OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE
THE COLORFUL LIFE Local Artists Paint the Town
A BOOK LOVERâ€™S PARADISE DISCOVER OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
Open Doors to Curiosity. Discovery. Belonging. Step through our doors today. Come explore the many stories that connect us all as Mississippians. 222 North Street, Jackson museumofmshistory.com
Shine Light on the Power of Courage.
Explore the movement that changed the nationâ€”and the people behind it. 222 North Street, Jackson mscivilrightsmuseum.com
CONGRATULATIONS ON TAKING YOUR FIRST STEP TOWARD DISCOVERING THE CITY WITH SOUL! The population of Mississippi’s capital city is comprised of communities of diverse backgrounds and experiences, cultures and ethnicities, all of whom represent the strength and creative energy that makes us the “City with Soul.” Visitors from across the world will experience both the hospitality that is uniquely southern, combined with the embrace of diversity that is distinctly Jackson. As you discover all that is Jackson, you will see community culture that will leave you speechless. Our vast culinary offerings, museums and historical sites—many of which helped shape the culture of the United States—are only a few examples of the SOUL of Jacksonians. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, including mom-and-pop eateries to James Beard Award-winning fine dining, more than thirty award-winning museums, visual and performing arts, literature and history and close to 5,000 hotel rooms, Jackson is the place you will want to visit again and again. Whether you are already here in the City with Soul, or you’re just beginning to plan your trip, our hope is that this guide will show you everything you need to know about the capital city, Jackson, Mississippi... the City with Soul. Welcome! Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Esq. Mayor City of Jackson
Rickey L. Thigpen, MSL, MCTP President & CEO Visit Jackson
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CONTENTS FEATURES 10
PAINTING THE TOWN
14 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD 18
WHERE FUN IS FESTIVE
22 PAVING THE WAY 28 A BOOK LOVER’S PARADISE 32 CITY WITH SOUL: NEW RESTAURANT ROUNDUP
TOUR LIKE A LOCAL INDUSTRY EXPERTS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE SPOTS IN JACKSON 12
20 JESSICA SIMIEN LOFTON 50 TATE NATIONS
ALSO INSIDE 1 WELCOME
7 CITY FACTS 37 RESTAURANTS 49 HOTELS 54 ATTRACTIONS 64 ARTS & CULTURE 69 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 78 CITY MAP For more information, hit visitjackson.com or call 800.354.7695.
ABOUT THE COVER
“Jackson Icons” by Jackson artist Reshonda Perryman immortalizes four notable Jacksonians. The vibrant painting depicts Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty, USA IBC founder Thalia Mara, and musician and philanthropist David Banner.
CITY FACTS POPULATION 166,965 CLIMATE Winter (average) High: 62 degrees Low: 40 degrees
Summer (average) High: 92 degrees Low: 72 degrees
Spring (average) High: 78 degrees Low: 56 degrees
Fall (average) High: 79 degrees Low: 56 degrees
GROUND DISTANCES TO OTHER MAJOR CITIES • Atlanta 441 • Baton Rouge 174 • Birmingham 248 • Chicago 753 • Dallas 412
• Houston 441 • Memphis 208 • New Orleans 185 • St. Louis 505
TAXES 7% sales tax • 4% hotel • 2% restaurant tax • $0.75-per-room night tax LOCATION Central Mississippi, crossroads of Interstates 55 and 20, running north-south and east-west, respectively.
HOTELS 45 properties with close to 5,000 rooms, both full-service and limited-service properties. RESTAURANTS Over 300 restaurants, many with convention and banquet rooms; cuisine from authentic deep-southern cooking to international fare. GROUND DISTANCES TO OTHER MISSISSIPPI CITIES • Biloxi 165 • Brookhaven 56 • Clarksdale 151 • Cleveland 127 • Columbus 147 • Corinth 218
• Greenville 115 • Greenwood 96 • Grenada 113 • Gulfport 157 • Hattiesburg 88 • Laurel 84
• Meridian 93 • Moss Point 181 • Natchez 102 • Oxford 165 • Pascagoula 184 • Southaven 198
• Starkville 125 • Tupelo 170 • Vicksburg 44 • Yazoo City 44
JACKSON CONVENTION COMPLEX
JACKSON-MEDGAR WILEY EVERS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
GREYHOUND-TRAILWAYS BUS LINES
105 Pascagoula St.
100 International Dr.
Union Station Building, 300 W. Capitol St.
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601.939.5631 iflyjackson.com Jackson-Evers International Airport is the commercial airport serving Jackson. Designated as a general-purpose Foreign Trade Zone, it maintains two 8,500-foot runways and has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation.
Provides eight inbound and outbound buses daily.
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MISSISSIPPI COLISEUM 1200 Mississippi St.
Union Station Building, 300 W. Capitol St.
MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Airlines serving Jackson are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines. Direct Flights Serving Jackson: Atlanta Charlotte • Chicago Dallas/Ft. Worth • Denver • Houston Miami (Summer) • Orlando Washington, D.C.
RAIL AMTRAK PASSENGER STATION Union Station Building, 300 W. Capitol St.
Fixed route bus service provided throughout the city of Jackson.
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Throughout Jackson, public art has become both more common and more widely celebrated. Our city has long been vibrant, but now, our streets, walls, and common spaces match our soul. Public art gives a human element to the cityscape, connecting those that walk its streets. When you head downtown, you’re sure to see the “Welcome to Jackson” mural by artist Scott Allen off of State Street, exemplifying the hospitable and colorful city you’re entering. As owner of A+ Signs, Allen has helped spur the growth of Jackson’s public art with the highly visible welcome mural, a 10 |
Essentially, public art puts us all in a better mood and makes us feel more connected as a community. That’s something we can certainly get behind. Midtown mural as part of an Our Town grant through the National Endowment for the Arts, the vibrant façade of Fondren Fro Yo, and a variety of painted traffic signal boxes throughout the city. Allen believes that public art gives the city a vibe that’s as unique as those that inhabit it. On the corner of Capitol and Monument Streets, artists joined forces to help lift spirits of passersby with a collection of murals from artist Justin Ransburg and others. Local artist Eli Childers, along with friend and fellow artist Ahza Sanders, designed and painted a mural for Wilkins Elementary School on Castle Hill Drive, which depicts an array of black heroes—Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Barack Obama, Medgar Evers, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Childers’s mission was to add a bit of sunshine and inspiration to the area. Since, he has painted many more murals throughout the city for local businesses like Midtown’s Coffee Prose and Good Samaritan Center, and Downtown’s Arts Center of Mississippi. In Belhaven, you’ll find an uncanny depiction of celebrated Jacksonian Eudora Welty on the side of “her Jitney,” home to a grocery store she frequented. The piece is by Belhaven resident, artist Laurin Stennis. Flying into Jackson? You’ll notice creative depictions of famous Mississippians like Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley by Azha Sanders at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. PAINTING THE TOWN
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ANDREA PATTERSON Andrea Patterson is the Marketing Director at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and was involved in creating the state’s first museum district. You can often find her enjoying community-hosted events with her husband and daughter. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL IN THE CITY? With seasonal ingredients and a rotating menu, The Manship will challenge you to try something new each time. But, you can’t go wrong with any of their wood-fired pizzas, especially if you add a fried egg! If you catch the general manager and sommelier, Steven, behind the bar, ask him to curate a bourbon flight for you.
As you venture to the Mississippi Museum of Art and Art Garden, you will see the work of Jackson artist William Goodman, on the north wall of the museum. This ephemeral mural was created by the artist to reference pop culture moments, and people who inspired him. It’s recognizable in Goodman’s signature graffiti style. “Subconscious View Mater” has become a staple of the museum’s identity. Like many Jacksonians who are dedicated to the public art movement, visual artist Will Brooks has researched and plotted a public art map presented by Visit Jackson. As you paint the town, pay a visit to some of our public art installations to experience more of what makes Jackson special.
For a free map on Jackson’s public art installations, go to visitjackson.com/publicartmap.
IF YOU HAD 24 HOURS TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? I’d start at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson’s oldest building and the site of some of the most significant legislative moments in Mississippi history. Then, I’d head over to the Museum of Mississippi History which features galleries full of Mississippi stories. Next, I’d head to Fondren for a burger and milkshake at Brent’s Drugs, which has served our community for over 70 years. Stroll around the shops of Fondren like Studio Chane Screen Printing and The Beacon to find local treasures to take home. To end the day, head to Hal & Mal’s, where hopefully it’s Blue Monday and local musicians have come out to jam and celebrate. FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? I actually love to shop at our local museum gift shops. They have great gifts! Child’s birthday gift? Mississippi Children’s Museum. Mother’s Day gift? The General Store at the Ag Museum has locally-made items. If you want to find a variety of gifts, visit the Mississippi Museum of Art.
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W E LCO M E TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Historian Carroll Quigley once said, “A community is made up of intimate relationships among diversified types of individuals—a kinship group, a local group, a neighborhood, a village, a large family.” Here in Jackson, it won’t take you long to discover that our people are all of those things rolled into one. Jacksonians are what give the city life. They are our soul. While here, you’ll want to meet them where they are, in the many vibrant neighborhoods that give Jackson a thriving, beating heartbeat.
Want to see where Jackson creativity flourishes? Head to Fondren. Lay your head at the new Homewood Suites and start your day with a cup of coffee from Cups, The Bean or PJ’s Coffee House. This is the ideal place to walk around and get those creative juices flowing. Stop into The Beacon for gifts galore and art supplies to get you inspired. Local galleries, including Brown’s Fine Art and Fondren Art Gallery, will show you just why Fondren is considered a hotspot for artists. Visit Mama Nature’s Juice Bar for refreshing and healthy smoothies, juice and more, made from the freshest ingredients.
LeFleur East is the perfect place for those looking to get in a little shopping. Visit Canton Mart Square, Highland Village or The District at Eastover for a curated collection of both local and national
In Midtown, you’re sure to stumble upon a creative community that’s flying under the radar and booming. Any art enthusiast can’t miss AND Gallery, where you’ll see artists at work. Dive into alternative culture at Offbeat, where you’ll find unique toys, graphic novels, records, books and art.
shops. Haven Curated Home, located in Canton Mart Square, is a great spot to find unique gifts and goods for the home. After, grab lunch at Crazy Cat Eat Up, home to delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods.
....... Visit the state's only food hall, Cultivation Food Hall, at the District for something to satisfy all appetites.
While it’s the city’s historic neighborhood, Belhaven is anything but old-fashioned. The new Belhaven Town Center blends seamlessly into the neighborhood’s architecture and is home to Elvie’s, Campbell’s Craft Donuts and Spectrum Sip.
At Cultivation, you can get a taste of everything from ramen to poke to "Southern Greek." Next door, Sophomore Spanish Club is a must, where you can fill up on some of the best queso in town (go bangarang!), while also indulging in a good helping of 90s nostalgia.
LeFleur East is home to Jackson’s LeFleur Museum District. Visit the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum for a day full of wonder and fun!
