The Best of the Fests

If you’re looking for a good time, look no further than Mississippi. Our state offers an eclectic array of annual events, celebrating everything from blues music to the arts plus a few of our favorite holidays, too. So clear your calendar and make plans to hit some of our biggest and best festivals this year.

Shamrock Shindig

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, now in its 41st year, has been described as a “green Mardi Gras” and a “lighthearted homecoming where everyone is king and queen for a day.” The event features floats, marching bands, a street dance, and a pet parade, all culminating in an after-party (ticketed event, 21+ only) featuring live music performed outside of Hal & Mal’s restaurant. The annual event raises funds for Children’s of Mississippi.

Date: March 23, 2024
Location: Downtown Jackson

 

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Battle of the Boil

At Starkville’s King Cotton Crawfish Boil, cooking teams compete to win bragging rights for the festival’s best boiled crawfish. Festival attendees go from booth to booth to sample crawfish (and assorted additions like potatoes and sausage). The annual event benefits the Starkville Main Street Association.

Date: April 13, 2004
Location: The Hub Plaza, Starkville

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Juke Jam

Every year, the city known as “ground zero of the blues” comes alive with music during their annual Juke Joint Festival. More than 100 performances will take place, from morning to night, inside the city’s clubs, juke joints, and at numerous outdoor stages and storefronts. The festival features arts & crafts tents, workshops, and food and drink vendors, too.

Dates: April 11–14, 2024
Location: Downtown Clarksdale

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Double Your Fun

The Double Decker Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of music, food, and the arts on Oxford’s historic downtown Square. The free event, which was inspired by a double-decker bus imported from England in 1994, features over 100 arts and crafts exhibitors and food vendors. Live music performances are on stage Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday.

Dates: April 26-27 2024
Location: The Square, Oxford

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The King’s Singers

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll may be gone, but he’s not forgotten in Tupelo. Every year, Elvis Presley tribute artists, young and old, flock to the city to perform at the city’s Elvis Festival and compete for cash prizes at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and youth competition. The annual event also features a “Running with the King” 5K race.

Dates: June 6-9, 2024
Location: Downtown Tupelo (performances at Cadence Bank arena)

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Book It

Mississippi’s “Literary Lawn Party” draws thousands of visitors to Jackson each year to connect with hundreds of national, regional, and local authors, listen to panel discussions, and market self-published books in Authors Alley. The event was launched in 2015 and has quickly become one of the capital city’s most popular and well-attended annual events.

Date: September 14, 2024
Location: Downtown Jackson (State Capitol Building, Galloway Church)

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Cruise Control

“America’s Largest Block Party,” Cruisin’ the Coast, is the state’s biggest special event, with car cruises, events, and performances held at cities all along Coastal Mississippi including Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Ocean Springs and Pascagoula. Thousands of car enthusiasts from across the U.S. and abroad come to view antique, classic, and hot rod vehicles and enjoy nostalgic music and related events.

Dates: October 6-13, 2024
Location: Various locations, Coastal Mississippi

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