Festival Season

Sonia Thompson

The South does spring well, and by April, Mississippians are ready to celebrate with music, art, sports, food, and wine. Festival season is upon us, and so here we give you some of our favorite events happening close to Splinter Creek this spring.

1. Water Valley Wine Down
Thursday, March 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in downtown Water Valley.
Head to downtown Water Valley for wine tasting and a fun, unique shopping experience. Registration is $20 and includes the wine tasting at participating businesses and a collectible wine tumbler. After you register, you will pick up a wristband for the wine tasting and your collectible wine tumbler at the Pocket Park on Main Street on the day of event (Thursday, March 30). Pick up begins at 4:30 p.m.

2. Ole Miss Grove Bowl
April 15 at 2 p.m., Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Not technically a festival, but this annual spring game is a way for football fans to stay happy until fall. The Ole Miss football team hosts the 2023 Grove Bowl, the finale of the Rebels' spring drills. Admission is free.

3. Juke Joint Festival
The 20th-annual Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale on April 15 is billed as "half blues festival, half small-town fair, and all about the Delta." The blues-centered weekend has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and many other publications. Enjoy more than 100 blues performances plus real-deal juke joints, monkeys riding dogs, racing pigs, arts & crafts, music workshops, children's events, Southern food and more. It's no wonder that it has become Clarksdale and Coahoma County's biggest blues week of the year.

4. Double Decker Arts Festival
April 28-29, the Oxford Square
The annual two day Double Decker Arts Festival celebration of food, music, and the arts returns to the Oxford Square with Marcus King as this year's music headliner.

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