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06Jan(Jan 6)9:00 am02Feb(Feb 2)4:30 pmArt Exhibit at the NED

30Jan01FebLIVE AND LOCAL MUSIC

31Jan(Jan 31)10:00 am02Feb(Feb 2)4:00 pm16th ANNUAL REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE FESTIVAL

01Feb10:00 am11:30 amBoardwalk Opening Hike

01Feb5:30 pm9:00 pmSongwriters Week Qualifying Round

01Feb7:30 pmDailey & Vincent

01Feb8:30 pm11:30 pmClare Dunn at Hub City Brewing

02Feb3:00 pm10:00 pmSuper Bowl Party

04Feb5:30 pm6:30 pmPublic Show: "Capcom GO!"

06Feb5:30 pm8:30 pmBe Your Own Valentine Sip & Shop

06Feb(Feb 6)6:00 pm08(Feb 8)11:59 pmLive & Local Music

07Feb1:30 pm2:30 pmPublic Show: "Capcom GO!"

07Feb6:00 pm10:00 pmBoots & Bling 2020

07Feb7:30 pmEtta May live

08Feb10:00 am2:00 pmLove Day Pop-Up Bake Shop

08Feb2:00 pm4:00 pmPaper Flower Workshop

08Feb3:00 pm6:00 pmTN Songwriters Week - Qualifying Round

11Feb5:30 pm6:30 pmPublic Show: "TimeSpace"

13Feb5:00 pm7:30 pmThe Arts Backstage

13Feb6:00 pm8:00 pmGalentine Paint Party

13Feb(Feb 13)6:00 pm15(Feb 15)11:59 pmLive and Local Music

13Feb7:00 pm10:00 pmHub City Rounds - A Songwriter Showcase

14Feb1:30 pm2:30 pmPublic Show: "TimeSpace"

14Feb3:00 pm11:00 pmExes and Axes

14Feb3:45 pm4:45 pmKids' After School Special Show: "Seasonal Stargazing"

14Feb5:00 pm8:00 pmValentine Dinner Theatre

14Feb7:00 pm11:00 pmLove Month

14Feb7:00 pm10:00 pmNed Flicks Presents: Sleepless in Seattle

14Feb7:30 pm10:00 pmHenry Cho - Henderson, TN

15Feb(Feb 15)9:00 am16(Feb 16)4:00 pmJackson TN Exotic Pet Expo

15Feb7:30 pmThe Jackson Symphony - All You Need Is Love

18Feb5:30 pm6:30 pmPublic Show: "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph"

18Feb6:00 pm8:30 pmPaint Party at West Alley BBQ

18Feb6:30 pm8:30 pmPAUL BROCK BAND

20Feb6:30 pm8:30 pmParks and Recreation Trivia

21Feb6:30 pm9:00 pm19th Annual Jewel Awards featuring Evvie McKinney

21Feb7:30 pm10:00 pmRoyal Wade Kimes

22Feb8:00 am4:00 pmWest TN Handbell Festival

22Feb8:30 am12:00 pm2020 Kids' Mardi Gras Parade & Block Party

22Feb10:00 am1:00 pm2020 Polar Plunge

24Feb7:00 pm8:00 pmAriel String Quartet

25Feb6:00 pm9:00 pmJackson Hunter's Night Out

28Feb7:00 pm11:00 pmJackson Service League’s Masquerade Ball

29Feb11:00 am2:00 pmWest Tennessee GenerosiTEA Party 2020

29Feb5:30 pm10:30 pmBlue Suede Dinner & Auction

29Feb8:00 pm11:59 pmHarlem Nights 5

News

The Basketball Tournament to Hold 2020 Regional in Jackson

2019 TBT Participant Jackson TN Underdawgs will play in front of a hometown crowd at Oman Arena.

Valentine’s in Jackson

How are you spending Valentine's Day?

New 2020 Tennessee Vacation Guide Released

Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Tennessee

Things to Do

Travel Resources

"Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

Campgrounds
Joy-O RV Park
Chickasaw State Park
Parkers Crossroads RV Park
Parkway Village RV
Natchez Trace State Park

McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport provides flights with Air Choice One direct service to Atlanta and St. Louis  
 

Outdoors & Sports

Sports

"Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

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

"Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

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 select "Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.  

Sue Shelton White "One of Tennessee’s most effective suffragists, and West Tennessee native was one of the first women court reporters in the state in 1907. White joined the woman suffrage movement and helped organize the Jackson Equal Suffrage League in 1911. While working to increase support for suffrage in Tennessee, she served as recording secretary for the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association beginning in 1913. She later came to believe that the policies and methods of the more activist National Woman’s Party (NWP) were more effective and changed her allegiance in 1918." - to learn more visit the website and facebook page.

Arts & Culture

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"Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

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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"Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

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.

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

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"Plan Your Visit" to learn more about Jackson and West Tennessee's sites.

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.  

