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Festivals and family events in Mississippi

Celebrate Mississippi

Whether you like music, art, culture or food, there’s a festival to celebrate your passion! Mark your calendar and get ready for family fun throughout the year.

Hot air balloon race

Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

Witness nearly 100 hot air balloons color the sky in the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. This is truly a sight to behold. The event weekend, Oct. 19-21, kicks off on Friday night with the crowd favorite Balloon Glow, where hot air balloons take to the night skies and all you can see is the glow from the gas jets. As you cheer on your selected hot air balloon, enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment.

Location: Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens, Natchez, MS

Phone: 601-442-2500

Website: natchezballoonrace.com/

Natchez Powwow at Grand Village

Celebrate Native American culture and heritage at the annual Natchez Powwow. Here you'll enjoy firsthand traditional Native American art, dancing and music. There are native dance competitions, traditional music performances and traditional craft demonstrations. There are also crafts available for purchase. Learn about this unique culture at this one of a kind experience the entire family will enjoy.

Location: 400 Jefferson Davis Blvd., Natchez, MS

Website: natchezpowwow.com

Riverfest

This family-friendly two-day festival celebrates the best in music and art. Countless artisans display their wares for purchase and downtown businesses host sidewalk sales. Enjoy live entertainment by a variety of musicians in diverse genres. When the sun sets, get ready to dance in the street as the live performances continue throughout the night. No festival is complete without food, and at Riverfest you'll enjoy world cuisines.

Location: Historic Washington St., Vicksburg, MS

Phone: 601-634-4527

Website: riverfestms.com

Crossroads Film Festival

Celebrate the art and diversity of filmmaking at this three-day festival. View films from across the country and the globe highlighting range of topics and interests, including special regional topics. Get ready to see features, short films, documentaries and even experimental projects at this film and video competition for both seasoned filmmakers and amateurs. There are also filmmaking workshops and question-and-answer sessions with festival participants.

Location: 221 Grandview Blvd., Madison, MS

Phone: 601-345-5674

Website: crossroadsfilmfestival.com

Natchez Spring Pilgrimage

Visit a time past during the five-week pilgrimage each spring. Thirty antebellum mansions open their doors to visitors, sharing the stories of the homes and their early residents. The guides wear period clothing and the furnishing and decor of the homes reflect the standards of the 18thand 19thcentury. In addition to touring the elaborate and elegant mansions and plantation homes, there are also pageants and other presentations about life in the pre-Civil War era.

Location: 640 S. Canal St., Natchez, MS

Phone: 601-446-6631

Website: natchezpilgrimage.com

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival

For four days Elvis enthusiasts gather in the birthplace of the king of rock and roll to celebrate his music and impact on the world. Watch as some of the best Elvis tribute artists perform. Of course, you can also enjoy musical performances by other artists and from other genres. You won't want to miss the beauty pageant, pet parade or preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition. There also games and plenty of festival food.

Location: Downtown Tupelo, MS

Phone: 662-841-6598

Website: tupeloelvisfestival.com

Slugburger Festival

What's more exciting than a slugburger? How about a three-day festival to celebrate this traditional northeast Mississippi delicacy? No, it's not a patty made from slug, but a deep-fried burger made of ground beef or pork combined with soybeans. Music, games, a carnival and vendors take over downtown Corinth, providing family-friendly fun for all.

Location: 810 Tate St., Corinth, MS

Phone: 662-287-1550

Website: www.slugburgerfestival.com

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