Downtown Memphis has a non-stop schedule of festivals, concerts and fun during the warm weather months. Mark your calendars.
Peabody Rooftop Parties!
April 13 - August 17, Tickets range from $10 - $15 and are available at the door. Parties start at 6pm and are 21 and up.
Get down while you're up high with live music from headline performers, great food, drink specials, dancing, and a perfect sunset view from the Peabody rooftop! Named among the "Top 10 Rooftop Bars" and repeatedly voted "Best Pick Up Joint" by the Memphis Flyer, Peabody Rooftop Parties take place on Thursday nights during the summer.
Memphis Farmer's Market
Evevery Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm - Central Station Pavilion - FREE
The Memphis Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market featuring local farmers and artisans. The market showcases locally sourced produce and food items and locally produced arts and crafts from the Mid-South region. Enjoy live music and weekly themed events and programs while you shop.
Memphis Flyer's Bacon and Bourbon 2017
April 15 - Central Station Pavilion - 6 to 9 pm - UPDATE: SOLD OUT
Come celebrate two well-appreciated Southern traditions: hearty food & distilled spirits! The Flyer will be bringing together a variety of Memphis’ best restaurants and an array of distilled spirits brands as we savor a night of bacon, BBQ, and all the great things that come from old oak barrels.
Harbor Town Crawfish Festival
April 15 - Noon to 7 pm - $5 ticket
The Harbor Town crawfish fest returns with live music, crawfish for sale, and more. $5 to enter or bring two canned goods.
Africa in April
April 19 to 23 - Robert Church Park - FREE
The day where you can experience various generes of music, african music, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Reggae & World Sounds, Gospel In The Park, Spoken words and poetry.
Bike Night on Beale
Wednesday nights from April to September - Beale Street - 6 to 10 pm - FREE
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend on Downtown every Wednesday night to be able to park on the most iconic street in America! It's all about bragging rights and strutting your stuff with amazing motorcycles of every shape, size, brand and year. Come on down to this family friendly event, and don't forget your camera!
Madison Avenue Park Opening Day Celebration
April 21 - 9 am to 9 pm - FREE - 151 Madison Avenue
A daylong party to celebrate the opening of Madison Avenue Park in the heart of downtown Memphis! Twelve continuous hours of music, arts, playing, and partying. Free and open to the public. Full schedule coming soon.
April 22 - AutoZone Park - 4 to 7:30 pm - $45 Ticket, 21+
The 8th Annual Memphis Brewfest will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. We'll be celebrating great American craft beer, and the finest, most exotic beers in the world. Beers, Breweries and Beer enthusiasts from the region will gather near the bluffs of the Mississippi River on a Spring afternoon for a sampling of fresh beers of all colors, styles and tastes.
Southern Hot Wing Festival
April 22 - Mississippi River Park - 11 am to 7 pm - $15 ticket/$20 at the gate
The Southern Hot Wing Festival is a celebration of the chicken hot wing, the drummie, the flat, flap, and everything in between. Established in 2003 by a local Memphain who felt that the South had more to offer than just amazingly great BBQ, the Southern Hot Wing festival has become a staple event each April bringing with it the warmth and the fire to usher in the Spring!
Memphis Redbirds games!
Catch our beloved Redbirds at one of the nation's premier ballparks in the heart of Downtown! Get season ticket or catch game specials like All You Can Eat Thursdays, Firework nights, Ice Cream nights, run the bases, Hot Dog Nights and more!
Food Truck Thursday Concert Series
Every Thursday in Court Square Park during lunch
Come out to Court Square Park for 15+ food trucks, live music, extra seating and a pleasant lunch-time ambiance in the heart of Downtown Memphis!
Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival
May 5 through 7 - Tom Lee Park
Beale Street Music Festival is on every list of top music festivals in the world. Click here to see the full lineup and purchase your one-day and three-day passes for #BSMF17!
Party in the Park
May 9 - Court Square Park - Lunchtime - FREE
The Memphis CVB hosts it's annual one-day fair to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week! The free and open to public party normally features giveaways from local businesses and restaurants, fun games, mascots, performers, artists, vendors, food trucks, live music and more!
Memphis in May BBQ Festival
May 17 through 20 - Tom Lee Park
Join Memphis in May in 2017 for the most smoke-filled weekend of your life. America's most prestigious barbecue cooking competition is back in Tom Lee Park and celebrating the legacy of its 40th year in Memphis, TN. Come get BBQ'D with us!
Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition
May 17 through 21 - Metal Museum
The Metal Museum is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.), including foundry workshops, a slide lecture, an opportunity to participate in an iron pour and a Family Fun Day from 10:30AM – 2PM on Saturday, May 20 with food trucks and hands-on activities. This year’s guest artist for F.I.R.E. is James Wade Jr., Lecturer/ Researcher at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Wade will teach a pre-conference workshop, May 17-19, on techniques for utilizing 3D modeling and printing to invest into ceramic shell for metal casting. Students will learn these methods to prepare their own mold(s) for casting during the conference.
River Series ft. Sprout and Elf Power
May 21 - Harbor Town Amphitheatre - 3 pm - $5 ticket
The second River Series show is a 90s indie double whammy: Tobin Sprout, guitarist and songwriter for legendary Ohio indie outfit Guided By Voices, along with Elephant 6 collective stalwarts Elf Power. DJ Hot Tub Eric will play records.
Ruby Bridges Reading Festival
May 29 - National Civil Rights Museum - 10 am to 3 pm
For the second year, the National Civil Rights Museum is proud to partner with civil rights activist Ruby Bridges to present the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival. The Ruby Bridges Reading Festival celebrates Bridges' legacy of passionately advocating for equal rights, education and tolerance by bringing together families across racial, economic and educational backgrounds around reading.
May 27 - Tom Lee Park - 3 pm
Serving as a celebratory cap to the city’s most festive month, 901Fest will exalt everything that makes Memphis wonderful - food, music, merchandise, people.
River Series ft. Robyn Hitchcock
May 28 - Harbor Town Amphitheatre - 3 pm - $5 ticket
The third show features British alternative rock hero Robyn Hitchcock. Robby Grant will open. DJ Eddie Hankins will play records.
Great American River Run
May 28 - Tom Lee Park
Memphis in May International Festival announces the return of last year's most exciting new event: Great American River Run Half Marathon and 5K and the course will take participants along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis, with live entertainment along the run route and culminating with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner. Finisher medals will be awarded to runners of both races.
River Series ft. Rev. John Wilkins
April 23 - Harbor Town Amphitheatre - $5 ticket - 3 pm
Rev. John Wilkins kicks things off April 23, headlining a bill that includes Crystal Shrine – the new project from Those Darlins’ Kelley Anderson – and DJ Leroy.
Shows start at 4 p.m. with seating opening at 3 p.m.
Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
April 23 - 11 am to 7 pm - FREE
Location: Wagner Place and Riverside Drive between Union Avenue and Beale Street.
Free to enter, food and drink for sale (crawfish is usually $20 for 3 pounds), VIP “Swamp Tent” tickets available for $100 per person/$175 per couple
Hot Rods on Beale
April 25 - Beale Street - 6 to 10 pm - FREE
Hey Daddy-Os! Come see the American Muscle Car Club and the Perfect Nemisis Car Club and their cool Hot Rods on Beale Street from 6pm till 10pm. Participation is limited to those who have parking passes but anyone can come down and check out the Hot Rods for free!
"The Artery" Alley Party
April 26 - Barboro Alley - 6 to 9 pm - FREE
Celebrate Downtown’s latest murals under new string lights in the alley with a free concert from a SPECIAL GUEST BAND!
- Craft beer
- Ping pong tables
- Amurica Photobooth
South Main Trolley Night
April 28 & the last Friday of every month - South Main Historic Arts District - 6 pm - FREE
South Main's street festival has been celebrated the last Friday of every month for 17 years!
Galleries and shops are open late, live music performances, restaurant specials and always something new. Trolley rides are free from Beale to G.E. Patterson, so get on board and join the festivities!
Forging on the River
April 28 to 30 - Metal Museum - $150 Tickets
Forging on the River is a weekend conference with a pre-conference workshop hosted by the Metal Museum. In addition to the chance to learn from an internationally recognized Master Blacksmith, Forging on the River provides metalsmiths and enthusiasts the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and work collaboratively on projects, while enjoying the Metal Museum exhibitions and grounds.
The Edge Gets Lit Alley Party
April 29 - Floyd Alley - FREE
The highlight of the TEGL Alley Part will be the over head lighting of Floyd Alley between Fourth St. and Danny Thomas. This artistic lighting implementation/creative place-making will be a permanent display for year around vibrancy and safety. The switch will be hit right at dusk and light will fill the alley and we will continue the party on through the night!
