The 8 Best Music Festivals in Mississippi

If you’re looking for a music festival to attend this year, then you should consider one of the many great festivals happening in Mississippi. From blues festivals to gospel festivals, there’s sure to be something that interests you. 

Here are the best music festivals in Mississippi.

1. Double Decker Arts Festival

Oxford, Mississippi

When: April (two days)

The Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford, Mississippi is a celebration of both art and music. The festival is named after the double-decker bus that was imported from England, which is displayed on the courthouse lawn.

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This two-day event features two stages of live music, art and craft vendors, a children’s area with carnival rides and games, food trucks, and more. It’s a great place to make memories!

2. Highway 61 Blues Festival

Downtown Leland, Mississippi

When: October (one day)

The Highway 61 Blues Festival is an annual event held in Leland, Mississippi usually at the end of summer or early fall. It’s a celebration of some of the best blues coming out of Mississippi featuring outstanding local talent.

Highway 61 Blues FestHighway 61 Blues Fest

The best local and regional blues bands from around the state come together in one place. If you’re a fan of the blues, this is the perfect festival for you.

3. Delta Blues & Heritage Festival

Greenville, Mississippi

When: September (one day)

The Delta Blues & Heritage Festival is a yearly event that takes place in Mississippi. This regional blues music festival is an event put on by a group of local blues musicians. It highlights some of the area’s best talent.

45th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival '22 (Greenville MS)45th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival ’22 (Greenville MS)

The festival not only has superb music but also educational workshops on Delta blues history and culture. And if that’s not enough, there is plenty of excellent food and drinks, as well as activities for people of all ages.

4. Elvis Festival

Tupelo, Mississippi

When: June (five days)

The Elvis Festival, which takes place every June in Tupelo, is an annual celebration of the king of rock and roll. Each year, locals and visitors come together to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in his hometown.

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This festival will have you jamming all day to your favorite tunes, including tribute acts, blues, country, rock and roll, and alternative rock.

5. Sunflower River Blues & Gospel

Clarksdale, Mississippi

When: August (three days)

August in Clarksdale, Mississippi wouldn’t be the same without the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel music festival.

Mississippi’s music is an accurate portrayal of the state’s history and culture, so it would be worth your time to give this festival a go if you’re curious about Mississippi.

Dorothy Moore-Misty Blue (2011 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival)Dorothy Moore-Misty Blue (2011 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival)

The festival has amazing live entertainment and activities throughout the weekend. Plus you’ll get to hear some of the best blues and gospel music around!

6. Juke Joint Festival

Clarksdale, Mississippi

When: April (one day)

At the Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival, you can enjoy free music from over 40 blues acts on stages throughout downtown. The festival also offers free family-friendly entertainment during the day.

Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MississippiJuke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi

The Mississippi blues festival is the one that you’ve probably seen in international news outlets, such as the New York Times or Wall Street Journal.

7. Mighty Mississippi Music Festival

Greenville, Mississippi

When: October (three days)

The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival is a three-day concert celebration of the Delta region, its farmers, and the legends who inspired the music. Held in front of the magical Mississippi River, this festival showcases multiple genres of music.

2017 Mighty Mississippi Music Festival2017 Mighty Mississippi Music Festival

The festival also includes workshops and activities for kids, a food court with delicious local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, and more. It’s an incredible experience that you won’t want to miss!

8. Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, (BLBN)

The upcoming festival in town will be an evening of merriment for every member of the family. The five stages at the festival will showcase live music from a variety of genres, including jazz, indie rock, and acoustic.

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In addition to the main fair, there will be a section just for children, various food vendors from Greater Belhaven restaurants, and handcrafted items sold by local merchants and artisans.

Final Thoughts

There is nothing like enjoying a summer evening listening to awesome local music with friends and family. So make sure you plan to attend at least one of these music festivals in Mississippi this summer