Life is good in Jackson, TN, as well as throughout Madison County. As the weather cools down and the days grow shorter, it’s a wonderful time to get outside and participate in events throughout the area.


And the good news is: There’s no shortage of things to do in Jackson, TN this fall, as well as in surrounding communities. Here’s a rundown of things for you and the family to experience this October in Jackson and nearby towns.


Jackson Shrine Circus — Oct. 12–15

For more than 75 years, the Al Chymia Shrine Circus has performed across the South, delighting kids and adults of all ages. The Circus will arrive in Jackson on Oct. 12, with nine shows scheduled through Oct. 15. You can find shows that start morning, noon and night — whatever works best for you and your family’s schedule.


Learn more about tickets for the Jackson Shrine Circus.


Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour — Oct. 14

Are you into biking? Enjoy this 100-mile ride on scenic roads and through state parks here in Southwest Tennessee. The Tour’s total climb is 7,000 feet. Participants start and end at Jackson State Community College, and riders enjoy a dinner at the College once the Tour is complete. 


Learn more about the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour


20th Annual Ames Plantation Heritage Festival — Oct. 14

If you're a history buff, you won't want to miss this unique experience. The Ames Plantation and the University of Tennessee's AgResearch co-host the Plantation Heritage Festival, which include artists, musicians, reenactments, education, entertainment and much more.


Learn more about the Ames Plantation Heritage Festival.


Jackson Symphony Starlight Symphony — Oct. 14

Enjoy free music and an evening under the stars when the Jackson Symphony Orchestra holds its Starlight Symphony at First Presbyterian Church. Bring anyone you like, and you’ll enjoy a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (including live cannons). And, yes, you read that right: This event is completely free.


Learn more about the Starlight Symphony.


Bone Appétit Southern Soul — Oct. 15

The Downtown Dogs Group does no-kill pet rescue right here in Jackson, and Bone Appétit is its annual fundraiser. This year’s evening soiree will feature food by local chef Nick Wallace, who works as executive chef at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Jackson’s own Lauren Pritchard will perform her “heartfelt style of soul music,” and Sam Bryant Distillery will serve a signature cocktail. This should be an absolute blast — and all for a good cause.


Learn more about Bone Appétit Southern Soul.


Meet Me in St. Louis — Oct. 19–20

The Jackson Teen Theatre presents the classic Meet Me in St. Louis, a story about a family and the spectacle that was the 1904 World’s Fair. The cast will perform three times — morning and night on Oct. 19, and a final evening show on Oct. 20. 


Learn more about Meet Me in St. Louis.

Dancing With the Stars — Oct. 19

Founded in 1988, the STAR Center is a non-profit that serves the disabled, helping them to secure jobs, housing, education and more. Dancing With the Stars is the Center’s annual fundraiser. Get tickets for a group, and you can watch local celebrities and community leaders strut their stuff for a good cause.


Learn more about Dancing With the Stars.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer — Oct. 21

This walk is an American Cancer Society event that raises both awareness about and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. at The Ballpark at Jackson, home of the Jackson Generals baseball team. After the walk, stick around for music and entertainment.


Learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.


Hatchie Fall Fest — Oct. 21

Calling all families! Make the short drive to Brownsville for the 2017 Hatchie Fall Fest. Starting at 10 a.m., the Festival opens with plenty of music, arts, crafts, games, activities and more, both for kids and adults. The Festival even includes a Pet Show and Cake & Pie Baking Contest.


Learn more about the Hatchie Fall Fest.


WRAP Halloween Run — Oct. 26

WRAP is an organization that has long worked in Madison County to serve those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. This will be the 5th Annual WRAP 5k, which gives you a chance to dress up in a costume and to get active for a good cause. Not into running? You can opt to participate in the 1-mile walk instead.


Learn more about the 5th Annual WRAP Halloween Run.


Downtown Jackson Halloween Extravaganza — Oct. 28


Do you love Halloween? You won't want to miss the Downtown Jackson Halloween Extravaganza, hosted by the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation. This is family-friendly fun that includes a trunk or treat and entertainment. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m.


Learn more about the Downtown Jackson Halloween Extravaganza.


Jackson Brew Fest — Oct. 28

Stop by the Fairgrounds on Oct. 28 for the Annual Jackson Brew Fest, which includes more than 20 different craft beers to taste, door prizes, giveaways, live music by Skyelor Anderson, a cornhole tournament and more. The Fest takes place from 1 to 5 p.m.


Learn more about the Jackson Brew Fest.


Jackson-Madison County Trunk or Treat — Oct. 28


If you can't get enough Halloween fun, visit The Ballpark at Jackson for the 10th Annual Jackson-Madison County Trunk or Treat. Bring the whole family, and get your fair share of more than 2 million pieces of candy. The Trunk or Treat starts at 3 p.m.


Learn more about the Jackson-Madison County Trunk or Treat.


Milan Halloween Trunk or Treat & Movie in the Park — Oct. 31


On Halloween night, the City of Milan and the Milan Police Department are hosting a trunk or treat and movie night from 5 to 8 p.m. Start trunk or treating at 5, and stick around to see the film Hocus Pocus, which starts at 6. Kids 12 and under can even enter a costume contest.


Learn more about the Milan Halloween Trunk or Treat & Movie in the Park.


Want to Know More About Jackson?


Get out and enjoy these things to do in Jackson, TN this fall, and please don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions about life in this wonderful community. At Carney & Dement, we absolutely love Jackson, and we're passionate about helping both new and long-time residents find the homes of their dreams.


While real estate is our business, our expertise is Jackson and the lifestyle available to those who call it “home.” Whether you have questions about things to do in Jackson, TN this fall or questions about buying or selling homes here, we’d love to help.


Contact us today with your questions about Jackson.