Off the historic Natchez Trace Parkway just north of Mississippi’s capital city, Ridgeland is a vibrant boutique town perfect for your spring getaway.
The 16th annual Township Jazz Festival returns to Ridgeland Saturday, April 1. The Russell Malone Quartet will fill the streets of Township at Colony Park with the swinging sounds of jazz, weaving in elements of blues, gospel, and R&B in Malone’s signature style. Malone is an accomplished performer who has been a member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band, worked with Diana Krall, and has appeared with a bevy of name artists in addition to releasing his own solo albums. The Township at Colony Park is the proud host of this popular springtime festival. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this free, family friendly event.
Make it a weekend and book your stay at Mississippi’s first AC by Marriott. Begin your getaway at the AC Lounge, which has become a hangout for locals and visitors alike. Featuring a rotating lineup of signature cocktails and small plates made with local spirits and ingredients, the AC Lounge is within walking distance of nearby shopping and dining offerings.
Wander the roads to find your new favorite shoes at Arco Avenue or bring home a souvenir from J. Olive Co. Get your space ready for spring at Boxwood, and indulge after a full day with your choice of cuisine at Anjou French bistro, Sombra Mexican kitchen, Soulshine Pizza, or Wasabi Sushi and Grill.
In May, three of Ridgeland’s signature events return for Art, Wine and Wheels weekend, from May 5 to 7, 2023. The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, the MIND Center Santé South Food & Wine Festival, and the Natchez Trace Century Ride come together for a celebration of Ridgeland’s live music, outdoor, and dining offerings.
The weekend begins and ends at Renaissance at Colony Park, where Visit Ridgeland will host a Kickoff Party on Friday, May 5. The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival first opens its booths from 3 to 7 p.m. The evening concludes with a free concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Natchez Trace Century Ride rolls on Saturday, May 6 from Old Trace Park in Ridgeland. Mississippi’s premier cycling event welcomes riders of all ages and availabilities, offering various ride distances along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. Registration for the ride is open at bikesignup.com and includes complimentary entrance into a Friday evening VIP Social.
The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival continues Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. Todd Perkins has been announced as the featured artist for the annual event, a juried art festival that includes fiber, glass, painting, photography, wood, and more by some of America’s most talented artists. The pet-friendly festival footprint features live music performances, food trucks, a Children’s Corner and Artist in Action demonstration.
Mississippi’s largest wine and food event, The MIND Center Santé South Food & Wine Festival, returns the evening of Saturday, May 6. Learn more about this culinary showcase for a good cause and purchase tickets at santesouth.org.
- by Erin Byers Murray