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200 Reasons to Visit Memphis in 2019

Memphis celebrates 200 years of culture, soul, music, food, and fun during our Bicentennial Celebration in 2019. If you've been meaning to make it to Memphis, this is the year you have to make it happen. From new hotels, renovated parks, and brand-new attractions to classic must-eats, hidden gems, and local favorites, use the list below as the ultimate guide to completing your Memphis bucket list during the bicentennial.  

Here are 200 reasons, in no particular order, why we're inviting everyone to visit Memphis this year:

December, 2018

1. See the Mighty Lights

See nightly light shows on the Hernando de Soto bridge spanning the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis.

2. Justin Timberlake at the FedExForum

The pop superstar returns to his home city on January 12 for his second FedExForum stop on The Man of the Woods world tour. 

3. The International Blues Challenge 

The best up-and-coming blues and souls musicians at the annual International Blues Competition on Beale every January.

4. WGC FedEx-St Jude Invitational

The PGA Tour's World Golf Championships will bring the world's best golfers to TPC Southwind in Memphis from July 22 to 28. 

5. Central Station

In 2019, downtown's historic Central Station will reopen with a boutique hotel, 6-screen theater, shops, and a renovated Farmer's Market.

6. Memphis Comedy Fest

Bringing in nationally known and local comedians to Memphis for improv, stand-up and shows April 4-7, 2019.

7. United Soccer League

Memphis 901 Football Club's inaugural season in the United Soccer League starts in spring 2019 at AutoZone Park.

8. Beale Street Music Festival

Three days of some of the biggest names in music on the banks of the Mississippi River: pop singers, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop stars and more.

9. Celebrate Memphis

Celebrate 200 years of Memphis culture on May 25, 2019 at this outdoor festival honoring the best of the 9-0-1.

10. Big River Crossing

If you haven't walked across the Mississippi River's longest pedestrian bridge, make plans to in 2019. 

11. Experience KISS live for their last tour

Get your face paint ready; KISS brings their End of the Road World Tour to FedExForum on February 23.

12. Climb or boulder

Two new climbing gyms, Memphis Rox in Soulsville and High Point in East Memphis, offer state-of-the-art climbing courses for all levels.

13. Society Memphis

What do you get when you combine a coffee shop and an indoor skate park? You get Society Memphis, the newest thing to do on Broad Avenue.

14. Alliance of American Football

The Memphis Express brings the Alliance of American Football league to the Liberty Bowl in spring 2019. 

15. Civil Axe

Try your hand at the lumberjack-inspired sport of throwing axes at Civil Axe on Broad.

16. Crosstown Concourse

A million square feet of warehouse transformed into a vertical urban village full of shops, art, music, restaurants and more. 

17. River Garden

A new playground and garden space at Mississippi River Park make the Memphis riverfront even better. 

18. Tom Lee Park

In 2019, this spacious downtown park will begin renovations to become an awesome riverside oasis.

19. MEMPHO Music Festival

Shelby Farms hosts the 3rd annual MEMPHO music festival, attracting names like Beck, Janelle Monae and Post Malone in year two.

20. Wolf River Greenway

Look out for new sections of the Greenway, a 36-mile protected pathway along the picturesque Wolf River, to open throughout 2019. 

21. Explore Bike Share

Explore the city with our custom bicycle-sharing program, which will add East Memphis stations in 2019.

22. See the city by scooter

Rentable electric scooters let you zip around midtown and downtown. 

23. Elvis Week

Elvis fans from around the world will again flock to Memphis for Elvis Week from August 9-17, 2019.

24. St. Patrick's Day Parade

Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade down Beale Street in March. 

25. Bike Nights on Beale

Every Wednesday evening from April through September, hundreds of motorcycles gather on Beale.

26. The National Civil Rights Museum

Explore the history of the civil rights movement in an immersive, modern way at the National Civil Rights Museum.

