You can enjoy fun and festivities year-round in Natchez. Every month there are several activities and events from which to choose, from major productions such as the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race to a trolley ride downtown the parades and special events just keep coming. An updated schedule of events can be found at http://www.visitnatchez.org .
Natchez is vastly culturally wealthy. Offerings such as the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, the NAPAC Museum, Historic Jefferson College, the Natchez Visitor Center, the Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez Trace Parkway, William Johnson House and Mount Locust Visitors Center, and Natchez Under-the-Hill provide retirees an opportunity to view the richness of Natchez' history.
In its fifteenth season, the Natchez Music Festival features a wide variety of musical entertainment over four weeks that includes opera, light opera, operetta, musical theatre, jazz, a concert series and plantation recitals. Held each May, details of this year's productions can be found at http://www.alcorn.edu/opera .
The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is open all year and offers a variety of activities including the Natchez Pow-Wow. Additionally, you can tour the grounds and browse in the museum.
Natchez celebrates Mardi Gras, Natchez Style in February. Krewes in Natchez have parades and respond quickly to "Throw me somethin' mista!"
An annual event established in 1989, now the Natchez Literary and Film Celebration, is sponsored by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, the National Park Service, Alcorn State University and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Held each year in February, the event celebrates a new and unique theme. The theme for 2007 will be "Southern Accents: Language in the Deep South" Details are available at http://www.colin.edu/nlcc/default.htm .
In addition to these festivals, there are Blues, Food, Crape Myrtle and other week end festivals throughout the year. Natchez boasts many outdoor recreational activities. Golfing, bicycling, swimming, walking, hunting, fishing and boating are only a few offerings.
The Natchez State Park offers hiking and biking trails, cabins and campgrounds with water and electricity, and a 250-acre lake, where the current state record largemouth bass (18 pounds 15 ounces) was caught.
The highlight each October is the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. This festival caters to locals and visitors alike. The festivities begin with a balloon glow and fireworks over the River and continues with two more days of balloon races, music and food.