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... Jackson, Mississippi! Visit Jackson welcomes you to the “City with Soul.” This guide was made with you in mind. We want you to experience Jackson with a plethora of options to suit any taste. Jackson is rich in culture and history from music to Civil War to Civil Rights. We don’t take your visit lightly, and we are honored to have you in our city. We want to introduce you to this city that we call home and open up our doors to you. We know that you will ﬁnd the people to be warm and friendly, the city to be accommodating to your needs and the oﬀerings plenty!
Let Visit Jackson assist you in making the most of your visit. Whether you are here on business or for pleasure, our services are available to you. Visit Jackson is the oﬃcial Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Jackson. We have assisted in the planning of everything from small meetings, conventions and family reunions to extravagant festivals. So whether you’re planning a historic exploration or leisure activities while attending a conference, we’re here to help. So, why not let us help you? Visit Jackson oﬀers complimentary services to posture your stay to be
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Planning a visit: The “City with Soul” wouldn’t dare disappoint with rich cultural oﬀerings from hot night-life, to cool sports, art, food and music! You can also take advantage of this guide that lays everything out depending on your interest. Whether you’re a millenial looking for a great night on the town, or a history buﬀ looking for a glimpse of our heritage, this guide has something for you. This guide paired with our mobile friendly website visitjackson.com allows you to explore events, culinary options, history, museums, hotels and deals! Don’t miss Jackson’s culinary blog sippjackson.com.
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More than most, Myrlie Evers-Williams lived and breathed the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. She and her late husband, Medgar Evers, were pillars in the movement and the epitome of strength, courage and determination. Throughout her life and her work, Myrlie has endured trials, heartbreak and finally, triumph. Working toward a better tomorrow, Myrlie endured multiple threats to her family and the traumatic assassination of her husband, the most recognized local leader in the movement, in their Jackson driveway in 1963. Ever since, she has stood as a picture of hope and change, fighting for justice for her husband—a feat finally reached 31 years after his death, thanks to Myrlie’s unwavering resolve. She has spent her life and career as an activist, an author, and a true role model to the generations that have followed. In December 2017, Myrlie returned to Jackson for the opening of the Two Mississippi Museums, where her story—and Medgar’s—is told. To learn more about the pivotal role that Myrlie and other Civil Rights activist played in the movement, turn to page 12 for our cover feature, “This is Our Story. This is Our Song.”
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j a t ra n Union Station Building, 300 W. Capitol St. >> 601.948.7140 >> jacksonms.gov
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Jackson-Evers International Airport is the commercial airport serving Jackson. Designated as a generalpurpose Foreign Trade Zone, it maintains two 8,500foot runways and has undergone a multi-milliondollar renovation. Airlines serving Jackson are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Southern Airways. Daily Direct Flights Serving Jackson: • Atlanta • Charlotte • Chicago • Dallas/Ft. Worth • Destin • Houston • Memphis • Washington, D.C.
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Our Song. Mississippi’s history is complex. It’s rich. It’s a story that simply must be told, and in December 2017, we were able to begin sharing our story in a way we never have before. The Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—opened in Jackson, commemorating our state’s bicentennial. These museums bring to life a story that has at times been buried, been shouted from the rooftops, been running deep beneath the surface—and it’s a story that is now being told in a breathtaking, stop-you-in-your-tracks way. It is now memorialized for all to see—and to learn. There were many people who have a chapter in this story and now, their chapters lie open for all the world to see. We are honored to introduce you to a few of the many that were part of a Mississippi movement that changed the world.
Born in Vicksburg as Myrlie Louise Beasley, Evers-Williams met her late husband, Medgar Evers, while a student at Alcorn A&M College. Medgar would go on to become the Mississippi field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and as the most visible activist in the state, a target for those against the Civil Rights Movement.
Medgar’s brave fight for Civil Rights made the entire Evers family subject to threats and violence, including a 1963 firebombing of their home, just a short month before he was shot and killed by a white supremacist in the driveway of his Jackson home. Myrlie would go on to push for justice for her husband’s murderer for decades until Byron De La Beckwith was finally convicted and imprisoned 30 years after the crime. Myrlie would emerge as a civil rights activist in her own right, speaking on behalf of the NAACP and going on to serve as chairperson of the NAACP in 1995. She established the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. Myrlie also authored a book chronicling the life and work of Medgar and later an autobiography documenting her own powerful story. The opening of the Two Mississippi Museums was bittersweet for Myrlie, who wept because, as she said in her speech, “I FELT THE BLOWS. I FELT THE BULLETS. I FELT THE TEARS. I FELT THE CRIES.” But that isn’t where she left it. “I ALSO SENSED THE HOPE THAT DWELLED IN THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE.” Throughout the museums, the Evers family’s story is a thread that ties many of the others together and the gun used to murder her husband is on display.
When Leslie B. McLemore was just a teenager, Governor Ross Barnett was attempting to keep segregation alive and well in Mississippi. A young McLemore led a boycott at his Walls, Mississippi high school in 1960, because there were no “negro” history books in the library. He went on to attend nearby Rust College, spurred along by that experience and drive to stand up for his rights. When McLemore was attending Rust, he established the school’s chapter of the NAACP and would go on to work registering black voters during “Freedom Summer.”
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McLemore earned his master’s degree in political science from Atlanta University and his doctorate in government from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1997, McLemore helped form the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, whose mission is to engage primary and secondary schools systemically in the exploration of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2013, the institute merged with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Civil Rights Education Center at Jackson State University. Today, McLemore is still active—he serves as one of the first African American council members in Walls, Mississippi. He is featured in the I Question America gallery in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Medgar Evers’ assassination in 1963 spurred Flonzie Brown Wright into officially joining the Civil Rights Movement. The Canton native vividly remembers the murders of her two teenage cousins by a group of white men when she was just 12. It’s a memory that would stick with her, one she would later recognize as rooted in racism. That underlying, subconscious recognition would lead Brown Wright to help register a large number of Canton’s African-Americans to vote.
Flonzie Brown Wright
Since her humble beginnings in the movement, she went on to win the race in 1968 for Madison County Election Commissioner and was the first African-American woman to be elected to office in Mississippi since Reconstruction. Brown Wright is featured in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s Where Do We Go from Here? gallery.
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According to Hezekiah Watkins’ recollection, he was arrested more than a hundred times, starting with the time he was watching the Freedom Riders arrive at the downtown Jackson Greyhound bus station. He went to get a closer look and was mistaken for a Freedom Rider, arrested and sent to the state penitentiary. This was the moment he made it his mission to join the fight for justice.
In 1962, Watkins marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here in Jackson, was arrested and shared a jail cell with King. He organized a walkout at his Jackson high school to protest segregation. He would spend the integral years of the movement marching, registering voters, and resting in jail cells. Now, Watkins lives and works in Jackson, encouraging everyone to get involved in the political process, by not doubting your ability to affect change. Watkins’ mugshot is on display in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s A Tremor in the Iceberg gallery.
The young man that bravely walked into the University of Mississippi as the school’s first black student, among heckling, hate and the National Guard, still resides in Jackson today. In 1961, Meredith applied to Ole Miss after nine years in the Air Force. Originally accepted, Meredith received a rejection letter once his race was discovered by the registrar. Given that 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education ordered that all public educational institutions had been ordered to desegregate by this time, Meredith filed a discrimination suit. The state courts ruled against him and the case made its way to the US Supreme Court, who ruled in his favor. In the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, you can read for yourself the blatantly skewed rejection letter Meredith received when he set out to go to Ole Miss. You’ll also discover an assortment of photos that document the groundbreaking occasion of the first African-American student to step foot on the University’s campus.
After two years at Jackson State University, Meredith set out to break boundaries. Arriving at the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi to register on September 20, 1962, Meredith was met with blocked entrances and riots. MEREDITH’S DETERMINATION PAVED THE WAY FOR MANY THAT CAME AFTER HIM.
He graduated with a degree in political science in 1963 and went on to write Three Years in Mississippi, an account of his fight in 1966. In June 1966, Meredith was shot and wounded while on a solo march to encourage black voters in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists came to Mississippi and completed the march. Meredith later graduated with a master’s degree in economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a law degree from Columbia University in 1968.
Born in 1941 in Lincoln County, Mississippi, Hollis Watkins is the youngest of his sharecropper parents’ 12 children. In 1961, Watkins was the first Mississippi student to get involved in the Mississippi Voting Rights Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). From small-town Mississippi, Watkins saw the Freedom Riders on television and attended a meeting in McComb that would lead to him joining the SNCC and helping to recruit voters in his stomping grounds.
One of Watkins’ first stands was a brazen one—a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in McComb. For this, he was thrown in jail for 34 days. He would go on to serve another 39 days in jail for a walk-out at the local high school. Since those days, Watkins hasn’t stopped fighting for the empowerment of all people. He organized voters in small Mississippi towns that resulted in some of the state’s first black elected officials. Watkins founded Southern Echo, Inc., a leadership development and education organization that provides political, educational and environmental training to individuals and organizations through the South. Watkins’ voice can be heard in the This Little Light of Mine gallery, which is a soaring light sculpture featuring music from the Movement.
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Architect Jack Allin of Wier Boerner Allin Architecture is a Jackson native who has practiced at prominent firms in New York, Birmingham and Atlanta before returning to his hometown to practice his craft. He and his family are active in Jackson’s historic Belhaven neighborhood, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, and the Mississippi Museum of Art, where he serves as a trustee. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUILDING IN JACKSON?
The Old Capitol. Completed in 1839, it’s the oldest building in the city and has witnessed a tremendous amount of change in its nearly 180-year history. Unlike the ornate Beaux-Arts New Capitol, constructed in 1903, the Old Capitol is a much more restrained Greek Revival style of architecture. The Old Capitol is both distinguished, sitting at the head of Capitol Street with its tall Doric limestone columns, but also humble, with minimal ornamentation and simple materials: faux-Limestone stucco on the front and simple brick on the rear. WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT JACKSON’S ARCHITECTURE?
I think what makes Jackson unique architecturally, especially in the South, is that because most of the city was rebuilt beginning after the Civil War, we have a number of significant early modern buildings that were constructed beginning in the first half of the 20th century. IF YOU HAD ONE DAY TO TOUR SOMETHING HISTORIC IN JACKSON, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
If I wanted to absorb as much history of Jackson and Mississippi as possible, I would head straight to the newly-opened Mississippi History Museum and Civil Rights Museum. They do a wonderful job telling both the pain and the beauty in our city and state. From there, I would head to the Mississippi Museum of Art to view the current exhibit, Picturing Mississippi. While neither of these buildings are ‘historic’ there is so much important history contained within them. WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO WALK AROUND AND DO SOME SIGHTSEEING?
I would start downtown with a tour of the Old Capitol Museum, checking out some of the newly renovated storefronts on the other side of State Street afterwards. From there, take a stroll down Capitol Street to the Governor’s Mansion. Like the Old Capitol, it was spared by Sherman. Across the street is the beautiful Lamar Life building, one of Jackson’s early skyscrapers and to the right of Lamar Life is St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, built in 1903. From there, I would make a loop around Smith Park, checking out St. Peter’s Catholic Cathedral, Galloway United Methodist Church, the Woolfolk State Office Building, and finally the New Capitol. From there, retrace your steps to Capitol Street and walk down to the historic King Edward Hotel. If it happens to be a Friday evening, broiled oysters and redfish are not to be missed at the Mayflower Cafe. If there is a wait for a table, you can enjoy watching the dancing neon lights on the canopy outside while talking with some locals.
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Jackson city with soul
How do you capture the spirit of a city bustling with activity, brimming with culture, and beaming with pride and hospitality? Our answer was to bring Jackson to the screen in Jackson: City With Soul, a documentary series highlighting all that the Magnolia state’s capital has to offer. From iconic landmarks and up-and-coming spots to Jackson’s history and today’s visionaries, City With Soul brings Jackson to life and gives viewers a taste of all that awaits here—and will leave you craving a visit. With comedian Rita Brent serving as the host, the series offers an up-close, candid perspective that makes it the ideal way to get acquainted with Jackson. Brent, a Jackson native who has appeared on Comedy Central, quickly feels like a friend, taking viewers around town to get to know the one-of-a-kind people, places and happenings that make our city so special. “The film displays the essence of Jackson, from its culture and arts to its food and people,” Brent says. “It’s a great introduction to what a visitor might experience when visiting the city.” She hopes the documentary will cast Jackson in a different light to some who may have preconceived notions that have overshadowed the true spirit of the city. “I hope audiences will take away a new narrative of Jackson.” So, what kind of narrative does the film portray? One that says everyone in Jackson is part of a family, whether they’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor. “In Jackson, I never meet a stranger,” Brent says. “There’s a certain warmth in the air when I’m out that I don’t feel in other cities.” Throughout the series’ six episodes, viewers get a glimpse behind the curtain of our city, exploring our history and celebrating those whose contributions today are building an even greater future. From conversations with renowned writers and innovative artists to the soul-stirring sounds of our musicians and our food sizzling, City With Soul beckons the senses to experience Jackson in a new way.
The film is the perfect tool for visitors planning their own trip, as it highlights the multitude of opportunities there are to learn, explore and experience in Jackson. From ideas of what to see, do and eat to tips on getting around town and making the most of the city from dusk until dawn, City With Soul is a valuable guide to making the most of a visit to Jackson.
Jackson is a city with a spirit unlike any other, a pulse that is palpable in the culture it produces, and, yes, a soul. While a multitude of writers, artists, musicians and inspirational figures have managed to encapsulate what is special about Jackson in words, songs and photos, a documentary series offers a new dimension to the story, capturing all facets of our unique city in living, breathing and moving color. It takes the audience on a journey not just around the city, but through the heart of Jackson.
Ready to start planning your trip to the City With Soul? To watch the full documentary series and learn more about visiting Jackson, visit jxn.ms.
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JACKSON HOSTS THE WORLD’S PREMIER BALLET COMPETITION.
One of our city’s most beloved traditions is our long-standing opportunity to serve as host to the USA International Ballet Competition. The USA IBC is a two-week Olympic-style competition for the world’s top young dancers and for many, a stepping-stone toward a professional career. The mission of the competition is to provide an opportunity for dancers to test themselves against recognized international standards of dance excellence. As the dancers take the stage, Jacksonians and visitors alike have a front row seat to some of the most talented performers from around the globe.
In 1947, Thalia Mara began the School of Ballet Repertory, a professional school of dance in New York City that was attended by students and teachers from many countries. Over the next decade, she was president of the Ballet Repertory Guild, a teaching and certifying organization for ballet teachers. In 1962, she established the National Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts, an elementary and secondary school that combined academics and the performing arts. Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and based on the principles of the state-supported schools in Europe, the academy operated until 1973. In 1975, Mara moved to Jackson at the invitation of the Jackson Ballet Guild, to teach and direct Mississippi’s inaugural professional ballet company. She brought with her a drive to advance arts in the region and build audiences. Her vision of Jackson hosting the first International Ballet Competition in the western hemisphere grew from her desire to expose Mississippians to the best in classical ballet. Ten competitions later, the USA IBC continues to draw top young dancers from around the globe. “JACKSON IS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR HOSTING THE COMPETITION BECAUSE THE USA IBC IS A WORLD-CLASS EVENT THAT MISSISSIPPIANS SUPPORT,” explains Trigg.
