The fall season brings lots of colorful activities for families to enjoy in Ridgeland. We’ve rounded up 9 of the best things to do in Ridgeland so you and your family can connect during this glorious season and create memories to last a lifetime.
1. Attend a Craft Fair in Ridgeland and Jackson
Fall craft shows are the perfect way to celebrate the season and also get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. Arts & Craft fairs offer one-of-a-kind gifts and allow shoppers to personally meet the artisans who hand-make their unique wares.
Mississippi Craft Heritage in Ridgeland
This year come and celebrate Mississippi’s 200th Birthday at the Mississippi Craft Center on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Experience living history through demonstrations of traditional crafts from the 1800’s through present day. There’ll be hands-on craft activities like pumpkin carving and traditional games like horseshoes and the oh-so-popular corn hole. All these activities are free for the whole family!
While you’re at Mississippi Craft Heritage event, you can also enjoy a “Mississippi Tailgate Party.” For a $25 admission ticket, adults can enjoy Mississippi’s own craft beers and cocktails along with some authentic Mississippi food and live entertainment.
Mistletoe Marketplace in Jackson
This fantastic annual event sponsored by the Junior League of Jackson will be held at Mississippi Trade Mart from November 1 – 4, 2017. All the sparkling fun begins with a Preview Gala on Wednesday, November 1 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $100 per person; black tie optional.
On November 2 & 3, general admission tickets are $10 online/$15 at the door for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 and senior adults ages 60 and over. Show hours are from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm on Friday, November 3, and from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 4.
The Mistletoe Marketplace offers special events throughout the show like a Girls’ Night Out, Marketplace Brunch, Ladies and Tween Fashion Show, and more.
Handiworks Holiday Market in Jackson
Another great show just in time for the holidays is the Handiworks Holiday Market on November 17 & 18, 2017 at the Mississippi Trade Mart. There’ll be over 140 artists and craftsmen attending this 36th annual event. Tickets are $8 per person. Show times are 9:00 am – 7:00 pm on Friday, November 17 and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 18.
Chimneyville Crafts in Jackson
Some of Mississippi’s finest traditional and craft artisans come together for the annual Chimneyville Crafts show at the Mississippi Trade Mart from November 30 – December 2, 2017. $60/$50 advance tickets are available to enjoy all three days admission including a special preview on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $10 admission each day for Friday, December 1 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and 9:00am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 5.
2. Have Fun at a Fall Festival in Ridgeland
What’s the harvest season without a fall festival to enjoy with your family and friends. You’ll find several here that you don’t want to miss this season.
Euro Fest Classic European Auto & Motorcycle Show in Ridgeland
The 9th Annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto & Motorcycle Show will be held October 7, 2017 at Renaissance at Colony Park from 10:00 am – 5:00pm. This premier shopping and dining destination of old-world beauty and European and Mediterranean architecture is transformed into a showcase of some of the most distinguished automobiles and motorcycles. Over 150 vehicles are on display for you to see and awe. This is event is free to the public.
Fat Tire Festival in Madison
Celebrating its 10th year, the annual Fat Tire Festival and McGee Lungbuster is produced by the Tri-County Mountain Bike Association on October 14 & 15, 2017 at the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails. Camp for the weekend or just go out for a fun day of mountain bike clinics and races for both adults and kids. There’s live music, food trucks, hikes, and fantastic family fun to be had at the Fat Tire Festival. And don’t forget the 10th Annual McGee Lungbuster race on Sunday, named after Ridgeland’s beloved mayor and avid cyclist Gene McGee. Come see for yourself why Ridgeland is one of the best biking communities in the South!
Fall Fest in Ridgeland
Another great family event to show off your Halloween costume on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Fall Fest at Renaissance at Colony Park beginning at 5:00 p.m. There’ll be food trucks, face painting, inflatables, games, and pony rides along with live entertainment by Bill and Temperance with Jeff Perkins. Fall Fest is hosted by First Ridgeland Baptist Church.
Fall FEASTival in Ridgeland
Fall FEASTIVAL on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. features a “secret ingredient” live cook-off for collegiate culinary arts students so you get to catch all the exciting action along with tasting some amazing food prepared by up and coming student chefs. You’ll enjoy tapping your toes to some great live entertainment and the kids will have a blast at the “Kids Zone.” Tickets are $10 each with children under 10 free. This event is held at The Township at Colony Park where you’ll enjoy shopping and more at this beautiful lifestyle center.
Canton Victorian Christmas Festival
The historic Canton Courthouse right here in Madison County is the backdrop for the annual Canton Victorian Christmas Festival which runs from November 24 through December 23, 2017. Downtown Canton sparkles with over 200,000 holiday lights and decorated storefront windows. Enjoy carousel rides, the Canton Animation Museum and other delightful amusements evoking a Charles Dickens style Christmas celebration.
3. Swing on over to the Sanderson Farms Championship PGA Event in Jackson
An annual stop on the PGA Tour, the Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at the Country Club of Jackson October 23 – 29, 2017. What a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful venue and watch some of the country’s best golfers in action competing for a $4,200,000 purse. This year’s defending champion is Cody Gribble.
The course is closed to the general public on Monday and Tuesday with gates opening at 7:30 am on Wednesday for the Pro-Am. On Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 gates will open to the public at 7:00 am with morning tee times at 7:15 and afternoon tee times at 11:55 am. General admission tickets are available as well as BankPlus Fan Pavilion tickets allow guests to enjoy an open-air sports bar setting.
