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Festivals & Events

Celebrations abound in Mississippi’s College Town! Starkville offers a wide range of festivals and events year-round for all ages, including music festivals, film festivals, downtown block parties, parades, and shows. Check out the link below to see the full list and mark your calendar!

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Hotels

Stay close to the action and stay in Starkville. You can find major hotel chains and quaint bed and breakfasts ready to share their Southern Hospitality with you!

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SMART Bus

Exploring Starkville has never been easier! The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit (SMART) system allows students, visitors, and residents to navigate the growing city and campus with ease. Visit the link below to learn more and even check arrival times!

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Shopping

You can pick up your True Maroon tee, your Junction-ready maroon dress, and all of your tailgating supplies on game day, but Starkville shopping has even more! Stick around for Sunday afternoon on game weekends for Brunch and Browse to check it out!

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Restaurants

Starkville has a wide variety of restaurants including everything from Southern BBQ joints to exquisite fine dining. Mississippi’s College Town has a mouth-watering mix of chain restaurants and local favorites.

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Maroon Fridays

The Bulldog family shows off our pride and passion for MSU by wearing maroon on campus, at home, at work, and around the world every Friday, 52 weeks a year!

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Bulldog Bash

Bulldog Bash is the largest free outdoor concert event in the State of Mississippi. The festival draws around 35,000 visitors and is held on a Friday night before an SEC home football game. Past performers include Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, Gavin Degraw, Sister Hazel, Big Daddy Weave, Eric Church, Bobby Valentino, and many more.

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Dawg Days

Dawg Days is an exciting collection of activities and events held to welcome new freshmen & transfer students to Mississippi State. Students enjoy two weeks of food and fun, music and movies, and countless new friends!

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Cowbell Yell

The Cowbell Yell pep rally kicks off football season with a clang! Fans pack Davis Wade Stadium as coaches, players, spirit groups, the Famous Maroon Band, and even special guests pump up the maroon spirit.

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