Market Street Festival began in 1996 and over the past 27 years has grown to be the largest special event and festival in Columbus, Mississippi and one of the largest in the state. 2023 marks the 27th Anniversary for the award winning festival. Market Street Festival is held the first weekend in May each year and encompasses 12 city blocks and the Riverwalk in historic downtown Columbus. Market Street Festival has been named as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society for 20 years and has received many other prestigious awards throughout the years. A crowd of nearly 40,000 gathers each year to enjoy all the two day festival has to offer, including over 250 arts, crafts and food vendors and dozens of special events, musical acts and activities through-out the two day festival.
Talented musical acts are the highlight of Market Street Festival and acts range from local talent to nationally known music acts. Each year Market Street Festival continues to highlight Columbus, our many local talents and community spirit. The generous contributions of time, resources and talents of our neighbors are key to the success of Market Street Festival and thus, to our contributions back to our community. Market Street Festival is the largest fundraiser for Main Street Columbus and is essential to our continued downtown revitalization efforts. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Market Street Festival!