2016 Memphis Events: A Huge List Of Things To Look Forward To

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 22nd 2015 32782 29

Are you excited about 2016 yet? I am. Here is a month-by-month guide to important dates and events for Memphis in 2016. Use it to help your friends and family plan their visit here. Click on the months below to skip ahead.

January February March April May June July August September October November December

There are a ton of great things to look forward to in the coming year that don’t have specific dates (trolleys, Trader Joe’s, and the Harahan Bridge to name a few). If you want to hear about those, listen to the December 2015 Bonus Clip here:

 

January

A view of the bridge from Mud Island in January.

A view of the bridge from Mud Island in January.

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues

1-3: Marvel Universe Live! at FedExForum (link)
2: AutoZone Liberty Bowl
7-10: Elvis’ 81st Birthday Celebration at Graceland (link)
9: Star & Micey with the Black Cadillacs (link)
8-10: Memphis International Auto Show at Cook Convention Center (link)
12-17: Matilda the Musical at the Orpheum (link)
15 – 17: DreamFest 5 music festival (link)
15: Science of Beer event at the Pink Palace (link)
16: Memphis Symphony presents Ravishing Rachmaninoff (link)
22: American Idiot opens at Playhouse on the Square; run until Feb. 14 (link)
23: Bill Maher at the Orpheum
26-30: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street (link)
29: Star Trek concert at the Orpheum

February

Februrary - Works Of Heart

The Memphis Child Advocacy Center’s Works of Heart auction will be February 6, 2016. Local artists create heart-themed pieces.

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues
Beale Street Music Festival lineup is usually announced (read last year’s lineup here)

2: WWE Smackdown at FedExForum (link)
6: Works of Heart Auction to benefit Memphis Child Advocacy Center (link)
6-14: Memphis Open Tennis Tournament at the Racquet Club (link)
6-7 Tennessee Comic Con at Cook Convention Center (link)
9-14: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder at The Orpheum (link)
10: Barry Manilow at FedExForum (link)
12-13: Monster Jam monster trucks at FedExForum (link)
14: American Idiot at Playhouse on the Square closes (link)
15: City & Colour at Minglewood Hall with Greyhounds (link)
20: Stomp! at The Orpheum (link)
20-21: Memphis Symphony presents Bolero (link)
21: Youth Villages Soup Sunday (link)
26-27: Mid-South Farm and Gin Show (link)
27: Memphis Symphony presents The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds Turns 50 (link)
28: Wonder, Whimsy, World: Folk Art In America at the Brooks Museum closes (link)

March

March 2015 was a snowy month for Memphis. Wonder if we'll get as many snow days in 2016...

March 2015 was a snowy month for Memphis. Wonder if we’ll get as many snow days in 2016…

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues

3: Blake Shelton at FedExForum (link)
5: Brian Regan at The Orpheum (link)
5: Winter Jam Tour at FedExForum (link)
6: Memphis Symphony presents Vivaldi’s Seasons (link)
9: Wolfmother at Minglewood Hall (link)
10: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at The Orpheum (link)
11-13: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter (link)
12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street (link)
15-20: Book of Mormon at The Orpheum (link)
18-20: Mid-South Con 34 (link)
25: Billy Joel at FedExForum (link)
31: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at The Orpheum (link)
31 – April 3: Memphis Comedy Fest (link)

April

April is the month for crawfish festivals in Memphis. The Rajun Cajun Crawfish fest always has a gumbo contest as well.

April is the month for crawfish festivals in Memphis. The Rajun Cajun Crawfish fest always has a gumbo contest as well.

 Grizzlies basketball season continues
Redbirds season begins (read my post here)
Peabody Rooftop Parties begin

TBA: Overton Square Crawfish Festival (link)
TBA: Africa in April Cultural Festival at Robert Church Park (link)
TBA: Harbor Town Crawfish Festival (link)
TBA: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival (link)
TBA: Memphis Beer Week (link)
TBA: Beale Street Wine Race (link)

March 31 – April 3: Memphis Comedy Fest (link)
1-10: Midtown Opera Festival (link)
2: Down To Earth Festival At Shelby Farms (link)
2-3: Memphis Symphony presents Pictures At An Exhibition (link)
3: Memphis Farmer’s Market Opening Day (link)
4-9: Memphis Fashion Week (link) (read the post about last year)
7. Redbirds Opening Day (link)
16: Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park (link)
16: Healthy Memphis Food Festival (link)
16: East Buntyn Art Walk (link)
16: Le Bon Appetit benefit for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (link)
16-27: Ballet Memphis presents Cinderella at The Orpheum (link)
23: Lucero Family Block Party at Minglewood Hall (link)
23: Southern Hot Wing Festival (link)
23: V & E Greenline Art Walk (link)
April 29 – May 1: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival (link)

May

The crowd at Beale Street Music Festival 2015.