27. Trolley Nights

The final Friday of each month means gallery openings, special deals, music and free drinks on South Main.

28. Party on top of the Peabody

The Peabody Hotel continues the tradition of lively rooftop parties every Thursday from April through August.

29. Hamilton at the Orpheum

The worldwide musical phenomenon comes to the Orpheum Theatre in July.

30. The Grove at GPAC

In 2019, Germantown Performing Arts Center plans to open a shady, tree-filled outdoor venue for live music and arts performances. 

31. Edge Motor Museum

Look for a new vintage car museum opening in late 2019 in The Edge District, just east of downtown Memphis. 

32. Memphis Food & Wine Festival

The Memphis Food & Wine Fest returns for another celebration of the finest food and wine, featuring nearly 100 chefs and wineries. 

33. The Levitt Shell

Expect more free live music at the outdoor amphitheater in Overton Park each summer and fall—that's 50+ free concerts in 2019.

34. Bring the dog

The city gets even more dog-friendly every year, adding dog parks (like the new one on Mud Island) and pooch-friendly patios.

35. Craft breweries

Grind City Brewing and Wiseacre break ground on two new downtown taprooms this year, adding to the already vibrant local beer scene.

36. Make a friend

You'll find friendly faces everywhere you go in Memphis, like at Alcenia's soul food restaurant, where owner BJ greets diners with a hug. 

37. New Street Art

If you blink, you might miss the newest murals that local artists are adding to walls and alleys all over town. 

38. Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to bring the excitement of NBA basketball to downtown Memphis. 

39. Cooper-Young Fest

The 32nd annual Cooper-Young Fest brings thousands to the neighborhood for art, shopping, food, music and fun every September.

40. Beer Festivals

Come back to Memphis for annual beer festivals like Cooper-Young Beer Fest in October and Taste the Rarity in April.

41. Memphis Pride Festival

Save the date for September 28, 2019: It's the annual Mid-South Pride parade and festival, celebrating LGBTQ culture. 

42. Redbirds Baseball

The 2018 Triple-A Minor League World Champions (!!) come back for another season of pro-level baseball at AutoZone Park.

43. Juneteenth

Celebrate Juneteenth again this June with a variety of musical and cultural events.

44. Black Restaurant Week

Experience Memphis' rich culinary diversity by dining (with deals!) at dozens of local black-owned restaurants from March 3-9, 2019.

45. The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens features rotating art exhibits, seasonal foliage in gorgeous gardens and a full slate of annual events. 

46. Take a tour in a 1950s vintage automobile

Cruise around town on themed tours in vintage hot rods. Check out Rockabilly Rides and American Dream Safari.

47. Graceland

If you haven't been to Graceland in a few years, it's time to come back and see what's new on the grounds.

48. Arrive Hotel

Stay in style at Arrive's new South Main hotel, with a donut shop, basement bar and 62 rooms, set to open in 2019. 

49. The Backstreet Boys

AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian bring the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour to FedExForum on August 27. 

50. Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden hosts acres of lovely gardens that change with the seasons, plus plenty of art and cultural events.

51. The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend

Graceland’s second annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend Celebration, scheduled for March 1-2, brings past winners of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual Tribute Artist Contest to perform in two exciting concert experiences. 

52. The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame

Hear blues music and learn more about this year's class of Blues Hall of Famers.

53. Kayak the waterways

Explore the Mississippi River, Wolf River or the lakes at Shelby Farms Park with Memphis' many kayak and canoe rental companies.

54. First Fridays on Broad Ave

Peruse the shops and galleries along the art district's revitalized Broad Avenue.

55. Cheer on Penny Hardaway

Basketball star Penny Hardaway will see how far he can take the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team in the spring of 2019. March Madness or bust!

56. Elton John

The one and only Sir Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to FedExForum on October 30.

57. Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park offers a host of outdoor activities for the whole family: hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding and more.

