Tallahatchie River Fest • New Albany
October 8: The 20th annual festival started as a celebration of William Faulkner’s birthday, but has grown to make a regional impact. Complete with a downtown carnival, artist market and concerts, this event offers something for the whole family. Saturday musical acts include Mississippi Stomp, Rising Star Fife and Drum, Kevin Sekhani and Ricky Skaggs.
Tupelo Caribbean Fest • Tupelo
October 8: The inaugural festival at Fairpark in Downtown Tupelo kicks off at 3 p.m. and provides an opportunity to experience a different culture. Free to the public, vendors and restaurants will provide the food and musical acts Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and DJ Kristafar Robbin will be the entertainment. The organizers, Tupelo Social Network, are asking for donations to raise money for schools in Haiti in exchange for a good time.
West of Shake Rag • Tupelo
October 8: The improv comedy group performs every second Saturday at the Link Centre in the Black Box Theatre. For $5 you can experience something new and different from talented locals. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Thacker Mountain Radio • Oxford
October 13: The annual food show starts at 6 p.m. and features chef/author Ashley Christensen, bluesman John Nemeth and songwriter Paul Burch. The free event is partnered by the Southern Foodways Alliance and is open to the public.
Bukka White Blues Festival • Aberdeen
October 14: This free event celebrates Mississippi blues with artists Jason Carter and The Healers Earnest “Guitar” Roy and Leo Bud Welch, to name a few. Aberdeen is said to be the birthplace of several influential bluesmen so the location is fitting on the banks of the Tenn-Tom Waterway. While there, guests can enjoy food concessions, arts and crafts, an antique car show and more.