(with Related Events Thurs-Sun)

Sat., April 23, 2022
Sat., April 15, 2023
Sat., April 13, 2024


Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates our past and living history by presenting dozens of blues acts — including many Mississippi and Southern greats. This is the real-deal Mississippi blues festival that you've heard about in global media like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and PBS NewsHour. It is like no other event in the world with blues music, juke joints, children's events, monkeys riding dogs, racing pigs, arts & crafts, Southern food and more.

2022 JJF is absolutely happening, so plan now. It will feature around 100 blues acts as usual plus so much more. Since the well-being of our visitors, musicians and community are of paramount importance, we will make adjustments to JJF health & safety protocols as needed based on the pandemic conditions at the time. Our socially-responsible 2021 edition became a benchmark within the festival industry of how to operate a large public event prior to widespread vaccine availability. Now that vaccines are widely available, please get your shots... so we can boogie on down at the Crossroads! Thanks, y'all.

Clarksdale, Mississippi's epic 19th annual festival is dedicated to all of the late, great musicians and supporters who have passed away during the pandemic — including Big George Brock, Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Ben Wiley Payton, Rev John Wilkins, Larry Grisham and Kern Pratt. RIP. Thanks for your past music and friendship at JJF.

So... what can you expect this April?

Thursday, April 21, 2022, features a big, FREE JJF Kickoff with live blues and more, starting at 5pm. Friday features a number of FREE daytime events plus a special FREE 6pm event. Plus, Sunday features a FREE mini blues fest and more. Still, the "main event" is Saturday...

During the DAYTIME on Saturday, April 23, 2022, you can expect over a dozen FREE outdoor stages of blues and roots music spread over 8 blocks in historic downtown Clarksdale. Events that day kick off early, and most of our daytime music stages and street vendors operate between 10am and 5 or 6pm. (Saturday nighttime requires a JJF wristband.)


For NIGHTTIME on Saturday, a required JJF wristband gets you into a participating selection of 20+ local juke joints, blues clubs and restaurants for live music without additional cover charges. Details on Wristband page. Our official nighttime JJF venues feature slightly staggered start times but basically start around 6 pm and end as late as 1am. Daytime is FREE; Saturday nighttime is a wristband (pre-sale wristbands sold via the "WRISTBANDS" link in the menu above, starting January 1, 2022; all details are on that page).


Bring your lawn chairs, sunblock, mosquito spray and an umbrella. No coolers, and (because of past issues) no dogs or pets permitted (except for professional "guide dogs," please). No pet monkeys allowed! (You think we're joking, but it happens.) Also, please pick up after yourself, and look for our Recycling Bins. If you litter, you will be asked to leave. Thanks, y'all.

PLAN NOW FOR 2022 and beyond...

Can't make it this year? Plan for the future years listed above. Regardless of the year, BOOK YOUR ROOMS NOW! While Clarksdale, Mississippi, has more hotel rooms, overnight apartments, AirBnB offerings and even a new hostel, our town's rooms all book up well in advance of JJF for Thursday through Sunday night. Don't get left out, y'all.


Historic Clarksdale, Mississippi, is less than 90 minutes south of the Memphis International Airport and was once home to such blues greats as Son House, John Lee Hooker, Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Eddie Boyd, Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, Earl Hooker, Lil Green, Big Jack Johnson and many many others. It's the land of the proverbial Crossroads! Today, local blues favorites include blues players with such colorful stage names as Super Chikan, Kingfish, Big A and Watermelon Slim.

Clarksdale has been undergoing a major revival in recent years as a result of blues-based tourism and downtown revitalization efforts, and Juke Joint Festival has been part of what some now call the "Clarksdale Comeback" since day one. Since Juke Joint Festival started, we've gained over 30 overnight apartments downtown (plus a new Hampton Inn and Traveler's Hotel; and the Shack Up Inn has grown from 6 shacks to sleeping 125 heads!), a dozen other new music festivals, live blues 365 nights a year, a new museum, multiple history markers, and new residents from all around the US and the world.

Come for a visit, but beware. Many former "tourists" now live here.


The Clarksdale Downtown Development Association is the 501c3 nonprofit that puts on the Juke Joint Festival (April) as well as the Clarksdale Film Festival (last weekend in January). CDDA wishes to thank all of the amazing sponsors, volunteers, musicians, artists and attendees that make our events possible. If you'd like to become a sponsor or make a donation to either festival, please just let us know.


The “Juke Joint Festival®” name and logo are registered trademarks and cannot be used by outside parties without the express written consent of the Clarksdale Downtown Development Association/Juke Joint Festival. All rights reserved. Third parties may not create unauthorized “Juke Joint Festival®” products (e.g. T-shirts and apparel) or advertising (e.g. event banners and print ads). Please be cool, y'all. We've worked really hard to build this brand. Thanks, and enjoy the festival.


PO BOX 1030

Clarksdale, MS 38614

Phone: 662-624-5992

EMAIL: info@jukejointfestival.com

EMAIL: office@jukejointfestival.com


Blues musicians interested in applying for performance consideration at our 2023 JJF can submit via a button on our homepage that appears from 10/15-12/15, 2022. That is the only way to submit. Even if your act isn't chosen, please consider attending, anyway. There will be plenty of pop-up gigs and jams around town that Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Thanks, y'all.


Pat Rankin

EMAIL: jjfvendors@gmail.com


Nan Hughes

EMAIL: office@jukejointfestival.com

Juke Joint Festival® name and logo are registered trademarks of Clarksdale Downtown Development Association. All rights reserved.