28Aprallday05MayalldayTennessee Iris Festival

02May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

03May(May 3)5:30 pm06(May 6)10:30 pmLive & Local Music

03May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

04May(May 4)5:00 pm06(May 6)5:00 pmFriendly Franks Flea Market

04May6:00 pm10:00 pmRelay for Life of Madison County

04May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

04May6:45 pm10:00 pmLive Music at the AMP / Rev. Jessie & The Holy Smokes

05May7:00 am12:00 pmUT Gardens Spring Plant Sale

05May8:00 am12:00 pmFamily Fest at the AMP

05May(May 5)10:00 am06(May 6)5:00 pm44th Annual Heritage Home Tour

05May10:00 am4:00 pmThe LOCAL Spring Mini Market

05May11:00 am5:00 pmJackson Croquet Club PlayWatch a match and try your hand at playing!

05May2:00 pm6:00 pmDerby Day @ The Dixie

05May(May 5)2:00 pm07(May 7)7:00 pm"My Fair Lady" Audtitions

05May5:30 pm10:30 pmElton Dan & The Rocket Band! featuring Gypsies, Doves & Dreams

05May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

06May(May 6)8:00 am12(May 12)7:00 pmThe West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

06May2:05 pm6:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

10May(May 10)5:30 pm13(May 13)5:00 pmLive & Local Music

11May8:00 am4:30 pmMother's Day Pottery Sale

11May7:00 pm9:00 pmNED Flicks Presents: Rear Window

12May11:00 am12:00 pm5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

12May11:00 am9:00 pm1st Annual Eat on the Street Food Truck Festival

12May4:00 pm8:00 pmHatchie Bottom Bluegrass Jamboree

12May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

12May7:00 pm10:00 pmTravis Tritt

12May7:30 pm9:30 pmJackson Symphony ~ Season Finale

13May2:05 pm6:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

13May3:00 pm5:00 pmJackson Symphony ~ Chamber Concert: Percussion Ensemble

14May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

15May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

16May12:05 pm4:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

16May9:04 pm9:04 pmLive & Local Music

17May6:00 pm9:00 pm6th Annual Downtown Dogtrot

18Mayallday19alldayBemis Heritage Days

18May6:45 pm10:00 pmLive Music at the AMP / Kimberlie Helton Band

19May5:00 pm9:00 pmJackson Hot Air Balloon Classic

21May(May 21)2:00 pm23(May 23)5:00 pmThe CAF AirPower History Tour

23May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

24May4:00 pm10:00 pmPlanters Day at Casey Jones Village

24May(May 24)5:00 pm26(May 26)10:00 pm30th Annual Sheriff Buford Pusser Festival

24May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

25May(May 25)10:00 am28(May 28)5:00 pmMilitary Living History Weekend

25May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

25May8:00 pm10:51 pmReels @ the AMP ~ E.T.

26May(May 26)10:00 am27(May 27)5:00 pmExit 56 Blues Fest

26May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

27May2:05 pm6:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball


Live Music, May 17 Weekend

Over 50 Live music events in Jackson and West Tennessee, May 17 Weekend

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Things to Do

Outdoors & 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.


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 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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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.


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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Live Music, May 17 Weekend

May 17, 2018

Looking for live music this weekend? Jackson and West Tennessee are home to numerous live music venues and special events over the May 17th weekend.  Thanks to our friend Matt Barnacastle and the Jackson Area Music Society for sharing the weekend's live music events! Thursday May 17th      

