District Thursdays are your chance to check out new Cultivation Food Hall vendor, Yo Mama’s Tacos & Tapas. Image: Cultivation

Spring has sprung (but it is Mississippi: you never know when it will turn frigid again!) In any case, there are activities to get you outside this week and a few to keep you in if you prefer, from an equine competition to a virtual fossil show.

National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships – March 4-13 – MS Fairgrounds

The exciting sport of “cutting” is a timed event involving a horse and rider attempting to separate specific cattle from a herd and keep them away. The competition consists of 10-weekend classes plus a scholarship cutting for the junior and senior youth members. Hailed as a great family event, it’s a week and two days worth to enjoy.

Mississippi High School Activities Association State Basketball Championships – MS Coliseum – Thu.-Sat.

Catch the best high school basketball from teams from across the state. Games are Thursday through Saturday at 1 pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7 pm. Tickets are available at the coliseum box office. Follow the bracket as teams progress.

Spring Farm Days 2021 – Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum – Thu.-Sat. 10 am – 2 pm

Greet spring in the garden at the museum with demonstrations and rides, plus activities in the gardening “high tunnel.” Hotdogs will be sold at the general store Thursday and Friday. Pulled pork sandwiches and sausage dogs will be sold Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-17).

District Thursdays – The District at Eastover – Thursday 6-8 pm

Join The District for live music, this week from Conner Ball, outside in the central green space. The event is scheduled, for now, for every Thursday through the end of May. Grab food and drinks to-go from Fine & Dandy or Cultivation Food Hall.

Fossil Road Show – Virtual – Saturday – 10 am

The Fossil Road Show is going virtual on the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s Facebook page. During the virtual event, museum scientists will share opinions about the identities of submitted specimens. Additionally, a few short videos about Mississippi’s rich fossil history will be shared by contributing exhibitors from around the state. This includes a Facebook Live with paleontologist George Phillips. 

MS Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo III – Mendelssohn & Beethoven – Thalia Mara Hall – Saturday 7:30 pm

Experience Mendelssohn’s uncanny ability to capture images in music, even as a teen. Plus, marvel at the genius of Beethoven’s daring “String Quartet No. 11”, deftly arranged by Gustav Mahler for full string orchestra. Tickets, $20, are available and must be purchased in advance (for subscribers and ticket buyers alike, registration is required). Additional requirements/details at the link above.

We strongly encourage you to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the City of Jackson (facial coverings ARE required in the city of Jackson along with social distancing and crowd size limits). See City guidelines here. Stay informed of additional public health guidance on the state level, too.

All events listed are subject to change and are not sponsored or hosted by My City or our parent company, Visit Jackson.

The National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships is March 4-13 at the MS Fairgrounds. Image: Forrest Photography