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01Aug5:00 pm03(Aug 3)11:59 pmLIVE & LOCAL MUSIC

02Aug(Aug 2)10:00 am03(Aug 3)5:00 pmAntique Tractor Show

02Aug6:00 pm9:00 pmBoard & Brush - Ladies Night Out

02Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

02Aug7:00 pm9:00 pmNed Flicks Presents: North by Northwest

02Aug7:30 pm10:00 pmGene Watson

02Aug8:00 pm10:00 pmThe Distillery Comedy Tour

03Aug1:00 pm4:00 pmBoard & Brush - Pizza Day

03Aug(Aug 3)2:00 pm04(Aug 4)4:00 pmDon't Dress for Dinner Auditions

03Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

04Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

05Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

08Aug(Aug 8)5:00 pm10(Aug 10)11:59 pmLive & Local Music

09Aug6:45 pm9:00 pmAMP Music Series ~ Stacy Mitchhart

10Aug8:00 pm11:00 pmKerwin Claiborne Live!

11Aug12:00 pm5:09 pmBridefest

12Aug(Aug 12)3:45 pm13(Aug 13)3:45 pmOliver Auditions

13Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

14Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

15Aug(Aug 15)4:30 pm17(Aug 17)11:59 pmLive & Local Music

15Aug5:30 pm8:30 pmTake Your Girls Night Out Shopping!

15Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

16Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

16Aug7:00 pm9:00 pmNED Flicks Presents: Singin' in the Rain

17Aug(Aug 17)9:00 am18(Aug 18)4:00 pmJackson TN Exotic Pet Expo

17Aug1:00 pm8:00 pmAlex Haley's Birthday Celebration

17Aug5:30 pm8:30 pmA Special Birthday Celebration at Shiloh

17Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

18Aug1:30 pm2:30 pm19th Amendment Celebration at Sue Shelton White Monument

18Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

19Aug6:00 pm8:30 pmA Classic Night of Sweet Tea & Seersucker featuring Bill Haltom

19Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

20Aug5:30 pm6:30 pmPublic Show: Mars Quest

20Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

21Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

22Aug(Aug 22)5:00 pm24(Aug 24)11:59 pmLive & Local Music

22Aug5:30 pm8:00 pmSip & Shop at The Shoppes of Seven Three One

22Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

22Aug6:30 pm8:30 pmCocktails & Yoga at the Distillery

23Aug1:00 pm4:00 pmFriday Flicks at the Library

23Aug6:00 pm10:00 pmCornhole'n for CASA

23Aug6:45 pm9:00 pmAMP Music Series

24Aug9:30 am10:30 amKids' Saturday Morning Show: TimeSpace

24Aug10:00 am2:00 pmBaby & Kids Fest

24Aug3:00 pm9:00 pmGrapes & Games Summer Wine Tour

24Aug8:00 pm11:30 pmRay Fulcher at Hub City Brewing

27Aug5:30 pm6:30 pmPublic Show: Seasonal Stargazing

29Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

29Aug7:30 pm8:30 pmPaintin' & Grinnin' at the Distillery

30Aug01SepAfrican Street Festival

30Aug1:00 pm4:00 pmFriday Flicks at the Library

30Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

31Aug10:00 am5:00 pmCruise In at Discovery Park

31Aug6:05 pm10:00 pmJackson Generals Baseball

News

Tourism Economic Impact of 2018 Released

Madison County Ranks 1st in Northwest and Southwest Tennessee

Discovering Carl Perkins: Eastview, Tennessee 1952-53

Historic, early recordings by rockabilly pioneer discovered after 70 years! 

Generals to host 2020 Southern League All-Star Game

Home Run Derby and other celebratory events will surround league’s 48th annual midsummer classic.

“Big Maybelle” Receives Tennessee State Historical Marker

Known for her emotive delivery and as one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s

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
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.

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:

    • • 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

Tourism Economic Impact of 2018 Released

August 8, 2019

Tennessee saw 119 million domestic visitors in 2018, up 5.1 percent from 113 million the previous year and hit a record-high $22 billion in domestic and international travel spending. Travelers in Tennessee spend an estimated $60 million per day. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell made the announcement at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tennessee’s growth is outpacing the nation in all areas of travel; including tax revenue, expenditures, payroll and employment. Tourism generated over $50 million in new state and local tax dollars in 2018, approximately $25 million of which supports public education. The report’s findings also show tourism’s value to Tennessee taxpayers. Travel in Tennessee generated 189,757 jobs and $1.81 billion in state and local tax revenue. Without tourism, each Tennessee household would have to pay an additional $712 in taxes each year. Those tax dollars support education, health and human services, public safety, business and economic development. In 2018, Tennessee ranked number 3, after Pennsylvania and Colorado, for international spending growth over 2017, according to Tourism Economics. International spending growth in Tennessee is 7 times the national average. “From our thriving cities to our beautiful rural landscapes and everything in between, Tennessee has solidified its place as a leader in tourism across the country,” Lee said. “Our booming tourism sector is outpacing the nation in every category. World-class food, music, and adventure are just a few things folks find when they come to Tennessee, and thankfully, folks are visiting this remarkable place more than ever.” “Tennessee’s diverse cities and small towns offer quality tourism products and remarkable brands that drive visitation,” said Commissioner Mark Ezell. “We would not have these numbers if it weren’t for renovations, capital investments and passion shown by tourism partners across the state. The record-breaking millions who come here discover the music, history and culture, family experiences and scenic beauty that make Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America.’” Highlights of the report include:

  • $22.02 Billion Travel Expenditures, 6% increase (Source: U.S. Travel Association)
  • Growth rate was 20% more than the national average of 4.9%
  • Travelers in Tennessee spend an estimated $60 million per day.
  • 119.37 Million Domestic Visitors, up 5.1% from 113 Million in 2018, the highest growth in the past 6 years.
    • Record Setting – 81.3% of visitors were leisure travelers, an increase of 5.5%
    • Daily spending per person - $128 (Source: D.K. Shifflet & Associates)
  • Tourism generated 189,757 jobs for Tennesseans, a 2.9% percent growth year over year.
  • Travel in Tennessee generated $1.81 billion in state and local tax revenue. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)
  • Travel generated tax revenue results in $712 in annual state and local tax savings for the average Tennessee household (Source: U.S. Travel Association, U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Travel and Tourism is the state’s second largest industry by employment (Source: U.S. Travel Association)
  • In 2018, Tennessee ranked number 3, after Pennsylvania and Colorado, for international spending growth over 2017 (Source: Tourism Economics)
  • International spending growth is 7 times the national average.
  • 5.4% TN vs 0.8% U.S.
  • All 95 counties saw an increase in domestic travel spending
  • Each county saw more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures in the economic impact of tourism. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development works with the Tennessee Tourism Committee, local convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce, city and county leaders, tourism attractions and the hospitality industry in all 95 counties to help bring travelers to the state.  Locally, Lori Nunnery of Visit Jackson serves on the Tennessee Tourism Committee.   To view the full report, click here. Photo credit: @edrode/TNVacation.com # # # Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll— delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music, that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Explore more at tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “TNVacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and “Tennessee” on Snapchat.  


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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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