  • JC Clark & Linda Bryant, Libation Station (Discovery Park), 5:30pm
  • Jackson Plectral Society, Casey Jones Village, 6:30pm
  • Kimberlie Helton & Doug Marcis, Redbones, 7:00pm
  • Tyler Goodson & Friends, The Downtown Tavern, 7:00pm
  • Open Jam, Elks Lodge 192, 7:00pm
  • Karaoke, West Alley BBQ, 7:00pm
  • Johnny Mac, Blues Landing (Buchanan), 7:00pm
  • Farewell Mourning, Ricochet Bar, 7:00pm
  • Open Mic w/ The Skeleton Krew, Cody’s, 8:00pm
  • Open Mic w/ Dave Thomas, The Tap, 9:00pm
Friday May 18th
  • Josh Smith, Fridays at the Fox, 11:30am
  • TBD, Under the Bud Light (theAMP), 6:45pm
  • Southern Fire Band, International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, 7:00pm
  • Ben Jessie & The Mechanix, Mulligans, 7:00pm
  • Evince, The Moose, Them Fixes & Onus, Ricochet Bar, 7:00pm
  • Lady Sundown, Freddy T’s (Counce), 7:00pm
  • Kimberlie Helton Band, the AMP, 7:30pm
  • Tyler Goodson & Friends, Bistro Eleven Sixty, 7:30pm
  • Six Gun, Redbones, 8:00pm
  • StumpWater, Samuel T. Bryant Distillery, 8:00pm
  • Amber McCain, Music on the Square (Bolivar), 8:00pm
  • Peter Moon Solo, Blues Landing (Buchanan), 8:00pm
  • Brandon Lewis, The Tap, 9:00pm
  • Will Burton, The Naked Turtle, 9:00pm
  • BB Steel, The Downtown Tavern, 9:30pm
  • My Other Job, Chequers (Dyersburg), 10:00pm
Saturday May 19th
  •  Lakelin & Daisy Lemmings, Medina Street Festival, 11:30am
  • Backroad Therapy, Skyelor Anderson, & Lil Johnnie Williams, Old Country Store Amphitheater, 4:00pm
  • Art Wheeler, Kaley Pearson, John Spears, & Chase Antwine, Burger 101 (Savannah), 5:00pm
  • Live Entertainment, The Blacksmith, 6:00pm
  • Brandon Lewis, The Naked Turtle, 6:00pm
  • BulletTown Trio, Main Street Grill (Medina), 6:00pm
  • Chad Karnes & The Missing Fifth, Medina Street Festival, 6:00pm
  • Dog Creek Band, Rockabilly Park (Selmer), 6:00pm
  • Cool DaddyTrio , Century Farm Winery, 7:00pm
  • Everyday Hope, Medina Street Festival, 7:00pm
  • Tumbleweed Band, Main Street Country (Humboldt), 7:00pm
  • Greg Dillard, Freddy T’s (Counce), 7:00pm
  • Primal Heart, Redbones, 8:00pm
  • Steve Patterson, Picassos, 8:00pm
  • Emma Webb, Medina Street Festival, 8:00pm
  • Herz, Schedule 40, & Salute The Fallen, Ricochet Bar, 8:00pm
  • John Sutton Band, Blues Landing (Buchanan), 8:00pm
  • Double or Nothin’, The Deuce (Lexington), 8:00pm
  • Lakelin & Daisy Lemmings, Relay for Life (Saturday), 8:30pm
  • The Buzz Kings, Fisherdale Dock (Decaturville), 8:30pm
  • Bryan Moffitt, Mulligans, 9:00pm
  • Dave Thomas & Friends, The Tap, 9:00pm
  • Karaoke, 731 Sports Bar, 9:00pm
  • Backroad Therapy, Medina Street Festival, 9:00pm
  • Funky Finger, The 51 Club (Dyersburg), 9:00pm
  • Tatum Shappley, The Downtown Tavern, 10:00pm
 Sunday May 20th 
  • Bob & Sue Bates, Century Farm Winery, 2:00pm
  • Rockin/ Randall, Blue Landing (Buchanan), 7:00pm
Whether it’s an annual event or one of our great live music venues, experience the music which could only be “Made in Tennessee” found halfway between Memphis and Nashville in the heart of the Americana Music TriangleVisit JacksonTN to connect with what is happening in Jackson and West Tennessee. Connect socially on Facebook and Twitter or call 731.425.8333.

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