Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is Admission Free?

A. Yes!  Admission is Free for the Art Car Parade and music on Friday May 14th and the Festival on Saturday May 15th.

Q. What are the general hours of the festival?

A. Access to art vendors, food vendors, and the Children's Corner begins at 10am and ends at 5pm.

Q. Can I bring my own food or beverages?

A. No.  We have gone to a great effort to provide fabulous food vendors and alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.  In addition to those, we also ask that you visit the downtown bars and restaurants to enjoy what Meridian has to offer.

Q. Where is the festival?

A. Downtown Meridian along 22nd Avenue and its side streets.

Q. Where can I stay in Meridian?

A. The Official Host hotels are: 


     Hilton Garden Inn Meridian
     Hampton Inn Meridian        


     Meridian Tourism has a full list of accommodations. Click here.

Q. What happens if it rains?

A. This event will be held rain or shine. Performances may be postponed or cancelled if weather conditions are deemed unsafe. Performance times are subject to change.


Q. Is the festival pet friendly?

A. Pets are not allowed.


Q. Are drones allowed?

A. Drones are not allowed in the festival area. 

Q. Is there anything fun to do while I'm in Meridian?

A. There are a lot of exciting things to do in Meridian!  The MAX will be offering a reduce admission rate and the MSU Riley Center will be giving free tours during the festival.  Check out the Visit Meridian Website for more fun things to do. 



Q. Is the music portion of the festival a separate ticketed event?

A.  The outdoor performances are free. The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is a ticketed event through Eventbrite.


Q. When and where does the music take place?

A. Two stages will offer a variety of music. Dumont Plaza located on 22nd Ave will be the site of the Mississippi Music Stage. The hours for this stage are from 11am - 4pm. The second stage, Afternoon Delight Stage, is located on the front lawn of city hall with music beginning at noon and ending at 5 pm.

Q. Is seating provided?

A. Participants are encouraged to bring folding chairs or lawn chairs to the event. Please be advised that there may be people who prefer standing and we ask that all participants be considerate of one another.