See and Do in JXN: Summer 2021

Jackson will sizzle this summer with a host of events that bring good times back to Mississippi’s capital.

From bull-bucking action to book and big screen star-power, plan your trip to the City With Soul!

Empty Atlas will play Jackson Indie Music Weekend on Sunday, June 6 at Fondren Park. Image: Empty Atlas

Jackson Indie Music Weekend
June 3-6

Featuring 20 performers on 4 stages, indoors and out, Jackson Indie Music Weekend offers a kickoff party at The District, concerts at Hal & Mal’s, Spacebar at Ecoshed and Fondren Park, and a music knowledge panel at The Synergy Link (135 Bounds Street). The all-event pass is $10.

Mississippi Pickle Fest – Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
June 12

The Mississippi Pickle Fest is a refreshing taste of all things fermented. This fun-filled festival is a day of music, games, contests, vendors, and so much more. Pickle Fest is an outdoor event and will take place rain or shine. Included with Ag Museum admission ($7 for adults, $4 for ages 3-17).

National Square Dance Convention – Jackson Convention Complex
June 23-26

Hosted by the Mississippi Square and Round Dance Association, the convention will showcase this traditional “folk” dance with competition and instruction. Events will mainly be held downtown, but, off-site events include Fondren’s Dancing on Duling on June 26.

Star War’s “Lando Calrissian,” Bill Dee Williams, is scheduled to appear. Image: Vanity Fair

Mississippi Comic Convention – Mississippi Trademart
June 26

A two-day bringing together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family-friendly environment, all centered around a love for comic books and multi-genre entertainment. Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend.

Mississippi Black Rodeo – Mississippi Coliseum
July 9-10

Enjoy a weekend of rodeo fun with steer roping, barrel-racing and saddle-ridden bucking bronc by competitors from all over the southeast. Musical act Southern Soul performs Friday night. Tickets, before fees, start at $18.

Mississippi Ag & Outdoor Expo
August 6-8

Mississippi’s premier outdoor show will feature large displays of everything for fishing, hunting, agriculture and outdoor recreation, a Big Buck contest, and activities for the entire family including Fetch & Fish High Flying Dogs and Ax Women Loggers of Maine plus live music.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights
August 14

Enjoy an evening arts and music street festival celebrating Jackson’s unique Belhaven neighborhood. Belhaven is “lit up” with art, children’s events, vendors, one-act plays, regional and national musical acts, food and libations.

Fans get up-close-and-personal with author Richard Ford at the 2019 MS Book Festival

Mississippi Book Festival – Mississippi State Capitol & Grounds
August 21

“Mississippi’s Literary Lawn Party” features visiting authors, panel discussions, book signings, booksellers, food trucks and family-friendly fun. Hundreds of contemporary authors — national, regional and local — connect directly with fans and new readers, and family-friendly activities are always part of the fun. Free.


Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety & Politics – Two Mississippi Museums

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History presents Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics, an immersive exhibition exploring the state’s tumultuous relationship with alcohol from the colonial period to today (through June 26).

I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970 – Two Mississippi Museums

Featuring a wide range of images that captured key events of the Civil Rights Movement across the South, the Two Mississippi Museums‘ exhibition and takes its name from a slogan featured on protest signs carried by sanitation workers on strike in Memphis (through August 21).

Wild Weather – Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

A highly interactive exhibit, developed and produced by Science North in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, Wild Weather at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 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. Through December 31.

The highly interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience will transport kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. Image: MCM

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit – Mississippi Children’s Museum

Experience the first children’s museum exhibit at the Mississippi Children’s Museum based on Disney Junior’s award-winning series, Doc McStuffins, with magical storytelling as you help Doc and her friends in the new McStuffins Toy Hospital (through September 6).