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Barbecue, Sports, Festivals and Blues…We’re famous for it all!

While Southaven is similar to other Southern cities in that we love our hot weather and any reason to celebrate the barbecue, sports and festivals we love so much, Southaven is still home to many things you can’t find anywhere else. In Southaven, you’ll find a unique collection of the world-famous Interstate Barbecue, Tops Bar-B-Q, Tom’s BBQ and Deli, and Memphis BBQ Company, that all help make Southaven home to the largest selection of restaurants in North Mississippi. Every summer, more than 1,650 youth baseball teams come to Snowden Grove Park for tournament season, including the Dizzy Dean World Series. At the end of each summer, Southaven plays host to the Mid-South Fair, a weeklong celebration full of shows, games, music, delicious food and fun contests.

Best of all, we’re only a short drive to the entertainment and attractions in Memphis, Tennessee. Catch a minor league baseball game at one of the most beautiful, family-friendly stadiums in the nation, AutoZone Park, home to the Memphis Redbirds. Or, watch the NBA all-stars on the Memphis Grizzlies play in the FedExForum. Boogie in the blues clubs along Beale Street and tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Looking to explore further? Southaven is at the gateway to the Mississippi Delta and the famous Hwy 61 Blues Trail, too.

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Sports Seasonal Events Entertainment Area Attractions A message from the Mayor

Sports

CentralPark_IMG_4596_2015The city of Southaven is known for its excellent parks system that provides great spaces for various outdoor activities, including organized sports and recreational enjoyment.

  • Greenbrook Softball Complex

    An award winning softball complex for area leagues, equipped with restroom facilities and concessions. Over the years, the Greenbrook Complex has played host to the World Series Fast Pitch Softball tournament and to the Gulf South Conference NCAA Division II, College Softball Championship tournament.
  • Snowden Grove Park

    The nation’s largest youth baseball complex and hosts several major baseball tournaments from across the United States, including the Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series, the USSSA Fall Nationals and the NABF World Classic. Snowden was named USSSA Complex of the Year for 2008. Summer youth baseball is also played here, attracting more than 1,650 teams each summer. Also, Snowden Grove Park has two 18-hole putt-putt miniature golf courses, as well as indoor soccer, fast pitch softball and baseball indoor batting cages and batting tunnels for live pitching.
  • The Field of Dreams

    Opened in 2004, allowing children and adults with mental and physical challenges the opportunity to participate in league softball. There is no cost to the players’ families for league participation. For more information, contact the Southaven Parks and Recreation Department at 662-890-PARK.
  • Cherry Valley Complex

    Iincludes three football fields, two soccer fields, a dirt bike track, restrooms, a concession stand, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and walking trails.
  • Central Park

    Southaven’s newest park. Its 155 acres include a 20-acre lake for fishing and small watercraft, walking trails, an 18-hole disk golf course and picnic areas.
  • Southaven Soccer Complex

    Located on Stateline Road, is home to eight soccer fields.
  • Parks

    The city’s 40 neighborhood parks offer playground equipment, picnic tables, grills and walking trails.
  • Recreation

    Two recreation facilities include a multi-purpose facility, The Arena in Southaven, for gymnastics, car shows, monthly flea market and many other events; and the Southaven Skate Park for roller hockey and skateboards.
  • Snowden House

    A renovated, early 1900s home situated between trees and gardens at Snowden Grove Park, offers a beautiful setting for receptions and other special events.
  • Baseball and Softball

    As a site that has played host to the Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series, the USSSA Fall Nationals the NABF World Classic World Series Fast Pitch Softball tournament and the College Softball Championship tournament, Southaven have as affinity for baseball and softball. Leagues of all skill levels utilize the nationally recognized complexes.
  • Tennis

    In DeSoto County, 50+ tennis league teams are registered for fall play. Clinics are available at the Southaven Tennis Center located on Freeman Lane off of Malone Road. The
  • High school football

    Southaven is home to two high schools and local football games are a favorite pastime for many residents, growing in popularity every year. One rivalry game that generates interest is the Odis McCord Classic (formerly known as the Mayor’s Cup), which pits the two Southaven high schools, Chargers of Southaven High School against the Jaguars of DeSoto Central High School.
  • Golf

    The Southaven Golf Center boasts a nine-hole golf course located at State Line Road and Swinnea Road, and an 18-hole disc golf course located in Central Park.
  • Recreational Play

    The City of Southaven Parks & Recreation department offers football and cheerleading in the fall as well as baseball and softball in the spring. The department also offers soccer as a year-round sport with an outdoor league in the fall and spring and an indoor league during the winter.
  • Other Sports

    Southaven also is home to a skate park that includes an inline hockey rink located at Hwy 51 and Rasco Rd. Southaven also offers involvement in a Jr. Hockey league in partnership with the Mississippi Riverkings.
  • Hunting, Fishing and Sailing at Arkabutla Lake

    Located 15 minutes away from Southaven, Arkabutla Lake is the nearest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. It is known throughout the region for its extra large crappie, a popular freshwater sport fish. A majority of the land surrounding Arkabutla Lake is open to all forms of hunting. Amenities include Class A campgrounds, four primitive camping areas, picnic facilities and shelters, nature trails, hiking trails, playgrounds, a volleyball court and acres of public land and water. Arkabutla Lake is also known for sailing, as it boasts the best sailing winds south of Chicago.
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Seasonal Events

Each year, Southaven enjoys many community events.