At Elvie’s, Chef Hunter Evans offers seasonal fare made with ingredients from Southern farmers at his all-day café. Campbell’s Craft Donuts is the brainchild of local chef, Mitchell Moore, owner and pastry chef of Fondren institution, Campbell’s Bakery. Spectrum Sip is a new spot to get a healthy refuel with their shakes, loaded teas and workout drinks. WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Head downtown to visit the world-class Two Mississippi Museums, where the rich history of Mississippi and the Civil Rights Movement are on
full display. A few blocks away, immerse yourself in the Mississippi Museum of Art’s “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas & Their Times,” offering 74 works by 19th-and 20th-century masters, showcasing French Impressionist paintings (through September 27). Swing by the Mayflower Café, Dave’s Triple B or Parlor Market for a taste of authentic Jackson fare. Take a tour of Jackson State University, the city’s historically black university, to see a thriving college community.
Venture close to County Line Road for an opportunity to shop at some of your tried-and-true spots such as TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, At Home and other staple retailers. But while you’re there, be sure to visit the home of the original charbroiled oyster, Drago’s. Take your pick of 62 varieties of beer nearby
at The Bulldog, which offers Jackson’s largest selection of mostly local and craft beers. Head down County Line Road to Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant for traditional Tex-Mex and of course, a cold margarita! Visit Tougaloo College, which sits on the Mississippi Freedom Trail with a marker commemorating the college’s integral role as a safe haven for many Civil Rights meetings during the monumental movement.
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Here in the City with Soul, we know how to celebrate—no matter the occasion! Whatever makes you feel festive, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we get in the spirit!
CELTICFEST MISSISSIPPI MARCH 20 - 21 CelticFest has been held at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum since the early 1990s to celebrate the traditional music and dance of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany. The festival has welcomed many well-known Celtic musicians and artisans on multiple stages, workshop areas, exhibits and more. Here, you can take part in workshops on dance, music, the Gaelic language, genealogy, literature, culture, and art. One of the highlights of the festival is the Céilí Mór dance. For more information, visit celticfestms.org.
LYNCH STREET CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL APRIL 24 - 25 Every April, Lynch Street comes alive, celebrating the culture of the city and West Jackson at the Lynch Street Cultural Arts Festival. Here, you’ll support the West Jackson Community Development Corporation as you dive into the rich history and tradition of Lynch Street, which was the major center for business and industry in the early 1900s. This two-day event begins with a cabaret-style banquet on the last Friday in April and a full, free outdoor festival on Saturday.
HAL’S ST. PADDY’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL MARCH 28 In the early 80s, Malcolm White grabbed some friends, dressed like Tennessee Williams characters and strolled up Capitol Street. He certainly started something. Since then, an entire culture has emerged around what is now the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade & Festival, a celebration of all things uniquely Mississippi and the rebirth of our capital city. Thousands of visitors and locals descend on downtown Jackson to let loose, march, commune and support our local children’s hospital. The weekend events—parade, street dance, children’s activities, 5k run and pet parade—all lead back to Hal & Mal’s, where it all began. Visit halsstpaddysparade.com for more. 18 |
GREEK FEST MAY 1 - 3 Jackson’s Greek influence shines at Greek Fest on the lawn of Holy Trinity—St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church. Venture into the land of Greece to sample and sip. You’ll find Greek folk dancing and music, but the food brings in the masses. A gyro drive-through on Friday is capped-off with a full menu Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, allowing you to savor Grecian fare the whole weekend. Kids can enjoy the bounce houses and face painting, while adults can enjoy Greek beer, Greek wine and Ouzo. Visit greekfestjackson.org for more information.
CATHEAD JAM MAY 29 – 30 Presented by Cathead Distillery and Ardenland, the Cathead Jam music festival is where Jacksonians gather to officially kick off summer. The 2020 Cathead Jam will commemorate ten years of Cathead Vodka at the distillery. Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs and a laid-back attitude. For full lineup, visit catheadjam.com. BRIGHT LIGHTS, BELHAVEN NIGHTS AUGUST 8 Every August, the streets of the historic Belhaven neighborhood get grooving at Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights. This arts and music street festival brings people to the beloved, unique neighborhood that’s chock-full of history and culture. Starting at the English Village shopping center and ending at New Stage Theatre, Belhaven’s Carlisle Street is illuminated with art, children’s events, street vendors, one-act plays, live music, food and libations. For more information, visit greaterbelhaven.com. MISSISSIPPI BOOK FESTIVAL AUGUST 15 Dive deep into the culture of literature that Jackson lives and breathes at the Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates. Head to the Mississippi State Capitol grounds for this literary lawn party and book lovers’ celebration. The historic setting transforms into a bookworm’s paradise with hundreds of visiting authors, panel discussions, book signings, booksellers, Capitol tours, food trucks and family activities. Even the youngest of readers have the opportunity to engage in a love of reading at the festival’s kids’ corner. For more information, visit msbookfestival.com.
FARISH STREET HERITAGE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 5 For 40 years, people have flocked to historic Farish Street for one of the most storied African-American community festivals in the state. Music by national, regional and local performers can be heard on three stages. Enjoy arts and crafts, a Kiddy Cottage for children and of course, hearty helpings of soul food and other cultural delicacies. Visit farishstreetheritagefestival.com for more information.
MISSISSIPPI SCIENCE FEST SEPTEMBER 19 Celebrate wonder at the the LeFleur Museum District’s Mississippi Science Fest, a showcase of the state’s innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematic industries and organizations. Featuring special guests, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, interactive activities and familyfriendly celebrations, this two-day festival aims to provide a glimpse into the future of STEM in Mississippi. For more on the festival, visit mssciencefest.org. WELLSFEST SEPTEMBER 26 What began as a small church-sponsored afternoon of music decades ago has now been Jackson’s longest-running festival. WellsFest is one of the city’s major fall festival events featuring top musical talent on two stages and a day filled to the brim with family fun at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park. This free festival draws some of the best musical talent around and includes fun and games for children. The silent auction always draws the best from local merchants, innkeepers and restaurants. Get your fill of hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue or fuel up on caffeine and dessert at the outdoor coffeehouse. Over 50 of the best craft vendors and artisans in Mississippi can be found at the WellsFest Vendors’ Village. For more information, visit wellschurch.org. WHERE FUN IS FESTIVE
BANKPLUS INTERNATIONAL GUMBO FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 14 For a hearty helping of fun, head downtown to Smith Park for the International Gumbo Festival, presented by BankPlus. Enjoy a gumbo cook-off with blindjudging to determine the “International Gumbo Festival Champion,” all set to the beat of local live music. Established in 1992, the festival moved to Smith Park in 1995 and remained there until 2003. It returned to the downtown site in 2013 and will remain in the family-friendly green space in the heart of Jackson. Proceeds benefit the Harold T. and Hal White Memorial Scholarship fund. Visit jacksongumbo.com for more information. CHIMNEYVILLE ARTS FESTIVAL DECEMBER 3-5 The holiday season is officially in full swing when Chimneyville Crafts Festival comes to town! Nearly 200 vendors and artisans offer jewelry, pottery, textiles, art and more at the new Mississippi Trade Mart. All artisans are members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, the host of the festival. The Craftsmen’s Guild is a non-profit organization that has supported artisans, artists and craftsmen in the area since 1973. Visit craftsmensguildofms.org for more information.
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JESSICA SIMIEN LOFTON Jessica Simien Lofton is an entrepreneur and media maven with 10 years of experience in public relations, integrated marketing and content creation. The Jackson native serves as Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Midtown based communications design company, Red Squared. Jessica currently resides in Jackson with her husband Tony and their two sons, Marley and Mason. WHAT IS A CAN’T-MISS EVENT IN JACKSON? Definitely Hal & Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade!
JACKSON INDIE MUSIC WEEK JANUARY Jackson Indie Music Week is a celebration of Central Mississippi’s independent music scene. This week-long series consists of concerts, showcases, panels and parties spotlighting creatives from all genres. Jackson Indie Music Week sets out to honor Mississippi’s rich musical heritage in its capital city. Visit jxnindiemusic.com for more information.
DIXIE NATIONAL LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 16 The Dixie National is the largest professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River and is hosted by the Mississippi State Fair Commission. The Dixie National is full of tradition, bringing in over 100,000 people to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. Enjoy cattle shows, horse shows and the best cowboys in the world, pulling from over 40 states. Visit mdac.ms.gov for more information.
IF SOMEONE WANTED TO REALLY DIVE INTO LOCAL CULTURE, WHERE SHOULD THEY GO? Downtown Jackson for sure. Between the murals, restaurants and museums they could easily get lost in all that the city has to offer. I think downtown also highlights the diversity of our city as well. FAVORITE SPOT TO TAKE YOUR KIDS FOR A FUN DAY IN THE CITY? We love taking our boys to the art museum on third Thursdays for Museum After Hours. Every month there’s something different and we especially enjoy the movies on the lawn and the food trucks! FAVORITE PLACE FOR BREAKFAST? Brent’s Drugs in Fondren is a must! This retro hotspot has all of the original charm from when it opened in 1946 as a soda fountain and pharmacy. Now it’s a restaurant and serves a great breakfast.
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Inspiration. Imagination. Wisdom. Jackson is home to too many visionaries embodying those qualities than we can count. These are people that are leading the charge in our city, making it a great place to live, a city that is thriving and a spot that draws in visitors. We are honored to introduce you to a few of those movers and shakers that make Jackson truly The City with Soul.
DR. AISHA NYANDORO
Throughout her career, Aisha Nyandoro has worn a lot of hats, including academic, evaluator, philanthropist and nonprofit visionary. Now, she serves as CEO of Springboard to Opportunities, an organization providing strategic, direct support to residents of federally subsidized affordable housing. “I was taught you grow where you are planted,” she says. “I have been very fortunate to build my career in the community that raised me; I am a proud product of Jackson Public School District. Working in my purpose, in the city that I love, is a wonderful blessing.” Springboard’s approach is designed to improve the quality of life and end the generational poverty trajectory. “Five of the communities that my organization serves are located in Jackson,” says Aisha. “Given the comprehensive holistic nature of Springboard’s work, we have an opportunity to partner with multiple organizations within the community, as well as the City of Jackson.” Aisha’s commitment to community and her passion for social change is evident in her volunteer work with Delta Sigma Theta and a wide range of board of directors and advisory councils on which she has served. Aisha has received multiple honors, including recognition as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute. She is a TedX speaker and her work has been featured in both print and news media outlets including: The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, CNN, MSNBC, Fast Company and The Nation to name a few. 22 |
In 2017, Salam Rida moved from Detroit to Jackson with her partner to work on the Ecoshed, a sustainability demonstration space that serves as an incubator for entrepreneurs and nonprofits interested in green industry and green infrastructure. Salam’s work on the Ecoshed led to helping create a Long Range Planning division within the City of Jackson’s Planning Department. “My work aims to inspire and imagine what a future sustainable Jackson can look like through urban design,” she says. “Jackson faces challenges that require creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Jackson has been an incredible space to pilot experiment urban design concepts.” Within a two-year period, Salam and others have managed to secure several million dollars in grant funding to realize visionary projects through the city’s Long Range Planning design team. “This creative and experimental design team tackles major issues within the city such as the future of food access, mobility and transit, stormwater flooding and the creation of public space,” explains Salam. Three notable projects include the Fertile Ground Project, the Congress Street Parklet and the Oneline Project. “Jackson has been an incredible city to experiment with creative urban design ideas. I’ve worked mostly within the research and academia setting for most of my career and being able to bring big ideas to a place that really needs them is fulfilling.”
