See and Do: Spring in JXN

As Jackson heads into spring, the event calendar warms up with family-friendly outdoor activities, concerts and Broadway shows, and a nationwide debut of a traveling art exhibition.

Hal's St. Paddy's Parade and Festival is March 26 in Downtown Jackson
Credit: Tate Nations

MARCH

SPRING FARM DAYS
March 3-5
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
msagmuseum.org
Enjoy cooking demonstrations by the MS Egg Marketing Board, learn about Farmstead life and gardening, and make sure to see the large farm and forestry equipment display.

FOSSIL ROAD SHOW

March 5
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
mdwfp.com/museum
Bring your fossil discoveries to get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists. In addition to the Museum's fossil collection, there will be displays from collectors and exhibitors, hands-on activities, "fossil digs", and a scavenger hunt.

THE RICK'S PRO TRUCK SOUTHTOWN SLAM-N-JAM
March 5
Mississippi Trademart
Lifted and lowered show vehicles fill the Mississippi Trademart while bass demos provide the background music at Mississippi's newest INDOOR car, truck, and bike show.

BRAVO IV - TRUTH & FLAME
March 5
Thalia Mara Hall
msorchestra.com
Dynamic guest soprano Aundi Marie Moore gives rich voice to Margaret Walker’s words, in a suite of songs on her poems composed by MSO’s own Crafton Beck. That’s the very heart of the evening which also features a pair of Debussy delights — the alluring and rapturous Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune and his Children’s Corner piano suite — plus the tremendous power of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

THE HOWELL AND GILLOM TROPHIES PRESENTED BY MBCI AND PEARL RIVER RESORT

March 7
MS Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
msfame.com
The Howell and Gillom Trophies presented by the MS Band of Choctaw Indians and Pearl River Resort will be awarded during a luncheon and program on Monday, March 7th at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Three finalists for each award will be in attendance.

NASA DAY

March 7
MS Children's Museum
mschildrensmuseum.org
At MCM, we love all things space – from rockets to astronauts to space food. On NASA Day, guests will learn about what it’s like to go to space and be an astronaut.

SOUTH PACIFIC

March 9
Thalia Mara Hall
jacksonbroadway.com
Winner of ten Tony® Awards, the beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” amidst big, Broadway performances and a chorus of American sailors and Navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha’i.

RUSSIAN BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS SWAN LAKE
March 10
Thalia Mara Hall
Ticketmaster.com
A new production of Swan Lake, choreographed by Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Lirico, Omsk State Music Theatre) who lovingly retouched the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet. Hand-painted sets and over 150 hand-sewn costumes were created by young, accomplished designer Sergei Novikov (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, St. Petersburg State Music Hall) in the tradition of the great masters.

MISSISSIPPI ANIME FESTIVAL
March 12-13
Mississippi Trademart
Tickets
Celebrate anime and manga, as well as general pop culture and animation, with a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family-friendly environment.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
March 13
Thalia Mara Hall
jacksonbroadway.com
Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Jackson’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.

WEEK OF WONDER

March 14-18
LeFleur Museum District
lefleurmuseumdistrict.com
A spring break week of STEAM focused activities at the MS Childen's Museum, MS Museum of Natural Science, MS Ag Museum and MS Sports Hall of Fame. Monday is Science, Tuesday is Technology, Wednesday is Engineering, Thursday is Art, and Friday is Math.

REO SPEEDWAGON

March 19
Thalia Mara Hall
ticketmaster.com
Hear this classic band, live and in concert, with hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” the aforementioned “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run,” and many, many more.

ROCK EUPORA AND THE PRESCRIPTIONS WITH DON QUIXOTE'S HORSE
March 20
Hal & Mal's
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Enjoy indie rock from your favorite indie label before they head out to SXSW.

LYLE LOVETT AND HIS ACOUSTIC GROUP

March 21
Thalia Mara Hall
ticketmaster.com
Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

SPRING MARKET
March 25-27
Mississippi Trade Mart
midsouthmediagroup.com
Spring Market has gathered some of the finest fashion, home, and gift boutiques of the South for three full days of shopping and fun.

HEIRLOOM PLANT SALE

March 26
Eudora Welty House & Garden
welty.mdah.ms.gov
Shop heirloom plants propagated from Eudora Welty’s garden, plus specially-grown camellias and azaleas like Welty grew. Proceeds benefit the garden.

HAL’S ST. PADDY’S PARADE & FESTIVAL
March 26
Downtown Jackson
halsstpaddysparade.com
This year’s theme is “Go Big & Come Home,” and is a collaboration with Visit Jackson and the Jackson MS Bicentennial campaign celebrating 200 years of Jackson. The pet parade, children's activities and after parade festival return, too.

MISSISSIPPI RAIDERS VS. CAROLINA PREDATORS ARENA FOOTBALL
March 26
Mississippi Coliseum
MississippiRaiders.com
The City With Soul welcomes arena football to the Mississippi Coliseum with a season opener against Tampa.

