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Memphis Events

Memphis International Film Festival

Feature films and shorts from around the world.

Date: 19 April 2012 - 22 April 2012
Venue: Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center
Website: http://www.memphisfilmfestival.com

Black History Month

Memphis celebrates with a month-long event.

Date: 01 February 2017 - 28 February 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Beale Street

Africa in April

Celebration of African culture, art and history.

Date: 18 April 2017 - 22 April 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Robert R Church Park.
Website: http://www.africainapril.org

Beale Street Music Festival

The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day celebration of music along the banks of the Mississippi. With a line-up of international and local acts performing across four stages, the festival is one of Memphis' major music events of the year. Various acts cover a range of musical genres, including blues, gospel, R&B, alternative and soul.

Date: 04 May 2017 - 06 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Tom Lee Park
Cost:

Various.


Memphis in May International Festival

The annual Memphis in May International Festival season is a series of separate consumer events that take place in and around the city. The programme includes The Beale Street Music Festival, International Events, The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the Sun Trust Sunset Symphony. Each event has a unique theme and flavour, but all events have a celebratory feel and are great fun, family-friendly events. 2011 sees Belgium hailed in the program events, with a variety of Belgian inspired activities.

Date: 04 May 2017 - 06 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations in and around Memphis.
Website: http://memphisinmay.org

Memphis Italian Festival

Visitors flock to Marquette Park in East Memphis for the annual Memphis Italian Festival. Held over one weekend, visitors can enjoy a range of entertainment that's all served with an authentic Italian flavour. The festival is geared towards families and offers something to visitors of all ages with entertainment ranging from live music and sports contests to children's games and Italian heritage exhibitions. And no Italian event would be complete without food and drink so visitors can take their pick of fine wines and great pizza and pasta dishes.

Date: 31 May 2017 - 02 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Marquette Park.
Website: http://www.memphisitalianfestival.com
Cost:

Various.


FedEx St Jude Golf Classic

One of the South's biggest golf tournaments.

Date: 04 June 2017 - 10 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Tournament Players Club, Southwind.
Website: http://www.fedex.com/us/sports/stjude

W C Handy Parade & Awards

Awards honouring blues musicians.

Date: 13 June 2017 - 16 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.handyblues.org
Cost:

Various.


AutoZone Red, White & Blue Celebration

Patriotic showcase and fireworks show.

Date: 03 July 2017 - 03 July 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Tom Lee Park.

Elvis Week 2012

In August 2012 the 35th anniversary celebration of Elvis Presley will take place in the King's hometown of Graceland, Memphis. There will be a multitude of events throughout the week including music festivals, baseball games, tribute artist contests, a 5K run, songwriter showcases, conversations on Elvis with special guests such as Tom Brown (Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies), a "mafia" reunion of Elvis' closest friends, receptions, tours, a dance party, a candlelight vigil, photography exhibits, karaoke for the kids, and meet-and-greets with special guests. This is definitely a must-see event for fans of the rock 'n' roll king!

Date: 10 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Graceland Mansion
Website: http://www.elvis.com/elvisweek/ewschedule.aspx
Cost:

Various.


Memphis Music and Heritage Festival

The culture and history of the South is the constant focus of the annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, a multi-stage music and cultural event. The live entertainment usually includes music, spoken word and dance acts. It is a great event for lovers of Southern music and folk art and crafts, and it is also recommended for lovers of Southern soul food.

Date: 01 September 2017 - 02 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations.
Website: http://www.memphismusicandheritagefestival.com

Cooper-Young Festival

The Cooper-Young Festival is among the most popular outdoor events in Memphis. It takes place in the city's largest historic district, Cooper-Young, and each year grows a little bit bigger. Nowadays over 50,000 visitors come to the festival, where they enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 300 artisans from around the country. The festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and heritage of Memphis.

Date: 15 September 2017 - 16 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Streets and other locations in the Cooper-Young district.
Website: http://www.cooperyoungfestival.com
Cost:

Free.


Mid-South Fair

Family event with amusement rides, food stands and other attractions.

Date: 21 September 2017 - 30 October 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: South Fairgrounds, 940 Maxwell Boulevard.
Website: http://www.midsouthfair.org
Cost:

Various.


Graceland Christmas lighting ceremony

A Yuletide tribute to Elvis.

Date: 19 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Graceland.
Website: http://www.elvis.com

Elvis Presley Birthday Celebrations

Each year, Elvis fans all over the world celebrate the anniversary of Elvis Presley's birthday on 8 January, honouring the late, great King of rock and roll. His spiritual hometown of Memphis hosts a special series of Elvis Presley Birthday Celebrations.

A great event, the celebrations include the Elvis Birthday Dance Party, the Elvis Fan Club Presidents' Event, The Elvis Presley Birthday Pops, the Elvis Insiders Reception & Graceland Tour and the highlight in the programme, the Elvis Presley Day Ceremony, held in the grounds of Elvis' famous Graceland Mansion. A rite of passage for many die-hard Elvis fans, this is a fun weekend of celebrations and parties.

Date: 05 January 2018 - 08 January 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues in and around Memphis.
Cost:

Various depending on event.


Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday

Commemorative events in recognition of Dr King's contribution to the civil rights movement in America including rallies, speeches and seminars.

Date: 15 January 2018 - 15 January 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: National Civil Rights Museum.