The USA IBC is held every four years here in the capital city and is designated as America’s official international ballet competition by Joint Resolution of the US Congress. “The competition draws visitors from approximately 40 states and 25 nations, with 35,000 attending the 17 performances and other activities held over two weeks,” says Brenda Trigg, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for USA IBC. “The feedback that the USA IBC continues to receive is that the ‘Jackson competition,’ as it’s referred to, is the most prestigious, fairest and best organized competition for dancers ages 14 to 28. Being accepted to the competition is a prize in itself.” Competitors from all over the world vie for gold, silver and bronze medals; cash prizes; and company contracts. This celebrated event was started by the late Thalia Mara, who enjoyed an extensive career as a performer, teacher, educator, author and artistic director. Mara studied under the instruction of an array of Russian ballet dancers and danced professionally with various companies around the world. She gained international acclaim as a teacher and ballet educator and authored books on ballet that were read around the world.
“Individual and corporate sponsors, the city and state governments, and private foundations all appreciate the value of transforming Jackson into an international dance center every four years. The various sectors pull together to put on a competition that is a rich experience for participants and audiences, and as a result, the event pumps an estimated $12.1 million into the economy.” Both Thalia Mara and the USA IBC have been recognized as “American Masterpieces” by the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Mississippi Arts Commission. “Past competitors praise the hospitality the city shows,” says Trigg. “Young dancers in Japan, Korea, Russia and Brazil know the name Jackson and aspire to compete here because being seen on the stage of Thalia Mara Hall can launch their professional careers. One thing we excel at in the City with Soul is authentic Southern hospitality. “With hundreds of volunteers working to ensure the two-week festival is smooth running, visitors to the city appreciate the warmth and hospitality they receive,” says Trigg. “They leave talking about the friendliness of the people here.” The 11th USA International Ballet Competition will be held June 10-23 in Jackson. Visit usaibc.com for more information.
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WHAT MAKES JACKSON THE CITY WITH SOUL? OUR PEOPLE. JACKSONIANS ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR CITY, WHICH
MEANS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE FLOURISHING, UNIQUE COMMUNITIES UNTO THEMSELVES. YOU’RE SURE TO FIND YOUR NICHE AMONG THEM, BUT SPOILER ALERT: YOU’LL WANT TO VISIT THEM ALL.
With unique architecture and some of the city’s most celebrated spots, Fondren, Jackson’s arts district, features an eclectic—and walkable—mix of dining, shopping and seeing. Start the day with a cup of joe from Cups or Sneaky Beans, or head to La Brioche Patisserie for a freshly baked pastry and an espresso. A trip to Fondren isn’t complete without stopping at Walker’s Drive-In or Brent’s Drugs.
Be sure to save room for Babalu, a Fondren favorite offering tapas in a lively atmosphere!
Home to a university, historic spots and some of the most beautiful tree-lined streets you’ll find, Belhaven is nothing short of charming– and offers visitors lots to see, do and eat!
In between meals, take a stroll and pop into some of Fondren’s great shops. Treehouse Boutique and Blithe and Vine offer high-end women’s apparel, while Swell-o-Phonic is home to hip sneakers and styles with local flavor.
Soak up the area’s heritage by taking a tour of the Eudora Welty House, one of the nation’s most intact literary houses. Find a piece of history for your home at Old House Depot, an architectural salvage warehouse full of vintage treasures. For an extra dose of arts and culture, be sure to check New Stage Theatre’s calendar. Belhaven is home to many local favites for dining out. For a casual meal, you can’t go wrong with Pizza Shack or Keifer’s Greek fare, where the feta dressing is nothing short of a local
At Duling Hall, you can find great performances year-round, so be sure to check out the lineup when you’re in town. For a great cocktail before or after a show, head to Barrelhouse or CAET Wine Bar.
legend. The Manship and Lou’s Full-Serv are delectable spots to settle in for dinner. With unique flavors and a variety of treats, Deep South Pops is sure to have something to satisfy your sweet tooth, whether it’s a frosty pop, a scoop of gelato, or a piping hot cup of coffee.
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Just north of downtown, Midtown is a vibrant neighborhood home to a thriving, diverse artist community. Creativity runs deep in Jackson and Midtown is a hub for the products of Jackson’s start-up businesses and artistic visionaries. Get to know emerging, contemporary artists at AND Gallery, an independent, artist-run space dedicated to experimentation and discussion. Find unique antiques and vintage goods for the home at The Reclaimed Miles and for yourself at NUTS (Neat Used Things for Sale), a resale store that supports local charity, the Good Samaritan Center. WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
For the quintessential Midtown meal, venture to CS’s for burgers, sandwiches and classic Southern plate lunches.
As one of Jackson’s largest residential areas, LeFleur East has flourished into an equally bustling spot for visitors to explore, shop, and dine.
Top off the day with a tour of Lucky Town Brewery where you can get a taste of Jackson in the form of a locally-brewed ice-cold beer.
Highland Village is home to upscale shopping—like Maison Weiss, Albriton’s Jewelry and Kate Spade—and excellent dining, like Jackson mainstays BRAVO! and Char. For something newer on the scene, head to the burgeoning District at Eastover, where Fine and Dandy
Look out for products from Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee and Tea Co. and Sweet and Sauer, both handmade in the heart of Midtown.
offers gourmet burgers and creative cocktails and Cantina Laredo serves up modern Mexican dishes in a stylish setting.
With its own LeFleur Museum District, LeFleur East is the perfect area for family fun. Home to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Children’s Museum, you’re sure to learn something new in this neighborhood!
For those looking to get outside, LeFleur's Bluff State Park provides a lush green spot for picnicking, golfing, fishing and adventure.
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Displays of Mississippi's diverse habitats Fossils, Zygorhiza, Mosasaurus, and a giant Sloth 100,000-gallon aquarium network housing 200+ living species "The Swamp": terrarium with alligators and turtles Preschool Discovery Room and Treehouse with slide 2.5 miles of nature trails Award-winning annual events like NatureFEST and Snake Day
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IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER THAN A WEEKEND GETAWAY? THERE’S SOMETHING ESPECIALLY LUXURIOUS ABOUT FORGOING THE USUAL WEEKEND ROUTINE TO GET OUT OF TOWN, RECHARGE AND EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW. WITH THE BUSTLE OF A CITY, THE CHARM AND SPIRIT THAT ONLY MISSISSIPPI CAN OFFER, AND A MULTITUDE OF PLACES TO STAY, SPA, SHOP AND DINE, JACKSON IS THE PERFECT SPOT TO ESCAPE TO FOR THE WEEKEND.
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For those looking for modern luxury, check in for a weekend at The Westin, Jackson’s newest hotel located within walking distance to downtown spots like the Mississippi Museum of Art and Thalia Mara Hall. The Fairview Inn, also nestled in the heart of downtown, is a Jackson classic full of historic charm and luxury. For something perfectly in between, the Hilton Garden Inn—housed in the historic King Edward building—blends the city’s past and present, while The Old Capitol Inn offers visitors a posh, boutique experience. Centrally located to all the Jackson metro has to offer, the Hilton Jackson is another luxurious spot to settle in for the weekend. No matter where you chose to stay in Jackson, hospitality is guaranteed.
No weekend retreat is complete without a little retail therapy. For one-stop shopping, Highland Village has something for the whole family with spots like Maison Weiss for high-end women’s apparel, DSquared and Red Square for of-the-moment trends, and Buffalo Peak for the latest adventure gear. 30 |
The only downside to just spending a weekend in Jackson? Having to decide where to dine. The good news? Jackson’s culinary scene is sure to offer something for every palette. Start your day off at Broad Street Bakery for a great breakfast, or head to Estelle downtown or to Saltine in Fondren for an elevated brunch.
Jackson has no shortage of spots for lunch, like Steve’s Deli and Beatty Street Grocery for fresh sandwiches or Rooster’s, Bully’s and The Mayflower for a plate of Southern goodness. For dinner, Parlor Market and Drago’s are staples for delectable dishes and fine wine lists. In between meals, Campbell’s Bakery and Nandy’s Candy are excellent stops for a sweet treat. After hours, saddle up to the bar at The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs or The Library Lounge. Regardless of where you dine, you’re sure to leave full—but more than ready to come back for seconds.
What’s a weekend getaway without a little R&R? Jackson is home to serene spas to unwind—and you might not even have to leave your hotel to find one. The Westin is home to the beautiful Soul Spa, Jackson’s urban spa experience featuring holistic body treatments and massage therapies. From manicures and massages to the four-hour Mind, Body and Soul Indulgence package, you’re sure to find your bliss at Soul. Fairview Inn’s nomiSpa is another on-site oasis to indulge your senses. With all-natural, upscale products and treatments ranging from facials to reflexology to energy healing, nomiSpa is the perfect spot to restore and rejuvenate from the inside out. If it’s a couples’ weekend, The Rogue has classics for him and 4450 has the edgiest designers for
her—and they’re right across the hall from one another. After you’ve outfitted yourself, you can find unique pieces for the home at Haven, Courtney Peters Interior Design and Interiors Market. To complete the true Jackson shopping experience, head to local bookstore Lemuria to browse the book shelves and pick up a copy by one of Mississippi’s many esteemed authors. WEEKEND TRIPPING
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’ J a c ks o n s V i s i o n a r i e s JUST LIKE ANYTHING, A CITY IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE SUM OF ITS PARTS. HERE, THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP OUR CITY ARE THE ESSENCE THAT MAKE UP JACKSON. THEY ARE OUR SOUL. WE ARE HOME TO VISIONARIES AND ENTHUSIASTS—THOSE THAT BELIEVE IN OUR CULTURE, OUR HOME AND OUR FUTURE. THEY ARE PLACEMAKERS. THEY MAKE US DIFFERENT. THEY MAKE US SPECIAL. WHILE THERE ARE TRULY TOO MANY TO COUNT, WE WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO JACKSONIANS WHO MAKE US WHAT WE ARE—THE CITY WITH SOUL.
Attorney Matthew McLaughlin is much more than simply a man of law. His boutique firm, McLaughlin, PC, is a corporate, commercial and transactional firm located in the heart of downtown Jackson. But, his sweet spot, so to speak, is representing and collaborating with local beer breweries and distilleries, adding a layer of local culture to our city. McLaughlin has been instrumental in bringing change to fruition for Mississippi’s breweries through legislation and serving as an advocate for local entrepreneurs. McLaughlin and his wife Shannon were also the visionaries behind Jackson’s first co-working space, Coalesce, located in historic Spengler’s Corner, helping to spur a bevy of activity around the area in our reawakened downtown neighborhood. Coalesce provides a sense of place for remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, social innovators and other small businesses.
In 2011, Kristen Ley was working as an art teacher at a local school when she purchased a 1925 10x15 Chandler + Price letterpress from Kentucky and hauled it home to Mississippi in a tiny trailer. That spur-ofthe-moment purchase led to the creation of her now thriving business, Thimblepress, named for her beloved collection of thimbles collected from her travels. Her collection of paper goods, derived from her artwork, started as a hobby and quickly became her very own bustling business. Kristen moved her operation to downtown Jackson, where she lives and works with her team and her sidekicks, dogs Willow, Henry and Norman. Since that fateful purchase in 2011, Thimblepress has been featured in numerous publications, Target stores, and even on Lady Gaga’s Instagram page. Kristen has set out to make her company one that “multiplies happiness,” and serves as a reflection of her life, love of her family and her favorite places in the world—one being her little corner of Jackson, Mississippi.
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A former CEO and investment banker, Cindy Ayers-Elliott traded in the boardroom for a 68-acre plot in the heart of Jackson, founding Footprint Farms in 2010. With the largest urban farm in the state, AyersElliott is not only growing an array of fruits and vegetables and raising goats, chickens, cattle and horses, but also planting seeds in the community. With a focus on using innovative technologies and training, Ayers-Elliott believes that she can make a difference in the lives of her community through agriculture. “Football and Farming” is just one of the community-supported agriculture initiatives, which allows students to raise money for their team by working at Footprint Farms. Footprint Farms is putting healthy, affordable produce in the hands of Jacksonians–and giving them the tools to become entrepreneurs themselves.
Ted Duckworth A stalwart in the redevelopment of downtown and Jackson as a whole, developer Ted Duckworth has vision. His $16 million renovation of the downtown mixeduse Electric 308 Building in 2005 helped spur a return to downtown for many businesses and people. Most recently, Duckworth has helped transform an all but forgotten piece of property into Jackson’s City Center—The District at Eastover. Here, retail and dining spots like Beckham Jewelry and Cantina Laredo shine, helping create a sense of community and place right in the middle of the city.
Seeing an incredible opportunity to celebrate the birthplace of blues, country music and rock‘n’roll, developer Joseph Simpson led the charge to bring back the abandoned Iron Horse Grill, reopening the historic spot in 2013. He enlisted Anne Robin Luckett—a local artist who has created pieces for the likes of President Bush, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson—to help design the Mississippi Music Experience museum, located upstairs at The Iron Horse. He then asked himself where visitors to the museum would stay and The Westin Jackson was born—Mississippi’s first ever full-service Starwood Hotel that Simpson hopes will serve as a beacon for the state.
