Activities and Events to Add to Your Jackson Summer Bucket List

Activities and Events to Add to Your Jackson Summer Bucket List

Looking for something to do with the rest of your summer? Jackson offers a variety of activities — mostly indoor so you can beat the heat — to add to your summer bucket list.

And because the schools are still on summer vacation, there are also plenty of child-friendly activities.

Exhibition of flags from Mississippi

  • When: March 9th to November 8th
  • Where: Two Museums in Mississippi, 222 North St.

“Flags of Mississippi: Emblems Through Time” is a limited-time exhibit at the Two Mississippi Museums. The exhibit takes guests through Mississippi’s history with 20 different versions of the state flag, including the original magnolia flag sewn in 1861.

The exhibition opened in March and will run until November.

Admission to the flag exhibit is included in museum tickets, which range from $8 to $15. Admission is free on Sundays.

Exhibition ‘What happened to Dr. Smith?’

  • When: April 20th to September 22nd
  • Where: Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 South Lamar St.

Noah Saterstrom, born in Mississippi, wanted to solve the mystery of his great-grandfather Dr. DL Smith. According to Saterstrom family history, he had disappeared in the early 1920s.

Through years of research, Saterstrom discovered that his great-grandfather had not really disappeared. Smith had spent the last four decades of his life in a psychiatric institution in Jackson.

The exhibition highlights the stigma and marginalization of mental illness in society through paintings, photographs and texts.

The exhibition “What Became of Dr. Smith” opened in April and runs through September.

The entrance fee is $10 to $15 and is free for those with a membership.

Paw Patrol Adventure Exhibition

  • When: May 11th to September 8th
  • Where: Mississippi Children’s Museum, 2145 Museum Blvd.

The Mississippi Children’s Museum’s summer 2024 exhibit is called “Paw Patrol: Adventure Play.” In this interactive exhibit, kids can go on rescue missions just like in the Paw Patrol cartoon.

The exhibition opened in May and runs until September 8.

The entrance fee is $13 per ticket and is free for children under 1 year old.

Exhibition ‘Dinosaurs around the world’

  • When: June 8 to January 5
  • Where: Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciences, 2148 Riverside Drive

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science invites visitors to travel back in time in a new indoor/outdoor version of the museum’s popular “Dinosaurs Around the World” exhibit.

The exhibit “Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors” features 11 animatronic dinosaurs.

Admission to the exhibit is included in the museum’s regular admission price, which ranges from $6 to $8. Children under three are admitted free.

Belhaven Block Party

  • When: Every Friday, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Where: Belhaven Center, 1121 North Jefferson St.

Belhaven Block Party is a free event that takes place every Friday night in the city center. Each event includes live music, drinks, and ice cream.

‘Reading the Room’ at Native Coffee

  • When: July 10, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Where: Native Coffee, 1800 North State St.

This free event is for all book lovers in the Jackson area. This “Reading the Room” event at Native Coffee is the first in a new series sponsored by the Mississippi Book Festival and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

For those interested, Visit Jackson offers the following:

  • Bring a book you are currently reading
  • Take the time to read for yourself
  • Talk to your neighbors about books while enjoying a drink and a snack
  • Celebrate Mississippi’s vibrant literary culture with us

Neo-Soul Candlelight Concert

  • When: July 10, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM
  • Where: Old Capitol Museum, 100 State St.

The Listeso String Quartet will perform Neo-Soul favorites illuminated by the glow of candlelight for this multi-sensory experience. The preliminary program includes covers of artists such as Prince, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Sade, D’Angelo, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Boyz II Men, Miguel, SZA, HER, Erykah Badu and Solange.

Tickets cost $35 each.

Hibachi nights at Hal and Mal’s

  • When: July 11 and July 25, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Where: Hal and Mal’s, 200 Commerce St.

In this summer series from Hal and Mal’s, guests can enjoy hibachi prepared in the restaurant’s courtyard and discounts on drinks.

Admission is $20 and includes food. Drinks are an additional $5 for sake cocktails, wells and seltzers, $3 for Fertile Ground beer and $2 for domestic beer.

Operation Shoestring Parenting Community Event

  • When: July 13, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Where: Operation Shoestring, 1711 Bailey Ave.

Jackson nonprofit Operation Shoestring is hosting a free community event specifically geared toward Jackson parents and children.

The interactive event coincides with the nonprofit’s recent podcast “Raising Children in Central Jackson: A Series of Oral History Recordings.”

More about the podcast: Operation Shoestring Releases Podcast Series on Raising Kids in Jackson, Past and Present

More about the event: Operation Shoestring is holding a Jackson parenting community event. See when and where

Community Curation Day: Photo Preservation

  • When: July 13, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Where: William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North St.

In this free program, Mississippi Department of Archives and History Collections Coordinator Laura Heller will demonstrate photo preservation practices. Visitors can bring family photos and learn how to best preserve them.

Reel Insights: Mental Health Perspectives in Cinema

  • When: July 16, 5:30 PM
  • Where: Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 South Lamar St.

This event marks the first in a three-part film series exploring the representation of mental health in cinema. July’s event will explore the ways in which filmmakers tackle mental health complexities on screen.

Two more events will be held in August and September in partnership with the Mississippi State University Psychology Department.

Admission is free and interested parties can register on the MMA website.

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