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March & April

MARCH 1

Please call the number following each description to verify dates and times, as events are subject to change.

Vicksburg

Mardi Gras Parade

Thousands of spectators are expected to gather along Washington Street to enjoy the excitement of Mardi Gras. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Call 601/634-4527 for more details.

MARCH 1

Meridian

"Harmonica Virtuoso!"

The Meridian Symphony Orchestra will showcase Robert Bonfiglio on harmonica at 8 p.m. in the Emma McCain Theater in Ivy Hall on the Meridian Community College campus. A pre-concert lecture will take place at 7 p.m. For more information, call 601/693-2224.

MARCH 4

Biloxi

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras

Two exciting parades will wind their way through the streets of Biloxi. For more information, call 228/432-8806.

MARCH 6

Hattiesburg

"Priceless Musical Traditions"

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will feature pianist Kevin Kenner playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 68. The orchestra will also be performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the USM campus. For ticket information, call 601/266-5418 or visit www.usm.edu/symphony.

MARCH 6

Vicksburg

"Three Hits and a Miss"

This engaging swing concert takes place at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., at 7 p.m. Performers sing and swing as they evoke the classic, smooth vocal blend of hits from the '40s and '50s. Advance admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students; $20 at the door. For details, call 601/638-9227.

MARCH 8-9

Jackson

Zoo Olympics

Children can test their skills against those of the animals in activities like the Zebra Kick and the Cheetah Relay at the Jackson Zoo, 2918 W. Capitol St. For details, call 601/352-2581 or visit www.jacksonzoo.com.

MARCH 14-16

Greenwood

Reenactment of the Siege of Fort

Pemberton

The 140th anniversary of the siege, which ended the Yazoo Pass Expedition that Gen. U.S. Grant hoped would provide a water route to Vicksburg, will be commemorated at Florewood State Park on Highway 82 West. A percentage of proceeds will go to the preservation of the earthworks of Fort Pemberton. For details, call 662/453-7212.

MARCH 15

Biloxi

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Heritage Celebration

After the parade winds through the streets, a celebration of Irish traditions will be held at the Biloxi Yacht Club. For details, call 228/935-2422.

MARCH 17

Natchez

Krewe of Killarney St. Patrick's Day Parade

Follow "St. Patrick" from St. Mary's Basilica on Main and Union to the Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, where he will drive the snakes into the river. Begins at 4 p.m. For more information, call 601/442-0685.

MARCH 18

Jackson

"Unburied Treasures"

Join the Mississippi Museum of Art for the first in a monthly series of fun cultural evenings exploring the visual arts, music, dance, and literature of each decade of the 20th century. 201 E. Pascagoula St. Call 601/960-1515 or see www.msmuseumart.org for details.

MARCH 21

Picayune

Wildlife Day

The Crosby Arboretum will host this special celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live falcons, alligators, owls, birds, and fish will be on display, and presentations will be given on their feeding and life. Free to schools and groups; register by March 14. 370 Ridge Road. For more details, call 601/799-2311.

MARCH 21-23

Jackson

Bagwell Antique Show and Sale

This event, set to take place at the Mississippi Trade Mart, has been touted as Mississippi's premier antiques show. Furniture, decorative accessories, estate jewelry, silver, collectibles, textiles, porcelain, and books will be offered. For more information, call 662/844-3050.

MARCH 21-23

Cleveland

Southern Home Ideas Expo

More than 100 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest techniques in decorating, remodeling, and home construction at the Bolivar County Expo Center, Hwy. 61 N. For details, call 662/843-2712.

MARCH 22

Jackson

Mississippi Museum of Art Centennial Celebration

The museum will celebrate the foresight of its founders while challenging a new generation of arts patrons with its vision for the next century. 201 E. Pascagoula St. For details, call 601/960-1515 or see www.msmuseumart.org.

