What Is WellsFest?

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We regret that the public health situation prevents us, for a second year, from continuing our annual tradition of providing our community the gift of live music and family fun in a beautiful outdoor setting, free from alcohol. We look forward to returning to the traditional festival format next September! For this year, we hope you will join us in supporting Grace House and enjoying WellsFest activities digitally, including a benefit concert, a pet photo contest, and an auction that contains both fine art from Mississippi artists and goods and services from local merchants.


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WellsFest, Jackson's Original and longest-running Music Festival, has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, has received the Governor's Award for Excellence in The Arts and has received the GIVE (Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence) Award. The daylong event includes non-stop music on two stages and kicks off with a pet parade and blessing at 9:30 a.m. It also features a variety of food trucks; a play area for children with easy-to-win games, creative activities, and pony rides;  an outdoor coffeehouse; a silent auction full of bargains donated by local merchants and restaurants; arts and crafts vendors from around Mississippi; and a huge plant sale including unique and pass-a-long plants.


Since WellsFest began, it has raised nearly $1.5 million for local non-profit agencies. Although the festival is organized and put on by Wells Church with community volunteers, all proceeds go to a local beneficiary determined annually.  Join the fun on the last Saturday of September at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park on Lakeland Drive in Jackson.


OTHER WELLSFEST WEEK ACTIVITIES:  WellsFest Week also includes a TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT at Whisper Lake and ART NIGHT, an evening of live music and bidding on works donated by prominent Mississippi artists. 




WellsFest is...

  • A Family-Friendly Music Festival

    WellsFest is a free, family-friendly music festival, drawing the best groups around. Entertainers donate their time and talent to provide continuous music on two stages. 

  • A PLAY AREA for CHildren

    WellsFest includes a huge children's area in which children can participate in easy-to-win games, creative activities, arts and crafts, pony rides, and more!  

  • A SIlent Auction

    Visit the silent auction section of the festival to bid on and pick up some great bargains donated by local merchants, innkeepers and restauranteurs. 

  • An Outdoor COffee House

    Relax with friends in the shade of the outdoor coffeehouse tent.  Sip on hot or iced coffee while listening to live music. 

  • FOOD TRUCKS

    Enjoy some of your favorite foods and beverages from a variety of food trucks while listening to great music!

  • Arts and Crafts AND MORE

    The WellsFest Vendors' Village has become a major part of the festival experience and includes more than 50 vendors from around the state. The east side of Jamie Fowler Boyll Park is an ideal spot for arts and crafts booths, nonprofit organizations and others. 

  • A Pet Parade

    The WellsFest Pet Parade kicks off the Saturday music festival. Entry is FREE and includes prizes in several categories and a blessing of the pets. Participants receive a free treat bag and a St. Frances medallion. All pets must be leashed in accordance with city ordinances.

  • A Giant Plant Sale

    Find some living bargains at the giant plant sale.  Organized by a master gardener who gathers and divides plants for a year prior to the festival, this sale always includes some unique passalong plants that are not available in commercial outlets.  

  • WellsFest Week: Art Night

    Every year, caring artists from throughout the community and beyond donate works for sale in our buy-it-now area and live art auction on the Tuesday night before WellsFest Saturday. WellsFest Art Night puts the spotlight on their generosity. 

  • WellsFest Week: GOlf Tournament

    The WellsFest Golf Tournament is held each year during WellsFest week.  This team tournament provides a fun way for participants to support the WellsFest beneficiary while enjoying a day of golf.

WellsFest: Jackson's Original Festival

WellsFest, Jackson’s first music festival, was established in 1984 by Wells United Methodist Church as a gift of love to the community.  The goals were simple:

  • to help local service organizations
  • to provide a day of outdoor family fun and music, free from alcohol
  • to show that God's love can bring people together in support of a worthy cause.

The first WellsFest simply featured area musicians, barbecued chicken, a few children’s games and a silent auction.  As the crowds grew, the activities were expanded to make WellsFest a unique, “must do” item on the fall social calendar. 


From its modest beginning, WellsFest has grown to become a significant, award-winning metro community event drawing an estimated 10,000 persons on the last Saturday in September.  


Since WellsFest began, it has raised nearly $1.5 million for local non-profit agencies. Although the festival is organized and put on by Wells Church with community volunteers, all proceeds go to a local beneficiary determined annually.  Join the fun on the last Saturday of September at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park on Lakeland Drive in Jackson.


WellsFest is the recipient of the 2012 Mississippi Arts Commission Governor's Award for Arts in Community and the recipient of the 2019 Governor's GIVE (Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Building.


WellsFest has been named one of the Southeastern Tourism Society's top 20 events for several years.

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