Memphis Events

Memphis EventsMemphis in May International Festival: This three-day long festival takes place, just as the name suggests, every May in the city of Memphis. The two highlights of the festival are the music and the food. The Beale Street Music Festival is one part of the event, and more than 40 artists and groups perform during the weekend. Simultaneously is the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which involves hundreds of contestants competing for impressive prizes. Families will enjoy the great entertainment and the finale of fireworks over the banks of the Mississippi River.

Elvis Presley Birthday Week: One of the most iconic figures in Memphis' musical history of Elvis Presley. To celebrate his birthday, the city takes up an entire week at the beginning of each January to honor the man, the legend and the music. Some of the many events that take place during this period include a symphony performance of classic Elvis songs, a giant celebration and cake-cutting ceremony at Graceland and a 24-hour Elvis dance party.

The Memphis Festival Italiano: One of the most interesting community events in Memphis is the annual Italian Festival, which typically takes place over an entire weekend in the beginning of June. Food is a huge part of the Italian culture, and it is also a big part of this event. Visitors can try samples from local vendors, help judge the cooking competitions and even dine on full Italian feasts right in Marquette Park. Children will love the quick favorites on offer, and parents will appreciate the availability of high-quality Italian wine at an outdoor festival. There is also live music, cultural performances and bocce ball tournaments throughout the weekend festival.

Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival: This exciting event is one of the major cultural celebrations in Memphis. The festival takes place in the Robert R. Church Park right in downtown Memphis, making it convenient to get to. Visitors will have the opportunity to dine on traditional African fare, listen to authentic music, watch native dancers perform routines from their home countries and even attend lectures to learn more about African culture and its acceptance in the United States. There are also opportunities to shop for African handicrafts at the festival.

Red, White, & Blues Star Spangled Celebration: Memphis and the blues go hand in hand, so this annual celebration on the 4th of July is focused on blues music and local performers. This is a family-oriented event, so guests can expect tons of great activities for children, incredible fireworks and some amazing local cuisine for sale.