Festivals & Events

(BUSKING RULES (click for link) apply for all performances at the Museum.) Musicians interested in busking outside  in front of the museum during second street blues parties or in the weekend: please contact blues2rock@me.com

Clarksdale’s Calendar of Festivals and Events includes:


Juke Joint Festival:  A free, family event in downtown Clarksdale with over 15 main and small stage venues offering live music during the day along with a parade, art exhibits, petting zoo, historic tours, pig races and just as many or more juke joints and clubs offering live local blues entertainment in the evenings. www.jukejointfestival.com

2nd Street Blues PartyI: Friday before and Sunday after the Juke joint festival: more live blues music in front of the Rock & Blues Museum. See juke joint related events: www.jukejointfestival.com

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I:  Sunday following the Juke Joint Festival there’s more live blues music for those who just can’t seem to get enough!!! In front of Cat Head   www.cathead.biz


Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival:  A free music event in downtown Clarksdale held the weekend following the Blues Music Awards. In front of Cat Head and the Rock & Blues Museum CCMF


Delta Jubilee:  held the first weekend in June, a family event with carnival rides, games, food vendors and live music from rock to country to blues. www.clarksdaletourism.com


Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival:  Free, intimate (on small stages in downtown Clarksdale), and focused on Mississippi musicians, this event includes traditional blues and gospel music. www.sunflowerfest.org

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II:  Held on Sunday during the Sunflower Festival offering more free live blues music all day long; in front of Cat Head, with tents, chairs and over half a dozen blues acts.  www.cathead.biz

2nd Street Blues Party II: Held on Friday, Saturday and Sundy during Sunflower weekend in August front of the Rock & Blues Museum.  For details see: ………………….Musicians interested in busking in front of the museum  outside please contact blues2rock@me.com


King Biscuit:  Okay, it’snot in Clarksdale, but it feels like it with all the related events here. This blues festival takes place in downtown historic Helena, Arkansas, about a half-hour northwest of Clarksdale across the Mississippi River. Three free stages; admission charge for Main Stage. www.bluesandheritagefest.com

2nd Street Blues Party III:  based on the premise that there is never enough blues music and musicians can’t stop playing, there’s free live music on Thursday, Friday,Saturday and Sunday afternoon on 2nd Street in Clarksdale for the visitors who stay in Clarksdale during the day and attend the King Biscuit Festival at night …………….  

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III:  Held on the Sunday of the King Biscuit Festival offering more free live blues music all day long; in front of Cat Head.   www.cathead.biz

Deep Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS:  held in late October:   an new exciting festival held at Clarksdale’s Shack Up-Inn in the evening on the weekend after the King Biscuit Fest (October 16-18 2015) see: www.deepbluesfest.com

Delta Busking during Deep Blues Fest in the day time in front of  Cat Head and the Rock & Blues Museum: Interested musicians please contact blues2rock@me.com

Pinetop Perkins Homecoming:  honors the legendary piano player at Hopson Plantation.    www.pinetopperkinsfoundation.org

Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival:  This festival honors playwright Tom “Tennessee” Williams with porch plays, film screenings, seminars, and a drama competition for high school students. www.coahomacc.edu

Hambone Music Festival:  Halloween weekend comes alive with blues events around town, free outdoor music stage at Hambone Art Gallery on Saturday.  www.stanstreet.com


Mississippi Saxophone Harmonica Festival:  November.  www.mississippisaxophonefestival.com


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