Mississippi’s College Town is excited to host another great weekend of Mississippi State Football! We always knew Santa was a Bulldog fan, and this weekend he’ll be in town to help us usher in the holiday season with Christmas Open House and Cookies with Santa on Sunday! Check out what’s happening in Starkville in our game weekend guide, including lots of great information and helpful links for your best game weekend yet… HAIL STATE!
SATURDAY – GAME DAY!
8:00 a.m.: C Spire Fan Zone Opens
8:45 a.m.: Dawg Rally
9:00 a.m.: Dawg Walk
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Autographs from members of the MSU Track & Field team as well as Miss MS USA Ashley Hamby & Miss MS Teen USA Hannah Claire Chisolm
9:10 – 9:30 a.m.: Pics with Bully
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Autographs from the MSU Volleyball Team & Pictures with Bully XXI “Jak”
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Autographs from members of the MSU Baseball Team & MSU former players/current coaching staff who are also members of the National Pro Fastpitch League
10:30 a.m.: Fan Zone Closes
GAME WEEKEND SHOPPING
There’s plenty of time this weekend to visit your favorite Starkville shops & boutiques to find tailgating supplies and the latest styles for Saturday’s game! Our local retailers feature tons of tailgating supplies, maroon and white gear, the latest fashions, and great items for your fall entertaining!
Before and after Saturday’s Homecoming contest, be sure to plan time to enjoy Starkville’s many local shops and restaurants! Our Starkville Main Street members always roll out the maroon carpet with sidewalk sales, dining and drink specials and more! This Google Map will serve as your walking tour guide!
View SHOP DOWNTOWN STARKVILLE in a larger map
Need some recommendations for where to eat? Be sure to check out our Savor Starkville page for more about the culinary scene in Starkville, or download one of our Culinary Maps!
TO & FROM THE GAME… LOGISTICS
Free parking in several lots as well as 2-hour curbside in Downtown Starkville for easy access to shopping, dining and transit to the game.
Starkville offers three options for public transit to and from Davis Wade Stadium on gameday. Check out your options below, and visit SMART TRANSIT for a full list of routes, schedules and arrival times.
2016 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, November 6
11am – 3pm
DOWNTOWN & AROUND TOWN
with many shops open even more extended hours!
& COOKIES WITH SANTA
10am – 2pm
Cookies Tickets: $10 per photo
Purchase Tickets Online!
Your game weekend with Texas A&M will cap off with great shopping with your favorite retailers on Sunday! You’ll find wonderful holiday merchandise, MSU gear and more to get you into the holiday spirit. In addition to an afternoon in our exquisite boutiques for Starkville’s annual holiday shopping kick-off, the kids can have a personal audience with the man in red during Cookies with Santa. Stop by the GSDP Welcome Center at 200 East Main for photos on Santa’s lap! Tickets are $10 per photograph and include a professional photo session with Santa, professional high-resolution jpg for use in Christmas cards and Facebook, and cookie treats to-go!
BRUNCH IN STARKVILLE
Join us on Sunday for special shopping hours with some of your favorite Downtown retailers shown above as well as delicious brunch! Check out this list of Starkville restaurants and pick your table!
929 Coffee Bar
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Savory house made quiche, breakfast casseroles, sweet breakfast options, coffee
Aramark – Fresh Food Company
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
All you care to eat buffet for $8 per person plus tax. Kids 12 and under eat for $5.50 plus tax, and children under 3 years old eat free.
Central Station Grill
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Daily chef specials, Bloody Mary bar, $2 Mimosas
City Bagel Cafe
6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cozy bagel shop with fresh made bagels, cream cheese, lox, bagel sandwiches, coffee and pastries
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local food favorites featuring chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and blue plate menu
6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local diner serving traditional breakfast, pancakes, biscuits, and omelettes
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Traditional brunch plates with build-your-own omelets, beignets, and more
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
House made quiche, waffles, omelets, blue plates, and even chicken and dumplins