Sanderson Farms Championship begins September 27. Image: Sanderson Farms Championship

Mississippi Science Fest
(September 16-18) LeFleur Museum District
The 6th annual Mississippi Science Fest (MSF), presented by C Spire, is a fun event hosted by the four museums of Jackson, Mississippi’s LeFleur Museum District (LMD) to showcase the Magnolia State’s innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) industries and organizations.

(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).

Soul-Filled Weekend
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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!

Vintage Market Days: All is Bright
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.

Anastasia is November 15 at Thalia Mara Hall. Image: Matthew Murphy

(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. 

Journey to the Northpole
(November 22-January 2) Mississippi Children’s Museum
Drawing inspiration from lessons in navigation and geography along with traditional holiday literature, Journey to the North Pole is set to transform the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall into a magical winter village of twinkling lights and train cars. Only a few feet from the entrance into the exhibit will also be a 45-foot slide down the center staircase of the museum called the Snowflake Slide!


Evicted: An Exhibition
(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.

MS Invitational
(through October 10) Mississippi Museum of Art
The 2021 Mississippi Invitational exhibition, a survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working in the state, is on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson. The exhibition will feature works across a variety of media from artists around the state, including Jackson-area artists Kira Cummings, Brenden Davis, Drew Dempsey, Sue Carrie Drummond, Karen Gilder, Allan Innman, daniel johnson, Paula McClain, Christina McField, Alexis McGrigg, Chip Sheppard, Sabyna Strerrett, Kristen Tordella-Williams, Stacy Underwood, Greg Walker, Chris Windfield and D’Artagnan Winford. See the full list here.

(though October 24) Two Mississippi Museums
PBS Frontline’s traveling augmented-reality exhibit Un(re)solved aligns with the commemoration of the death of Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Un(re)solved tells the stories of the people on the Till Act list—voting rights advocates, veterans, business owners, mothers, fathers, and children—and the families still seeking justice today. 

Wild Weather
(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.  

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. 

“We know that success at controlling the spread of this virus depends upon all of us adhering to recommended social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.