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Snowden Grove Park attracts families from all over the county to enjoy food, games and a search for their share of the 50,000 hidden, candy-filled eggs.
  • Springfest

    In April, people come from all over to participate in Springfest and the Mississippi State Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network. This festival takes place in Snowden Grove Park and features a carnival midway with fun rides, vendors, concessions and live musical entertainment. Springfest also serves as the city’s annual birthday party and the city’s premier event each year, attracting more than 50,000 visitors during the three-day festival. 2015 marked the City of Southaven’s 35th birthday.
  • Annual Fishing Rodeo

    Southaven’s Annual Fishing Rodeo takes place in May. This free event is held in Saucier Park (next to Southaven City Hall), and children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy fishing for prizes and trophies.
  • Fourth of July

    The Fourth of July is a big celebration in Snowden Grove Park. Every year, we welcome residents from Southaven and surrounding areas to enjoy live entertainment and an impressive fireworks display.
  • Veteran's Day

    Southaven is proud of its residents who served our country. Each year on Veteran’s Day, the mayor hosts a special program and complimentary lunch to honor local veterans.
  • Christmas Parade

    The annual Southaven Christmas Parade is also in December. People, organizations and businesses from all over the city come together to make this holiday event a very special one.
  • Mayor’s Breakfast with Santa

    Another popular Christmas tradition attended by more than 1,250 residents and visitors is the Mayor’s Breakfast with Santa. This Christmas breakfast includes photos with Santa for children of all ages and is held annually in the city’s Arena at Southaven.
  • Southern Light Christmas Show

    In December, Southaven’s Central Park becomes the site of Southern Lights, which showcases more than 40 Christmas and holiday lighting displays, amassing more than one million lights. Adults and children alike are captivated by the synchronized music and lights celebrating the holiday season
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Entertainment

Southaven is proud to be the home of the Landers Center, a 200,000-square-foot facility that hosts more than 1,000 events each year. The Landers Center is the home site of the Mississippi RiverKings, a professional hockey team. The RiverKings play in the Central Hockey League and are perennial playoff contenders. They host 32 home games a year from October through March (not including playoffs), with family-friendly activities each game, from Elvis impersonators to indoor fireworks displays.

The Landers Center has also been the venue for the Gulf South NCAA Division II College Basketball Men’s and Women’s Championship tournament and numerous concerts, family shows and seasonal attractions.

A local favorite, DeSoto Family Theatre, is located inside the Landers Center. It is a 400-seat state-of-the-art theater with easy access and parking. DeSoto Family Theatre productions are known locally for lively, well-choreographed performances. In addition to entertainment appropriate for the entire family, DeSoto Family Theatre provides opportunities for participation and education through audition workshops, summer camps and student matinees.

The BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove, a 27-foot-high, 125,000-square-foot, fully functioning outdoor amphitheater can host as many as 11,000 eventgoers with both traditional fixed seating and an elevated, sloped lawn for picnic blanket-style seating or bring your own chair. Since opening in 2006, the venue has hosted A-list acts such as Dave Matthews, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, BuckCherry, Blue October, Saliva, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Bryan Adams and Hank Williams Jr.

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Area Attractions

Major & Minor League Sports

With Southaven’s close proximity to Memphis, residents and visitors have access to an abundance of entertainment possibilities that are just minutes within reach. Sports fans will enjoy the prosperity of sporting events in Memphis, including Redbirds baseball at AutoZone Park, the Triple-A minor league team to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA team, at the FedEx Forum.

Theater

Known as the “South’s Finest Theatre,” the Orpheum Theatre is an 87-year-old Memphis landmark, presenting 10 to 12 large scale Broadway shows per year, such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Wicked, while continuing to offer performances from great entertainers like Jerry Seinfeld, Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett and many more.

Graceland

Just 10 minutes north of Southaven, Graceland remains one of the Mid-South’s most popular tourist attractions. Each year, thousands of fans from around the world flock to the site to tour Elvis’ majestic home and pay their respects to one of music’s most iconic figures.

Music and Entertainment

Located minutes west of Southaven in the heart of where the Blues was born, Tunica is a fast growing entertainment destination. Many of the world’s top performers are familiar faces at the multimillion-dollar showrooms. Plush hotel accommodations ranging from spacious rooms to luxurious suites are available, and a plethora of grand dining experience are offered, ranging from elegant dinners to casual get-togethers.

Shopping

Southaven is also a center for shopping, including a wide range of boutiques and antiques. In November 2015, Southaven welcomed the new Tanger Outlets Southaven, bringing an influx of new stores and 1200+ jobs into the community.

 

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A message from the Mayor

Go to the Mayor’s Blog!

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