Experience live demonstrations (like operation of the printing press) at the Ag Museum’s Harvest Fest. Image: MS Ag Museum

Harvest Fest kicks off the week at the Mississippi Ag Museum while the weekend awaits with chances to give back, explore, entertain and inspire.

Until then, mark Tuesday on your calendar: it’s election day and your voice matters. Polls are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mask up and exercise your rights.

Harvest Fest 2020Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum – Tuesday – Saturday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Experience live demonstrations (operation of the cotton gin, sawmill, cane mill, print shop, blacksmith shop and more) for a glimpse of Mississippi’s past, showcasing the impact agriculture has made on our lives.

The wagon, train, and carousel will be available each day for $1 per rider. Stop by the General Store or the Filling Station for snacks and souvenirs. Reservations are recommended for groups of ten or more. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 2-17.

Mistletoe Marketplace – Mississippi Fairgrounds – Wednesday-Sunday
From the opening gala to the allure of holiday shopping, Mistletoe ushers in the Mississippi Trademart as the first major event to be held within its walls. Highlights include breakfast events, fashion luncheons, guest speaker Tim Tebow, the Friday night party with New Orleans band, Bag of Donuts, childrens’ events and more. COVID-19 protocols will require masks be worn at all times, hand sanitizing take place and social distancing be followed whenever possible.

Tickets are sold in timed increments to alleviate overcrowding. Find more information on the Mistletoe website.

Belhaven University Fall Dance Concert 2020Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center – Friday 7 p.m.
Featuring choreography by Belhaven University Faculty and guest artist Gabriel Speiller of Bruce Wood Dance., enjoy an array of artistic expressions that will evoke your imagination and enrich your soul. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating is limited and socially-distanced and masks are required. General admission is $10 ($5 for students and seniors).

2020 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & WalkThe District at Eastover – Saturday 8 a.m.
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001, after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. Supporting this Foundation helps provide the support the families of our military and first responders so desperately need! Register on Eventbrite.

Galloway Learning Garden Planting DayGalloway Elementary School – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Volunteer to plant the new Galloway Elementary Learning Garden, a Fertile Ground-sponsored project. The garden is on the back (eastern) side of the school.

Family Day | The Ordinary is ExtraordinaryMississippi Museum of Art – Saturday 9:30 a.m.
See how ordinary things can become extraordinary experiences through this fun-for-the-whole-family day of dancing, making and storytelling. Inspired by artwork in “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times” and “Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass,” you will want to dress for movement and mess. Food vendors on site: T & M Dogs, Sno-Box, Taqueria LaReata, Jabo’s Eats & Sweets, Sweet Peas, and Street Dough. Activities are free and art kits are available while supplies last. Tickets to “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times” can be purchased at msmuseumart.org or at the front desk during the event.

Pumpkin Smash 2020The Ecoshed – Saturday 10 a.m.
Join the Ecoshed for a free zero-waste event. We will be social distancing, smashing pumpkins and just having a good time. Music by Smashing Pumpkins. Did you know: Mississippi has around 150 acres growing pumpkins. Pumpkins are 90% water and they make great soil when composted.

Events are noted by location or, in the case of an online-only presentation, we’ll use “Virtual” as the venue.

We strongly encourage you to follow COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the City of Jackson (despite the lapse of a statewide mask mandate, facial coverings ARE still required in the city of Jackson along with social distancing and crowd size limits). Stay informed of additional public health guidance on the state level and in Jackson to minimize risk to themselves and others.

Events are linked to Facebook events, organizer websites or ticket links. All events are presented by their respective organizers and not Visit Jackson unless otherwise noted.