See and Do: Summer in Jxn

Summer swelters with a host of events - the musical, literary and outdoors kind - with fundraisers, festivals and family fun at the heart of it all.

A man holds a jar of pickles in each hand
Pickle Fest is June 11 at the MS Ag Museum

June

All events are linked in their titles.

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
New Stage Theatre
Through June 5
Audiences will have nostalgic fun with this return to the scheming secretarial pool, complete with its Oscar, Tony, and Grammy Award-nominated score by the Queen of Country Music Dolly Parton.

FONDREN LIVE
Downtown Fondren Historic District
First Thursdays (through September)
Sip and stroll throughout Fondren’s four walkable blocks while enjoying live music from many talented performers, food and drink from more than two dozen spots and boutique shopping. "Afterglow" follows this event from 8-10 pm in front of Fondren Guitars.

PATTI LABELLE
Thalia Mara Hall
June 10
The legendary godmother of soul, Patti LaBelle, comes to Jackson!

SHOW ME REPTILE & EXOTICS SHOW
June 11 & 12
Whabi Shriners Temple (I-55 South)
A premiere reptile expo bringing quality, variety and family-friendly fun and education.

PICKLE FEST
June 11
MS Ag Museum
A refreshing taste of all things fermented. This fun-filled festival is a day of live music, games, contests, vendors, and so much more. We have partnered with local individuals and restaurants to provide fun pickle-themed foods and drinks.

MISSISSIPPI RADIERS ARENA FOOTBALL
June 11
MS Coliseum
Support arena football in Mississippi with family fun at the coliseum. The June match is against the St. Charles Bandits

JUNETEENTH EXPO
July 17-19
New Horizon Event Complex
A weekend celebration featuring a marketplace, a mass wedding, a Father's Day celebration and a concert from Grammy winner Bobby Rush.

JUNETEENTH ON FARISH
June 18
Farish Street
Featuring vendors, artists, food and music.

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL
June 19
Smith Park
An event for the culture and the community of Jackson, MS and surrounding areas to support Black-owned businesses! This is a family friendly event that will be filled with diverse black owned businesses, fun, food and music.

JUNETEENTH R&B JAM
June 19
MS Coliseum
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist NE-YO will perform along with Monica & Cupid (Bryson Bernard) & August Alsina at the Juneteenth R&B Jam.

OPERA MS: LADY SINGS THE BLUES - A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
June 20
Duling Hall
This tribute concert Features Rhonda Richmond, one of Jackson’s most outstanding jazz singers and celebrates the extraordinary music of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most memorable jazz vocalists.

MISSISSIPPI COMIC CONVENTION / MY HERO CONVENTION: MS SMASH 2022
June 25-26
MS Trade Mart
Mississippi Comic Con bring together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family-friendly environment.

PRIDE BLOCK PARTY
June 25
Duling Avenue, Fondren
Close out Pride Month 2022 with a bash. Meet MS Capital City Pride on Duling Street for our second Pride Month Block Party (the organization's annual PRIDE Fest will be held this fall).

Cowboys ride horse and rope cattle
The MS Black Rodeo will be held July 16 at the MS Fairgrounds
Credit: Longview News Journal

July

All events are linked in their titles.

THE NEGRO MOTORIST GREEN BOOK: A SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Opening July 2 - September 25
Two Mississippi Museums
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. Visitors are transported back to a time when, if you were black, it took bravery and a Green Book to cross the country safely. Included with museum admission.

FARM BUREAU 4th OF JULY WATERMELON CLASSIC 5K RUN/WALK
July 4
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
This annual event is one of the largest fundraisers for the MS Sports Hall of Fame & Museum each year. Race day events will include a competitive 5k Run, 5k Walk, and the TrustCare Kids One Mile Fun Run.

JUBILEE PICNIC
July 7
Margaret Walker Center
This is a birthday celebration for founder, Margaret Walker - poet, essayist & novelist who spent a 30-year career at Jackson State University. The 2022 events celebrates her 107th birthday.

NEON NIGHT
July 16
Mississippi Children’s Museum
This signature summer fundraising event brings the Mississippi Children’s Museum to life with glowing lights, electrifying music, specialty drinks, and savory snacks. Guests are invited to “dress up” with glowing necklaces, rings, and bracelets, and dance the night away.

MISSISSIPPI BLACK RODEO
July 16
Mississippi Coliseum

People walk around outside the MS State Capitol where there are tents and lots of orange signage.
The Mississippi Book Festival
Credit: Visit Mississippi

August

All events are linked in their titles.

MISSISSIPPI AG AND OUTDOOR EXPO
August 5-7
MS Fairgrounds
Featuring three days of agriculture, hunting and fishing products & services, worldwide guides and outfitters, ATVs & UTVs from top brands and tractors and power equipment.

BRIGHT LIGHTS BELHAVEN NIGHTS
TBA
The Historic Belhaven Neighborhood

MISSISSIPPI BOOK FESTIVAL
August 20
Mississippi State Capitol
The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration. Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," is the featured author this year, alongside Beth Ann Fennelly, Kiese Laymon and more.

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.

DINOSAUR TRAIN: THE EXHIBIT
MS Children's Museum
Through September 4
Based on The Jim Henson Company’s popular PBS KIDS TV series, this limited-engagement exhibit takes kids on a time-traveling adventure back to the Age of Dinosaurs, exploring paleontology, natural history and more.

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