The crowd at Beale Street Music Festival 2015.

Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins
Grizzlies season continues
Redbirds season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue

TBA: Taste the Rarity Beer Festival at Wiseacre

April 29 – May 1: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival (link)
1-7: Travel & Tourism Week – Events TBA
2-9: Memphis In May International Salute To Canada (link)
4-6: 37th Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center (link)
6-7: Memphis Greek Festival (link)
6-29: Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square (link)
7: Dog-A-Roo at Shelby Farms (link)
7: Mid-South Food Truck Festival (link)
8: Memphis Symphony presents Beethoven’s Eroica (link)
12-14: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest aka “BBQ Fest” at Tom Lee Park (link)
14-15: Memphis Symphony presents Mahler’s First (link)
25: Journey and The Doobie Brothers at FedExForum (link)
28: Memphis In May’s Great American River Run (link)
June

By June, Jerry's Sno Cones are a must.

By June, Jerry’s Sno Cones are a must.

Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Redbirds season continues
Grizzlies basketball season continues
Live at the Garden concert series usually begins
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Orpheum Summer Movie Series usually begins

TBA: A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park (link)

2-6: Memphis Black Expo (link)
2-4:Memphis Italian Festival (link)
2-6: The Wiz at Hattiloo Theatre (link)
6-12: FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament at TPC Southwind (link)
7-11: Germantown Charity Horse Show in Germantown, TN (link)
14-19: Wizard of Oz at The Orpheum (link)
16: Outdoors, Inc. Mississippi River Kayak and Canoe Race (link) (read my post here)

July

American flag hanging inside the Rendezvous.

American flag hanging inside the Rendezvous.

Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Redbirds season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Orpheum Summer Movie Series continues

23: WEVL Blues on the Bluff (link)

August

University of Memphis fountain: August 2015.

University of Memphis fountain: August 2015.

Redbirds season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Orpheum Summer Movie Series continues

TBA: Elvis Tribute week at Graceland, various locations (link)
TBA: Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Ride (link)

20-21, 27-28: 2nd Annual Mid-South Renaissance Faire (link)
28: Best Memphis Burger Fest (link)

September

Tigers victory, September 2015.

Tigers victory, September 2015.

Tigers Football season begins
Redbirds season continues
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins

TBA: Goat Days Festival in Millington (link)
TBA: Gonerfest 13 (link)
TBA: BreakFest (link)

2-4: On Location: Memphis International Film Fest (link)
2-4: Memphis Music and Heritage Festival at the Center for Southern Folklore (link)
8 – TBD: Memphis Outflix Film Festival (link)
8-10: 26th Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl (link)
10-11: Germantown Festival (link)
17: Cooper Young Fest (link)
20: Triple-A National Championship baseball game at AutoZone Park (link)

October

View of downtown Memphis from Mud Island River Park, fall 2015.

View of downtown Memphis from Mud Island River Park, fall 2015.

Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball season begins
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues

6-8: Creative Works Conference (link)
15: Memphis Food & Wine Festival (link)
21-23: River Arts Fest (link)
22: Cooper Young Regional Beerfest (link)
27-30: The Guest House at Graceland Grand Opening festivities (link)

November

Fall in Memphis.

Fall in Memphis.

Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue

TBA: Indie Memphis Film Festival (link)
TBA: Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony (link)
TBA: Starry Nights at ShelbyFarms Park begins
TBA: Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanic Gardens begins
TBA: Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention (link)

December

December downtown christmas tree

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue

3: St. Jude Memphis Marathon (link)

Ed. Note: All information is correct at time of publication. Dates, times, and other information are subject to change at the discretion of the event organizers. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of every single event in Memphis, just an overview with dates. I may add events throughout the year. Check out the calendar throughout the year and weekly and weekend lists of things to do for more updates.


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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