MARCH 22

Jackson

Nature FEST 2003

Celebrate the third anniversary of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in its new location. Educational activities, fish feedings, reptile programs, fossil digs, live entertainment, food, and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 1-55 at Lakeland Drive (within LeFleur's Bluff State Park). For details, call 601/354-7303.

MARCH 25-26

Tupelo

Spring Floral and Garden Show

The Tupelo Garden Club will present a special floral and garden event at the Ramada Inn Convention Center, featuring floral design and lecture demonstrations by Washington National Cathedral flower Guild head Linda Roeckelein, presentations of horticulture ideas, "make and take" sessions with Rosemary Gaines, and home and garden exhibitors. For ticket information, call 662/840-2102.

MARCH 27

Jackson

Jackson Symphony League

Spring Luncheon

This annual event will take place at the Country Club of Jackson from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Featured speaker will be Patrick Dunn, owner of Lucullus of New Orleans and author of The Epicurean Collector. For details, call 601/960-1565.

MARCH 27

Jackson

Millsaps College Summers Lecture

Dr. Mark Wallace of Swarthmore College will present "Earth God: A Christian Eco-Theology with Mississippi Roots" at 11:30 a.m. The lecture will include Christian reflections, small group discussions, lunch, and a performance by the Millsaps Singers. Call 601/974-1483.

MARCH 28-30

Port Gibson

Main Street Heritage Festival

Downtown will come alive with exciting activities including arts and crafts, children's activities, guided tours, and the Mississippi Venison Cookoff. Call 601/437-4500.

MARCH 28-APRIL 6

Vicksburg

International Chamber Music

Festival

Don't miss your opportunity to hear fabulous world-class chamber music. For more information, call 601/636-9421 or 800/221-3536, or visit vicksburgcvb.org.

MARCH 29

Pass Christian

Barbecue Under the Oaks

The Gulf Coast Symphony will host this 15th annual event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oaklawn, 7433 Menge Ave., featuring live and silent auctions, children's activities, and a prize tent. For ticket information, call 228/832-4588.

APRIL 3

Hattiesburg

"Mozart, Musical Treasure"

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform Requiem, K. 626, featuring the Hattiesburg Choral Union, and Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major, K. 365, featuring Richard Steinbach and Howard Helvey. Bennett Auditorium. For ticket information, call 601/266-5418 or visit www.usm.edu/symphony.

APRIL 3-APRIL 5

Tunica

Rivergate Festival

Enjoy finger-licking barbecue and toe-tapping live music at this funfilled Memphis in May-sanctioned event in Rivergate Park. Admission is free. For details, call 662/363-2865.

APRIL 3-6

Jackson

Crossroads Film Festival

A four-day celebration of local, national, and international film and video. Special seminars, events, and evening galas will be featured, along with a film and video competition. For more information, visit www.crossroadsfilmfest.com or call 601/352-5230.

APRIL 4-6

Meridian

32nd Annual Arts in the Park Festival

Enjoy magnificent displays of art in Highland Park as you taste the mouth-watering selections of food. For information, call 601/693-2787 or visit www.meridian.ms.org.

APRIL 5

Beizoni

28th Annual World

Catfish Festival

Featuring great food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment, including the Colgate Country Music Showdown. For details, call 800/408-4838 or visit www.catfishcapitalonline.com.

APRIL 8-12

Leakesville

Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival, Heritage and Forestry Expo

Set to take place at the Greene County Rural Events Center, this event will feature bands, tours, square dancing, arts and crafts, and more. For details, visit www.tworiversbluegrass.com or call 601/544-7676.

APRIL 11-12

Vicksburg

Riverfest

Dance in the street as bands play classic rock, country and western, rhythm and blues, and contemporary soul. For details, call 601/636-1012 or visit www.riverfestms.com.

APRIL 11-12

Philadelphia

Ham Jam Arts Festival

Live entertainment, food, barbecue contests, arts demonstrations, and children's activities. For more information, call 601/663-4938 or visit www.neshoba.org.

