Festivals & Events


Aberdeen Southern Heritage Pilgrimage – April

Yes, welcome to beautiful Aberdeen, Mississippi, and the Southern Heritage Pilgrimage. Ten or eleven homes, representing several time periods from antebellum to pre-World War II, are featured on the tour each year. We know you’ll enjoy touring the outstanding selection of homes, meeting the owners, and learning about the history and, in several cases, restoration efforts that have gone into these architectural jewels.

Pilgrimage weekend in Aberdeen means home tours, and more! Related events include A Proper Afternoon Tea, The Pilgrimage Tea Room Luncheon, Boy Scout Troop 39 Pancake Breakfast, A Timeline of Southern Architecture driving tour, A Taste of Mississippi, A Gospel Concert, Life in a Small Southern Town (a comedy) at the Elkin Theatre, and Lies and Legends of Old Aberdeen Cemetery, where the dead come alive to tell their life’s story. Two of the above events, A Taste of Mississippi and A Gospel Concert, celebrate the rich history of the African-American experience in Aberdeen.

Make your plans to be in Aberdeen this Spring when the town comes alive! You’ll find a warm, friendly welcome and a wonderful, enjoyable weekend awaiting you! Ticket Information can be found on the Schedule page at www.aberdeenpilgrimage.org.

Bukka White Blues Festival – October

Location: Take Coontail Rd to Lock and Dam Rd, north of Aberdeen, MS

Aberdeen Blues & Barbecue – Yes, there’s been a festival at Blue Bluff on the banks of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Aberdeen, Mississippi for a number of years. In the past, the festival featured all types of music… but now, it’s an all blues festival. Now, we’re honoring our hometown blues heroes… Bukka White and Howlin’ Wolf. Did you ever hear Howlin’ Wolf sing, “I was born in Mississippi… Aberdeen… Aberdeen, Mississippi? Bukka White is believed to have been born in Aberdeen, also. Bukka and B.B. King were first cousins, and it is a known fact that B.B.’s very first guitar was presented to him by Bukka. Aberdeen is extremely proud of its blues heritage… proud that the above artists, both of whom had such a tremendous, lasting influence on Mississippi Blues Music… got their start right here!

So now, Aberdeen blends the best of the blues with the best of the barbecue… by serving as host for the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s state competition! As they say, “it doesn’t get any better than blues and barbecue.” So mark your calendar and make your plans to join us in October on the beautiful banks of the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

Admission to the Festival is free and open to the public. In addition to blues and barbecue, you’ll enjoy shopping the large line-up of arts and crafts, and food concessions. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, and the Aberdeen Antique and Classic Car Club will have a great display of antique cars in the beach area. For more information go to http://bukkawhitebluesfestival.com.


Amory Railroad Festival – April

Location: Downtown Amory at Frisco Park

Being established by the BNSF railroad makes the town of Amory the perfect setting for the Amory Railroad Festival. The festival began in 1979 and has been an annual event ever since. This event held in the month of April draws a crowd of around 60,000 each year to Amory. The Railroad Festival has been cited by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Region’s top 20 events with outstanding entertainment, wonderful food, various arts and crafts, and the Carnival Midway. The festival is a four-day event with plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family. So what are you waiting for, come join us! Bring the whole family and plan to spend at least a couple of days in Amory. For more info, go to www.amoryrailroadfestival.com.