Mississippi has a festival for just about anything. We love an excuse to celebrate our unique art, food and culture, and in the spring, our wonderful weather. We take advantage of our temperate spring climate and slower schedules, which pick up during fall football season. Below are a few of our most popular April and May festivals. We hope you’ll join us!
Juke Joint Festival • Clarksdale – April 12-14
Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates Mississippi’s living blues legacy by presenting more than 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend.
Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival • Cleveland – April 13
The Annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival is a juried fine arts show with high quality handcrafts offered in a marketplace setting. Road races for young and old, an extensive area just for children, live entertainment, a delicious variety of regional foods, and friendly people combine to make a most enjoyable day.
Springfest • Southaven – April 23-29
Entertainment, concerts and carnival midway, including a variety of rides, games, concessions and more, will be the highlights of 2019 Springfest. In addition, the event will once again host the State of Mississippi Barbecue Championship sanctioned by Memphis Barbecue Network and will include a Youth Cooking Competition.
Double Decker Arts Festival • Oxford – April 26-27
Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, this festival showcases Oxford as a town that supports the arts and has grown to be one of the champion events in the region. Double Decker will kick off on Friday evening with Thacker Mountain Radio hosting a live broadcast complete with music. Saturday is an all-day affair featuring nearly two hundred art and food vendors while a generous mix of both local and touring musicians take to the stage, including headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival • Meridian – May 2-4
The Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival has been a showcase for some very well-known artists since 1953. Beginning Thursday, St. Paul and the Broken Bones will perform at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience while Steve Forbert and Paul Burch will take the stage Saturday. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a weekend of great music.
RiverFest Music and Arts Festival • Vicksburg – May 10-11
The annual RiverFest features live music as well as free Saturday daytime activities, including live music, street performers, children's activities, food booths, and sidewalk sales with participating downtown merchants.
MayFest • Olive Branch – May 11
The Olive Branch Old Towne Association brings MayFest to the streets of Old Towne on the second Saturday of May each year. Everyone is invited for a fun-fill day for the entire family, beginning with a 5K run. There will be vendors with food, games, arts and crafts, in addition to live music and entertainment for the children.
B.B. King Museum Homecoming Festival • Indianola – June 1
Serving as a tribute to the King of the Blues, the festival features free live music on two stages, a kid’s fun zone and the Mississippi Classic Car Club. Tickets can be purchased for a special performance at Club Ebony later that night featuring Mississippi blues artists Grady Champion and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
Blessing of the Fleet and Fais Do-Do • Biloxi - June 1
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony in Biloxi, a reverent tradition marking the start of the shrimp fishing season. Following the blessing is the Fais Do-Do at Point Cadet Pavilion from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. With live entertainment, craft vendors, local artisans, and the best seafood in the entire world, the Blessing and Fais Do-Do are certain to be an event to remember.