As a teen, Jeff Good moved to Jackson from Salt Lake City and went on to attend Millsaps College and stayed put, planting deep roots in the city. As owner/operator of Jackson restaurants BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar, Broad Street Baking Company and Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, Jeff Good’s face and welcoming persona is one that’s ever present in the City with Soul. When he’s not hard at work running his successful hospitality empire, Jeff serves as the Chair and founding board member of the Refill Jackson Initiative, a nonprofit workforce development program housed within a restaurant setting, Refill Café, located on the Jackson State University Parkway. Through Refill, Jeff and his team provide job training, soft skill development, social service and educational support, mentoring and employment services. He is on a mission to empower young adults to enter, navigate and stay in the workforce. Jeff is also a founding principal and managing partner of Soul City Hospitality, a Social Business Enterprise focused on developing Mississippi’s local food economy. PAVING THE WAY
DR. REED HOGAN, III
Dr. Reed Hogan seemingly never sleeps. As an accomplished physician, husband and father of four young daughters, his schedule stays full. But, the Jackson native is on a mission to make his neighborhood and his city the best it can be. He pours himself into his work with the Belhaven Improvement Association, Friends of Laurel Street Park, Jackson United, the Community Foundation of Mississippi and his role as a co-developer of the new Belhaven Town Center. “I’ve been blessed to travel to and live in many great cities, but there is nothing like home and the sense of community that you experience in Jackson,” says Reed. “Jackson is a place full of talented individuals and so much untapped creative potential that I hope to be a part of pushing to fruition.” He has burned the midnight oil to beautify, preserve and secure Mississippi’s largest historic district and can often be found landscaping common areas, installing historic markers, meeting with city officials and planning events in his spare time. “I’m passionate about The Belhaven Historic District and Belhaven Town Center,” says Reed. “Nationwide, there has been a movement back into urban systems and the revitalization of traditional neighborhoods. Belhaven is Mississippi’s largest historic district and has been vital in creating the very fabric of the city. It’s primed to be the center of urban revival for the city.”
Omaha, Nebraska native John Tierre came to Jackson to study and play tennis at Jackson State University in 1995. It was here that he found his home. “After college, I chose to stay in Jackson because of the people,” he says. “The hospitality, along with the overwhelming support I received from my first small business showed me that there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to plant my roots in the capital city.” John settled in Jackson and started his career as an entrepreneur, opening a t-shirt printing business, Block Wear. In 2006, John opened a barber shop and hair salon while working in the music industry as a promoter and local producer. His success as an entrepreneur led him to venture into the restaurant industry. He set his sights on the building that was once Crystal Palace in the historic Farish Street District of downtown Jackson. Now it is home to his successful venture, Johnny T’s Bistro and Bar, which draws visitors from all over the world to the historic district. “Farish Street is on the horizon and that makes me super excited,” says John. “The Farish Street area is so rich in history that it’s truly an honor to be a part of its renaissance.” 24 |
As an architecture student, Jackson native David Lewis dreamed of moving away to a big, bustling city to build buildings. “Architecture school afforded me the opportunity to travel to some remarkable places and cities,” he says. “The more I traveled to these places, the more inspired I became to take Jackson’s innate potential and bring the city to a place of flourishment.” Lewis went on to work as an architect in Jackson and earn his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Jackson State University. David soon joined the Greater Jackson Arts Council, where he oversaw a significant amount of public art projects, like the many vibrant murals seen throughout the city. He has worked on the Mississippi Light Festival, the Bicentennial Storytelling Photographic Gallery project and served as Vice Chairman of the Board for Team JXN. Now, in his role overseeing the Cultural Division of the City of Jackson, he has been instrumental in creating new and innovative opportunities to elevate the five cultural institutions and facilities owned and run by the City of Jackson, including Thalia Mara Hall, the Arts Center of Mississippi, Russell C. Davis Planetarium, the Smith Robertson Museum and the Municipal Art Gallery. “Our city has so much energy and excitement around arts and culture,” explains David. “What’s happening that is new and innovative drives much of the conversation—‘Have you seen the new mural?’ ‘Have you eaten at that new restaurant?’ Hearing and seeing the city all abuzz is electrifying.” David credits much of the excitement in the city to Mayor Lumumba. “Having a young and visionary mayor has allowed for new blood and young talent to enter the workplace for the city government,” he says. “That group of young people is intricately woven into the fabric of the young community at-large of our city. Having that voice present in so many spaces where change is and decisions are made is powerful and exciting. It prepares our city for a remarkable amount of healthy and progressive change.”
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One of our beloved hometown heroes, famed writer Eudora Welty, spent her life calling Jackson home. The Jackson she knew and loved consisted of familiarity— neighbors, family. While what seemed a sleepy town was her home, it has long been a springboard for some of the greatest literary giants of all time—a fact she perhaps proved for us. “A sheltered life can be a daring life as well,” Welty famously said. “For all serious daring starts from within.” In the footsteps of Welty, many have followed suit from their home in Jackson, daring to write. Daring to create. Exploring our city and state gives you a firsthand look at the inspiration behind the work of writers like Welty, Richard Wright, Richard Ford, Kathryn Stockett, Kiese Laymon and Angie Thomas. Our literary heritage is celebrated and enshrined around each and every corner. Eudora Welty’s home and gardens, located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, is where the Pulitzer Prize winner lived and wrote for 76 years. In 1925, when she was 16 years old, her parents completed the home, and the writer remained there until her death in 2001 at the age of 92. The Eudora Welty home is one of the nation’s most intact literary house museums. The home and gardens are open for tours. Visit eudoraweltyhouse.com for more details.
At The Smith-Robertson Museum, you can dive into the history of the African American experience in the Deep South while walking the halls writer Richard Wright walked as a schoolboy. Visit Jackson State University, where the renowned author Margaret Walker spent a 30-year teaching career. In her foreword to her beloved novel Jubilee, Walker thanked Jackson State College for permitting her to take leave to write her novel. It was here that she established an institute to preserve and interpret black history and culture. Today, the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center at JSU preserves African American history through archival records and “living memories.” In 1975, John Evans opened Lemuria Books, a local shop chock full of signed first editions, hardbacks, paperback and children’s books. Lemuria has stood the test of time and the rise of big box and online bookstores. The knowledgeable staff revel in sharing their love of reading and you can often catch authors on tour or browsing the collections themselves. “Here, we are booksellers, not just clerks,” says Evans. Lemuria is the perfect spot to get lost in a real book. “I’VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 45 YEARS AND DURING THAT TIME, SOME OF THE GREATEST WRITERS HAVE LIVED IN JACKSON,” says Evans, referencing Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Margaret Walker Alexander, Ellen Douglas, Angie Thomas and more. “The support of these writers and others has played a huge part in the success of Lemuria. It really all comes down to teamwork among readers, writers and booksellers.” There’s no greater spot to verify that written word is anything but dead than the Mississippi Book Festival. Thousands of literary lovers flock to the grounds of the Mississippi Capitol each August for Mississippi’s beloved literary lawn party. Hundreds of visiting authors, panel discussions, signings and booksellers create a bookworm’s paradise. “The Mississippi Book Festival is hosted in the capital city because it celebrates Mississippi authors past and present and we want all Mississippians to feel that it is their festival,” says Executive Director Holly Lange. “The state capitol and surrounding venues provide the perfect archItectural backdrop to promote one of the best contributions our state has made to the world–unparalleled literary greatness.”
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CITY WITH SOUL NEW RESTAURANT ROUNDUP New restaurants are popping up all over the City with Soul. From New Orleans-inspired dishes to Caribbean cuisine and more, Jackson has a bustling local food scene that is consistently growing. Foodies are making their way to Jackson to see what the buzz is about. 32 |
ATLAS GREEK DOWN SOUTH
Atlas Greek Down South is one of Cultivation Food Hall’s newest vendors. Atlas’s menu features Greek cuisine with a Southern twist. Atlas has all of the Greek staples such as hummus, falafel, salads and gyros while house-made dressings including feta comeback and feta ranch provide the Southern influence. Owner Chad Segrest has over ten years in the restaurant industry and wanted to give guests a new kind of Greek cuisine experience in the City with Soul.
GODFREY’S CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT
Godfrey’s Caribbean Restaurant in South Jackson is the go-to spot for Jamaican cuisine. Godfrey Morgan, owner and executive chef, grew up in Jamaica and brought his talents and love for cooking to Jackson. With dishes such as coconut fried shrimp, jerk chicken and lobster shrimp quesadillas, the food at Godfrey’s captures the essence of the Caribbean. Beverages such as reggae punch and pineapple tea top off the experience. The tropical décor of the restaurant contributes to the ambience of an island oasis.
This spring, Chef Paul Adair is bringing a new restaurant, Dumbo’s, to Jackson. Chef Paul has many years of experience in the culinary industry and is currently the chef and owner of The Gathering Restaurant in Madison. Dumbo’s is named after his childhood nickname and will be a moderately priced cocktail bar and restaurant. Fried chicken, small plates and hand-crafted cocktails will all be part of the concept. Dumbo’s will be located in Fondren on Duling Avenue and is sure to be a new happy hour hot spot. CITY WITH SOUL: NEW RESTAURANT ROUNDUP
Elvie’s, located in the new Belhaven Town Center, is the city’s newest all-day café. The concept for Elvie’s was inspired by executive chef and owner Hunter Evans’s grandmother, Elvie, a New Orleans native. Because of its New Orleans-inspired aesthetic and classic Southern hospitality, Elvie’s serves as a thoughtfully curated venue to enjoy breakfast, brunch, dinner or cocktails. The menu consists of both French and Southern dishes including shrimp and grits, French hermit oysters and Gulf Coast bouillabaisse. The cocktail menu includes classic wine and beer selections as well as original cocktails such as Elvie’s gin fizz. Co-owners Hunter Evans and Cody McCain have combined attention to detail and passion to create a unique dining experience in the heart of this historic neighborhood.
CAMPBELL’S CRAFT DONUTS Campbell’s Craft Donuts, also located in Belhaven Town Center, has brought craft donuts and breakfast tacos to the City with Soul. The scratch-made donuts are made fresh daily, and the available flavors change to meet the demands of customers. From classic flavors such as glazed and chocolate to specialty selections like bacon maple and Boston cream, there is something for everyone. Owner and chef Mitchell Moore’s goal was to bring Austin street-style tacos to Jackson. Campbell’s tacos can be enjoyed for both breakfast and lunch. The abundance of seating and whimsical design of the restaurant make it the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat.