58. Memphis Zoo

One of the nation's top-ranked zoos welcomes baby animals every spring with state-of-the-art animal exhibits.

59. Brooks Museum

See rotating art exhibits as well as the permanent collection in the Brooks Museum's spacious galleries. 

60. Visit a Pink Palace

The Pink Palace Museum unveils a renovated mansion and new exhibits that will celebrate Memphis' bicentennial in 2019.

61. Victorian Village

Look for new ways to experience the historic homes in Victorian Village this year.

62. Ballet Memphis

Now settled into its new home in Overton Square, Ballet Memphis pushes boundaries with new artistic works alongside beloved classics.

63. The Mid-South Fair

Eleven days of rides, music, entertainment, art and more are coming to the Landers Center September 19-29, 2019.

64. Crawfish Festivals

Every April, Memphis hosts a slew of boiled crawfish festivals; be on the lookout for the two biggest: Rajun Cajun and Overton Square.

65. Outdoors Inc.'s Canoe & Kayak Race

Look for the exciting Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak race on the Mississippi River to return in June of 2019.

66. Hu Hotel

Hip and luxurious, the renovated Hu Hotel offers contemporary lodging, dining and a rooftop bar.

67. Spend the holidays in Memphis 

From stunning light displays to parades and holiday shows, Memphis celebrates Christmas and New Year's in style every year.

68. Downtown Dining Week

Sample the menus with special deals and discounts at downtown eateries each November.

69. Southern Heritage Classic

College football rivals Jackson State and Tennessee State compete during the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic Week, September 11-15. 

70. DreamFest

Observe MLK Weekend with the most exciting up-and-coming hip-hop and R&B artists in Memphis.

71. Liberty Bowl 2019

Watch top football teams compete for the Liberty Bowl's 61st annual trophy in December 2019.

72. Rick Springfield

The legendary songwriter performs at the Graceland Soundstage on January 19.

73. Indigo Hotel

Lodge in one of the 119 rooms and suites in the brand-new Indigo Hotel downtown.

74. Malco Downtown

Go to the movies at Malco's new six-screen theater at Central Station, opening in 2019.

75. Gonerfest

Punk, metal and indie rock bands from around the world gather again this year for Gonerfest 16, September 26-29, 2019.

76. RiverArtsFest

RiverArtsFest brings hundreds of regional artisans for a weekend show in downtown Memphis every October.

77. Live at the Garden

2019 will bring more world-famous musicians to the stage at the Memphis Botanic Garden for a summer and fall concert series.

78. 4th of July

Celebrate America on the river in Memphis! Plenty of fireworks displays and parades for the whole family.

79. Cooper-Young Garden Walk

Explore the creative gardens of Cooper-Youngians at this annual garden festival and neighborhood block party in May 2019.

80. Vintage901

The 3rd annual festival of delicious food, great music and vintage wines is coming to Memphis from March 1-3.

81. International Cultural Festivals

Each spring and fall, look for a lineup of festivals honoring specific cultures and countries from around the world.

82. Culinary Tours

Take a bite of Memphis' diverse food scene on a guided foodie tour, like those offered by City Tasting Tours and Tastin' Around Town.

83. Memphis Fashion Week

See the best, most creative fashions from international designers and Memphis' up-and-coming experts in April 2019.

84. Old Dominick’s Pure Memphis Series

Listen to Memphis music in an intimate setting at Old Dominick Distillery during this fall concert series.

85. Blues on the Bluff

Enjoy live blues music, food, drinks and more in July at the 31st annual Blues on the Bluff WEVL fundraising party.

86. A Broadway show at the historic Orpheum Theatre

Get tickets for the Orpheum's Broadway Series, which in 2019 includes Fiddler on the Roof, Anastasia, Hamilton and more.

87. Discover Memphis music history

Memphis' many music attractions should be on every music fan's bucket list.

88. Wild Bill's

Are you down for late-night dancing in a blues juke joint? Wild Bill's is your spot for 2019.

89. Try all the barbecue

If you haven't eaten your way through the city's dozens of mouth-watering BBQ restaurants, 2019 is the time.

90. Indie Memphis Film Festival

The 22nd annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is a week of screenings, world premieres, panels and appreciation of independent cinema.

91. John Mellencamp

Rock icon John Mellencamp brings his tour to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

92. Celebrate Elvis' birthday with his fans

Graceland goes all out to celebrate the birthday of the King on January 5-8, 2019.

93. Lucero Block Party

Party with Southern rock fans at this annual Family Block Party, held each April and hosted by Lucero.

94. Delta Fair

Food and classic fair fun await the whole family at the annual Delta Fair at the Agricenter from August 30 to September 8.

95. Follow the sunflowers

Beautiful, sunny blooms fill the fields at Agricenter International. Or, follow the Big River Crossing bridge into Arkansas for a few short weeks each July.

96. See a race at MIR

The Memphis International Raceway offers excitement for gearheads and casual fans alike; put a race on your "to do" list for 2019.

97. Weezer & Pixies

Indie rock favorites Weezer and Pixies team up for a show at FedExForum on March 22.

98. Historical Haunts

Learn more about the spooky, seedy history of the city on a Historical Haunts bus or walking tour.

99. Africa in April

The 33rd annual Africa in April festival (held in April) will feature an immersion into the culture of one featured African nation.

100. Hot Rods on Beale

See muscle cars, vintage automobiles and sexy hot rods every 4th Tuesday on Beale from April through October.

101. The new Moxy Hotel

Court Square's new Moxy Hotel (think: modern rooms, communal spaces to make new friends, a bocce ball court and bar check-in) opens in 2019.

102. All of the Halloween events

From costume parties to haunted houses to pumpkin patches, Memphis knows how to throw down for Halloween every year.

103. Black History Tours

Experience black history in Memphis on a personal tour with guides from A Tour of Possibilities or Heritage Tours.

104. Elmwood Cemetery

See the final resting place of some of the city's most famous residents by taking a tour of Memphis' historic cemetery.

105. Take a ride on a riverboat

Take a sunset riverboat ride on the Mississippi this year: It's one of the most popular Memphis bucket-list items.

106. Metal Museum

Add the Metal Museum to your 2019 list: They offer galleries, a working blacksmithery and an incredible view of the river.

107. Peabody Ducks

If you haven't seen the splendor of the adorable Peabody Ducks, you can catch them every day of the year.

108. Shelby Forest General Store

This year, make it a point to try the burger at the General Store, or stop by for bluegrass on Friday nights.

109. Take a tour with some of the world's best guides

There are so many ways to tour Memphis! In 2019, get with Backbeat Tours, Blues City Tours, Memphis Hop bus tours and others.

110. Sun Studio

Stand where history was made during a tour of the birthplace of rock 'n' roll.

111. Take a ride up a pyramid

The nation's tallest freestanding elevator will take you to the top of the Bass Pro Pyramid; seeing the view from the top is a Memphis must. Then, explore Bass Pro Shops for bowling, an archery range, live alligators, ducks, aquariums and more.

112. Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Induction Ceremony 

Every year, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducts a new class of Memphis music legends.

113. Soulsville USA Festival

Every October, enjoy live music, art, dance demonstrations and more at the Soulsville USA Festival.

114. The Greenline

Ride a bike, walk or run along this peaceful protected path through the city center.

115. Golf 

Book a tee time this year for one of the city's many beautiful golf courses.

116. Overton Park

Overton Park continues to grow and improve; see for yourself this year at various events, or take a tour of the park's Old Forest.

117. Midtown Opera Fest

The annual Midtown Opera Fest returns to Overton Square in April of 2019. Anticipate more than a week of operas, shows, panels and more.

118. Sultana Disaster Museum

Visit the Marion, Arkansas, museum to learn the fascinating history of America's worst maritime disaster.

