Event Calendar

Juke Joint Festival 5k & 8k run & walk

From 7:00AM to n/a

Registration for the 5k & 8k run will start at 7AM; race starts at 8AM from the historic Greyhound bus station at Third and Issaquena.  Awards will be presented at 9:30AM.

ASPIRE motorcycle rally, ride & fundraiser

From 8:00AM to n/a

ASPIRE (Assisting Single Parents In Realizing Education) is a non-profit group the provides scholarships to single parents pursuing college degrees.  They wiil hold a motorcycle rally, ride & fundraiser on April 22nd beginning from the old Harvest Foods parking lot at Second and Desoto.  Registration begins at 8AM, ride starts at 10AM.  For more information contact Charleston Harris at (662) 624-5776.

Canoe carving demonstration & workshop

From 9:00AM to n/a

At 9AM April 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be a canoe carving demonstration and workshop at Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue in Clarksdale.   Other programs include "1 Mississippi-can the river count on you?" and paddling on the Sunflower River.  For more information call (662) 627-4070.

Juke Joint Festival parade

From 9:30AM to n/a

The Juke Joint Festival parade begins at 9:30 from Regions Bank at 211 East Second Street.  Everyone is velcome to participaate; bring the kids, your favorite instrument or dress up.


Rock wall climb & mechanical bull

From 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Kids age 3 and up can enjoy climing the rock wall or ride the mechanical bull in the 200 block of Yazoo Avenue.  Free!

Juke Joint Festival Art & Writing Exhibit

From 10:00AM to 5:00PM

The Juke Joint Festival community art exhibit will be in the Bank Building, 123 East Second Street in Clarksdale.  Works from local elementary, junior high, high school and college students will be on display from 10AM to 5PM.  Winning entries in the writing contest from 4th grade through college will also be on display.

Children's train rides and petting zoo

From 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Pet and feed the animals from 10AM to 5PM on Issaquena Avenue across from the Dutch Oven.  Train rides will begin after the parade and contunue until 5PM.  Free for all children.


Bungee jump

From 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Free for all ages.  Bungee jump will be set up on John Lee Hooker lane in downtown Clarksdale.  

Monkeys riding dogs herding sheep

From 10:45AM to 5:30PM

Professional rodeo cowboy Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard leads Team Ghost Riders, a group of sheep dogs and monkeys who provide one of the most entertaining acts ever.  


Performances will take place at 10:45AM, 12:45PM, 3:45PM and 5:30PM in the parking lot of the Delta Blues Museum on John Lee Hooker lane.

Pig Races

From 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Races will be held every hour from 11AM to 4PM on John Lee Hooker Lane in downtown Clarksdale.

Birdsong Historic Tours of Clarksdale

From 11:00AM to n/a

Clarksdale historian Robert Birdsong will conduct tours.  One seat on the tour is included with each Juke Joint Festival wristband.  Tours depart from behind the Greyhound bus station on Third Street at 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM and 5:00PM.  For more information email mississippimojo@yahoo.com.