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The Jackson culinary scene is one you don’t want to miss! From iconic mom and pop, James Beard Awardwinning Bully’s Restaurant-serving the best soul food dishes to fill your soul-to the creative and upscale dishes served in unsuspecting spots all over town. The Sipp Jackson blog, found at sippjackson.com, is your guide. From who’s who to articles, reviews and press, you’ll discover the movers and shakers in our culinary scene! Bon appétit!
DOWNTOWN SNACK SHOP
THE MANSHIP WOOD FIRED KITCHEN
4TH AVENUE LOUNGE
205 W. Capitol St., 39201 769.572.4349
209 S. Lamar St., 39201 769.572.4669 4thavenuejxn.com
ESTELLE WINE BAR & BISTRO
1200 N. State St., #100 39202 601.398.4562 themanshipjackson.com
407 Congress St., 39201 769.235.8400 estellejackson.com
BEATTY STREET GROCERY 101 Beatty St., 39201 601.355.0514
A BISTRO 200 200 E. Amite St., 39201 601.969.5100
FRANK JONES CORNER 303 N. Farish St., 39202 601.983.1148 fjonescorner.com
HAL & MAL’S
200 Commerce St., 39204 601.948.0888 halandmals.com
1359 N. West St., 39202 601.969.9482
THE IRON HORSE GRILL
A DAVE'S TRIPLE B 970 High St., 39202 601.500.7222
A DOWNTOWN BISTRO & GRILL 239 N. Lamar St., 39201 601.359.6006
320 W. Pearl St., 39203 601.398.0151 theironhorsegrill.com
KING EDWARD BAR & GRILL
214 S. State St., 39201 601.354.9712 martinslounge.net
NAMES & FACES LOUNGE 224 E. Capitol St., 39201 601.292.7555
OLE TAVERN ON GEORGE STREET 416 George St., 39202 601.960.2700
A ONE BLOCK EAST
235 W. Capitol St., 39201 601.354.5464 kingedwardhoteljackson.com
642 Tombigbee St., 39201 601.944.0203 oneblockeast.com
734 Fairview St., 39202 601.948.3429 fairviewinn.com
115 W. Capitol St., 39201 601.360.0090 parlormarket.com RESTAURANT LISTING
BAKERY/SWEETS & COFFEE SHOPS
FARISH STREET FISH HOUSE
CAMPBELL'S CRAFT DONUTS
526 N. Farish St., 39202 769.572.5055
CARIBBEAN TASTE OF THE ISLAND CARIBBEAN
1121 N. Jefferson St., 39202 601.292.7555
1619 N. West St., 39202 769.208.0230
A CUPS 210 E. Capitol St., 39201 601.352.0514 cupsespressocafe.com
NATIVE COFFEE CO.
123 W. Capitol St., 39201 601.355.4122 mayflowercafems.com
436 E. Capitol St., 39201 601.360.5900 tasteoftheisland.net
ETHIOPIAN SHIRO CAFÉ & RESTAURANT 125 S. Congress St., Ste. 106, 39202 769.572.4555
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GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN KEIFER’S DOWNTOWN
509 N. Farish St., 39202 601.354.4549
1800 N. State St. 39202 662.397.4583
710 Poplar Blvd., 39202 601.355.6825 keifersdowntown.com
826 N. St., 39202 769.572.5505 urbanfoxesjxn.com
THE URBAN ‘SIP 806 N. Farish St., 39202 601.398.2410, ext. 5 wewillgo.org
DELI/SANDWICHES BASIL’S DOWNTOWN 120 N. Congress St., 39201 601.944.9888 glennfoods.com
MCALISTER’S DELI 220 E. Amite St., Ste. PG01, 39201 601.985.9108 mcalistersdeli.com
STEVE’S 200 S. Lamar St., 39201 601.714.5683 stevesdowntown.com 125 S. Congress St., 39201 601.969.1119
HEALTHY EATS LIVE NUTRITION 210 E. Capitol St.
110 South St., 39201 769.524.4843
1908 PROVISIONS 734 Fairview St., 39202 601.948.3429, ext. 305 fairviewinn.com
IRISH FENIAN'S IRISH PUB
901 E. Fortification St., 39202 601.948.0055 fenianspub.com
809 Manship St., 39202 601.863.8828 elviesrestaurant.com
THE FARMER'S TABLE 929 High St., 39202 601.750.4594
A JOHNNY T’S BISTRO & BLUES 538 N. Farish St., 39202 601.954.1323 johnnytsbistroandblues.com
LOU’S FULL-SERV 904B E. Fortification St., 39202 601.487.6359 lousfullserv.com
LOUNGE 114 JXN 105 Capitol St., 39201 769.257.6223
318 S. State St.
A LA CAZUELA MEXICAN GRILL
1401 E. Fortification St., 39202 601.353.3014 lacazuela.com
PICANTE'S MEXICAN GRILL
MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTERN EL CENTRO GRILL
OLD CAPITOL INN
925 E. Fortification St., 39202 601.352.2001 pizzashack.ms
960 N. State St., 39202 601.398.1344
A 1002 N. Jefferson St., 39202 601.573.6643
ITALIAN/PIZZA THE PIZZA SHACK
A 226 N. State St., 39201 601.359.9000 oldcapitolinn.com
120 N. Congress St., 39201 601.353.4976 keifers.net
168 W. Griffith St., 39201 601.352.2364
FONDREN-LEFLEUR EAST AMERICAN/BURGERS
GOLD COAST BAR
1200 Eastover Dr., 39211
THE APOTHECARY AT BRENT'S DRUGS
(Cultivation Food Hall)
3013 N. State St., 39216 601.362.4628 campbellsbakery.ms
655 Duling Ave., 39216 601.366.3427 apothecaryjackson.com
LAST CALL SPORTS GRILL
3009 N. State St., 39216 769.216.3167
A BRENT’S DRUGS 655 Duling Ave., 39216 601.366.3427
A CAPITOL GRILL 5050 I-55 North, Ste. F, 39211 601.899.8845 capitolgrillofjackson.com
CULTIVATION FOOD HALL 1200 Eastover Dr. #125, 39211 601.487.5197 cultivationfoodhall.com
FINE & DANDY 100 District Blvd., 39211 601.205.5050 eatdandy.com
FONDREN PUBLIC 2765 Old Canton Rd.,39216 769.216.2589 fondrenpublic.com
1428 Old Square Rd., 39211 601.713.2700
ROOSTER’S 2906 N. State St., #104, 39216 601.982.2001 glennfoods.com
SAL & MOOKIE’S NEW YORK PIZZA & ICE CREAM JOINT 565 Taylor St., 39216 601.368.1919 salandmookies.com
BAKERY/SWEETS & COFFEE SHOPS THE BEAN 2914 N. State St., 39216 601.487.6349
A BROAD STREET BAKING COMPANY & CAFÉ 4465 I-55 North, Ste. 101, 39206 601.362.2900 broadstbakery.com
BUTTERMILK SKY PIE SHOP 1220 E. Northside Dr., 39211 769.257.5737 buttermilkskypie.com
2757 Old Canton Rd., 39216 601.362.7422 969 Lakeland Dr., 39216 (St. Dominic’s)
601.366.0707 1855 Lakeland Dr., 39216 (The Quarter)
FONDREN FRO-YO 2951 Old Canton Rd., 39216 601.944.2004 fondrenfroyo.com
FOR HEAVEN’S CAKES 4950 Old Canton Rd., 39211 601.991.2253
A LA BRIOCHE 2906 N. State St., 39216 601.988.2299 labriochems.com 1200 Eastover Dr., 39211 (Cultivation Food Hall)
NANDY’S CANDY 1220 E. Northside Dr., #380 39211 601.362.9553 nandyscandy.com
SOUL WIRED CAFÉ
3100 Old Canton Rd., 39216
4147 Northview Dr., 39206 601.790.0864 soulwiredcafe.com
3016 N. State St., 39216 601.982.2633 walkersdrivein.com
CHINESE BEST WOK CHINESE
A BARBECUE HICKORY PIT 1491 Canton Mart Rd., 39211 601.956.7079
350 Meadowbrook Rd., 39206 601.981.7885 ellisseafood.com
THE PIG & PINT
E-ZEE FISH & CHICKEN
3139 N. State St., 39216 601.326.6070 pigandpint.com
4330 N. State St., 39206 769.208.8680
WOODHOUSE GRILL BAR & LOUNGE
4559 Office Park Dr., 39206 769.208.2124
A DELI/SANDWICHES BASIL'S FONDREN 2906 N. State St., 39216 601.982.2100 glennfoods.com
BEAGLE BAGEL CAFÉ 4500 I-55 Frontage Rd., #145 39211 769.251.1892 thebeaglebagelcafe.com
CRAWDAD HOLE 1150 Lakeland Dr., 39216 601.982.9299
A SALTINE RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 622 Duling Ave., 39216 601.982.2899 saltinerestaurant.com
SOUL FOOD BIG APPLE INN 4487 N. State St., 39206 601.984.3704
225 Meadowbrook Rd., #F 39206 601.368.9555
TOKYO TASTY CHINESE & SUSHI BUFFET 1410 Old Square Rd., 39211 769.216.2420 tokyotastybuffet.com
WOK TO GO 4329 N. State St., 39206 601.981.2112
GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN ALADDIN MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 730 Lakeland Dr., 39216 601.366.6033 aladdininjackson.com
APLOS 4500 I-55 North, Ste. 174 39211 601.714.8989 eataplos.com
LOGAN FARMS HONEY GLAZED HAMS
1220 E. Northside Dr., #250, 39211 601.366.4267 loganfarms.com
1491 Canton Mart Rd. 39211 601.957.1441 crazycateatup.com
1240 E. Northside Dr., 39211 601.982.3883 mcalistersdeli.com
DUMBO’S ON DULING
1200 Eastover Dr., 39211
4450 I-55 North, Old Canton Rd., 39211 601.709.4990 newks.com
HEALTHY EATS FIERCE NUTRITION
CRAZY CAT EAT UP
3100 N. State St., 39216 dumbosjackson.com
GEORGE’S MUSEUM CAFÉ 1150 Lakeland Dr., 39216 601.981.1465
4800 I-55 Frontage Rd., 39211 769.257.6639
(Cultivation Food Hall)
1200 Eastover Dr., 39211
FONDREN NUTRITION 667 Duling Ave., 39216
A MAMA NATURE’S JUICE BAR 2807 Old Canton Rd., 39216 769.257.7216 mamanatureswellness.com 40 |
ATLAS GREEK DOWN SOUTH 1200 Eastover Dr., 39211 (Cultivation Food Hall)
HAWAIIAN POKE STOP (Cultivation Food Hall)
A ITALIAN/PIZZA ARIELLA'S PASTA BAR 1200 Eastover Dr., 39211 (Cultivation Food Hall)
A BRAVO! ITALIAN RESTAURANT & BAR 4500 I-55 North, 39211 601.982.8111 bravobuzz.com
CHAR 4500 I-55 North, 39211 601.956.9562 charrestaurant.com
JAPANESE BONSAI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 1925 Lakeland Dr., 39216 601.981.0606 bonsaijxn.com
SAKURA BANA 4800 I-55 North, 39211 601.982.3035 sakurabanajackson.com
TOKYO EXPRESS 5050 I-55 North, #D, 39211 601.957.1368
YUZU RAMEN SHOP 1200 Eastover Dr., 39211 (Cultivation Food Hall)
MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTER EL CHARRO
2086 Lakeland Dr., 39216 601.362.4447 elcharrousa.com
622 Duling Ave., 39216 601.366.5757 babalutacos.com
GREEN GHOST TACOS
THAI SURIN OF THAILAND & SUSHI BAR
2820 N. State St., 39216 601.487.6082 greenghosttacos.com
SANTE FE GRILL 4924 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd., 39211 769.216.3464
A SOPHOMORE SPANISH CLUB
3000 Old Canton Rd., 39216 601.981.3205 surinofthailand.com
THAI TIME & SUSHI RESTAURANT 1405 Old Square Rd., 39211 601.982.9991
200 District Blvd. East, 39211 601.203.3333 sophomorespanish.com
NORTH JXN AMERICAN/BURGERS
