Life In Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi has a wealth of entertainment possibilities. From the arts to sports to family fun, we have it all!

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The Mississippi Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the state of Mississippi. Located in a new facility in downtown Jackson, the Museum has something to offer everyone, from world class exhibitions, to summer camps for children, to adult enrichment seminars.

As the largest professional performing arts organization in the state, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs for more than 75,000 Mississippians each year at more than 120 concerts statewide. Concerts in historic Thalia Mara Hall include those of the Bravo and Pops Series, while Chamber Series concerts are performed in intimate venues throughout Jackson.

Jackson is also the home to the prestigious International Ballet Competition. For two exciting weeks, dancers from around the world, along with students and teachers, company directors and ballet patrons converge on this southern town to compete for prizes, study with master teachers, offer company contracts and enjoy some of the world’s best dance performances. The USA International Ballet Competition has become known as a Festival of Dance and the Olympics of Ballet.  In addition to the IBC, Ballet Mississippi, the premier ballet company in the metropolitan area of Jackson, MS, has a long history of providing well staged performances and classical ballet training.

For the sports fans, we have got you covered! We are home to the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Take in a ball game at beautiful Trustmark Park.  Jackson is also home to several small college football teams, most notably Jackson State University.  In between games, a visit to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is in order.  From the sandlot to the Super Bowl, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a living, breathing testament to the competitive spirit – a $4.5 million state-of-the-art facility reflecting, tracing, telling, and re-telling the stories sports legends are made of.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Ross Barnett Reservoir (known to locals as “The Rez”) is a 50-square-mile reservoir which offers excellent facilities for fishing, sailing, skiing, camping and picnics. The 400-mile Natchez Trace Parkway stretches from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. It memorializes a series of Indian paths that became a post road. The Trace provides complete picnic grounds, nature areas, and a historic drive from Northeast Mississippi into Jackson, following the shore of the Reservoir and beyond to Natchez.

In addition, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is located in between the Reservoir and the Natchez Trace Parkway. The mission of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is to preserve, promote, market, educate and encourage the highest standard of excellence in regional crafts. The Guild presents educational programs, craft events and exhibits, art education and markets fine craft. One hundred fifty thousand people attend guild programs each year where they encounter working craftsmen and the results of their work.

Jackson boasts of hundreds of fun events, festivals, innumerable visual and performing arts, hot sports action and cool nightlife. Beautiful changing seasons offer fall and holiday events rich with tradition, spring flings and laid back summer celebrations. For additional nightlife listings, visit the Jackson Free Press.(

Finally, Jackson has you covered for family fun as well. You will surely enjoy the The Jackson Zoo, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and one of the newest additions to Jackson’s family entertainment scene: the beautiful and exciting Mississippi Children’s Museum.