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Mississippi Makers Fest to celebrate...

Mississippi Makers Fest to celebrate state’s rich music, art

By: Frank Corder - January 11, 2023

The free festival is slated for May 13th at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has announced the 2nd annual Mississippi Makers Fest, a day-long celebration of the state’s rich and diverse music and art.  

This year’s festival will kick off summer in the Magnolia State on Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 10am to 6pm on Entergy Plaza at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson.

The free festival will feature Mississippi artisans, live music, make-and-take activities, food trucks, and more. 

Cedric Burnside (MDAH)

Cedric Burnside will headline the musical acts with additional performances by Mississippi musicians Bass Drum of Death, Track45, Kudzu Kings, and 5th Child, who will also emcee the event. 

The event is sponsored by Southern Beverage Company.

“The Two Mississippi Museums are grateful to have Southern Beverage Company continue their generous title sponsorship of the 2023 Makers Fest for a second year—making it possible to have such an inspirational and talented musical lineup for this year’s event,” said MDAH director Katie Blount in a release. “In addition, we look forward to visitors experiencing the mouthwatering delights that Mississippi food vendors bring to the table and the variety of artisans representing their crafts from across Mississippi.”

MDAH is accepting applications for food trucks and vendors selling from pop-up tents for the festival. Applications will be selected based on a number of criteria, including proposed items, price of items, completeness of application, and space availability.  If you’re interested in being a vendors, the deadline to apply is March 13, 2023. You can apply here.

The festival will also feature Mississippi artisans and offers a juried marketplace with low booth fees, artist hospitality perks, well-equipped facilities, generous parking, and security. The festival is being promoted across the southeast and will bring in visitors from around the region. Artisans can learn more about being part of the festival here.

“Southern Beverage Company is honored to be returning as the title sponsor for Mississippi Makers Fest,” said Theo P. Costas, President and CEO of Southern Beverage Co., Inc. “Mississippi has such a rich culture of artists, musicians, and creatives, and we are proud to celebrate some of the best in our state at the festival this May”

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: