Chef Katie Dixon signs copies of her cookbook, “Be Nourished” Thursday at Cultivation Food Hall. Image: The Hattiesburg American

What’s going down #JXNMS this week? Plenty, from yoga to history, shopping, foodie events and music. Read on…

Yoga in the Welty Garden – Eudora Welty House & Gardens Tuesday – 7 am

Jennifer Rose, Welty House Education Specialist and certified yoga instructor, will lead gentle community yoga classes on the Welty House front lawn each Tuesday in May from 7-7:30 a.m. Practitioners of all levels, ages 12 and up, are welcome. Bring a towel, mat, water bottle, and comfortable clothing. Participants will be asked to socially distance and wear masks when not on the mat. Classes are free with a suggested donation. Registration is not required. Email info@eudoraweltyhouse or call 601-353-7762.

LeFleur Museum District Day – Kendra Scott – Tuesday 11 am – 4 pm

On International Museum Day, shop Kendra Scott online or in-store at Highland Village where 20% of the proceeds will go to the LeFleur Museum District. Shop online using the code GIVEBACK-1MX9.

History Is Lunch: Jessica Russell, “Eudora Welty’s Garden” – Two Mississippi Museums – Wednesday – Noon

History Is Lunch has returned to an in-person format with chairs safely spaced in the Neilsen Auditorium. This moth, hear from the Welty House Garden Project Specialist, Jessica Russell, who will speak about Eudora Welty – a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated photographer – and her avid gardening practice. The weekly lecture series of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History explores different aspects of the state’s past. Free.

Cookbook Signing – Meet Chef Katie Dixon – Cultivation Food Hall at The District at Eastover – Thursday 4:30 pm

Meet & greet Cultivation’s newest vendor, Chef Katie Dixon, a finalist on Masterchef Season 7 & Food Network Star, Season 14. Her new stall, “Birdie’s Nourished Kitchen,” will open soon. While there, Chef Dixon, owner of Hattiesburg’s Birdhouse Cafe, will sign copies of her new cookbook, “Be Nourished,” while you sip a happy hour beverage and learn more about her menu and meal prep plans for “Birdie’s.” After the signing, The District Green comes alive with music from 6-8 pm. Free and family-friendly.

Maranda Joiner book signing – Mama Nature’s (Fondren) – Friday 3 pm

Meet author Maranda Joiner during the first stop in her book scribble tour. Purchase a copy in advance at your favorite bookseller or buy a copy on Friday.

Taylor Hildebrand – Hal & Mal’s – Friday – 6:30 pm

Singer-songwriter Taylor Hildebrand plays the dining room for an up-close-and-personal set of his originals. While there, order appetizers and dinner or, stick around for a round or two of drinks.

Doc McStuffins The Exhibit Opening – Mississippi Children’s Museum – Saturday – 9 am

Experience the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series “Doc McStuffins.” The highly interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience will transport kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion, and nurturing care. It runs through Sept. 5, 2021. Family-friendly, ticketed.

Belhaven Food Tour with More Than a Tourist – The Manship – Saturday – 2 pm

With five delicious stops in the romantic neighborhood, Belhaven (ok, there’s a secret stop six), learn about what makes the area tick and sample some delicious bites from some of the best restaurants in Jackson. Stops include The Manship, Keifer’s, Elvie’s Restaurant, Lou’s Full-Serv and Fenian’s Irish Pub. Tickets are $99 per person.

Music by Kota with Phantom Mile – Martin’s – Saturday – 9 pm

Music By KOTA, an alternative band from Memphis, TN says they are influenced by artists like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Jimmy Hendrix. Their goal is to present the roots of rock and roll in a new and modern way with the perfect mix of blues, rock, and folk. Local band Phantom Mile opens. Tickets are $10.

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We strongly encourage you to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the CDC and additional guidelines by the City of Jackson (facial coverings ARE still required in the city of Jackson, along with social distancing). See City guidelines hereStay 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.