With a mind for business and a vision for turning ideas into reality, Simpson is leading the charge for a renaissance in downtown Jackson, utilizing our history as a springboard for the future. JACKSON’S VISIONARIES
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The Jackson Culinary scene is one you don’t want to miss! From iconic, mom and pop, James Beard Award-winning, Bully’s Restaurant, serving the best soul food dishes to fill your soul, JACKSON to the creative and upscale dishes served in unsuspecting spots all over town, Sipp Jackson will help you navigate the options. The Sipp Jackson blog, found at sippjackson.com, is your guide. From, who’s who, to articles, to reviews and press, you’ll find out the movers and shakers in our culinary scene! Bon appétit! Good for your Soul
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1041 Ellis Ave., 39209 >>> 601.353.6956
P e n n ’ s F i s h H ou s e
E - Z e e Fi s h & C h i c k e n
Co c k of the Walk
2085 Lakeland Dr., 39216 >>> 601.982.9004 pennsrestaurantlakeland.com
2439 Hwy. 80 West, 39204 >>> 601.969.0900
13560 Hwy. 49, 39209 >>> 601.362.0438 cockofthewalkrestaurant.com
Co untry Fisher man
3110 US-80, 39204 >>> 601.944.9933 countryfishermanofms.com
587 Beasley Rd., 39206 >>> 601.321.9030
Va l l e y S tr e e t Fi s h H o u s e 1234 Valley St., 39203 >>> 601.354.0939
™ Ed die & Ruby's Sna c k B a r 1268 Valley St., 39203 >>> 601.969.2723
K i m’s S e afo o d R e s t au r ant
1675 University Blvd., 39204 >>> 601.353.0102
5852 Ridgewood Rd., 39211 >>> 601.957.7788
May fl owe r C afé
D ixon’s Diner Fish H ous e
1553 W. Northside Dr., 39213 >>> 601.981.9450
4330 N. State St., 39206 >>> 769.208.8680
B o Don 's C a tf i s h & S e afo o D 3881 I-55 South, 39212 >>> 601.372.4700
T he fish hut
Dr a go’ s S e a f oo d R e s ta ur a n t
123 W. Capitol St., 39201 >>> 601.355.4122 mayflowercafems.com
R e d L o bs t e r
6357 I-55 North, 39213 >>> 601.977.8884 redlobster.com
S alt i ne R e s t au r ant & Oys t e r Bar
3307 Martin Luther King Dr., 39213 1005 E. County Line Rd., 39211 >>> 601.981.9262 >>> 601.957.1515 dragosrestaurant.com
622 Duling Ave., 39216 >>> 601.982.2899 saltinerestaurant.com
Griffin’s Fish Hous e
E l l i s S e a f ood
T h e S e afo o d S h ac k
350 Meadowbrook Rd., 39206 >>> 601.981.7885 ellisseafood.com
3224 W. Capitol St., 39209 >>> 601.968.5171
1700 University Blvd. Ste. 26, 39204 >>> 601.357.0344
St eamer 's Shr imp & C r a b M a r ke t Gr e e n L igh t In n 2530 Robinson Rd., 39209 >>> 601.665.4529
1023 Winter St., 39204 >>> 601.354.9329
J os e p h in e 's ki t c h e n
Big A pple Inn
Kin gf i s h Gr i l l
4487 N. State St., 39206 >>> 601.984.3704 3645 Hwy. 80, 39209 >>> 601.354.9371
4638 Hanging Moss Rd., 39206 >>> 769.572.4276
4107 Northview Dr., 39206 >>> 769.524.7812
509 N. Farish St., 39202 >>> 601.354.4549
M a m a ’ s E a ts & Swe e t s
Bul ly’s R esta ur ant
2017 Boling St., 39213 >>> 601.713.0550
3118 Livingston Rd., 39213 >>> 601.362.0484
™ Co untry Kitchen 219 W. County Line Rd., 39174 >>> 601.991.1056
™ F red’s Soul Food R e s ta ur a n t 930 Palmyra St., 39203 >>> 601.961.0974
™ M om ’ s Kitc h e n 1439 University Blvd., 39204 >>> 601.353.3845
™ P e a r l’ s S outh e rn C o o k i ng 3505 Terry Rd., Ste. 199, 39212 >>> 601.372.2100
Gl or ia ’s Kitchen
Sylv i a R e s ta urant & L oun ge
2855-A Bailey Ave., 39213 >>> 601.362.0009
3060 Medgar Evers Blvd., 39213 >>> 601.366.5809
1 9 0 8 P r ovi s i o ns
734 Fairview St., 39202 >>> 601.948.3429, ext. 305 fairviewinn.com
Bar r e l h o u s e 3009 N. State St., 39216 >>> 769.216.3167
™ E l i t e R e s t au r ant 141 E. Capitol St., 39201 >>> 601.352.5606
™ G e o r g e ’s Mu s e u m C afé
1150 Lakeland Dr., 39216 >>> 601.981.1465
™ I S H G r i l l & Bar 5105 I-55 North Frontage Rd., 39206 >>> 769.257.5204 ishgrillandbar.com
Jo h nny T ’s Bi s t r o & Bl u e s
538 N. Farish St., 39202 >>> 601.954.1323 johnnytsbistroandblues.com
L i br ary L o u ng e
734 Fairview St., 39202 >>> 601.948.3429 fairviewinn.com VISITJACKSON.COM
L ou’s Full-Ser v 904B E. Fortification St., 39202 >>> 601.487.6359 lousfullserv.com
L ounge 114 jxn 105 Capitol St., 39201 >>> 769.257.6223
™ M s. D’s Souther n C ui s i n e 503 S. Gallatin St., 39203 >>> 601.352.1121
Ol d Capitol Inn 226 N. State St., 39201 >>> 601.359.9000 oldcapitolinn.com
P ar lor Mar ket 115 W. Capitol St., 39201 >>> 601.360.0090 parlormarket.com
P ic cadilly 3 Locations >>> 601.366.6802 piccadilly.com
Sam’s Souther n Ea te ry
S uga r ’ s P l a c e 168 W. Griffith St., 39201 >>> 601.352.2364
Char 4500 I-55 North, 39211 >>> 601.956.9562 charrestaurant.com
CARIBBEAN s anko fa k i t c h e n o f jac k s o n
911 Palmyra St., 39203 >>> 601.262.7950 sankofakitchenjackson.com
T as t e o f t h e I s l and C ar i bbe an
436 E. Capitol St., 39201 >>> 601.360.5900 tasteoftheisland.net
3107 US-80, 39204 >>> 601.355.1840 crechales.com
Outb a c k S te a k h o u s e
Be s t Wo k C h i ne s e
6030 I-55 North, 39211 >>> 601.977.9040 outback.com
225 Meadowbrook Rd., #F, 39206 >>> 601.368.9555
Wa l ke r ’ s Dr ive - I n
4884 Hwy. 18 West, 39209 >>> 601.923.8668
3016 N. State St., 39216 >>> 601.982.2633 walkersdrivein.com VEGETARIAN
H igh N oon C a f é
724 Raymond Rd., 39204 >>> 769.257.6578 samssoutherneatery.com
2807 Old Canton Rd., 39216 >>> 601.366.1602, ext. 3 rainbowcoop.org/café.html
Simply Down South
S oul W ir e d C a fé
2918 W. Capitol St., 39209 >>> 601.352.2580 jacksonzoo.org
4147 Northview Dr., 39206 >>> 601.790.0864 soulwiredcafe.com
C h an’s G ar d e n
™ C h i na K i t c h e n
1400 Ellis Ave., Ste. 4, 39204 >>> 601.862.9032
™ C h o p s t i c k s C h i ne s e R e s t au r ant 803 Ellis Ave., 39209 >>> 601.969.6862
Fortune Restaurant & Asian Market
1169 E. County Line Rd., 39211 >>> 601.991.9898 fortunechinesejackson.com
Ke i f e r ’ s
P i z z a S h ac k
120 N. Congress St., 39201 >>> 601.353.4976 keifers.net
925 E. Fortification St., 39202 >>> 601.352.2001 pizzashack.ms
K ing Buffet
710 Poplar Blvd., 39202 >>> 601.355.6825
6380 Ridgewood Ct., 39211 >>> 601.956.6700 kingbuffetjackson.com
M r. Ch en’s
Bo ns ai Jap ane s e S t e ak h o u s e
S p i c e Ave n ue
1925 Lakeland Dr., 39216 >>> 601.981.0606 bonsaijxn.com
4711 I-55 North, 39206 >>> 601.982.0890 spiceavenuerestaurant.com
5465 I-55 North, 39206 >>> 601.978.1865
No. 1 C hina Buffet
2974 Terry Rd., 39212 >>> 601.373.8888
ITALIAN B a s i l’ s F on dr e n
Rice Delight Ca r ry-Out
2906 N. State St., 39216 >>> 601.982.2100 glennfoods.com
T okyo Tasty
B R AVO! I ta l i a n R es t au r ant & Bar
3188 W. Northside Dr., 39213 >>> 601.362.5860
1410 Old Square Rd., 39211 >>> 769.216.2420 tokyotastybuffet.com
Wo k To Go
4329 N. State St., 39206 >>> 601.981.2112
GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN Alad din Mediter r ane a n Gr il l
730 Lakeland Dr., 39216 >>> 601.366.6033 aladdininjackson.com 46 |
4500 I-55 North, 39211 >>> 601.982.8111 bravobuzz.com
L os t P i zza C o.
1220 E. Northside Dr., Ste. 230 39211 >>> 769.243.7478 lostpizza.com
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
6347 I-55 North, 39213 >>> 601.978.3407 olivegarden.com
E d o Jap ane s e R e s t au r ant 5834 B Ridgewood Rd. 39211 >>> 601.899.8518
™ S aku r a Bana 4800 I-55 North, 39211 >>> 601.982.3035 sakurabanajackson.com
T o kyo E xp r e s s 5050 I-55 North, #D, 39211 >>> 601.957.1368
Was abi S u s h i & Bar 100 E. Capitol St., Ste. 105 39201 >>> 601.948.8808
Michael Mosley Jackson transplant Michael Mosley brings a taste of his home of New Orleans—with a twist—to diners at 1693 Red Zone Grill, where he serves as head chef. Chef Mosley’s ever-changing menu fuses an inventive variety of flavors and cultures, and his passion for both food and hospitality is evident in every dish.
MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTERN Cant ina Lar edo 200 District Blvd., 39211 >>> 601.982.7061 cantinalaredo.com
El Char r o 2086 Lakeland Dr., 39216 >>> 601.362.4447 elcharrousa.com
P ic a n te 's M e x i c a n G r i l l 960 N. State St., 39202 601.398.1344
SPANISH/LATIN Babalu Ta c os & Ta p a s
F l ap ’s Hot Ta ma les
622 Duling Ave., 39216 >>> 601.366.5757 babalutacos.com
1723 Handy Ave., 39204 >>> 601.965.5995 flapshottamales.com
La Cazuela Mexica n Gr il l 1401 E. Fortification St., 39202 >>> 601.353.3014 lacazuela.com
Las M ar gar ita s Mexican Rest aur ant 1625 E. County Line Rd., 39211 >>> 601.957.7672 lasmargaritas.com
Moe' s Southwest Gr ill 1220 E. Northside Dr., 39211 >>> 601.667.4753 moes.com
S ur in of Th a il a n d & S us h i B a r 3000 Old Canton Rd., 39216 >>> 601.981.3205 surinofthailand.com
Th a i Ta s ty 5050 Parkway Dr., 39211 >>> 601.540.2534
™ Th a i TI M E & S US H I R E S T AU R ANT 1405 Old Square Rd., 39211 >>> 601.982.9991
TOUR LIKE A LOCAL
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE JACKSON CULINARY SCENE TO A FIRST-TIME VISITOR?
It’s exciting—there’s such a love of food all around. People are passionate about eating and those of us that are in the kitchen cooking share that passion with them. We love to see them enjoying different dishes and the experience of dining with us. IF YOU HAD ONE DAY TO EAT AROUND JACKSON, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I’d definitely start the day with breakfast at Sugar’s Place downtown. For lunch, I really like Gumbo Girl on Highway 18—they have great Creole food. Honestly, 1693 Red Zone is my favorite place for dinner. We have huge portions and lots of different offerings. I’m always changing things up and will prepare whatever someone is in the mood for, even if it’s not on the menu. WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO GRAB A NIGHTCAP IN JACKSON?
The 540 Ultra Lounge at Johnny T’s Bistro and Blues is a favorite at night. I also like the M Bar—it’s a sports bar with really great drinks. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT DINING OUT IN JACKSON?
The best thing about the local places around Jackson is that chefs truly care about their diners enjoying the food so they will accommodate you, no matter what you have a taste for that day. We not only care about the meal but also the experience—and are always trying to make it a great one.
P ap it o’s Gr ill 6376 Ridgewood Court Dr., 39211 >>> 601.655.4632
Voted Best Mediterranean Food in the Area!
DINE-IN OR TAKE-OUT Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm
Delicious authentic dishes including lamb, hummus, falafel, kabobs and shawarma. Vegetarian options available. 730 Lakeland Drive | Jackson, MS 601.366.6033 | aladdininjackson.com
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Eclectic Southern Tea Room 7048 Old Canton Rd. | Suite 1008 | Ridgeland, MS 39157
303 N Farish St. Jackson, Mississippi
Kitchen open till 4am with superb drinks and great music! â€¢ www.fjonescorner.com
Kitchen open till 4am with superb drinks and great music! www.fjonescorner.com
3139 NORTH STATE STREET | JACKSON, MS 601.326.6070 | WWW.PIGANDPINT.COM
Plan a Trip to the City with Soul Plan your next roadtrip to Jackson and map a course to rich history, cool blues, soulful cuisine and warm welcomes. And MDOT travel resources makes it easy. From traffic alerts and road conditions, to weather forecasts and more, MDOT gives you the travel information you need for your next adventure. You can access it all from our mobile app, your computer or by calling 511. Find out more at MDOTtraffic.com.
Clinton contains centuries of fascinating history. Choctaw Indians lived on the land prior to settlement and traveled the Natchez Trace - an original portion of which is located in Clinton’s Nature Center. During the Civil War, the Union army occupied Clinton while traveling to the pivotal Battle of Vicksburg. Antebellum Houses and neo-Grecian architecture are just two types of buildings you will find on the city’s historical tour. Get started at the Clinton Visitor’s Center where you can grab a cup of coffee and browse displays of artifacts, photos, and historical documents.
Visit the gallery of one of Mississippi’s most celebrated artists, watercolorist Wyatt Waters. Local musicians perform regularly on the streets of Olde Towne. The annual outdoor music festival, Red Brick Roads, features local singer-songwriters and regional bands while visitors enjoy over 30 craft beers in the festival beer garden. Musicians perform busking “Sidewalk Sessions” to provide evening strolls on Main Street with a live soundtrack. On Sunday afternoons, the Clinton Visitor’s Center hosts Olde Time Music Jam Sessions.
Visitors enjoy a variety of shopping and dining options, whether on our brick streets or across the city. Whether you’re a casual collector or a serious antique shopper, Clinton has a wonderful variety of antique shops as well as a flea market. Spend an afternoon browsing a charming bookstore. Beautiful independent boutiques are filled with unique gifts, trendy clothes, and exceptional home accessories.
Clinton’s Mississippi College is the oldest college in the state and the first coeducational college in the United States to grant a degree to a woman. The A-rated Clinton Public School District is recognized as one of the top school districts in the Southeast. The Clinton High School Arrows are bolstered during a city-sponsored pep rally on Main Street called “Cruzin’ with the Arrows.” The rally celebrates Clinton High School’s marching band, nationallyrecognized show choir, Attaché, varsity cheerleaders, coaches, staff, and football players.
REFRESH YOUR BUSINESS ROUTINE. Break away from your business travel routine when you stay at The Courtyard Marriott Jackson/Ridgeland, MS. To reserve your room, call 601.956.9991 or visit courtyard.com. Rates are per room, per night, based on availability, not available for groups of 10 or more rooms.
538 N. Farish Street, Jackson, MS 39202 601.954.1323 | johnnytsbistroandblues.com
Always right there.
Located on the campus of Millsaps College, Cabot Lodge Millsaps conveniently accommodates any Jackson trip. Wonderfully appointed rooms feature pillow-top bedding and cloud-soft down comforters. The exceptional comforts also include complimentary full southern breakfast and nightly hospitality reception. No matter what’s on your agenda, we’ll make sure you’re rested and refreshed.