4. Have some Halloween Fun in Ridgeland
One of the best things about fall is Halloween and all the dressing up, decorations and candy that come along with it. We love Halloween in Ridgeland and we have some great events lined up for kids and kids at heart.
2nd Annual Halloween Pirate Party in Ridgeland
Pelican Cove Grill is the place to be on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for a rocking good time from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Don your best puffy shirt because fabulous prizes will be awarded to the best dressed pirate on the water. The Jason Turner Band will be on stage providing great live music. As always, The Pelican will have drink specials and great seafood for the thirsty and hungry. We suggest trying the ever-popular Pink Pelican to get the party started.
Trunk or Treat in Ridgeland
Who doesn’t love getting all dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume and getting lots and lots of candy? Join Ridgeland Recreation and Parks on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Freedom Ridge Park for their annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event for children ages 10 and under. All the fun begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. The cost per child is $5. In addition to lots and lots of candy, the kids will enjoy outdoor games, face painting, and more spooky fun!
Treat Street in Ridgeland
A fun family event, Treat Street, will be held at The Township at Colony Park on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Put on your best Halloween costume and enjoy trick-or-treating among the The Township’s merchants and shops.
5. Savor the Season and Enjoy Alfresco Dining in Ridgeland
Enjoy all the fabulous flavors of Ridgeland’s 140 restaurants this fall season. From downhome Southern-style home cooking to fine fusion cuisine to everything in between, dining is Ridgeland is an awesome experience. Since the city was designed to make the most of our natural environment, many local restaurants offer patio and outdoor dining so you can soak in all the atmosphere and enjoy the beautiful weather that autumn brings. Live music, late night dining, famous chefs, craft beers and wine, and locally-sourced dishes are always in the menu.
For a really special night out, join Seafood R’evolution for their Oysters & Pearls Wine Dinner on Monday, October 16, 2017. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm. Guests will enjoy an exquisite gourmet meal and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry will send each lady home with a pair of pearl earrings. Tickets are $125 per person; reservations required.
6. Enjoy Some Time on the Lake – The Barnett Reservoir aka The Rez
Ridgeland is where water meets wonderful at the Barnett Reservoir. Known locally as the Rez, the lake’s 105 miles of shoreline and 33,000 acres of surface area provide a haven for boaters, kayakers, skiers, anglers, paddle boarders, picnickers and birdwatchers. Before the weather gets too cool, make sure you get in some lake time that is sure to quench your soul.
This fall there’s a new attraction on the Rez, the Sweet Olive Tour Boat. Captain Jason and his crew offer daily tours on Tuesday and Thursdays at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Purchase tickets 30 minutes prior to departure and enjoy a relaxing tour. Tickets are $25 per person and include beverages and snacks. Tickets are $10 each for children ages 6-13 and under 6 are free. The Sweet Olive holds 39 passengers and is heated and cooled for year-round accommodations for private charter cruises for groups.
For larger groups and private parties, you’ll want to make reservations on the Friendship Boat II. This catamaran double-decker cruise vessel is designed for large groups with a complete kitchen, outdoor charcoal grill, music system and bar area. The Friendship Boat has been on the Rez since its beginnings and a ride on it has been a family tradition for generations.
For those that want a little more adventure, bring the kids, bring the dog, bring your fishing pole and paddle with the nice folks at Pearl River Kayaks. Each rental includes a kayak, paddle, life vest and whistle…and they will deliver it all to the launch location you choose.
You can also rent kayaks along with pontoon boats, jet skis and paddle boards at Main Harbor Marina Store in Ridgeland. They’ve got all the supplies you need for a great fishing trip or relaxing day on the water.
7. Hop on a Bike and Explore Ridgeland and the Natchez Trace Parkway
Named a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists, Ridgeland multi-use path is the perfect setting for cyclists and walkers to enjoy the weather this fall. This scenic 14.76-mile trail travels among wildlife and abundant foliage near the Mississippi Craft Center and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.
Mountain bikers will love the ten miles of trails found at the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails that are home to some unusual rolling hills and rock formations providing rides for both experienced and beginner cyclists.
Perhaps your bike has a roaring motor. If so, then you’ll certainly enjoy a ride along the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway that links Natchez, MS with Nashville, TN. The Parkway is a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road and has been chosen as one of America’s ten best biking roads.
8. Shopping for Fall Fashions in Ridgeland
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Ridgeland has some of the finest shopping in the entire state of Mississippi. If you’re looking for that perfect fall outfit for back-school, football games, or for the big family Thanksgiving Day celebration, we’ve got you covered! Name brand retailers can be found at Renaissance at Colony Park and Northpark Mall, and if you’re looking for boutique fashions then you’ll be amazed at the wealth of stores from one end of town to the other. Friendly shop owners are at your service to help you discover that current fall fashion trends that suit you. Be sure to check out the Ridgeland Retail Trail brochure so you don’t miss finding your perfect treasure.
9. Annual Turkey Day 8K in Ridgeland
If you happen to be lucky enough to be spending this Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family in Ridgeland, then we’ve got the perfect activity for you to burn a few holiday calories. The Annual Turkey Day 8K will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 7:00 am. This holiday tradition starts and finishes at Fleet Feet Sports in Ridgeland and features both a walk and run. You have the opportunity to upgrade your registrations and become a walk or run VIP and receive additional swag, food and beverages, a massage and a cool place to hang out before and after the run.
As you can see, Ridgeland was designed to make the most of Mississippi’s beautiful fall weather, bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in. How you choose to explore – by bike or boat, in shops or on trails, through touch or taste, inside or out – well, that’s entirely up to you!