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 Elvis's Tupelo to B.B. King's Indianola to Eudora Welty's Jackson and many, many others.


Choctaw Indian Fair
Choctaw, Mississippi

July 8-11, 2020

2020 marks the 71st annual Choctaw Indian Fair, celebrating Choctaw heritage. This year’s fair theme is “The Choctaw Spirit Lives On.” Fair activities include World Series stickball competition, the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant; concerts, tribal arts and crafts, traditional Choctaw food, and much more.

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Neshoba County Fair
Philadelphia, Mississippi

July 24-31, 2020

Come on down to “Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty” and celebrate the annual Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, MS, at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds. Fair activities include horse racing, the Miss Neshoba County Fair pageant, the Pretty Cow Contest, Clothes Line Art Contest, and many more!

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Mississippi Book Festival
Jackson, Mississippi

August 15, 2020

With over 150 authors and artists attending, the 2020 Mississippi Book Festival, held on the State Capitol grounds, is sure to be a success! The festival features Authors Alley – where visitors can walk booth to booth, meeting their favorite authors – Capitol tours, food trucks, and much more!

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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 Kermit the Frog –
Jim Henson's Delta Boyhood Exhibit

415 Southeast Deer Creek Drive
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.

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Rowan Oak
916 Old Taylor Road
Oxford, MS 38655

Rowan Oak is William Faulkner's former home. Faulkner purchased the primitive Greek Revival 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.

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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 some of the South's most recognized fiction and nonfiction writers and playwrights of the 20th century. Mississippi writers recognized with trail destinations 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 Jackson), and others.

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