Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

​The Ultimate Guide to Memphis Festivals

2018 Edition

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.

2018 Memphis Festivals

Vintage 901

March 2-4, 2018
Indulge your senses during this 3 day festival. Taste an array of fine wines, tapas and hear the rhythms of soul and jazz music.

Midtown Opera Festival

April 6–April 14, 2018
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

April 14, 2018
Join fellow beer enthusiasts on the bluffs of the Mississippi River for a lineup of local breweries showcasing all styles of craft beer.

Southern Hot Wing Festival

April 21, 2018
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.

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

April 15, 2018
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.
Crowd at a memphis music festival

Memphis in May

  • Beale Street Music Festival
    May 4–6, 2018
    The streets will fill with crowds at this highly anticipated music festival featuring an all-star lineup of big-name music artists.
  • International Salute to Czech Republic
    May 7–13, 2018The Czech Republic will be the honored country in this year’s international festival, becoming a year-long focus for celebration.
  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
    May 16–19, 2018

    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.
  • 901Fest
    May 26, 2018

    See what makes Memphis so special at this event featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors, an airshow and fireworks
  • Great American River Run
    May 26, 2018

    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.

Memphis Greek Festival

May 11–12, 2018
Experience authentic Greek culture right here in Memphis with live music, traditional dancing and flavorful Greek cuisine.

Delta Fair & Music Festival

Get ready for a rowdy weekend of Redneck Yacht Races, a demolition derby, livestock competitions, live music, pageants and much more.
Delta fair and music festival

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

September 1–2, 2018
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 8-9, 2018
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 8–9, 2018
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.

Cooper-Young Festival

September 15, 2018
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.
cooper young festival


September 27, 2018
This annual music festival draws crowds of rock ‘n’ roll music fans looking for an incredible lineup of emerging talent.

Bartlett Festival

September 30–29, 2018
This family event includes local music, the “Beards for Bartlett” contest, arts and crafts, a car show, kids’ activities and a dazzling fireworks display.

Mempho Music Fest

October 6-7, 2018

Mempho music festival will return to Shelby Farms Park with a two day lineup of music, food and camping. 

RiverArts Fest

October 26–28, 2018
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.

Find even more upcoming events in Memphis.

Photo Credits: Crawfish Boil: Memphis CVB; Beale Street Music Fest: Jackie Ellison; World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest: Marvin Garcia; Delta Fair: Memphis CVB; Cooper-Young Fest: Andrea Zucker; River Arts Fest: Allen Gillespie