Cooper Young Festival / Alex Shansky

Cooper-Young Festival / Alex Shansky

August, 2019

SEPTEMBER

30 Days of Opera

Various Locations, September 1-30, free, all ages
30 Days of Opera returns this year with dozens of free opera performances around Memphis, courtesy of Opera Memphis. Finer details for 2019 have yet to be shared, but we’ll update you as soon as they go live.

Zoo Rendezvous

Memphis Zoo, September 7, $200+, 21+
Address: 2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN 38112
The Memphis Zoo puts a disco spin on their yearly Zoo Rendezvous fundraiser this year. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy food and beverages from more than 70 Mid-South restaurants and bars, and live entertainment at Zoodio 54.

The 30th Annual Southern Heritage
Classic Cultural Celebration

September 11-14, various locations and prices, all ages
A grand Memphis tradition continues on September 11 with the 30th annual Southern Heritage Classic. Gladys Knight will play The Orpheum, Keith Sweat will play the Landers Center, the best high school marching bands in the region will compete in the Classic Battle of the Bands at Whitehaven High School’s stadium, and that’s all before Tennessee State takes on Jackson State at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, September 14. There’s definitely a lot happening that week, so make sure you check the link above for the full schedule of events and prices.

Mid-South Fair

Landers Center, September 19-29, $8 adults, $4 seniors and kids 5-12, all ages
Address: 4560 Venture Dr, Southaven, MS 38671
Head to Southaven for the annual Mid-South Fair to get your fill of funnel cakes, rides, games, live entertainment, talent contests and more. Lance Bass of NSYNC will perform, along with some other familiar names of yesteryear like Aaron Carter and OTOWN. Also, ticket prices are a little cheaper this year—extra Pronto Pups for you!

Southern Junkers Vintage Market

Memphis Fairgrounds Pipkin Building, September 20-21, $5 for adults at door, $8 online, free for kids 13 and under.
Address: 940 Early Maxwell Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104
Fairground nostalgia is the theme for this year’s Southern Junkers Vintage Market. Many vendors will be on hand with antiques and art, and after you find those very special items you have to take home, treat yourself to some hot dishes from local food trucks.

Burgerfest

Tiger Lane, September 21,11 a.m.-6 p.m., $10+, all ages
Burgerfest returns to Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for another afternoon of beers, burgers, and fun. There will be a burger bar, local beers, live music, games, and a kids’ area.

Latin Fest 2019

Overton Square, September 21, 3-9 p.m., free, all ages
Address: 2101 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
This Hispanic Heritage Month, the Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group is throwing a celebration of the food, drinks, music, art, and culture of Latin America in Overton Square. There will be crafts vendors and kids’ areas. 

Gonerfest 16

Various venues, September 26-29, free-$75 weekend pass, all ages
Goner Records’ signature festival is where bands and fans from around the world happily gather at local venues to rock and roll. This year’s lineup includes Sweet Knives, NOTS, Giorgio Murderer, and Memphis garage rock veterans The Oblivians. Hit the link above for the full lineup and tickets. 

Bartlett BBQ Fest 2019

W.J. Freeman Park, September 27-28, 5-11 p.m., free admission, all ages
Address: 2629 Bartlett Blvd, Bartlett, TN 38134
Bartlett’s very own barbeque cooking contest will feature live music, food vendors, a 5K, arts and crafts, kids’ areas, and a car show in addition to the tons of delicious BBQ. Bring your family and enjoy the fun.

Audacity Fest

Downtown Memphis, September 27-29, $40+, $20 with student ID, all ages
AUDACITY Fest is the first travel festival tailored towards black and brown individuals, and it’s making its way to Memphis this year. It’s an opportunity to meet and hear travel influencers, enjoy food vendors and live music and performances, and build community.

Elegant Southern Style Weekend

Graceland, Elvis Presley Blvd, September 27-29. $299+
Head to Graceland to join their inaugural Elegant Southern Style Weekend, hosted by Priscilla Presley herself. This event is a celebration of the food, style, and culture of the American South featuring seminars from experts in their fields.

Memphis Pride Fest

Robert R. Church Park, September 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., free, all ages
Celebrate pride with Memphis’ diverse LGBTQ+ community at the 16th Annual Memphis Pride Fest at Robert R. Church Park in Downtown Memphis this year. The Memphis Pride Parade will start rolling down Beale Street at 1 p.m. that afternoon.

Memphis Japan Fest

Memphis Botanic Garden, September 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
Immerse yourself in Japanese music, dance, art, food, theatre, martial arts and more, surrounded by the beauty of Memphis Botanic Garden. Pricing and the full event schedule have yet to be announced, so keep checking the link above for updates.
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From music to food to art and culture, there's plenty fo festivals to choose from this fall

OCTOBER

Pink Palace Crafts Fair

Pink Palace Museum, October 11-13, free, all ages
Location: 3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
The popular, annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair offers three days of outdoor artisan demonstrations in everything from candle making to metalsmithing, as well as kids’ activities, eating and shopping at booths run by artists and craftspeople from around the country, and more. Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace Museum.

Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Memphis Botanic Garden, October 12, 6 p.m., $200+, 21+
Address: 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
This outdoor event brings chefs from across the world right here to Memphis to collaborate and share with our local culinary talent. Wine merchants and stewarts will also be in attendance to help you find the perfect wine to pair with your meal. Check the link above for a full list of chefs and vendors. 

Repair Days 2019

National Ornamental Metal Museum, October 17-20, free to attend, all ages
Address: 374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106
Bring your busted, rusted, and otherwise damaged metal items to the Metal Museum for a little TLC. During Repair Days, the museum’s crew of blacksmiths and metalworkers will fix your items for a fee, which benefits the museum. The day also includes family-friendly activities, workshops, and a dinner and auction.

