10 Things You Really Have To Do In Mississippi This Summer
When it comes to finding the perfect summertime activity, most people stick to the obvious options, like state parks, beaches and water parks. And while these options are great, Mississippi has so much more to offer. From annual festivals to seasonal events, here are 10 unique things you absolutely must do in Mississippi this summer.
1. Have some fun at the Crystal Springs Tomato Festival.
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. Spend the “Night at the Museum,” in Vicksburg.
On June 11th, the Vicksburg museum will open its doors after dark for the "Night at the Museum" event. The annual event is part of the museum’s living history program and includes actors portraying significant people from the city’s past. Guests are taken on trips through time (30 minute tours) where they encounter these living history characters and learn about their stories. For more information call 601-636-0741.
3. Celebrate the king at Tupelo’s Elvis Festival.
This annual celebration includes performances by regional, national, and local artists, a Sunday Gospel Concert, and a Tribute Artist Contest, which leads to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The fun doesn’t end with great music; the festival also includes several food vendors, carnival rides, a pet parade, a beauty pageant, a 5k run, disc golf, exhibits, and more.
4. Party at the Neshoba County Fair.
Known as "Mississippi’s Giant House Party," the Neshoba County Fair attracts thousands of people from all across the country every year – and for good reason. The week-long fair is made up of a ton of activities that include everything from rides to political speeches, but the best part is the fact that there are onsite cabins, basically creating an amazing summer camp atmosphere for people of all ages.
Neshoba County Fair
5. Eat (and drink) to your heart's content at the Natchez Food and Wine Festival.
One of Natchez’s most anticipated events, the Food and Wine Festival 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 of course accompanied by an extensive variety of wine.
Natchez Food and Wine Festival
6. Find some bargains at the July Sidewalk Sale in Ocean Springs.
According to the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce website, businesses "uptown, downtown, and all around town" participate in this annual sale, offering merchandise anywhere from 20% - 75% off.
July Sidewalk Sale
7. Head to Vicksburg and catch a production of the Guinness Book of World Records' longest-running show.
Returning for the 80th anniversary season, the Vicksburg Theatre Guild will be putting on several performances of "Gold in the Hills." The classic play is set in the 1890s and includes a slew of interesting characters – from a ruthless villain to a persistent hero.
Vicksburg Theatre Guild
8. Cool off at Lake Tiak-O’khata in Louisville.
From the gorgeous lake to the onsite restaurant, this family owned resort is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day. You can even turn you day trip into an overnight stay since the resort also includes cabins, a lakeside motel, and an RV Park.
9. Watch history repeat itself (literally) at the Vicksburg National Military Park.
10. Get your fill of watermelon at the Mississippi Watermelon Festival in Mize.
Whether you’re a watermelon fan or not, you’ll definitely want to check out this festival. The 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.
Mississippi Watermelon Festival
What are your favorite summertime activities?
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