Millsaps 2375 North State Street Jackson 800-874-4737 cabotlodgemillsaps.com
EVENTS | LODGING | CATERING
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you’ll find yourself right at home in Jackson. Hospitality is what we do best and our options of where to lay your head offer up the best in Southern hospitality for every type of traveler. A ME RI C A’ S BE S T I N N
C a b o t Lo dg e Mi llsap s
2450 Hwy. 80 West • Exit 42B
2375 N. State St. • Exit 98A
Extended Stay AMERICA JACKSON EAST
>>> 601.948.8650 • 800.874.4737
572 Beasley Rd.
>>> 601.206.5757 • 800.804.3724 94 Suites
A me ri c a’ s Be s t Valu e Inn
C o mfo rt I nn
804 Larson St. • Exit 96B
614 Monroe St. • Exit 96B
>>> 601.352.7387 • 800.315.2378
>>> 601.352.8282 51 Rooms
Extend ed Stay America Jackson North 5354 I-55 North • Exit 100 >>> 601.956.4312 >>> 800.EXT.STAY
A me ri c a’ s S t ar I n n
C o mfo rt I nn No rth
2655 I-55 South • Exit 92A
465 Briarwood Dr. • Exit 102
>>> 601.956.3611 120 Rooms
EXTEND ED STUD IO HOTEL 881 E. River Pl. • Exit 96C
B aym o n t I n n & S u i t e s
5709 I-55 North
C o u rt ya rd by Ma rriott
>>> 601.206.1616 • 800.424.6423
6280 Ridgewood Ct. • Exit 102B
>>> 601.956.9991 • 800.321.2211 117 Rooms
B e st Valu e I n n & S u i t es
Di a mo nd I nn
2355 Hwy. 80 West • Exit 42B
>>> 601.948.0680 53 Rooms
B e st We s t e r n P LU S
E. c o m Lo dg e
>>> 601.969.6555 • 800.WESTERN 60 Rooms
F airf iel d Inn & Suites 5723 I-55 North • Exit 102
5035 I-55 North • Exit 100
725 Larson St.
>>> 800.228.2800 77 Rooms
F airv iew Inn bo u ti qu e h o te l
3880 I-55 South, Savannah St. Exit 90A >>> 601.373.1244 75 Rooms
734 Fairview St. • Exit 98A >>> 601.948.3429 • 888.948.1908 18 Rooms
Key: HOTEL AMENITIES Non-Smoking Rooms Available 54 |
Swimming Pool VISITJACKSON.COM
Pet Friendly |
H a mpt o n I n n & Suit e s
K ni g ht s i nn
585 Beasley Rd.
1651 Terry Rd. • Exit 43B
N E WLY R ENOVAT E D
320 Greymont Ave. • Exit 96B
La Qu i nt a I nn & S uites
Regency Hotel & Conference Center
593 Beasley Rd.
400 Greymont Ave. • Exit 96B
Mo t el 6
6145 I-55 North • Exit 103
1714 Hwy. 80 West • Exit 43B
80 Rooms, 31 Suites
H il lto p I n n 1065 S. Frontage Rd., I-20 • Exit 44A >>> 601.360.0000 61 Rooms
H i lt o n G a r d e n I n n J a c k s o n Downtown formerly the Historic King Edward Hotel
235 W. Capital St. • Exit 96A
>>> 601.353.5464 >>> 800.HILTONS 186 Rooms
Rel ax INN 2620 Hwy. 80 West • Exit 42B
Mu s t a ng I nn 2616 Hwy. 80 West • Exit 42B
>>> 601.354.3900 52 Rooms
H ilton Jac ks o n
1001 E. County Line Rd. • Exit 103 >>> 601.957.2800 >>> 888.263.0524 276 Rooms
Resid ence Inn by marriot
O ld C a pi t o l I nn
1248 Eastover Dr.
226 N. State St. • Exit 96A
H ol id ay I n n E x p r e s s & S u i t es 310 Greymont Ave. • Exit 96B
>>> 888.359.9001 24 Rooms
4639 I-55 North • Exit 100
>>> 601.948.4466 108 Rooms
Sel ect 1 0 Motel North >>> 601.981.3000
Pa rk s i de I nn
H OME WO O D S U I T E S BY H I LT O N o p e n i n g S OON
>>> 601.982.1122 54 Rooms
5925 I-55 North • Exit 103
Jackson | Fondren 125 Rooms
In - Tow n S u i t e s
Stud io 7 >>> 601.956.9988
QU A LI T Y I NN
616 Briarwood Dr.
5731 I-55 North
SUP ER 8 North 6058 I-55 North • Exit 102 >>> 601.956.9986
In n s o f U S A
Qu a li t y I nn & S u i tes
2800 Greenway Dr. • Exit 40A
4641 I-55 North • Exit 100
Westin Jackson 407 S. Congress St. >>> 601.968.8200
J a ck s o n M ar r i o t tD ow nt ow n
Red Ro o f I nn Fa i rg ro u nds
200 E. Amite St. • Exit 98B
700 Larson St. • Exit 96B
HOLIDAY INN & SUITES | 310 GREYMONT AVENUE JACKSON, MS 39202 | P: 601.948.4466 | F: 769.524.4747
W W W. H O L I DAY I N N E X P R E S S .CO M /JA N G M ·Located Just Off I-55, Exit 96B Heading North or South—1 Mile from I-20 ·Complimentary Hot Breakfast Every Morning
·Outdoor Swimming Pool ·108 Rooms and Suites ·5 Floors – All Non-Smoking
·Free High Speed Internet & Wi-Fi Access (59.32 BPS – 17 Access Points)
·Handicap Parking Available
·24-Hour Business Center
·Very Well Lit Parking Lot with Overnight Security Surveillance
·Guest Fitness Facility with Cardio Equipment
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet & Wi-Fi Free Parking Fitness Center Indoor Pool
·Complimentary Parking for All Guests
MS Ag & Forestry Museum & National Ag Aviation Museum Connect with us
601-432-4500 | 1-800-844-TOUR (8687)
1150 LAKELAND DRIVE | JACKSON, MS 39216 MSAGMUSEUM@MDAC.MS.GOV
5723 I-55 NORTH | JACKSON, MS 39206 601.957.8557 | WWW.MARRIOTT.COM/JANFI
MAR Y SAN DER S FER R I S Creator of Ferriss and Company, Mary Sanders Ferriss is known for her creative interior designs. She has built a reputation for concept-driven spaces that provide unique experiences through many different mediums. WHERE DO YOU GO TO FIND ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFTS?
I love the unique pieces at the Mississippi Museum of Art Gift Shop. Whether a coffee table book about an artist or a piece of handcrafted jewelry, you can find a variety of unique items that tell the story of our state.
YOUR FIRST CHOICE FOR GROUP MEETINGS IN JACKSON Located in the heart of downtown Jackson in the business and government district.
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE TIP FOR SHOPPERS COMING TO JACKSON?
We have amazing local artists and craftsmen. Visit local art studios, galleries, check out the art market that is held in Highland Village each month. WHAT ARE YOUR CAN’T-MISS EVENTS?
• 35,000 square feet of meeting space • 11,342 sq. ft. ballroom for up to 1,300 people • Experienced Corporate Meeting Staff • Complete Professional Business Center • High Speed Internet Access • Concierge Level • 303 guest rooms and three suites • Bistro 200 Restaurant, continental dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner • Bistro Lounge, English pub decor • Outdoor pool with a panoramic view of the city • Fitness Center, Gift shop • 12 miles from airport JACKSON MARRIOTT 200 E. Amite Street Jackson, MS 39201 Phone 601.969.5100 www.marriott.com/janmc
The Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade in March is one you can’t miss for a true taste of Jackson. The St. Patrick's Day festivities rival any large city, and make for a great weekend getaway to see Jackson in a whole different light. To get a feel for the local neighborhood and business, Fondren After Five events are always a great way to see what is happening in our most eclectic neighborhood. Also don’t miss WellsFest in the fall, and the Mississippi Book Festival at the State Capitol. WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO FIND A PIECE OF JACKSON TO TAKE HOME?
Our local artists’ studios! Wolfe Studio has been a fixture in Jackson for over 70 years and celebrates the work of Karl and Mildred Wolfe. A more recent studio is Thimblepress located downtown. A birthday card from Kristen Ley is a work of art itself. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GRAB A BITE?
Crazy Cat Eat Up in Canton Mart Square. I love it because it is a wonderful example of creativity funneling through one person and coming to life in multiple mediums. John has a special gift: the ability to create an experience, a brand personality. From his incredible meatloaf sandwich to his collection of paint-by-number art and love of Dolly Parton, every square inch of the Crazy Cat experience feels personal.
Mississippi Petrified Forest A Family Favorite for Over 50 Ye ars • ONLY 20 MINUTES FROM JAC KSON • MISSISSIPPI’S #1 NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK • ONLY PE TRIFIED FOREST EAST OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER • NATURE TRAIL, MUSEUM AND UNIQUE GIF T SHOP • WORLD CLASS MUSEUM C OLLECTION OF MINERALS, FOSSILS, GEMSTONES AND PE TRIFIED WOOD • MANICURED PICNIC AREA WI TH C OVERED PAVILION • RV AND TENT CAMPGROUND • AAA REC OMMENDED TRAVEL ATTRACTION WI TH HIGH RATINGS FROM TRIP A DVISOR AND GROUPON
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Arts C e n t e r o f Mi s sis s ip pi 201 E. Pascagoula St. >> 601.960.1500 >>
The Arts Center of Mississippi is a non-proﬁt organization for the advancement of the arts in the Jackson area dedicated to integrating the arts into community life through collaborations, outreach programs, exhibitions, cultural events and educational opportunites. The center is home to several arts organizations and exhibits that are open to the public.
A.M. City Hall is now the seat of municipal government for Jackson. The Josh Halbert Gardens, featuring fountains and a statue of Jackson’s namesake, General Andrew Jackson, is a favorite photo spot. Tour Contact: Hospitality Desk Tour Time: 30-45 minutes Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment Admission: Free Handicap accessible
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1500 Peachtree St. >> 601.965.7044 • 800.960.5940 >> belhaven.edu
Established in 1883, Belhaven has campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando and Houston, to name a few. Belhaven is one of 30 institutions in the nation accredited in all four areas of the arts—visual, music, theater and dance. Notable sites associated with the Jackson campus include the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, the Center for the Arts, Smith-Wills Baseball Stadium and the Athletic Bowl, where a Jackson holiday tradition, Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree, began in 1933.
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219 S. President St. >> 601.960.1084 >> jacksonms.gov
Completed in 1847, City Hall is one of the most beautiful historic municipal buildings in the nation. Used as a hospital by both sides during the Civil War, it was one of only three public buildings to survive the destruction of the city by Union troops. The top ﬂoor of the building, originally constructed for use by the Odd Fellows and Masonic groups, remains the home of Pearl Lodge No. 23 F. &
The City of Jackson Fire Museum & Public Fire Safety Education Center
355 Woodrow Wilson >> 601.960.2433 >> newsouthernview.com
Exhibits consist of artifacts and ﬁre apparatus from the early 1800s to the present, including a 1904 horse-drawn steamer, 1917 chain-driven American LaFrance and a 1936 Seagrave. Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only Admission: Free Educational programs
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1017 John R. Lynch St. >> 601.979.4348 >> jsums.edu
The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) was established in May 1961 by Civil Rights leaders to create solidarity among all Civil Rights organizations in Mississippi. The COFO building, which was considered to be the “nerve center” of the state’s freedom struggle, continues to stand as a testament to Civil Rights history. Tour Time: 30 minutes-1 hour Hours: Mon-Thu, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; groups by appointment Admission: Adults, $3; Seniors and Students (with I.D.), $1; Children 17 and under, Free ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS
E u d o ra We lt y H o u s e & Garden
1119 Pinehurst St. >> 601.353.7762 >> mdah.ms.gov
The house is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most intact literary homes in America. Welty, born in 1909, was a writer of international acclaim, and her home in Jackson’s historic Belhaven neighborhood is where she always returned to create her novels and short stories. The garden is beautifully reconstructed to the 1925-1945 period when Welty worked at her mother’s side planting, watering and weeding. Hours: Tue-Fri, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. by appointment only. Open the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission: Adults, $5, Adult group rate (13 or more), $4; Students, $3; Children under 6, Free; 13th day of each month, Free, when the 13th falls on a day the museum is open to the public.
––––––––––––– Fari sh S t r e e t H i s t oric Dis t ric t
(This area is undergoing renovation) Amite St. across to Fortification St. and Mill St. to Lamar St. >> 601.948.5667
The District is made up of residences and diverse businesses and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The District includes over 690 listings in the National Register of Historic Places. There are vernacular architectural examples representing craftsmanship skills of numerous African-American building contractors.
––––––––––––– Greenwood Cemetery
West St. at Lamar St. >> 601.960.1891 • 800.354.7695 >>
Historic burial site of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, six Confederate brigadier generals, over 100 soldiers and past governors of Mississippi. Open daily, dawn to dusk.
––––––––––––– The International Museum of Muslim Cultures Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St .>> 601.960.0440 >> ™
Unique in America, the IMMC is dedicated to educating the public about Islamic history and culture, the contribution of Muslims to the global community and the diversity of the Muslim community: past, present and future. IMMC contains two permanent exhibitions. The Legacy of Timbuktu features ancient Timbuktu manuscripts uncovering Africa’s literate culture and celebrating a glorious age of learning and empire building. Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West features artifacts and interpretive information on Muslim rule in Spain, its contributions to the ﬁelds of philosophy, science, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, agriculture, commerce, architecture and the arts. Tour Time: 1 hour Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun, by appointment. Personalized, guided tours are available by reservation. Admission: Adults, $13; Seniors, $12; Children, $7 Group Rates: Adults, $12; Seniors, $10; Students, $5 Handicap accessible
––––––––––––– Jackson Municipal Art Gallery
––––––––––––– Th e Fondr e n Di s t r i ct 3318 N. State St. >> 601.981.9606 >> fondren.org
A destination for culture and urban living in the Jackson area, Fondren oﬀers shops, great restaurants, notable art galleries, eclectic architecture, charming homes and wonderful people. The area we call Fondren is from Woodrow Wilson Avenue to the south, Northside Drive to the north, the ICR Railroad line to the west and I-55 to the east. 62 |
839 N. State St. >> 601.960.1582 >>
The building was originally built in the late 1860s as a stately private home. Today, the Jackson Municipal Art Gallery stands as one of the oldest surviving historic structures in Jackson. Attracting thousands of visitors each year with its changing exhibits, the gallery has become a focal point for hundreds of local artists. Tour Time: 30 minutes-1 hour Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 2-5 p.m. Admission: Free Handicap accessible VISITJACKSON.COM
J ack s o n S t a t e U n i vers it y
LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
JSU, built in 1882, is Mississippi’s fourth largest institute of higher learning and one of America’s most prominent historically black universities. JSU occupies a scenic, 123-acre tract only minutes from downtown Jackson, and serves as the educational, cultural and spiritual heart of the African- American community statewide.
This beautiful urban park is located on 305 acres of woodlands that are home to nature trails, a public nine-hole golf course and driving range, picnic areas, playgrounds and Mayes Lake for ﬁshing. LeFleur’s Bluﬀ has an excellent RV camping facility. There are campsites and utility hookups, campground bathhouses and comfort stations. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum are located within the park.
1400 John R. Lynch St. >> 601.979.2272 >> jsums.edu
Ay e r Hall >> 601.979.3935 • 601.979.2055 >> jsums.edu The oldest building on the site (c. 1903), listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, the Afro-Cuban Research Institute and the Margaret Walker Center, which addresses the African-American experience. F.D. Hall Mu sic Center/Art Ga ll e r y >> 601.979.2141 The gallery hosts exhibits by known artists working in traditional and contemporary disciplines. H.T. S ampso n Librar y >> 601.979.2123 The library houses portraits, rare book collections and African artifacts. Tour Time: 1 hour Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during school semesters only. Reservations required for groups (two-week notice preferred). Admission: Free/Donations accepted Special Services: • Meeting facilities • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking
––––––––––––– J ack s o n Zo o l o g i c a l P ark 2918 W. Capitol St. >> 601.352.2580 >> jacksonzoo.org
The Jackson Zoo has one of the ﬁnest collections of wild animals from throughout the world. It is located on 110 acres acquired by the city of Jackson from Samuel Livingston. Hours: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10.25; Seniors, $9.25; Children 2-12 years, $7.25; Children under 2 years: Free Military Discount: Adults, $9.25; Children, $6.25 Group Discount (for groups of 10 or more): Adults, $9.25; Children, $6.25 Special Services: • Gift shop • Concessions/Café • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking on site
2140 Riverside Dr. >> 601.987.3985 >> mdwfp.com
Admission: Private vehicles $4 plus $.50 for each person over 6 people. Call for information on additional use fees.
