02May(May 2)5:00 pm04(May 4)11:59 pmLIVE & LOCAL MUSIC

03May(May 3)5:00 pm05(May 5)5:00 pmFriendly Franks Flea Market

03May5:00 pm10:00 pmRelay for Life

03May6:45 pm9:00 pmAMP Music Series ~ Rev. Jessie & The Holy Smokes

04May3:00 pm6:00 pmCrawfest for the Scarlet Rope Project

04May6:00 pm8:00 pmJackson Choral Society Spring Concert

05May(May 5)8:00 am11(May 11)9:00 pm

06May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

06May7:00 pm9:00 pmJackson Area Community Band Spring Concert

07May5:30 pm6:30 pmU of M Planetarium Show: "Oasis in Space"

07May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

08May11:05 am2:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

09May(May 9)5:00 pm11(May 11)11:56 pmLive & Local Music

09May6:00 pm9:00 pmThe Vintage Ball

09May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

10May3:45 pm4:45 pmU of M Lambuth Planetarium Kids' After School Show: : "The Cowboy Astronomer

10May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

10May6:30 pm10:00 pmSimply Southern

10May7:00 pm9:00 pmNED Flicks Presents: The Terminator

11May10:00 am1:00 pmPainting with the Paws

11May6:45 pm10:00 pmJackson Symphony ~ Change of Seasons


14May5:30 pm6:30 pmU OF M PLANETARIUM SHOW: "MarsQuest"

16May(May 16)5:30 pm18(May 18)11:59 pmLive & Local Music

16May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

17May(May 17)4:00 pm18(May 18)3:00 pmBemis Heritage Days

17May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

17May7:00 pm10:00 pmLauren Pritchard's Live Benefit for Downtown Dogs Group

18May10:00 am2:00 pmFamily Fest

18May4:00 pm10:00 pmPreakness Party

18May6:00 pm10:00 pm

18May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

18May8:30 pm10:00 pmEastern Citadel Night Hike

19May2:05 pm5:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

19May4:00 pm5:00 pmRock this Dock ~ Charity Fashion Show

20May11:05 am2:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

21May5:30 pm6:30 pmU OF M PLANETARIUM SHOW: "TimeSpace"

23May7:00 pm9:00 pmNED Flicks Presents: A League of Their Own

24May6:45 pm9:00 pmAmp Music Series ~ Kimberlie Helton Band

25May9:30 am10:30 amKids' Saturday Morning Planetarium Show: "The Cowboy Astronomer"

25May(May 25)10:00 am26(May 26)5:00 pmExit 56 Blues Fest

25May(May 25)10:00 pm26(May 26)3:00 pmD-Day 75th Anniversary Memorial Event

28May5:30 pm6:30 pmU OF M PLANETARIUM SHOW: "Two Small Pieces of Glass"

28May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

29May12:05 pm3:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

30May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

31May6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball



Play occurs May 13-15 (16 if necessary), 2019

Live and Local Music, May 9 Weekend

Over 38 live music events!

Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast

Discovery Park of America Launches Weekly Podcast

Jackson Amphitheater To Kick Off Season May 3

Celebrate the rich musical legacy of our region with the 2019 season

Things to Do

Travel Resources

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Joy-O RV Park
Chickasaw State Park
Parkers Crossroads RV Park
Natchez Trace State Park

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

Outdoors & Sports


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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

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

Arts & Culture

"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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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.


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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.  


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 or 731.425.8333 and learn more!

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Jackson, TN 38301

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Jackson News


May 13, 2019

Freed-Hardeman will be one of nine sites hosting the opening round of the 2019 NAIA Baseball National Tournament May 13-15, the league announced Wednesday. The university joins Cumberlands (Kentucky), Faulkner (Alabama), Georgia Gwinnett, LSU Shreveport (Louisiana), Middle Georgia State, St. Thomas (Florida), Kingsport (Tennessee) and Westmont (California) as the host sites.

This marks the first time FHU has hosted the opening round. The Freed-Hardeman bracket, like the other eight brackets, will feature five teams, with the winner of each bracket advancing to the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Opening round qualifiers and brackets will be announced Thursday, May 9, at 4:00pm. According to the NAIA, the host site selection process considers geography, facilities, student-athlete experience and host qualification. Because Freed-Hardeman was selected to host, they receive an at-large berth for the opening round; therefore, they do not have to win the American Midwest Conference Tournament to qualify for the national tournament. “We are looking forward to hosting the opening round of this national tournament,” FHU President David Shannon said. “Landing and planning it has been a team effort involving the City of Henderson, Chester County, the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce and FHU. We are excited to welcome the teams and their fans to our community.” Last season, the Lions played their opening round in Upland, Indiana, where they won the bracket to advance to the World Series. In Idaho, the Lions advanced all the way to the World Series Final, where they fell to Southeastern (Florida).

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Americana Music Triangle

Where History Made Music. Then Music Made History. The Americana Music Triangle connects you to the people, places and stories of the world’s number one music destination.

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Walking Tall Trail

Rockabilly, rails and legendary trails. Explore Southwest Tennessee’s charming small towns, mom-and-pop eateries, courthouse squares and barbecue gems. Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover the fascinating stories, people, and places that have shaped American history and culture.

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Cotton Junction Trail

Teapots to sweet spots. Get ready for a rural journey through Northwest Tennessee, named for the hypnotic beauty of the region’s signature cotton fields in early fall. It’s dotted with amazing stories, historic landmarks, and unique sights.

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