Outdoor Events & Recreation

Exciting outdoor events are happening in Ridgeland in 2019!

Sat, March 30, 2019 - Magnolia Meltdown Half, 10K & 5K

With scenic courses through beautiful Ridgeland, the Magnolia Meltdown is for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy some time outdoors  with friends and family and all for a good cause - the St. Dominic community Health Clinic which provides care to the homeless, uninsured and working poor in our metro area. All finishers receive a special medal. The event includes great food and live music for all to enjoy.

Magnolia Meltdown Ridgeland MS

Fri, April 5 - Sun, April 7, 2019 - Art Wine & Wheels Weekend at Renaissance at Colony Park

A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and part of the 11th annual Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Art Wine & Wheels Weekend offers a juried arts show, music, the Sante South Wine Festival, the Run Now Wine Later 5K, and a special event for cyclists to enjoy Ridgeland's bike paths and county wide cycling routes. For more info, visit Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival or Cheers and Gears Bike Ride.

Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

Sat & Sun, April 13 & 14 and Sat & Sun, April 20 & 21, 2019 - KidFest! Ridgeland

KidFest! Ridgeland is two weekends of affordable family fun at Freedom Ridge Park! With lots of interactive activities and shows, KidFest! is an experience your children will remember for a lifetime. There's amusement rides, magic show, a circus under the big top, pony rides and more.

KidFest Ridgeland MS

Sat, April 20, 2019 - Township Jazz Festival

In its 11th year, the Township Jazz Festival has gained a reputation as one of the premier family-friendly music events in Mississippi and it's the only festival in the area solely dedicated to jazz music. You'll hear national recording artists and local up-and-coming professionals and students. This free festival is held at the Township at Colony Park.

Township Jazz Festival

Sat, May 4, 2019 - Natchez Trace Century Ride

Over 700 cyclists converge on Ridgeland for this annual event each spring. Ride 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles - your choice. There's "energizer" stops along the way with food and hands-on fun for everyone. Registration fee includes Welcome Party on Friday evening, event t-shirt, post-ride meal and post-ride party "Rocking After the Ride."

Natchez Trace Century Ride


June 1, 2019 - Heatwave Classic Triathlon

This popular annual event for 34 years offers a one-half mile swim in the Barnett Reservoir, a 10-run on Ridgeland's Multi-Use Trail and a 24.5-mile bike course on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. For more info, visit Heatwave Classic Triathlon.

Heatwave Classic Triathlon Ridgeland MS

Sat, June 15, 2019 - Father & Child Fishing Tournament at Old Trace Park

Celebrate Father's Day weekend at the Barnett Reservoir with the free event from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Bring your fishing pole and bait and enjoy some quality time with your family at the 23rd annual Father and Child Fishing Tournament. Prizes awarded for Biggest Fish, Most Fish, and Smallest Fish. For more info, visit City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks.

Father and Child Fishing Tournament Ridgeland MS

Sat, June 29, 2019 - Independence Celebration on the Rez 

Patriotic weekend celebration at Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir with live music, kid's activities, food and beer vendors, and fireworks. All the fun begins at 4:00 p.m. at this free event for the whole family. Bring your chairs and blankets but leave your coolers at home.


July 5, 2019 - Celebrate America Balloon Glow

This annual tradition in Ridgeland for 30 years is held on the grounds at Northpark Mall. From 5:30 until 9:00 p.m. enjoy great live music, spectacular hot air balloons and fireworks make for a great evening of family fun. The Celebrate America Balloon Glow, the opening event of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival in Canton, provides the opportunity to witness approximately twenty hot air balloons of all colors twinkle and glow in the dusk of a summer evening. For more info, visit www.ridgelandms.org.

Balloon Glow

Sat, September 28, 2019 - Bike Your Park Day 

Join us for the 4th annual Bike Your Park Day in Ridgeland. Join us for a fun ride on the Natchez Trace trails. There will be food and beverages for participants. Park Rangers from the Natchez Trace Parkway will be on hand with information and exhibits. The 10-miles ride is free for adults or kids, just make sure you have a helmet and blinkie. For more information email Jayce at jayce1271@yahoo.com

Bike Your Park Day Ridgeland MS

September 28, 2019 - Dragonboat Regatta at Old Trace Park

Sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the Dragonboat Regatta includes a free festival of music, food and children's activities. For more info, visit Madison County Chamber on Facebook.

