Take Action in Jackson: 8 Must-Try Activities

Residents and visitors alike can enjoy year-round fun in West Tennessee.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Friday, June 25, 2021 - 17:50
Jackson, TN

Did you just move to Jackson, TN? Or are you spending a three-day weekend touring West Tennessee?

Either way, you'll want to check out one (or more) of these eight great activities:

1. Catch a Free Concert

Grab your lawn chairs and head over to AMP at the Market, where band performances take place from May through September at the Jackson Amphitheater behind West Tennessee Farmers Market.

2. Attend a Porch Party

Meet your neighbors and listen to some great music in late July at 731Day/Porchfest, where more than a dozen bands perform on various house porches along Wisdom Street and Division Avenue within the Lambuth midtown neighborhood, referred to as LANA.

Jackson, TN
Nathan Lambrecht

3. Catch a Ballgame

Support travel ball and catch a baseball or softball game at West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex, where top tournaments take place from March through October. One of the biggest tourneys is a Jackson Action Super NIT that occurs in March to send top teams to the national USSSA Elite 32 World Series.

4. Enjoy the Arts

See the Jackson Theatre Guild perform plays at the Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center on East Main Street in Jackson. The Guild stages six or seven productions each year.

5. Go Classical Under the Stars

Attend a free Jackson Symphony Orchestra performance under the stars. The orchestra hosts the Starlight Symphony on the outdoor grounds of First Presbyterian Church on North Highland Avenue.

Jackson, TN
Karen Pulfer Focht

6. Trot Before the Turkey

Run or walk the Andrew Jackson Marathon and/or the Gold’s Gym/Fleet Feet Turkey Day 5K. The Andrew Jackson Marathon is the longest-running marathon in Tennessee, and it is held the first Saturday each April. The 5K takes place each Thanksgiving morning.

7. Head to the Woods

Bike, walk or run the new Rockabilly Ridge Trail at Pugh Bourne Park in Oakfield, TN. The trail features 4 miles of single track through the woods, with twists and hills to make it extra challenging. For those wanting a leisurely hike, a less difficult route is  available.

8. Rock an Original

Pick up your own original “Jackson” Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt, because the home of the first Hard Rock Cafe in the United States was actually located in Jackson. Even though the establishment is long gone, the Southern Legends of Music Museum at the Carnegie in Jackson sells commemorative Hard Rock T-shirts in its on-site gift shop.

Want to learn more about relocating to Jackson, TN? Check out the latest edition of Livability Jackson, Tennessee.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.