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Two students sitting and talking at the water fountain in the Cotton District
Students eating in downtown Starkville


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.


Bully mascot next to the 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!


Inside a room at the Hotel Chester in Starkville MS


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!


Downtown Starkville pumpkin festival

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!


Shot of patrons and tents at Cotton District Arts Festival

Cotton District Arts Festival & Taste of Starkville

The Cotton District Arts Festival is one of Starkville’s premiere festivals. It includes the Taste of Starkville competition, live music, arts and crafts fair, 5k run, and entertainment for every age!


Group shot of one of the prospective student tours at the Drill Field


Plan a visit and let us show you first hand all that Mississippi State has to offer prospective students. Campus visits include a tour of campus with a Roadrunner (student recruiter) and a meeting with an admissions counselor to discuss admissions, scholarships, campus life, and other aspects of being an MSU student. 

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Inside the Cullis Wade Clock Museum


Starkville offers a variety of museums and exhibits for locals and visitors to explore! The Templeton Music Museum, the Oktibbeha Heritage Museum, the Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum, the Gladys and Cullis Wade Clock Museum, the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Exhibit, and the John Grisham Room are just a few of the fascinating options in Starkville.


Performance at the Community Theater

Art & Culture

From the Starkville-MSU Symphony and the diverse Lyceum Series to the Community Theater and the art galleries, Starkville brings a world of art and culture right to your doorstep.

Starkville Events MSU Concerts

Student riding off road bicycle path


There’s more to sports in Starkville than just fierce SEC competition! Starkville is home to the 100-acre Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter, six premier golf courses, a variety of team sports, and numerous bicycle routes and trails.

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Birds sitting in a tree at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge just outside Starkville

Outdoor Recreation

Starkville has hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing right in its backyard! You can watch cattle egrets nesting at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge or spend the weekend camping at the Oktibbeha County Lake just minutes from campus.


View of Moncrief Park sign and flower bed

City Parks

Starkville boasts hundreds of acres of community parks and campgrounds that include playgrounds, athletic facilities, a dog park, swimming pools, a splash-pad, pavilions, fishing piers, camping sites, and much more.


Woman shopping in downtown Starkville


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!


basket of peaches

Starkville Community Market

Every Summer Saturday in Starkville should start at the Starkville Community Market! You can pick up your locally grown fresh produce and baked goods, discover new local artisans, check out cooking and gardening demonstrations, listen to the live music, and so much more!