There are five fabulous fall festivals coming up in our area in September and October.
They all feature a variety of fun and entertainment for all ages, including delicious food, good music and original works of art. Not to mention that they all take place in some of the South’s most beautiful and historic locations. Do yourself a favor: plan to take in as many of these Mississippi fall fests as possible, and, while you’re at it, plan a little extra time to visit other areas of interest in the vicinity.
Biloxi Seafood Festival – Biloxi, MS
September 12 – 13, 2015
Biloxi Seafood Festival is a celebration of the seafood heritage of the city of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This two-day festival features live entertainment, activities for kids, arts and craft vendors and, of course, seafood, seafood and more seafood! Sunday will feature the Gumbo Championship. And there’s even a big time cornhole competition.
For more on the Biloxi Seafood Festival: http://www.biloxi.org
Tallahatchie Riverfest – New Albany, MS
September 26-27, 2015
Taking place on the banks of the fabled Tallahatchie River in Mississippi’s Hill Country, the Tallahatchie Riverfest combines arts, music and literature for a truly Mississippi event. Founded to celebrate the Nobel Prize winning author, William Faulkner, who was born in New Albany, the festival begins with a literary luncheon celebrating the author. Then the streets fill with music in the evening to kick off the weekend. Saturday sees hundreds of artists in town selling their work and competing for juried prizes.
There is also a Green Market featuring local farm-made products and great kids’ activities, including a pet parade.
Saturday evening the music starts up again with free riverside concerts by Paul Thorn, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Raelynn Nelson and others. For more information, see: www.TallahatchieRiverfest.com
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival – Greenville, MS
October 2 – 4, 2015
American music, and rock and roll in particular, was heavily influenced by the music of the Mississippi delta, so what a great place for a big-time music festival. For those who like the festival camping experience, the cool October temperatures make this festival a real treat, as does the music. There will be outdoor performances by the Old Crow Medicine Show, Chris Stapleton, Steve Azar, Jimbo Mathis and others. For more information, see: www.mightymississippimusicfestival.com.
Great Mississippi River Balloon Festival – Natchez, MS
October 16 – 18, 2005
What could be prettier than colorful hot air balloons over one of the most beautiful towns in the South? Hot air balloon pilots from all over the country compete to win prizes by tossing out sandbags onto a large ground target! Not only will there be a beautiful array of balloons as they fly daytime routes over the cities of Natchez and Vidalia, as well as over the Mississippi River, but the evenings will also have a balloon glow, fireworks and music. The Dr. John, Anders Osborn and others will perform. Check out:www.natchezballoonrace.com.
Delta Hot Tamale Festival – Greenville, MS
October 15 – 17, 2015
Where better to celebrate tamales than in the hot tamale capital of the world, Greenville, MS! This festival provides a taste of authentic Mississippi delta life and lots and lots of tamales! There’s a tamale street party, a tamale cooking contest, a Miss Hot Tamale contest and even a tamale eating contest. Its not just the tamales that are hot- so is the entertainment, with jazz, blues and home-grown acts playing nightly. And, since Mississippi is just as famous for its writers as for its music and food, Friday night features the Literary/Culinary event, with writers from “all over” in town for the evening. A truly great event. For more information: www.hottamalefest.com.