Levitt Shell / Philip Van Zandt

Can't-Miss Fall Events in Memphis

Fall is one of our favorite times of year in Memphis! The weather cools and the Memphis festival schedule turns up to eleven with loads of live music, sports, foodie fests and cultural events. Plan your autumn trip to Memphis with this guide to Fall Events & Festivals.

Levitt Shell Concerts

September - October
Free live music every week at the historic amphitheater where Elvis performed his first show? Yes please! The Levitt Shell brings its ultra-popular free shows this fall with a lineup of touring and local acts on Fridays and Saturdays. Picnics are welcome, or grab dinner from an onsite food truck.
See the lineup.

Southern Heritage Classic

September 9-11
The historic football matchup between HBCUs Jackson State University and Tennessee State University is held annually at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. This year’s game is on Saturday, September 11 with pre-game tailgating and Battle of the Bands, plus the infamous halftime show featuring TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South.
Save your seats.

Cooper Young Festival

September 18
The biggest one-day festival in the state of Tennessee returns to the “historically hip” arts district of Cooper Young this year with hundreds of shopping booths, multiple music stages, and great things to eat and drink.
Plan your trip to Cooper Young Fest.

Gonerfest 18

September 23-26
The 18th annual celebration of punk rock returns in 2021 with three days of shows from more than 30 bands including The Spits, Reigning Sound, Quintron & Miss Pussycat and many more. Most of the shows this year are outdoors at Railgarten, with opening “ceremonies” at the Cooper Young Gazebo and additional shows at Memphis Made Brewing.
Get your Gonerfest 18 pass.

Father - Daughter Pose at Cooper Young Festival
Southern Heritage Classic - Memphis
Levitt Shell Performers | Craig Thompson
Gonerfest in Memphis - Craig Thompson

Mempho Music Festival

October 1-3
Catch there days of live music at the featuring headliners Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Black Pumas at the Memphis Botanic Garden for the annual Mempho music festival, back for 2021.
Get your tickets ASAP.

Grizzlies Games

Games begin in October
Watch world-class athletes in fierce competition at the Memphis grizzlies NBA games at FedExForum steps away from Beale Street. With tasty stadium snacks, giveaways, and in-game entertainment makes a Grizz game fun for the whole family.
Tickets and schedule TBA.

Orpheum Broadway Series

Begins in October
The historic Orpheum Theatre hosts traveling Broadways shows for their 2021-2022 season starting with Come From Away on October 5-10, and continuing with smash hits like Disney’s The Lion King, Hamilton, CATS, Mean Girls, and more.
Sing along at the Orpheum this season.

St. Jude Ironman 70.3 Memphis

October 2
Join thousands of competitors and spectators as they take over Shelby Farms Park for the inaugural St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis. Including a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run, this triathlon totals to a whopping 70.3 miles.  Kids can also join in on the action with the IRONKIDS Fun Run at the IRONKIDS 70.3 Memphis Race.
Don't miss one of North America's biggest 70.3 events.

PR7S Inaugural Championship 

October 9
Don't miss some of the nation's best rugby players, including multiple stars from the U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Rugby Sevens Teams, as they take the pitch at AutoZone Park for the Premier Rugby Sevens Inaugural Championship. 
Get your tickets and catch all the action!

Memphis Grizzlies play at FedExForum
Mempho Music Festival | Alex Shansky
Memphis Food & Wine Festival / Alex Shansky
Orpheum Theatre Sign on Main St. | Phillip Va Zandt

Memphis Food & Wine Festival

October 16
World-class chefs and incredible wineries meet in Memphis for an elegant evening full of gourmet cuisine, wine tastings, live music, and the beautiful setting of the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Reserve your tickets.

Soulsville USA Festival

October 16
Celebrate soul with food trucks, vendors and live music at the Soulsville USA Festival. Local artists will perform and iconic instruments and clothing from legendary performers will be on display in the South Memphis neighborhood where it all began. 
Learn more.

Memphis Brewfest and Brunchfest

October 16-17
Ready for a weekend of craft brews and local brunch fare? Memphis Brewfest will welcome 40+ breweries from around the globe to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Enjoy unlimited beer samples, food trucks, live music and more. The following day, head back to the stadium for bloody marys, brunch favorites and live jazz at Brunchfest. 
Note: Entry for Brewfest and Brunchfest require separate tickets.  
Get Your tickets.

Indie Memphis Film Festival

October 20-25
Take in local, national and international treasures of the Indie film community at the 24th Indie Memphis Film Festival. Screenings will be held at Crosstown Concourse, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse and Malco Summer Drive-In.
Get Tickets.

River Arts Festival

October 23-24
More than 180 artists, makers, and creatives come to Memphis for a weekend of shopping and celebration. Held at the new Renasant Convention Center, this event includes live music, food, and art demonstrations.
Save the date for River Arts Fest.

Halloween and Harvest Events

The Mid-South knows how to celebrate Halloween, with corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses and scary-fun events. Little ones will love the Le Bonheur Zoo Boo at the Memphis Zoo. Join in on all the spooktacular family fun, weekends starting Oct. 15 - 31. Stay tuned for even more details as we get closer to spooky season.


November 5-7
Fieldaze is a new three-day festival for people who love the. outdoors. Fieldaze events feature competitive running, paddling, and cycling events around Downtown Memphis. Fieldaze will also offer free fitness and recreational experiences including Zumba, yoga, scavenger hunt fitness, and line dancing in Handy Park.
Read more.

Grind City Coffee Xpo

November 6
The annual Grind City Coffee XPO is a must for coffee lovers. Celebrate coffee culture with shops, vendors, roasters and more at Wiseacre HQ in Downtown Memphis. The event will also feature demonstrations and a variety of coffee and tea samples. 
Read more about the Grind City Coffee XPO.   

Craft Food & Wine Festival

November 21
Sample the best food and drink Memphis has to offer at the annual Craft Food & Wine Festival at The Columns in downtown Memphis.
Save your seat for Craft Food & Wine Fest.