Memphis’ Biggest Weekend Ever

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 30th 2015 3382 0

People have been saying it for a few weeks now, but this weekend in Memphis is arguably one of the best, biggest, and busiest…ever. I know there have been a few recent contenders – 2011, the year of the Mississippi River flood, music fest, and Grizzlies playoffs comes close – but this is a pretty exciting time.

Here's why this weekend is so tremendous. It's not taking the place of my "5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend" post – that'll be up tomorrow. 

– Beale Street Music Fest

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Photo by Sean Davis.

Memphis In May kicks off with Beale Street Music Fest at Tom Lee Park all weekend. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you want to see the lineup with days, go here. MemphisInMay.Org has the times and stages here.

Need tips and tricks to make the most of BSMF? Read my ABCs of Memphis in May here.

– All weekend: Bass Pro Pyramid


This will be the first weekend for our re-opened shiny landmark. I've written about it a few times this week, so check these two posts: "What You Need To Know About Bass Pro" for all the details on visiting and "50 Things I Saw At The Bass Pro Pyramid" for a recap of my tour and tons of photos. 

I'm doing something pretty exciting next week to conclude my coverage on the Bass Pro opening, so stay tuned on Monday for the scoop.

– Brewery Revival

Brewery Revival

I feel like the Tennessee Brewery serves as a great compliment to Memphis in May activities. It's a place to stop by for a beer, some food, a place to sit (space permitting, of course). It's open from lunch until late Thursdays through Sundays. 

Go here to read more about Brewery Revival. 

– Latino Memphis Fest

Photo via Latino Memphis

Not feeling downtown this weekend? That's OK, too. Spend Saturday at Overton Park celebrating the growing Hispanic culture in Memphis at the Latino Memphis Fest and Cinco-K-Mayo 5K. The race starts at 9 a.m. and the party goes 'til 4 p.m. with music, tons of food, shopping, and a salsa tasting contest. Read more here.


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Now, I don't want to jinx anything, but as of right now (Thursday) the Weather Channel predicts sunny, 70s and low 80s, and zero percent chance of rain. It's going to be fantastic.

The Grizzlies

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We beat out Portland and now it's time to defeat the Golden State Warriors in Round Two of the Western Conference Semifinals. We play Game 1 on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in California. 

Go here to see some suggestions on where to watch or the schedule, or head to the TN Brewery or contact the Rec Room to rent out a screen to watch with friends. 

We've got company.

This weekend Memphis has guests: a few extra tens of thousands of people, many of whom have never been here before. Let's show our visitors a good time by being extra hospitable, giving directions, and just helping out folks who look like they're trying to get around.


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What's the most epic weekend you've ever had in Memphis? Tell me in the comments.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Joe Birch says:

    Hi, Holly!
    Joe Birch here! Memphis Rotary Club is bringing "Cafe du Monde" to the Overton Park Pavilion this Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9am-12 noon. We'll have beignets, cafe au lait, and a whole lot more. Great fun benefits Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Memphis' only homeless shelter that allows families to remain united while they get back on their feet.

  2. karen says:

    I’m excited for our city. Our time to shine!

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  4. Tess says:

    Don't forget the Memphis Symphony and Chorus teaming up with the Rhodes Mastersingers to put on Beethoven's 9th!  There are still tickets available for Saturday's show at the Cannon Center.

  5. Love your blog! Memphis is Awesome!! The Latino Memphis Festival will include art from local artists and MCA international students from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama. 

    We will also replicate "Penetrable" by Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto. Come and experience 9000 yards of colorful cord hanging. 

  6. Allison says:

    I agree, Karen! Puts a smile on my face that there's some great positivity going on right now in this city. I can't wait to get my weekend started! 

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