The Mississippi State Fair begins Wednesday. Image: Sophie M. Wolf

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.

Get out there and take part in Jxn fall favorites like the Ag Museum’s Pumpkin Adventure and the State Fair and special events from the Fertile Ground Project and The District. Additional events for this week are listed at

OHMME + Deeper – Hal & Mal’s – Tuesday 6:30 pm

OHMME is singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist duo Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, formed in 2014. They play with Deeper live for this weekday show. Doors: 6:30 PM, show: 7:30 PM Tickets are $12 advance and $15 day of show. Entry to this show will require either proof of COVID vaccine (physical or photo of vaccination card matching ID) OR a negative test within 48 hours of the show (physical or digital negative test matching ID).

Little Shop of Horrors – New Stage Theatre – Tuesday through Sun. Oct. 17

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.

Mississippi State Fair – MS State Fairgrounds – Wednesday through October 17

The 162nd Mississippi State Fair returns with familiar midway rides, games and food, music and exhibits, and several new activities and events. Additions to this year’s list include the ProRodeo Xtreme Bull Riding Fall Nationals tournament and Tri-State Rodeo in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. The 2021 State Fair will also include the first-ever Mississippi Frontier Village, featuring blacksmiths, train rides, pig races, shows, pony rides, a petting zoo and family fun. 

Image: MS Ag Museum

Pumpkin Adventure 2021 – Mississippi Ag & Forestry Museum – Wed-Sat, and Oct. 13-16 & 20-23 – 9 am – Noon

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 9, 16 & 23 are Pumpkin Adventure Family Days with adjusted hours from 9 am – 3 pm.

District Dash, Donuts & Drafts – The District at Eastover – Thursday 5 pm

Featuring Mississippi’s only open mile, donut mile, beer mile, and beer mile relay, this 1 mile course includes 4 laps around the District Green to compete for the best overall time. Awards will be given for overall male and female.
Secure your spot at Cole Hill will be playing live music.

American Reckoning Preview – Two Mississippi Museums – Thursday 6 pm

Get a sneak peek of the new PBS FRONTLINE documentary “American Reckoning” featuring a conversation with co-directors Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen. Ronnie Agnew of Mississippi Public Broadcasting will moderate the discussion. Guests can tour the PBS FRONTLINE Un(re)solved special exhibit prior to the program. Face masks and social distancing guidelines are required. The program will also stream live on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Facebook page. Free parking is available in the visitor garage behind the museums on Jefferson Street.

Magnolia Sunset Markets – Belhaven Heights Park – Friday 6:30 pm

For October, Magnolia Markets will collaborate with The Fertile Ground Project to host a special pop-up market, part of the Fertile Ground Project Expo. The weekend includes a total of 11 events. Masks are required at all times at all Fertile Ground events, including this one.

Artist Ricardo Moody will lead a workshop on mural painting. Image: Drew Dempsey

Fertile Ground Workshops – Ecoshed – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Workshops on meditation, nutrition, plantscaping, regenerative design, fermentation, mural techniques, and flower are highlights of the day. All workshops have a maximum capacity. All events will take place outside, and vaccinations are not required but recommended. Masks are required at all times at all Fertile Ground events, including this one.

I Know What You Made Last Summer – Urban Foxes – Saturday 10 am

A Halloween-themed art pop-up market featuring local makers and creators, curated by artists Mallory Kay Palmertree and Zita Webb. Free to attend.

Pumpkin Patch Palooza – Jackson Free Clinic – Saturday 4 pm

100 free pumpkins, face painting, games, snacks, and balloon animals, sponsored in part by the UMMC Police Department. Wear a costume. Free.

Burnt Sienna: Weaving of the Textile and Culinary Arts – Foot Print Farms – Saturday 6:30 pm

A benefit dinner showcasing the beauty of textiles and the culinary arts presented by Chef Enrika Williams. The dinner includes a screening of the Emmy Award winning documentary Fertile Ground. Tickets are $65 on Eventbrite.

B2 Fighting Series 136: Mississippi – Jackson Convention Complex – Saturday 7 pm

The B2 Fighting Series makes its Mississippi debut. Tickets at