Here’s a look at things going on in and around Jackson in the next couple weeks.
Hub City Flea Market
Monthly flea markets in Jackson are back at the Jackson Fairgrounds (800 South Highland Avenue in Downtown Jackson). For the 2023 season, the flea market will be held on the first weekend of each month. Doors are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
First Fridays Art Walk
Through November, the Jackson Arts Council will organize “First Friday Art Walk” events in Downtown Jackson. These monthly events will take place on the first Friday of the month from 3-6 p.m. in local businesses all within walking distance of one another in Downtown Jackson’s newly designated Arts District. The public will now have regular monthly opportunities to shop for local art directly from local artists. Artists will pop up inside of the storefronts of local businesses to sell their work. The purpose of these events is to increase opportunities for the public to engage with the arts, increase opportunities for local artists to sell their work, increase arts opportunities within the Arts District, and increase walkability and economic activity in Downtown Jackson.
West Tennessee Chili Festival
Join the Jackson Rockabillies staff at Jackson Baseball Stadium (4 Fun Place) for their International Chili Society (ICS) Sanctioned Chili Competition. It will be a qualifier for the 2024 World Championship Chili Cook-Off. It will be a day of live music, activities, vendors, and of course, Chili Cooking/Tasting for $10. Numerous food trucks, food vendors, as well as other vendors will be on site along with a cornhole tournament. Activities for the little ones will be available so bring out the whole family.
The Jackson Symphony’s ‘Reimagined Requiem’
Mozart’s magnificent “Requiem” is the foundation for The Jackson Symphony’s second masterworks concert at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jackson. The evening will feature side by side performances—a traditional presentation of “Requiem” by The Jackson Symphony with regional choirs and soloists, Madelyn Musser and Esther Gray, and a world premiere commission and experiential take conceived by principal double bass and vocal recording artist, Marco Alexander. A native of Memphis, Marco has a unique background in hip hop, rock and R&B that brings a fresh and unique perspective to this iconic orchestral piece. To purchase tickets, go to www.thejacksonsymphony.org or call (731) 427-6440.
An Evening with Crystal Gayle
Crystal Gayle will perform at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center on the square in Huntingdon at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at dixiepac.net for $42, $47, $52 and $57. Crystal was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as a member in January 2017 by her sister Loretta Lynn. The Academy of Country Music recognized Crystal with the 2016 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for her lifetime achievements in country music. And in 2009 Crystal was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Business After Hours
Prime Auto USA (1377 Highway 45 Bypass in Jackson) will be this month’s host of The Greater Jackson Chamber’s networking event. Chamber members are invited to attend to make contacts, network and enjoy hours d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m.
United Way of West Tennessee and the Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth are excited to host this community conference to foster discussion and determine solutions on how we can best serve those who are ALICE. The conference will consist of guest speakers, panel/table discussions, and relevant findings based on the latest ALICE Report for our region and state. The event will be from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson. For more information, contact Katherine Cheshire with United Way at 731-265-6756.
Merch Day 2023
Jackson: Hidden Tracks encourages fans of local music to be a part of the inaugural Merch Day on November 10, 2022. This event was created to support local musicians by helping them gain additional exposure and revenue. On this day the community is encouraged to make a purchase from a local musician online or in person. Jackson: Hidden Tracks will be providing a comprehensive list of artists in the area with merchandise available, as well as an option to leave a “virtual tip” through the artist’s online payment services such as Venmo or CashApp. Jackson: Hidden Tracks is an initiative of Visit Jackson, Tennessee, created to identify the local music scene. For more information about Jackson: Hidden Tracks, please visit JacksonHiddenTracks.com.
Love with Nowhere to Go – A grief conference
Featuring an intimate time of discussion with our keynote speaker, Megan Devine. And three separate breakout sessions offered with local presenters sharing information on a variety of topics related to grief… forgiveness, support, finding peace, and grieving through various seasons of life. It all happens at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Jackson (200 S. Church Street) from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $25 for students and community and $40 for professionals for CEUs. For more information, send an e-mail to Leighann.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Truck Fridays
Downtown Jackson and the West TN Farmers Market (91 New Market Street in Downtown Jackson) bring you Food Truck Fridays! Make plans to join them every Friday, May through November, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to experience local eateries at lunch to end your work week and support local businesses.
Let It Glow light show kickoff
Join Discovery Park of America for the “Let it Glow” opening night. This event will include a kickoff ceremony at 6 p.m. featuring performances from the Jackson Symphony, the Voices of Union City Elementary student choir and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The kickoff ceremony is free for Discovery Park members and $5 for non-members. The “Let It Glow” Drive-thru and Walk-thru are open 5-9 p.m. from Friday, Nov. 10-Friday, Dec. 30, 2023. Both are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Walk through – $5 per person (children 3 and younger are free), drive through is $10 per car and $50 per bus with 11 or more passengers.
