Natchez, Mississippi – Fall 2015 Happenings

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NatchezThis fall, Natchez, Mississippi invites visitors to experience the rich, vibrant history of the charming city on the Mississippi River. Travelers will be immersed in the culture though historic home tours, distinctive antique forums and more through the eclectic line-up of events.

Below is a sampling of upcoming events taking places throughout the fall:

Fall Pilgrimage

September 25-October 12

For two weeks each fall, the doors to some of the city’s most historic homes are put on-display for touring and entertainment for the public.  Nineteen antebellum mansions will feature guides costumed as family friends and descendants of the original owners. Each house is filled with 18th and 19th century furnishings, porcelain, clothing, tools and documents. Tickets start at $10 for children and $15 for adults. For more information, visit www.natchezpilgrimage.com.

Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

October 16-18

Natchez 2Starting with “Balloon Glow” Friday night, and continuing through Sunday afternoon, the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with bright  hot air balloons filling the skies over the Mississippi River as live music sets the scene at Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens. The festival grounds feature a carnival section with many rides, games and fun for children of all ages. The festival is also hosting the first annual Blufftoberfest, featuring Mississippi and Louisiana craft beers. Tickets are required for entrance to the fairgrounds and start at $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.natchezballoonrace.com.

Dash from the Dead 5K

October 31

On October 31, historic downtown Natchez will host the first annual Dash from the Dead Haunted 5K and Fun-Run with Rock 105 and ListenUpYall.com. The race will begin around sundown on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and will wind through the haunted streets of downtown Natchez, through Memorial Park, behind St. Mary’s Basilica before ending on Main Street with an after party. For more information, visit www.visitnatchez.org.

Angels on the Bluff Cemetery Tour

November 5-7

Natchez 3This year the Natchez City Cemetery will present an elaborate production featuring iconic Natchez personalities buried on the property as portrayed by their descendants and other local citizens in period costumes. Visitors can tour the historic site, stopping at graves to hear stories and musical tributes to the lives and deaths of some of Natchez oldest residents. Tickets for all ages are $25. For more information, visit www.natchezcitycemetery.com.

 

Natchez Antiques Forum

November 5-7

To celebrate its 38th year, the Natchez Antiques Forum presents “At Home and Abroad: Natchezians on the Grand Tour.” Whether a novice or an experienced antique collector, visitors will be immersed in the beauty of history of Natchez. All forum participants will have opportunities to associate with noted experts during the conference at social events and tours, including a reception at Stanton Hall. The annual schedule includes museum directors, curators, conservators and other scholars working in art history, decorative arts and associated fields. Tickets start at $100. For more information, visit www.natchezantiquesforum.org.

Art Affair Gala and Indoor Art Market

November 6- 7

The Art Affair Gala at The Art Center will be held November 6 at 6:00 p.m. The ticketed gala will include a special viewing of art belonging to the Natchez Art Association that has been in the vault of the main sponsor, Home Bank, for over 20 years. The highlight of the evening will be a live auction which will include a painting by well-known Natchez artist Helen Langlow. Following the Gala, on November 7 the Art Affair Indoor Art Market will showcase fine art and craftsmanship from the Natchez, Mississippi and Vidalia, Louisiana area and beyond. For more information, visit www.natchezartassociation.org.

About Natchez

natchez r shermanNatchez, Mississippi, located 90 miles north of Baton Rouge, is quickly becoming a sought-after cultural tourism destination. Attracting over 660,000 visitors annually from around the world, Natchez is known for its culture and history, offering more antebellum houses than any other location in the United States.  It is also the Bed and Breakfast Capital of the South, and “The Biscuit Capital of the World.”   In 2016, the city will mark its 300th anniversary, making it the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River. Natchez’s evolution over 300 years has provided an astounding array of ways to discover and enjoy southwest Mississippi. For more information about Natchez, visit www.visitnatchez.org or call 800-647-6724.

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