119. Town of Collierville

Spend a day shopping and eating in Collierville's picturesque town square.

120. Win big

For gaming just minutes from Memphis, visit the eight casinos in Tunica, Mississippi, or cross the bridge to Southland Gaming and Racing in Arkansas.

121. Take a carriage tour

We can't think of a more romantic way to see downtown than on a horse-drawn carriage tour.

122. Leon Bridges

Soul singer Leon Bridges performs at the Orpheum in April 2019.

123. The Memphis Brew Bus

2019 brings new seasonal and special brews to the city's local beer scene; try a few with the Memphis Brew Bus tour.

124. Earnestine & Hazel's

Earnestine & Hazel's, the most haunted dive bar in America, also serves some of the best burgers in town.

125. The Arcade

Memphis' oldest diner feels like a blast from the past. Get a diner breakfast or a frothy milkshake this year.

126. One-of-a-kind shopping

If you haven't been to one of the area's malls, outlets, boutiques or shopping districts, make it a point to do some shopping.

127. South Main Market

The historic building now houses pop-up restaurants perfect for trying out in 2019.

128. High tea at the Peabody

Chez Philippe's formal atmosphere will add some class to your year if you stop in for high tea one afternoon.

129. Ride a vintage trolley

Take a leisurely ride around downtown on the Main Street Trolley Line. The Riverfront Line is slated to open in 2019.

130. Mud Island River Series

See live music on the banks of the mighty Mississippi with seasonal concerts at Mud Island River Park Amphitheater.

131. Enjoy an AM Restaurant experience

James Beard Awards nominees Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman offer their take on modern cuisine at four local restaurants; who knows what they'll serve up this year?

132. Overton Square Theater District

In the mood for a show? Head over to one of Overton Square's five theater and dance companies for a show this season.

133. Visit unique coffee shops

Third-wave coffee is here to stay in Memphis; visit one of our charming cafes this year.

134. Carrie Underwood

Country superstar Carrie Underwood takes over FedExForum in October 2019.

135. Play, eat and drink outside

Visit the city's popular outdoor hangouts and hotspots this year: Loflin Yard, Carolina Watershed and Railgarten.

136. Summer Ave. International District

The foodie paradise that is Summer Avenue gets its due in 2019 with a special "International District" designation.

137. Renaissance Faire

Jousting, costumes, knights, fairies and turkey legs: The Memphis Ren Faire is two weekends of fun in mid-October.

138. Memphis Soul Food

No matter what year it is, Memphis soul food must be on your menu.

139. Have a craft cocktail

Artisanal cocktails have a home at several local bars; add Civil Pour, Art Bar at Crosstown, Dodici and The Cove to your must-drink list.

140. Jerry's Sno Cones

Cold, sweet "sno cones" from Jerry's are good any time of year. Just say "supreme" to add soft serve to your cone.

142. Take A St. Jude Tour

We're proud to say that the world's preeminent children's research hospital is located in downtown Memphis; occasional tours are offered.

143. Shop at Lansky's

Want to look like the King? Shop where Elvis got his getups at the clothing shop just steps off of Beale Street.

144. Party on a rooftop

Take in a view of the river from a rooftop. Look into Old Dominick, the Hu Hotel, the Residence Inn and the Peabody Hotel.

145. Share a milkshake at A. Schwab

Go back in time at this historic Beale Street shop with a working soda fountain and dessert shop.

146. Raiford's Disco

If you have only one wild night in 2019, be sure you spend it at Paula Raiford's Disco on the light-up dance floor.

147. River Series at Harbor Town

The Harbor Town Amphitheater comes out with a new lineup of live music for concerts every spring and fall.

148. Grand Carousel at CMOM

In 2018, the Children's Museum of Memphis became home to the breathtaking Grand Carousel; take a ride this year.

149. Have Brunch

Brunch is a time-honored Memphis weekend pastime: Choose from more than 80 local restaurants that serve it.

