1. Find your perfect pumpkin or navigate the corn maze at the Tupelo Buffalo Park Pumpkin Patch
The Tupelo Buffalo Park’s annual Pumpkin Patch will be available all throughout the month of October. Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy the hayride, corn maze, face painting, small petting zoo, bounce houses, games, and so much more! Admission is $10 except for children age two and younger, who get in free.
2. Put your taste buds to the test at Tupelo Chili Fest
Let your taste buds be the judge when teams of Tupelo’s best chili cooks compete for the coveted prize of best chili in town. The Chili Fest takes place Friday, October 13, on South Broadway Street downtown. Chili plate lunches will be available for $5 at lunchtime. The gates will open for the $10 main event at 5 p.m., featuring plenty of chili to taste, live music, and fun!
3. Walk the Blackland Prairie Trail on the Natchez Trace
There’s no better place to take in leaves changing colors during the fall than the Natchez Trace Parkway. Surrounded by nothing but scenic beauty, the Blackland Prairie Trail is the perfect place to enjoy a crisp, fall walk and soak in the season.
4. Get spooked at the Tupelo Community Theatre’s 12th Annual Haunted Theatre
If you listen to the stories of those who’ve spent time volunteering inside the Lyric Theatre, the hairs on your neck might begin to stand up. A male voice being heard singing in the empty theatre, keys or wallets disappearing, or an overwhelming feeling of someone watching you inside the fabric room, all of these strange happenings are credited to the Lyric’s ghost in residence, Antoine. Premiere Magazine even listed the Lyric as “one of the six most haunted theatres in America.” (Video of ghost hunting inside the Lyric Theatre can be watched above.)
With all of that being said, the Tupelo Community Theatre’s 12th annual Haunted Theatre is one haunted house walkthrough production you definitely don’t want to miss. You can experience the haunted theatre for yourself at 7 p.m. October 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 at the Lyric Theatre in Downtown Tupelo. Tickets are $15 each. The Haunted Theatre is not recommended for children under the age of 10, teens and adults can experience the haunting thrill if they dare!
5. Back Porch Blues Concert
To celebrate its 10th anniversary in Northeast Mississippi, Toyota is hosting a free concert in Downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark November 4, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Billed as the “Back Porch Blues,” the concert has what Toyota calls a “powerhouse lineup that offers a little something for everyone.” Soul Shockers will showcase their classic R&B styling at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band bringing the brass and funk at 6:45 p.m. The seven-man soulful combo, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, will bring down the house when they roll out an eclectic sound of vintage rhythm and blues at 8 p.m.
Come out and join us for what’s bound to be an excellent close to the fall season in Tupelo!