––––––––––––– Manship House
420 E. Fortification St. >> 601.961.4724 >> mdah.ms.gov
One of the few remaining antebellum houses in Jackson and a rare example of Gothic Revival architecture, the Manship House oﬀers a glimpse of the daily life of an interesting 19th-century middle-class family. Charles Henry Manship, a talented artisan who served as mayor of Jackson during the Civil War, built the house for his family in 1857. Its unusual features include several examples of Manship’s wood-graining craftsmanship. Tour Time: 1 hour Hours: Tue-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Group tours by appointment only. Admission: Free/Donations accepted
––––––––––––– Medgar Evers Home
2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Dr. >> 601.977.7706 >>
Evers was the ﬁrst ﬁeld secretary for the NAACP in Jackson at the time of his death, June 12, 1963. The small house and site of his assassination, and the neighborhood of similar houses that surround it, make palpable the very simple longings for freedom and opportunity that drove the Civil Rights Movement. As a museum and a house in a historic district, the renovated structure informs those who visit of the many sacriﬁces that took place in Jackson and in Mississippi, and presents a modern link in the succession of Mississippi landmarks that communicate the history of the state. Tour Contact: Oﬃce of EDC at Tougaloo College, 601.977.7839; Oﬃce of Public Relations, 601.977.7842 Hours: By appointment only Admission: Free/Donations encouraged
––––––––––––– Medgar Evers Library/Statue
4215 Medgar Evers Blvd. >> 601.982.2867 >> jhlibrary.com
This city library located in Evers’ former neighborhood, along with the street on which it sits, was renamed in memory of Medgar Evers. A life-sized bronze statue of Evers was erected at the library site by local citizens. ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS
M e rci T r a i n
618 E. Pearl St. >> 601.576.6940 >> mdah.ms.gov
The “Merci Train” was given to the state of Mississippi by France
after World War II. The wooden train cars were given in gratitude to each state by France after the war. Few of the boxcars still exist. Decades of exposure to the elements had taken its toll on the boxcar, which had been located behind the War Memorial Building. A Community Heritage Preservation Program grant from MDAH allowed damaged siding and missing placards to be replaced and the boxcar to be restored and relocated. The car was moved onto a section of specially constructed narrow track under a new aluminum canopy, and interpretive signage covering the history of the Merci Trains was created and installed, along with a concrete platform and metal benches.
• Gift shop • Picnic area • Refreshments available in General Store • Museum Café serves lunch (Monday-Friday) • Meeting rooms • Motor coach parking
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1701 N. State St. >> 800.352.1050 • 601.974.1000 >> millsaps.edu
Millsaps was founded in 1890 and now oﬀers a comprehensive liberal arts education to students from more than 30 states and several foreign countries. Its beautiful 100-acre, wooded campus with monuments, statues and historic architecture is located in the heart of downtown Jackson. Tradition and history are found in the beloved Christian Center (its auditorium is home to the Millsaps Players), stately Murrah Hall and the James Observatory, the oldest structure on campus. The Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex houses the music, art and political science departments and features a 450-seat recital hall for concerts by the Millsaps Singers and the Chamber Singers, special guest performances, and the popular Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. The third ﬂoor, sky-lit Millsaps Lewis Art Gallery, showcases traveling art exhibits and work by Millsaps students and faculty. For more Millsaps information, call 601.974.1033.
––––––––––––– M i ssi s s i p p i A g r i c u lt ure & F ore s t ry M us eum N at i o na l A g r i c u lt ural Av iat ion M us eum 1150 Lakeland Dr. >> 601.432.4500 • 800.844.TOUR >> msagmuseum.org
This 40-acre complex, located in the heart of the city, brings to life Mississippi’s rich agricultural heritage. A 40,000-square-foot Heritage Center traces the history of agriculture and forestry through an extensive collection of artifacts and lifelike exhibits. Outside, the Fortenberry-Parkman Farm restoration and Bisland Cotton Gin, both circa 1860, tell the story of farm life in early Mississippi. Walk down Main Street of the “Small Town, Mississippi” restoration (circa 1920) and imagine a day in the lives of the people who once toiled and worshiped in these buildings. A visit to the Fitzgerald Collection completes this walk through history. Award-winning rose gardens and special interest gardens provide enjoyment year-round.
Mississippi Blues Trail Markers >> msbluestrail.org
Jackson boasts more historic blues markers than any other city in the state. The blues has a rich history here, from the “Farish Street Sound” to Brinkley Middle School, where Grammy-winner Cassandra Wilson found her musical calling and chose to have her marker placed—the 100th on the Trail! Visit all of Jackson’s markers for a wealth of blues heritage stories. Ace Records - Corner near Capitol St. and Roach St. Alamo Theatre and Dorothy Moore - 333 N. Farish St. Bobby Rush - Lynch St./Metro Pkwy. at Valley St. Cassandra Wilson - 3535 Albermarle Rd. – Brinkley Middle School Edwards Hotel (renamed King Edward Hotel) - 235 W. Capitol St. Ishmon Bracey - 2185 Fortune St. – Jim Hill High School Malaco Records - 3023 W. Northside Dr. Otis Spann & Little Johnny Jones - 547 S. Roach St. Queen of Hearts - 2243 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Scott Records Company - Corner of Gallatin St. and Capitol St. Subway Lounge/Summers Hotel - JSU Pkwy. 619 W. Pearl St. Trumpet Records - 309 N. Farish St.
––––––––––––– Mississippi Children’s Museum
2145 Museum Blvd. >> 601.981.5469 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
The award-winning Mississippi Children’s Museum provides hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs for all children and their families. Visitors can explore the cultural arts, literacy, health, nutrition, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and Mississippi history through- out our 50,000 square-foot facility. Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-6 p.m.
Tour Time: 1-2 hours Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations requested for groups of 15 or more. Admission: Adults, $5; Seniors/Military, $4; Children ages 3-18, $4 Special Services: • Interpretative guide provided upon request • Multi-media presentation available 64 |
M i ssi s s i p p i C i v i l R i ght s M us e um 222 North St. >> 601.576.6800 >> mdah.ms.gov >>
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum focuses on the period 1945-1976 and tells the story of the struggle for equal rights and fair treatment under the law. This is the nation’s ﬁrst state-operated Civil Rights Museum. This central gallery carries the theme of the entire museum: that throughout Mississippi, ordinary people engaged in an extraordinary struggle to make real America’s promise of equal rights for all. A stunning sculpture and music honoring Civil Rights veterans will be the focus of this dramatic light-ﬁlled space. Tour Time: 2 hours Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. General Admission: Adult, $8; Children ages 4-18, $5; Senior, $6 Dual Admission (admission to MS Civil Rights Museum and Museum of MS History) Adult, $12; Children ages 4-18, $7; Senior (60+), $10; Children under 3, Free; Group rates available. Special Services: • Gift shop • Café • Handicap accessible • Meeting room • Classroom • Parking garage • Motor coach parking
Medgar Evers’ House - 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Dr. Mississippi State Capitol - 400 High St. Municipal Library - 300 N. State St. NAACP Headquarters - 1072 John R. Lynch St.* Tougaloo College - 500 W. County Line Rd. WLBT - 715 S. Jeﬀerson St.* Woolworth Sit-in - 100 E. Capitol St. *Marker not yet placed
––––––––––––– Mississippi Governor’s Mansion 300 E. Capitol St. >> 601.359.6421 >> mdah.ms.gov
Constructed in 1842, this beautiful Greek revival mansion was designed, according to architect William Nichols, “to adhere to plain republican simplicity.” Having served as the oﬃcial residence of Mississippi’s ﬁrst family since January 1842, the mansion is the second-oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence in the United States. In 1975, the mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark. Tour Time: 30 minutes Hours: Tue-Fri, 9:30-11a.m.; Closed major holidays and two weeks at Christmas. May be closed at other times for oﬃcial state functions. Call to conﬁrm availability. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Admission: Free Special Services: • Interpretative guide provided • Motor coach parking curbside
––––––––––––– Mississippi Museum of Art
380 S. Lamar St. >> 601.960.1515 >> msmuseumart.org
––––––––––––– M i ssi s s i p p i F a r me r s M arke t
929 High St. >> 601.354.6573 >> msfarmersmarket.com
The Mississippi Farmers Market is a year-round market showcasing Mississippi’s best produce. Watch chef demonstrations using produce from the market, listen to live entertainment, and purchase handmade crafts from local artists and craftsmen. Special events and local products are oﬀered throughout the year. Restaurant on site. Hours: Sat, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
––––––––––––– M i ssi s s i p p i F r e e do m T rail M arkers >> visitmississippi.org
The Mississippi Freedom Trail commemorates the state’s Civil Rights heritage. The trail provides a tour of the state and those sites that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. Among the ﬁrst markers unveiled were the Medgar Evers Marker, located at his former home, now a museum, at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive, and at the former Greyhound Bus Station, now an architect’s oﬃce, at 219 North Lamar Street downtown. COFO Oﬃce - 1017 John R. Lynch St. Greyhound Bus Station - 239 N. Lamar St. Jackson State University (shootings) - 1400 John R. Lynch St. Masonic Temple (M. W. Stringer Grand Lodge) - 1072 John R. Lynch St.*
Mississippi’s largest art museum has over 4,000 works, including the world’s largest collection by and relating to Mississippians and their diverse heritage. Many of these works can be seen in the museum’s permanent collection, The Mississippi Story. Changing exhibitions and educational programs are also oﬀered. The Art Garden oﬀers Wi-Fi and al fresco dining, and hosts outdoor events. Tour Time: 1-4 hours to view all exhibitions, café and store Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12-5 p.m.; Extended hours during special exhibitions Admission: Varies by exhibition. The Mississippi Story, Precolumbian Ceramics and William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape, Free; School groups, free on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Seniors, free on the ﬁrst Wednesday of each month. Special Services: • Gift shop • Restaurant • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking • Meeting rooms • Classrooms
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M i ssi s s i p p i Mu s e u m of Nat ural S c ie nc e
2148 Riverside Dr. >> 601.576.6000 >> museum.mdwfp.com
An aquarium housing over 200 species of native ﬁsh, reptiles and amphibians tells an ecological story of rivers, streams, lakes, marshes and the Mississippi Sound. “The Swamp” is home to alligators, turtles and ﬁsh surrounded by native foliage. The 300-acre nature area, with native foliage is great for birding or a stroll over the 2.5-mile nature trail with interpretive stops along the way. Tour Time: 1 hour (2 hours including Nature Trail tour) Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; Children ages 3-18, $4; Seniors, $5; Children under 3, Free; Members, Free; Call for group rates Special Services: • Handicap accessible • Picnic pavilion • Motor coach parking • Multi-media presentations available
Mississippi State Capitol
400 High St. >> Tour information: 601.359.3114 or email@example.com >> legislature.ms.gov
Come see Mississippi’s treasure. The National Park Service describes this National Historic Landmark as, “…an exceptional example of the Beaux Arts style, vividly illustrating the nationwide spread of academic classical revival architecture in the early 20th century.” It has been the seat of Mississippi’s government since 1903. Tours detail the Capitol’s history, its architecture, and provide an up-close look inside the chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives. With 4,750 original electric light ﬁxtures, intricately detailed stained glass, and 11 types of marble, it is an impressive building for all ages to visit Tour Length: 1 hour Hours: Mon-Fri, 8a.m.-5p.m.; Self-guided tours available; Guided tours oﬀered 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; Group tours available by reservation.
––––––––––––– M i ssi s s i p p i Mu s i c Exp e rienc e at T h e I ro n H o r s e G r i l l
320 W. Pearl St. >> 601.398.0151 >> theironhorsegrill.com
The Mississippi Music Experience is designed to tell the story of Mississippi, birthplace of America’s Music. The visitor can travel a timeline hall starting in the 1800s and progress to the current music scene. Unique life-size models of famous Mississippi musicians are provided by international award-winning artist Anne Robin Luckett.
––––––––––––– M i ssi s s i p p i S p o r t s Hal l of F am e & M us e um 1152 Lakeland Dr. >> 601.982.8264 • 800.280.FAME >> msfame.com
Named one of the Top 10 “Most Amazing Baseball Museums in America” by ESPN, the museum contains an array of sports-related, interactive exhibits. Touch-screen television kiosks allow museum visitors to access archival footage, achievement data, biographical information and more than 500 interviews with famous Mississippi athletes like Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Archie Manning, Ralph Boston and Dizzy Dean. Reservations requested for group tours. Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; Students 6-17 and Seniors, $3.50; Children 5 and under, Free; Group Rate (12 person minimum), $3 Special Services: • Tailgate parties • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking • Meeting rooms 66 |
––––––––––––– Museum of Mississippi History
222 North St. >> 601.576.6850 >> mdah.ms.gov >>
The Museum of Mississippi History explores the entire sweep of the state’s history, from earliest times to the present. The museum’s collection dates back to artifacts acquired in the early days of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), founded in 1902. Initially housed in the state capitol, the small but popular exhibits featured military artifacts, fossilized bones, and even a ceremonial Polynesian head-dress. The new Museum of Mississippi History provides four times the exhibit space the Old Capitol oﬀered—more than 21,000 square feet. With larger and more ﬂexible galleries, the museum employs innovative exhibition techniques and addresses a broader range of topics in more depth. VISITJACKSON.COM
Myn e ll e G a r de ns
4736 Clinton Blvd. >> 601.960.1894 >> jacksonms.gov
From a simple garden started over a half-century ago, Mynelle Gardens stands as a botanical wonderland, wildlife sanctuary and haven for songbirds. The gardens feature azalea and camellia trails and daylily displays, as well as hundreds of perennials and annuals in natural landscape settings. Tour Time: 45 minutes Hours: Mar-Oct, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov-Feb, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed major holidays Admission: Adults, $5; Children 4-12, $3; Seniors, $3 Special Services: • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking
––––––––––––– T h e O a k s H o u s e Mu s e um
823 N. Jefferson St. >> 601.353.9339 >> theoakshousemuseum.org
This Greek Revival-style home is the oldest continuously-occupied residence in the city. Built around 1853 by Jackson mayor James H. Boyd, it survived the devastating ﬁre of 1863. The home may have served as headquarters for General William T. Sherman during the siege of the city by Union troops. James Hervey Boyd was mayor of Jackson for four two-year terms. Lovingly restored and furnished with period antiques by its present owner, the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi, The Oaks remains a treasured part of Mississippi history. Tour Time: 40 minutes Hours: By appointment Admission: Adults, $4.50; Children, $3.50; Seniors, $4 Special Services: • Interpretative guide provided • Motor coach parking on street
––––––––––––– T h e O l d C a p i t o l Mu s eum
100 S. State St. >> 601.576.6920 >> mdah.ms.gov
A National Historic Landmark and one of America’s ﬁnest examples of Greek Revival architecture, the Old Capitol building served as state capitol from 1839 to 1903, housing such notable events as the passage of the Ordinance of Secession. The Old Capitol was restored from 1959 to 1961 for use as the state historical museum. Restored to its original glory, the Old Capitol returned as a state house museum in 2009.
Russell C. Davis Planetarium/ Ronald E. McNair Space Theater
201 E. Pascagoula St. >> 601.960.1550 >> thedavisplanetarium.com
Experience the universe in one of the South’s largest planetariums, containing an advanced optical-mechanical star projection system that can show the sky as it appears at any time from any location on Earth. It also features the state’s only MEGA-HD (large-format) ﬁlm projection system for wraparound screening of IMAX®-style ﬁlms. The magniﬁcent hemispheric theater bears the name of Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut instrumental in on-orbit ﬁlming for Jackson’s The Space Shuttle: An American Adventure, who perished aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. Programs include multi-media sky features, spectacular MEGA-HD Cinema ﬁlms and laser/light “concerts.” The lobby includes exhibits on space transportation, the solar system and the universe as revealed by the Hubble Space Telescope. Tour Time: 1 hour per show Hours: Shows take place daily except Mondays and holidays. Call for current schedule. Admission: Adult, $8; Senior, $7; Children, $6 Special Services: • Accessible to the disabled • Gift shop
––––––––––––– Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center 528 Bloom St. >> 601.960.1457 >> jacksonms.gov
Named one of Top 10 “Best Places to be Enveloped in Quilts” by USA Today, and also chosen as one of the 50 states, 50 spots for 2014, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center is a comprehensive depository of artifacts portraying African-American Mississippians’ experience in the ﬁelds of history, art, music and literature. The museum was originally Smith Robertson Elementary School, the ﬁrst public school for African-American children in the city of Jackson. Tour Time: 45 minutes Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; No guided tours on Monday; Reservations for groups of 10 or more are required Admission: Adults, $4.50; Seniors, $3; Under 17, $1.50 Special Services: • Gift shop • Meeting rooms • Interpretative guide provided for groups • Motor coach parking
• Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. • Admission: Free
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OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS
Situated on what was once the Boddie Plantation, Tougaloo College, a historically black, private, liberal arts institution, was founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Association. Tougaloo, located on a beautiful site with centuries-old magnolias and oaks, played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Students of history will appreciate the Lillian Pierce Benbow Room of Special Collections in the Coleman Library where thousands of documents, tapes, photographs and artifacts tell the story of the Civil Rights struggle.
