Hot air balloons at Bluff City Balloon Jamboree

Can't-Miss Summer Events

What's going on in Memphis, Tennessee, this summer? Find out about upcoming events this summer and even this weekend in Memphis, from live music – including some of the best Tennessee music festivals and concert series – to hot air balloon rides and July 4 fireworks. Bonus: Summer 2022 events in Memphis will give you plenty of ideas for things to do with the family or on a romantic getaway.  


Summer 2022
How about a rooftop dance party to jumpstart your weekends this summer? If you’re 21+, the weekly rooftop parties at the Peabody Memphis are a must. Each Thursday throughout the summer, the iconic hotel hosts a live DJ and weekly headliner. Plus, there’s a VIP area, multiple bars, a dance floor and scenic views of Downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River.

Orion Free Concert Series at The Shell

Select Dates Through October 2022
One of Memphis’ favorite summer traditions, the Orion Free Concert Series, is back at the Overton Park Shell. Pack up your cooler and lawn chair and head to Midtown Memphis to take in all kinds of touring acts and local performers, like the Sensational Barnes Brothers (June 9, 2022), The New Respects (June 11, 2022) and Stax Academy (June 25, 2022). This free outdoor concert series includes 34 free events running select dates through October 23.

Live at the Garden

Select Dates Through October 2022
Another beautiful setting for summer entertainment, the 96-acre Memphis Botanic Garden, presents live music during its Live at the Garden concert series at Radians Amphitheater. The next performance is by legendary rock band Steely Dan on June 11. The lineup also includes performances from Darius Rucker (July 15), The Doobie Brothers (September 3) and Chicago (October 20).


Through October 2022
Head to Memphis Botanic Garden to experience Alice's Adventures at the Garden. Walk the gardens to see giant topiary-like sculptures of the beloved characters from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” along with literacy- and horticulture-themed events and programming.

Alice's Adventures at the Garden | Memphis Botanic Garden/Atlanta Botanical Garden
Fourth of July Fireworks over Downtown Memphis | Phillip Van Zandt
The Overton Park Shell | Alex Shansky
Elvis Week performer | Andrea Zucker


June 16-19, 2022 
Celebrate Pride Month at Tri-State Black Pride! Take in speakers, workshops and educational sessions at this four-day event at the Doubletree by Hilton East in East Memphis. Then, cap your weekend with can’t-miss events like a drag brunch and comedy show and the 2nd Annual Pride Music Festival at the Overton Park Shell.

Bluff City Balloon Jamboree

June 17-19, 2022
See a variety of hot air balloons launch at the Bluff City Balloon Jamboree at Shelby Farms Park. You’ll find all sorts of family fun, including live music, games, carnival rides, food trucks, tethered balloon rides and more.   

Midsouth Airshow

June 18-19, 2022
Don’t miss the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performing at the Midsouth Airshow. Head to the Millington-Memphis Airport to catch awe-inspiring aerobatic stunts, military demonstrations and a variety of aircraft.

Memphis Juneteenth Festival

June 18-19, 2022
Celebrate Black heritage and culture at the 29th annual Memphis Juneteenth Festival. This cultural awareness festival at Health Sciences Park features live music, a freedom walk/run, local vendors and more.


4th of July Celebrations

July 1-4, 2022
Spend this 4th of July in Memphis! Across town, you’ll find parades, celebrations and fireworks extravaganzas. Come see how the Bluff City celebrates Independence Day.

DreamFest Weekend

July 22-24, 2022
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.

Summer Cocktail Festival

July 29, 2022
Pair craft concoctions with local bites at the Summer Cocktail Festival at Shelby Farms Park. Sample tasty mixtures from a lineup of over 30 spirits. Admission includes a dozen sample-sized cocktails. Plus, food trucks will be onsite. 

FedEx St. Jude Championship

August 8-14, 2022
See the world’s best golfers compete at TPC Southwind. Memphis will play host to the top 125 golfers in the FedExCup standings in the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Elvis Week 45

August 9-17, 2022
Commemorate the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ passing at Elvis Week 2022. Fans from around the world will gather at Elvis Presley’s Graceland to celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Rock and Roll with live concerts, guest speakers and other fan-favorite events like the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and the annual Candlelight Vigil.