Memphis Originals

Let local Memphians show you why they love their city and why you need to come experience it for yourself.
Hear the Soul & Blues in Memphis

STROLL THROUGH THE BLUES AND SOUL OF MEMPHIS MUSIC. 

Southern Avenue remixes Memphis’ gospel, blues and soul traditions into a sound that’s electrifying the international blues scene. Follow frontman Ori Naftaly, lead singer Tierinii Jackson and her sister/drummer, TK Jackson, plus veteran bassist Daniel McKee on a Memphis music pilgrimage from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music to Beale Street to the Blues Hall of Fame.

Discover the Flavors of Memphis Barbecue

From pit to plate with Chef Kelly English.

As owner of Restaurant Iris and Second Line (favorites of locals and critics alike), Kelly English is something of a culinary ambassador for Memphis. Let him guide you through the world of Memphis barbecue, taking you from pit to plate to dish on each restaurant’s specialty.

See Music Attractions in Memphis

STEP INTO THE ICONIC MEMPHIS MUSIC VENUES.

Since 1998, Lucero’s been touring their brand of Memphis music around the world. Follow frontman Ben Nichols and bassist John C. Stubblefield inside Graceland, Sun Studio and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, where they share their Memphis music influences, beginning with the original punk rockers of Sun Studio.
 

Discover Art in Memphis

Take a funky art walk with Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is a Memphian and muralist who’s had a hand in many of the public art projects decorating the city. On this only-in-Memphis art walk, glimpse Brandon’s street art and eye-catching scenes from the city’s Brooks, Dixon, Belz and Metal museums.

Indulge in Memphis Brews

TAKE A TOUR OF ALL THE MEMPHIS BREWERIES WITH CHEF PHILLIP ASHLEY.

What makes Memphis craft beer special? It's in the water. Natural aquifers flow beneath Memphis streets, creating some of the purest, best-tasting water in the country. That means everything to craft brewers, who build unforgettable flavor profiles you have to taste while you’re in town. Here, Memphian and chocolatier Phillip Ashley tours you through Memphis’ craft breweries to highlight local specialties and pairing possibilities.  

Outdoor Family Fun in Downtown Memphis

FOLLOW ALONG THE BLUFFS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOR A FAMILY FUN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE.

In Memphis, the Mississippi River equals epic views, creative green spaces and one-of-a-kind retail places. Follow Tonya Tittle and her family as they share how they like to play on Memphis’ riverfront.

Family Fun in Midtown

LEAD YOUR FAMILY TO A FUN-FILLED ADVENTURE IN MIDTOWN.

In Midtown Memphis, historic Overton Park – home to colorful Rainbow Lake Playground and award-winning Memphis Zoo – is an easy walk from Overton Square, one of Memphis’ liveliest districts. Start at the park and end at the Square for lunch, a treat from Sweet Noshings and an art-filled stroll.

Sisters Anna and Katherine (plus their three children!) show the way.

Treat the Family to a Day Downtown

EXPLORE DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS WITH YOUR FAMILY.

QuaSheba and Terrance Callicutt are parents, homeowners and business owners in Downtown Memphis, so naturally it’s their playground, too. Follow them on a daytime itinerary for families, including The Peabody duck march, a trolley ride and fun diversions in between.

Take A Bike Ride Around Memphis

HOP ON THE GREENLINE TO EXPLORE MEMPHIS.

Sara Studdard and Abby Miller are Memphians and bike enthusiasts who want to show you how they roll in their hometown: along the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 7-mile pedestrian path that connects two of Memphis’ favorite parks—stopping for coffee and a little shopping en route. 

Experience a Night in Midtown

Do overton square and cooper-young with friends

Follow Karen Carrier, owner of The Beauty Shop and Bar DKDC in Cooper-Young, as her and her friends enjoy a night in midtown. Start the evening with cocktails at Second Line in Overton Square. Jump on Ride-the-Roo to take you over to Cooper-Young to discover a unique eating experience at Beauty Shop and dance the night away at Bar DKDC. 
 

Memphis Nightlife Hot Spots

FIND OUT LOCAL CHEF FELICIA SUZANNE'S FAVORITE MEMPHIS NIGHTLIFE. 

Memphis' downtown is full of local restaurants and bars highlighting a range of cuisines. Experience Southern hospitality and hear the soulful sounds from Beale Street and Main Street. Felicia Suzanne, a Memphian, chef and local restaurateur, highlights some of her favorite downtown hot spots. 

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