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Traveling from New Orleans or Baton Rouge? Head North on “The Blues Highway”
Coming from Memphis, just head South.
Hit the road to explore the legendary roots of the Blues on “The Blues Highway” (Highway 61). The trail highlights music, history, and the artists behind it. The legendary Blues Highway is an unforgettable journey. From the birthplaces of celebrated artists and vinyl record shops to recording venues and Southern culinary delights, every stop has a story to tell.

Coming for a visit from Little Rock, El Dorado or Monroe?
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. It’s America’s oldest and longest National Scenic Byway, so it makes sense that it’s also home to a lot of history and unique attractions.
This Scenic Byway is a well-marked series of different roads and highways that roughly follow the winding course of the Mississippi River.

Throw the sunroof back, roll down the windows, and slow-cruise the historic corridor of the Natchez Trace. Stretching 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, the trace encompasses 10,000 years of trade and travel history. Today it serves as a scenic highway hosting hikers, bikers, campers & motorists who know how to squeeze all the goodness out of life.

Five October Natchez Events

Celebrating is the Natchez way of life. From historic events to carefree family fun, our October calendar contains something for everyone! But don’t stop visiting with the month of October… November and December are just as packed with events sure to fill your days and nights with fun.

Grand Fall Pilgrimage (Sep 23- Oct 20)

Grand Fall Pilgrimage – The fall is the most magical time to visit Natchez. As the trees change colors they create a stunning backdrop for our historic Natchez architecture and garden tours. This city is home to more historic homes than any other city of its size in the country. These incredible examples of architecture play a huge role in both the city’s character and charm. Explore some of the most well-known estates and learn about their history. More information at

Live @ Five (October 1, 8, 14, 22, 29)

Live @ Five – This free family-friendly, outdoor concert series is held at the Bandstand on the Natchez bluff. Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening of music all while social distancing. The Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until sunset. The music lineup for the month of October is as follows: 10/1 – Cha Cha Boo; 10/8 – Galen Martin + Crutches; Thursday, 10/14 – N’Rhythm; 10/22 – Clint Boyd; 10/29- Sandu Jazz. For more information, visit

Natchez Balloon Festival (October 14-17)

Natchez Balloon Festival returns for its 36th year, held on Oct. 15-17, 2021. Since 1986, the festival has filled historic downtown Natchez with hot-air balloons, local live music, and dozens of art and food vendors. The Natchez Balloon Festival takes place in the heart of historic downtown on the beautiful grounds of the Rosalie.

Thursday, October 14th– Kick off the weekend at Live @ Five Natchez held at the Natchez Bandstand with NRhythm. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes.

Friday, October 15th- Festival gates open at 4:00 p.m. Balloon Glow at 6:45 at the festival site. Music line up YZ Ealey and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Saturday, October 16th- Festival gates open at 11:00 a.m. Music line up: Matt Willis Trio, Jamell Richardson, J & The Causeways, Tank and the Bangas, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.

For more information and to purchase your weekend passes, visit

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – Look to the sky to catch hot air balloons soaring over Natchez.7:30 a.m. “Morning Balloon Flight” and the 4:00 p.m. “Afternoon Balloon Flight,” lifting off from various locations around Natchez. All scheduled balloon flights are weather permitting.

Yall Means All Natchez-The Weekend (October 21-23)

Y’all Means All Natchez event will return this year on October 21-23. This LGBTQ+-friendly festival celebrates the diversity of Natchez’s community while raising funds for NAMI Four Rivers, a non-profit state advocacy organization dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health counseling.

Drag Queen Bingo- Thursday, October 21st, 2021, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

The Weekend Welcome Reception– Friday, October 22nd, 2021, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m

Battle of the Belles and Beaus- Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, from 8:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Longwood Afternoon Music Fest (October 30)

Longwood Afternoon Music Fest – in its 7th year, Longwood Afternoon returns to the beautiful grounds of one of the most iconic historic home in Natchez on October 31 st from 3:00 – 7:00pm. This all-day music festival is full of family fun, groovy tunes, creative crafts, and delicious food and drinks. There will also be a Halloween Carnival, so load up the family, bring your chairs and plan to stay all day. Music line up: Rowdy Johnson, Sullivan’s Hollow, Dalton Wayne and the Warmidillos, The Anteeks, Easily Distracted.

Visiting Responsibly

Natchez is dedicated to following CDC guidelines and state-wide mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We care about our community and all our visitors. Help us make sure we’re all doing our part to #VisitNatchezResponsibly. So, come sit a spell with us. We’ve got good things waiting for you.