Beale Street Wine Race
April 30 - Beale Street - Noon - FREE - 21+
Skimpy bathing suits, lots of grapes, and plenty of wine - what could be better? Watch and root for your favorite restaurants and bartenders as they compete in four events for cash, prizes and glory! Awards for Parade, Queen of the Vine, Grape Stomp and the Great Wince Race!
Grind City GetDown: Dogdeball Tournament
June 3 - Peabody Place
Grind City GetDown is a charity 'caged' dodgeball tourney coming to downtown Memphis on JUNE 3rd, 2017. The event will benefit foster and adoptive families through the Memphis Family Connection Center.
The event will be on the street on Peabody Place, in front of the Silly Goose between Main & 2nd St. The tournament is a coed 8v8, double-elimination style tournament. Final games will be played under black lights. Costumes or vintage gym attire optional! We'll have food trucks, live (Stax themed) music, and beer garden and after party hosted by the Silly Goose.
Registration: Individual ($35), 8-person team ($280), Corporate team ($750).
June 6 - Mud Island Amphitheatre
Award-winning Nora Jones takes over the island for her Daybreaks World Tour!
Night at the Lorraine
June 10 - National Civil Rights Musuem - 7 to 11 pm - Tickets $75
You are invited to celebrate the vibrant history of the Lorraine Motel for the benefit of the National Civil Rights Museum. Step back in time with an evening of food, music and fun reminiscent of the Lorraine Motel – which counted B.B. King, Nat King Cole, “Count” Basie, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MG’s, Satchel Page and Jackie Robinson among its many famous guests.
You will experience:
* Food inspired by iconic Memphis restaurants
* Live music and dancing, featuring your favorite 60s hits
* Special Music & the Movement museum experience
* Silent auction, signature gifts and more
KIX On Beale Concert Series
June 15 and June 22 - Handy Park - FREE - 7:30 pm
Join us for another FREE summer concert series with KIX ON BEALE! All shows are ALL AGES & FREE. All shows will be held in Handy Park starting at 7:30pm. Listen to KIX 106 for your chance to win VIP seating! No coolers please.
Kix on Beale 2017 will be held on June 15th, June 22nd, July 13th and July 20th.
Lineup to be announced soon! Visit BealeStreet.com for updates
Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
June 16 through 18 - Cannon Center and Robert Church Park
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
2017 Crop Hop 5k
June 16 - Central Station Pavilion - 6 pm
The Memphis Farmer's Market continues it's annual 5k!
Privileged Music Fest
June 23 - Handy Park
Privileged Music Fest “Live On Beale.” The event will host an amazing line up of local artist on the historical stage in Handy Park. We created the festival to provide a platform to support & promote local artist. Give businesses a positive interaction with patrons and their communities. We are bringing positivity back to Memphis and the world renowned Beale St.
4th of July on Mud Island
July 4 - Mud Island
Bring your family and friends to Mud Island River Park for the 2017 Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular! Grab your blanket, picnic basket, and lawn chairs for a day of family fun!
* Mississippi River Museum * River Walk * Pedal Boats * Pontchartrain Fountain * Live Music * Kiddie Rides & Games * Food & Drink Concessions *
No pets, personal fireworks, personal alcohol, or grills.
29th Annual WEVL 89.9 Blues on the Bluff
July 22 - Location: Metal Museum
Celebrate another year of amazing music in Memphis along the Mississippi River with live music, great food and drinks in the park!
Memphis Music and Heritage Festival
Labor Day Weekend - Center for Southern Folklore
The Center for Southern Folklore will transform downtown Memphis into a two - block celebration of music, arts, dance and foods at its annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Labor Day Weekend. The Festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; September 3 and 4, on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union. There are four outside stages and two stages inside the Center for Southern Folklore.
Over 100 performers, dancers, craftspeople and cooks will perform from blues to jookin at the this year’s Festival.
Pianos in the Park
Dates TBA - Handy Park
The 8th annual Jazz Fest will bring smooth sounds to Handy Park! Arrive early.
Memphis Pride Fest
September 29 & 30 - Robert Church Park and Beale Street
The annual Memphis Pride Fest brought to you by Mid-South Pride, is the single largest gathering for the LGBT community and its allies in the Mid-South. It attracts more than 9,000 attendees and includes entertainment featuring musicians, bands, speakers, and dance performances. The Festival showcases more than 125 vendor and informational booths, great food, and of course, the Pride Parade rolling down Historic Beale Street. Events at the Festival and Parade are family friendly and packed full of fun.
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