Usher in the spring of 2016 by spending part of April at the Ridgeland Art, Wine, and Wheels Weekend. If it sounds like a rollicking good time, that’s because it will be! Don’t just visit the festival; settle in and stay for an entire Ridgeland Arts Festival weekend, taking in all this celebration has to offer.
The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival has been named a Top Twenty Event by the Southeast Tourism Society for good reason. Here you’ll be treated to a weekend of fine art shows spanning every media, terrific regional music, local cuisine, and activities for the whole family. The festival is held at the Renaissance at Colony Park, a gorgeous shopping, dining, and entertainment destination inspired by old-world style. Here is your unique opportunity to view a juried selection of America’s finest and most unusual artwork, from painting to photography to glass, and to purchase something special for yourself, too.
The festival runs from 10AM-6PM on Saturday, April 2nd, and from 11AM-5PM on Sunday.
Get Artsy, Get Inspired
Find the perfect souvenir or gift, or just admire the artistry of the jewelry, sculpture, pottery, and more as you peruse the works on display at the festival. If you want to really get inspired, just listen. There’s nothing more authentic and soulful than hearing an artist talk about their process and their passion.
The Mississippi Museum of Art will also be presenting MuseumMicro, an exhibition of Mississippi artists. View the amazing work of Marie Hull, Karl Wolfe, William Hollingsworth, Andrew Bucci, and other famous Southerners. So moved you’re itching to make something of your own? Participate in the outdoor art-making session, during which artists will lead an activity for anyone interested.
If the kids are with you, they can get artsy, too. Thanks to the festival’s Children’s Creative Crafts Corner, offered by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, children can learn a little art history. Keep your phone handy to snap those photographs. Their faces will be priceless as they learn to make pottery, mosaics, jewelry, wire sculptures, and more.
Speaking of the Kids…
Also named a “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, the KidFest! Ridgeland is a weekend (or two) your kiddos won’t want to miss.
When? April 9-10 and April 16-17
Where? Freedom Ridge Park
What? Interactive activities and attractions, a variety of shows; plus amusement, pony, and train rides.
The acts change from weekend to weekend (meaning you could totally bring the kids to both and get a totally different experience), so be sure to check the schedule for what will be entertaining your little ones.
Ridgeland is also home to Mississippi’s Premier OBO Tandem Rally. Never heard of it? It’s a rally for tandem bicyclists who want to enjoy a weekend of cycling and festival fun.
Step 1: Ride with a friend or your significant other from April 1st to the 3rd.
Hint: The first ten teams to register will win a $50.00 voucher towards any purchase at the Arts Festival, and the first twenty teams will be entered into a raffle to win two nights at the Embassy Suites/Springhill Suites.
Step 2: Feel the wind in your face along some of the area’s most scenic cycling routes such as along the Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs through the city of Ridgeland.
Fun Fact: City Mayor Gene McGee himself will be participating in this year’s rally.
Run and Wine for a Good Cause
What do we think beautiful is? Old-world architecture, philanthropy, a healthy lifestyle, and vino…but where can you get all of those things in one place? (You see where we’re headed, right?)
Hosted by FLEET FEET the Run Now, Wine Later 5k is all kinds of fabulous and starts and ends at Renaissance at Colony Park.
Ready for a workout? Here are the details:
- The run is in partnership with the Santé South Wine Festival
- It raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Takes place at 8AM on April 18th
- The entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $30.00
Don’t let a good deed go unrewarded—be sure to enjoy a tasting of the Santé South Wine Festival, too!
- The Sampling Palate will treat you to a delightful array of wine and beer samplings
- Plus art and music
- This celebration also benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter.