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!
Mudbug Bash • Hernando – April 9
This Southern-style, outdoor festival features all the crawfish and trimmings you can eat. Also expect to see silent and live auctions, samplings from local restaurants, live music and more. All proceeds benefit Palmer Home for Children, a non-profit organization providing stable homes for children in need of family structure.
Juke Joint Festival • Clarksdale – April 14-17
The 13th annual Juke Joint Festival is dedicated to all of the late, great Delta blues performers who have passed away during the last year — including Juke Fest regulars like LC Ulmer, Elmo Williams and Eddie Cusic, as well as other Mississippi bluesmen like B.B. King. Juke Joint Festival is “half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta.” It celebrates the past and living history by presenting more than 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend, most of them Mississippians or Southerners.
RiverFest Music and Arts Festival • Vicksburg – April 15-16
The annual RiverFest features live music as well as free Saturday daytime activities. Saturday’s daytime activities start with the DiamondJacks Rhythm Run 5K, the RiverFest Arts & Crafts Show around City Hall, and GospelFest at 11 a.m. in downtown area. Other activities include live music, street performers, children’s activities, food booths, and sidewalk sales with participating downtown merchants.
Springfest • Southaven – April 19-23
The city of Southaven will celebrate its 36th birthday with Springfest 2016. Entertainment, concerts and carnival midway, including a variety of rides, games, concessions and more, will be the highlights of the event. In addition, Springfest 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 22-23
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.
McComb Blues & Heritage Festival • McComb – April 30
The 2016 McComb Blues & Heritage Festival will feature Mr. Sipp, the Mississippi Blues Child, and two stages with music and dance performances all day. The McComb School District’s annual Arts Alive will take place at the festival, as well as performances by students at Jubilee Performing Arts Center. The Railroad Museum will be open and Camellia City Classic Cruisers will show their cars at the festival. Come for arts and crafts, food, games (bungee jump, rock wall, gyro, mechanical bull) and more.
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival • Meridian – May 6-7
The Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival has been a showcase for some very well-known artists since 1953. This year’s lineup offers something for everyone. This two-day festival features artists Lucinda Williams, The Bros. Landreth, James McMurtry, The Lone Bellow, Billy Joe Shaver, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Blackberry Smoke, Cedrick Burnside, Keller Williams, Elizabeth Cook, and the Jimmie Rodgers Talent Show Finalist. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a weekend of great music.
Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival • Ocean Springs – May 12
The Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival is an elegant evening for guests to sip and savor an array of food and beverages served up by a selection of more than 100 restaurants and nightlife venues of Ocean Springs. Light music will be provided by Caution Swing Bridge.
MayFest • Olive Branch – May 14
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 – May 28
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola will be the site of the 36th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival on May 28. Serving as a tribute to the King of the Blues, the festival will feature free live music on two stages, a kid’s fun zone and the Mississippi Classic Car Club.
Photo of Double Decker Arts Festival provided by Visit Oxford