During the summer in Mississippi, indoor activities are always the way to go. One exception to this rule is a festival. Between the delicious food and family fun, these 10 Mississippi festivals are totally worth braving the summer heat.
1. Tomato Festival, Crystal Springs
Crystal Springs was once known as the “Tomatopolis of the World,” so it should come as no surprise that the city hosts an annual festival to celebrate all things tomato. Held the last Saturday in June, the festival includes everything from farmers and flea markets to live entertainment and a tomato museum.
2. Neshoba County Fair, Philadelphia
“Mississippi’s Giant House Party” attracts thousands of people from all across the country every July. The week-long fair is made up of a ton of activities that include everything from rides to political speeches to races.
3. Watermelon Festival, Mize
This two-day long event is held every July and includes concerts, a car show, games, and all types of amazing food - in addition to free watermelon, of course.
4. Blueberry Jubilee, Poplarville
Held every June, this Poplarville festival attracts over 10,000 visitors every year. More than just blueberries, the annual event includes locally made arts and crafts, storytelling, live entertainment, and lots of food.
5. Food and Wine Festival, Natchez
This much anticipated Natchez event attracts culinary enthusiasts from near and far. Attendees are given the opportunity to sample delicious creations from some of the region’s most prominent chefs and restaurants, which is accompanied by an extensive variety of wine.
6. Slugburger Festival, Corinth
For nearly three decades, crowds have gathered in Corinth to celebrate the local culinary creation, the slugburger. This three-day festival is held in July and includes live entertainment, carnival rides, a market, pageant, and a slugburger eating competition. If you’ve never been to the festival, this would be a great year to check it out because, according to the website, there will be several new additions this July.
7. Watermelon Carnival, Water Valley
As if the town of Water Valley wasn’t charming enough, the city hosts an annual Watermelon Carnival every August. The two-day long event takes place in Water Valley’s downtown area and includes games, food booths, a pageant, a street dance, fireworks, an antique car show, and more.
8. Rhythm and Blues Festival, Jackson
This two-day long event is a must for music enthusiasts. The fourth annual Rhythm and Blues Festival will take place this August in downtown Jackson at the Jackson Convention Complex. Festival goers will be treated to over 30 different performances by an array of rhythm and blues artists.
9. Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Convention, Southaven
Repticon will be held at Southaven’s Ladner Center on July 30th and 31st. During the two-day long event, visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic animals all while learning about them from top breeders and educators.
10. Prairie Arts Festival, West Point
This popular festival has been named one of the top ten events in the south and is among the country’s largest arts and crafts festivals. For the past 38 years, crowds have gathered on the Saturday before the Labor Day in West Point’s downtown area for a day of arts, crafts, “down-home southern cooking,” live music, classic cars, and more than 600 exhibits.