Whether you’re into cosplay or crustaceans, I think this list has you covered. Add fossils, farming and… The Temptations to it and this is how you do a weekend in JXNMS!
Spring Farm Days at Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry
Museum – Thursday – Saturday, 10 am-2 pm.
Here’s your opportunity to see the Ag Museum come to life with cooking demonstrations, Farmstead life and gardening, and the large farm and forestry equipment display. Look for baby chicks, chickens and other farm animals, too, in the newly opened Children’s Barn. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-18).
Mississippi Anime Festival at MS Trademart – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.
Celebrate anime and manga, as well as general pop culture and animation, while bringing together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family-friendly environment. Admission is $25 for adults day of the show, $10 kids 2-10 years old and children under 2 are free.
Fossil Road Show at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science – Saturday, 10 am – 3:30 pm.
Kids, get ready for a fossil gravel hunt for actual Mississippi fossils, an indoor scavenger hunt built around the museum’s fossil wall (a.k.a. Stories in Stone) and digging in real fossil sediments from the “Red Hot” Truck Stop. Fun, educational and inter-generational, Fossil Road Show brings families together to share their love of Mississippi’s fossil history and has something for everyone with interest in paleo-history. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3-18 and $5 for senior citizens. Ages under 3 are free.
First Boil at Cathead Distillery – Saturday, Noon – 8 pm.
Have you had your first mudbug this season? Cathead aims to solve that from noon until 8 pm plus live music by the Delta’s own Bill Abel Trio from 3-5 pm. Drink craft and domestic beers with a special offering from Abita Brewing Company. Event admission is free and all ages and dogs are welcome.
Downtown Jackson Walking Tour at the Welcome to Jackson Mural – Saturday
Join More Than a Tourist’s Jane Jones for a two-and-a-half-hour walk around Downtown Jackson, learning about its past, present and future. Jones helps you understand how the city formed, showcases new developments and provides recommendations for after-tour drinks and dining. On a personal note, having taken this tour, I can highly recommend it. It’s $25 per person Venmo, Pay Pal or cash day-of.
The Temptations at Thalia Mara Hall – Sunday
“My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”: you know the songs, now hear them live! An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temptations began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties… and they’re still going strong. Tickets start at $35 on Ticketmaster. But, if you really want to go, and you’ve read this far, I have a pair of tickets to give away. To enter, click here to sign up for our email. I’ll draw on Friday afternoon.
More Jackson events can be found at visitjackson.com/events.