After the dog days of summer, fall is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather and seasonal flavors. But just because the heat is cooling down doesn't mean the activities in Tupelo will!
1.) Weekend For Our Heroes - September 19-20A weekend to honor our Nation’s Heroes from all conflicts will be held September 19 (POW/MIA Day) and September 20, 2014. The weekend will focus on fundraising for the Vietnam memorial replica wall, to be placed in Veteran's Park, and educating our community on the sacrifices of the fallen. The weekend will host activities, such as military displays, concerts in the park, children’s activities, Huey rides, archery contest and concessions. All proceeds will go to the replica wall fund.
2.) Anniversary of Elvis' Homecoming Concert - September 26In 1956, Elvis Presley® released his debut album, had hits coming out left and right, and was dominating radios. Elvis was beginning his journey to becoming a legend. Originally, the Lee County Fair, the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show was held across several days during each fall in Tupelo. Elvis even frequented the fair during his family's time in Tupelo and competed in a talent contest at the fair in 1945. However, in 1956, the town brought him back as the headlining act to celebrate the stardom their most famous son had achieved. Today, a statue stands in park where Elvis performed and pays tribute to his famous homecoming event.
3.) Family Camp Out at Veteran's Park - September 26-27Bring your tents and sleeping bags, and you'll be ready to take part in all the activities. Whether you are a seasoned camper or a newbie, this camp out is for you! Activities planned for the kids, include: kickball, midnight swim and many more!
4.) Buffalo Park Pumpkin Patch - October 1-31Get your kids into the fall spirit with their very own pumpkin! The Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo is hosting their 12th Annual Pumpkin Patch. Kids will take a hayride to the pumpkin patch where they'll pick out their very own special pumpkin to take home. There will also be a huge corn maze for exploring!
5.) Tupelo's FoliageThe great thing about fall is a break from the summer heat and the beautiful colors that nature has to offer. Luckily, Tupelo has a few spots to take in that foliage, from one of Tupelo's many parks, the Natchez Trace Parkway or the Elvis Presley Birthplace. Tupelo is a beautiful town 365 days a year, but it is exceptionally beautiful with the fall colors.
6.) Tupelo Reads: Forrest Gump - October 3"Tupelo Reads: We're All on the Same Page" helps to promote literacy and feature our community as a place of lifelong learning as well as unite Tupelo in the name of reading. This year's featured book is "Forrest Gump" by Winston Groom, who will be joining the festivities. Festivities include: Art show at the GumTree Museum of Art, "Run Forrest Run" Race at Fairpark and a showing of "Forrest Gump" in Fairpark.
7.) Lyrics for Le Bonheur - October 9A fundraiser for Le Bonheur, this event will feature some amazing singer/songwriters, such as: John Milstead, Jamie Davis, Tyler Reeve, Casey Beathard, Shane Minor, and Phil O'Donnell and Leith Loftin. In addition to the wonderful music, Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen is catering the event.
8.) Tupelo Fair - October 9-12Fall just wouldn't feel right without eating a funnel cake, riding a ferris wheel and playing some silly games. The Tupelo Fair is returning to the BancorpSouth Arena grounds with all your favorite fair rides, games and foods.
9.) 15th Annual Chili Festival - October 10With the weather getting cooler, it's nice to have something warm and hearty. Tupelo celebrates the culinary world of chili cooking with the 15th incarnation of Chili Festival! Lunch will be provided by Bar-B-Q by Jim for only $5. Chili teams will then provide samples of their award winning chili that evening.
10.) The Great Pumpkin Splash - October 25The Tupelo Aquatic Center will turn into the Great Floating Pumpkin Patch in October. Kids can pick a pumpkin from our in-water pumpkin patch. Participants will swim around the pool and pick the pumpkin that suits their fancy. Kids can enjoy harvest relay races, the pumpkin roll and more.
11.) Barktoberfest - October 18It's always a good day to take man's best friend to the Tupelo Bark Park for some bonding. Barktoberfest is tailor made for pets and their families to play, seek pet information and products, and most importantly, enjoy all things, dog! Come enjoy music, food and vendors. No dog is too big or too small!
11.) TCT's Haunted Theatre - October 17-18; 24-25; 30-31No Halloween is complete without a haunted house. Visit The Lyric, one of Tupelo's historic landmarks, for a night of spooks and frights courtesy the Tupelo Community Theatre's haunted theatre. If none of the actors or props get you feeling spooked, maybe you should ask one of the venue's employees to tell you about the ghost that lives in the theatre.
12.) Trick or Treat the Mall At Barnes Crossing - October 31What's fall without some trick or treating? Get the little ones dressed up as their favorite superhero, princess or whatever else their little heart desires and take them to the Mall at Barnes Crossing for the chance to trick or treat the mall stores. There will also be a magic show in the food court!
13.) High School Football - September through NovemberSure, most towns in the United States have high school football on Friday nights, but how many have their games on blue turf? Tupelo's Golden Wave football team doesn't have to use much of an imagination to feel like they're in The Flood Zone, the team's affectionate nickname for their stadium. The blue turf is something truly unique to behold on any given Friday night in Tupelo.
14.) Christmas Parade to Welcome Santa - November 14One of the most exciting parts about fall is knowing that Christmas is right around the corner. Santa is making a special trip from the North Pole to say an early hello before the Christmas Season. Come welcome Santa at the Mall at Barnes Crossing!
15.) Tupelo Arts Showcase - November 15Join in on the Fourth Annual showcase of some of the finest visual and performing artists in the area. There will be music, ballet, and more. Come experience the arts and after the performances, attendees will be given the opportunity to speak with the artists. They will be available to share their insights into their art.
16.) Downtown Holiday Open House - November 23The Businesses in Downtown Tupelo are having a Holiday Open House for you to come get some early Christmas shopping done! This is a great opportunity to cross some gifts off your list, browse for your own list for Santa or just support your favorite stores!
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