In Tupelo, Mississippi, fall is all about fashion, food, and festivals. Cooler temperatures and gorgeous fall foliage, beckon visitors and citizens alike to venture outside and enjoy all that autumn is in the South. The perfect fall weekend getaway, in Tupelo, anything is possible.
With three distinct shopping districts, Tupelo has something for every fashionista. Downtown is Tupelo’s home for unique, local finds. From Reed’s, a 114-year old department store to L.A. Green, a chic fashion boutique, expand your wardrobe by visiting each of the exceptional shops Downtown. Tupelo’s Midtown District has an eclectic mix of gift shops and clothing stores including Black Sheep Boutique, with trendy ladies’ clothing and Elizabeth Clair’s with a multitude of accessories and gifts. The Barnes Crossing District boasts a large, regional mall and a plethora of national stores with endless shopping possibilities.
After all of that shopping, sustenance is a priority. With over 160 restaurants, Tupelo has something to satiate every appetite. Sweet Tea & Biscuits, inside Joyful Creations and the FarmHouse is the perfect ladies’ lunch spot. Get your barbecue fix at Bar-B-Que by Jim, with smoky pulled pork and all the fixings. The crisp, cool temperatures make dining outside a must and Tupelo has an array of places that fit the bill. Dine al fresco on the rooftop at Park Heights restaurant, Tupelo’s home for creative southern cuisine, with breathtaking views of the city. From patios at Forklift and Romie’s to the famous back porch at Steele’s Dive, there is no better time to take advantage of dining outdoors.
Tupelo’s fall festivals celebrate the city’s unique culinary culture and create the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway. The Tupelo Ale Trail, held September 26, is a progressive craft beer tasting in Downtown Tupelo that takes visitors to various merchants for beer tastings paired with small bites. Each October, Chili Fest invites teams to bring their best recipe and vie for prizes and bragging rights as the city’s best chili. Held October 11, tastings and live music round out this perfect night out in Tupelo. The Pigskins All-America City BBQ Cook-Off features a rib cooking competition and tailgating in Fairpark. A gigantic screen shows SEC football games for all to enjoy, while the smell of roasting ribs wafts through the air.
Celebration Village is Tupelo’s annual holiday shopping tradition that includes over 130 vendors from across the country. Held October 24-26 at the Tupelo Furniture Market, this holiday market boasts clothing, jewelry, food, pottery, home furnishings, gifts, and so much more. Special events during Celebration Village include a preview party Wednesday night, Girls Night Out Friday night, Miss Celebration pageant, and Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning.
If you’re looking to get away from it all, a fall weekend in Tupelo is just what you need. Enjoy the cooler temperatures while exploring the Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour that takes you to thirteen stops that influenced a young Elvis as he grew up in Tupelo. Sit outside and sip mead during a tasting at Queen’s Reward Meadery, Mississippi’s first and only meadery.
With so many things to do, and eat, visit tupelo.net to create your custom itinerary or use one of the pre-planned itineraries crafted for you. As the summer heat subsides, Tupelo ushers in the temperate beauty of fall and invites visitors to imagine what you can do here!