level:deepsouth is an online anthology about growing up Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The anthology is open to submissions of creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, and reviews) and images (photos and flyers), as well as to contributions for the lists.

*last updated November 11, 2021


* To add to this compilation-in-progress of Deep Southern, Generation X happenings, use the contact form on the about page.


Calico Fort Festival in Fort Deposit, 1972 – present

City Stages in Birmingham, 1989 – 2009

Jubilee CityFest in Montgomery, 1976 – 2012

Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, 1971 – present

Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, 1971 – present

Talladega 500, 1969 – present


Toad Suck Daze, 1982 – present


Black Festival Week at the University of West Florida, late 1970s


Savannah Jazz Festival, 1981 – present


Black Gold Festival in Hazard, 1981 – present


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1970 – present

The Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, 1936 – present


Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival in Greenville, 1978 – present

Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford, 1994 – present

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade in Jackson, 1984 – present

Gumtree Art Festival in Tupelo, 1972 – present

Atwood Music Festival in Monticello, 1975 – present

North Carolina

The Black Arts Festival in Chapel Hill, 1972 – 1981

MerleFest in Wilkesboro, 1988 – present

South Carolina

Allendale County Cooter Fest 

Sweet Potato Festival in Darlington, 1982 – present

Tobacco Festival in Lake City, 1954 – present


Tennessee Iris Festival in Dresden, 1980 – present

Teapot Festival in Trenton, 1981 – present

Kingsport Fun Fest, 1980 – present

Memphis in May