Take an exciting spring trip to Starkville for art, live music, a cooking competition + more

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Explore everything exciting to do in Starkville this spring. (Visit Starkville / Facebook)

Spring doesn’t have enough holidays in my opinion, but why wait for a special occasion to treat yourself to an unforgettable vacation. If you’re looking for an exciting weekend getaway this Spring, Starkville, Mississippi is just over two hours from Birmingham and full of fun activities. Satisfy your stomach with food-filled festivals, experience the local scene with live music and tap into your inner artist on museum and mural tours.

Catch these spring festivals

Bud & Burgers

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Head to Lafayette Street in Starkville for Bud & Burgers. (Visit Starkville)

Calling all grill masters! Ever wanted to compete in a real cooking competition? Well, if you think your burgers are the best around, now is the time to put yourself to the test. Starkville’s Bud & Burgers is a competition for home cooks, restaurants, businesses or organizations to assemble teams and compete for prizes for the best burger.

Not a cook but want to witness the action? Bud & Burgers is open to the public, and with live music and beer for sale, this will be an event you won’t want to miss.

King Cotton Crawfish Boil

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Come out to try the best crawfish around. (Visit Starkville)

Get ready for a good old-fashioned crawfish boil this spring in Starkville as teams compete for bragging rights on who has the best recipe in town. There will be crawfish tastings with all the fixins’ plus two beers with each ticket along with live music so you can jam out and eat up all at once.

Listen to live music

Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern

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(Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern / Facebook)

Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern is the perfect low-key spot to hit when you’re in the mood for local live music. Pop in from 8:30-11:30PM on Monday nights for their Open Mic Night to test out your vocal skills. Bonus: you’ll get a free slice of pizza and drink for singing a song or two.

They also have karaoke every Thursday night at 9PM, so start thinking about your go-to sing along songs! Check out their Facebook for more information on the upcoming nightly entertainment.

Rick’s Cafe

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Catch a concert at Rick’s Cafe in Starkville. (Rick’s Cafe / Facebook)

If you’re looking for a concert atmosphere, Rick’s Cafe is the place to go. Every weekend is full of performances with incredible bands and musicians from all genres. So grab your friends, enjoy a drink or two and jam out all night long.

Experience local + national art

Mississippi State University’s Art Galleries

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See local and National art at Starkville exhibits. (Visit Starkville)

Start your Starkville art tour on campus with the Mississippi State University (MSU) Department of Art Gallery, Colvard Student Union Gallery and Depot Gallery. They feature rotating exhibits by faculty, student artists and visiting artists as well as both regional and national exhibitions.

Next, head to the Giles Hall Exhibit and Visual Arts Center Gallery to see art work in a variety of mediums from students and faculty. Currently you’ll find the “Housing Insecurity in Mississippi” exhibit. This collection demonstrates history of housing insecurity in Mississippi.

Support a great cause and see art of expression when you visit the Martha Lipsey Gallery. It showcases the works of Mississippians with severe disabilities and many of the pieces are available for sale, with proceeds going to support the EXPRESS Yourself Program.

To see artwork by the locals, you won’t want to miss the GSDP Art Gallery, which includes rotating exhibits by artists in Starkville and surrounding communities.

Mural Walk

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Amp up your Instagram with beautiful murals as your background. (Visit Starkville)

Smile for the camera! What is a great getaway without bomb photos for the gram? Add some color to your feed at one of Starkville’s many gorgeous murals. Take on the challenge of hitting every mural in town and tag #ArtInStark when you upload your posts.

For a map of all the murals look here👇:

Keep up with all the fun things happening by visiting Starkville’s Website and following them on Facebook and Instagram.

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