​The Ultimate Guide to Memphis Festivals

From music festivals to foodie feasts, Memphis has a year full of incredible festivals, where locals and visitors alike can come together and celebrate the best the city has to offer. Plan your next vacation around one of these over-the-top events.

47th Annual Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street

March 14, 2020
Wear something green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer on Beale.

Midtown Opera Festival

March 23 - April 5, 2020 
Enjoy three operas over 10 days at Playhouse on the Square: Later the Same EveningThree Decembers and Blue Viola, as well as special events and workshops.

Memphis BrewFest

March 28, 2020
Great music, unlimited beer samples from over 40 local, regional and national craft brewers and your favorite import brews from around the world, photo booth, food trucks  and more.

Memphis Fashion Week

April 1-4, 2020
MFW showcases Spring/Summer collections each year with local designers, models, photographers and stylist. The only fashion event of its kind in Memphis.

Southern Junkers Vintage Market at Agricenter

April 10-14, 2020
Love antiques, vintage, collectibles and repurposed items? Peruse over 65 vendors from across the USA, music, food and fun.

Lucero Family Block Party

April 13, 2020
Join the party outside Minglewood Hall with Lucero and special guests Blackberry Smoke, Will Hoge, Austin Lucas, Ben Abney and the Hurts, & The Mighty Souls Brass Band.

Vintage 901

April 17-19, 2020
Indulge your senses during this 3-day festival. Taste an array of fine wines, tapas and hear the rhythms of soul and jazz music.

Taste the Rarity 

April 18, 2020
Over 25 breweries from across the country gather at Wiseacre’s taproom and brewery, some from as far as California and Colorado, to give Memphis a taste of some of the country’s best craft beer.

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

April 19, 2020
Attendees will enjoy Cajun music and more than 16,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish during the largest one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South. Admission is free.

Spirits & Soul Fest

April 24 & 25, 2020
Old Dominick Distillery and the Tennessee Whiskey Trail are getting together to throw a big ol’ Tennessee spirits festival. Thirty distilleries from across Tennessee are heading to the South Main Historic Arts District in downtown Memphis for two days of rare spirits tastings, food, live music, and more.

World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival

April 25, 2020
Taste the best chicken wings around at this annual festival featuring a cooking contest with more than 50 teams, as well as music and live entertainment.

Down to Earth Festival at Shelby Farms

April 27, 2020
Celebrate sustainability at the biggest Earth Day Celebration in the Mid-South! 

Mid-South Food Truck Festival

April 27, 2020
Bringing together chefs and trucks from all over to celebrate the food and help local non-profits fundraise for their organization. 

Beale Street Wine Race

April 28, 2020
Skimpy bathing suits, lots of grapes, and plenty  of wine - what could be better?  Watch and root for your favorite restaurants and bartenders as they compete in four events for cash, prizes and glory!  

Memphis in May

  • Beale Street Music Festival
    May 1-3, 2020
    The streets will fill with crowds at this highly anticipated music festival featuring an all-star lineup of big-name music artists.

  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
    May 13-16, 2020

    Pitmasters from all around come to this annual event to show off their skills at one of the country’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competitions.  Buy a ticket for theKingsford Tour of Champions to taste and judge the results.

  • Great American River Run
    May 23, 2020

    Set a goal and make it happen, whether it’s running a 5k, half-marathon or a full marathon. Not into running? Come to cheer on the racers.

  • Celebrate Memphis
    May 25, 2020
    Celebrate 200 years of Memphis and see what makes this city so special. Local artists, musicians, food vendors, an airshow, fireworks and more! 

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Memphis Greek Festival

May 10–11, 2020
Experience authentic Greek culture right here in Memphis with live music, traditional dancing and flavorful Greek cuisine.

Bluff City Jazz Festival

May 21–23, 2020
From world-renowned artists to up-and-coming stars, the Bluff City Jazz Festival is a can't-miss event for any fan of the genre. Come enjoy the incredible sounds and styles of these fantastic musicians at this three-day outdoor festival.  

