We celebrate the first Memphis in May, including Beale Street Music Fest. Join us in 2019, when Memphis in May celebrates the city, and Beale Street Music Fest promises to be bigger than ever.

A renaissance sweeps the Overton Square Entertainment District, infusing a variety of restaurants and creating Memphis’ theatre district. How about dinner and a show?

Hattiloo Theatre, established in 2006 as Memphis’ black repertory theater, opens in a sleek new building in Overton Square, completing Memphis’ theater district.

The National Civil Rights Museum opens at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his final night. In 2014, a $28-million renovation ensured that the site’s power to educate is as strong as ever.

The first World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest goes off in downtown Memphis. Join this weekend-long party on the Mississippi River during Memphis in May.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art debuts. Stop in to see how the permanent collection has grown to include African art and modern sculpture.

A bear exhibited in Overton Park provides the inspiration for building Memphis Zoo. The bear is no longer with us, but two rare pandas are. Meet Ya Ya and Le Le on your visit.

The Grand Opera House opens on the site of today’s Orpheum Theatre. Check the lineup for those Broadway shows and concerts you can’t wait to see.

Civil War soldiers are treated at a new hospital, now home to the country’s only Metal Museum. Walk the grounds overlooking the Mississippi River and watch smiths at work.
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