The 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights is Coming Soon!

The day is nearly here for the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods’ favorite summer tradition – the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street and music festival! Join us August 12th from 4:30 to 9:30 PM in Greater Belhaven!


Thousands flock to the festival each year seeking out the unique aura of one of Jackson’s most historic neighborhoods and the incredible experience of this award-winning festival, named a top 20 event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Presented by the Greater Belhaven Foundation, Baptist Medical Clinic Fastpass, C Spire, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Medical Practice Solutions, Mississippi Sports Medicine, and Southern Beverage Company, the annual festival showcases and celebrates the unique culture of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods.

At the 13th Annual BLBN festival, you’ll stroll along the streets of this incredible historic neighborhood enveloped in an atmosphere unlike any other, as live Blues, Jazz, Indie Rock and Acoustical music streams from 3 stages and the smells of delicious foods from local restaurants and vendors drifts through the air.

Artists, craftsmen, and makers of all kinds will offer up their works. Children will bounce, play and create in the children’s activity area. Adults will savor the creations of some of the best craft breweries in the state and bid on signature festival artwork at the silent auction and a free raffle of items from area merchants.

Don’t miss this favorite family-friendly event, right in the heart of Jackson’s most incredible neighborhoods!

The 2017 BLBN Music Line-Up

5:00 p.m. Young Valley
6:00 p.m. Cary Hudson
7:00 p.m. Seratones
8:20 p.m. The Weeks

5:15 p.m. Kudzu Kings
6:30 p.m. Cedric Burnside Project
7:45 p.m. Christone Kingfish Ingram

5:00 p.m. Vibe Doctors
6:00 p.m. TB Ledford
7:00 p.m. Taylor Hildebrand
8:00 p.m. Sara Sullivan

Get your tickets today!

Adult: $10 Children 12 & Under: $1

Tickets are available at the gate, or click here to order yours online now!

Location & Additional Info

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 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, follow us on Instagram at and on Twitter at, visit us at or call 601-352-8850.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation, a non-profit organization, works to improve and revitalize the area through long-range planning, economic restructuring, historic preservation, green space enhancement, and improvement of Fortification Street, the major east-west corridor between the two neighborhoods.

Join the Greater Belhaven Foundation and all of our incredible sponsors for the 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

Sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsors

Stage Sponsors

Children’s Area Sponsors

Belhaven Stars Sponsors

Bright Lights Sponsors


Caitlin Hayden, 601.968.1256, BLBN Publicity Chair
Shannon McLaughlin, 601.594.4429, BLBN Publicity Team

Be a part of the 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

On August 12, 2017 we will have enjoyed 13 years of magic under the twinkling lights.

13 years of only the best local, handmade vendors; the most delicious food from Mississippi’s restaurants and breweries; and the most incredible musicians on 3 stages.

13 years of historic streets full of thousands of local folks and tourists taking in the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Event, right here in Greater Belhaven.

Is this the year you become a part of Bright Lights Belhaven Nights?

Become a BLBN Sponsor

Year after magical year BLBN attracts over 5,000 attendees from all over Mississippi and the Southeast. Don’t miss your opportunity to reach them!

BLBN sponsorships help to support the work of the Greater Belhaven Foundation as we work to restore and revive some of Jackson’s most historic neighborhoods. You could be a part of making it happen!

With a range of great sponsorship packages, and all donations being tax-deductible, BLBN is the perfect sponsorship opportunity for small and large businesses and organizations alike.

See your brand featured on all promotional materials, the GBF website and social media as we promote this popular, family-friendly festival throughout Mississippi!

Click here to see all of the wonderful sponsorship benefits and to choose your level today.

Become a BLBN Vendor

Join us as a part of the 2017 Bright Lights Belhaven Nights festival!

We’re searching for past or present Belhaven residents, business owners or former farmer’s market vendors who would like to share their handmade goods with folks from Greater Belhaven and far beyond.

Click here now to download the Vendor Application and join us at the 2017 BLBN festival!

Do you make some of the best beer in Mississippi, or delight crowds with your Mississippi-made food and drinks? Bright Lights Belhaven Nights just wouldn’t be the same without you.

Click here now to download the Food Vendor Application!

Another magical night in Belhaven Park.

On Sunday May 14, nearly 250 Greater Belhaven Neighborhood residents, friends and families settled in for another magical night in Belhaven Park for the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park event, part of the Art Series in the Park.

New Stage Theatre’s talented Young Acting Troupe performed Shakespeare’s famous “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to laughs, cheers and applause; as attendees enjoyed picnics and delicious dinners courtesy of The Manship.

The event was presented by the Greater Belhaven Foundation and funded by Arts Series sponsors Carol Taff, Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, Keifer’s Restaurant, The Manship, and McDade’s Market.

Photos by David Sprayberry.

Shakespeare returns to Belhaven Park for an evening of family-friendly and fantastical fun

Little ones run freely between picnic blankets and lawn chairs – exploring the park, waiting expectantly for the show to begin, for a new experience that they will remember for a long time to come. Soon, a hush flows through the crowd as the stage is set and the anticipation sets in. Theseus takes to the stage.
“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes!”

The moon begins to appear above, as we join together and enjoy this wonderful, annual event celebrating the art and culture of the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods and the people who call them home.

This Sunday, May 14th at 6PM, join us in Belhaven Park for this free event as we enjoy the talents of the New Stage Theatre as they present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The event is funded by Arts Series sponsors Carol Taff, Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, Keifer’s Restaurant, The Manship, and McDade’s Market.

The theatre’s Young Acting Troupe will present a carefully abridged 60-minute version of one of “The Bard’s” most prolific works.

Kerri Sanders, Education Director of the New Stage Theatre, explains the plot:

“William Shakespeare’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream introduces us to a group of lovers, a patch of mechanicals, and a gaggle of fairies who all inhabit the woods for one magical and mischievous evening.  Hermia’s father Egeus has made plans for her to marry Demetrius, but she loves only Lysander. Therefore, she flees from her family to elope with Lysander. Demetrius follows her as does Helena – a friend of Hermia’s who is in love with Demetrius. Oberon and Titania – leaders of two groups of fairies – are at odds this same evening.

Oberon enlists his bumbling fairy servant, Puck, to make a bit of midsummer mischief against Titania and the lovers. A group of amateur actors also gather in the woods to rehearse a play to be performed at Duke Theseus’ wedding and cross Puck’s path. One of the players, Bottom, finds himself the butt of Puck’s joke quite literally as he is turned into a donkey. Titania is enchanted to love the donkey, the two young loverboys are enchanted to love only Helena, and Puck and his cronies enjoy quite a spectacle!

Will the fairies be able to undo their knavish mistakes?”

Join us this Sunday, May 14th at 6PM, enjoy a delicious $10 dinner of duck wings over polenta courtesy of The Manship, and carry on the tradition of “Shakespeare in the Park” with your family and loved ones within the gates of Belhaven Park in Greater Belhaven.