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Downtown Memphis has a non-stop schedule of festivals, concerts and fun during the warm weather months. Mark your calendars.

June

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! 

Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series
Starts June 2 and continues through August 25

Escape the Memphis heat and enjoy your favorite films inside the historic Orpheum Theatre this summer. This year’s series includes classics, movies you can sing to, and films for the whole family to enjoy.

Click here to view the full schedule including hits like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryThe SandlotThe Wizard of Oz, and The Princess Bride

Sache Sunday Block Party
June 4 - South Main + Sache Design

It's a block party in South Main! Enjoy an all-day charity event benefitting those in need. All proceeds benefit Mid South Food Bank. Party goes from 11 am to 7 pm.

  • DJ &  Live music lineup
  • Aquatic Activities
  • Grilling out
  • Beer pong + more games
  • Admission is 2 canned food items

Nora Jones
June 6 - Mud Island Amphitheatre 

Award-winning Nora Jones takes over the island for her Daybreaks World Tour!

Downtown Yoga in the Park
Every Tuesday in Memphis Park at 6 pm.

The sessions will be taught by Downtown Yoga every Tuesday at 6 pm in Memphis Park (located on Front Street across from Raymond James.) Bring some food and have yourself a picnic with a beautiful Memphis sunset under the park's peaceful ambiance after the session.

June 6 - Free Yoga, Free Wine, Free Parking - Click here to RSVP
June 13, 20, 27 - Free Yoga
July 11 - Free Yoga, Free Wine, Free Parking
July 18, 25 - Free Yoga
August 1 - Free Yoga, Free Wine, Free Parking
August 8, 15, 22, 29 - Free Yoga
September 5 - Free Yoga, Free Wine, Free Parking

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

Head down to Handy Park for another FREE summer concert series with KIX ON BEALEAll 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.

Lineup includes:

  • Thursday, June 15th - Trent Tomlinson featuring Seth Ennis
  • Thursday, June 22nd - Luke Combs with special guest Walker McGuire
  • Thursday, July 13th - Parmalee with special guest Morgan Wallen
  • Thursday, July 20th - William Michael Morgan with special guest Brooke Eden  

Visit BealeStreet.com for updates.

Kix106 Beale Handy Park

The 15 Film Series
Beginning June 15 for 15 weeks - Clayborn Temple
FREE Event

Clayborn Reborn partners with On Location: Memphis this summer to bring The 15 Film Series to the space, screening 15 films over the course of 15 weeks, beginning June 15 with the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station. The series is presented by First Tennessee Foundation’s ArtsFirst. 

Films in the series will engage with three themes: Memphis history, art, and spatial justice. Screenings will take place each Thursday beginning June 15 and will kick off with an outdoor block party featuring local vendors, food trucks and a DJ. Each block party and screening will be free, open to the public and include discussions led by an expert curator. 

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. 

South Main Trolley Night!
June 30 + The last Friday of every month in South Main

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!

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July

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.

Memphis Eats Food Festival
July 15-16 at Church Park

The annual Memphis Eats Food Festival brings together all of your favorite foods, chefs, music and family fun in one location! This 2-day extravaganza will feature the city’s extraordinary culinary talent and is the best conclusion to the summer!

The Memphis Eats Food Festival is more than just fun - it is also a celebration of the city and its people, grounded in service. A portion of the proceeds of the festival will benefit The Memphis Eats Foundation and the Mid-South Food Bank.

Tickets start at $12. Click here to purchase.

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 Afro-Carnival Weekend Festival
July 27 to 30 - Memphis Riverwalk

Memphis Afro-Carnival is happy to present its first annual weekend Festival that will take place in Downtown Memphis as from July 27th to July 30th. On July 29th come witness the world famous Beale Street filled with ethnicities from all around the world dressed in beautiful costumes while they match. We are looking forward to having live performances from top Caribbean, Indian, Afro and Latino artists. Currently we are waiting for confirmation from some of the artists but we'll let you guys know once we have confirmation. Tommy Lee Park/Riverside park will be transformed into the first ever Afro-Carnival village and it will be filled with thousands and thousands of people from different walks of life. We will also have an Afro-Carnival parade and if you wish to be part of it then please notify us in advance as there are certain requirements. 

Tickets start at $10. Click here to purchase.

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September

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.

3rd Annual Wine On The River
Friday, September 30 @ 5-9 pm - Mud Island River Park

Travel through different regions spanning the globe at the beautiful Mud Island River Walk in Downtown Memphis. Sample wine from National and International vineyards. There is an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions with wine and food in each selected area. Live music entertainment and lots of fun to benefit Youth Villages.

Tickets start at $49 + tax. Click here to purchase.

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.

Wine On The River 2015

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