150. Run Into a Memphis Celebrity

You never know who you'll meet in Memphis! Local celebs to look for: Cybill Shepherd, Justin Timberlake, Jerry Lawler, Penny Hardaway, Lucy Hale, Ginnifer Goodwin and the entire soul-singing group of legendary Stax musicians.

151. Self guided, FREE walking tours

Whether you're into history, architecture or ghost stories, put a guided walking tour of Memphis on your list for this year.

152. Clayborn Temple/I AM A Man Plaza

See the historic Clayborn Temple and take some time for the adjacent I AM A MAN plaza, both opened just last year.

153. Stay at Big Cypress Lodge

The Big Cypress Lodge hotel inside the Bass Pro Pyramid offers rustic luxury accommodations in a huge glass pyramid.

154. Get flipped over

Volunteer to be "flipped over" by the skillful acrobats known as the Beale Street Flippers.

155. Gibson's Donuts

Food Network Star Alton Brown called them some of his favorite donuts ever.

156. Explore the Fire Museum

Take the kids to learn about firefighting and fire safety at the fun Fire Museum in downtown Memphis.

157. Tour Jerry Lee Lewis' Home

Tour The Lewis Ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi, home to living rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis.

158. Withers Collection Tour

Historic photos tell the story of the city's past, especially the civil rights movement, at this Beale Street gallery.

159. Add to your vinyl collection

Record stores feel more 1990s than 2019, but Memphis has some great ones. Browse at Goner Records and Shangri-La this year.

160. Center for Southern Folklore

Explore the multimedia archives and art at the Center For Southern Folklore on Main; it's a Memphis must for 2019.

161. Savor 100-year-old grease

The greasy, cheesy burger from Dyer's on Beale is a Memphis foodie bucket-list item.

162. Find an alley party

You never know when a concert will pop up in the middle of Memphis. Keep a lookout for a Downtown Getdown Alley Party this year.

163. Stax Museum

Soul music lives at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in South Memphis.

164. Mollie Fontaine Lounge

Sip on craft cocktails in the swankiest historic home-turned-bar in Victorian Village.

165. Tailgate on Tiger Lane

Make a plan to join Tigers fans in the fall of 2019 for some exciting college football (and all the necessary pregaming).

166. Al Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle

Plan ahead to experience a Sunday service at the church home of soul music stalwart Reverend Al Green.

167. Graceland Excursion Tours

Graceland helps you see more of Elvis' story through Excursion Tours to Tupelo, Mississippi.

168. Silky O'Sullivan's

Beale Street's Irish bar serves its secret recipe "Diver" drink in a yellow bucket and has goats on its patio. Enough said.

169. Downtown Hilton Garden Inn

Opening in February 2019, downtown's new Hilton Garden Inn offers modern amenities, 150 guest rooms and The Greyhound restaurant and bar.

170. Dive Bars

Sip a local beer and enjoy some surprisingly good grub at one of the city's many beloved, offbeat dive bars.

171. MS River Monsters Catfishing Tournament

Outdoorsman Bill Dance and Bass Pro Shops host the annual catfish-catching tournament on the Mississippi River in September.

172. Compete in a food competition

Think you make a mean burger? Have a secret hot wing recipe? Get some friends together for one of Memphis' many cooking competitions/festivals, including the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition.

173. Find a Food Festival

From burgers to grilled cheese sandwiches to world championship barbecue, Memphis plays host to a slew of food-centric events year 'round.

174. Slave Haven

The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum offers a glimpse into the history of antebellum Memphis and the impact of the slave trade.

175. The Rock 'n' Soul Museum

From soul to bluegrass to rock, the Smithsonian's Rock 'n' Soul Museum covers Memphis' music legacy and history.

176. Cotton Museum

Learn more about the history and influence of the cotton trade on the city of Memphis and its residents.

177. Discover movie locations

From Hallmark's Christmas at Graceland to John Grisham's The Firm, make a plan to find all the Memphis spots featured in movies.

