Thank you for another great Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

Thank you to all who braved the storm and came out to celebrate 15 years with us! The rain did not damper our night we had over 3500 attendees! We hope you had as much fun as we did and we will see you in 2020!

It’s almost time for BLBN 2019!

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is gearing up for the 15th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, Saturday August 10th beginning at 5:00!

This year’s event is headlined by the Gin Blossoms, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Kingfish!!! Complete lineup and schedule listed below! Our neighborhood Featured Maker is Carlie Hogan creator for Galexie Glister. Be sure to find her tent and get Glistered!

Need a break from the heat, come take a seat in the StoryTellers Tent, there will be presentations from neighborhood historians Nan and Bill Harvey, neighborhood master gardener Jesse Yancy, The Eudora Welty Museum and a lesson in Belhaven Architecture from James Bridgforth from Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Come ready to shop! We have artisan vendors from all over the Jackson area ready to delight you with their wares. Come hungry! We will have The Manship, Dave’s BBB, Small time Hot Dogs and Street Eats, Taqueria La Reata, 2 For 7 Kitchen, and Hog Heaven BBQ. There will be plenty of sweet and icy cold treats as well!

Be sure to get your tickets early – they are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free with supervising adult. The festival is cash only, so please plan accordingly.

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

05:15pm-06:00pm Cary Hudson
06:15pm-07:15pm Young Valley
07:35pm-08:45pm Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

CARLISLE STAGE

05:50pm-06:50pm Southern Komfort Brass Band
07:05pm-08:20pm Christone Kingfish Ingram
08:50pm-10:05pm Gin Blossoms

ACOUSTIC STAGE

05:15pm-05:45pm Fondren Guitar Student Rock Band
06:00pm-06:45pm TB Ledford
07:00pm-07:45pm Taylor Hildebrand

SECOND LINE BAND

07:10pm-08:10pm – Marching Street Performance Southern Komfort Brass Band

GBF Announces BLBN Featured Makers

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Featured Maker is Carlie Hogan and Galexie Glister. Hogan mixed her first batch of Glister in 2017 for Mistletoe Marketplace in her home on Euclid, right here in Greater Belhaven. Her product sold out and started her on a path to forming a company that has gone worldwide!

Hogan’s product has been used by several celebrity stylists and has been featured on Cosmopolitan.com and the in the New York Post. Hogan will be joining us at BLBN this year with a BLBN special edition Galexie Glister! Glister is not just a product but an experience, be sure to stop by and see Hogan at her booth and partake in some Glister therapy! Follow Galexie Glister on Instagram @galexieglister and check out their website www.galexieglister.com.

Carlie Hogan

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights is Saturday, August 10, 5:00pm to 10:30pm. Be sure to get your tickets early here! They are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP Passes are going quick so be sure to get those ASAP if you want those. Reminder, Gates and Drink ticket booths are CASH ONLY, please plan accordingly!

The Greater Belhaven Foundation Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant

The Greater Belhaven Foundation has been awarded a $3,100 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the nearly $1.4 million in grants the Commission will award in 2019-2020 and will be used to help fund the Being Belhaven Art Series.

The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. “The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support arts organizations as well as arts activities and festivals around the state through grant-making,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC.

“These funds help broaden the reach of arts by educating our communities about Mississippi’s enduring creative legacy and offering arts experiences and performances to people in nearly every area of the state.”

The Being Belhaven Art Series serves to accomplish the “quality of life” goal of the Foundation’s mission statement. Primarily it is our goal to bring not only Belhaven and Belhaven Heights residents but the communities throughout Jackson together to celebrate community through the arts. Our programs are free and open to all of Jackson and the surrounding metro area, this allows for art exposure to members of the community who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the performances that we provide.

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

Registration is open for the 2019 Pearl River Clean Sweep!

Cleanup teams will be deployed at over 30 locations along the Pearl River watershed, from its headwaters in Nanih Waiya, MS, downriver through the Ross Barnett Reservoir, along the border of Mississippi and Louisiana, all the way to Pearlington on the Gulf Coast. The Sweep also includes locations on the Strong and Bogue Chitto River tributaries. This event will celebrate drinkable, swimmable, fishable water in 15 counties, 2 parishes, 2 states and over 490 miles of beautiful river!

In 2017 and 2018, this event engaged more than 1,700 volunteers and removed over 60,000 pounds of trash from our watershed! The Clean Sweep was an American River’s 2017 Cleanup Champion Award Winner for “Most River Miles Cleaned”. Huge thank you to all who participated last year!