Dragonboat Regatta Ridgeland MS

Sat, October 5, 2019 - Renaissance Euro Fest European Automobile & Motorcycle Show

Auto enthusiasts will love this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of British, Italian, German, and many other European vehicles at Renaissance at Colony Park. See brands such as Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Porsche, Land Rover, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Daimler, Jaguar, Norton, Ducati, Royal Enfield, BMW, Bugatti, Talbot Lago, Mercedes Benz, Marcos, Henson, and others. For more info, visit www.euro-fest.net.

Euro Fest Auto and Motorcycle Show Ridgeland MS

Sat, October 19 & Sun, October 20, 2019 - Fat Tire Festival and McGee Lungbuster at Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails

Join the Tri-County Mountain Bike Association for this weekend of fun with overnight camping, food trucks and cold beverages, music and more for the entire family. The McGee Lungbuster downhill race is named in honor of Ridgeland's most avid cyclist, our beloved Mayor Gene McGee. For more information, visit tricountymtb.org.

Fat Tire Festival Ridgeland MS

Sat & Sun, October 26 & 27, 2019 - Spooky 'Cross Cyclocross Festival

The first stop of the Mississippi Cyclocross Series, this event encourages riders to dress in Halloween costumes for a fun competition and some great racing for levels and categories. The Spooky 'Cross Cyclocross Festival is held at Mag Ridge BMX Track.

Spooky Cross Cyclocross Festival

October 2019- Sanderson Farms Championship PGA Event

This tournament has been part of the PGA Tour schedule since 1968 and is played at the Country Club of Jackson. It's a great opportunity to to see and meet some of the best golfers in the country right in Ridgeland's own backyard. For tickets and more info, www.sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

Sanderson Farms Championship PGA Event


Sat, November 23 & Sun, November 25, 2019 - Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival at Freedom Ridge Park

Benefitting the Mississippi Cyclocross Project, this event serves as a celebration/graduation of the program which provides free curriculum based training sessions for eight weeks to help empower, develop principles and values, good sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork among youth of all ages and ability levels. For more info, visit www.ridgelandcyclocrosssfestival.com.

Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival

Thur, November 28, 2019 - Turkey Day 8K & 1/4-mile Turkey Trot

Be a part of a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Ridgeland brought to you by Fleet Feet Sports. For more info, visit Fleet Feet Events.

Turkey Day 8K in Ridgeland MS


Recreation in Ridgeland

Barnett Reservoir

Voted Mississippi Magazine “Best in Mississippi” Best Waterfront Destination

The Barnett Reservoir was created by impounding the Pearl River between Madison and Rankin Counties. Completed in 1965, it has 105 miles of shoreline and is bounded on the north by the historic Natchez Trace. The lake has a width of approximately 3 1/2 miles at its widest point and is some 45 miles long. There are 33,000 acres of surface area and at the summer pool level, the average depth is 12 feet.

The reservoir creates a haven for many outdoor adventures. Boating, sailing, water sports, camping, fishing, picnicking or bird watching offer endless hours of pleasure. Visitors have the opportunity to view and participate in national and regional fishing tournaments, weekend regattas as well as the many festivals held at the reservoir. For pontoon boat and personal watercraft rentals, visit Main Harbor Marina Store or call (601) 853-0683. For kayak rentals, visit Pearl River Kayaks or call (601) 966-5456.

Ridgeland Recreational Facilities

Ridgeland offers some of the state's best tournament facilities and athletic events featuring a combination of top notch facilities, restaurants, hotels, service and after-competition activities. There are numerous opportunities to enjoy sports at quality parks and facilities across the city. The venues also offer families a chance to enjoy picnics, outdoor cookouts and playgrounds, and they serve as locations for many festivals and specials events throughout the year. Find out more about the facilities and sports events/tournaments operated by the City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks.

Freedom Ridge Park
235 W. School Street
Softball and soccer facilities, concession areas, covered pavilions, playgrounds and lighted walking trail.

Friendship Park
475 Lake Harbour Drive
Picnic tables, grills, covered pavilion, lighted walking trails and playground.

Hite Walcott Park
201 McClellan Drive
Youth baseball and softball complex, batting cages, playground and nature trail.

Old Trace Park
Post Road at the Reservoir
Covered pavilion, picnic tables, grills, playground and site of many special events and festivals.

Ridgeland Tennis Center
201 McClellan Drive
Tournament site with 17 courts available for day and evening matches. Pro shop on site.

For more information or assistance, contact Mina Thorgeson, Director of Sales, at (800) 468-6078 or mina@visitridgeland.com.