In Starkville, “Mississippi’s College Town,” April brings a lot of opportunity to dive head first into the vibrancy that makes the city one of a kind. From culinary finds and college sports to arts celebrations and live music, this season is a chance to get outside and get a taste of Starkville at its best.

Get a little pep in your step at Old Main Music Festival on April 5th at the Mississippi State University Campus Amphitheater. Performances will include bluegrass, country and rock’n’roll by national touring acts. The Old Main Music Festival is spearheaded by the MSU Student Association, the Campus Activities Board and Music Makers. For more, visit

Starkville is chock full of diverse cultures, cuisines and communities. Dive right in at the International Fiesta on April 6th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held on Mississippi State’s campus on the Drill Field. Here, visitors, students and locals can take part in tasting the food from various cultures, view the international flag display along Main Street, see traditional international attire on display, join in on a little dancing and Cricket. Student organizations and departments will be on hand to serve up a piece of their cultures. This global celebration is hosted by the World Neighbors Association and sponsored by the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center. For more information, visit

On Saturday April 13th, take part in the much-loved Cotton District Arts Festival and Taste of Starkville. Hosted by the Starkville Area Arts Council, this popular event has been named one of the Top 25 events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Held in Starkville’s historic Cotton District, the festival seamlessly blends art, music and food by hosting more than 125 artisans, a juried art show, writer’s village, restaurant competition, pet parade, student art competition, and plant show to name a few. And, don’t miss the Y’all Magazine Sweet Tea Challenge, with categories for unique commercial and individual teas. There’s no better way to kick off a Southern Spring! For more information, visit

Considered the ultimate Starkville weekend, the 34th annual Super Bulldog Weekend will take place at multiple locations across MSU’s campus. Share a little Bulldog spirit April 12th through 14th with this Spring homecoming tradition. Fans will get a taste of the 2019 football team as the Bulldogs close spring training with the Maroon and White Game on Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and admission is free. The Diamond Dawgs welcome Alabama to the newly completed Dudy Noble Field for a three-game SEC series at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Women’s tennis will join in on the action as they host Texas A&M at 3 p.m. on Friday and Louisiana State University at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The MSU soccer team will take on Auburn in an 11 a.m. game on Saturday. Events will be held all over campus, including a traditional pig roast. For more information, visit

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