Memphis Events

Mavis Staples and Thomas Dorsey at STAX Museum, Memphis Events

Mavis Staples and Thomas Dorsey of SoulOfAmerica at a STAX Museum event

Memphis Events

Events listed below are held in Memphis, unless indicated otherwise.

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JANUARY

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Annual event honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; http://www.king-raleigh.org/

FEBRUARY

Beale Street Zydeco Festival
Madis Gras festival on Beale Street; http://www.memphistravel.com

MAY

Beale Street Music Festival
Enjoy the music of over 60 artists on 4 big stages during Memphis In May; Beale Street; http://www.memphisinmay.org

W.C. Handy Awards Weekend
One of the biggest weekend in blues kicks off with the Handy Blues Awards and continues with a blues festival, children’s festival and much more; Memphis Cook Convention Center; http://www.handyawards.com

World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest
Tom Lee Park; http://www.memphisinmay.org

JUNE

Junteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival
Three day festival featuring Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel and Hip Hop music; Slavehaven/Burkle Estate, Memphis; http://www.juneteenth.com

JULY

Beale Street 4th of July
Tom Lee Park; http://www.memphistravel.com

SEPTEMBER

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
Labor Day Weekend; Featuring five stages of the Memphis area’s most dynamic musicians, performers, artists, and dancers; music includes blues, rock, soul, gospel, rockabilly, jazz, and more; Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis; http://www.southernfolklore.com

Southern Heritage Classic
Tennessee State University vs. Jackson State University; Liberty Bowl Stadium; http://www.southernheritageclassic.com

Mid-South Fair
Month long; Features over 50 rides, food vendors, hundreds of exciting and informative exhibits, free concerts, livestock show and rodeo and much more; Mid-South Fairgrounds; http://midsouthfair.org

OCTOBER

International Freedom Awards
Civil Rights Museum; http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org

DECEMBER

Kwanzaa Celebration
Begins 12/26; annual 7-day celebration of African-American culture at various venues; http://www.soulofamerica.com/events/kwanzaa-celebrations

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