The kickoff of the 2014 New South Weekends series is less than a month away, and we are very excited to announce seven great opportunities to spend the whole weekend in Starkville for Mississippi State home games! For the past four years, the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau has sponsored the popular Fall event series aimed at offering great, family activities for Bulldog fans on the Friday evening before each home football game. The events have become Starkville traditions, bringing thousands of attendees each autumn. In addition, home game weekends extend to Sunday morning for special shopping and dining hours during Bulldog Brunch and Browse.
Your favorite events are back this Fall, and here are all the details. Make your plans now to join us for these seven weekends!
Downtown Block Party – August 29
Traditionally the kick-off of the football season in Downtown Starkville, Downtown Block Party will be held at College Park on Russell Street. You’ll enjoy live music, food and drink vendors, an MSU Pep Rally and the annual Tailgating Wear Fashion Show showcasing styles from Downtown boutiques.
unWINE Downtown – September 5
Tickets are $20 each for this ladies only wine-tasting and after hours shopping event in Downtown Starkville. Tickets include a complimentary stemless wine glass, light hors d’oeuvres and at least 20% off everything at participating shops!
Bulldog Bash – October 3
Held in the Cotton District, this annual concert sponsored by the MSU Student Association is the largest free outdoor event in Mississippi. It includes an MSU pep-rally with Bully and cheerleaders, fan fair for the whole family, food vendors, and more!
Pumpkinpalooza – October 10
Our annual Downtown harvest fest usually brings 5000 or more attendees to Main Street Starkville! You’ll get your “boo” on with our Fall Community Market, pumpkin painting station, inflatable jumpers, spooky window displays and trick-or-treating with our merchants. You can also search down the “great pumpkin” in our Downtown Pumpkin Patch featuring locally grown pumpkins, gourds and mums.
Happy Halloween – October 31
Plan to enjoy local shopping and dining this weekend, plus many of our churches will have special Trick-or-Treating events for the kids!
City -Wide Tailgate & Homecoming Parade – November 7
Join us Downtown and Around Town as merchants take to the sidewalks for maroon and white tailgating on the eve of the Homecoming contest!
Christmas Open House – November 23
It’s an old fashioned Christmas as we enjoy “Miracle on Main Street” this holiday season! It all kicks off with Christmas Open House on Sunday afternoon. You’ll enjoy shopping our great boutiques and shops decked out and ready for Santa to arrive. The Starkville Welcome Center on Main Street will host a “Cookies with Santa” event featuring photos with Santa and take-away cookie bundles to enjoy!