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Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Events & Festivals Guide

Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel – March 13-14

Come for the food and stay for the people! The Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel is the premier barbeque festival in North Mississippi. Teams come from all across the nation to cook and compete with their signature BBQ.

Art Rocks Tupelo – March 17-24

Art comes in many forms and methods of expression. Art Rocks Tupelo honors the arts in a weeklong celebration that ranges in different events from art exhibits, concerts and more. The final events list will be coming out soon.

Tupelo Craft Beer Festival – March 21

The interest in craft brewing has reached an all-time high and creative new brewers are creating delicious brews every day. The Tupelo Craft Beer features more than 20 different breweries from all across the south that offer samples of their latest creations, as well as fan favorites. 

Dancing With The King – March 27-29

There is no dispute that Elvis influenced music but he also changed the landscape for dance. Celebrate the art of dance and Elvis at Dancing With The King. The three-day event features competition, lots of Elvis and more!

Tupelo Film Festival – April 16-18

Established in 2004, the Tupelo Film Festival combines a beautiful setting, Southern Hospitality and world-class film screenings.  And each year the festival brings together great films and hundreds of film fans from around the globe. As well, the festival prides itself in providing a great “quality of life” event for Tupelo and offers another element to the arts as well as advancing education in filmmaking.

Noleput Festival – April 25

The flavor of New Orleans comes to Tupelo with this day-long festival. Live music will be played, along with street vendors serving up the tastes of New Orleans, including crawfish, funnel cakes and more!

Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise – April 30-May 3

One of the coolest weekends to be in Tupelo! You’ll see classic cars driving the streets of Downtown Tupelo on their way to the Blue Suede Cruise. The festival is three days at the BancorpSouth Arena where visitors can view more than 5,000 classic cars and talk with their owner.

Dudie’s Burger Festival – May 2

Celebrate the heritage of Tupelo at the Dudie’s Burger Festival. Held at the Oren Dunn City Museum, the festival pays homage to the classic Tupelo diner, Dudie’s, and its most popular item, the Dudie Burger!

GumTree Arts Festival – May 9-10

Hosted by the GumTree Musuem of Art in Downtown Tupelo, the festival showcases the artwork of around 100 artists from all over the South and beyond. There are also street vendors, live music and so much more!

Tupelo Elvis Festival – June 4-7

Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world. Each year's festival features regional, national and local artists along with a Sunday Gospel Concert and a Tribute Artist Contest that serves as a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. In addition to all of the great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a carnival midway, pet parade, beauty pageant, 5k run, disc golf, movie poster exhibit, and much more!

Juneteenth Freedom Festival – June 20

Returning in 2015 is the Juneteenth Freedom Festival on June 20 in GumTree Park. The festival celebrates the momentous occasion that marked African-American independence from 245 years of slavery. The festival will host actives such as a Juneteenth parade, Civl Rights Heritage bus tour, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and outdoor concerts featuring many genres of music including blues, R&B, gospel and clean hip-hop. 

All American City Picnic – July 4

The biggest 4th of July celebration in North Mississippi is here in Tupelo! Join us for a day of grilling out, fun in the park and fireworks later that night. There is prime entertainment for all ages, a variety of food in the vendor food court area and fun activities for the kids.

Celebration Village – October 21-24

Celebration Village is an annual Tupelo fundraiser held in the Tupelo Furniture Market that supports the North Mississippi Sanctuary Hospice. The holiday market features three days of shopping and is comprised of vendors from all over the South that showcase their works.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – October 25

Race for the Cure is a nationwide event that is organized by the Susan G. Komen North Mississippi branch. The organization is a force united by a promise to end breast cancer by funding groundbreaking research, community health & advocacy programs globally. The 5K race is an opportunity to donate and help fundraise for the charity to end put an end to breast cancer.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tupelo's Elvis Presley 80th Birthday Recap

When you throw a party for a king, it has to be pretty great. To honor Elvis’ 80th Birthday, Tupelo threw a weekend long party fit for the King of Rock 'N Roll. 

Kicking off the celebration, the Elvis Presley Birthplace hosted a birthday party for Elvis at his first home. The party had guests from all across the world, including Germany, Great Britain, Australia, and more. Guests conversed about their beloved entertainer and reminisced on some of their favorite stories with other fans. There was cake and the congregation joined in on a joyous “Happy Birthday.”

Later that afternoon, the Tupelo Elvis Festival unveiled the artwork for the 2015 festival. The piece was created by local artist, Richard Tucker, and is a beautiful watercolor painting of a young Elvis with a creative use of red, black, and white font.

That night, Tupelo Community Theatre premiered “Graceland,” the story of two Elvis fans waiting outside the gates of Graceland to be the first ones inside when the home opened to the public. The actresses had the crowd laughing out loud while displaying the true dedication of Elvis fans.

Also, that night, the Link Centre played host to a sing-along to Elvis’ film “Jailhouse Rock” that featured Memphis Jones leading the show. The movie offered the opportunity for fans to rewatch one of their favorite Elvis movies and sing along with friends and fellow fans.

On Friday, the celebration continued with another unveiling. This time, the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled an exhibit featuring Mississippi Slim, a man who helped shape Elvis into the musician he became. The unveiling featured relatives of Slim who recounted stories of the humor and kindness of the late musician.

