level:deepsouth is a crowdsourced 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, fiction, poetry, and images, as well as to contributions for the lists.

*last updated April 5, 2022


* 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