With Mother's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day all on the horizon, we've got plenty of ways to celebrate in this perfect spring weather. From farms to food trucks, hot air balloons to how-to's, we've got your May weekends covered.
Enjoy: Getting Your Hands Dirty
Planter's Day on the Farm
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 4:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Location: Casey Jones Village (56 Casey Jones Lane)
An inaugural event for Casey Jones Village, Planter's Day is bound to be family-friendly and full of fun. (Think petting zoo, live music, and food.) More than anything, though, this day is about the Farm and its two-acre garden, and South Side High School's FFA club is a big part of it all. Families will get a chance to get a little dirty and learn about caring for gardens, and the bulk of the day's proceeds will go to The Foundation's Farm fund.
Endorse: Jackson's Efforts for Animal Rescue
2nd Annual Potting for Pups
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Location: 4022 Bells Highway
With the 6th Annual Downtown Dogtrot coming up later this month, May must be the month to support the Downtown Dogs Group! Potting for Pups is a unique way to love on our city's animals, too, because it's an afternoon full of wine and hands-on container gardening, so just bring your own pot. Proceeds from plants and additional pots purchased go to the dogs—literally! So the group can best plan for the size of the event, make sure to RSVP to the Facebook event.
Explore: Jackson's Array of Food Trucks
1st Annual Eat on the Street Food Truck Festival
Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: Jackson Fairgrounds (800 South Highland Avenue)
Cost: $10 for adults; $6 for kids
Been itching to try some of our town's best food trucks? Head down to the Fairgrounds on May 12 for the 1st Annual Eat on the Street Food Truck Festival! With a dozen trucks, over thirty craft vendors, and live music by David Vicchiollo and Drew Greenway, your family will stayed entertained all day long (not to mention the bouncy houses and face painting).
Exercise: for a Cause
Relay for Life
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Location: West Tennessee Farmers' Market (91 New Market Street)
The American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, Relay For Life makes its reach far beyond Jackson. Whether you're part of a team or just come out for the concert, food, and games, your money will go to fighting cancer worldwide and encourage the many who come out as survivors, family members of victims, and all others affected by cancer.
Experience: A Sight in the Sky
Jackson Hot Air Balloon Classic
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (308 Grady Montgomery Drive)
Cost: $15 (free for ages five and under)
Hot air balloons. In Jackson. Need we say anymore? The whole family will love this day full of craft vendors, food trucks, and kids' activities. And make sure to hang around till dusk for the Hot Air Balloon Glow! Don't wait to get your ticket—they're only available online and will run out soon!
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She and her husband Jordan live in Midtown and are active members of City Fellowship Baptist Church.