This weekend is filled with activities at Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.
This weekend is filled with activities at Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.
RIDGELAND — It's springtime's big event here starting Friday with the annual Art Wine & Wheels Weekend. Over the past 11 years, this exciting weekend in Ridgeland has grown to include fine arts and wine festivals with live music and great food, a 5K race, and a bicycle ride that brings in thousands of folks from all over the U.S. and the world. All the fun takes place at the beautiful Renaissance at Colony Park.

The Art - Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, April 6 (10am - 6pm) & Sunday, April 7 (11am - 5pm)

Almost 100 of America's most talented artists converge on Ridgeland for this juried art festival that includes clay, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D and 3D, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. The free event provides art enthusiasts and shoppers the opportunity to interact with the artists personally. This year's feature artist is Leslie Emery from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin whose medium is mixed media 2D. 2018 Best of Show winner, sculptor Susan Clayton from Tallapoosa, Georgia, will return for this year's show. For a complete list of participating artists, visit RidgelandArtsFest.com.

Festival activities include live music on two stages featuring some of the most popular local and regional musicians. Blues great Jesse Robinson will be performing on Saturday. Bluegrass lovers will enjoy the Delta Mountain Boys performance. Don't miss the Epic Funk Brass Band who infuse funk, pop, jazz and Go-Go into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. Sunday's entertainment line-up includes the Ralphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble among others. Visit RidgelandArtsFest.com to find out who's playing when.

Artisans from the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi will be on hand demonstrating their various crafts and they'll be on hand at the Children's Creative Craft Corner to help your budding artist create their own "make and take" piece of art. A must-see part of the festival is the Student Art Gallery featuring area high school student's masterpieces. Attendees will surely be impressed by the amount of young talent in the area.

Festival goers can enjoy sampling some unique wines and beer while shopping at the Sante South Sampling Palate. Guests 21 and older can purchase for $20 a punch card at the Information Tents located throughout the festival grounds and take it to the Sampling Kiosk for some fabulous adult beverages. Food trucks will also be at the festival offering some good eats for everyone.

The Wine - Santé South Wine Festival

Saturday, April 6 (VIP Tasting 6:30pm | Grand Tasting 7:30pm)

Santé South has grown into the largest wine and culinary extravaganza in Mississippi with over 120 exceptional wines and fine food samplings from more than 20 of Mississippi's top restaurants. It's an international showcase of the world's best wines where boutique vintners present their annual new releases. Visit Santé South for more information and to purchase tickets. Proceeds of the Santé South Wine Festival benefit Alzheimer’s Mississippi.

The Wheels - Cheers and Gears Bike Ride

Friday, April 5 thru Sunday, April 7

Join outfitter Bicycle Revolution for a fun-filled weekend of cycling events that highlight Ridgeland's nationally-recognized cycling routes. Explore the beautiful Barnett Reservoir, Natchez Trace Parkway and the Petrified Forest on two wheels. The host hotel is Hyatt Place. For registration and more info, visit Cheers and Gears. 

And there's more...The Run Now Wine Later 5K

Friday, April 5 (6:30 pm)

Fleet Feet Sports' Run Now Wine Later 5K is the only race in the area where runners get to enjoy a wine and cheese social at the finish line. The race begins and ends at Bank Plus near the Ridgeland Visitor Center Renaissance at Colony Park. Register today at Run Now Wine Later 5K.

For more information about Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, visit www.ridgleandartfest.com.

For more information about Ridgeland Tourism, visit www.visitridgeland.com.