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Can't-Miss Spring Events in Memphis

It doesn't matter which weekend you decide to visit this spring, there's something happening in Memphis. Whether it's a food festival, cultural celebration, award winning play, or rockin' concert, you'll find the party or maybe the party will find you. 

Memphis’ Biggest Spring Events:

Memphis Grizzlies

March - April 2024
Don't miss your chance to catch reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. and the Memphis Grizzlies in action against the NBA's best. The regular season runs through April 14, 2024. See the NBA's biggest stars as they take the floor at FedExForum. Get your tickets now! 

Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball

March - September 2024
Have a grand slam of a good time with the best Minor League baseball team in the country. The St. Louis Cardinals affiliate serves up a home run at every Redbirds game with fun activities and games to keep everyone in their seats beyond the 7th inning stretch. Select games even include a fireworks show at the end!

WWE: Friday Night Smackdown

March 15, 2024
Calling all professional wrestling fans! WWE’s superstars are back in Memphis for one night only. Get tickets to WWE: Friday Night Smackdown to see fan-favorites like Bobby Lashley, Jimmy USO, Solo Sikoa, LA Knight and more in action.

Christian Siriano: People Are People Exhibit

March 22 – August 4, 2024
Delve into the world of high fashion at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The museum’s newest exhibit explores the unique creations of famed designer Christian Siriano. Browse showstopping pieces worn by Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, Michelle Obama and more from the red carpet. Then, discover the process behind fashion design, from sketches to the runway, in the interactive Atelier to Runway gallery.

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SilkY Sullivan St. Patrick’s Parade

March 16, 2024
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on iconic Beale Street at the 51st annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Join a sea of green in cheering on the floats, marching bands, steppers and more as they march down Beale.

March Madness

March 22-24, 2024
Memphis will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament at FedExForum. Experience March Madness firsthand as you cheer on some of the best college basketball teams in the nation on their road to the Final Four. 

Wicked

April 3-21, 2024
Wicked is coming to the Orpheum Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to see this Broadway sensation live, April 3-21, 2024. Be sure to check out group pricing for discounts on groups of 10 or more.

Peabody Rooftop Parties

Spring & Summer 2024
Party on the most happenin’ rooftop in Memphis! If you’re 21+, kick off your weekend at the Peabody Memphis hotel’s weekly rooftop party. Every Thursday throughout Spring and Summer, the Peabody welcomes a live DJ and weekly headliner for the ultimate Memphis party. Several bars, a large dance floor, a VIP area and a beautiful view of the Mississippi River’s sunset set the tone for a memorable dance party in Memphis.

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

May 15-18, 2024
Memphis in May is just around the corner, and we bet you can already smell the barbecue! Memphis is the barbecue capital of the world, so naturally the Bluff City is home to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Stop by Liberty Park, where the world’s best smokers and pitmasters will be hard at work perfecting their ribs, rubs and sauces in hopes to be crowned the king or queen of Memphis barbecue. Travel Tip: Remember this isn’t a food festival. You’ll only be able to sample the recipes of cooking teams if you’re invited to their booths, but there’s still tons of food and fun for guests too!

SmokeSlam

May 16-18, 2024
Don't miss Memphis' newest barbecue cooking contest. "The World's Ultimate BBQ Showdown" is set for May 16-18, 2024, at Tom Lee Park on the Mississippi Riverfront. Watch some of the world's best pitmasters compete for $250,000 and a chance to compete in the World Food Championships. Visitors can also enjoy games, a carousel, a ferris wheel, a local marketplace and food samples. 

Bluff City Fair

May 24 - June 2, 2024
The Bluff City Fair is back! Head to the Fair Grounds outside Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium for carnival rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, fair food and more. Admission to the fair is just $10 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and military. 

Memphis' Biggest Spring Festivals

Grind City Music Fest

April 5-6, 2024
See some of Americana's best, like Whiskey Myers, Muscadine Bloodline, Nikki Lane, Charley Crockett and more, at this two-day music festival at Grind City Brewing Company. 

Shelby Forest Spring Fest

April 13, 2024
Head to Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park to enjoy live music, crafts vendors, festival food and cultural and wildlife exhibitions all for just $5 at the 12th Annual Shelby Forest Spring Fest

Vintage901® Wine, Food and
Music Spring Festival 2024 

April 20-21, 2024
Foodies are in for a treat at the 8th Annual Vintage901® Wine, Food and Music Spring Festival 2024. The weekend starts with food and wine pairing classes, chef demonstrations, meet-and-greets with culinary professionals, live music and more at The Grand Tasting on April 20, 2024. Then, go for a relaxing late brunch hosted by Sommelier Laurie Forster at The Sparkling Brunch on April 21, 2024.

RAJUN CAJUN CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

April 21, 2024
Venture to the heart of Downtown Memphis to enjoy delicious crawfish amongst a sea of your new best friends at Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival on April 21, 2024. This festival is filled with arts and crafts, games, live music and a whole lotta crawfish. Come celebrate Cajun country’s favorite dish.

Taste the Rarity 2024

April 27, 2024
If you're a craft beer connoisseur, Taste the Rarity is a must. This four-hour beer festival at Wiseacre Brewing Co. features food trucks, live music and unlimited beer tastings from a variety of brewmasters. Guests must be 21 or older.  

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OVERTON SQUARE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

April 27, 2024
Didn't quite quench that crawfish fix? Don't miss the Overton Square Crawfish Festival. This free fest is packed with live music, goods from local makers and artisans, craft brews and more of those tasty crawdads.

Riverbeat

May 3-5, 2024
The organizers of Mempho Music Festival are bringing an all-new music festival, RiverBeat, to the Mississippi Riverfront at Tom Lee Park this spring. Headliners include The Fugees, Odesza, and Jelly Roll, and more. Be there for three historic days of 50+ bands jamming across five stages.

DREAMFEST WEEKEND

May 17-19, 2024
Head to the Overton Park Shell for three days of rap, hip-hop and more performances at DreamFest Weekend. This collaborative festival features local artists and musicians to help promote Memphis’ rich arts and culture scene.

About the Author

Born and raised in Memphis, J.T. Mullen has written about the city and its surrounding area for more than seven years. You'll probably catch him in the stands of a Memphis Tigers basketball or football game with barbecue nachos in hand. 

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