Southeast Tourism Society Selects WellsFest

Top 20 Event for September 2018   

The Southeast Tourism Society has named WellsFest as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September 2018. Read more.

WellsFest 2018


Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018  

9:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. 

Jamie Fowler Boyll Park on Lakeland Drive in Jackson

8 a.m. — WellsFest 5K Run Begins at Smith-Wills Stadium on Lakeland Drive

9 a.m. — WellsFest 1-Mile Fun Run Begins

9:30 a.m. — Pet Parade Begins on the Festival Grounds

10 a.m. — Entire Festival Opens with Two Stages of Non-Stop Music

What began as a small church-sponsored afternoon of music 35 years ago is now one of Jackson’s major fall music festival events with top musical talent on two stages and providing a fun-filled day of family activity.

Since the festival began 35 years ago, WellsFest has raised nearly $1.5 million for local non-profit agencies through this alcohol-free and drug-free event. 

Although the festival is organized and put on by Wells Church with community volunteers, all proceeds go to this year's beneficiary: Growing Up Knowing — the Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

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WellsFest 2018 Music

Continuous Music on Two Stages All Day

The WellsFest 2018 music lineup celebrates the festival's 35-year history with an eye toward the future. Its variety and diversity reflects the spirit of Wells with something for everyone. There are acts who have performed at WellsFest many times over the years and others making their WellsFest debut; and this year's schedule — from start to finish — has a decidedly upbeat feel from the traditional "WellsFest Welcome" to the "dance party" at the end.


10 - 10:30 a.m.

WellsFest Welcome: Bob Gates (acoustic folk & gospel) and Krystal Gem (R&B)


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

New Bourbon Street Jazz Band (N'awlins jazz)


11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Jackson Gypsies (acoustic Latin jazz)


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Steve Chester with Andrew Pates and Friends (rock & country blues)  


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Steele Heart featuring Gena Steele (rock)


1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

These Days featuring Jewel Bass (R&B, jazz)


2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Travelin’ Jane (rock, country)


2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Jesse Robinson and Friends (blues)


3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Spacewolf (original indie rock)  


4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Time to Move Band (party pop, R&B)   

Thanks to the WellsFest Sponsors!

WellsFest is grateful for the amazing sponsors that allow it to continue to present a fun, annual event that makes a difference in the community.

WellsFest 2018 Beneficiary 

The beneficiary of WellsFest 2018 is Growing Up Knowing: Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Growing Up Knowing's mission is to promote healthy sexual decisions through family education and community partnerships.  

What makes Growing Up Knowing different from other sex education programs is that it engages multiple generations – students, parents, caregivers, and grandparents – in every step of its  educational programs. Parents are able to share their own family values and expectations. When working across generations, real change happens as family communication and interaction are strengthened.

Growing Up Knowing has two signature programs – Growing Up Knowing Middle School Program and My Body, My Boundaries Elementary School Program.  These programs follow teen pregnancy prevention research by starting personal safety and sexual education early and using evidenced-based curriculum. The non-profit partners with community and faith organizations to provide these two programs to ensure healthier life decisions.

Proceeds from WellsFest will be used to help Growing Up Knowing reach more young people and their families in implementing its signature programs. The WellsFest collaboration will inspire more after school programs, houses of worship and community organizations to partner with Growing Up Knowing to host programs for their youth and their parents and caregivers.

Learn more about Growing Up Knowing at