Beale Street Art Crawl

October 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free, all ages
This quarterly event takes you on an art tour of what’s been called America's Most Iconic Street -- Beale Street. The event is being managed by the nonprofit Dear Music with support from Downtown Memphis Commission.

Harvest Festival

Agricenter International, October 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free event, all ages
Address: 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120
The fall-themed fun of the Harvest Festival returns for its sixteenth year. Paint pumpkins, go on a hayride, learn about agriculture, and dance to some bluegrass at this family-friendly event.

Cooper-Young Beer Fest

795 S. Cooper. October 19, 1-5 p.m., $45-$50, 21+
The 9th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest will feature food vendors and beers from over 30 regional craft breweries. Goner Records will supply tunes and food from local food trucks will be available for purchase. Tickets go on sale September 1 for $45 then will increase to $50 on October 1.

Memphis Comic Expo

October 19-20, Agricenter International, 10 a.m.-6 pm. $25+, free for kids 12 and under
Address: 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120
This two-day family event focuses on comic creators but also features vendors, cosplay contests, gaming tournaments, and guest panels. VIP ticket prices and perks are TBA, so make sure you check the link for updates.

Soulsville USA Festival

The Soulsville Charter School, October 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, all ages
Address: 1115 College St, Memphis, TN 38106
Enjoy the soulful music line-up, food and crafts from over 40 vendors, free admission to Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and much more during this festival celebrating South Memphis’ innovative and robust global contributions to music and culture.

Mempho Music Fest

Shelby Farms Park, October 19 & 20, $109 and up
Address: 6903 Great View Dr N, Memphis, TN 38134
Mempho returns to Shelby Farms with a slew of awesome artists. This year’s festival includes The Raconteurs, DJ Paul, Valerie June, and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.

Memphis Tequila Fest

Overton Square, October 19, 6-9 p.m. $34 and up, 21
Address: 2101 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Featuring more than 30 different types of tequila, dance music from local DJs, face painting, a costume photo booth, and food for purchase. If tequila isn’t your thing, don’t worry—a cash bar with beer, wine, and mixed drinks will be on site.

Art on Fire 2019

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, October 20, 7-11 p.m., $75+, 21+
Address: 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117
Enjoy a bonfire, fire dancing, a silent auction, food samples from local restaurants, and beer and wine on the Dixon’s south lawn. Proceeds benefit the Dixon’s art education and outreach programs.

RiverArtsFest

Riverside Drive, October 26-27, Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 am.-5 p.m., $5, all ages
Art in the Autumn along the Mighty Mississippi. This street celebration of fine arts features local music, live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. More than 180 local, regional and national artists will exhibit and sell their original pieces.

Indie Memphis Film Fest

October 30-November 4, locations and prices vary
The Indie Memphis Film Festival showcases hundreds of films at venues around the city, and this year will be no different. While the full schedule of events has yet to be announced for 2019, expect to mingle with your Memphis neighbors and folks from around the world at a free block party with live music, filmmaker talks, locally brewed adult beverages and much more.

Downtown Dining Week

Various Locations In Downtown Memphis, Dates TBD, Prices Vary
Each fall, dozens of downtown restaurants offer amazing deals and discounts for one week. It's an awesome chance for you to sample the delicious Memphis cuisine without breaking the bank! Usually there are multi-course prix fixe offerings during lunch and dinner, and reservations are required at most locations. More details, dates, and a full list of restaurants will be released later in the fall. 

Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival

Brooks Museum, November 2, 11:30 a.m.-3:30p.m., free event, all ages
Address: 1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Families are invited to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Brooks Museum of Art. The parade will begin in Overton Square with floats and performers at 11:30 a.m. and will arrive at the Brooks Museum a bit after noon. After the parade, there will be a community celebration inside the museum with face painting, music, dance performances, food trucks, and more.

Memphis Soul Music Festival

Levitt Shell, November 2-3, 8 p.m., $50+
Address: 1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
The Memphis Soul Music Festival is a two-day event at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park organized by SisterReach, and organization committed to women and teens of color in the state of Tennessee. Both days will feature a headliner and plenty of local performers. The full lineup will be announced in August, so check the link the updates.

India Fest

Organized by the India Association of Memphis, this festival showcases and promotes awareness and appreciation of the vibrant art, culture, music, cuisine, and heritage of the Indian diaspora in the Memphis area. It helps foster cross-cultural interaction, awareness and education to provide a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of India’s culture. The food, shopping, entertainment and hospitality makes it one of the most fun and educational festivals in the city.

Memphis Flyer’s Crafts & Drafts

Crosstown Concourse, November 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, all ages  
The Memphis Flyer’s Crafts & Drafts is an outdoor crafts exhibition and sale featuring local food, beer, and of course craft vendors. It’ll also feature live music, games for kids, and is quite dog-friendly.

Grilled Cheese Festival

Hi-Tone Cafe, November 10, 12-6 p.m., $5, all ages
This family and pet-friendly festival revolves around grilled cheese, with teams providing samples, but also features food trucks, kids activities, live music, and a Bloody Mary bar. Proceeds benefit Alive Rescue, for homeless animals in the Memphis area.
 

DECEMBER

St. Jude Marathon Weekend

Downtown Memphis, December 7, $35+, all ages
The event that brings runners from across the world also has its fair share of supporters here in Memphis. Whether you’re participating in races yourself or supporting friends and family, the energy felt in Downtown Memphis during the St. Jude Marathon Weekend is electrifying. Find a nice patio spot and cheer.