Canton's Craft Beer Festival

Come hungry, come thirsty and come ready to party at Canton's Craft Beer Festival presented by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

Come walk around the historic town square and visit different businesses, where stands will be set up and drinkers can sample up to 100 different ales, lagers, IPAs and more from all over the country.

The $25 ticket will get you an arm band that will allow free samples of over 30 different craft beers, plus access to the street party where three different bands scheduled to play over the course of the four-hour event. Food will be available for purchase from Lenny D's, Papitos Crawfish and a couple of other local vendors.

Because the event was originally scheduled to be a showcase for the square, visitors will also have access to information on several available office buildings that are currently for sale or rent on or near the town square.

The entire event is 21 and up, and IDs will be checked.

Gates open Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. and the event is expected to run until at least 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Hops and Habana, Mama Mia's and all area Ticketmaster locations.

Upcoming Activities

June 18

Magician Tommy Terrific

Little Rock, Ark.-based magician Tommy Terrific will perform at the Madison Public Library. Tommy poses as a big kid who shows up to watch his uncle Fumpernutter perform his magic show, but when no one can find him, Tommy takes over. Unfortunately, Tommy's never done magic before, but with the help of the kids and the Magician's Handbook, everyone should have great time. Show is set for 10 a.m. and will last just over an hour.

June 19

Highland Colony Baptist Church Community Event

Highland Colony Baptist Church is hosting a community event at Ann Smith Elementary School for families of elementary schoolaged children that live in the area from Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Games, music, arts and crafts will be some of the fun activities available.

June 21

The Red Thangs album release party

Oxford-based indie rock band The Red Thangs will hold a album release party for the band's self-titled first album studio album at Hal & Mal's in Jackson. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $7 and The Red Thangs will perform. For more information, visit

June 21

Billy Joe Shaver at Duling Hall

County singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver will perform at Jackson's Duling Hall. Cost of tickets is $20 in advance and $25 at the door with a $3 surcharge for patrons under the age of 21. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Ardenland at (601) 292-7999.

June 22

Make-a-Wish Foundation 5k Walk/Run

The Make-a-Wish Foundation will be holding a 5k Walk/Run on June 21, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Old Trace Park.

The route will travel one lap around the park then travel across Post Road to the multi-purpose trail continuing east to a designated turn around to complete the loop.

June 24

Methodist Rehab to offer brain injury support group

Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson will host a kick-off meeting of the hospital's new brain injury support group at 4:30 p.m. June 24.

The group will address the concerns of brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers and will be directed by Methodist Rehab staff, including brain injury specialist Dr. Zoraya Parrilla, neuropsychology director Clea Evans, Ph.D. and psychologist Danny Burgess, Ph.D.

The group will meet in Methodist Rehab's second floor BankPlus Conference Center at 1350 East Woodrow Wilson Ave. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Parrilla at 601-364-3304.

June 25

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Conference NAACP will host the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference at the Jackson Convention Complex and Tougaloo College. Civil rights workers from all over the country who fought for equality in 1964 will be recognized. Tickets are $100 for the conference and $100 for the banquet that evening. For more information, call (601) 977-7914 or email

June 26

Chris Knight at Duling Hall

Jackson production company Ardenland presents Kentucky native Chris Knight at Duling Hall. Knight will be in town to perform and celebrate the release of his album "Little Victories."

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30. All ages are welcome, but adults must accompany minors. For more information, contact Ardenland at (601) 292-7999.

Now-June 27

Bill Wilson's "Images From My Life, Images From My Mind" Exhibit

The Mississippi Library Commission recently held an opening of artist Bill Wilson's "Images From My Life, Images From My Mind" exhibit.

The exhibit will continue through Friday, June 27, and an opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Library Commission, located at 3881 Eastwood Drive on the grounds of the Education and Research Center in Jackson.

The exhibit is available for viewing between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and both are free and open to the public.

June 28

Lighted Boat Parade on the Rez

The third-annual Lighted Boat Parade will be held from 8 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. on the Ridgeland side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

With houseboats decorated as old paddle-wheelers and pontoon boats and cruisers lit up like flags, fish and cars, the Light Boat Parade has become a popular attraction of the Barnett Reservoir Independence Day Celebration.

Two parade divisions are included, and prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each division as decided by a panel of judges.

Cost of entry is $30 per boat, but the event is free to attend for all spectators. T-shirts will be on sale for $15 to mark the occasion.

For more information, visit

June 29

"Peter" at Broadmoor Baptist Church

John Maxwell's one-man play at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison about one of Jesus' disciples covers the evolution of his relationship with Christ, starting with his first encounter with his awesome power while fishing on a river to the night he denied knowing him in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The show starts at 5 p.m., and attendance is free.

July 3-6

Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

Dozens of colorful hot air balloons will lead a fun-filled weekend for children and adults of all ages. This four-day event will include competitive balloon races, two spectacular balloon glows, two firework displays, a Run-Walk with hot air balloons, children's activities, food and entertainment.

Madison County stops include Ridgeland and Canton, and admission at all events is free.

Proceeds from food or drink sales go to benefit The Good Samaritan Center. Please visit for a full schedule of locations and events.

July 8

Book Club meeting

The Madison County Mystery Readers Book Club will meet at 10:30 am, Tuesday, July 8th, at the Ridgeland Public Library. New members and guests are welcome. For more information, please call (601) 853-8392.

August 16

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street festival

The 10th anniversary of Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street festival will be Saturday, Aug. 16, in the historic Belhaven Neighborhood.

Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society, this family friendly event will feature live music on five stages as well as art vendors and food from local restaurants.

Children of all ages will enjoy our special children's activities area.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available for purchase at the event.

Festival hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit