Jackson, Mississippi, is known as the “City With Soul.” The destination showcases the best of Southern cuisine, music, literature, art, museums and historical sites.

From its significant civil rights history to its burgeoning culinary scene, Jackson is a destination rich in cultural and memorable experiences:

  • City of Civil Rights– Jackson is a beacon of civil rights activism, honoring its legacy as the beating heart of the movement with landmarks and museums dedicated to keeping the story alive. From the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, which pays homage to Medgar Evers, the first secretary of the NAACP, to the expansive Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson celebrates and champions the ongoing work for justice and equality. This summer, Jackson is honoring its Civil Rights history with a variety of events, including: 
  • Freedom Summer – To mark the 60th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Two Mississippi Museums, will offer free admission on May 31 – June 2, gallery talks with the youngest Freedom Rider, Hezekiah Watkins every Saturday at noon and 1:30 p.m. and two “History Is Lunch” events: one with Freedom Summer participant and past Jackson Mayor Leslie Burl-McLemore and one with Bruce Watson, author of “Freedom Summer.”
  • Juneteenth – In a celebration of culture and community, Jackson will observe Juneteenth with special events featuring live music performances, diverse vendors, and free admission to Two Mississippi Museums.
  • City of Cuisine – Jackson’s culinary scene blends Southern tradition with innovative flavors, inviting visitors to savor both nostalgia and novelty. The capital city has embraced chefs of all backgrounds and offers delectable soul food classics that satisfy every palate. Iconic eateries like Bully’s Soul Food Restaurant and Mayflower Cafe, serve up classic southern fare, while Fondren District’s cocktail bars add zest to the nightlife. Jackson is also home to world-renowned chefs, including James Beard Award-nominated Hunter Evans (Sambou’s African Chicken), Season 34 Chopped winner Nick Wallace (The Nissan Café), and the legendary Cat Cora who hosted the inaugural Jackson Food & Wine Festival this past March (2025 date to be announced soon). With modern spots that offer contemporary twists, there is no city hotter in the kitchen with Jackson’s diverse dining landscape.