Concert at night at the Overton Park Shell

Can't-Miss Summer Events

What's going on in Memphis, Tennessee, this summer? Find out about the biggest upcoming events this summer in Memphis, from live music – including some of the best Tennessee music festivals and concert series – to Pride celebrations and July 4 fireworks. Bonus: Summer 2023 events in Memphis will give you plenty of ideas for things to do with the family or on a romantic getaway.  


Summer 2023
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 beginning April 20, 2023, 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

Beginning in May; Select Dates Through October 2023
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. This free outdoor concert series includes dozens of free events running May through October. The 2023 lineup includes Al Kapone, Star & Micey, Dead Soldiers, Sunset Symphony, Stax Music Academy and more. 

Live at the Garden

Select Dates Through October 2023
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 2023 lineup will be announced on April 19th, 2023, so stay tuned for this year's stellar group of performers. 

Memphis Pride Fest

June 1-4, 2023
Don't miss the largest LGBTQ+ gathering in the area! Memphis Pride Fest Weekend includes the 4th annual Drag N Drive, Drag Brunch, the Big Gay Dance Party and the  annual Memphis Pride Parade down iconic Beale Street. 

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June 15-18, 2023 
Celebrate Pride Month at Tri-State Black Pride! Take in speakers, workshops and educational sessions at this four-day event at downtown's Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis. Then, cap your weekend with can’t-miss events like a drag brunch and comedy show and the 3rd Annual Pride Music Festival at the Overton Park Shell.

Memphis Juneteenth Festival

June 17-18, 2023
Celebrate Black heritage and culture at the 30th annual Memphis Juneteenth Festival. This cultural awareness festival at Health Sciences Park features live music, a freedom walk/run, local vendors and more. Be sure to check their festival events calendar to stay updated on all of the Juneteenth celebrations throughout June 2023. 

Great Life Festival  

June 24, 2023
A new festival alert! The Great Life Festival is coming to Memphis' Liberty Park, featuring the legendary, co-headlining artists WAR, Kool & The Gang, and The Family Stone. In addition to live music, there will be over 50 wineries, craft beers and bourbons, boutique shopping, and a “Complete Circle of Care Pavilion”.

Craft Food & Wine Festival 

June 25, 2023
We hope you're hungry! Craft Food & Wine Festival invites you to sample the best bites of Memphis' culinary scene. Your ticket includes a tasting tray and glass so you can wander from vendor to vendor, sampling a variety of offerings, like wine, beer, cheeses, fruits, preserves and all kinds of charcuterie and other finger foods. 

4th of July Celebrations

July 1-4, 2023
Spend this 4th of July in Memphis! Across town, you’ll find parades, celebrations and fireworks extravaganzas. Check back here for more Independence Day celebration updates soon.  Come see how the Bluff City celebrates Independence Day.

Fourth of July Fireworks over Downtown Memphis | Phillip Van Zandt
The Overton Park Shell | Alex Shansky
Elvis Week performer | Andrea Zucker
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Summer Cocktail Festival

July 14, 2023
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 9-13, 2023
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 2023

August 9-17, 2023
Commemorate the 46th anniversary of Elvis’ passing at Elvis Week 2023. 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.

Memphis Chicken and Beer Festival 

August 12, 2023
The annual Memphis Chicken and Beer Festival is back at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium this August. Get your tickets to sample a variety of craft beverages. Plus, there will be live entertainment, inflatables for the kids, yard games and food for purchase from local restaurants. 


Ongoing Summer Sports

Throughout Summer
Sports fans are in luck, as many of Memphis' professional sports organizations are in action throughout the summer. The Memphis Grizzlies are making their NBA playoff run at FedExForum. Don't miss NBA's biggest stars competing for a title beginning in April. Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds play at Downtown's AutoZone Park. The season is underway and runs through September. The USL's 901 FC also plays its home matches at AutoZone Park. Cheer on the club with the "Bluff City Mafia" fan group from April through October.  The Memphis Showboats, of the USFL,  are set for their inaugural season in the Bluff City. Fans can catch five home games at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium beginning April 15, 2023, and running through June.  For more Memphis sports, check out our Memphis Sports Guide