Clinton Community Nature Center
500 W. County Line Rd. >> 601.977.7700 • 888.42GALOO >> tougaloo.edu
OTHER NOTABLE TOUGALOO SITES:
The Boddie Mansion (1848), originally erected as a planter’s home, now houses the College administration oﬃces. Woodworth Chapel (1901), built mostly with student labor, remains a center of religious life and cultural activity for the College and surrounding community. The Tougaloo Art Collection features over 1,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, wood carvings and artifacts from around the world. The African-American collection is considered one of the most exhaustive in the southeastern United States. Tour Time: 30 minutes Hours: By appointment only Admission: Free/Donations accepted Special Services: • Interpretative guide available • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking
––––––––––––– War M e mo r i a l B u i l d ing
120 S. State St. >> 601.359.5031 >> >> 601.359.3630 (Reservations)
Located next to the Old Capitol, the Mississippi War Memorial Building stands as a monument to the memory of Mississippi men and women who have given their lives in defense of their country. The building contains unique cast-aluminum doors and panels depicting battle scenes starting from the Battle of Ackia in 1736. The classic Art Deco building showcases displays of uniforms, weapons, maps, photographs, medals of honor and other artifacts from the battleﬁelds of the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean Conﬂict and the Vietnam Conﬂict. Handicap accessible Admission: Free
––––––––––––– William F. Winter Archives & History Building 200 North St. >> 601.576.6850>> mdah.state.ms.us
A haven for genealogists from all over the nation, this is the secondoldest state archives department in the country, and is now located in a beautiful, climate-controlled facility. It contains US Bureau of Census records, 1,800 private collections, 3,000,000 feet of news footage dating to 1954, nearly 17,000 rolls of microﬁlmed newspapers, 30,000 boxes of state government documents, 1,400 historical maps dated from 1582 and over 1,000,000 photographs. Contact: Information Desk Hours: Mon, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Only a small search room staﬀ is present on Saturdays. As a result, reference services may be limited.) Admission: Free A research identiﬁcation card is required. There is no charge, and this card can be obtained from the library receptionist with valid I.D. 68 |
617 Dunton Rd., Clinton >> 601.926.1104 >> clintonnaturecenter.org
The Clinton Community Nature Center exists as a place for people to enjoy and learn about nature in all its aspects. The nature center consists of 33 acres of woodlands near the center of “Olde Towne” Clinton and provides several educational programs about nature, gardening and the history of this unique area. The center maintains 2.5 miles of all-weather walking trails with plants and historic sites labeled and benches where one may sit in solitude and appreciate nature. Tour Time: 45 minutes Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission: Free
––––––––––––– Dupree House & Mamie’s Cottage
2809 Dupree Rd., Raymond >> 877.629.6051 >> scenictrace.com
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dupree House developed from a three-room structure built in the 1850s to the picturesque, transitional Greek Revival/Italianate plantation home of Dr. H.T.T. Dupree. Mamie’s Cottage, the in-town home of Dr. Dupree’s adopted daughter, Mamie, was moved to the property in 1977 following her death. Today, the cottage houses two bed & breakfast suites. The Dupree House welcomes groups for tours and catered meals. The home is also available for reunions, weddings, luncheons and parties. A special motor coach entrance makes the home easily accessible. • Tour contact: Brenda Davis, owner
––––––––––––– Mississippi Crafts Center
Natchez Trace Exit from I-55 North 950 Rice Rd., Ridgeland >> 601.856.7546 >>
Since its beginning in 1973, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi has grown from a membership of 30 craftsmen to more than 400 professional artisans from across the Southeast. The center, opened in 2007, was designed for the display, sale, demonstration and teaching of ﬁne craft. It is a showplace of traditional and contemporary folk arts and crafts of our state. Exhibits, demonstrations and special events involve visitors in the artistic process. Tour Time: 30 minutes-1 hour Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12-5 p.m. Admission: Free/Donations accepted Special Services: • Craft shop • Motor coach parking • Handicap accessible • Schedules of classes and demonstrations available upon request.
M i s si s s i p p i P e t r i f i e d Fo re s t
P.O. Box 37, Flora >> 124 Forest Park Rd., Flora >>601.879.8189 >> mspetrifiedforest.com
In 1966, the Mississippi Petriﬁed Forest was declared a Registered National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. The forest’s many points of interest can be seen from the nature trail. Additional features include colorful badlands, picnic area, campground, a museum, gemstone ﬂuming, native wildlife display, dynamite mine, rock shop, educational exhibits and more. Hours: Apr 1-Labor Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Labor Day-April 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day.
––––––––––––– N a tch e z T r a c e P a r kway
>> 601.680.4025 • 800.305.7417 >> scenictrace.com
This 444-mile parkway stretches from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. The Trace is a historic route traveled by early Indian tribes, pioneer settlers, colonial troops and traders. This beautiful scenic highway follows the shore of the Ross Barnett Reservoir where picnic areas and parks beckon the traveler. Hauling and commercial trucks are prohibited; however, motor coaches are permitted on the Trace with proper permits. Speed limit is 50 mph unless posted otherwise. Brochures are available through Visit Jackson. For more information on stops along the Trace, visit scenictrace.com.
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>> 601.856.6574 >> therez.ms
Thirty-thousand acres of ﬁsh-ﬁlled waters, bounded on the north by the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, create endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Fishing, boating, water-skiing, birding, picnicking and camping are all available. Visitors also enjoy nearby restaurants and shopping.
Husband-and-wife Teneia Sanders-Eichelberger and Ben Eichelberger make up the soulful musical duo, Heart Society (formerly Teneia). Teneia, a Jackson native, and Ben, a Jackson transplant just released their sixth album, “Wake the Queens.”
How would you spend an ideal 24 hours in Jackson? FIRST THING >>> We'd start with a morning smoothie made from fruits and veggies bought at Rainbow Co-Op, followed by a Gaucho tea and sugar free vanilla latte from Cups in Fondren. MORNING MOVES >>> We would go for a stroll around the Eastover neighborhood to look at the beautiful homes, followed by a quick workout and HydroMassage at Planet Fitness. LUNCH >>> For lunch, we’d order up some Tom Yum Soup and Pork Kra Prow at Thai Time.
PAST MEETS PRESENT >>> Most of the afternoon
would be devoted to touring the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to learn more about social justice and how to be effective change agents in the world.
FONDREN FINISH >>> An amazing dinner of lamb ribs, miso seabass and parmesan crusted flounder at Walker's Drive-In would be the ideal end to a day in Jackson. The evening would be capped with a great concert at Duling Hall and one last coffee/tea at Cups.
ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS
PHOTO BY TATE NATIONS
SO MUCH TO SEE (AND DO)!
MUSEUM & THE MUSEUM STORE HOURS Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday, noon – 5 PM & Every Third Thursday til 8 PM CAFÉ HOURS Tuesday – Saturday, 8 AM – 3 PM
To learn more, visit MSMUSEUMART.ORG Downtown Jackson | 380 South Lamar Street | 601.960.1515
IMMC is Americaâ€™s first museum dedicated to educating the American public about Islamic history and culture, and the contributions of the diverse Muslim communities to the world.
SHOWING NOW LEGACY OF TIMBUKTU Wonders of the Written Word exhibit
APRIL ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH
Educational forums and cultural evenings including food, clothing, music and art, concluding with an all-day festival. Free.
OPENING SUMMER 2018 MUSLIMS WITH CHRISTIANS AND JEWS An exhibition of Covenants & Co-existence will be featured.
201 E PASCAGOULA ST. | JACKSON, MS 39201 | 601.960.0440 | MUSLIMMUSEUM.ORG
This project is partially funded through a grant by Visit Jackson.
It’s no secret that culture abounds in the City with Soul. From theater and symphonies to blues and jazz, we’ve got it all. We know full well how to have a good time and that, more often than not, involves good music, a little dancing, a good show and more. Soak it in, see and feel what we have to offer.
performing arts organizations B a l l e t M agn i f i c at !
Jackson Choral Society
5406 I-55 North >> 601.977.1001 >> balletmagnificat.com
P.O. Box 4211, Fondren Station >> 601.927.9604 >> jacksonchoralsociety.org
Founded in 1986, Ballet Magnificat! is an arts organization dedicated to presenting the word of Christ through ballet performances. Latin for "to magnify Him," magnificat is derived from "Mary's Song" of praise when she first learned she was to be the mother of the Messiah. Ballet Magnificat! is sponsored by churches, educational foundations and arts councils, and tours throughout the world.
The Jackson Choral Society was established in 1960 to give dedicated singers the opportunity to study a myriad of choral works, enrich the community's cultural life through artistic performances, and to enable the singer and listener to connect emotionally timeless and uplifting music.
B a l l e t M i s s i s s i ppi Mississippi Arts Center 201 E. Pascagoula St. >> 601.960.1560 >> balletms.com
Ballet Mississippi is one of Jackson’s premier performing arts organizations dedicated to enhancing our state’s cultural life by providing quality performances and promoting an appreciation of dance through education, outreach and audience development. The company’s professionally trained dancers perform The Nutcracker each winter and present a special Spring Gala performance as well. Guest choreographers are invited to stage their work.
Fish T ale T h e at r e P.O. Box 55486 >> 601.714.1414 >> johnmaxwellactor.com
Fish Tale Group Theatre is a non-profit theatre-ministry. With non-compromising scripts, Fish Tale Group Theatre explores in a frank, authentic way how the arena of religion and life's contemporary challenges intersect and intertwine. Through highly entertaining and compelling drama, an audience is engaged with stories that are edifying and thought provoking.
Fon dr e n T h e at r e Wo r k s ho p 333 N. Farish St. >> 601.301.2281 >> fondrentheatreworkshop.org
The Fondren Theatre Workshop is dedicated to building a theatre community with an emphasis on sharing the creative process by giving workshops and performances year-round.
Metrop ol itan Chamber Orchestra Society 3615 Hawthorne Dr. >> 601.366.3457 >> freewebs.com/metropolitanchamberorchestra/
The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra Society performs free classical music concerts in a chamber orchestra setting. The society also gives community members the opportunity to perform classical music with the orchestra.
Mississip p i Chorus P.O. Box 13407 >> 601.278.3351 >> mschorus.org
The Mississippi Chorus is made up of dedicated volunteers with a passion for singing and fellowship. The chorus performs a series of classical choral concerts each year, and strives to produce exceptional artistic experiences for the audience and performers.
Mississip p i Community Symp honic Band >> 601.601.2786 >> mcsb.us
The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band has more than 70 volunteer wind and percussion instrumentalists. The band, along with the Mississippi Swing Jazz Band, performs five free pop concerts and a number of by-request concerts each year. It frequently premieres new works and musicians.
Mississip p i Metrop ol itan Bal l et 110 Homestead Dr., Madison >> 601.853.4508 >> msmetroballet.com
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet is a non-profit regional ballet company that provides professional dance training and
performance opportunities for students. The ballet also offers exceptional performances including The Nutcracker and an annual Spring Gala.
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Missi s s i p p i M u r d e r Mys t eri es
American Guil d of Organists
>> 601.668.2214 >> missmurdermystery.com
Mississippi Murder Mysteries, a Stewart Production Company, is a group of professional actors presenting comedic murdermystery-style dinner theatre. An evening with the troupe provides adult audiences with a night of hilarious, original entertainment while enjoying fine dining at local restaurants.
>> 601.362.3235 >> agocal.org
Craf tsmen’s Guil d of Mississip p i >> 601.856.7543 >> craftsmensguildofms.org
Eud ora Welty L ibrary System >> 601.968.5811
Missi s s i p p i O pe r a Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. • P.O. Box 1551 >> 601.960.1528 >> 601.960.2300 >> msopera.org
Greater Jackson Arts Council
The Mississippi Opera produces and presents a season of Grand Opera and a variety of other opera/musical theater, recital and special events. Acclaimed by national and international critics, it attracts audiences through touring and educational productions.
Hind s Community Col l ege
Missi s s i p p i Pu ppe t ry G u i ld 1927 Springridge Dr. >> 601.977.9840 >> mspuppetry.com
>> 601.857.3212 >> hindscc.edu
Jackson Arts Col l ective >> 601.497.7454 >> jxncollective.org
The Mississippi Puppetry Guild is a professional puppet theatre company organized in 1967. Performances combine arts, education and entertainment. The Puppet Arts Theatre tours Mississippi and the Southeast.
Jackson P ubl ic School’s Acad emic & P erf orming Arts
Missi s s i p p i Sy m p h o ny O rc hes t ra
Mississip p i Acad emy of Ancient Music
Mississippi Arts Center 201 E. Pascagoula St. • P.O. Box 2052 >> 601.960.1565 msorchestra.com
The largest performing arts organization in Mississippi, MSO performs over 120 concerts each year, either as a full orchestra, a touring orchestra or a chamber orchestra. Many concerts are performed at MSO’s home stage in Thalia Mara, and special events are performed throughout the state.
N e w S t age T h e at r e 1100 Carlisle St. >> 601.948.3533 >> newstagetheatre.com
New Stage Theatre, founded in 1965, is Mississippi’s only professional theater and produces a full season of shows from September to June. New Stage Theatre is committed to cultivating and educating a culturally diverse audience through its play selection, casting, artistic staffing and educational outreach programs.
Th a li a M ar a H all 225 E. Pascagoula St. >> 601.960.1537 >> www.jacksonms.gov
Thalia Mara Hall was built in 1968 and was called the Jackson Municipal Auditorium. In 1975, the Jackson Ballet Guild invited Miss Thalia Mara, a Chicago native with an extensive career as a performer in the US and abroad, to develop a professional ballet company and school in Mississippi. The hall provides locals and visitors a venue for education and entertainment by a variety of locally, nationally and internationally known performances— including ballet, opera and symphony performances, plays, concerts and more.
USA I n t e r n at i o n al Ballet C o mpet i t i o n, I nc . P.O. Box 3696 >> 601.355.9853 >> usaibc.com
One of the world’s most prestigious dance events, the USA International Ballet Competition (USA IBC) is a two-week “Olympicstyle” competition where tomorrow’s ballet stars vie for medals, cash awards, company contracts and scholarships. Designated as the official USA ballet competition by a Joint Resolution of Congress, the USA IBC is held every four years in the tradition of sister competitions in Varna, Bulgaria; Moscow, Russia; and Helsinki, Finland. Audiences and participants from more than 20 nations enjoy a festival of events that includes lectures, exhibits and an International Dance School. The 11th USA IBC is June 10-23, 2018.
