See and Do: Fall in Jxn

Festivals, fairs, fundraisers and family-fun all align with fall in the City With Soul.

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Big Freedia headlines Coming Home With Pride '22 at the Two Mississippi Museums
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September

All events are linked in their titles.

MEDGAR WILEY EVERS LECTURE FEATURING ISABEL WILKERSON
September 8
Galloway United Methodist Church
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, Wilkerson will deliver the Medgar Wiley Evers Lecture in partnership with the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) as part of their joint year-long initiative to expand understanding of the Great Migration and its impact on Mississippi and the nation.

MS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S BELOVED BAROQUE
September 10
St. Andrew's Cathedral
Take a European tour of the late-Renaissance through the Age of Enlightenment, without leaving your seat. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet opens resolutely with Gabrieli and wraps up the evening on a bright note with Torelli. Between, the MSO strings deftly fill the air with music of the High Baroque, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Handel’s Grand Concerto No.9.

MISSISSIPPI SCIENCE FEST
September 15-17
Lefleur Museum District
The 7th Annual Mississippi Science Fest (MSF), presented by C Spire, is a fun event hosted by the four museums of Jackson, Mississippi's LeFleur Museum District (LMD) on September 15-17, 2022. This year's special guest speaker features Major League Baseball executive, architect, and urban planner, Janet Marie Smith.

FARISH STREET HERITAGE FESTIVAL
September 17
Farish Street Historic District
The Farish Street legacy not only lives on but is celebrated at the Farish Street Heritage Festival each fall. Attendees can hear music by national, regional and local performers on three stages. Enjoy arts and crafts, a Kiddy Cottage for children and, of course, hearty helpings of soul food and other cultural delicacies.

RAISED IN THE SIPP COMEDY SHOW WITH RITA B
September 17
Duling Hall
Jackson-based comedian Rita Brent tours with Cedric the Entertainer, wrote for the EMMY Awards, has appeared on Comedy Central, truTV, Circle TV, & more. She brings her comedy to the City With Soul with two shows!

WELLSFEST
September 24
Jamie Fowler Boyll Park
WellsFest is one of the city’s premier fall events featuring live music and family fun at Jackson’s Jamie Fowler Boyll Park in LeFleur East. The alcohol-free event features world-class musicians - many from Jackson - fun and games for children, a delicious offering of food options, and over 50 of the best craft and art vendors in Mississippi at the Wellsfest Vendors Village. Don’t miss out on the popular silent auction that features fantastic prizes from local merchants, restaurants, and hotels.

SYMPHONY AT SUNSET
The Cedars
Annual outdoor concert of pops and light classics from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra at The Cedars, sponsored by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation.

SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP
September 28 - October 2
Country Club of Jackson
A field of 144 players compete for a $7 million purse, $1,322,200 million of that to the winner in this annual PGA event.

2ND ANNUAL DISTRICT DASH, DONUTS, AND DRAFTS CHALLENGE
September 29
The District at Eastover
A 1 mile chip-timed race, a donut mile, a beer mile, and a team beer mile relay. Stick around for live music on The District Green space

COMING HOME WITH PRIDE '22
September 29 - October 2
Two Mississippi Museums, Millsaps College
Celebrate PRIDE with a "Sordid Lives" movie screening and panel, a homecoming dance, a 5k and festival and Big Freedaa in concert.

DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO
September 30
Duling Hall
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to, DLO3—specialize in the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Meters; and sprinkles Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar.

a colorful panoramic photo of the Mississippi State Fairgrounds during the Mississippi State Fair
The Mississippi State Fair returns in October.
Credit: Tate Nations

October

All events are linked in their titles.

PUMPKIN ADVENTURE
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
The annual fall adventure will include a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum and a yummy milk and cookie snack. Explore Small Town, Mississippi, visit the General Store and tour the Heritage Center Gallery. On your way out, stop by the pumpkin patch and choose your very own pie pumpkin to take home with you.

2022 TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K RUN & WALK
October 8
The District at Eastover
A 5k race to honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.

MISSISSIPPI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S: BRIGHT HORIZONS
October 8
Thalia Mara Hall
Get swept along on the magical currents of storied journeys and captivating improv. The Persian-flavored, jazz-tinged music of Syrian-born clarinetist/ composer Kinan Azmeh gets things off to a rousing start, followed by the similarly infectious exoticism of Debussy’s Ibéria. Rimsky-Korsakov’s marvelous masterwork Scheherazade caps off the evening with adventure and wonder.

MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIR
October 5-16
Mississippi State Fairgrounds
Carnival rides, midway games, livestock shows, concerts, food and special exhibitions.

2022 TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K RUN & WALK
OCTOBER 8
The District at Eastover
Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty with a family-friendly 5k.

THE MELVINS
October 10
Duling Hall
A band that became a bridge between the edges of the punk and metal communities, who would find greater common ground from the '90s onward.

