Riverfest: Great Music and Arts
if you are in Vicksburg the last week of April then attending Riverfest should be high on your list. For the last twenty seven years Vicksburg has hosted a knock out part of live music at the river. The event, which is also referred to as the River Fest Music and Arts Festival is held to celebrate the City's past and give recognition to old and new artists of all forms. Particular emphasis is on music celebrating the City's rich blues history.
The festival includes a free arts and crafts show at City Hall early on Saturday morning. During the day the streets of Vicksburg are filled with street performers, activities for children, food booths and sales by local merchants. The food is particularly sensational and features food from the local area. On Friday and Saturday evening music events are held from 6 pm to midnight. The cost of attending the music events this year was only $ 10.
The event itself is free. There is only a fee for the evening music acts on Friday and Saturday night.
The festival covers two days. We were first there less than two weeks before the event took place. However already the preparation for the event was noticeable. The City and the event organizers do a great job publicizing Riverfest. There was even information in the Jackson, Ms. papers about it.
From Jackson - I-20W
Take the W. CLAY ST exit- EXIT 4B- toward DOWNTOWN VICKSBURG, Follow the festival signs.
From Monroe - I-20 E
EXIT 1A after the Mississippi River toward DOWNTOWN / VICKSBURG via Washington Street
Vicksburg has mild winters with lows below 32F. Summer is usually hot and humid with day high temps exceeding 90F.
Humidity ranges from 70 – 100% and sudden and severe thunderstorms are common.
Civil War Living History
In May, Confederate and Union soldiers camp on the grounds of historic McRaven Tour Home. Period demonstrations in textiles, cooking, fashions, music, and skirmishes. McRaven Tour Home.
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