Equestrian

Many visitors are surprised and delighted to learn that Mississippi has a large and thriving equestrian community. Our state showcases not only phenomenal riding venues but also a wealth of horse shows and charity equestrian events.

In addition to the many horse shows and exhibitions in Mississippi, riding trails and equine facilities can be easily found throughout the state. Within Bienville National Forest (part of Roosevelt State Park) the Shockaloe Riding Trail awaits any horse lover who prefers natural transportation in a wilderness setting. The Natchez Trace Scenic Trail also offers incomparable riding experiences on any of the four different pathways that comprise this federally protected Scenic Trail.

Mississippi has much more to offer the horse lover, and with each passing year the events, shows and opportunities to experience nature on horseback grow and continue to delight both residents and visitors alike.

  • Mississippi Book Festival

    August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm

    Known as Mississippi’s “Literary Lawn Party” this free event for book lovers of all ages is held on the grounds of the State Capitol and feature over 150 authors, more than 45 panels, activities and more.

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  • Cruisin the Coast

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

    America’s Largest Block party featuring classic cars from all over the world showcase their rides and cruise the beautiful beach-side highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

    One of the South’s largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more take place in Jackson.

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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