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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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Annual event honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;


Beale Street Zydeco Festival
Madis Gras festival on Beale Street;


Beale Street Music Festival
Enjoy the music of over 60 artists on 4 big stages during Memphis In May; Beale Street;

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;

World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest
Tom Lee Park;


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


Beale Street 4th of July
Tom Lee Park;


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;

Southern Heritage Classic
Tennessee State University vs. Jackson State University; Liberty Bowl Stadium;

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;


International Freedom Awards
Civil Rights Museum;


Kwanzaa Celebration
Begins 12/26; annual 7-day celebration of African-American culture at various venues;

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