FITZGERALD’S AT THE HILTON
4TH & GOAL SPORTS CAFÉ 5100 I-55 North, 39211 769.208.8283 4thgoal.com
1001 E. County Line Rd. 39211 601.957.2800 hiltonjackson.com
6111 Ridgewood Rd., 39211 601.978.3502 draftfreak.com
5612 Old Canton Rd., 39211 601.566.2602
M-BAR SPORTS GRILL
4654 McWillie Dr., 39206 601.713.3020
6340 Ridgewood Ct., 39211 601.398.0999
SCROOGE’S 5829 Ridgewood Rd., 39211 601.206.1211
A THE SKYBOX DAIQUIRI BAR & BISTRO 6392 Ridgewood Court Dr. 39211 601.405.5600
A WELLINGTONS RESTAURANT 1001 E. County Line Rd., 39211 601.957.2800 hiltonjackson.com RESTAURANT LISTING
BAKERY/SWEETS & COFFEE SHOPS BOP’S FROZEN CUSTARD 1173 E. County Line Rd., 39211 601.952.0661 bopsfrozencustard.com
DAYLIGHT DONUTS 5036 Parkway Dr., 39211 769.572.7733
A CAJUN 1693 RED ZONE GRILL 5038 Parkway Dr., 39211 601.397.6250
A DELI/SANDWICHES ROOM SERVICE
KICKIN CRAB 6376 Ridgewood Court 601.665.4199 thekickincrab.com
KIM’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
INDIAN SPICE AVENUE 4711 I-55 North, 39206 601.982.0890 spiceavenuerestaurant.com
5852 Ridgewood Rd., 39211 601.957.7788
JAPANESE EDO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
5834 B Ridgewood Rd., 39211 601.899.8518
THE MIGHTY CRAB
6380 Ridgewood Ct. 601.991.3828 mightycrabseafood.com
SOUTHERN STYLE ISH GRILL & BAR 5105 I-55 North Frontage Rd. 39206 769.257.5204 ishgrillandbar.com
MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTERN LAS MARGARITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1625 E. County Line Rd., 39211 601.957.7672 lasmargaritas.com
TACO PALENKE 6270 Old Canton Rd., 39211 769.208.8203
4659 McWillie Dr., 39206 601.362.4617 roomservicejackson.com
CHINESE MR. CHEN’S
THAI THAI TASTY
DRAGO’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
5465 I-55 North, 39206 601.978.1865
1005 E. County Line Rd., 39211 601.957.1515 dragosrestaurant.com
5050 Parkway Dr., 39211 601.540.2534
SOUTH JXN AMERICAN/BURGERS
GATOR JR'S TO GO
2560 Terry Rd., 39204 601.201.7452
4556 N. Siwell Rd., 39212 601.573.8662
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3505 Terry Rd., Ste. 199, 39212 601.372.2100
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3115 Terry Rd., 39212 601.566.4559
2460 Terry Rd., 39204 601.398.3602
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3881 I-55 South, 39212 601.372.4700
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A CHINESE CHAN’S GARDEN 4884 Hwy. 18 West, 39209 601.923.8668
A NO. 1 CHINA BUFFET 2974 Terry Rd., 39212 601.373.8888
WEST JXN AMERICAN/BURGERS BIG JOHN’S 3399 Medgar Evers Blvd. 39213 601.981.6953
STAMPS SUPER BURGERS 1801 Dalton St., 39204 601.352.4555
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1100 John R. Lynch St., 39203 769.233.8345
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A CHEAT MEALZ 3015 J. R. Lynch St., 39209 769.257.6281
A FAT ALBERT’S 615 Beasley Rd., 39206 601.398.3071
A JOSEPHINE'S KITCHEN 4638 Hanging Moss Rd. 39206 769.572.4276 josephineskitchenms.com
LEGENDS KITCHEN 1664 Wiggins Rd., 39209 769.447.5711
THE MAGIC SPOT 1805 Bailey Ave., 39203 601.592.7080
219 W. County Line Rd., 39213 769.524.4575
A ZOE'S RESTAURANT 5350 N. State St., 39206 769.572.5710
350 Woodrow Wilson Ave. 39213 601.366.5301
A REFILL CAFÉ 136 South Adams St., 39203 769.257.6971 refilljackson.org
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MONROE’S DONUTS & BAKERY
2439 Hwy. 80 West, 39204 601.969.0900
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BARBECUE E & L BARBEQUE 1111 Bailey Ave., 39203 601.355.5035
ARCHIE'S FISH & CHICKEN
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COCK OF THE WALK 13560 Hwy. 49, 39209 601.362.0438 cockofthewalkrestaurant.com RESTAURANT LISTING
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1675 University Blvd., 39204 601.353.0102
EDDIE & RUBY'S SNACK BAR 1268 Valley St., 39203 601.969.2723
A THE FISH HUT 3307 Martin Luther King Dr. 39213 601.981.9262
A THE SEAFOOD SHACK 1700 University Blvd. Ste. 26 39204 601.357.0344
MAMA’S EATS -N- SWEETS 2017 Boling St., 39213 601.713.0550
A MOM’S DREAM KITCHEN 1439 University Blvd., 39204 601.353.3845
STEAMER'S SHRIMP & CRAB MARKET
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2530 Robinson Rd., 39209 601.665.4529
3060 Medgar Evers Blvd., 39213 601.366.5809
5250 Clinton Blvd., 39209 601.922.1150
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3118 Livingston Rd., 39213 601.362.0484
503 S. Gallatin St., 39203 601.352.1121
FRED’S SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT
930 Palmyra St., 39203 601.961.0974
SOUTHERN SPICE CHICKEN & BBQ
1234 Valley St., 39203 601.354.0939
ELLIS SEAFOOD 211 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave. 39213 601.981.5556 1041 Ellis Ave., 39209 601.353.6956
A GLORIA'S 2430 Bailey Ave., 39213 601.362.009
A GREEN LIGHT INN 1023 Winter St., 39204 601.354.9329
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CARIBBEAN SANKOFA KITCHEN OF JACKSON 911 Palmyra St., 39203 601.262.7950 sankofakitchenjackson.com
CHINESE CHINA KITCHEN 1400 Ellis Ave., Ste. 4, 39204 601.960.3992
A CHOPSTICKS CHINESE RESTAURANT 803 Ellis Ave., 39209 601.969.6862
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BAYMONT INN & SUITES 5709 I-55 North 601.206.1616 • 800.424.6423 121 Rooms
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA - JACKSON EAST 572 Beasley Rd. 601.206.5757 • 800.804.3724 94 Suites
BEST WESTERN PLUS 725 Larson St. 601.969.6555 • 800.WESTERN 60 Rooms
COMFORT INN 614 Monroe St. • Exit 96B 601.352.8282
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA - JACKSON NORTH 5354 I-55 North • Exit 100 601.956.4312 • 800.EXT.STAY 108 Rooms
HILTON GARDEN INN JACKSON - DOWNTOWN Formerly the Historic King Edward Hotel
235 W. Capitol St. • Exit 96A 601.353.5464 • 800.HILTONS 186 Rooms
HILTON JACKSON 1001 E. County Line Rd. • Exit 103 601.957.2800 • 888.263.0524 276 Rooms
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES
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465 Briarwood Dr. • Exit 102 601.956.3611
881 E. River Pl. • Exit 96C 601.355.3599
310 Greymont Ave. • Exit 96B 601.948.4466 108 Rooms
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6280 Ridgewood Ct. • Exit 102B 601.956.9991 • 800.321.2211
734 Fairview St. • Exit 98A 601.948.3429 • 888.948.1908
ECONO LODGE INN & SUITES
HAMPTON INN & SUITES
JACKSON DOWNTOWN CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL
320 Greymont Ave. • Exit 96B 601.352.1700 • 800.HAMPTON
200 E. Amite St. • Exit 98B 601.969.5100 • 800.256.4194
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804 Larson St. • Exit 96B 601.352.7387 • 800.315.2378 52 Rooms
IN-TOWN SUITES 5731 I-55 North 601.957.6833
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LA QUINTA INN & SUITES 593 Beasley Rd. 601.956.8686
OYO JACKSON DOWNTOWN 209 S. Gallatin St. 628.239.4299 55 rooms
QUALITY INN & SUITES MOTEL 6 6145 I-55 North • Exit 103 601.956.8848 • 800.466.8356 100 Rooms
OLD CAPITOL INN Boutique Hotel
226 N. State St. • Exit 96A 601.359.9000 • 888.359.9001 24 Rooms
OYO 5723 I-55 North • Exit 102 601.957.8557 • 800.228.2800
2800 Greenway Dr. • Exit 40A 601.922.5600 • 877.424.6423 70 Rooms
RED ROOF INN FAIRGROUNDS 700 Larson St. • Exit 96B 601.969.5006 • 800.THE.ROOF 114 Rooms
REGENCY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 400 Greymont Ave. • Exit 96B 601.969.2141 147 Rooms
RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOT OYO 4641 I-55 North • Exit 100 601.981.3320
1248 Eastover Dr. 601.362.8003 95 Rooms
OYO HOTEL JACKSON 3880 I-55 South 628.239.4299
SUPER 8 NORTH 6058 I-55 North • Exit 102 601.956.9986 • 800.272.6233 58 Rooms
OYO HOTEL JACKSON FAIRGROUNDS I-55 390 Greymont St. • Exit 96B 628.239.4299
WESTIN JACKSON 407 S. Congress St. 601.968.8200 203 Rooms
Tate Nations serves as brand manager for the Mississippi Development Authority and Visit Mississippi. He is the official photographer for the Mississippi Braves and Atlanta Braves Fantasy Camp. He calls downtown Jackson home. WHERE’S THE BEST SPOT FOR A STROLL IN THE CITY WITH SOUL? Take a walk down Capitol Street from the Old Capitol down to the King Edward Hotel. You'll find a huge array of old and new architecture, interesting storefronts and sidewalk features all begging to be photographed. IF YOU HAD ONE LAST MEAL IN JACKSON, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Definitely Sal & Mookie’s. The food and staff are both outstanding and, who can resist ice cream after some amazing pizza? WHERE IN THE CITY DO YOU FEEL IS THE MOST SCENIC SPOT TO GET GREAT SHOTS? Jackson, especially Midtown, is a hotbed for murals as outstanding backdrops for your subject. WHERE IN THE CITY IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO GET CREATIVELY INSPIRED? I go to The Slab, a skatepark on Mill Street in Downtown Jackson and photograph the skaters there. There's always an angle that includes a dramatic Jackson backdrop and friendly skaters who really enjoy being photographed.
