ARTS

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

The visual arts thrive in Mississippi with noted artists such as Walter Anderson, Marie Hull, George Ohr, Caroline Compton and William Hollingsworth forming the bedrock of Mississippi's artistic heritage. A multitude of contemporary and visionary artists hail from Mississippi, too, including William Dunlap, Ethel Wright Mohammed and Gwendolyn Magee. Our state has also been a defining force in the world of pottery, most notably in long-standing, family-owned pottery businesses like Shearwater on the Gulf Coast and McCarty's in the Delta.

In the realm of performing arts, Mississippi is home to the International Ballet Competition, and many of our colleges and universities house exceptional dance and performance programs.

MUSIC

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

Known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” Mississippi has literally shaped the course of modern music with its contributions to blues, jazz, rock, country and gospel.

Throughout the state, the markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail tell the stories of blues artists both renowned and obscure through words and images. From sprawling cotton fields and rustic train depots to cemeteries, clubs and churches, you’ll see firsthand how the people, places and culture around them influenced and shaped their music.

You can also follow the Mississippi Country Music Trail to discover the state’s boundless contributions to country music. Not confined to a region or defined by a single style or technique, the sounds of Mississippi country music are the soundtrack of the American South.

  • Natchez Spring Pilgrimage

    March 16 - April 16

    Natchez, established in 1716, high on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi, has more than 600 examples of Antebellum Architecture. During our Pilgrimage seasons more privately owned historic homes open their doors than any other time of the year. Natchez is treasured worldwide as a living museum of southern history and a hallmark of …

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  • PGA Tour’s Rapiscan Systems Classic

    March 25 - March 31

    Don’t miss the PGA Tour’s Rapiscan Systems Classic on March 25-31 st the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino’s breathtaking Fallen Oak golf course in Biloxi on March 25-31, where the best of the best will compete.

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  • Juke Joint Festival

    April 11 - April 14

    Plan now for the 16th annual Juke Joint Festival in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi — one of the friendliest festivals in the world. Hotel rooms book up fast, so don’t wait. The main event is Saturday, April 13, 2019, with related events that Thurs.-Sun., April 11-14.

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