The Sonic Boom of the South celebrates 50 years during Saturday’s JSU Homecoming. Image: JSU

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.

Fall into another October week in Jxn with theatre, lit, family fun, the fair and music. Additional events for this week are listed at

Mississippi State Fair – MS State Fairgrounds – through Sunday

The 162nd Mississippi State Fair continues with familiar midway rides, games and food, music and exhibits, and several new activities and events. Parking is $5 per vehicle and gate admission is $5 per person with ride specials daily.

One Writer’s Garden Ten-Year Anniversary | Susan Haltom Reading and Q&A – Eudora Welty House & Garden – Tuesday 5 pm

Leader of the Welty garden’s restoration, befriending Welty in the process, Haltom’s award-winning book details this experience. Bring a picnic blanket or chair to the Welty lawn as Susan reads select passages and takes your questions about Eudora Welty’s garden. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of this book are available for purchase at our gift shop.

Little Shop of Horrors. Image: New Stage Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors – New Stage Theatre – Tuesday-Sunday

Feed me! Nerdy floral shop worker Seymour would give anything to gain the love of Audrey. The depth of his desire is tested when a strange and menacing addition to his floral shop brings him sudden and unexpected popularity. Musical hilarity ensues with this delectable Broadway smash hit. Individual performance dates have specific COVID protocols (all performances require masks). Visit for more details and tickets.

Tuesday Trivia – Cultivation Hall – Tuesday 6 pm

Get a group together and put your minds to the test for this week’s Disney-themed trivia. Play as a team or single. Grab a drink from the Cultivation bar & order some food hall vendors! Tacos are 3 for $10 at Yo Mama’s stall. Free.

Pumpkin Adventure 2021 – Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum

Your adventure will include a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum which will drop you off for a milk and cookie snack. Explore Small Town, Mississippi, visit the General Store and tour the Heritage Center Gallery. On your way out, stop by the Pumpkin Patch and choose your very own pumpkin to take home. Admission: $8 (ages 2 & up). October 16 & 23 are Pumpkin Adventure Family Days with adjusted hours from 9 am – 3 pm.

Paul Thorn – Duling Hall – Thursday 7:30 pm

Popular roots-rock songwriter and performer Paul Thorn, a Tupelo native, uses his trademark humor and storytelling to write songs like a running conversation about his life as a former prizefighter and son of a preacher. This show is affected by Duling Hall’s COVID-19 policy. Get tickets.

Adam Faucett. Image: Matt White

After Hours Concert Series: Adam Faucett with William Blackheart – Urban Foxes – Friday 7 pm

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice the Onion A.V. Club warns “knocks your brain into the back of your skull,” Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding. Tickets are limited for this backyard, COVID-responsible performance.

Vinyl Swap – Urban Foxes – Saturday – 10 am

Dig thru for vinyl and other music memorabilia while snacking on pie and scones & sipping on beer or coffee. Find that perfect pairing of The Replacements with Miller Lite or Thelonious Monk with a cappuccino.

“Thee Comeback”: JSU Homecoming Game & Sonic Boom of the South 50th Anniversary Performance – MS Veteran’s Memorial Stadium – Saturday

Homecoming festivities include a downtown Jackson parade at 9 am and a Jackson State University – Alabama State matchup at 2 pm. At halftime, the Sonic Boom of the South celebrates 50 years with a special performance. Games tickets are available here.

Pops I – Oscar Classics – Mississippi Symphony Orchestra – Thalia Mara Hall – Saturday 7:30 pm

Trigger fond memories, captivating romance and thrilling action with winning selections from seven decades of Hollywood blockbusters, including Titanic, E.T., The King’s Speech, Aladdin, Jaws, Westside Story and more. The hauntingly poignant violin solo from Schindler’s List caps an evening that includes tantalizing piano solos in a sea of treasured scores. Tickets are available.