178. Kix on Beale

On Thursdays all summer long, enjoy free, all-ages concerts in Handy Park on Beale, hosted by KIX106, Today's Best Country radio.

179. Indulge in desserts

Homemade pies, peach cobbler, delectable pastries and famous cupcakes: Make a Memphis dessert bucket list for 2019!

180. WLOK Stone Soul Picnic

Enjoy free music and fun for the whole family at WLOK's annual picnic and show at the Levitt Shell in September.

181. Chefs' tastings

Most of Memphis' fine dining restaurants offer special tasting menus, wine dinners and other unique culinary experiences throughout the year.

182. Stay at a BnB 

Whether it's luxury accommodations at the historic James Lee House or Southern hospitality at Talbot Heirs, choose a bed-and-breakfast for your Memphis accommodations.

183. Live music

We couldn’t have a complete list without mentioning live music. Memphis is filled to the brim with some of the most talented musicians at a multitude of venues. See how many you can experience this year.

184. Southern breakfast

From classic diners like The Arcade to Southern breakfast with a modern twist at Sunrise, start your day off right with Memphis breakfast.

185. Only-in-Memphis dining experiences

There's nothing else like these Memphis originals: Kooky Canuck's 4-pound Kookamonga Burger, Dyer's 100-year-old grease-fried burgers and Gus' spicy, crispy world-famous fried chicken.

186. Mason Temple

Visit the site where Dr. King gave his famous "I Have Been To The Mountaintop" speech, the COGIC Mason Temple in downtown Memphis.

187. Downtown's New Slider Inn

Midtown's fave neighborhood bar opens a downtown location in 2019, with an outdoor music venue and a full menu of local brews, sliders and sandwiches.

188. Comeback Coffee

Look for a new coffee house to open in The Pinch District in 2019, Comeback Coffee, which will specialize in third-wave coffee and offer a cafe menu.

189. The Cossitt Library

This year, downtown's Cossitt Library reopens with a renovated space, community cafe and more . . . it's the library of the future.

190. Remember on MLK Day

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights legacy at the annual commemoration of his life on MLK Day, January 21, 2019.

191. New Year's Eve

The only place to ring in a new decade is Beale Street: Watch the guitar drop, hear music and enjoy fireworks with several thousand of your closest friends.

192. Eat all the candy

This year, seek out some of Memphis' mouth-watering homemade candy, like Shotwell's caramels, Dinstuhl's chocolates or The Peanut Shoppe's candied peanuts.

193. Go vegetarian for a day

Memphis may be known for its BBQ, but you can also find plenty of healthy vegetarian options at restaurants like City Silo, Today and Always in the Crosstown Concourse and RP Tracks (go for the BBQ tofu nachos!). 

194. Try a Memphis food Truck

You'll find some of the best eats in town at these mobile restaurants: Food trucks are aplenty at several Memphis food truck parks, Thursdays downtown and most local breweries.

195. Run the St. Jude Marathon

Or the 5K, 10K or half marathon. Join 25,000 other runners of all ages for the biggest annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

196. Shop at a local farmers market

Spend a morning meeting local farmers, shopping, sipping coffee and more at the Memphis Farmers Market, open April through October.

197. Go gaming at an arcade

Plan a day for classic arcade gaming and go-kart racing fun at spots like Main Event Entertainment, Incredible Pizza, Autobahn Indoor Raceway and Golf & Games.

198. Have your photo taken in Amurica

The popular, super-creative photo booth pops up around town at events (and you can always find them in the Atrium at Crosstown Concourse).

199. The Stemmed Glass Wine Tasting

Sample the fine wines of West Tennessee's wineries with The Stemmed Glass' all-day tours.

200. The Memphis Sports Hall of Fame 

Inducting its inaugural class in 2019, you’ll soon be able to view memorabilia from Memphis sports greats in Autozone Park.