Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

​The Ultimate Guide to Memphis Festivals

2017 Edition

From music festivals to foodie feasts, Memphis has a year full of incredible festivals, where locals and visitors alike can come together and celebrate the best the city has to offer. Plan your next vacation around one of these over-the-top events.

2017 Memphis Festivals

Vintage 901

March 10-12, 2017
Indulge your senses during this 3 day festival. Taste an array of fine wines, tapas and hear the rhythms of soul and jazz music.

Midtown Opera Festival

March 31–April 9, 2017
Enjoy three operas over 10 days at Playhouse on the Square: Later the Same Evening, Three Decembers and Blue Viola, as well as special events and workshops.

Memphis BrewFest

April 15, 2017
Join fellow beer enthusiasts on the bluffs of the Mississippi River for a lineup of local breweries showcasing all styles of craft beer.
 

Southern Hot Wing Festival

April 22, 2017
Taste the best chicken wings around at this annual festival featuring a cooking contest with more than 50 teams, as well as music and live entertainment.

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

April 23, 2017
Attendees will enjoy Cajun music and more than 16,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish during the largest one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South. Admission is free.

Memphis in May

  • Beale Street Music Festival
    May 5–7, 2017
    The streets will fill with crowds at this highly anticipated music festival featuring an all-star lineup of big-name music artists.
  • International Salute to Columbia
    May 8–14, 2017

    Columbia will be the honored country in this year’s international festival, becoming a year-long focus for celebration.
  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

    May 17–20, 2017

    Pitmasters from all around come to this annual event to show off their skills at one of the country’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competitions.  Buy a ticket for theKingsford Tour of Champions to taste and judge the results.
     
  • 901Fest
    May 27, 2017

    See what makes Memphis so special at this event featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors, an airshow and fireworks
  • Great American River Run
    May 28, 2017

    Set a goal and make it happen, whether it’s running a 5k, half-marathon or a full marathon. Not into running? Come to cheer on the racers.

 
Memphis Greek Festival

May 12–13, 2017
Experience authentic Greek culture right here in Memphis with live music, traditional dancing and flavorful Greek cuisine.

The Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival

June 9–11, 2017
Celebrate the beauty of stringed instruments, from guitars to mandolins to ukuleles at this annual music festival offering performances, workshops and the chance to interact with expert luthiers, who handcraft these one-of-a-kind instruments.

Delta Fair & Music Festival

September 1–10, 2017
Get ready for a rowdy weekend of Redneck Yacht Races, a demolition derby, livestock competitions, live music, pageants and much more.

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

September 2–3, 2017
More than 100 performers come together for an annual celebration of music, arts, dance and cuisine in downtown Memphis.
 

28th Annual International Goat Days Festival

September 8–9, 2017
Head over to nearby Millington for a family friendly event with goat shows, dairy goat demonstrations, tractor pulls, rodeos and much more.
 

Germantown Festival

September 9–10, 2017
Bring the whole family to this free weekend festival in Germantown featuring nearly 400 artisans showcasing their unique wares, kiddie rides, games, live music, a “Weenie Dog Race” and a car show.

Cooper-Young Festival

September 16, 2017
The trendy Cooper-Young neighborhood transforms into an all-out festival with live music, arts, food vendors, crafts by more than 400 artisans and more.

Gonerfest

September 28–October 1, 2017
This annual music festival draws crowds of rock ‘n’ roll music fans looking for an incredible lineup of emerging talent.
 

Bartlett Festival

September 29–30, 2017
This family event includes local music, the “Beards for Bartlett” contest, arts and crafts, a car show, kids’ activities and a dazzling fireworks display.
 

Bona Fide Blues Festival

September 29–30, 2017

Spend all day watching live blues at the free outdoor stage in Overton Square, and then when the sun goes down, head indoors for special performances at nightlife venues.

RiverArts Fest
October 27–29, 2017
Make your way to the South Main Arts District for this annual arts festival where nearly 200 artists from around the U.S. will be showcasing their works.
 

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Photo Credits: Crawfish Boil: Memphis CVB; Beale Street Music Fest: Jackie Ellison; World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest: Marvin Garcia; Delta Fair: Memphis CVB; Cooper-Young Fest: Andrea Zucker; River Arts Fest: Allen Gillespie