Explore Mississippi

Pack your bags. From inside The MAX, you can personalize your very own Mississippi arts and entertainment road trip. Come get the big picture at The MAX, then set out for a closer look at the stories that grab you most — from Tupelo’s Elvis, to Indianola’s B.B. King, to Jackson’s Eudora Welty and many, many others.


Spring Arts Festival
Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Mar. 23–24, 2019

Set among the live oaks and surrounded by locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants, this festival showcases more than 100 arts, crafts, and herb and garden vendors featuring painting, pottery, jewelry, plants, and more. Festival activities include artists’ demonstrations, entertaining lectures, and more.



Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival
Ridgeland, Mississippi

Apr. 6–7, 2019

Showcasing some of America's finest artists, the 11th Annual Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival takes place at Renaissance at Colony Park on Saturday from 10am–6pm and Sunday 11am–5pm. Enjoy shopping, live music, and a host of kids' activities. Other festival activities include the Santé South Wine Festival and the Run Now, Wine Later 5K run.


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Juke Joint Festisval
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Apr. 11–14, 2019

Take a trip to historic Clarksdale, Mississippi, home to Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, and many more, for the Juke Joint Festival. Celebrate America’s musical beginnings on front porches and in old juke houses like Red’s Juke and Ground Zero Blues Club. It's "half blues festival, half small-town fair, and all about the Delta!"


Jim Henson and his iconic creation Kermit the Frog, in front of a mural by Coulter Watt.
Photo by John E. Barrett. Kermit the Frog © Disney/Muppets.
Courtesy The Jim Henson Company/MoMI

The Birthplace of the Frog—
Jim Henson's Delta Boyhood Exhibit

415 Southeast Deer Creek Dr.
Leland, MS 38756

Take a road trip to The Birthplace of the Frog! The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit celebrates Henson's spirit, genius, and legacy through educational displays, videos, and memorabilia. See where Kermit, the world's most famous frog, was born on the banks of beautiful Deer Creek just outside Leland.





Rowan Oak
916 Old Taylor Road
Oxford, MS 38655

Rowan Oak is William Faulkner's former home. A primitive Greek Revival house, Faulkner purchased the house when it was in disrepair in the 1930s. One of its more famous features is the outline of Faulkner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Fable, penciled on the plaster wall of his study. Rowan Oak was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.


American novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty (1909 - 2001), who is known for her stories set in the southern states of America where she was born and brought up. Among her best known novels are 'The Delta Wedding' and 'The Optimist's Daughter' which won her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.   (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

The Southern Literary Trail
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia

This tri-state Trail honors the some of the South's most recognized writers and playwrights of the 20th Century. Mississippi writers recognized with Trail markers include Tennessee WIlliams (Clarksdale and Columbus), William Faulkner (Oxford and New Albany), Eudora Welty (Jackson and Columbus), Margaret Walker Alexander (Jackson), Shelby Foote (Greenville), Richard Wright (Natchez), and others.


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