Please join us for our 3rd annual event scheduled for Sept 21, 2019. All event information can be found here: https://www.pearlriverkeeper.com/2019-pearl-river-clean-sweep.html

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Announces Music Line-Up

The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce the music line-up for the 15th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights (BLBN) event scheduled for August 10, 2019. This family fun event, presented by Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, C Spire, The Manship and Southern Beverage Company, features Gin Blossoms as the festival headliner.
The chart-topping band Gin Blossoms produced the breakout record New Miserable Experience, which kept the band on the chart for almost 3 years. Singles included “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The band’s fusion of Pop, Melodic Rock, Folk and Country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, the band has sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand 90’s live artists who began at the end of the grunge era. In 2017 the band went back in the studio recording a new album. Fans will get a taste of the new album as it works its way into their live set.

Set in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, the street festival is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make Greater Belhaven a great place to work, live and play, including art, music, children’s activities and food. Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has repeatedly been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

2019 Music Line-Up

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

5:30 p.m. Cary Hudson
6:30 p.m. Young Valley
7:45 p.m. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

CARLISLE STAGE

5:45 p.m. Southern Komfort Brass Band
7:05 p.m. Christone Kingfish Ingram
8:45 p.m. Gin Blossoms

ACOUSTIC STAGE

5:15 p.m. Fondren Guitar Student Rock Band
6:00 p.m. TB Ledford
7:00 p.m. Taylor Hildebrand

SECOND LINE BAND

7:00 p.m. Southern Komfort Brass Band

This year’s event will feature:

Three stages filled with live music including Blues, Jazz, Indie Rock and Acoustical;
A children’s area including space jumps, arts & crafts activities, and games;
Food for sale from the popular area restaurants;
Items available for purchase by the merchants and artisans of the Greater Belhaven neighborhood;
Beverages, including water, soft drinks and beer for sale.

BLBN is scheduled for August 10, 2019, from 5:00 – 10:00 PM. Advance tickets are $15 per person and are available online at www.greaterbelhaven.com or $20 at the gate (cash only). VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include access to the VIP lounge. Children ages 12 and under are free and must be with a supervising adult at all times. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Free parking will be available at New Stage Theatre, along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

Greater Belhaven Foundation Recognized at The Mississippi Main Awards

The Greater Belhaven Foundation was the recipient of two awards at this year’s Mississippi Main Street Awards Luncheon held on Thursday June 13 at the Old Capitol Inn.

Virgi Lindsay was the recipient of the Main Street Hero Award, this award recognizes one outstanding community leader or public figure who has displayed an involved commitment to downtown and his or her Main Street program. She was nominated by the Greater Belhaven Foundation.


The Greater Belhaven Foundation won Outstanding Creative Event for Bright Lights Belhaven Nights. This award recognizes the downtown organization that has created a quality creative event, generating traffic for the downtown.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Announces Event Details for Upcoming Music Festival

The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce that 15th annual street festival, Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, (BLBN) is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2019, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., in the historic Belhaven neighborhood. This family fun event presented by Baptist Health Systems, C Spire, The Manship, and Southern Beverage Company will feature live music on three stages, as well as local, handmade craft vendors and the most delicious food and beverages from Mississippi’s restaurants and breweries.

The 2019 event will feature Gin Blossoms as the festival headliner. Southern Komfort Brass Band will lead a Second Line during the event. A full band line-up will be announced soon. Children of all ages will enjoy the special and ever-popular children’s activities area that is open until 8:00 p.m. This year’s event will also feature a dedicated beverage area as well as the expanded food truck area introduced with last year’s festival.

Set in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, the street festival is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make Greater Belhaven a great place to work, live and play, including art, music, children’s activities and food. Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has repeatedly been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

VIP Passes are $100 per person and Advance tickets are $15 per person both are available online here or $20 at the gate (cash only). Children ages 12 and under are free and must be with a supervising adult at all times. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

The festival will extend along Carlisle Street from McDade’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre, and also turn onto Kenwood Place and extend into Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets. The entry gates will be located on Carlisle and Poplar Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights including the band line-up, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

Belmont Street Bridge Closed

The Department of Public Works has closed the Belmont Street Bridge due to multiple structural deficiencies.  The existing structure is a timber bridge that has exceeded its life expectancy.  The bridge structure is located on Belmont Street between Piedmont Street and Saint Mary Street in Belhaven.  Please adhere to the Detour signage.  The Department of Public Works will review design strategies, and funding during the closure.  The closure could last for several months.  The Department is requesting patience as they review all avenues to get the bridge back open to traffic.

Mississippi Farmer’s Market Open for Summer Hours

The Mississippi Farmers Market is located at 929 High Street, adjacent to the State Fairgrounds. The Mississippi Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Beginning June 13, the Market will also be open on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For more information about the Market or to find out what’s fresh each week, call (601) 354-6573, go online to www.msfarmersmarket.com, or visit the Mississippi Farmers Market on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.