Memphis Italian Festival

May 28–30, 2020
From cooking competitions to live music, Memphis Italian Festival promises a family-friendly atmosphere with local Italian cuisine, games, and arts and crafts. 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series

June 1, 2020
Be on the edge of your seat as the rising stars of NASCAR will race at Memphis International Raceway.

Craft Food & Wine Festival

June 21, 2020
Locally-produced breads, cheeses, fruit preserves, cured meats and more from 40 vendors. An onsite shop offers attendees an opportunity to purchase sampled foods and drinks and it wouldn't be a Memphis festival without live music entertainment! Get your tickets now, because this event is sure to sell out.

Mid-South International Festival

June 29, 2020
Come celebrate the many cultures of the world! Marvel at the performances of traditional dancing and costumes. Eat and drink from an International menu. Shop through clothing and jewelry!
 

Sweat Fest at Shangri-La

August 2020
Don't miss one of the biggest music sales in Memphis at Shagri-La Records' annual Sweat Fest. Enjoy an incredible lineup of live bands and muscians while browsing a stellar selection of CDs, LPs and vinyl for sale. 

Continuum

August 2020
This annual two-day music festival at Crosstown Concourse features some of the most talented muscians and artists in the area. From opera singers to DJs, music-lovers of all genres will enjoy this unique festival full of live music and interactive workshps.

Elvis Week

August 8-16, 2020
Thousands of fans from around the world come together to celebrate Elvis' life and career. The week-long festival brings live music performances, a 5k run, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and more. 
 

Delta Fair & Music Festival

August 30 - Sept 8, 2020
Get ready for a rowdy weekend of Redneck Yacht Races, a demolition derby, livestock competitions, live music, pageants and much more.
 

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

Labor Day Weekend
More than 100 performers come together for an annual celebration of music, arts, dance and cuisine in downtown Memphis.

28th Annual International Goat Days Festival

September 7-8, 2020
Head over to nearby Millington for a family-friendly event with goat shows, dairy goat demonstrations, tractor pulls, rodeos and much more.

Germantown Festival

September 7-8, 2020
Bring the whole family to this free weekend festival in Germantown featuring nearly 400 artisans showcasing their unique wares, kiddie rides, games, live music, a “Weenie Dog Race” and a car show.

Zoo Rendezvous

September 8, 2020
The Zoo's largest fundraiser of the year, Zoo Rendezvous will have fare from more than 70 Mid-South restaurants and bars, as well as entertainment on four stages.

Southern Heritage Classic Weekend

September 11-15, 2020
Thousands turn out to cheer on football rivals, Tennessee State University and Jackson State University. Come for the game and experience the lively tailgate parties, special events and live music.

Cooper-Young Festival

September 14, 2020
The trendy Cooper-Young neighborhood transforms into an all-out festival with live music, arts, food vendors, crafts by more than 400 artisans and more.

Gonerfest

September 26-29, 2020
This annual music festival draws crowds of rock ‘n’ roll music fans looking for an incredible lineup of emerging talent.

Bartlett Festival

September 27-28, 2020
This family event includes local music, the “Beards for Bartlett” contest, arts and crafts, a car show, kids’ activities and a dazzling fireworks display.

Mid-South Pride Parade & Festival

September 28-30, 2020
The Memphis Pride Parade is the most colorful, and exciting celebration ever to roll down Beale Street. 

Soulsville USA Festival

October 2020
Celebrate the past, present and future of soul music right where it all started in Soulsville USA! Tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and see the musicians who are keeping the incredible Stax sound alive and well today.

Mempho Music Fest

October 19-20, 2020
Taking place in Shelby Farms Park, Mempho features some of music’s biggest names playing one of the largest urban parks in America

RiverArts Fest

October 26-27, 2020
Make your way to the South Main Arts District for this annual arts festival where nearly 200 artists from around the U.S. will be showcasing their works.