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Memphis Music Festivals

Memphis is music. From Americana to hip hop, we're sure to host a music festival that will move your soul. Learn about Memphis’ unique music fests, where you can see some of the world’s best artists and bands perform live.

THE International Blues Challenge

Jan. 16-20, 2024
Four days of music competition unlike any other. To perform at this event, all acts must win a preliminary competition in their home region. The result? A riveting lineup of the world's best blues performers of all ages and nationalities and a soul-shakin' Beale Street dance party with over 10,000 of your new best friends. Visit their website to learn more about the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge.

Grind City Music Fest

April 5-6, 2024
Head out to Grind City Brewing Co. for two days of Americana. The fest's lineup is packed with a dozen of the genre's biggest names, including Whiskey Myers, Charley Crockett, Muscadine Bloodline and The Red Clay Strays. Two-day festival passes start at $109. Browse more ticket packages here. 

Riverbeat Music Festival

May 3-5, 2024
The organizers of Mempho Music Festival are bringing an all-new music fest to Tom Lee Park this May. The inaugural festival is set for May 3-5, 2024 with headliners The Fugees, Odesza, and Jelly Roll. More than 50 bands all together will gather along the riverfront for three days. Be at the first RiverBeat Music Festival.


Beale Street Music Festival is on pause for 2024. Festival organizers are regrouping to put together the best possible experience for future festivals. Stay tuned for festival announcements coming soon. Until then, look back on recent fests to get an idea of why this has become one of the best music fests in Tennessee. With three days of non-stop entertainment from over 60 acts on four stages, the annual outdoor festival is known to feature stellar lineups of popular artists that span genres and audiences, like Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Van Morrison, Greta Van Fleet, Jack White, Post Malone, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, The Smashing Pumpkins and more in recent years. The all-ages event is a part of the annual Memphis In May International Festival, a month-long celebration that includes music, BBQ and a culture-rich tribute to another country. Learn more about Beale Street Music Festival.

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2024 Shell Daze

April 19-20, 2024
JJ Grey & Mofro, The Runaway Grooms and Oteil & Friends featuring Oteil Burbridge, Jason Crosby, Johnny and Steve Kimock, Tom Guarna and Lamar Williams Jr. headline this outdoor music fest at Overton Park Shell.  Get your two-day passes today.  If you splurge on a two-day deck pass, you'll get three free drink tickets and access to an exclusive viewing deck and private bar.

Dreamfest Weekend & the OVERTON PARK Shell CONCERT SERIES

May 17-19, 2024 for DreamFest; Summer 2024 for Overton Park Shell Concert Series
DreamFest Weekend brings together area artists and musicians in a collaborative festival to promote Memphis arts and music. Take in local rap and hip-hop among other genres at this three-day event at the Overton Park Shell.

The Orion Free Concert Series at The Shell  will present nearly 30 free events between May and October, including concerts, festivals and more. BYO picnics, beverages, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged, though food and beverage will be available for purchase during each event.

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Select dates June - Sept. 2024
One of the many delights waiting inside Memphis Botanic Garden is Radians Amphitheater, an outdoor stage and lawn that is quickly becoming one of the city's most inviting live music venues. The Live at the Garden concert series runs annually from summer into fall. This year's exciting lineup includes Dierks Bentley, Goo Goo Dolls, John Fogerty, Sam Hunt, Styx, and Foreigner. Several ticket options are available including Live at the Garden season passes and single-show tickets and as always, chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome, though there will be food trucks and bars on-site. Plus there is a free shuttle from Laurelwood Shopping Center to ease traffic.


September 2024
Get ready to rock! If you want a Memphis experience rich with music from around the world, you’ll want to experience Goner Records’ Fall Gonerfest. Rock fans will flock to Railgarten, a former railroad substation transformed into a lively music venue and hangout space in Midtown Memphis, as this multi-day festival brings in talent from all over the U.S., Canada and Australia for a series of heart-pumping alternative rock ‘n’ roll performances you’ll love. The Spits, Quintron & Miss Pussycat and Reigning Sound are just a few of the performers from previous festivals.

MEmpho Music Fest

Oct. 4-6, 2024
Radians Amphitheater at Memphis Botanic Garden also plays host to the annual multi-day Mempho Music Festival, featuring some of music’s biggest names as well as a variety of local Memphis favorites. Past lineups have included acts such as Post Malone, Wu Tang Clan, Widespread Panic, The Raconteurs and blues legend Bobby Rush. The natural beauty of lush Memphis Botanic Garden provides the perfect backdrop for one of the most anticipated outdoor music events in the region.


About the Author

Samantha Crespo has written about Memphis for more than 13 years, including four editions of 100 Things To Do in Memphis Before You Die, a love letter/insider's guide to the city. Find her running along the river, especially in the new Tom Lee Park, listening to her favorite Memphis band: Lucero.