Trade in your snow boots for swim goggles because summer is SOON. As the temperatures rise and the kids get out of school, you’ll be itching to get out and enjoy some Jackson County classics. Some of your favorite events are returning for 2023, and we’ve got the summer scoop.
Pack up your lawn chairs and your coolers, the Jackson Blues Fest is back for 2023. This year, the event will be held at Tompkins Center, located at 10138 Tompkins Rd, bringing some energy to the quiet little town. The Blues Fest has been a Jackson classic for decades, and we’re excited to see its return at a new location.
Art, Beer, & Wine Festival
One of June’s mid-month delights is also making its return. Art…beer…wine…what more could you want in a summer festival? The Art, Beer, and Wine Festival at Ella Sharp is one for the books, and if you haven’t been yet, be sure to get your tickets NOW, because this is an event that isn’t worth skipping out on.
For the second year in a row, Jackson County Airport will host an Aviation Day event! Learn how to fly, ride in a classic WWII air transport, check out modern-day military aircraft, or fly a helicopter simulator. There are opportunities for these activities and more!
Fourth of July Fireworks
What is the Fourth of July without fireworks and a sweet treat from Cascades Ice Cream Co.? Bring your blanket to Cascades Park on July 4 to participate in one of Jackson’s favorite traditions.
Faster Horses Festival
If you’re a country music lover and don’t want to travel all the way to Nashville for a good time, join the fun and excitement of the Faster Horses Festival. Spend your days in the sun surrounded by good vibes and high-energy concertgoers and end your night with some of the biggest names in country music.
Hot Air Jubilee
Watching hot air balloons float through the sky is one of the most magical things you can witness. Every year, we welcome a fleet of balloon pilots to soar over scenic Jackson. Not only is 2023 the 40th Anniversary of the Hot Air Jubilee, but it will also be the finale to a week of female ballooning competition as Jackson hosts the Balloon Federation of America U.S. Women's Hot Air Balloon National Championship for the first time. With tents for kids, adults, live music, food trucks, and more, it has everything you could be looking for in a family-friendly summer festival.
Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament has hyped up downtown Jackson’s streets for years. There’s enough basketball to keep you entertained for the entire three days the tournament lasts. If you’re just passing through, stop and watch the Heroes, Teachers, or even the Mascot Tournaments.
Jackson County Fair
Come out and enjoy a day or two at the fair riding rides, enjoying livestock, events, and tasty food! New in 2023: Both grandstand shows are moved to the end of the week, where they’ve traditionally kicked off at the beginning. This year’s concerts feature both the Steve Miller Band and Russell Dickerson among others.
Civil War Muster
In the few years Jackson didn’t have its renowned Civil War Muster, the community definitely felt that missing piece. Now that it’s back, it’s better than ever! Located at Cascades Park, there is still plenty of room for reenactments, historically accurate vendors, and food for all!
Southside Festival Series
May 27, June 10, July 8, Aug 12
Southside Festival Series is an annual community festival line-up celebrating Black culture. Enjoy music, merchants, food, businesses, organizations, and more in celebration of the rich history and culture of the Southside community, with a special theme around each event.
What is a summer without your favorite downtown Jackson event? Lucky for us, The DDA has posted their schedule for summer fun, including Cruise-In & Concerts, Food Truck Tuesdays, and Friday Film Nights. Here’s what to plot on your calendar:
Classic Car Downtown Cruise-Ins
May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22
Food Truck Tuesday
June 10, June 20, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 5
Friday Film Night
June 30, July 14, August 11
Curious what other events are happening this summer? In Jackson County, there are events to enjoy almost every single day of the summer season. Check out our Community Calendar for the full list. See you this summer!