Here's to the Week Ahead: January 10-16

The family gets a turn for fun this week! Plus, there's music and comedy along with celebrations and remembrances in the City With Soul.

With the Omicron variant causing a higher than average number of COVID-19 infections, we strongly encourage you to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Mississippi State Department of Health and additional guidelines by the City of Jackson (facial coverings ARE still required in the city of Jackson, along with social distancing). Vaccines are now available for anyone 5 and up and boosters are available for all adults.

a group of mostly young men in suits with a sign in the background that reads in part Martin Luther King

Jackson Indie Music Week 2022
Sunday, January 9 - Sunday, January 16
Central Mississippi’s music festival featuring independent artists of ALL genres including Rock, Hip-Hop, EDM, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Pop, and Film & Video is back for its 6th installation. A week-long series of concerts, showcases, panels, and parties, spotlighting creatives from Mississippi and abroad, Jackson Indie Music Week aims to honor what has come to be known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Tickets and event passes are available at

MLK Convocation

Margaret Walker Center
Friday, 10 am
Natasha Trethewey will be the keynote speaker for the 54th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation. The event will be followed by the annual For My People Awards, where Trethewey, Dennis Dahmer and Aisha Nyandoro will be honored.

Family Fun Science Day
Mississippi Natural Science Museum

Saturday, 10 am
Want to learn more about science as a family? Join us at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to experience science in engaging and playful ways! Operate a robot, meet Mississippi wildlife, conduct experiments, and develop your mind with crazy brain teasers and STEM demonstrations. Food vendors will be on-site. This is a great way for families with elementary and middle school aged children to begin the New Year. This event is included with museum admission or MMNS Foundation Membership.

Storytelling Festival
Mississippi Children's Museum

Saturday, 10 am
Sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Storytelling Festival celebrates MCM’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.

Shoebird Buttons

Eudora Welty House & Garden
Saturday, 10 am
Bring your brood and join us for a morning of birds, books, and button-making on Saturday, January 15 at 10 a.m. Eudora Welty House & Garden education specialist Jennifer Rose will read excerpts from Eudora Welty's only children's book, The Shoe Bird. Young participants will discuss the colorful characters and comic plot before engaging in a creative activity writing quips from the story and coloring pictures of birds and shoes. Finally, they will get to assemble their own metal pin-on Shoe Bird Buttons to take home and wear. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required!

Ron White
Thalia Mara Hall

Saturday, 7 pm
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is a classic storyteller; relaying tales from his real life ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas, to sharing stories of his daily life, to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. Ron rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but since 2004 has established himself as a star in his own right. Tickets are available.

Old School Hip Hop Reunion
MS Coliseum

Saturday, 7:30 pm
#StandAgainstHate at the Old School Hip Hop Reunion Concert featuring Scarface, Bun B, 8 Ball & MJG, Mystikal, Ying Yang Twins, and the Queen Boyz. Tickets are available.

Smith Robertson MLK Saturday

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

Sunday, 9 am - 1 pm
Smith Robertson Museum is partnering with the Mississippi Food Network to provide food for families, as they acknowledge and celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, all museum visitors who bring a canned food item to the museum will get $1 off their admission price. The Museum is closed on Monday, January 17.

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