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Parks and Recreation Special Events

Special Events

Praise Dance Explosion

Join us for an exhilarating showcase promises an evening of uplifting performances, rhythm, and spiritual celebration. Prepare to be enchanted by the talent and energy of local praise dance groups as they converge for a night of spiritual expression through dance. The event aims to bring the community together in a celebration of faith, unity, and the joy of movement.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Time: Show starts at 6:00 PM | Doors open at 5:00 PM
  • Venue: Thalia Mara Hall
  • Address: 255 E. Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS 39201
  • Tickets: $5 per person CASH ONLY. Children ages 6 and under can attend for free. Tickets are available for purchase at at the venue on the day of the event.

For more information, please contact: Vickie Dykes at 601-960-0471 or Bridget Archer


March Madness Gaming Tournament

Join us for an electrifying gaming tournament where players battle it out for glory and bragging rights hosted by JXNOLOGY. Don't miss out on the action-packed battles and thrilling moments. Grab your controllers and get ready to witness gaming history in the making!

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Westside Community Center
  • Address: 1450 Wiggins Road, Jackson, MS 39209
  • Tickets: $10 Competitors fee, $5 Spectators fee CASH ONLY.
  • Registration link:

For more information, please contact us at 601-906-1225 or email us at


Cupcakes & Paint Party

This event is centered around the observance of Youth Art in the month of March. Join us for a colorful adventure of painting and indulging in delicious delights. This event is ONLY for youth ages 10-17 years old. Limited spots!

Event Details:

For more information, please contact:

Nakira Willis, Youth Coordinator

(601)960-0471 (office), (601) 906-1225 (Cell) or email at


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2024

  • Location: V A Legion Softball Complex, 4500 Officer Thomas Catchings Sr. Drive, Jackson, MS 39209
  • Event Time: 12:00 p.m. (early arrival is strongly suggested)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Children: Ages 4-10 years old

Co- Sponsored by Alpha Media, WJMI/WKXI radio stations


Capitol City Employee Hoops Basketball Tournament

The Department of Parks and Recreation Athletic Division presents Capitol City Employee Hoops Basketball Tournament sponsored by MBar Lounge. City of Jackson employees sign up for a chance to win ultimate bragging rights and a chance to donate $500.00 to a charity of your team's choice!

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. until the Last Person Standing
  • Venue: George Kurts Gymnasium (Airbase)
  • Address: 125 Gymnasium Drive, Jackson, MS 39209
  • Admission: FREE
  • Registration: Email basketball roster to only for City of Jackson Employees. Registration ends March 14, 2024

For more information, please contact:

Nakira Willis, Youth Coordinator

(601)960-0471 (office), (601) 906-1225 (Cell) or email at


Flipping Out Tumbling Event

Date: April 20, 2024

Join us as boys and girls ages 5 years old and up compete and showcase their tumbling skills!

Trophies and prizes will be awarded by age division and tumbling skill set categories.

Check-in at 9:30 a.m. Competition starts at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St. Jackson, MS 39201)

  • Door Admission: $5 CASH ONLY  (5 years old and up)
  • $15 Competition Registration Fee (must pre-register by March 29, 2024)

Contact Instructor Kim Jones at 601-316-1327


Jackson's Fireworks Extravaganza

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024

  • Location: Smith Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS 39216)
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • Kidz Zone 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Entertainment 7:00 p.m.- 8:45 p.m. The fireworks display will start after the last entertainment act/nightfall.
  • Admission: FREE

Food vendors will be on site. No glass containers, lawn/portable chairs, coolers allowed. Must have clear bags. The extravaganza will feature guest performances by various music artists.

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