5 reasons you’ll love Art, Wine and Wheels Weekend in Ridgeland, MS—May 6-8

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Ridgeland Arts, Wine and Wheels weekend arts festival
What art will you find this weekend? (Visit Ridgeland, MS)

Looking for a fun weekend road trip, Mother’s Day plans or an excuse to get out of the house and spend time with friends? You don’t want to miss Art, Wine and Wheels (AWW) weekend in Ridgeland, Mississippi from Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8. Find out five reasons you’ll love it, then make plans for the short three-hour drive today.

1. Enjoy a free 80s hits concert 🎸

Renaissance Show Fountain
Get ready to kick off the weekend. (Visit Ridgeland, MS)

What’s better than rocking out to live music with your friends? Enjoying the tunes of your favorite 80s bands—for free. Head to the AWW Kick-Off Party to see the Molly Ringwalds, a band that Birmingham music lovers will know and love. I’ve personally seen the Molly Ringwalds in Birmingham three times, and I can tell you—they’re worth traveling for.

2. Take in beautiful art 🎨

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Get ready for a weekend full of gorgeous art. (Art, Wine and Wheels Weekend / Facebook)

Arts lovers, you don’t want to miss this. The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival is a free event with art in mediums, including clay, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography sculpture and more.

Along with viewing art and meeting artists, you can find fun interactive activities. Artisans from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi will show demonstrations of their crafts and will be at the Children’s Creative Craft Corner to help kids create their own “make and take” pieces of art.

Plus, you can enjoy sipping wine with the Santé South Sampling Palates throughout the festival.

3. Indulge in Mississippi’s largest food + wine event 🍷

Ridgeland food and wine festival
Which wine will you try first? (Visit Ridgeland, MS)

An essential part of any fun weekend—great wine and delicious bites. Grab your tickets for the Santé South Wine Festival, Mississippi’s largest wine and food event. At the festival, you can sample wines from around the world and enjoy food pairings from Mississippi’s top restaurants.

Ready to enjoy a weekend celebrating art, wine and wheels? Book your hotel now + learn more about AWW Weekend.

4. Get active with the Natchez Trace Century Ride 🚲

Ridgeland cyclists
The ideal afternoon for cycling enthusiasts + novices alike. (Visit Ridgeland, MS)

If you love taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of a new city while enjoying the gorgeous spring weather, there’s nothing better than a bike ride. Join over 700 cyclists for the Natchez Trace Century Ride, one of Mississippi’s largest spring cycling events, to see scenic views.

“Ridgeland welcomes visitors year-round, but spring is when the city truly springs to life. Since we have the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Chisa Foka multi-use trail, we are a cyclists’ destination.”

Chris Chapman, President & CEO, Ridgeland Tourism Comission

Choose from distances of 8, 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles and enjoy mild to moderate elevation, perfect for riders of all levels.

  • When: Saturday, May 7 | 7AM
  • Where: Ridgeland Recreational Center | 137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland, MS 39157
  • Tickets: $45 | All Century Ride registrants will also have access to the VIP Social at the Kick-Off Party

5. Explore everything charming Ridgeland, MS has to offer ✨

Women enjoying wine at a Ridgeland restaurant
Cheers to your next girls’ trip destination! (Visit Ridgeland, MS)

While you’re in the city, take advantage of everything it has to offer. Book your hotel now, then make plans to check out the city’s variety of dining options when you’re not enjoying the festival. Whether you’re craving barbecue or oysters, Asian or Italian, you’ll find a restaurant that serves it.

“Asking me to pick a can’t miss restaurant is quite a challenge as we are the Steakhouse Capital of Mississippi. There are currently 7 prime steakhouses in Ridgeland serving up the finest cut of meats this side of the Mississippi.”

Chris Chapman, President & CEO, Ridgeland Tourism Comission

Learn more about Ridgeland, MS and stay updated on AWW Weekend by checking Visit Ridgeland’s website, Instagram and Facebook.

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