APRIL 12

Jackson

23rd Annual Cancer League of

Jackson Gala

Help fight the battle against cancer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on East Amite Street. The theme of this year's gala is "The Great Gatsby." The evening will feature a formal seated dinner, fabulous live and silent auctions, and entertainment. For more information, call 601/321-5512.

APRIL 12

Senatobia

Tate County Home and

Garden Show

Come to the Howard Coliseum on the campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College, 4975 Hwy. 51 N., to pick up some unique household and gardening tips. For additional details, call 662/562-9588.

APRIL 20-MAY 24

Natchez

Natchez Opera Festival

This much-anticipated event will be held at the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center and will feature performances from Broadway, comic opera, light opera, and dramatic opera. For ticket information, call 800/647-6724.

APRIL 23-26

French Camp

Mid-South Star Gaze

This annual star party will be held at Rainwater Observatory, with more than 16 telescopes, a planetarium, and an outdoor amphitheater. The observatory is located one mile southeast of the Natchez Trace Parkway. For details, call 662/547-6377 or 662/547-6865, or e-mail rainwater@astronomers.org.

APRIL 24

Jackson

Garden Walk

Sponsored by the Garden Club of Jackson, this 10 a.m.-4 p.m. event will feature four northeast Jackson gardens, two with home tours. Children under 10 years excluded. Tickets will be available at each home; proceeds go to local outreach programs. For details, call 601/981-2076.

APRIL 24

Hattiesburg

"The Winds of Tradition"

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present the USM Wind Ensemble performing classics from Copland, Stravinsky, Gianini, and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m.; Bennett Auditorium. For ticket information, call 601/266-5418 or visit www.usm.edu/symphony.

APRIL 24-26

Houston

Houston Flywheel Festival

Mississippi Valley Flywheelers' 22nd annual spring antique engine and tractor show will feature tractor pulls, obstacle courses, and barrel racing, along with arts and crafts, food, and entertainment. Joe Brigance Park. For details, call 662/456-2321 or see www.houstonms.org.

APRIL 26

Bay Springs

7th Annual Jazz in the Grove

Great food, arts and crafts, and jazz are on the schedule, beginning at 11 a.m. in the shaded grove in downtown Bay Springs, In case of rain, the event will be moved to Bay Springs High School. Admission is free; no pets allowed. For details, call 800/898-2782 or visit www.jazzinthegrove.net.

APRIL 26

Clinton

20th Annual Brick Streets Festival

This celebration of the beauty of Olde Towne Clinton will feature arts and crafts and unique foods. For more information, call 601/372-2713 or email clintonartscouncil@juno.com.

APRIL 26

Starkville

Cotton District Festival/Taste of Starkville

See all that Starkville has to offer--including delicious food from local restaurants--at these companion events set to take place in the Cotton District on University Drive. For details, visit www.starkville.org or call 662/615-4427.

APRIL 26

Oxford

Double Decker Arts Festival

Celebrate music, food, and the arts on Oxford's historic square. Mingle with painters, potters, and woodworkers, and sample foods by Southern chefs. Live music, including jazz, blues, funk, and rock 'n' roll, will also be featured. For details, call 662/234-4680.

APRIL 27

Hattiesburg

Old Time Festival

Downtown Hattiesburg will be filled with crafts, food, live entertainment, games, and much more. For more information, call 601/296-7500 or 800/238-4288, or visit www.theADP.com.

APRIL 29

Jackson

Taste of Home Cooking School

Presented by the Clarion-Ledger

This exciting evening will be full of fun, food, and freebies. Come watch live demonstrations of how to cook main meals, savory sides, and decadent desserts. More than 100 great door prizes will be given away to lucky attendees. Visit with dozens of vendors before the show. For ticket information, call 601/961-7041.

We are happy to consider your event for our calendar. Please mail your information to: Mississippi Magazine's Calendar of Events, P.O. Box 16445, Jackson, MS 39236-6445, fax to 601-982-8447, or e-mail it to editor@mismag.com. We must receive calendar information at least two months prior to the issue date.
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