WellsFest 2019

BENEFITTING EXTRA TABLE

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019  

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 36 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 36 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: Extra Table.


Click the links below to find out more about WellsFest 2019.

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WellsFest Receives 2019 GIVE Award

WellsFest and its volunteers received the 2019 GIVE (Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence) Award for outstanding achievement in community building. The GIVE Awards were established through the Office of the Governor and Volunteer Mississippi to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding impact in their communities through their gifts of service, advocacy, and outreach on behalf of the citizens of Mississippi. Read more here.

WellsFest 2019 Beneficiary 

The beneficiary of WellsFest 2019 is Extra Table


Extra Table is a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with the new and healthy food they need to feed the hungry in their community.


There exists in Mississippi the nation's largest number of documented food-insecure individuals. Emergency food pantries are quickly becoming a concept of the past as long-term food needs are becoming the new norm. An astounding 28.3% of Mississippi’s children are receiving a school breakfast and a school lunch, and are then going to bed hungry each night.* Shortfalls in food are pervading the lives of 56% of individuals aged 65 and older, while hunger across the United States is only on the rise.* Extra Table is filling the gap in Mississippi by providing healthy, nutrient-dense products to those in need. The foods they provide to soup kitchens and food pantries contain low-sugar fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and no high fructose corn syrup. While driving down hunger, they’re simultaneously driving down obesity by getting healthy foods into the hands of those who need it most.


*All statistics are from Feeding America’s Hunger Study.


Learn more about Extra Table at https://extratable.org/about-us/.

Thanks to the WellsFest 2019 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 Music

Continuous Music on Two Stages All Day

WellsFest 2019 is just around the corner, and is shaping up to be one of the most musically diverse and eclectic ever.  From Latin rhythms to stone cold blues and bluegrass to rock and roll, there will be surely be music to suit your taste and perhaps expand your palate.  


10 - 10: 15 a.m. BOB GATES ON THE WEST STAGE

Traditional WellsFest Opener


10:15 - 10:45 MAHLON MCADAMS ON THE EAST STAGE 

Country Blues and R&B


10:45 - 11:15 a.m. BALLOU & COMPANY ON THE WEST STAGE

Rock and Blues


11:15 - 11:45 a.m. ANDERSON ENSEMBLE ON THE EAST STAGE

Traditional and Contemporary Gospel Singing


11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. GENA STEELE ON THE WEST STAGE

Solo Pop, Country and R&B


12:15 - 12:45 p.m. STEVE CHESTER ON THE EAST STAGE

Perennial WellsFest Favorites sings blues and country


12:45 - 1:15 p.m. BILL AND TEMPERANCE ON THE WEST STAGE

Country, Bluegrass and Americana (with Jeff Perkins)


1:15 - 2 p.m. JACKSON GYPSIES ON THE EAST STAGE

Metro's New, Hot Latin Pop and Gypsy Jazz Band


2 - 2:45 p.m. BLUE MONDAY BAND ON THE WEST STAGE

As Seen at Hal and Mal's with Special Guest Jewel Bass


2:45 - 3:30 p.m. JASON TURNER BAND ON THE EAST STAGE

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter / Rockin' Band


3:30 - 4:15 p.m. RAPHAEL SEMMES JAZZ ON THE WEST STAGE

Quartet Plays Bebop, Straight Ahead and Funk Jazz


4:15 - 5 p.m. PATRICK HARKINS BAND ON THE EAST STAGE

Fondren Flamethrower Rockin' Party Band