A group of young people listen to a man talk about animals
NATUREFEST! is held at the MS Museum of Natural Science in April
Credit: MS Museum of Natural Science

APRIL

NATUREFEST!
April 2
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
mdwfp.com/museum

From live animals encounters to fish feedings by divers in our giant aquariums, NatureFEST! offers something for everyone.

CASE FESTIVAL

April 8-9
Margaret Walker Center at JSU
The 2022 CASE Festival will focus on music through the broad theme of Past, Present, & Future: A Legacy in Music. CASE will host a discussion with Mississippi music legends Nellie Mack and Rhonda Richmond, as well as performances by the JSU Department of Music.

A MOVEMENT IN EVERY DIRECTION: THE GREAT MIGRATION

April 9 - September 11
MS Museum of Art
msmuseumart.org

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.

A TASTE OF MISSISSIPPI
April 11
The District at Eastover
tasteofms.org
Taste of Mississippi is a tasting event that offers culinary delights from fabulous area restaurants and beverages from local distributors, with a competition among participating restaurants for Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert, and Best Presentation.

BUNNIES & BUTTERFLIES

April 16
Mississippi Children’s Museum
mschildrensmuseum.org

Guests will learn to plant their own garden, play with live bunnies, learn about our insect friends, create unique costumes of bunny ears or butterfly wings, and so much more.

EASTER AT THE AG MUSEUM
April 16
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
msagmuseum.org

Experience family fun as you and your children follow the tracks through the Ag Museum’s bunny trail to collect candy and toy-filled eggs for your children’s baskets.

OVER THE EDGE WITH FRIENDS

April 23
The District at Eastover
thedistrictateastover.com

Over the Edge with Friends is a unique event where Edgers (fundraisers) rappel down the 5-story One Eastover Center at The District at Eastover to raise much-needed funds for Friends of Children’s Hospital to support Mississippi’s only Children’s Hospital.

RECORD STORE DAY

April 23
Offbeat and End of All Music Jxn
RecordStoreDay.com
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.

STOMP!
April 20
Thalia Mara Hall
jacksonbroadway.com

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

MISSISSIPPI MUDBUG FESTIVAL

April 27-May 1
Mississippi Fairgrounds
Eat crawfish, ride carnival rides, and listen to live music from Laine Hardy (April 29), Blue Oyster Cult (April 30), and Bobby Rush (May 1). Admission is free, parking is $10, and concert tickets are $5 on Friday and Sunday and $10 on Saturday. Food, beverages and carnival ride tickets are for sale. Get concert tickets here.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT
April 28
Thalia Mara Hall
Ardenland.net

Grammy Award-winner Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit live with special guest Heartless Bastards.

METRO MASTER GARDENERS ANNUAL PLANT SALE

April 30
Mynelle Gardens
Facebook group

The Master Gardeners have propagated a wide variety of native and naturalized heirloom plants, perennials, shrubs and trees that are perfectly suited to our southern soils and climate. Shoppers will find a wide variety of plants at unbeatable prices.

PAPADOSIO WITH THE TALISMEN

Martin's Downtown
April 30
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Falling somewhere between rock, jazz, and electronic mayhem we find Papadosio striving to create music that is strangely familiar, and calls all walks of humanity to bask in a unique experience celebrating the one constant in an ever-changing world: music.

MAY

MS MAKERS FEST
May 7
Two MS Museums
msmakersfest.mdah.ms.gov
Enjoy live music, Mississippi-made art, make-and-take activities, and food truck vendors at the all-day free event. This year’s festival headliner is the North Mississippi Allstars. Chapel Hart will take the stage at 5 p.m. followed by Framing the Red and then Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child.” The North Mississippi Allstars will perform at 9 p.m. and close out the festival.

THE BRITISH INVASION

May 10
Thalia Mara Hall
jacksonbraodway.com

Featuring an all-live band with huge projection period photos along with original film footage, the show will focus on British music that dominated the charts and the airwaves with bands such as Manfred Mann, The Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Zombies, Freddie & The Dreamers, and Herman’s Hermits along with dozens more.

HEATHER MCMAHAN: THE FAREWELL TOUR
May 14
Thalia Mara Hall
Ticketmaster.com

Your favorite high-functioning hot mess comedian Heather McMahan is coming to Jackson. She's live, liberated and lubed up. Doing the most and the least at the same damn time.

DINOSAUR TRAIN: THE EXHIBIT

May 14-September 4
MS Children's Museum
mschildrensmuseum.org
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. Children can join Buddy, the star of the show, on his quest to learn more about dinosaurs as they hop aboard the Dinosaur Train to learn about paleontology, natural history and more.

52ND ANNUAL GIBBS-GREEN COMMEMORATION
May 15
Jackson State University
The Margaret Walker Center will hosts its 52nd annual Gibbs-Green Memorial Commemoration. This program honors the lives of the late James Green and Philip Gibbs, two young men who lost their lives in the shooting tragedy on May 15th, 1970 at Jackson State University.

We're always seeking out more Jackson events to add to this list. Keep checking back throughout the season!

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