Jacktoberfest is Friday in downtown Jackson. Image: Jacktoberfest

by Sherry Lucas

Keepin’ it simple. Keepin’ it splendid. That’s what you’ve gotta love about Jacktoberfest, which once again, Friday afternoon into evening, will celebrate downtown Jackson in October with a winning trio of brats, bands and beer.

I worked downtown when the festival first popped up in 2006, a block and a half from the office   — close enough for the faint echo of tunes to entice me out and the aroma of brats to pull me in. It was a small startup back then, with a winning spirit, a social buzz and fun in mind. Now it pulls in a few thousand folks throughout the day, with that charming mix of good beer, good brats, good bands, an easy vibe and a great view.

Elsewhere, check out an assortment of activities that dip into the past, present and perhaps even future of our state.

Join the Mississippi Historic Trust’s announcement of its 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Lowry House, 1031 N. Congress St. in Jackson, along with dishes from Fenian’s Pub’s Chef Ryan Caselle, wines from McDade’s Wine and Spirits and spirited beverages from Cathead Distillery and Lazy Magnolia beer plus fiddle music from Wolftrap. There’s a silent auction, too, featuring paintings and photography of the places on the 10 Most list by artists in the state and getaway packages to Mississippi’s special historic places. For tickets, $50, visit ms10most.com.

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi will be announced Thursday at the Lowry House. Image: Mississippi Heritage Trust

Get your gourd on at Pumpkin Adventure 2017 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The event continues 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Saturday and Oct. 25-27 (adjusted time for Pumpkin Adventure Family Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday) and includes a hayride, snack, Small Town exploration and a pie pumpkin to take home. Admission is $7 for ages 2 and older. Got a group of 10 or more? Reserve a spot at msagmuseum@mdac.ms.gov.

Pumpkin Adventure continues at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum. Image: Ag Museum

Go retro at The Flamingo Retro Boutique, 2-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at 3011 N. State St. Take a look at what they’ve got for sale, plus there’s a bar! On Thursday, linger longer with Happy Hour, 4-10 p.m. with $2 PBR and Miller Lite, plus a musical playlist.

Third Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art brings the Inktober Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m..-until, with this roundup of art/entertainment action: pop-up exhibition showcasing artist sketchbooks from Inktober’s “31 Days 31 Drawings challenge; pumpkin painting for kids; Chef Nick Wallace’s ‘sipp Sourced pop-up menu with sweet and savory flavors and an “It’s All About Preserve” theme; a High Note Jam concert featuring Heart Society, a showing of “Beetlejuice” at sundown. Admission’s free. There’s a cash bar and food available for purchase. Fondrenites may want to join the Movie Night Ride hosted by Jackson Bike Advocates and join a slow-paced bike train ride from Rainbow to the Art Garden for the flick. Find and stay tuned to the Movie Night Ride Facebook post for leave time and route.

Chef Nick Wallace gives a preview of the Mississippi Museum of Art’s new dining concept at Third Thursday. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

Jacktoberbest 2017 puts the music and the beer back in downtown Jackson on Friday with a slight shift west to new digs on Congress between Yazoo and Amite streets, maintaining that cool Capitol view plus access to Smith Park and a chance for the fest to stretch its legs. The magic mix still applies: brats, bands and beer. There’s even a vegetarian option should you want one. Music includes Vibe Doctors, DJ Breakemoff, And The Echo, Sika J, Greater Pyrenees, Clouds and Crayons, Goodman County and Silas. Typically a crowd of a few thousand cycle throughout the day with peak times at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunchtime downtowners, 5-7 p.m. for families with kids plus the craft beer garden (vote for people’s choice in the homebrew competition!) and 8-11 p.m. for fans taking in the last couple of bands. Bring cash for food and drink. The festival’s free.

And The Echo. Image: ATE

Enjoy the creative output of the Gaddis Group with Fall in Fondren: Gaddis Group Watercolor Show, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday on the first floor of Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St. (former Courtney Peters/Mosaic space).

The Bagwell Antiques Show & Sale, Friday through Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart, showcases exhibitors and their fine antiques from around the country, all under one roof. Public show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Dive in deeper on the art front with Coffee, Beer and Painting with Ransburg, 6-8 p.m. Friday at Sneaky Beans Coffee Shop, 2914 N. State St. Local artist Justin Ransburg guides guests in a painting adventure. Tickets, $30 single and $50 couple, include a first drink and painting supplies. RSVP on eventbrite.com.


Join the Broadmeadow Neighborhood at the top of Fondren for Neighborhood Cleanup Day, 7:30 a.m. Saturday to celebrate Make a Difference Day. Neighbor volunteers are needed to escort and work alongside 21 AmeriCorps volunteers on major corridors of Broadmeadow boundaries and side streets. All ages are welcome; gather at the Broadmeadow United Methodist Church parking lot.

Don’t be scared: the annual Sun King Spooktacular is Saturday at 8 a.m. at St. Jame’s Episcopal Church is only five kilometers long (a one-mile fun run for kids is included, too). And for a good cause: Habitat for Humanity is the long-time beneficiary of the now 18th annual event. Register in advance here (even non-runners can register to support this great cause).

Saturday, a Take Down this Flag Mississippi Rally is 10 a.m. to noon on the south steps of the State Capitol, facing Mississippi Street, to speak out about why the flag should be changed and how citizen action can effect that change.

The Millsaps Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Midtown Arts Center, 121 Millsaps Ave., is a chance to buy creative gifts and goods straight from local artists, artisans and local brands.

Game the day away at Cups in Fondren with Gametoberfest Spooktacular from noon to 10 p.m.. Games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Horror and mystery themed board games are encouraged. Costumes are optional but strongly encouraged.

Sunday, Mic Club at Kundi Compound, 256 E. Fortification, continues its breeding club for MCs, starting at 8 p.m. with a variety of categories. Admission is $10; free for Mic Club members.

A new adaptation of Tennessee Williams “Baby Doll” gets its Southeastern premiere, Tuesday through Nov. 5 at New Stage Theatre. Directed by Rus Blackwell, the darkly comic and seductive drama set in a steamy Delta summer revolves around a desperate cotton gin owner, the young woman/child he’s married to, and a successful and cunning rival businessman with eyes on Baby Doll and manipulation in mind. Tickets are $30, $25 seniors and students; at newstagetheatre.com or 601-948-3531.

An Evening with the Dawes, 8 p.m. Tuesday at Duling Hall showcases the California-based roots rock band and their latest influences of gentle acoustic-based music and romanticized Americana. It’s $30 advance (ardenland.net), $30 at the door.

The band Dawes plays Tuesday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. For additional Fondren-centric events, see our Fondren events calendar. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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