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ARTS CENTER OF MISSISSIPPI
201 E. Pascagoula St. 601.960.1500 A
219 S. President St. 601.960.1084 jacksonms.gov
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.
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY 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 and the Athletic Bowl, where a Jackson holiday tradition, Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree, began in 1933.
CATHEAD DISTILLERY 422 S. Farish St., 39201 601.667.3038 catheaddistillery.com Mississippi’s first legal distillery since prohibition, 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 like May's Cathead Jam. Cathead Distillery was nominated in 2020 for James Beard award. Tours: Thu, 3-6 p.m.; Fri, 3-7 p.m.; Sat, 1-7 p.m. Tours every hour on the hour.
Completed in 1847, this beautiful historic municipal building once served as a hospital during the Civil War and one of only three public buildings to survive the destruction by Union troops. The top floor remains the home of Pearl Lodge No. 23 F. & A.M. The Josh Halbert Gardens features a statue of Jackson namesake, General Andrew Jackson. Tour Contact: Hospitality Desk Tour Time: 30-45 minutes Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment Admission: Free
THE CITY OF JACKSON FIRE MUSEUM & PUBLIC FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION CENTER 355 Woodrow Wilson 601.960.2433 bit.ly/COJfiremuseum 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
COFO CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER 1017 John R. Lynch St. 601.979.3935 jsums.edu/cofo Established in 1961, the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) unified the efforts of civil rights organizations in Mississippi, including SNCC, CORE, SCLC, the NAACP and other groups. Focused on voter registration and education, COFO organized the 1963 Freedom Vote, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the 1964 Freedom Summer project. Reopened by JSU in 2011, the Center challenges and empowers visitors, cultivates young minds and develops future leaders. VISITJACKSON.COM
EUDORA WELTY HOUSE & GARDEN
learning and empire building. Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West features artifacts and information on Muslim rule in Spain, its contributions to philosophy, science, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, agriculture, commerce, architecture and the arts.
1119 Pinehurst St. 601.353.7762 eudoraweltyhouse.com Welty, born in 1909, was a writer of international acclaim. Her home is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most intact literary homes in the country. The garden is beautifully reconstructed to the 1925-1945 period. House tours are guided only; reservations are recommended. Tours: Tue-Fri 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; Sat, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free 13th day of each month when open. Admission: Adults tickets are $5, adult group tickets (containing thirteen or more) are $4 per person, student tickets are $3, and children under the age of six are free.
FARISH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT 601.948.5667 The district is made up of residences and diverse businesses and was placed 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.
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 839 N. State St. 601.960.1582 A 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
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY 1400 John R. Lynch St. 601.979.2272 jsums.edu
THE FONDREN DISTRICT 2906 N. State St. 601.981.9606 fondren.org A destination for culture and urban living in Jackson, 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.
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. Special Services: • Meeting facilities • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking
Aye r H a l l 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.
F.D. H a l l M u s i c Ce n te r/A r t G a l l e r y 601.979.2141
GREENWOOD CEMETERY West St. at Lamar St. 601.960.1891 • 800.354.7695
The gallery hosts exhibits by known artists working in traditional and contemporary disciplines.
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. Handicap accessible
THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF MUSLIM CULTURES Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St 601.960.0440 immuslimcultures.org 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
H .T. Sa m p s o n L i b ra r 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
Ma rg a re t Wa l ke r Ce n te r 1400 John R. Lynch Street 601.979.3935 jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter The Margaret Walker Center is an archive and museum dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of African American history and culture. It also offers museum and exhibit spaces that highlight the Center's collections and the history of Jackson State University. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS
JACKSON ZOOLOGICAL PARK
MEDGAR EVERS LIBRARY/STATUE
2918 W. Capitol St. 601.352.2580 jacksonzoo.org
4215 Medgar Evers Blvd. 601.982.2867 jhlibrary.com
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. Reopening in 2020
This city library located in Evers’ former neighborhood, along with the street on which it sits, was renamed in memory of Medgar Evers. A lifesized bronze statue of Evers was erected at the library site by local citizens.
Special Services: • Gift shop • Concessions/Café • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking on site
MERCI TRAIN 618 E. Pearl St. (behind the Old Capitol Museum) 601.576.6940 mdah.ms.gov
LEFLEUR’S BLUFF STATE PARK 2140 Riverside Dr. 601.987.3985 mdwfp.com 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. Admission: Private vehicles $4 plus $0.50 for each person over 6 people. Call for information on additional use fees.
MANSHIP HOUSE MUSEUM 420 E. Fortification St. 601.961.4724 mdah.ms.gov Craftsman and former Jackson mayor Charles Henry Manship built this Gothic Revival house for his family in 1857. Restoration efforts continue at the site.
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. The restored train car is located behind the Old Capitol Museum.
MILLSAPS COLLEGE 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 Lewis Arts Gallery and new Hall Gallery (on the campus's western edge) showcase traveling art exhibits and work by Millsaps students and faculty.
Please call in advance to schedule a group tour.
MEDGAR EVERS HOME 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Dr. 601.977.4440 A 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, 601.977.4440; Hours: By appointment only Admission: Free/Donations encouraged
MISSISSIPPI AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY MUSEUM & NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AVIATION MUSEUM 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 FortenberryParkman 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. The Children’s Barnyard and Multi-Purpose Center reopened in 2020. Award-winning rose gardens and special interest gardens provide enjoyment year-round. 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 • Gift shop • Picnic area • Refreshments available in General Store • Museum Café serves lunch (Monday-Friday) • Meeting rooms • Motor coach parking
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. Bobby Rush - Lynch St./Metro Pkwy. at Valley St. Cassandra Wilson - 3535 Albermarle Rd. – Brinkley Middle School Dorothy Moore / Alamo - 333 N. Farish St. 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 throughout their 50,000-square-foot facility. The latest addition to the campus is the Literacy Garden where children can enjoy whimsical, literary-inspired sculptures, innovative technology, and native plants along with an edible garden combine to pull children into the creative, limitless world of stories and imagination. The museum hosts over two-dozen major events throughout the year including their Dr. Seuss Silly Birthday Celebration, the adults-only Neon Nights and various traveling exhibits. Hours: Mon, closed; Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-6 p.m. Admission: Children and Adults, $10; Children under 1 year, Free; Members, unlimited daytime admission with the exception of special ticketed events. Amenities: • Wheelchair accessibility • Nursing room
MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM 222 North St. 601.576.6800 mscivilrightsmuseum.com The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. Through eight interactive exhibits the museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its peoples. Tour Time: 2 hours Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. General admission Adult, $10; Youth (ages 4–18), $6; Senior (ages 60+), $8; Children under 3 years, Free. Dual admission—for admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History: Adult, $15; Youth (ages 4–18), $8; Senior (ages 60+), $13; Children under 3 years, Free. Free third Saturdays. Group rates available.
MISSISSIPPI FARMERS MARKET 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. Tue and Thu (in season) and Sat, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS
MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM TRAIL MARKERS visitmississippi.org This trail commemorates the state’s Civil Rights heritage. The trail provides a tour of the 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, and at the former Greyhound Bus Station, now an architect’s office.
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. 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.
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MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE 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
300 E. Capitol St. 601.359.6421 mdah.ms.gov This beautiful 1842 Greek revival mansion was designed, according to architect William Nichols, “to adhere to plain republican simplicity.” The mansion is the second-oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence in the United States. The home is a National Historic Landmark. Tour Time: 30 minutes Hours: Tue-Fri, 9:30-11 a.m.; Closed major holidays and two weeks at Christmas. 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 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 works can be seen in the permanent collection, New Symphony of Time. The Art Garden offers Wi-Fi and al fresco dining and hosts outdoor events.
MISSISSIPPI MUSIC EXPERIENCE AT THE IRON HORSE GRILL 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.
Tour Time: 1-4 hours to view all exhibitions, café and store Hours: Tue-Thu, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12-5 p.m. Extended hours during special exhibitions Admission: Varies by exhibition. Special Services: • Gift shop • Restaurant • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking • Meeting rooms and classrooms
MISSISSIPPI SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM 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
Adult, $10; Youth (ages 4–18), $6; Senior (ages 60+), $8; Children under 3 years, free; Dual Admission—for admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: Adult, $15; Youth (ages 4–18), $8; Senior (ages 60+), $13; Children under 3 years, free; Free third Saturdays. Group rates available.
MYNELLE GARDENS MISSISSIPPI STATE CAPITOL 400 High St. Tour information: 601.359.3114 • firstname.lastname@example.org legislature.ms.gov Designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1986 and a National Historic Landmark in 2016, the Mississippi State Capitol has been the seat of the state’s government since 1903. Tours detail its history and Beaux Arts-style architecture and provide an up-close look inside the chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives. 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. Gift shop: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: Free
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. Special Services: • Handicap accessible • Motor coach parking
THE OAKS HOUSE MUSEUM 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
MUSEUM OF MISSISSIPPI HISTORY 222 North St. 601.576.6800 museumofmshistory.com The Museum of Mississippi History encourages people to explore more than 15,000 years of state history. Throughout the galleries, visitors will explore interactive exhibits, see engaging artifacts and hear stories from people who shaped the state. The museum’s theme—One Mississippi, Many Stories—runs throughout galleries that include a 500-year-old Native American dugout canoe discovered submerged in mud on the bank of a Mississippi lake, author Eudora Welty’s manual typewriter and a recreated Delta juke joint that hops to the sounds of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley. Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. General admission
Special Services: • Interpretative guide provided • Motor coach parking on street
THE OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM 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. • Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. • Admission: Free
ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS
RUSSELL C. DAVIS PLANETARIUM/ RONALD E. MCNAIR SPACE THEATER
WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING
201 E. Pascagoula St. 601.960.1550 thedavisplanetarium.com
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
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. Temporarily closed for renovations
SMITH ROBERTSON MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER 528 Bloom St. 601.960.1457 jacksonms.gov Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center is a comprehensive depository of artifacts portraying African-American Misissippians’ 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, $5.50; College Aged Students, $3; Students, $2; Seniors, $4.50 Special Services: • Gift shop • Meeting rooms • Interpretative guide provided for groups • Motor coach parking
TOUGALOO COLLEGE 500 W. County Line Rd. 601.977.7700 • 888.42GALOO tougaloo.edu 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.
