The MS Ag Museum’s Pumpkin Adventure features a milk and cookie snack, hayride and a visit to the pumpkin
patch to pick out your own pumpkin. Image: MS Ag Museum

Get out and about this week to enjoy all Jackson has to offer! From a Civil Rights celebration to family-fun, an awareness-raising 5k and art online, JXN has something for you.

Fannie Lou Hamer Birthday Celebration – MS Civil Rights Museum – Tuesday 9 a.m.
Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be free on Tuesday, October 6 as staff highlight activist Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy through guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mississippi State Fair – MS State Fairgrounds – Begins Wednesday 5 p.m.
One of the South’s largest fairs, this year’s iteration, promises to be “one of the safest in the country” amid COVID-19. Featuring amusement rides, concessions, entertainment, an antique tractor show in the all-new Trademart, exhibits and educational demonstrations, the midway’s footprint will be expanded to alleviate congestion. Hand sanitizing stations, cleaning between rides and additional safety measures are being put in place.

Pumpkin Adventure – MS Agriculture and Forestry Museum – Wed.-Sat. Oct. 7-10, 14-17, 21-24
The annual outdoor event includes a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum and snacks. 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 with you! Groups of 10 or more MUST make a reservation by phone. For more information call 601.432.4500 or email us at

NAMIWalks Mississippi 2020 – Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park – Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Celebrating 18 years of NAMIWalks, the nation’s largest series of mental health awareness and fundraising events Saturday’s event is part of one of 115+ community walks. NAMIWalks is a fun, family-friendly event and there is no cost to register. Check-in beginning at 9 a.m. for this 5k.

Makers in Their Spaces: Jennifer Torres – Virtual – Saturday 10 a.m.
Jennifer Torres is a sculptor, installation artist, and USM tenured art professor working in Hattiesburg, MS. She is no stranger to the Mississippi Museum of Art: her work has been featured in past Mississippi Invitationals and Garden Boats (2011) is currently on display in The Art Garden.

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.