The 45th Annual GumTree Arts Festival

Photo by Adam Robison

On Saturday, May 14, Tupelo’s GumTree Arts Festival returns for its 45th year, with events both familiar and new. The celebration will be kicked off by the GumTree 10k and 2k fun run on Saturday morning. It will be followed by a day of regular festival activities, including more than 110 vendor booths, live performances and food stands. At 5 p.m., the Spring Street block party will begin. Local food trucks will be on-site, and live music will be provided by Cary Hudson and The Piney Woods Players, the Kit Thorn Band and the annual singer/songwriter competition. The festival will resume on Sunday at 10 a.m. For a full listing of events, see the schedule below.


8:30 a.m. – GumTree 10k and 2k fun run

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Vendor Booths Open

11:00 a.m. – Tupelo Ballet Performance

12:00 p.m. – Kaylen Costello, Miss Majorette of MS performance

12:30 p.m. – Tupelo Middle School “SPLASH” band performance

3:30 p.m. – Steel-Toed Magonolias clogging group performance

4:00 p.m. – Art in Motion performance

4:00 p.m. – Artist Award Ceremony/Picnic

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Spring Street Block Party

5:30 p.m. – Music begins with singer/songwriter competition


10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Vendor Booths Open

3:00 p.m. – Annual Kid’s Creative Writing Contest Winner Announcement

Lauren Wood | Buy at Festival-goers walk past the tents of different artists Saturday morning during the Gumtree Festival in downtown Tupelo.

Lauren Wood | Buy at Artist Don Tran smiles at a festival-goer as he works on a handcrafted silk embroidery piece Saturday morning during the Gumtree Festival in downtown Tupelo. Tran is from St. Louis.
Photos by Lauren Wood


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