Exploring Events in August

Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Through August 11
Two Mississippi Museums
Jackson, MS
Explore rare, firsthand accounts of loss and resilience from the unlikely discovery of a sunken slave ship. For more information visit

Unknown Child Holocaust Exhibit
Through August 31
DeSoto County Museum
Hernando, MS
This exhibit tells the story of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust, as seen through the eyes of the local students who collected 1.5M pennies – one for each child. Free admission. For more information
call 662-429-8852.

Hernando Farmer’s Market
Through September 29
Courthouse Square
Hernando, MS
The Hernando Farmer’s Market is ranked number 1 certified farmer’s market and ranked 30th in the nation by the American Farmland Trust. For more information, visit cityofhernando.org/farmersmarket or call 662-429-9092.

ARTS in the Alley
August 1 – 31
Old Towne Main Street
Olive Branch, MS
Visit this free outdoor art gallery, located next the Chamber of Commerce. Paintings by local artists are rotated periodically. For more information,
visit obarts.com or call 901-619-0261.

First Friday Art Walk
August 2
DeSoto Arts Council
Hernando, MS
5:00 – 7:00pm
The first Friday of each month enjoy art, wine and cheese at businesses around the DeSoto Arts Council area in Hernando. They will be open and feature art in their establishments. For additional information,
call 662-404-3361 or email dac.desotoarts@gmail.com.

Live at the Garden Presents Lionel Richie
August 2
Botanic Garden
Memphis, TN
Picnic baskets, law chairs and coolers welcome! For more information visit liveatthegarden.com.

Watermelon Carnival
August 2 – 3
City Park
Water Valley, MS
Fireworks show, BBQ contest, music, arts & crafts, children’s activities, car show and free watermelon slices! For more information call 662-473-1122 or visit watervalleychamber.com.
Elvis Week
August 9 – 17
Memphis, TN
Elvis Week is a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join fans from around the world in Memphis as we remember the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. For a complete list of events visit graceland.com.

Picnic on the Lawn at Chalmers
August 10
Chalmers Institute
Holly Springs, MS
4:00 – 7:00pm
Hosted by Preserve Marshall County. Come to a picnic on the lawn and join in celebrating historic preservation, while at the same time…enjoy good food, music and silent auction! For tickets visit preservemarshallcounty.org or call 901-336-4090.

Farm to Table in Hernando
August 15
Cedar Hill Farm
Hernando, MS
6:30 – 9:00pm
An event highlighting local chefs and farmers
Presented by Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 662-429-9055 or
visit hernandoms.org

Thomas Rhett with Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson
and Rhett Akins
August 16
BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove Park
Southaven, MS
For more information visit livenation.com.

17th Annual Tri-State Blues Festival
August 17
Landers Center
Southaven, MS
Pokey Bear with more to be announced later.
Tickets obtained from sources other than the Landers Center Box Office or Ticketmaster may be counterfeit or overpriced. Call 662-470-2131 if you have any questions or concerns.

Movies Under the Stars
June 7 – 28
Mississippi Book Festival: A Literary Lawn Party
August 17
Stata Capitol
Jackson, MS
9:00am – 5:00pm
150+ authors, 40+ panels, book signings, booksellers, Capitol tours, food trucks and more. For more information visit msbookfestival.com or call 769-717-2648.

August 22
Bologna Perfomring Arts Center
Cleveland, MS
With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. For more information visit bolognapac.com or call 662-846-4625.

Helen Brett Mid-South Jewelry & Accessories Fair
August 23-25
Landers Center
Southaven, MS
Fri & Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm
The Mid-South Jewelry and Accessories Fair is a cash and carry show as well as order writing. This market attracts 5,000 buyers and has 250 booths which include children’s items, home decor, jewelry, personal beauty, women’s fashions and gourmet items. Tickets are $20.00. Advance sales through Ticketmaster.com. For more information visit helenbrettexhibits.com/1806-southhaven.

10th Annual Hernando Scavenger Hunt
August 24
Gale Community Center
Hernando, MS
Teams of 2-5 will meet at the Gale Community Center at 8:30am. Teams compete to win a $1,000 grand prize and may consist of families, co-workers, etc. Winner announced at 6pm at the Gale Center. For more information, call 662-429-2688 or visit hernandorec.com.

Creative Aging’s Senior Arts Series
August 21
Theatre Memphis
Memphis, TN
Featuring John Angotti, an accomplished musician, composer and music director whose secular and religious work has taken him around the United States and abroad. His performance will feature secular music, including songs by Billy Joel and Elton John. The program is followed by a complimentary reception. For more information call 901-485-5369 or visit creativeagingmidsouth.org.

Annual Iuka Heritage Festival
August 30 – 31
Mineral Springs Park
Iuka, MS
For more information call 662-423-8638.

3rd Annual RL Boyce Picnic and Blues Celebration
August 31 – September 1
Como, MS
Como Bluesman RL Boyce was first recorded in 1970. In Como played drums on his 15th birthday accompanied his Uncle, Othar Turner\’s Fife and Drum band. In 2019 RL invites all to celebrate his 64th birthday. In Como at a traditional Mississippi Family Picnic. For more information visit rlboycepicnic.com.

Live at the Garden Presents Toby Keith
August 31
Botanic Garden
Memphis, TN
Picnic baskets, law chairs and coolers welcome! For more information visit liveatthegarden.com.

Read More in DeSoto Magazine online.