The Mississippi Blues Marathon returns Saturday to downtown Jackson. Image: MS Blues Marathon

We strongly encourage you to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Mississippi State Department of Health and additional guidelines by the City of Jackson (facial coverings ARE still required in the city of Jackson, along with social distancing). Stay informed of additional public health guidance on the national level, too. 

“We know that success at controlling the spread of this virus depends upon all of us adhering to recommended social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

We’re running into the weekend, Blues Marathon-style (yup, back after COVID-19 postponements). There’s music and holiday fun ahead, too, plus a chance to thank Veterans. Additional events for this week are listed at

Trivia night – Barrelhouse – Monday 6 pm
Join MS Capital City Pride and test your smarts. Plus, take half off appetizers and cocktails all night!

Be My Love, A Tribute to the Mario Lanza Centennial” – Duling Hall – Monday – 7:30 pm
Featuring the nationally renowned singer Peter Lake, a tenor whose voice has been compared to many opera giants. This show is affected by Duling Hall’s COVID-19 policy. Tickets are $30 in advance.

Harvest Fest 2021 – Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum – Tuesday-Saturday
Live demonstrations throughout the museum grounds will give visitors a glimpse of Mississippi’s past and show the impact agriculture has made on our lives. Demonstrations will include the operation of the cotton gin, saw mill, cane mill, print shop, blacksmith shop and more. It’s daily 9 am – 2 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 (ages 3-17).

Veterans Day Ceremony – Two Mississippi Museums – Wednesday 10:30 am
Honoring Mississippians who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces, the program will take place on the Entergy Mississippi Plaza in front of the Two Mississippi Museums under COVID-19 precautions. The program will include a performance by the 41st Army Band, a moment of silence, recognition of the veterans in attendance, memorial volley, wreath laying, and a keynote speech delivered by Major General Janson D. Boyles—the Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard.

Questions In Dialect with Krishna and Unwed Sailor – Ecoshed – Wednesday – 7 pm
A post-rock show at Jxn’s newest venue. $10 cover.

Jimbo Mathus & The Dial Back Sound – Duling Hall Thursday 7:30 pm
Jimbo Mathus & The Dial Back Sound is the product of Mathus’ 35 years as a performer, writer, bandleader and studio producer.As a well-known musical visionary and collaborator with the likes of Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, Andrew Bird, Squirrel Nut Zippers, T-Bone Burnett and others, Mathus’ reputation precedes him. This show is affected by Duling Hall’s COVID-19 policy. Tickets are available here.

Tab Benoit with Alastair Greene Live – Martin’s Downtown – Thursday 9 pm
Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues, acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Fondren Unwrapped Weekend – Downtown Fondren Historic Business District – Thursday-Saturday
Spread over a three-day weekend celebration, merchant open houses and live music (Mississippi Chorus, Opera Mississippi and 601 Studios) are Thursday from 5-8 pm. A 6 pm parade Friday will feature a “Parade of Heroes” to honor our incredible healthcare community. On Saturday, Fondren merchants continue open houses from 10 am – 6 pm.

The Kickback: A Live Music Showcase & Hangout – Fondren Guitars – Friday 8 pm
Presented by Third Coast Radio and OurGlass Media Group, the evening features music from Young Jewelz, Valencrime, Kenny Pahina, Eigh21ht and Die With Nature. A cash beer bar is available.

Mississippi Blues Marathon presented by Continental Tire – Downtown Jackson – Saturday 7 am
With live music before, after and throughout the course, this marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k bring runners from across the country (and world) to Jackson. The weekend of events will start and finish from the race’s new home at the Mississippi State Capitol Complex. Register here.

Second Saturday | Nutcracker Experience – Highland Village – Saturday 2 pm
Kick off the holiday season with a very special Nutcracker experience.The afternoon will include live vignettes of The Nutcracker, mini ballet lessons for your little ones, wine tasting throughout the village, festive pops from Coffee Prose, courtyard pop ups featuring some of your HV favorites and fun photo experiences with your favorite Nutcracker characters.

Bravo II – Inspired Journeys – Thalia Mara Hall – Saturday 7 :30 pm
Israeli pianist, major recording artist and frequent guest, Alon Goldstein, brings Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 to Jackson to spotlight his sensitive artistry and fine musical intellect. It is beautifully bookended by Mendelssohn’s travel-inspired masterworks — his great Hebrides Overture from Scotland’s offshore islands and his much-requested, ebullient Italian Symphony. Ravel’s lilting, evocative and oft-performed Pavane pour une infante defunte, offers a lovely contrast. Tickets are available.