The weather is warming up, so we can all finally venture out from our hovels. Luckily, that time of the year happens to coincide with a slew of awesome festivals here in town:
Four days, four stages, too much fun. Memphis Comedy Festival returns for its 2019 installment featuring headliner Dulcé Sloan – correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and one of Variety Magazine’s Top 10 Comedians To Watch.
The seventh annual Midtown Opera Festival is anchored by performances of The Falling and the Rising, a new American Opera written by Jerre Dye and composed by Zach Redler. The festival also features Opera Prelude Talks, dinners, workshops, and a variety of fringe performances – all taking place in Playhouse on the Square.
Memphis Fashion Week showcases local designers’ spring and summer lines featuring local models, photographers and stylists. Taking place in the Crosstown Concourse, it’s the only such fashion expo in the city of Memphis.
“Bringing you the Best in Vintage, Antiques, Farmhouse, and Cool Junk,” the Southern Junkers Vintage Market will fill the Agricenter with retail booths and refreshments from over 65 vendors.
With Blackberry Smoke, Will Hoge, Austin Lucas, Ben Abney and the Hurts, and The Mighty Souls Brass Band on the bill, the Lucero Family Block Party should be as much fun as ever. This all-day affair takes place outside Minglewood Hall on the street – like any good block party should be.
Distilleries from all across the state will convene on South Main Street along with artists, local businesses, and tastemakers for a weekend of good food, good music, and the finest spirits in all of Tennessee.
It’s the biggest Earth Day celebration in the Mid-South! Celebrate sustainability at Shelby Farms where you can meet local eco-conscious vendors, artisans, and organizers who strive to make our community a little greener. There will also be crafts, live music, and kid-friendly activities.
Taste the Rarity features 28 breweries from all across the nation and a commemorative glass with which to taste them! Wiseacre is hosting this annual event at their brewery on Broad Avenue and will introduce Unicornucopia 2019 alongside the sweet sounds of The Mighty Souls Brass Band, Obruni Dance Band, and the Griz Line. Not to mention the circus acts, backyard games, food trucks, and some “surprise” entertainment.
Not only does the Food Truck Fest bring a swarth of food trucks together for you to taste, it also hosts a series of competitions do determine which one does what best. The real winner is whoever gets to walk around the Liberty Bowl and eat at all of them.
Porter-Leath is celebrating its 27th year of the Rajun Cajun Crawfish festival, and this year they’ve extended the party for an extra hour of fun. Downtown Memphis should be smelling delicious as the CashSaver Louisiana Gumbo Cook-off fills the air with aromatic bayou goodness, backed by the sounds of nationally known artists and local acts alike on three stages throughout the 38103.
- Beale Street Music Festival (May 3-5)
Another exciting installment of Memphis’s largest music festival, featuring headliners such as Cardi B, The Killers, Dave Matthews Band, and so many more!
- World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 15-18)
Dubbed “Most Prestigious Barbecue Contest” by USA Today, your taste buds might not be ready for all the succulent pulled pork, rack ribs, smoked shoulder, and even chicken wings that will be served up by over 200 teams on Tom Lee Park.
- Celebrate Memphis (May 25)
This all-new event celebrates 200 years of Memphis! See what makes this city so special. Local artists, musicians, food vendors, an airshow, fireworks and more!
Experience authentic Greek culture right here in Memphis with live music from the Kostas Kastinis Band, traditional dancing, and flavorful Greek cuisine. There will also be a marketplace and tours of the Greek Orthodox Church sanctuary.
Brewfest will feature unlimited beer samples from over 40 local, regional, and national breweries, as well as imports from around the world and food trucks for your snacking pleasure. And it all takes place on the field of the Liberty Bowl!