Pre-Fest Party

  • Thursday, August 18
  • 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Cultivation Food Hall
  • 1200 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211
  • Open to public

Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and culture for our festival kickoff at Cultivation Food Hall. Hear from acclaimed authors John T. Edge and W. Ralph Eubanks as they discuss Mississippi as a laboratory for bold ideas and the Delta as a region of undeniable national influence.

Presented by Cultivation Food Hall

Southern Screening

  • Saturday, August 20
  • 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Capri Theatre
  • 3023 N State Street, Jackson, MS 39216
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Enjoy an intimate movie viewing at the newly restored Capri Theater in the historic Fondren District. Come for the Emmy-winning documentary “Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life & Art of the Islander” and stay for a Q&A with creators, Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton, and the artist’s youngest son, John Anderson.

Presented by Capri Theatre

Hot Fest Cool Down

  • Saturday, August 20
  • 7:30-10:30 pm
  • Hal and Mal’s
  • 200 Commerce Street, Jackson, MS 39201
  • $10 admission at the door
  • Open to public

Wind up the hottest book event of the year by partying on in Downtown Jackson. Thacker Mountain Radio host Jim Dees will be joined by the charming and hilarious author Helen Ellis (Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light), and a live musical performance with Water Seed and Empty Atlas.

Presented by Community Foundation for Mississippi