Exploring Events in May

Memphis in May International Festival:
Beale Street Music Festival
May 5 – 7
Tom lee Park

International Salute to Columbia
May 8 – 14

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
May 17 – 20
Tom Lee Park

May 27
Tom Lee Park

Great American River Run
May 28
Downtown Memphis

For more information on events and tickets visit
www.memphisinmay.org or call 901-525-4611.

The Taylor Swift Experience
Through August 13
The GRAMMY Museum
Cleveland, MS
The Taylor Swift Experience gives visitors and fans an in-depth look at the 10-time GRAMMY®-winning artist as a singer, songwriter, musician and producer through personal photographs and home videos, interactive experiences, handwritten lyrics of Taylor’s top-charting hits, and iconic performance outfits. For more information, call 662-441-0100 or visit www.grammymuseumms.org.

Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
May 5 – 6
City Hall Lawn
Meridian, MS
This year’s lineup features Wynonna Judd, Reckless Kelly, Cowboy Mouth, Brandy Clark, Hayes Carll, Chris Knight, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Worsham, Cary Hudson, and The Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition Winners.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy 2 days of great entertainment. For more information call 601-485-1808 or visit jimmierodgersmusicfestival.com.

15th Annual Blue Suede Cruise
May 5 -7
BancorpSouth Arena
Tupelo, MS
Over 900 classic, antique and collectible cars roll into Tupelo for a weekend of fun. Enjoy live music by famed-country artist, Ronnie McDowell. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights in the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot. For more information visit www.bluesc.com.

Kudzu Playhouse Dinner Theatre “Noir Suspicions”
May 5 -7
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Southaven, MS
Kudzu’s Playhouse Mystery Dinner Theatre was such a hit last year, it is returning! This comic mystery is a sequel to the ever-popular Murder at Cafe Noir performed last year. Each ticket includes a 4-course dinner and non-alcoholic refreshments. Patrons are invited to bring their own cocktails and wine. Set-ups provided. For reservations or additional information, email daniel@kudzuplayers.com.

5th Annual Native American Customs & Traditions Festival
May 6
Tishomingo State Park
Tishomingo, MS
For more information call 662-438-6914.

Jockeys & Juleps benefiting Southern Reigns Center for Equine Therapy
May 6
440 South Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN
This premier event features big hats, bourbon and bluegrass with a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby! For more information visit

Natchez Festival of Music
Natchez, MS
May 6: Best of the Mississippi Blues II starring Vasti Jackson
May 9: Rossini Puccini and Martinis
For more information visit natchezfestivalofmusic.com or call 888.718.4253.

25th Esperanza Bonanza
May 10 – 13
Marion Recreational Complex
Marion, AR
Fun for the whole family including carnival, backyard BBQ contest, golf scramble, kids games and live entertainment. For more information visit
www.esperanzabonanza.org or call 901-484-7752.

FiveStar Fest
May 12 – 13
Senatobia, MS
Friday night features 5k race, kids zone and music. Saturday events include car show, kids zone, arts & crafts, BBQ competition and live entertainment on the Gabbert Park stage. Saturday night live music will be on the Main Stage on Front Street. For more information visit their Facebook page.

Gumtree Festival
May 13 -14
Downtown Tupelo, MS
This juried fine-art festival is a Tupelo Mother’s Day weekend tradition. Enjoy local culinary arts, a singer/songwriter competition with block party, food court, beer garden and a Jr. Art Market. For more information call 662-844-2787 or visit

May 19 – 20
Downtown Batesville, MS
Live music, JA kids area, YPP corn hole tournament. arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, food vendors and more. Saturday night music features William Michael Morgan. For more information
call 888.872-6652.

154th Battle of Hernando
May 19 – 21
Mussecuna Plantation
Hernando, MS
Experience the history of the Battle of Hernando during this two-day Civil War reenactment. The battles will take place Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Gates open at 10:00am and close at 5:00pm. The battle will be complete with authentic period clothing and weaponry. Booming cannons and the shrill whistle of Civil War-era musket fire will fill the air as soldiers tramp through the woods just as they did in late June of 1863. For additional information, call 901-553-3878 or 901-238-4393.

A’Fair Arts and Crafts Festival
May 20
Historic Court Square
Hernando, MS
The Hernando Optimist Club hosts the annual A’Fair. Laurie L. Wylie Memorial 5k Race at 7:30am. Arts & crafts, kids zone and food vendors from 9:00am – 5:00pm. For more information
visit hernandooptimist.org.

Book Signing and Reading with Curtis Wilkie and Thomas Oliphant:
“The Road To Camelot”
May 11
TurnRow Book Company
Greenwood, MS
Acclaimed, award-winning journalists Curtis Wilkie and Tom Oliphant provide the most comprehensive account of John F. Kennedy’s wily campaign to the White House, based on a depth of personal reporting, interviews, and archives. Reception at 5:30. Reading and signing to follow. For more information, visit www.turnrowbooks.com or
call 662-453-5595.

Landscaping Camp featuring Jeff McManus
May 26 – 28
Oxford, MS
During the 2 ½ day camp each participant will receive two books written by Jeff McManus, whose expertise in landscaping has gained The University of Mississippi accolades of being named “The Most Beautiful Campus” by a number of national publications. Tour the campus and Oxford, attend educational seminars on pruning, butterfly gardens, low maintenance yards and more. For more information visit oxfordms.com/retire-in-oxford/landscaping-camp/, email rosie@oxfordms.com or call 662-234-4651.