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21Sep5:00 pm8:00 pmGoody2Shoes 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

22Sep(Sep 22)5:00 pm24(Sep 24)8:00 pmTina Turner Heritage Days 2017

22Sep6:30 pm10:00 pmAMP Music Series: Skeleton Krew

23SepalldayalldayOne Way Music & Arts Festival & Heritage Day

23Sep7:30 am2:00 pm5th Annual Race Day @ Augustine School

23Sep(Sep 23)8:00 am24(Sep 24)6:00 pmAutumn Ambush (Baseball)

23Sep10:00 am5:00 pmHuntingdon Heritage Day Music & Arts Festival

23Sep7:00 pm1:00 pmJackson Service League Thrift Sale

23Sep7:00 pm9:00 pmVikings Gala w/ NBA Superstar Shaquille O'Neal

23Sep9:00 pm5:00 pmColors of Fall Festival & Paint Out

23Sep9:00 pm11:00 pm3rd Annual I CAN TRI

26Sep6:00 pm10:00 pmJackson Christian PRESENTS An Evening w/ Diamond Rio

27Sep6:30 pm10:30 pmPreview Party~ Over the River and Through the Woods

28Sep5:30 pm8:30 pm8th Annual Take Your Girls Night Out 5K

28Sep6:00 pm9:00 pmCanstruction 2017: An Evening with Natalie Grant

28Sep01OctJTG PRESENTS Over the River and Through the Woods

29Sep01Oct2017 Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival

29Sep(Sep 29)10:00 am30(Sep 30)10:00 pmChester County Barbecue Festival

29Sep6:00 pm10:00 pmJackson Fabulous Feud Game show and Dinner

29Sep7:00 pm11:00 pm4th Annual Make It Shake It Martini Party

30Sep7:00 am12:00 pmTN Rhythm Run

30Sep8:00 am6:00 pm1st Annual Lemonaide 5K & 1 Mile Walk

30Sep10:00 am2:00 pmBabyBlast & KidSplosion

30Sep10:00 pm4:00 pmJackson International Food & Arts Festival

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Sports

Whether it's a game at The Ballpark to see the Arizona Diamondbacks' AA affiliate, Jackson Generals, or exploring one of our 12 parks covering 800 acres, outdoor recreation and sports offer something for the entire family.   The West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex offers baseball and softball enthusiasts approximately 70 acres of fields adjacent to the Jackson Generals Ballpark. The facility includes a total of 17 fields used for regional and national baseball and softball tournaments, clinics and collegiate tournaments. The season runs from March - October.
 

Outdoors

When you visit Jackson you are within an hour or two drive to numerous state parks, including Shiloh National Military Park; Reelfoot Lake, which America’s bald eagle calls home in winter; and Chickasaw State Park and Natchez Trace State Park with their rustic trails and picnic areas. Paris Landing State Park and Pickwick State Park — northeast and southeast respectively from Jackson — sit on the scenic Tennessee River and offer boating, golf courses, lodging and other recreational activities. The Hatchie River National Wildlife Refuge remains the longest continuous stretch of naturally meandering river in the lower Mississippi River Valley.

History & Civil War

To begin to tell the stories of the Civil War and the impact on the communities, well let's just say, we're still uncovering them. From Shiloh National Military Park to the Denmark Presbyterian Church, Jackson and West Tennessee saw tremendous activity over the course of the war.   Yet, out of the ashes of war, Tennesseans black and white built a new society where slavery was abolished and citizenship redefined. As such, Congress has designated the state as the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. Tennessee's landscape contains many powerful reminders of the Civil War from battlefields and monuments in places such as Shiloh and Chattanooga, to the sites along the Civil War Trails stretching from Memphis to the Tri-Cities. See the maps of the time, the flags that led the regiments, and the timeline of events that forever changed the physical, social, and economic face of Tennessee.   Visit TNcivilwar.org for a look at the State of Tennessee in it's entirety or scroll through the listings below to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

Arts & Culture

The variety of arts, theater and music may surprise you — but Jackson has a long history as the entertainment center of West Tennessee, and the growing number of students and professionals keep it vibrant.

