Things to do: Weekend October 21-23

Credit: Jacktoberfest Facebook Page

If you’re looking for things to do in and around Jackson this weekend, we’ve got a few suggestions:


What:  Jacktoberfest

Where:  Downtown Jackson- Congress Street

When:  11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Why you should go: Three words: Bands, Brats, and Beers.  At this free, all-day festival you can listen to live music while helping yourself to German Street Food or relaxing in the Beer Garden.  This year’s music line-up features DJ Spiritual, Dream Cult, 5th Child, Passing Parade, and several other great bands. Lucky Town Brewing Company has partnered with Jacktoberfest to bring you the Lucky Town Cornhole Tournament. Later in the evening, find out which brewers win serious bragging rights at Mississippi’s first and largest Craft Brew Competition.

What: Live at Lunch

Where: The Art Garden @ The Mississippi Museum of Art

When: 11:30 a.m.

Why you should go: Get outside and liven up your lunch break! Singer/songwriter Bluesman McKinney Williams will provide live music, and food prepared by Chef Nick Wallace will be available at the Palette Café.

What: Pumpkin Adventure

Where:  Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

When: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Why you should go: For only $7 a person take a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum, grab a delicious snack of milk and cookies, and pick out a pie pumpkin to take home. You’ll also be able to visit the General Store and tour the Heritage Center Gallery. This fall adventure is perfect for the whole family!


What:  The 39 Steps

Where:  Barber Auditorium on Belhaven’s campus

When:  2 p.m.

Why you should go: Catch the final performance of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps. Equal parts comedy and thriller, this award-winning play features a full cast of characters played by only four Belhaven Theatre students.  The plot centers around a Canadian man who gets caught up in a mysterious international spy ring. Don’t miss your last chance to see The 39 Steps!

What: Smokin’ on the Rez BBQ and Music Festival

Where: Old Trace Park

When: 11 a.m.

Why you should go: Fresh air, 800 pounds of BBQ, and live music at Old Trace Park on the Reservoir. For 10 bucks you can grab a plate of BBQ (and sides) and enjoy the musical stylings of Travelin’ Jane and Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers.The cornhole tournament starts at noon, and the BBQ competition winners will be announced at 5:30.

What: We are Jackson Concert

Where:  Thalia Mara Hall

When:  8 p.m.

Why you should go: The organizers of We are Jackson have a goal: to spotlight the best of the city’s artistic talent. This year’s concert focuses on the lasting legacy of the Blues, and the effect this music has had in shaping the sounds of today. Jackson comedian Rita B. will MC the event, and award-winning Bluesman Eddie Cotton Jr will headline. Celebrate Jackson with a night of music and comedy!


What: Bagwell Antique Show

Where: Mississippi Trade Mart

When: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Why you should go: The Bagwell Antiques Show is bringing exhibitors from across the county to the Capital City. Antique aficionados and casual collectors alike are sure to appreciate the quality and selection of items on display. Who knows what treasures you could find?

What: Misfit Monkeys Improv Workshop

Where: 318 South State Street

When:2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Why you should go: The Misfit Monkeys Comedy Troupe wants to help you learn more about improv comedy. The workshop is suited for both beginners and experienced actors looking to brush up on their skills. If you’ve been looking to learn a new skill, exercise your imagination, or just get out of the house this weekend, don’t miss this workshop.

What: Live Jazz with eZra Brown

Where: Fusion Coffeehouse

When: 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Why you should go: Musician, entrepreneur, and humanitarian eZra Brown returns to his musical home, The Jazz Spot, at Fusion Coffeehouse. He’ll be performing as well speaking about life and touring with Jazz Series host Raphael Semmes. Brown recently teamed up with Indonesian Company, Java Saxophones, to create his signature tenor sax. Sunday is your chance to hear the EB-1 in action!


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