Mississippi Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

unset along the Mississippi River

There’s always something fantastic happening in Mississippi. If you’re a visitor to our lovely state, a new resident, or just looking for excitement, take a look at some of the things going on around the state that you really shouldn’t miss. In fact, there’s so much going on that there’s only room here to tell you about just about a few events.

Mississippi State Fair

Have a blast and take the family to the Mississippi State Fair. With over 100 acres filled with entertainment, rides, animals, food, and exhibits, you’ll probably wear yourself out before you see it all. The midway is a mile long just in itself. Then there are the livestock shows to feed your inner farmer, the top-notch entertainers, and the center of it all: 120,000 square feet of exhibits. What’s a fair without homemade quilts, jams, cakes, pies, pickles, canned goods, artwork, needlework, crafts, and all the other treasures that have consumed hours and hours of the creators’ time? This year’s fair will be held Oct. 4-15 in Jackson.

Mississippi Delta Blues Fest 2017

This year marks the 40th year of the Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Greenville. The festival celebrates the blues and how that genre of music has helped to shape American culture. The blues sprang from the black community as they sought to express themselves through music, poetry, dance, and storytelling. The blues embraces spirituals, work songs, ragtime, and love songs, weaving through them all the story of a mistreated and marginalized people. This annual festival seeks to preserve, promote, and celebrate this rich heritage through song, dance, and camaraderie.

Pecan Festival

You’ll love being among this bunch of nuts! Come and celebrate the delicious pecan at the 30th Annual Mississippi Pecan Festival. It will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Richton in — of all places! — a pecan grove. Indulge in a wide variety of foods, many of which feature the celebrated pecan, including my personal favorite: pecan pie. There’ll be plenty of good bluegrass and gospel music to listen to while you eat. If you don’t get a kick out of the Mule Pull, you can learn to churn butter, make your own broom, or make lye soap.

Clarksdale Blues Festival

You’re going to have to wait until next April for this one, but when it finally arrives, you’ll know it was worth the wait. The Juke Joint Festival celebrates its 15th year of bringing the best of the blues for your listening pleasure. The next festival will be April 12-15, 2018, in historic Clarksdale, with the main event all day and night Saturday the 14th. Don’t miss the dog-riding monkeys or the pig races!

While we’d really love to join you in taking in all these great events, it isn’t possible. But we can provide you with a great Nissan that will take you all over Mississippi in style. Come see us at Nissan of Picayune.