Jonesboro Days, Southside Music Fest planned for weekend

JONESBORO — The city’s downtown area will be abuzz with activity Saturday with Jonesboro Days and the Southside Music Fest — all for free.

Starting at 12 p.m., the Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center will be serving hotdogs, hamburgers, barbecue and drinks for free until 3 p.m., celebrating the city.

In conjunction with the celebration, the Southside Music Fest will have music playing all day long from an array of artists. The fest will also feature performances from local churches, steppers, orchestra, stilt walkers, a train ride, interactive games and bounce houses.

“This is going to be like a mini Sweet Auburn Festival with more of a community feel,” said Rep. Mike Glanton, fest creator.

There will also be a concert with Clark King and Terrell Walker and the True Warriors.

Glanton said nearly every Clayton County agency will have booths set up, including Arts Clayton, Historical Jonesboro, Lions Club, Southern Regional, government and nonprofits.

“This gives us a chance to show people downtown Jonesboro and gives residents a chance to learn about all that Clayton offers,” Glanton said.

Additionally, many of the agencies will be offering free services like massages, vision and diabetes screening, and haircuts to children 10 and under.

“This is just going to be a great event,” Glanton said.

The music fest will include vendors selling food such as chicken, barbecue, funnel cakes and fish and ice cream.

The Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center is at 103 W. Mill Street.