Beale Street Music Festival

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Note: Due to safety precautions regarding COVID-19, the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival has been canceled. Mark your calendar for April 30-May 2, 2021, however, when the fest will be back and stronger than ever in Memphis' riverfront Tom Lee Park.


 Beale Street Music Fest at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis, Tennessee features four stages of live music from more than 60 world-class acts. You can go all out with three-day passes or pick your favorite artists and purchase single-day passes so you can spend the rest of your vacation exploring the other parts of the city. A part of the annual month-long Memphis In May International Festival, Beale Street Music Festival packs delicious food, eclectic performers, the Mississippi River, Southern charm, and the spirit of Memphis into one sublime weekend.

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Beale Street Music Festival / Joey Miller
Beale Street Music Festival
Beale Street Music Festival / Joey Miller
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  1. Use the BSMF Artist Guide to choose which of the 60+ bands you want to see. Once you have a plan, you can groove, move, and fully enjoy the music and excitement of Beale Street Music Festival without a worry.
  2. Know the map and schedule and know it well. Download the Beale Street Music Festival app, so you can stay up-to-date with stage times. 
  3. Try the South entrance for a quicker, less crowded way to enter the Beale Street Music Festival.
  4. It will rain and it will shine! Prepare for all types of weather at BSMF, but also all types of fun. The rain never brings down the energy, and with a little prep it won’t bring down yours. Wear sunscreen, rock comfortable shoes that can get wet (think boots or sneakers, not flip flops or heels) and pack a poncho if you are going to wear your favorite band’s shirt.
  5. Eat before, during, and after the festival. Find food trucks and Memphis cuisine within the park, but also take time to experience the restaurants in downtown Memphis
  6.  More dining tips: Explore Downtown Memphis and Beale Street! Grab a bite for lunch at the Hard Rock CafeB.B. KingsAlfred's or Dyer's. For late night snacking, head to Huey’s Downtown or Earnestine and Hazel’s after watching the headliner's set. 
  7.  Know what to bring, and what not to bring. In addition to your ticket (be sure not to forget that), other items we suggest include: a blanket for lounging, plastic baggies to cover valuables in case of rain, a photo I.D. if you are over 21. Memphis in May lists items that are not allowed in the festival here. Backpacks are allowed, but keep them on the small side. 
  8.  You can bring a factory sealed water bottle or CamelBak for hydration. 
  9. Looking for lodging near the festival? We've got you covered with a list of new downtown hotels here


If you prefer to drive to the festival, here is a map that includes all the parking garages and lots in Downtown Memphis. Almost all are within easy walking distance to the festival. If you're staying outside of Downtown Memphis, take a cab, Uber, or Lyft.


- Check back for links to buy 3 day and single tickets online. 
- You may also buy a ticket at the festival at the gate.
- All ages are allowed at Beale Street Music Festival, but no pets. 
- ATMs are available, but all food and beverages are cash only purchases.