PURPLE DRESS RUN 5K & LIVE MUSIC
October 20
Grab your best purple running “dress” and join us at The District at Eastover for a 5K run/walk through Jackson to benefit Catholic Charities Shelter for Battered Families

JURASSIC QUEST
October 21-23
Jackson Convention Complex
The largest & most realistic traveling dinosaur show in North America featuring more rides, activities, & dinosaurs than ever before.

SOUTHERN CUTTING HORSE FUTURITY
October 21-29
Mississippi Equine Center

MISSISSIPPI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BROADWAY BEYOND WORDS
October 22
Thalia Mara Hall
This truly symphonic picture of Broadway’s most beloved musicals showcases the genius of the skilled composers who wrote them — Loewe, Bernstein, Gershwin and Rodgers.

PARK AFTER DARK
October 28
Mississippi Children’s Museum & Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Enjoy spooky science and family fun at Park after Dark hosted by MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Create creepy crawly crafts, go trick-or-treating through both museums, and enjoy the evening’s activities while wearing your costumes at this spook-tacular event.

A young Black girl with hands up, on a brown sack, coming down a slide.
Journey to the North Pole is November 20 - January 8.
Credit: MS Children's Museum

November

All events are linked in their titles.

HARVEST FESTIVAL
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Live demonstrations throughout the museum grounds will give visitors a glimpse of Mississippi’s past and show the impact agriculture has made on our lives. Demonstrations will include the operation of the Cotton Gin, Saw Mill, Cane Mill, Print Shop, Blacksmith Shop and more. Wagon and train rides will be available each day for $1 per rider. Stop by the General Store or the Filling Station for snacks and souvenirs.

BONNIE RAITT
Movember 8
Thalia Mara Hall
With "Just Like That…", her twenty-first album and her first new release in more than six years, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt continues to draw on the range of influences that have shaped her legendary career, while creating something that speaks to the circumstances and challenges of these unprecedented times.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER
November 11
Thalia Mara Hall
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch.

MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE
Mississippi Trade Mart
Mistletoe Marketplace is a holiday tradition presented by the Junior League of Jackson. Mistletoe Marketplace will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of this treasured and beloved event in 2022. Since the first Mistletoe Marketplace in 1981, the event has become the South's premier holiday shopping affair featuring spectacular special events.

FONDREN UNWRAPPED
Fondren
Fondren shops, restaurants and bars invite you to kick off the holiday season with open houses, refreshments, a parade and interactive demonstrations.

HANDWORKS HOLIDAY MARKET
November 18-19
Mississippi Trade Mart
Since 1981, Handworks has gathered the region’s finest artisans for Mississippi’s favorite arts and crafts shopping party. We are continuing the tradition and we want you to join us! Over 140 exhibitors will gather at the Mississippi Trade Mart this year, and their handmade products will be available to the thousands of shoppers in attendance. This family friendly event is a great way to kick off the holiday season, while doing a little holiday shopping at the same time.

MISSISSIPPI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: RESONANT HOPE
November 19
Thalia Mara Hall
The haunting beauty of Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral sets the stage for a transformative journey inspired by the pairing of poet Terrance Hayes’ powerful words and the shimmering transcendence of Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral. In the spotlight, Sphinx Competition winner Sterling Elliott’s magnificent Dvorak Cello Concerto celebrates humanity’s capacity to hope, heal, connect and triumph.

JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE
November 20 - January 8, 2023
Mississippi Children’s Museum
Drawing inspiration from lessons in navigation and geography along with traditional holiday literature, Journey to the North Pole transforms the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall into a magical winter village of twinkling lights and train cars. Only a few feet from the entrance into the exhibit also lies a 45-foot “Snowflake Slide” set up down the center staircase of the museum. Explore all of this and more at one of Jackson’s favorite family holiday destinations.

WILD ABOUT GOBBLERS
November 22
MS Museum of Natural Science
Examine turkey feathers under a microscope, make your own turkey headband, meet LIVE turkeys, and investigate "egg-cellent" anatomy.

Additional events will be added throughout the season

Ongoing

A MOVEMENT IN EVERY DIRECTION: LEGACIES OF THE GREAT MIGRATION
MS Museum of Art
Through September 11
Newly commissioned works by 13 of the most acclaimed African American artists working today examining the profound impact of the Great Migration on the social and cultural life of the United States.

"THE WORLD OF MARTY STUART"
Two Mississippi Museums
Through December 31
The World of Marty Stuart exhibition showcases over 300 pieces of Stuart's own personal country music memorabilia. Country artist Marty Stuart is partnering with the museums, exploring his life and his legacy of collecting country music's stories, photographs, instruments, costumes, and more.

THE NEGRO MOTORIST GREEN BOOK: A SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Two Mississippi Museums
Through September 25
The Smithsonian Institution brings this story to life with the exhibition, The Negro Motorist Green Book. The exhibit features an immersive look at the harsh reality of travel for blacks in mid-century America and the vibrant parallel world of African American-friendly businesses that supported this travel.

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE
MS Museum of Natural Science
Though December 31
Examine amazing discoveries and explorations from the past of human space flight and meet today’s explorers who are shaping our future destiny in the universe

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