That evening two more events kept the party going, starting with an Elvis-themed art exhibit at the GumTree Museum of Art. The gallery featured several artists' interpretations of the Tupelo boy and also had the Memphis Jones Trio provide entertainment. Meanwhile, at the BancorpSouth Arena, Eric Church performed to a sold out crowd as part of his Outsiders World Tour.

The party came to a close Saturday with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performing some fantastic arrangements of Elvis’ greatest hits. During their second set, Richard Marx joined the orchestra to perform a few of his songs, as well as some of his favorite Elvis songs. It was truly a special evening and a fantastic close to a weekend celebration of Tupelo’s most famous native son.  

Follow this link to see a full gallery of the weekend's events: http://bit.ly/1BOqmbo

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tupelo's Homegrown Gift Guide

Nothing enraptures the holiday season more than "home," so share a piece of Tupelo with loved ones near and far this Christmas. We've compiled a brief list of a few homegrown gift ideas for you to show your love of Tupelo while giving this holiday season. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a few of our favorites!

About The South 

120 W. Main St.

1.) Lisabeth Jane Postcards

The art of writing letters hasn't gone away. It's difficult not to feel loved when you receive a hand-written letter from someone. Send those letters in style! Stacy Gregory has created different Mississippi postcards with relevant words so you can tell someone you appreciate them. There are also 8x10 prints available of the postcards.

$12 per 8x10 print
$2.00 per card/$1.15 per postcard 

2.) State of Mine Woodworks
Created by a Tupelo local but produced out of Oxford, MS, these decorations are great for any member of the family. Let people know where your heart is with this Mississippi decoration.

Smaller version: $40
Larger version: $50

3.) Neely Brown Tupelo High School Centennial Print
As part of the centennial celebration of Tupelo High School in 2014, Art IV student, Neely Brown, created this piece to represent 100 years of Tupelo High School. All proceeds will go toward building trophy cases in the halls of Tupelo High School.

Centennial print: $5

4.) Kara Young - "Familiarity" CD
Originally a Tupelo local, Kara Young, graduated from THS in 2012 and is now a student at Samford University. Perfect for the music lover in your life, the singer-songwriter has released her debut album with 11 wonderful songs.

"Familiarity" CD: $10

5.) "38801" Pillow
The perfect decoration for someone to show off the city they love! The "38801" pillow is one that you're not gonna find anywhere but the great City of Tupelo!
38801 Pillow: $42


126 W. Main St. 
5.) Kim Gambrell Couture Jewelry
Gentlemen, we got a gift for the special ladies in your life. You can never go wrong giving the gift of jewelry, so why not make it jewelry created by the hard working hands of a Tupelo resident.

Jewelry starts at $24

6.) Waxing Poetic Candles
Created by Tupelo local, Roger Smith, Waxing Poetic Candles will light up the holidays. Made from repurposed wine bottles, these candles are formed into gel candles that sparkle when lit. There are scented and unscented candles.

Repurposed wine bottles: $34, $36, $38 (per size)

7.) Kindfolk Leather Goods
Ladies, it's your turn to find something for that man in your life that has everything he needs. Created by Tupelo resident, Jason McNally, a portion of every item sold goes to providing food and education for people in poverty in Mississippi, Ecuador and around the world.

Hat: $35
Mason Jar with Koozie: $30
Guitar Strap: $30


130 W. Main St. 
8.) Address to Impress Stationary
As we mentioned, letter-writing is not a lost art! Swirlz has Address to Impress stationary that features fold-over thank you notes, stickers and Christmas cards.

Cards begin at $1.75 per card


Mall at Barnes Crossing
9.) Assorted goods
Hand-made goods from another good person of Tupelo! From pillows, Christmas tree skirts, stockings and so much more, Lucy's has a great selection of decorative items to spruce up your gift giving. Looking for something extra special? Lucy's will also personalize your gift with a variety of monogramming.


Mall At Barnes Crossing or 131 W. Main St.
10.) T-Shirts
Who doesn't love a good T-shirt? Visit one of Tupelo's oldest stores for some real Tupelo gear. Reed's has a wide selection of Tupelo shirts to choose from for you to dress your friends and family this Christmas.

Tupelo First TVA City Shirt: $14.98
Cradle of Rock Shirt: $16.95 

The Caron Gallery

128 W. Main St.
11.) Josh Robbins Handcrafted Wood Bowls
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes but handcrafted items are a real treat. Local artist, Josh Robbins makes handcrafted bowls of assorted sizes and made available at The Caron Gallery. What's especially unique about some of these bowls is that they were created from wood from the April 2014 Tupelo tornado.

Two Piece Set: $80
Bowls Made From Tupelo Tornado Wood: $65

12.) Shelley Ozbirn Watercolor Pendants
It's difficult to find hand painted jewelry these days. These watercolor pendants are truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Treat someone with a locally painted necklace this Christmas.

Watercolor Pendants: $30

Main Attraction

214 W. Main St. 
13.) "Can't Help Falling in Love" with Tupelo prints
Created by Melanie Counce, these very limited edition prints are a must have for any Elvis fan.

14.) Tupelo Photos
Created by Russell Stafford, this set of 4 Tupelo photos including The Lyric, Old Courthouse, Fairpark, and Tupelo Hardware Co. is perfect to showcase some of Tupelo's most prominent locations.

Tupelo Photos (4 Set): $12