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Annual Events

Our annual Natchez events will add an extra to-do to your itinerary any month of the year.

Whether you’re in Natchez for a conference or company meeting, a second honeymoon or a girlfriends’ getaway, our annual Natchez events will add an extra to-do to your itinerary any month of the year. Check our Natchez Calendar of Events for many more!

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February:  Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration

Each February holds a new and insightful look into the works of Southern literary giants and filmmakers. Lectors from a variety of notable literary backgrounds lecture on style, subject matter, characters, and a number of other composition elements, that Southern authors have penned over time, which have impacted and influenced the lives of readers and other authors. Workshops are held for those who are entertaining the idea of writing poetry, a novel, or perhaps just a short story, and festival attendees are always treated to fabulous lunches and an opening night gala for the price of a ticket.

March & April: Spring Pilgrimage

Maypole- ResizedIn a tradition dating back to 1932, Natchez welcomes “pilgrims”  into  its most beautiful historic homes for tours by costumed hosts in 19th-century character.  If you love antebellum history, Greek revival architecture and the very essence of 19th-century Southern gentility, don’t miss this five-week celebration that includes theater performances, special presentations and live music, all focused around our stunning antebellum homes. Even the azaleas turn out in style!

2014 Dates: March 8-April 8

March: Natchez PowWow

Indian Powwow-resizedEvery March, The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians comes to life with the annual Natchez PowWow. Celebrate Natchez’ Native American roots with a weekend filled with traditional food, hand-crafted jewelry and art, dancing and singing. From gourd dances to inter-tribal dancing, attendees to the Natchez PowWow will be delighted by the performances.                                                                                       This Natchez event is one of a kind, and an amazing cultural outing for the whole family.

2014 Dates: March 29-30

April: Natchez Bluff Blues Festival

If you’re looking for a classic Mississippi blues festival, look no further. The Natchez Bluff Blues Festival draws folks from far and wide. This musical extravaganza showcases acclaimed local talent and recording artists from throughout the Southeast, with many events free of charge for music lovers.

2014 Dates: April (TBA)

May: Natchez Festival of Music

Festival of Music- ResizedThe entire month of May is filled with wonderful Mississippi concerts and musical events to entertain just about any music lover’s taste; from Jazz to Classical and Broadway to Opera. There are a number of Mississippi music festival spin-off events in Natchez that take place throughout the year, just to whet your appetite for the music that fills the air all over the city in May. Click on the link above to learn more about the Natchez Festival of Music, and take a look at our calendar to see what kinds of Mississippi concerts are happening during your visit to Natchez.

2014 Dates: Month of May

July: Natchez Food & Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival- ResizedSince 2000, this eating event has been a delicious to-do on summer calendars, drawing foodies from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and throughout the region to sample the culinary creations of some of the South’s finest chefs, best breweries and most respected wineries. Food and wine festivals don’t get any better than this amazing affair.                                                                                                                                            Tickets to the Natchez Food and Wine Festival sell out in advance!

2014 Dates: July 25-27

October: Phatwater Kayak Challenge

Phatwater Kayak InstagramThe Phatwater Kayak Challenge is a kayak and canoe race that takes place every year on the second Saturday of October. Kayakers and canoers race 42.5 miles down the mighty Mississippi starting at Grand Gulf early in the morning, and finishing at Natchez Under-the-Hill. Check out their website for more details on the race.

2014 Date: October 11

October: Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

Balloons- ResizedStarting with “Balloon Glow” Friday night, and continuing through Sunday afternoon, the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the Mississippi River as local and national talent fill the air with live music at Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens.

2014 Dates: October 17-19

October: Fall Pilgrimage

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Like the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage, each October, Natchez welcomes guests into its historic homes, this time for two weeks that include beautiful tours of autumn gardens and evening entertainment in the homes, such as this year’s Stone House Musicale event.

2014 Dates: September 26-October 13

2015 Dates: September 25-October 12

November: Angels on the Bluff Cemetery Tour

Angels on the Bluff- ResizedEach year, usually the second weekend of November, the Natchez City Cemetery presents an elaborate production featuring iconic Natchez personalities buried there as portrayed by their descendants and other local citizens in period costumes. Tour this beautiful, historic site, stopping at graves to hear stories and musical tributes to the lives and deaths of some of Natchez oldest “residents.”                                                                         Tickets go on sale in August and sellout fast!

2013 Dates: November 8-9

November: Natchez Antiques Forum

Stanton Hall- resizedEach year, the Natchez Antiques Forum takes on different forms with a variety of themes, but always with a Southern point of view. The Forum is a civilized and lovely way to experience Natchez-whether you’re a novice or an experienced collector or are simply interested in beauty and history, you will find it enjoyable. Spend your days sipping mint juleps, soaking up the scenery and drinking in the knowledge of experts. Rub shoulders with noted experts, such as Wendell Garrett, former editor-in-chief of The Magazine Antiques and current editor-at-large and a consultant for Sotheby’s in New York. The Forum also gives you the opportunity to meet antique dealers and designers, as well as people who just happen to be interested in antiques or history.

2013 Dates: November 6-9

November & December: Christmas in Natchez

Christmas in Natchez- resizedIn Natchez, the winter holidays begin the Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Tree and continue through city-wide New Year’s celebrations, including tours of beautifully lit and decorated historic homes, holiday concerts, candlelight carriage rides and more.

2013 Dates: November 22-January 1