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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
120 S. State St. 601.359.5031 • 601.359.3630
WILLIAM F. WINTER ARCHIVES & HISTORY BUILDING 200 North St. 601.576.6850 mdah.state.ms.us The Williams F. Winter Archives and History Building is the secondoldest state archives department in the country. It houses U.S. Bureau of Census records, private collections, news footage, microfilmed newspapers, state government documents, historical maps and 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.
OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS MISSISSIPPI PETRIFIED FOREST 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, and it now features colorful badlands, a picnic area, campground, museum, educational exhibit and more.
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY 601.680.4025 • 800.305.7417 scenictrace.com This 444-mile parkway stretching from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee is a historic route once traveled by early Indian tribes, pioneer settlers, colonial troops and traders and is now a scenic highway where picnic areas and parks beckon the traveler.
OUTLETS OF MISSISSIPPI 200 Bass Pro Dr., Pearl 769.972.3000 outletsofms.com The Outlets of Mississippi is the state’s largest outlet shopping destination. Covering 325,000 square feet, the Outlets features a robust merchant roster including over 50 retailers that offer dramatic savings up to 65 percent off regular retail prices everyday.
ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR 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 like fishing, boating, water-skiing, birding, picnicking and camping. VISITJACKSON.COM
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ARTS AND CULTURE 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 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 BALLET MAGNIFICAT!
JACKSON CHORAL SOCIETY
5406 I-55 North 601.977.1001 balletmagnificat.com
P.O. Box 4211 601.260.6356 jacksonchoralsociety.org
Founded in 1986, Ballet Magnificat! is an arts organization dedicated to presenting a biblical worldview 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.
305 E. Capitol St. 601.354.1535 mcojackson.org
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 TALE THEATRE 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.
FONDREN THEATRE WORKSHOP 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.
METROPOLITAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SOCIETY
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.
MISSISSIPPI 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.
MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY SYMPHONIC BAND 601.672.0016 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 byrequest concerts each year. It frequently premieres new works and musicians.
MISSISSIPPI METROPOLITAN BALLET 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. VISITJACKSON.COM
MISSISSIPPI MURDER MYSTERIES 601.850.2318 fringedinnertheatre.com Mississippi Murder Mysteries, a Stewart Production Company, is a group of professional actors presenting comedic murder-mystery-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.
MISSISSIPPI OPERA Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. P.O. Box 1551 601.960.1528 • 601.960.2300 msopera.org 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.
MORE CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS 601.362.3235 agocal.org CRAFTSMEN’S GUILD OF MISSISSIPPI 601.856.7546 craftsmensguildofms.org EUDORA WELTY LIBRARY SYSTEM 601.968.5811 GREATER JACKSON ARTS COUNCIL 601.960.1557 greaterjacksonartscouncil.com
MISSISSIPPI PUPPETRY GUILD
HINDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 601.857.3212 hindscc.edu
1927 Springridge Dr. 601.977.9840 mspuppetry.com
JACKSON ARTS COLLECTIVE 601.497.7454
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.
MISSISSIPPI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 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.
NEW STAGE THEATRE 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.
THALIA MARA HALL 225 E. Pascagoula St. 601.960.1537 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 INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION, INC. 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 “Olympic-style” 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 next USA IBC will take place in 2022.
A JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOL’S ACADEMIC & PERFORMING ARTS 601.960.5387 Complex (APAC) Performing Arts Division MISSISSIPPI ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC 601.594.5584 ancientmusic.org MISSISSIPPI ARTISTS GUILD msartistsguild.org MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION 601.359.6030 arts.ms.gov MISSISSIPPI BOYS CHOIR 601.665.7374 mississippiboychoir.org MISSISSIPPI GIRLS CHOIR 769.218.9398 msgirlchoir.org MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY 601.576.6850 mdah.ms.gov MISSISSIPPI HUMANITIES COUNCIL 601.432.6752 mshumanities.org MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR 601.366.8863
A MISSISSIPPI POETRY SOCIETY misspoetry.net MISSISSIPPI WRITERS GUILD mississippiwritersguild.com VERY SPECIAL ARTS OF MISSISSIPPI 601.713.3311
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St. Joseph Catholic School admits students of any race, color, creed, sex, or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, personnel policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administrated programs.
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Here in the South, we like to gather, 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 immerse yourself in the “City with Soul” await.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WEEKEND (Mid-January) Two Mississippi Museums 601.576.6800 mscivilrightsmuseum.com museumofmshistory.com
FEBRUARY MARCH DIXIE NATIONAL LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO (Through Mid-February) Mississippi State Fairgrounds 601.961.4000
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, FedEx Corporation is providing free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.
The Mississippi Coliseum hosts the largest livestock show east of the Mississippi River and second largest PRCA Rodeo, featuring five horse shows, Junior Livestock show, two-day Western Festival, two trade shows, rodeo dance and parade over three weeks.
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(Mid-January) Mississippi Children's Museum 601.981.5469 mschildrensmuseum.org
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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.
This annual, adults-only evening has an exciting new theme each year, complete with festive food, mesmerizing music, photo booths with quirky costumes, mysterious guests and creative cocktails. Hosted by MCM Partners, a group of volunteers and donors who support the museum.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION & PARADE (Saturday Before the Observance of MLK's Birthday) Parade Starts at Freedom Corner 601.960.1090 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.
THE HOME SHOW (Late January) 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 Builder Challenge, featuring the “Ultimate Entertainment Spaces.”
GEM, MINERAL, FOSSIL & JEWELRY SHOW (End of February) 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).
MISSISSIPPI BLUES MARATHON (End of February) Downtown Jackson 601.624.7882 msbluesmarathon.com With live music before, after and throughout the course, this marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k bring runners from across the country (and world) to Jackson. A new 13.1 mile double-loop takes runners through downtown, Belhaven and Jackson State University. CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MARCH DR. SUESS’ SILLY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (Early March) 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.
SPRING FARM DAYS (March 5-7) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum 601.432.4500 msagmuseum.org
C SPIRE HOWELL/GILLOM TROPHY PRESENTATION (March 11) Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum 601.982.8264 msfame.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.
CELTICFEST MISSISSIPPI (March 20-21) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum celticfestms.org Join us for our 27th festival featuring Scottish Highland Games demonstrations, the best in traditional Irish music and dance, free workshops, vendors, live animals and more! The Kindred Spirits Scotch and Whiskey Tasting is Friday, March 20th at 7 p.m. Separate admission required.
This three-day event is a wonderful opportunity to come out and see the Ag Museum come to life. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by the MS Egg Marketing Board, learn about farmstead life and gardening, and see the large farm and forestry equipment display. There will also be baby chicks, chickens and other farm animals on display. Admission for this event is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 18. Reservations are recommended for groups but not required.
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(March 5-14) Mississippi State Fairgrounds 601.961.4000 • 817.244.6188 nchacutting.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.
NASA DAY (March 7) 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 MCM for a day of science fact, science fiction and science fun.
(March 20-22) Mississippi Trade Mart 601.919.8111 msnla.org Professional landscapers and nurseries offer living plants, décor, and expertise in using plants and accessories to transform homes. Tickets at the door.
(March 21) Two Mississippi Museums 601.576.6800 mdah.ms.gov/2MM An immersive exhibition exploring the state’s tumultuous relationship with alcohol from the colonial period to today featuring artifacts, enticing stories and surprising images from prehistory to Prohibition This exhibit will run through November 1, 2020.
SPRING MARKET (March 27-29) Mississippi Trade Mart midsouthmediagroup.com 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.
HAL’S ST. PADDY’S PARADE & FESTIVAL (March 28) Downtown Jackson 601.984.1972 halsstpaddysparade.com Central Mississippi’s historic celebration of spring annually features a children’s area and parade, a fun run and a pet parade, raising dollars to support Children’s of Mississippi—the state’s only pediatric hospital. The main event—the parade—one of the nation’s largest and more unusual St Paddy’s celebrations, includes Her Royal Highness, Jill Conner Browne, and her bawdy court of Sweet Potato Queens, and an after-party musical festival.
FOSSIL ROAD SHOW (March 9) Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 601.576.6000 mdwfp.com/museum/ Bring your fossil discoveries to get expert opinions about their ages and identities from Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s (MMNS) team of scientists. In addition to the museum's fossil collection, there will be collector displays and institutional exhibitors, hands-on activities, "fossil digs" and a scavenger hunt. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 and up, and children under 3 are free. Museum members are free.
MISSISSIPPI METROPOLITAN BALLET ALICE IN WONDERLAND (March 30-31) Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center 601.853.4508 msmetroballet.com MMB's annual spring performance will take you on an adventure down the rabbit hole. This full-length story ballet matches opulent costumes, sumptuous scenery, and a stunning array of special effects with comic charm and virtuoso dancing.
MS EGG MARKETING BOARD EASTER EGG HUNT (April 11) 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 12 and under. Take a ride on the train, wagon or carousel and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
LYNCH STREET CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL
APRIL NATUREFEST! (April 4) Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 601.576.6000 mdwfp.com/museum From live exotic animals to fish feedings in the museum’s giant aquariums, live demonstrations of Mississippi reptiles with herpetologist Terry Vandeventer, citizen scientist explorations and behind-the-scenes tours, explore the native plant garden, play nature games, picnic at the pavilion with food from food truck vendors and take a hike on the museum’s beautiful springtime trails. Admission. Museum members are free.
VAN GOGH, MONET, DEGAS & THEIR TIMES (April 4) Mississippi Museum of Art 601.960.1515 msmuseumart.org Offering 74 works by 19th-and 20th-century masters, "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts" showcases French Impressionist paintings, through September 27, 2020.
A TASTE OF MISSISSIPPI (April 6) The Ice House 601.353.2759 atasteofms.org A culinary tasting event hosting dozens of Mississippi’s finest restaurateurs, live music and auctions featuring art and more.
(April 24-25) This 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.
METRO MASTER GARDENERS© ANNUAL PLANT SALE (April 25) Mynelle Gardens 601.960.1894 Annual plant sale fundraiser and celebration of Mother Nature’s floral beauty.
MAY GREEK FEST (May 1-3) Holy Trinity–St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church greekfestjackson.org A gyro drive-through on Friday is capped-off with a full menu Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, allowing you to savor Grecian fare the whole weekend. Kids can enjoy the bounce houses and face painting, while adults can enjoy Greek beer, Greek wine and ouzo.