Veteran Recognition Ceremony
The West Tennessee Coalition presents the 2023 Veterans Day Celebration at Englewood Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Captain Roy Cash with performances by Innovation Choir. This event is free and open to the public.
Jackson Choral Society fall concert
The Jackson Choral Society’s 70+ voice choir will be performing songs that explore, ponder, and celebrate some of what “home” means to all of us. There will be a special tribute to our military veterans, as we honor their bravery and sacrifice. Tickets are $20. $15 for military veterans, active duty & reserve and students. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 3 p.m.
Downtown Veterans’ Parade
The West Tennessee Veterans’ Coalition will host the Downtown Veterans’ Parade at 10 a.m. in Downtown Jackson, starting at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.
Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Come celebrate the 248th year of our beloved Marine Corps. The Ball is hosted by the Capt. Jack Holland Marine Corps League Detachment but you do not have to be a member to attend. All Marine and Navy personnel are welcome to attend. Tickets are $50 each. The night begins with social hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6. There will be a photographer on hand for couples pictures. The speaker for the evening will be retired Major Ronald Chino, an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot. Followed by a cake cutting ceremony and the evening will end with dancing the night away. MCL formal, MCL undress, Dress Blues, civilian formal and cocktail attire preferred.
The Charity Gala
The Charity Gala is the largest fundraiser hosted by The Foundation and raises funds to support critical community initiatives, like the organization’s annual Community Impact Grants. The black and white affair will feature a cocktail hour, silent auction, seated dinner, award presentations, and live entertainment. The Foundation is excited to welcome back Caleb Minter and the Structure Band as the evening’s entertainment. The Foundation will recognize nine individuals who made an impact on Jackson during the award presentations at the event. This year’s recipients are:
Allison DeMarcus – Tigrett Award
Jim Norton and Robert Walden – Dr. A. Barnett Scott Service Award
Andrew Boks – Jackson Award for The Arts
Dr. Jeremy Tubbs – Jackson Award for Education
John H. Weston, Jr. – Jackson Award for Healthcare
Young Kim – Jackson Award for Leadership
Jackie Utley – Jackson Award for Volunteer Service
Elvia Trejo Reyes – Jackson Award for Youth
Tickets for the Charity Gala are $2,500 for a table of eight or $350 per individual ticket. Each ticket includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, seated dinner and live entertainment. Sponsorships are available starting at $3,500. To secure your seats for the Charity Gala, contact Haley Wildridge by email at email@example.com or by calling (731)-984-2146.
Hub City Fight Night
Come out for an exciting night of Amateur MMA & Kickboxing Matches at Hub City Brewing. Some of the best fighters in Tennessee and surrounding counties will compete in the cage. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fight begins at 7 p.m. General admission is standing room only. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Allen comedy show
The Medina Lions Club is hosting comedian Jeff Allen for two fantastic shows, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Journey Church in Three Way. Jeff Allen is in his fifth decade as a working comedian. You may have seen him on America’s Got Talent, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Huckabee, Pureflix, Warner Bros., Comedy Central, VH-1, Showtime, TBN, CBN, Family Net and numerous other television networks. He can be heard regularly on SiriusXM’s comedy channels, also Pandora and Spotify. He has performed for our troops on aircraft carriers and ships in the Indian Ocean. Look for him on the most popular comedy internet sensation, Dry Bar Comedy, where Jeff just filmed his 3rd Comedy Special and has now surpassed 400 million views on Facebook and YouTube. Jeff has also produced and starred in his own sitcom pilot for Castlerock Television and in the critically acclaimed films, “Apostles of Comedy.”
Hundreds of vendors will be present selling apparel, home decor, food, art, etc. It truly is the best of the best and can be your one-stop shop for your entire Christmas list. The 2023 Holiday Mart will open with a Preview Party on Thursday, November 16, 2023, and it will be open to the public on November 17-19, 2023. This multi-day merchandise mart features gifts, clothing and accessories, holiday and home decorative items, and much more. It all happens at the Carl Perkins Civic Center (400 South Highland Avenue in Downtown Jackson) from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Witness Joseph’s vibrant journey from favorite son to Egyptian ruler set to some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most infectious music at the historic Ned McWherter West TN Cultural Arts Center (314 East Main Street in Downtown Jackson). Experience the mesmerizing melodies and dazzling colors of this timeless musical. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, 2 pm. And 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available online at tix.com for $12.50 and $17.50.
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