Elvis Presley's Memphis | Alex Shansky

CAN'T-MISS WINTER EVENTS IN MEMPHIS

Move over fall! It might be colder out, but Memphis is just warming up with exciting events. From Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, an international blues fest and star-studded concerts to holiday events, Black History celebrations and applause-worthy performing arts, Memphis is set to liven up your winter. The inspiration starts now.

Memphis Grizzlies Basketball

Now through April 2023; FedExForum
Cheer on Ja Morant and the high-flying Memphis Grizzlies as they take on the NBA’s best at FedExForum just off Beale Street. Last season, the Grizz finished the year with the league’s second-best record. All-Star point guard Morant hopes to build on that success and help bring the franchise its first championship. Get tickets to Grizzlies home games here. Be sure to stop by the Grizz Den to pick up your Memphis gear before the game! 

WYXR'S RAISED BY SOUND

Dec. 3, 2022; Crosstown Concourse
Don’t miss WYXR's Raised By Sound music festival at Crosstown Concourse. This one-day festival kicks off at 1 p.m. with free performances from local musicians, like Nots, Lemon's, Qemist & NicoTheGoddess and Erin Rae. At 7 p.m., the fest continues with a ticketed concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Star’s #1 Record. Then, MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarten will ramp up the after-party. Get your tickets today.

ELVIS’ 88TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 

Jan. 5-8, 2023; Elvis Presley's Graceland
Die-hard fans will head to Graceland Jan. 5-8, 2023, for Elvis’ 88th Birthday Celebration. There will be cake, private tours of Graceland Mansion, archive show and tells and plenty of live music. Plus, we have 9 other reasons to visit Graceland this winter.

2023 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

Jan. 24-28, 2023; Beale Street
For five days, 200 blues acts from around the world will gather in Memphis. They play and compete in Beale Street venues, culminating in a final round hosted inside Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theatre. The best part? You can experience any or all of it — find more details and ticket info here. Can’t make it during the festival? No worries. As the home of the blues, Memphis hosts live blues every night of the week, from Beale Street to local-secret spots.

Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion / Alex Shansky
Live music in Memphis / Craig Thompson
High Cotton Brewing Co. in Memphis / Craig Thompson
I Am A Man Plaza in Memphis / Logan Young

WINTER MUSIC & THEATER EVENTS IN MEMPHIS

Get ready because there are a lot of big names coming to Memphis this winter. You’ll find all kinds of performances, from orchestras and ballets to Broadway productions and nationally touring acts, on stage at venues across the city, including Orpheum Theatre, Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre and the Soundstage at Graceland. Check our round-up of events below, then browse our guide to Memphis' performing arts scene

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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY IN MEMPHIS

Start with King Day, Jan. 16, 2023. Commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum hosts this event, featuring free museum admission, mainstage performances, trivia and more. With King Day and Black History Month so close on the calendar, winter is an especially good time to experience African American history in Memphis. But with the stories this city has to tell, any time of year can be a powerful time to visit. Check out this guide for an overview.

MEMPHIS Brews

There’s nothing cozier than warming up with a winter ale. Memphis has a solid selection of local craft breweries — and related events —that will take the chill right off. A few of our favorites:
 

  • Spend Sunday Funday at High Cotton Brewing Co. for local brews, live music and artisanal vendors. 
  • Enjoy live music and house-smoked meats around the firepits during brunch at Loflin Yard
  • See what the new winter menu holds at Gray Canary
  • Get to Memphis Made Brewing and warm up your winter with a glass of “Fireside” — a malty amber ale. The local brewer is set to open their second taproom soon at the Ravine in Downtown Memphis.
  • Be sure to stop by Soul & Spirits, Downtown Memphis’ newest brewery.
  • Check out Ghost River Brewery's new taproom on world-famous Beale Street. You can expect live music on the patio and sweet, spicy and tangy wings from New Wing Order's new spot inside the taproom.
  • Go for pints and unique pies from Little Bettie Pizza at Wiseacre Downtown.
  • If you're more into spirits, book a tour and tasting at Old Dominick Distillery.

For more Memphis brews, check out our local brewery guide

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