Jackson, Mississippi, the “City with Soul”, is the state’s capital and largest city. It is easily accessible by car, air, rail, motor coach and Megabus (from Memphis and New Orleans), nestled at the crossroads of Interstate 55 (north-south) and Interstate 20 (east-west).
Jackson, which was chosen by AAA Southern Traveler Magazine as the Best City in Mississippi, is noted for its beautiful architecture – from the magnificent Capitol building that dates back to 1903 to the modest home of Medgar Evers, a slain civil rights worker. Convention South Magazine editors also selected Jackson among the top 10 “Ministry-Minded Cities” in the South.
Life in this city pulses with music – gospel, blues, rock, jazz, classical and everything in between – born from a tradition steeped in the arts. Do you want to see and experience the home of the blues? Stop by F. Jones Corner, where the influence of the blues pours out of the walls in the historic Farish Street district; or Hal and Mal’s for “Blue Monday,” where you might find the legendary Dorothy Moore singing “Misty Blue.” At The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, you will find over 30 artists on five stages on the rustic grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum held annually the third weekend in August.
Do you love to connect with movies like Get on Up or The Help? Come to Jackson to identify signature landmarks used in key scenes like Thalia Mara Hall, Brent’s Drugs, the Eudora Welty Home and Museum or the Mississippi Coliseum. Walk the same streets that Chadwick Boseman, Mick Jagger and Dan Aykroyd walked, while filming here.
Scores of unique museums and outdoor attractions, hundreds of events and festivals, three historic cultural districts, innumerable visual and performing arts, hot sports action, and cool nightlife await you in Jackson. The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center was named as the “spot” to see in CNN’s 50 States, 50 Spots in 2014. Jackson is home to the USA International Ballet Competition, where young aspiring dancers from all over the world compete for a chance to perform on the world stage, changing their lives forever.
Jackson hosts signature events that satisfy the interests of all. For equine lovers, the Dixie National Rodeo is one of the largest horse and livestock events this side of the Mississippi. Run your blues away at the Mississippi Blues Marathon, where the 2015 Road Runners Club of America Championship event will be held. “Parti Gras” is a two-week annual celebration of Spring, described both as a “green Mardi Gras” and as a lighthearted homecoming where everyone is king-and-queen-for-a-day, especially if you’re a “Sweet Potato Queen”!
The local cuisine is classic Southern, ranging from satisfying Soul Food to creative Southern Fusion, to international fare with a Southern flair. You’ll find “Guy’s Grocery Games” champion, Chef Tom Ramsey’s restaurant here, LaFinestra, along with The Mayflower’s Comeback Sauce, recently featured in the New York Times. Your favorite brands are also found among Jackson’s 300 restaurants!