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03May(May 3)12:00 am09(May 9)11:59 pmNational Tour & Travel Week

03May(May 3)8:00 am09(May 9)10:00 pmCANCELLED - West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

05May12:00 am11:59 pmGive Back 731

07May12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual Demonstration: Creating Beautiful Porch Pot Arrangements

09Mayallday10alldayJeffrey Price Family 5K

10May11:00 am1:00 pmMother's Day Curbside Dinner

10May3:00 pmThe Jackson Symphony - Eclectic Class

14May11:00 am1:00 pm» The Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band

14May12:00 pm1:00 pmOrganic Gardening From the Ground Up

15May(May 15)5:00 pm16(May 16)11:30 pmBattle Beyond 660FT IV

16MayalldayalldayFill the Hungry Virtual 5K

16May9:00 am7:00 pmLD2 Market Shoppes Spring Open House

16May10:00 am1:00 pmCardboard Boat Regatta

16May10:00 am2:00 pmPublic Auto Auction

16May4:00 pm7:00 pmTest Driving RC Community Event for Radio Control Models

16May6:00 pm9:00 pmSaturday Night D&D

17May(May 17)12:00 am23(May 23)11:30 pmHoney Bee Virtual 5k

17May7:00 pm8:00 pmJosh Smith LIVE "From Our Garage"

21May12:00 pm1:00 pmAn Art & Garden Book Club Discussion

22May(May 22)10:00 am25(May 25)4:00 pmCasey’s Community Weekend

23Mayallday24alldayExit 56 Blues Fest

23May3:00 pm4:00 pmSaul's Mound Hike

23May4:00 pm5:00 pmLake Placid Float

23May11:00 pm4:00 pmVirtual World Turtle Day

25May8:30 am9:30 pmSaul's Mound Hike

25May10:00 am11:00 amScale Back Your Fear

25May2:00 pm3:00 pmGolf Cart Tour

27May12:00 pm5:30 pmNASA/SpaceX Commercial Crew Launch watch party

28May12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual Demonstration: Leaf Casting

28May6:00 pm10:00 pmFelecia Bella LIVE @ the White Squirrel Winery

29May7:00 pm10:00 pmSummer Wine Down

30May2:00 pm5:00 pmIndigo Tea Towel Workshop

30May5:00 pm10:00 pmUSA Championship Wrestling

30May6:30 pm7:30 pmPaddleboarding 101

30May7:00 pm10:00 pmVoices In The Vineyard

30May8:00 pm9:00 pmStargazing Night

News

Born in Jackson, TN

Jackson is a town that inspires and nurtures creators. This has in turn led many Jacksonians on to national and international success. It’s been an important part of our history for many years. As a town we should continue to support our local artists, writers, photographers, etc. The people in our town have made history […]

Looking Ahead

  What will life look like post-quarantine for you? For our community? Will it go on as it did before or will there always be something that’s just a little different? It’s possible that things won’t seem different, but that’s not likely. I have a feeling that we’re all going to have a permanent shift […]

Social Distancing + Eating Local

Can you do both? We would say YES!

Quarantine Fitness

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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.

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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:

  • Download our 2020 Profile
  • 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

Born in Jackson, TN

May 22, 2020

Jackson is a town that inspires and nurtures creators. This has in turn led many Jacksonians on to national and international success. It’s been an important part of our history for many years. As a town we should continue to support our local artists, writers, photographers, etc. The people in our town have made history in the past and will continue to do so.    One of the history makers I’m referring to is Carl Perkins, one of the most famous creators to come out of Jackson. This is the place that led to the birth of Rockabilly music through the legendary Carl Perkins.Those famous Blue Suede Shoes that Elvis sang about came straight from Perkins - he wrote and sang the song before Elvis did. His story is still being told and discovered by people to this day. One of my personal favorite tellings of his story comes from writer Sean Dietrich; go read his work here. In Jackson, we preserve the memory of Carl Perkins in the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum which if you haven’t been to (even if you’re a local), you should go. There’s so much interesting history there. In addition to the museum, there are more than one funky mural of Perkins around town. One of them also features Paul McCartney because of the influence he said Perkins had on the Beatles - just a fun fact for ya.     More than one hugely famous restaurant chain has roots in Jackson. Co-founder and former CEO of Waffle House, Joe Rogers, grew up right here in Jackson, TN. The first United States location of the Hard Rock Cafe was placed in Jackson, TN as well because Isaac Tigrett was raised in Jackson and he opened one here for his mother. Originally the Jackson Hard Rock was located in the Old Hickory Mall, but while this location is no longer preserved, memorabilia from the original storefront can be found at the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum that was mentioned earlier. There are even Hard Rock Jackson tee-shirts available there designed by Hard Rock that pay homage to the first U.S. location of the restaurant. Tigrett also went on to open another famous restaurant chain, The House of Blues.     We here in Jackson realize the importance of dreaming big and try to support all of our local creatives, no matter what form they may take. Maybe you’ve learned some new fun facts reading this, and maybe not. Regardless, I hope you’ll remember to support your local musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone else with a dream - you never know who may have the next history making idea. They might be right next door!


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Jackson TN Weekends

There is a lot to do in Jackson and West Tennessee, but here is a great place to start. We have picked out enough things for you to have the best weekend ever in Jackson! If you are looking for more information, please request our visitors guide.


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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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TN Vacation.com

Discover the authentic experiences and places that can only be found in Tennessee. Visit the statewide tourism website!


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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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