The first weekend of KidFest! is April 13-14 at Freedom Ridge Park.

Come see the live shark encounter, Jimmy Riffle of Gator Boys, cowboy monkey rodeo, Mutts Gone Nuts, and a host of carnival rides and interactive activities.

Tickets are $10.

April 13

Boots & BBQ

The sixth annual Boots & BBQ to benefit Hope Hollow Ministries will feature the Mississippi Classic Cruisers this year.

This year's event will run from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and tickets are $8 per person.

Come enjoy facepainting, bounce palace, games, music, classic cars and BBQ.

Hope Hollow is located at 910-A-Catlett Road in Canton.

Metro Masters Plant Sale

The Metro Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale on April 13. This plant sale will be held at Mynelle Gardens located at 4736 Clinton Boulevard in Jackson. Hours of the sale are 8 a.m. until noon.

All plants offered for sale at this annual event are propagated by member Master Gardeners from Hinds, Rankin, Madison, and Copiah Counties. Our heirloom perennials, bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, shrubs, trees, and other plants are hardy native and naturalized plants that will continue to do well when planted in this area.

After your plant purchase, the public is invited to enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mynelle Gardens.

April 19

Montessori Silent Auction

The Montessori Children's House will host its annual silent auction on April 19. The public is encouraged to attend the event, which will be held at the school.

There is no charge to attend. Cajun cuisine will be served. Auction items include gift certificates, services, art and more.

Sponsorships are available. For event and sponsor information contact 678-447-9631.

April 19-20

Arts on the Square

Friday and Saturday will be Arts on the Square in Canton as over 20 artists make their way to the historic city. There will be live music in restaurants Friday and on the square Saturday. The event is from 4 p.m.-8p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

April 25

Arts for Autism

Highland's Hands, a community outreach club at Highland Elementary, will host Arts for Autism on Thursday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, located at 330 Brame Road (off Highland Colony Pkwy.) in Ridgeland. The proceeds of the event will benefit Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. A family-friendly event, Arts for Autism will include a silent auction, Stella & Dot jewelry sale, an art sale by the school's autism classes, cupcake walk, raffle drawing, inflatables for the kids, face painting and more. For details, contact Savanah Perry at

April 28

The Sleeping Beauty

Ballet Mississippi presents Act III of The Sleeping Beauty at Thalia Mara Hall. Showtime is 2 p.m. Tickets costs $10-$20.

May 1

Little Light House Golfing

A golf tournament to support the Little Light House will be held at Castlewoods Country Club in Brandon. There will be two 18-team divisions. This will be a 3-person scramble with two teams per hole.

The deadline to register is April 23 or until the teams are full. For more information, visit

May 4

Day at the Derby

This is the fourth annual "Day at the Derby" to benefit University of Mississippi Medical Center transplant patients.

It is being held this year at The Cotton Market Venue in Rankin County.

Get ready for a fundraising event that will knock your hat off.

Ladies are encouraged to wear their best Derby style hat, and men are encouraged to wear colorful ties.

There will be a winner for the most original hat and tie, so don't be bashful about putting your ensemble together.

The Jackson All Star band will provide music, and you will have the opportunity to watch the Kentucky Derby on large screen TVs while enjoying food and drink.

They will also have a silent auction and a draw down to raise funds for transplant patients. Finish the evening with dancing to the Dirty Laundry Band.

For more details and ticket information, visit or call 601-984-5078.

Now until May 11

Pioneer Day

Applications are now being taken for vendor space for French Camp Pioneer Day on May 11.

Spaces open to arts and crafts vendors selling items including, antiques, jewelry, woodcrafts, needle arts, leather crafts, etc. Historic artisans and arts & crafts demonstrators are welcome, too.

Contact Tekoa Miller at or (662) 547-6482.

To download an online application, visit www.frenchcamp. org/historic/, or find us on Facebook at

June 1

Heatwave Classic Triathlon

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks will host the 28th annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. Some of the finest athletes from the Southeastern United States will converge on Ridgeland, Mississippi to compete in the triathlon, an event sanctioned by the U.S.A. Triathlon.

Participants return each year because they love the race course.

This year's race will consist of a half mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24-and-a-half mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland's heavily shaded Multi-Purpose Trail. Participants may register online at

The Heatwave Classic Triathlon is one of many events sponsored by City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department. For more information on this event please call 601-853-2011.

July 18

YES at Thalia Mara

Red Mountain Entertainment brings YES to Thalia Mara Hall. YES will play three albums in their entirety; The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Coliseum Box Office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $35-$69.50.