Join the City of Columbus for Food and Fun at the 78th Annual Spring Pilgrimage

April 3, 2018

The arrival of spring heralds the return of warmer weather, beautiful floral blooms, and Columbus’ premier event, the annual Spring Pilgrimage. This year’s celebration takes place over 10 days – from April 5th-14th – and will feature tours of resplendent antebellum mansions and gardens, as well as recreated activities of the 1800s and exquisite period costumes, inspiring events, heart-pumping races, and culinary delights.
“Initiated in 1940 and now in its 78th year, the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage has been recognized as one of the best and most authentic home tours in the South and has again been named a ‘Top 20 Event in the Southeast’ for 2018”, said Nancy Carpenter, Executive Director of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation and CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are proud to welcome thousands of local, national and international guests to experience our exemplary historic home tours and unparalleled hospitality.”


In addition to tours of 15 beautiful homes and gardens, the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage will feature traditional programs and activities, including a garden party, carriage rides, and Tales From the Crypt, as well as new favorites, such as a Half Marathon Race and 5K Run, Art ‘N Antiques Show and Sale, and the Buttahatchee Barn Quilt Trail.


The 10th Annual “Catfish in the Alley®” event, returns on Saturday, April 7th. This event – named ‘Editors’ Choice’ by Garden and Gun Magazine – features a day of fun for the whole family, including vendors, fabulous food, cold beverages, and some of the best blues musicians in the South, including the Big Joe Shelton and The Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors from Columbus, Terry “Harmonica” Bean from Pontotoc, Grady Champion and his Blues Band from Canton, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from the Mississippi Delta. All of the musicians have performed throughout Mississippi, the South, and in several European countries.
Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, the arts, culinary traditions – or all of the above, Pilgrimage has something for everyone! View a complete listing of special events below.


Kickoff Party
Thursday, April 5th  |  5-8 p.m.
Crawfish and shrimp boil, live music featuring Mustache the Band
Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center Lawn, 300 Main Street
Carriage Rides

April 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th and 14th  |  9 a.m.-until
Sunday  |  12 p.m.-until
Tales from the Crypt
April 6th, 9th, 11th, 13th  |  7-10 p.m.
Graveyard tour that re-creates the lives of noted personalities interred at the historic cemetery
Friendship Cemetery, 1400 Fourth Street South
Half Marathon and 5K Run
Saturday, April 7th  |  7 and 7:15 a.m.
Additional information and registration available at
Starting at the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center, 300 Main Street
Catfish in the Alley®
Saturday, April 7th  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy fresh fried catfish and live blues music in Columbus’ historic Catfish Alley
Catfish Alley, Downtown Columbus
Artisan’s Alley
Saturday, April 7th  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Handcrafted period articles and homemade food items
Catfish Alley, Downtown Columbus
Buttahatchee Barn Quilt Trail Tea Cakes & Tea
Tuesday, April 10th  |  4-6 p.m.
Afternoon highlighting unique folk artistry steeped in Americana
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Caledonia, MS
Art ‘N Antiques
April 12th  |  Opening Reception, 7-9 p.m.
April 13th-14th  |  Show & Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy the finest in decorative arts and antiques
Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main Street
Garden Party
Saturday, April 14th  |  3-6 p.m.
Stroll through Colonnade Garden with mint juleps and cheese straws ($15 admission)
Colonnade Garden, 620 Second Street South
About the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage
The Columbus Spring Pilgrimage is an annual project of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and is made possible by the gracious hospitality of participating homeowners and the generous support of local businesses that serve as “Friends of the Foundation.”

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