Music Heritage

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Visit our Weekly Listing of Live Music

Can you hear it? It's the beat you can only find in Jackson, halfway between Memphis' Beale Street and Nashville's Broadway in the heart of the Americana Music Triangle. This is where Elvis cut his teeth with Carl Perkins and Rock-A-Billy was born. Blues music flowed throughout the cotton fields of the region and today's talent is an exciting cross between the numerous genres of the region.

The Americana Music Triangle connects you to the people, places and stories of the world's number one music destination!

Jackson’s AMP at the West Tennessee The outdoor amphitheater next to the West Tennessee Farmer’s Market hosts free concerts by local and regional artists and movies on a large screen from May to October. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket for an evening under the stars. Vendors sell food at many of the events.

Carl Perkins’ Grave Music legend and rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins is buried in Jackson’s Ridgecrest Cemetery. When he died Jan. 19, 1998, people traveled from around the world to attend his funeral. Beatles guitarist George Harrison played Perkins’ song, “Your True Love,” during the funeral.

Carnegie Tennessee Legends of Music Museum Built in 1903 as a free library, the Carnegie Center now holds the rich history of Jackson’s musical past. It highlights the lives of local artists like Carl Perkins, Wink Martindale and Sonny Boy Williamson, the location of the first Hard Rock Cafe in the United States by founder and Jackson native Isaac Tigrett, and Jackson’s role in rock’n’roll and the birth of rockabilly.

The Jackson Area Plectral Society’s Jam Session at Casey Jones Village The Jackson Area Plectral Society holds a free jam session of old-time music from 6-9pm every Thursday.

International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame Discover the history of rockabilly and learn about the artists and personalities who pioneered this unique American music genre. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for the rockabilly music fan. Hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-2pm Friday and Saturday.

The Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center Attached to Jackson’s former City Hall, The Ned is the center of arts attractions downtown. You’ll find art shows, Jackson Theatre Guild productions and performers from across the country.

John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson’s Grave Blairs Chapel C.M.E. Cemetery, Blairs Chapel Road John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson was the first great blues harmonica player — easily one of the most important of the pre-war era. He made the harmonica a worthy lead instrument and opened the door for many famous players, such as Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells.

Attractions

People visiting Jackson find there is a lot to like. When Country connected to the Blues in Jackson the sound was heard around the world and Rock-A-Billy was born. Jackson is where baseball players, beauty queens, heroes, and legends are all connected. Jackson offers great place to stay, great places to eat, great places to shop, fun things to do, and interesting things to learn.   The variety of arts, theater and music may surprise you, but Jackson has a long history as the entertainment center of West Tennessee. As you would expect in a city of 60,000 serving a region of over 500,000, with this many facets, Jackson offers a pleasing variety of neighborhoods, churches and religious activities, and many places to relax and get away - or to get some fresh air and exercise. People who've moved to Jackson tell us that once you live here you'll always want to stay.   Click for Event Newsletter.

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Jackson, TN 38301

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197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301

731.425.8333 | lnunnery@jacksontn.com


Jackson News

Jackson’s International Food and Arts Festival

September 15, 2017

In 2013, community representative, Eduardo Morales, asked the City of Jackson to consider hosting a local festival in order to celebrate the city’s diversity. Morales loved Jackson, but he also was concerned that many of the city’s international residents felt overlooked. In response, Mayor Jerry Gist then organized a series of community meetings to discuss various possibilities and how this would impact the city. Soon afterward, Morales and Dr. Sandra Dee co-chaired the event together and collaborated with like-minded individuals to make the Jackson International Food & Arts Festival a reality.

The festival’s mission is “to spread cultural awareness, promote cross-cultural engagement, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of residents throughout West Tennessee.” Food and art are important elements of the festival, because this gives international residents the opportunity to share their country, culture, and heritage. Furthermore, the festival serves to remind the Jackson community that we are far more alike than we are different.



Since the first JIFAF back in 2014, more than twenty countries have been represented such as India, Germany, Japan, and Mexico. Other festivities have also included a parade of performers, food vendors, and a kid’s corner. Because of the event’s overall success, the city has continued the event during the fall.

This year marks JIFAF’s fourth anniversary, and the festival will take place on September 30, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. For more information, 731.217.6654 or visit jifaf.com or their Facebook page.


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