Group
Travel

Find the perfect hotel. Identify the right set of attractions. Create a balanced list of restaurant options for every taste and budget. Most important, design a complete travel experience that will be appealing to every visitor. The job of the group tour operator can be challenging, and no one knows that better than Visit Jackson TN!

The ultimate liaison, Visit Jackson TN can help you save time, money and create a memorable visitor experience by connecting you to hotels, attractions and restaurants. You don’t need to make the calls or send out the leads, we do it for you.

Visit Jackson TN can also assist with numerous other services, including but not limited to:

    • • Personalized welcome
    • • Welcome packets
    • • Preset itineraries
    • • Arranging site inspections
    • • Access to a photo library with photos of the destination, attractions, hotels, etc.

Contact Paige Keith at pkeith@jacksontn.com or 731.425.8333 and learn more!





Jackson/Madison County Convention & Visitor Bureau


197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301

731.425.8333 | lnunnery@jacksontn.com


Jackson News

The Basketball Tournament to Hold 2020 Regional in Jackson

February 18, 2020

The Basketball Tournament (TBT), the 64-team, $2 million winner-take-all event televised live, today announced it will bring one of their 2020 regionals to Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee for the first time. Jackson TN Underdawgs, a five-time TBT participant whose run to the 2019 TBT Quarterfinals shocked the basketball world, will now get the opportunity to play in front of a hometown crowd thanks to the efforts of Mayor Scott Conger and Visit Jackson, Tennessee. "We are thrilled that The Basketball Tournament made a decision to choose Jackson, TN as one of their 2020 regional host sites," Conger said. "We are proud of how The Jackson TN Underdawgs represented our city in last year's tournament."   The Underdawgs, comprised entirely of Jackson natives who played at local Liberty Tech and South Side High Schools, have consistently lived up to their names since the team’s inception in 2015.  In 2016, the UnderDawgs were given a 16 seed and had to face off with the top-seeded Bluegrass Boys (Kentucky Alumni). Once again given the lowest seed in the 2019 Memphis Regional, the Underdawgs dominated the competition and made it all the way to the TBT Quarterfinals in Chicago. Only one player (Jaylen Barford) on the team is an active professional basketball player, while the rest of their roster features insurance salesmen, barbers, delivery drivers and more. Barford, who received a spot on TBT 2019’s All-Tournament Team for his strong performance, will return to lead the team in 2020.   "It's a special feeling hosting an amazing event like TBT,” Jaylen Barford said. “With Jackson not having a major college or pro sports team, I feel like we are the ones to give our city hope and show them that as an UnderDawg anything is possible. Our whole team can't wait for this opportunity. We take pride in our city and where we come from. It's going to be a fun weekend and a great experience for everyone."   Alongside the Underdawgs, seven other teams will compete in the Jackson Regional, with all games being broadcast live. First-round games at Oman Arena will be played on Friday, July 24. The remaining four teams will compete in the Regional Semifinals on Saturday, July 25, and the Regional Championship will be played on Sunday, July 26.   The winner of the Jackson Regional will advance to Championship Week at the University of Dayton Arena from Aug. 6-11. "We're excited to partner with the City of Jackson to bring TBT basketball to Oman Arena," said TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar. "Ever since the Jackson Underdawgs first entered, we knew they embodied the TBT spirit. What we didn't know was how passionate Jackson was about basketball. We can't wait to see the city show out for the Underdawgs!"   The high stakes tournament consistently attracts the top basketball players in the world. Thirty-five players have gone on from TBT to sign contracts with NBA teams. Last summer, 59 former NBA players took part in TBT, and 23 teams were composed of alumni from major Division I programs such as Kansas, West Virginia, Dayton and more.  Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State Alumni) dethroned four-time champion Overseas Elite and went on to beat Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette Alumni) in a thrilling championship game played in front of a record audience.   In addition to featuring the highest stakes format in the world, TBT has become known as a trendsetter in basketball circles. Its trademark, post game bracket celebration has grown into a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament each year. In addition, the NBA has adopted an Elam Ending-inspired finish to their 2020 All-Star Game. Multiple leagues across the world are also evaluating TBT’s Elam Ending as an alternative way to end basketball games.   TBT’s registration period for teams interested in competing in any of their eight regional locations will run from March 15-June 15. The 64-team field and TBT bracket will be released on June 22.   To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thetournament.com   The Basketball Tournament Entering its seventh year, The Basketball Tournament has grown from a unique idea among friends to one of the most exciting and engaging events on the summer sports calendar, with national exposure on ESPN, social media buzz and regional championships across the country - culminating in a winner-take-all $2 million game. Every year it attracts some of the best players in the world. For more information, visit www.thetournament.com   Visit Jackson, Tennessee Seeks to positively impact the local economy by increasing travel related spending in the county, provide quality services to the visitor and the local hospitality industry, and assist in the development, preservation and expansion of the county, region and state tourism product.  To learn more Visit Jackson, TN.  


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