>> 601.960.5387 >> Complex (APAC) Performing Arts Division
>> 601.594.5584 >> ancientmusic.org
Mississip p i Artists Guil d >> 601.287.4640 >> msartistsguild.org
Mississip p i Arts Commission >> 601.359.6030 >> www.arts.state.ms.us
Mississip p i BOYS CHOIR >> 601.665.7374 >> mississippiboychoir.org
Mississip p i girl s choir >> 769.218.9398 >> www.msgirlchoir.org
Mississip p i D ep artment of Archives & History >> 601.576.6850 >> mdah.ms.gov
Mississip p i Humanities Council >> 601.432.6752 >> mshumanities.org
Mississip p i Mass Choir >> 601.366.8863 >>
Mississip p i P oetry Society >> 601.856.3635 >> misspoetry.net
Mississip p i Writers Guil d >> 601.442.0980 >> mississippiwritersguild.com
P up p et Arts Theatre >> 601.956.3414 >> mspuppetry.com
Very Sp ecial Arts of Mississip p i >> 601.713.3311 >>
W. Kessl er, Ltd . >> 601.981.1847 >>
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At Entergy, the circuit means more than electricity. It means connection and potential. Families. Neighborhoods. Businesses. We’re all part of a circuit. So we invest in industry. Inspire education. Nurture community. We empower each other. And together, we power life. A message from Entergy Mississippi, Inc. ©2015 Entergy Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Galloway UMC’s vision
is to BE DISCIPLES and to MAKE DISCIPLES of JESUS CHRIST for the TRANSFORMATION Join us for the 38th Annual
MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE November 7-10, 2018 at the Mississippi Trade Mart PRESENTED BY
The Junior League of Jackson T H I S H O L I D AY T R A D I T I O N I S A 3 - D AY S H O P P I N G E X T R A VA G A N Z A F E AT U R I N G M O R E T H A N 1 5 0 M E R C H A N T S F R O M A C R O S S T H E N AT I O N .
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This project is partially funded through a grant by Visit Jackson.
OF THE WORLD.
This project is partially funded through a grant by Visit Jackson.
Here in the South, we like to gather ‘round, and in Jackson, we do it big. Plan your trip around one of our many fun events for a true Jackson experience. From festivals to marathons to golf classics, and more, opportunities to submerge yourself in the “City with Soul” await. >>
Ma rt i n Lu t h e r Ki n g, J r. C eleb ra t i o n & Pa ra de
D ixie National L ivestock Show & Rod eo
(SATURDAY BEFORE THE OBSERVANCE OF MLK’S BIRTHDAY) PARADE STARTS AT FREEDOM CORNER >> 601.960.1090
(THROUGH MID-FEBRUARY) MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS >> 601.961.4000
Two weeks of activities lead up to the big parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual celebration features gospel singing, a talent show, live entertainment and more.
Miss i s s i ppi Blu e s M ara t ho n
Largest livestock show east of the Mississippi River. In February, the Mississippi Coliseum hosts the second largest PRCA Rodeo. There are also five horse shows, a Junior Livestock show, a two-day Western Festival, two trade shows, rodeo dance and parade during this three-week event.
DOWNTOWN JACKSON >> 601.624.7882 >> msbluesmarathon.com
With live music before, after and throughout the course, the Mississippi Blues Marathon proves to be one-of-a-kind. This event is a huge street party filled with enthusiastic supporters encouraging their friends and family to complete the races. You’ll see expert runners tackle the marathon in about two-and-a-half-hours and you can watch the inspiring determination of the racers who finish the course near its seven hour time limit.
Gem & Mineral Show MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.961.4000 >> missgems.org
Over 25 dealers from across the country come to sell minerals and fossil specimens, beads, lapidary tools and cutting materials, gems, jewelry and more. Exhibits and educational opportunities for all ages are provided by various state organizations, colleges and earth science professionals. MGMS members also display some of their own collections of fossils, minerals and artifacts (many found here in Mississippi).
Story t e lli n g F e s t i val (THIRD WEEK) MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM >> 601.981.5469 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
Sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Storytelling Festival celebrates Mississippi Children’s Museum’s Literacy Initiative by hosting performing artists and other special guests at the museum for a day of interactive reading, creative storytelling and musical performances which bring the art of story to life.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Ig n i t e t h e N i gh t MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM >> 601.981.5469 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
This annual, adults-only evening has a whimsical and exciting new theme each year. Each gallery comes to life with festive food, mesmerizing music, and amusing activities like photo booths with quirky costumes, mysterious guests and creative cocktails. Hosted by MCM Partners, a group of volunteers and donors who support the museum, this snappy casual affair is not your typical party. It is imaginative, entertaining, and most importantly, fun!
march B a l l e t M agn i f i c at ! Sp ri n g C o n c e r t VENUE TBA >> 601.977.1001 >> balletmagnificat.com
One of the country’s foremost liturgical ballet companies celebrates Easter with the beauty and expression of dance.
C Sp i r e H owe ll/ G il l o m T r o ph y Pr e s e nt a t i o n >> 601.982.8264 >> msfame.com
Mississip p i Metrop ol itan Bal l et Sp ring Gal a P erf ormance (FIRST SUNDAY) THALIA MARA HALL >> 601.853.4508 >> msmetroballet.com
This annual performance of classical and contemporary ballet features the artistry of local dancers with performances by world-class guest artists.
NASA D ay (MARCH 10) MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM >> 601.981.5469 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
Every March, Mississippi Children’s Museum welcomes the John C. Stennis Space Center from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, area robotics teams, and the Mississippi Mandalorians to the museum for NASA Day. Join us for a day of science fact, science fiction and science fun!
National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships (FIRST WEEK) MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS >> 601.961.4000 >> 817.244.6188 >> nchacutting.com
A luncheon and awards program that recognizes the top collegiate basketball players in the state. Both male and female winners will be announced and will take home the award.
The exciting sport of “cutting” is a timed event involving a horse and rider attempting to separate specific cattle from a herdand keeping them away. A great family event!
Ce lti c F e s t M i s s i s s i p p i
Sp ring Market
(MARCH 23-24) MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM >> celticfestms.org
The best traditional music festival in the South moves to the spring with all the things you have loved about CelticFest in the fall...just without the heat!
D r. S u e s s S i lly Bi r t hday C eleb ra t i o n MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM >> 601.981.5469 >>mschildrensmuseum.org
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday right before the kick-off of Read Across America Week at the Mississippi Children’s Museum! Join Thing 1 and Thing 2 for the fun reads they do. Nearly 2,500 guests attend this annual event full of crafts, story times, and green eggs and ham demonstrations in support of literacy and fun in Jackson. Free with general admission.
G a rde n E x t r avagan z a J a c k s o n MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.919.8111 >> msnla.org
For three days, professional landscapers and nurseries offer living plants, décor, and expertise in using plants and accessories to transform homes. Admission.
MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> themarketshows.com/springmarketjackson
Spring Market at the Mississippi Trade Mart is the premier shopping event of the season. With more than 100 merchants showcasing their latest and hottest fashions, you’re sure to find plenty you like. These small boutique owners might sell handmade items, or they might be the latest and greatest tops, dresses, shoes, jewelry—you name it—from markets that are only open to those in the industry.
The Home Show MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.362.6501 >> homeshowjackson.com
The Home Show is the perfect place to find everything you need to make your home the best on the block. Featuring over 200 exhibitors with thousands of new products, the Home Show will help make your home the envy of all your neighbors. Be sure to also check out our 2018 Builder Challenge. This year’s theme is “Outdoor Livingz” and will showcase our builders and their visions for the ideal outdoor living space. Stay tuned as we bring you more information.
H a l’s S t. P addy ’ s P ar a de & Fes t i val
Annual Lynch Street Heritage F estival
(THIRD SATURDAY) DOWNTOWN JACKSON >> 601.984.1972 >> halsstpaddysparade.com
(LAST WEEKEND) >> 601.352.6993
Central Mississippi’s annual celebration of Spring has been described as a green Mardi Gras and as a lighthearted homecoming where everyone is king and queen for a day. It is also a celebration of the rebirth of Mississippi’s capital city, a joyous observance of what is good and encouraging about the heart of our state. It is a day where sense of humor and sense of place rule the day. It is a time to honor the good work of the UMC’s Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. This rambling, outrageous, hilarious ride, starting and ending at Jackson’s favorite gathering place—Hal and Mal’s—will from this day forward be known as “Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade”
This two-day event is designed to celebrate the festive, artistic and cultural atmosphere of the area. Festivities include a talent show, arts & crafts booths and musical entertainment.
A Taste of Mississip p i (FIRST MONDAY) HIGHLAND VILLAGE >> 601.353.2759 >> atasteofms.org
A culinary tasting event hosting dozens of Mississippi’s finest restaurateurs, live music, and auctions featuring art and more. Proceeds from the event go to fight hunger in Mississippi.
Mississip p i P erf orming Arts F estival f or Chil d ren/P up p etry Jam MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM >> 601.977.9840 >> mspuppetry.com
Presented by the Mississippi Puppetry Guild, this entertaining event for kids features puppet shows, storytellers, clowns and more.
Sp ring F estival & P l ant Sal e at Mynel l e Gard ens 4736 CLINTON BLVD. >> 601.960.1894
Annual plant sale fundraiser and celebration of Mother Nature’s floral beauty.
A rts, E at s & Be at s (SECOND WEEKEND) HISTORIC FONDREN DISTRICT >> 601.981.9606 >> finditinfondren.com
This fun-filled evening celebrates the “return of springtime” to Fondren with a grand merchant’s after-hours open house and street party featuring more than 30 merchants and plenty of food, libations, music, art and shopping. Free.
Cros s r o ads F i lm F e s t i va l (APRIL 12-15) ASSORTED VENUES >> 601.345.5674 >> crossroadsfilmfestival.com
Multi-day celebration of local, national and international film and video featuring a film and video competition for features, short films, student films, documentaries and experimental projects. Special seminars and evening galas.
E a rt h Day C e le br at i o n (FOURTH SATURDAY) THE JACKSON ZOO >> jacksonzoo.org
It’s Earth Day! Let’s celebrate wildlife and wild places and learn about going green. Fun earthy crafts and demos for kids and family. Special animal encounters and keeper talks. Organizations from around the region will share their resources about living more sustainable within our communities. Free with general admission.
E a st e r Br e akf as t (SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER) THE JACKSON ZOO >> jacksonzoo.org
Children can enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny along with our zoo bunnies. Egg Hunt to follow, children are asked to bring their own basket.
E a st e r E gg H u n t (SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER) MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM >> 601.432.4500 >> 800.844.8687 >> msagmuseum.org
The Easter Egg Hunt features egg dying, games, complimentary hotdogs (while supplies last) and an egg hunt for children ages 12 and under. Take a ride on the train, wagon or carousel before having your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!
Two Rivers Gal a (FIRST SATURDAY) >> 601.977.7871 >> TOUGALOO.EDU
Benefitting Tougaloo College, this gala party with top entertainment and fabulous food attracts alums, locals and visitors alike.
Zoo Brew (FIRST FRIDAY IN APRIL) JACKSON ZOO >> 601.352.2580 >> jacksonzoo.org
This is an annual fundraiser for the zoo that has grown to over 1,500 in attendance. There will be two stages and over 50 free craft beers to sample. Domestic beers will be available for purchase and local restaurants will provide food samples. There will be a wing-eating contest sponsored by Wing Stop and Tyson on the amphi stage. Adults only. $30/person; VIP $60; $15 designated driver.
may C Sp ire F erriss Trop hy P resentation >> 601.982.8264 >> msfame.com
This luncheon and awards program will recognize the top collegiate baseball player in the state.
Take A Tasty Bite Out of Crime (FIRST MONDAY) HIGHLAND VILLAGE >> 601.212.0016 >> tastybiteoutofcrime.com
More than 40 area restaurants provide samplings of their cuisine as an annual spring fundraiser for the Jackson Police Foundation. Also features live music.
Trail of Honor (MAY 18-20) HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEALERSHIP >> 601.372.5770 >> trailofhonor.org
This is a three-day, living history tribute to veterans of all American wars from 1776 to Operation Freedom. Reenactments, modern armor displays, weapons, military helicopters, performances by the Army Aviation Foundation and more for the entire family. Free.
N a tu r e F E S T ! (APRIL 7) MDWFP’S MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE >> 601.432.2400 >> mdwfp.com/museum
It's a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating museum trip all wrapped into one exciting day! Families and young budding scientists won't want to miss Wildlife Wonder’s travelling exotic animal show (including a kangaroo). Meet Mississippi snakes with herpetologist Terry Vandeventer, conduct citizen scientist explorations through the on-site Bio-Blitz, see the Magic Funtastic comedy magic show, and go behind-the-scenes with museum scientists. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the museum’s native plant garden, play nature games, picnic at the pavilion with food from one of the food truck vendors, and take a hike (guided or self-directed) on our beautiful springtime trails.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Zoo Blu e s JACKSON ZOO >> 601.352.2580 >> jacksonzoo.org
This annual event returns with bigger and better entertainment and lots of food and beverage vendors; taking place on the back of the Community Center, this event will allow guests to bring in their own lawn chairs and coolers. The event is funded by F&S Productions so the zoo benefits from the use of the facility plus proceeds from ticket sales.
june Ca the ad Jam (JUNE 1-2) CATHEAD DISTILLERY >> 601.292.7121 (Ardenland) >> 601.667.3038 (Distillery) >> catheadjam.com
Celebrate eight years of Cathead Vodka at this annual music festival for Jackson produced by Ardenland and held at Cathead Distillery. All ages are welcome, and there will be food vendors, beers, cocktails and more.
D re a m N i gh t THE JACKSON ZOO >> jacksonzoo.org
The zoo partners with the disAbility Mega Conference to offer children with special needs and their families a private night at the zoo. This takes place the Wednesday before the conference starts. Children can enjoy Inky the Clown, a magician, face painting,photo booth and more. Light refreshments are served. This event is free to special needs children and families. RSVP requested.
MS Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet presented by Sanderson Farms & Sanderson Farms Championship (JULY 28) Reception: 5:30 p.m.; Program: 7-9:30 p.m. >> 601.982.8264 >> msfame.com
Formal banquet and induction of our Class of 2018 Hall of Famers.
Neon Nights (JULY 14) MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM >> 601.981.5469 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
Enjoy a sizzlin’ summer night with live music, drinks and food truck favorites as the museum is set aglow during MCM’s signature summer fundraising event. Hosted by MCM Partners, this evening is exclusively for the young professionals in the metro Jackson area to benefits MCM’s endeavors to promote literacy and programs at MCM.
august Bright L ights, Bel haven Nights THE HISTORIC BELHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD >> 601.352.8850
Enjoy an early evening arts and music street festival celebrating Jackson’s unique Belhaven neighborhood. Beginning at the English Village shopping center and ending at New Stage Theatre, Belhaven’s Carlisle Street is “lit up” with art, children’s events, vendors, oneact plays, musical acts, food and libations.
USA I n t e r n at i o n al Ba llet C o mpet i t i o n (JUNE 10-23 ) THALIA MARA HALL & OTHER VENUES >> 601.355.9853 >> usaibc.com
Matinées: 2 p.m.; Evening Performances: 7:30 p.m. The official international ballet competition for the United States, the USA IBC is a celebration of dance, with 17 performances; an arts, lecture and film series; concurrent two-week Dance School and Grand Prix Ball celebration. Dancers from more than 20 nations compete for medals, cash awards, company contracts and scholarships in three rounds of competition featuring classical and contemporary ballet.
july Fa rm Bu r e au I n s u r anc e Wa t e r m e lo n C las s i c [JULY 4] ROUTE TBA >> msfame.com
This is a family-friendly event includes a 5k walk, a 5k run, a one-mile wellness run and a “Tot Trot.” The race route will begin and end at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Mississip p i Book F estival [THIRD SATRUDAY] MISSISSIPPI’S SCIENCE FEST LEFLEUR MUSEUM DISTRICT >> msbookfestival.com
The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration.
Ice C r e am S af ar i (SECOND SATURDAY) JACKSON ZOO >> 601.352.2581 >> jacksonzoo.com
Visit the animals and enjoy special “animal-flavored” ice cream such as chinchilla vanilla, beary cherry and cheetah chip cookie dough served up by local celebrities.
Miss i s s i ppi Blac k R odeo MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS >> 903.753.3165 >> realcowboyassociation.com
Enjoy a weekend of fun, including a parade downtown, with the Black Rodeo. For more information, visit their website.
