Mississippi is where the performing arts converge, from music to dance to theatre to storytelling. Visitors and residents enjoy a full spectrum of vibrant live performances at venues throughout the state. Community theatre thrives in the Magnolia State, nurturing a creative spirit among the youth that stays with them for life. Mississippi’s public universities boast state-of-the-art performing arts centers, with a dynamic schedule of programs and performances year-round. Every four years, dancers from around the globe come to Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall to participate in the USA International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s elite ballet competitions. And in addition to the classical arts, Mississippi is also home to rustic opry houses, intimate concert halls and pull-up-a-chair-guitar-picking picnics and festivals. However your tastes may run, you’ll find a myriad of outstanding performances in Mississippi.
6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival
October 19 - October 21
The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is a fun-filled three-day event that celebrates local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers. This year looks to be our biggest and best year yet with some of your favorite chefs and authors returning form last year …
Great Mississippi River Balloon Race
October 20 - October 22
Join us for the best festival in Mississippi! Held on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Rosalie Mansion, on bluffs high above the Mississippi River. Live, world-class musical entertainment keeps your feet moving while over 50 hot air balloons drift silently overhead. An on-site carnival and an arts and crafts market make this one …
Native American Days 2017
October 25 - October 27
Three-day celebration of Southeastern Native American and colonial-era Euro American cultures in Mississippi, including traditional dance, song and storytelling presentations by Native Americans, colonial-era food, arts and crafts, Native American games and ancient weapons demonstrations. October 25-27.
39th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival
November 4 - November 5
The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival was created to honor master potter, Peter Anderson, original potter of Shearwater Pottery, founded in 1928, and to celebrate the arts community. The festival aids in the economic development and growth of what has become Ocean Springs today. The festival is presented by Blue Moon via F.E.B. Distributing. …
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
November 29 @ 7:30 pm - November 29 @ 11:00 pm
Varekai is a critically-acclaimed production that has wowed almost 10 million people worldwide since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Since then, Varekai has visited more than 180 cities in 35 different countries around the world. In 2014, Varekai started off a new tour in an arena format. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to …