MISSISSIPPI MAKERS FESTIVAL (May 9) Two Mississippi Museums 601.576.6800 mdah.ms.gov/2MM Celebrate the state’s rich artistic culture at the first-ever Mississippi Makers Festival. This outdoor event will feature Mississippi artisans, live music, make-and-take activities, food trucks and local breweries.
BUNNIES & BUTTERFLIES (April 11) Mississippi Children’s Museum 601.981.5469 mschildrensmuseum.org Celebrate spring at the Mississippi Children’s Museum by joining the museum in its beautiful Gertrude C. Ford Literacy Garden and Pollinator’s Garden for Bunnies and Butterflies! There will be live bunnies to pet, hands-on art activities and a special butterfly release in the garden.
TRAIL OF HONOR (May 13-18) 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.
TWO RIVERS GALA (May 16) Tougaloo College 601.977.7871 tougaloo.edu Benefitting Tougaloo College, this gala party with top entertainment and fabulous food attracts alums, locals and visitors alike.
C SPIRE FERRISS TROPHY PRESENTATION EUDORA WELTY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (April 11) Eudora Welty House & Garden 601.353.7762 eudoraweltyhouse.com
(May 18) Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum 601.982.8264 msfame.com This luncheon and awards program will recognize the top collegiate baseball player in the state.
Celebrate the 111th birthday of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty with cake and lemonade on the porch, a tour of her home and garden and a plant sale. CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CATHEAD JAM (May 29-30) Cathead Distillery 601.292.7121 (Ardenland) • 601.667.3038 (Distillery) catheadjam.com Celebrate ten 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.
LAN BAR BARREL RACING - THE MEGA BARREL RACE (July 19) MS State Fairgrounds lanbar.com Barrel racing with a $60,000 purse. Exciting equine action that annually calls Jackson home.
MS SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION WEEKEND PRESENTED BY SANDERSON FARMS & SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP (July 31-August 1) Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame msfame.com This Annual Induction weekend celebrates the MS Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Friday night features a Drawdown of Champions Party. Saturday morning the museum is open for “Meet the Inductees.” Saturday evening, the weekend culminates with a formal banquet and enshrinement of our Class of 2020 Hall of Famers. For more information and a list of the 2020 Honorees, visit msfame.com.
MISSISSIPPI WILDLIFE EXTRAVAGANZA
JUNE MISSISSIPPI QUARTER HORSE SUMMER SHOW (June 6-7) MS State Fairgrounds mqha.org Approximately 250 competitors will take to the arena in a variety of events vying for prize money.
LAN BAR BARREL RACING - ALL AMERICAN BARREL HORSE YOUTH (June 9) MS State Fairgrounds lanbar.com Held annually, racers ages 19 and younger compete in the event, second only to the youth world in youth shows in numbers and payout.
(July 31-August 2) 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.
AUGUST BRIGHT LIGHTS BELHAVEN NIGHTS (August 8) The Historic Belhaven Neighborhood 601.352.8850 Enjoy an 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, one-act plays, regional and national musical acts, food and libations.
FARM BUREAU WATERMELON CLASSIC 5K RUN/WALK (July 4) Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum msfame.com This 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. Awards are presented to overall winners and age category winners for all events. Registration opens in April and includes a tech t-shirt.
MISSISSIPPI BOOK FESTIVAL MISSISSIPPI BLACK RODEO (July 11) Mississippi State Fairgrounds 903.753.3165 Enjoy a weekend of fun, including a parade downtown, with the Black Rodeo.
(August 15) Mississippi State Capitol msbookfestival.com "Mississippi's Literary Lawn Party" features visiting authors, panel discussions, book signings, booksellers, food trucks and family-friendly fun.
NEON NIGHTS (July 11) Mississippi Children's Museum 601.981.5469 mschildrensmuseum.org Enjoy a sizzlin’ summer fundraiser 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.
SEPTEMBER FARISH STREET HERITAGE FESTIVAL (September 5) Farish Street Historic District in Downtown Jackson 601.948.5667 farishstreetheritagefestival.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.
ny Orchestra, the outdoor concert provides entertainment for the whole family. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics and beverages to enjoy a pops performance. Free.
SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP (October 1-4) 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.
MISSISSIPPI’S SCIENCE FEST (September 19) Lefleur Museum District 601.981.5469 mssciencefest.org The fourth annual Mississippi Science Fest, presented by C Spire, is held in partnership with the LeFleur Museum District (LMD) which includes the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. Special guests from across the state exhibit hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities at all four museums to engage children, families and adults in scientific inquiry while exploring future career possibilities.
PUMPKIN ADVENTURE (October 7-10, 14-17, 21-24) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum 601.432.4500 msagmuseum.org Features a milk and cookie snack, hayride and a visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out your own pumpkin.
MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIR (October 7-18) Mississippi State Fairgrounds 601.961.4000 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.
DISCOVERY NIGHT (September 19) Mississippi Children’s Museum 601.981.5469 mschildrensmuseum.org Discovery Night is the Mississippi Children’s Museum’s signature family fundraising event hosted by MCM Partners. Held to coincide with the Mississippi Science Fest, this special evening celebrates children’s literature and delves into the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
WELLSFEST (September 26) 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.
SYMPHONY AT SUNSET (TBD) 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 Sympho-
SOUTHERN CUTTING HORSE FUTURITY (October 18-26) Mississippi Equine Center, Fairgrounds 601.668.9351 southerncuttingfuturity.com The exciting sport of “cutting” is a timed event with a horse and rider attempting to separate specific cattle from a herd and keeping them away.
PARK AFTER DARK (October 30) 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. CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BOO AT THE ZOO
HANDWORKS HOLIDAY MARKET
(Late October) Jackson Zoo 601.352.2580 jacksonzoo.com
(November 20-21) Mississippi Trade Mart 601.981.1052 handworksmarket.com
Award-winning family Halloween event featuring haunted house and hay rides, animal encounters, games, activities, jumps, a clown and magician, food trucks, live DJ and over a dozen trick or treat stops sponsored by local organizations. From 5 to 8 p.m. each night, regular admission or membership plus a small fundraising fee.
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, jewelry and favorite items for children.
BAGWELL ANTIQUES SHOW (Late October) 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.
NOVEMBER HARVEST FESTIVAL (November 3-7) 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.
DECEMBER CHRISTMAS AT THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION (All Month) 300 E. Capitol St. 601.359.6421 mdah.ms.gov The Mansion is beautifully decorated with holiday greenery and fruit for morning tours Tuesday through Friday. Call for tour times. Free.
KEEP BUILDING JACKSON (All Month) Art Center of Mississippi 601.960.1557 Keep Building Jackson is an idyllic, 3D display of Jackson, made entirely of LEGO bricks, meant to inspire civic pride, ownership and hospitality. Each year, new Jackson landmarks, such as the Lamar Life Building, Fondren Corner and others are added, began ten years ago by Dr. Scott Crawford.
C SPIRE CONERLY TROPHY PRESENTATION (December 1) Country Club of Jackson msfame.com
(November 4-7) Mississippi Trade Mart 601.948.2357 • 800.380.2870 mistletoemarketplace.com
The C Spire Conerly is Mississippi’s version of the “Heisman” Trophy. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the top collegiate football players in the state and one is selected to take home the honor. Also, the Entergy Hull trophy for the best offensive lineman will also be presented.
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.
CHIMNEYVILLE ARTS FESTIVAL
VETERANS DAY (November 11) Two Mississippi Museums 601.576.6800 mscivilrightsmuseum.com museumofmshistory.com The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and partners will honor Mississippians who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces .
FONDREN UNWRAPPED (November 12) The Fondren Historic Neighborhood 601.981.9606 fondren.org Fondren Unwrapped is the downtown Fondren historic district’s seasonal open house. Santa, costumed characters, choirs, bands, merchant open houses, dining and more.
INTERNATIONAL GUMBO FESTIVAL (November 14) Smith Park in Downtown Jackson jacksongumbo.com 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.
(December 3-5) 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.
BELHAVEN SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE (December 4-5) 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.
CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT TOUR (Early December) Downtown Jackson 601.576.6850 firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy free live music, holiday decorations and traditional treats at the annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour. Seven sites will be open and sporting holiday decorations—the Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, State Capitol, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, Manship House Museum and Eudora Welty House and Garden. Free shuttles.
CITY OF JACKSON CHRISTMAS PARADE
COMMUNITY KWANZAA CELEBRATION
(December 4) Downtown Jackson 601.960.1084 jacksonms.gov
(TBD) Medgar Evers Community Center 601.960.1741
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.
HOMESTEAD FOR THE HOLIDAYS (December 10-11) Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum 601.432.4500 • 800.844.8687 msagmuseum.org Enjoy breakfast for supper, story time with Mrs. Claus and a picture with Santa and Rudolph! Take a stroll through Small Town and see demonstrators, visit Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead and experience Christmas during the late 1800s. Carousel and train rides will be available as well as hands on historic crafts and live music throughout the grounds.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT (December 11-13) 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 meaning of the season. Free. Must reserve tickets in advance.
MISSISSIPPI METROPOLITAN BALLET THE NUTCRACKER (December 12-13) Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center 601.853.4508 msmetroballet.com MMB's version of the holiday classic follows Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on their adventure through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. With a cast of over 100 local dancers and professional guest artists, MMB's The Nutcracker is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. The "Nutcracker Sweet" Tea Parties follow the matinee performances.
BALLET MAGNIFICAT! HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE (December 18-20) 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.
Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of cultural fellowship and brotherhood, which focuses on the heritage of African Americans. Call for details.
HISTORIC CHRISTMAS AT THE OAKS (TBD) Oaks House Museum 601.353.9339 theoakshousemuseum.org Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas that includes vintage 1850s entertainment and decorations. Free.
HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW (TBD) 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.
JACKSON ZOO SANTA STATION (TBD) Jackson Zoo 601.352.2580 jacksonzoo.org Children can visit with the Discovery Zoo Ambassador animals as they color, interact during story time, morph into a reindeer, play games, write a letter to Santa and then hand it to him in person as parents take photos. Time depends on Santa’s schedule, included with regular admission or membership.
NEW STAGE THEATRE HOLIDAY SHOW (TBD) 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.
NOON YEAR'S EVE (December 31) Mississippi Children's Museum 601.981.5469 mschildrensmuseum.org Celebrate the grand finale of the holidays at MCM’s Noon Year’s Eve with a confetti blast as we count down to the New Year. Join us for hands-on art and craft activities, ride down our giant 45’ snowflake slide and join with your friends for a dance party.
CADE CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH CHRISTMAS CANTATA (December 20) 1000 West Ridgeway Street 601.366.5463 cadechapel.nucleus.church A multi-generational cast of participants, including 80 adult vocalists, a children’s chorus, a 45-piece orchestra and dance ministries offer a musical celebration for the season.
BALLET MISSISSIPPI: THE NUTCRACKER (TBD) 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.
Please call or check website to confirm dates. The Calendar of Events in this guide contains a sampling of the great events in Jackson. For more events, see visitjackson.com/events. CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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