Mississippi Music Festivals
Throughout the state of Mississippi there are many festivals held throughout the year celebrating the art of music, and the history and heritage behind it all.
Music Festivals in Clarksdale
Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
This three day festival held every August is celebrated for the authenticity with Mississippi’s musical heritage being the centre of attention. Featuring live music from local and national blues & gospel artists, this festival also offers lectures and seminars about music and its roots. Admission is free.
Cathead Mini Festival
A free day-long festival following on from the Sunflower River Blues Festival in August featuring blues entertainment under tents in front of the Cat Head Blues & Folk Art store. This event also takes place in April and October.
Juke Joint Festival
Heralded as "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta," Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival features free music by over 40 blues acts on stages spread throughout downtown as well as free family-friendly daytime entertainment including racing pigs, a rock wall, a Segway course, storytelling, documentary films and even monkeys riding dogs. Blues acts include Honeyboy Edwards, Homemade Jamz, Cedric Burnside, and Super Chikan, just to name a few. Don’t miss the Cat Head Mini Blues Fest on Sunday and The film "M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues.” Please visit http://www.jukejointfestival.com/ for further information.
Music Festivals in Jackson
Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights
The hottest festival in town will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a night of fun for the whole family. Once again named as a "Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August" by the Southeast Tourism Society, Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make the Greater Belhaven area special. The fesitval hosts five stages of live music: Blues, Jazz, Celtic, Indie Rock, and Acoustic music. There will also be a children's area, food from Greater Belhaven restaurants and handcrafted items from merchants and artisans from Belhaven and the Mississippi Farmer's Market. This event takes place in August. Please visit greaterbelhaven.com for further information.
Music Festivals in Greenville
Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival
Enjoy an evening of jazz performed by Mississippi’s Jazz Legacy and Greenville’s own jazz musicians held every August in Greenville MS. With food, drinks, live entertainment and free admission.
Delta Blues & Heritage Festival
The Delta Blues & Heritage Festival began in 1977 and is now one of the largest blues music festival in the Delta. Held on the third Saturday in September every year, this delta blues festival features artists from near and far. Visit www.deltablues.org for further information.
Music Festival in Indianola
B.B. King Homecoming Festival
Each June the B.B. King Homecoming Festival attracts thousands of people to the town of Indianola. B.B. King helped the blues blossom from its roots in the Mississippi Delta and his legacy continues with a walk through the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in his hometown. After a visit to the museum you can walk to Club Ebony, the site for the festival, which celebrates the life and achievements of the King of the Blues and boasts some of the best blues music.
Music Festival in Tupelo
Also every June, Tupelo, the hometown to the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, pays tribute to him at the Elvis Festival. With music, food and fun on the streets of downtown Tupelo featuring blues, country, roll and roll, Elvis tribute artists and alternative rock.
Music Festival in Biloxi
Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras
The Gulf Coast Carnival Association traces its roots back to 1908 every February, and Biloxi's first Mardi Gras parade. Today the Carnival Association continues the tradition with King D’Iberville and Queen Ixolib reigning over two parades in Biloxi Mississippi on Fat Tuesday. For further information visit http://www.gulfcoastcarnivalassociation.com/
Music Festival in Oxford
Double Decker Arts Festival
Taking its name from the town's authentic double decker bus imported from England in 1994, the festival brings together visitors and residents alike for a daylong celebration of music, food, and the arts held on the picturesque Courthouse Square in Oxford Mississippi every April. Guests mingle with painters, potters and woodworkers and enjoy an eclectic blend of music including jazz, funk, blues and rock 'n' roll, all while sampling entrees from unique Southern chefs. Please visit www.doubledeckerfestival.com for further information.