Miss i s s i ppi W i ldli f e Ext rava g a nza (FIRST WEEKEND) MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.354.7051 >> mswildlife.org
Lovers of the great outdoors, hunters, fishermen and other nature enthusiasts of all ages enjoy the state’s largest wildlife trade show featuring a large selection of outdoor wear, equipment and more.
Sp l a s h Bac k t o S c h o ol (FIRST SATURDAY IN AUGUST) THE JACKSON ZOO >> jacksonzoo.org
october Bagwel l Antiques Show MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 662.231.9654 >> bagwellantiquesshow.com
Mississippi’s premier antiques event, this show features scores of antique dealers from 20 states. Furniture, decorative accessories, estate jewelry, silver, collectibles, textiles, porcelain and books are offered.
The zoo offers one last big event before students head back to school. Similar to zoo day, there will be characters, bounce houses, face painting, and more. Local vendors will be present with back to school offers. Tickets are general admission.
september Fa ri s h S t r e e t H e r i t age Fes t i va l FARISH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN JACKSON >> 601.948.5667 >> farishstreetheritagefestival.com
Boo at the Zoo (WEEKEND NEAREST HALLOWEEN) >> 601.352.2581 >> jacksonzoo.com
The second-oldest African-American community festival in the state of Mississippi features three stages of live entertainment by national, regional and local artists and performers. There are arts and crafts, a Kiddy Cottage for children, “soul food” and other ethnic delicacies.
For little trick-or-treaters, the Jackson Zoo is the place to be! Kids will love the “unscary” family activities.
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The International Gumbo Festival includes a gumbo cook-off, blind judging to name the “International Gumbo Festival Champion” and live music. Proceeds benefit the Harold T. and Hal White Memorial Scholarship.
LEFLEUR MUSEUM DISTRICT
A reduced, one-day only pass to all four Lefleur District museums (includes Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippi Agriculture Museum, MDWFP’s Museum of Natural Science and the MS Children’s Museum). This event focuses and hosts many hands-on STEM related activities
Symp h o ny at S u n s e t THE CEDARS >> 601.981.9606 >> fondren.org
Enjoy an evening under the stars on the grounds of the historic Cedars house, circa 1840. In conjunction with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the outdoor concert provides entertainment for the whole family. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics and beverages to enjoy a pops performance. The Cedars is also open during the concert with an art show. Free.
We l l s F e s t (LAST SATURDAY) JAMIE FOWLER BOYLL PARK >> 601.353.0658 >> wellschurch.org/wellsfest
A family festival held to benefit a different non-profit service organization 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.
International Gumbo F estival SMITH PARK IN DOWNTOWN JACKSON >> jacksongumbo.com
Mississip p i State F air (STARTS FIRST WEDNESDAY) MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS >> 601.961.4000 >> msfair.net
This is one of the South’s largest fairs, featuring amusement rides, concessions, entertainment by national recording artists, a variety of agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and educational demonstrations.
P ark AF TER D ARK MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM & MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE >> 601.981.5469 >> 601.576.6000 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
The Mississippi Children’s Museum partners with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the annual Park after Dark! Spooky science crafts, a costume contest and creepy, crawly arts and crafts await families as they follow the trick-or-treat trail throughout both museums. Families are encouraged to dress up in costumes that spark the imagination!
Zoo P ar t y U n le as h e d (THIRD THURSDAY) HIGHLAND VILLAGE >> 601.352.2582 >> jacksonzoo.com
The wildest party in town! This black-tie fundraiser is an adult evening out under the stars at Highland Village. Featuring food from Jackson’s finest restaurants, live music and exotic silent auction items from local merchants.
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MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURAL & FORESTRY MUSEUM >> 601.432.4500 >> msagmuseum.org
(F I RST W E E KE N D ) MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.948.2357 >> 800.380.2870 >> mistletoemarketplace.com
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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.
Features a milk and cookie snack and a visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out your own pumpkin! (OCTOBER 22-28) COUNTRY CLUB OF JACKSON >> 601.898.4653 >> sandersonfarmschampionship.com
Jackson is one of only 39 other cities hosting a PGA event which includes some of the world's top players.
december Sout h e r n C u t t i n g H o rs e Fu t u ri t y MISSISSIPPI EQUINE CENTER, FAIRGROUNDS >> 601.668.9351 >> southerncuttingfuturity.com
The exciting sport of “cutting” is a timed event involving a horse and rider attempting to separate specific cattle from a herd and keeping them away. A great family event!
november C Sp i r e C o n e r ly T r o p hy Pres ent a t i o n (NOVEMBER 27) RECEPTION: 5:30-6:30 P.M.; BANQUET: 6:30-8:30 P.M. >> 601.982.8264 >> msfame.com
The top collegiate football player is recognized and takes home the trophy. Also, the Entergy Hull trophy for the best offensive lineman will also be announced that evening.
Fon dr e n U n w r ap p e d (THURSDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING) THE FONDREN HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD >> 601.981.9606 >> fondren.org
The official kick-off to the holiday season presented by Bank Plus, Fondren Unwrapped is the downtown Fondren historic district’s seasonal open house. Santa, costumed characters, choirs, bands, merchant open houses, dining and more.
H a n dwo r ks H o li day Ma rk et (WEEKEND BEFORE THANKSGIVING) MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.981.1052 >> handworksmarket.com
This semiannual event features fine crafts and art by nearly 100 Mississippi and regional artisans, and includes Christmas decorations and other home décor, clothing, gifts, as well as jewelry and favorite items for children.
H a rve s t F e s t i val MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM >> 601.432.4500 >> msagmuseum.org
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!
Bal l et Magnif icat! Hol id ay P erf ormance (THIRD WEEKEND) THALIA MARA HALL >> 601.977.1001 >> balletmagnificat.com
The liturgical touring company is joined by their School of the Arts students in the group’s traditional holiday performance.
Bal l et Mississip p i: The Nutcracker THALIA MARA HALL >> 601.960.1560 >> balletms.com
The beloved story of Clara, the nutcracker, and their adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life each year at Thalia Mara Hall. Guest professional artists appear with Ballet Mississippi School students. Evening and matinee performances.
Bel haven Singing Christmas Tree (FIRST WEEKEND) BELHAVEN COLLEGE SOCCER BOWL >> 601.968.5930 >> belhaven.edu
A Belhaven tradition since 1933, the Singing Christmas Tree is an outdoor choral performance of the season’s favorite Christmas carols and songs. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
Carol s by Cand l el ight (SECOND WEEKEND) FIRST BAPTIST JACKSON >> 601.949.1918 >> firstbaptistjackson.org
Through powerful music and drama, Carols by Candlelight shares the Christmas story and the importance of experiencing the message of Christmas through the love of Christ. Free. Must reserve tickets in advance.
Chimneyv il l e Craf ts F estival (FIRST WEEKEND) MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART >> 601.856.7546 >> mscrafts.org
At this ultimate Christmas shopping spree, works by more than 150 juried craftsmen from throughout the Southeast will be on exhibit, demonstrated and for sale, including crafts in wood, pottery, glass, fiber, metal, basketry, jewelry and more.
Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion (ALL MONTH) 300 E. CAPITOL ST. >> 601.359.6421 >> mdah.ms.gov
The Mansion is beautifully decorated with traditional holiday greenery and fruit for regular morning tours on Tuesday through Friday. Call for tour times. Free.
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(FIRST SATURDAY) DOWNTOWN JACKSON >> 601.960.1084 >> jacksonms.gov
MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM >> 601.981.5469 >> mschildrensmuseum.org
Usher in the Yuletide Season at the annual Christmas Parade held the first Saturday in December. After the parade, gather at City Hall for the tree lighting ceremony and musical entertainment. Free.
Celebrate the grand finale of the holidays at MCM’s Noon Year’s Eve with a rocket launch and confetti blast as we countdown to the New Year. Build crafts and dance with Mr. Snowman to live music. Free with general admission.
Ol d Jackson Christmas by Cand l el ight Tour (FIRST FRIDAY) OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM, MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR’S MANSION, MISSISSIPPI STATE CAPITOL, WILLIAM WINTER ARCHIVES AND HISTORY BUILDING, MANSHIP HOUSE MUSEUM, EUDORA WELTY HOUSE & GARDEN. >> 601.576.6805 >> mdah.ms.gov
This popular annual event features seasonal decorations, live holiday music, and refreshments at the Governor’s Mansion, the Eudora Welty House and Garden, the Manship House Museum, the Old Capitol Museum, and the State Capitol. The beloved model trains and family movies of past winter holidays will run at the William Winter Archives Building. Free transportation will take visitors from site to site, with parking available at the Old Capitol
Smal l Town Country Christmas MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM >> 601.432.4500 >> msagmuseum.org
Comm u n i t y Kwan z aa C eleb ra t i o n MEDGAR EVERS COMMUNITY CENTER >> 601.960.1741
Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of cultural fellowship and brotherhood, which focuses on the heritage of African Americans. Call for details.
Bring the family to the Ag Museum and enjoy-small town lights, carousel and hay rides, shopping at the general store, live music, model train exhibit, historic crafts and storytelling by Mrs. Claus.
H ist o r i c C h r i s t m as a t t he O a k s OAKS HOUSE MUSEUM >> 601.353.9339 >> theoakshousemuseum.org
Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas that includes vintage 1850s entertainment and decorations. Free.
Distillery Tours Cathead D istil l ery
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422 S. FARISH ST., 39201 >> 601.667.3038 >> catheaddistillery.com
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY CENTER OF THE ARTS >> 601.977.9840 >> mspuppetry.com
Mississippi Puppetry Guild presents Puppet Arts Theatre production of Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!
K e e p Bu i ld i n g Jac ks on ART CENTER OF MISSISSIPPI >> 601.960.1557
Mississippi’s first legal distillery, Cathead Distillery produces its namesake vodka, Bristow Gin and Hoodoo Chicory Liquor in the heart of downtown Jackson. The distillery offers tours and also hosts several events throughout the year. Tours: Thu, 3-6 p.m.; Fri, 3-7 p.m.; Sat, 1-7 p.m. Tours every hour on the hour.
Keep Building Jackson is an idyllic Jackson, done all in LEGO bricks, meant to inspire civic pride, ownership, and hospitality. Building with LEGO is a lot like living a life with multiple sclerosis: creating something meaningful using fewer bricks than you once had. It requires creativity and a willingness to rebuild something new out of what you have left.
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1100 CARLISLE ST. >> 601.948.3531 >> newstagetheatre.com
Each year, a holiday show is offered during the month of December. New Stage’s classic version of A Christmas Story was recognized as one of five outstanding productions across the country by USA Weekend.
1710 N. MILL ST., 39202 >> 601.790.0142 >> luckytownbrewing.com
Jackson’s only brewery, Lucky Town brews a number of craft beers, including Ballistic Blonde, Lucky Town Pub Ale and Oatmeal Stout. Tours: Thu, 4-8 p.m.; Fri, 4-10 p.m.; Sat, 1-8 p.m.
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Attractions A. THE CITY OF JACKSON FIRE MUSEUM & PUBLIC FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION CENTER
Hotels 1. AMERICA’S BEST INN > > 601.353.0340 2. AMERICA’S STAR INN > > 601.372.1006
B. COFO CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER
3. BAYMONT INN & SUITES > > 601.206.1616
C. EUDORA WELTY HOUSE & GARDEN
4. BEST VALUE INN & SUITES > > 601.982.1011
D. HIGHLAND VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER
5. CABOT LODGE MILLSAPS > > 601.948.8650
E. JACKSON MEDICAL MALL
6. COMFORT INN NORTH > > 601.956.3611
F. JACKSON MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY
7. COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT > > 601.956.9991
G. JACKSON ZOOLOGICAL PARK
8. DIAMOND INN > > 601.948.0680
H. LEFLEUR’S BLUFF STATE PARK
9. E.COM LODGE > > 601.373.1244
I . MANSHIP HOUSE (GROUP TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) J . MEDGAR EVERS HOME K. MEDGAR EVERS LIBRARY/STATUE L . METRO CENTER MALL M. MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM/ NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AVIATION MUSEUM
10. EXTENDED STAY AMERICA - JACKSON EAST > > 601.206.5757 11. EXTENDED STAY AMERICA - JACKSON NORTH > > 601.956.4312 12. EXTENDED STUDIO HOTEL > > 601.355.3599 13. FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES > > 601.957.8557
N. MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
14. FAIRVIEW INN (BOUTIQUE HOTEL) > > 601.948.3429
O. MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
15. HILLTOP INN > > 601.360.0000
P. MISSISSIPPI SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
16. HILTON JACKSON > > 601.957.2800
Q. MYNELLE GARDENS
17. IN-TOWN SUITES > > 601.957.6833
R. OUTLETS OF MISSISSIPPI
18. INNS OF USA > > 601.981.3320
DOWNTOWN JACKSON LARSON
VINE TO I-55
19. KNIGHTS INN > > 601.206.8923
AA. MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART
20. LA QUINTA INN & SUITES > > 601.956.8686
BB. MISSISSIPPI MUSIC EXPERIENCE AT
21. MOTEL 6 > > 601.956.8848
THE IRON HORSE GRILL
22. MUSTANG INN > > 601.969.5511
CC. MISSISSIPPI STATE CAPITOL
23. PARKSIDE INN > > 601.982.1122
DD. M USE UM O F MISSISSI PPI HI ST O RY
24. QUALITY INN > > 601.957.1741
E E. THE OAKS HOUSE MUSEUM
25. QUALITY INN & SUITES > > 601.922.5600
F F . THE OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM
26. REGAL INN > > 601.355.0753
GG. RUSSELL C. DAVIS PLANETARIUM/RONALD E. MCNAIR
27. REGENCY INN > > 601.354.4931 28. RELAX INN > > 601.354.3900
SPACE THEATER HH. SMITH ROBERTSON MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER
29. RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT > > 601.362.8003
I I . WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING
30. SELECT 10 MOTEL NORTH > > 601.981.3000
J J . WILLIAM F. WINTER ARCHIVES BUILDING
31. STUDIO 7 > > 601.956.9988 32. SUPER 8 NORTH > > 601.956.9986
Facilities a. JACKSON-EVERS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT > > 601.939.5631 b. MISSISSIPPI VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM > > 601.354.6021 c. SMITH-WILLS STADIUM > > 601.362.2294
Downtown Hotels 33. AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN > > 601.352.7387 34. BEST WESTERN PLUS > > 601.969.6555 35. COMFORT INN > > 601.352.8282 36. HAMPTON INN & SUITES > > 601.352.1700 37. HILTON GARDEN INN JACKSON/DOWNTOWN > > 601.353.5464
(FORMERLY THE HISTORIC KING EDWARD HOTEL)
38. HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES > > 601.948.4466 39. JACKSON MARRIOTT – DOWNTOWN > > 601.969.5100 40. OLD CAPITOL INN
> > 601.359.9000
41. RED ROOF INN FAIRGROUNDS > > 601.969.5006
Downtown Attractions, hotels & facilities
42. REGENCY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER >> 601.969.2141 43. WESTIN JACKSON > > 601.968.8200
S . ART CENTER OF MISSISSIPPI
d. JACKSON CONVENTION COMPLEX > > 601.960.2321
T. CITY HALL
e. MISSISSIPPI STATE COLISEUM > > 601.961.4000
U. GREENWOOD CEMETERY
f. MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS > > 601.961.4000
V. THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF MUSLIM CULTURES
g. MISSISSIPPI TRADE MART > > 601.961.4000
W. MER C I TR A IN
h. THALIA MARA HALL > > 601.960.1537
X. MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
i. UNION STATION > > 601.355.6350
Y. MISSISSIPPI FARMERS MARKET
j. VISIT JACKSON OFFICE > > 800.354.7695
Z. MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR’S MANSION
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