No one falls like Natchez
Posted at 4:12 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022
Football, food, music and more await you in the coming months and we can’t wait.
After the Hallmark Christmas movies were filmed here, some bragged that Natchez was one of the top 10 Christmas towns in America. We would venture to say that Natchez could be the number one place in the fall.
As soon as that chilly, cool weather arrives, the area kicks into full celebration mode with too many activities going on to name them all, but we’re about to try to name a few.
What better way to celebrate fall than celebrating for a good cause? Seeds of Change Resource Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the hungry, homeless, and elderly, will host its fourth annual fundraising event, “Biker’s Weekend on the Bluff,” on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 on Broadway Street. This event features performances by Theodis Ealy, LJ Echols, Frank “Guitarman” Rimmer and a special performance by the Memphis Grizzles Grannies and Grandpas Dream Team, not to mention a parade of motorcycles through the city.
The Natchez Music Festival is traditionally held in May. However, the 2023 season kickoff actually begins on October 6, 2022 at The Carriage House. Last summer, audiences were deeply shaken by a stunning tribute to Britain’s rock music invasion in the season finale, “Forever the Music of Queen”.
Alongside the Autumn Pilgrimage, the Natchez Music Festival will present Red Wine, Rossini and Rampal on October 6. This gala concert celebrates the centenary of French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. The performers will be flautists Fabio Angelo Colajanni and Danilo Mezzadri, singer Susan Ruggiero and pianist Brian Murphy. Watch for other upcoming productions at natchezfestivalofmusic.com.
The first Blues and Soul Super Bowl, hosted by Ardenland and Paradise Entertainment, begins Friday, October 7, with performances from two-time Grammy winners Kool & The Gang, Southern Avenue and Jarekus Singleton.
On Saturday, October 8, performances by Grammy-winning artists Patti LaBelle and CeeLo Green, as well as #100 James Brown Tribute, Dorothy Moore, Jamell Richardson and Bonneville. You heard right, the “godmother of soul” is going to perform at Natchez!
37e The annual Natchez Balloon Festival takes place October 14-16 in Rosalie.
Established in 1986, the festival is a weekend of hot air balloons, an arts and crafts market, and live music that has become the longest running festival in southwest Mississippi.
While many are hoping the weather will be perfect so they can see hot air balloons in flight, some are hungry for this year’s musical talent, which includes the Drive-By Truckers, a well-known rock band from Athens, Georgia. , back after Natchez’s Mudbug Music Festival.
Another headliner is this season’s America’s Got Talent finalist, having received the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofía Vergara.
Chapel Hart, a Dolly Parton-inspired all-girl country music trio from Poplarville, shot to stardom after their July appearance on America’s Got Talent.
Other performers at this year’s festival are acclaimed 80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds; YZ Ealey of Natchez; Nik Parr and the Selfless Lovers, a piano rock band from Austin, Texas; and Tank and the Bangas of New Orleans.
The Longwood Afternoon Music Fest is October 29 in – you guessed it – Longwood. This year’s festival will include performances from Deana Carter, NRhythm, Hana Hart and Friends, Elanore Swede and Easy Distracted.
For more information, visit longwoodafternoon.com.
While you’re looking for things to do this fall, be sure to book tickets for Angels on the Bluff, a candlelit walking tour of Natchez City Cemetery, taking place November 3-12. These usually sell out quickly! You can also search for special tours and events exclusive to the Fall Pilgrimage on natchezpilgrimage.com.