A Huge List of 2018 Memphis Festivals and Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 28th 2017 4086 4

2018 will be full of tons of fun events, festivals, and things to do in Memphis! Get excited, because contributor Cat Evans and I put together this huge list of major events so you can plan ahead for another amazing year in the Bluff City.

You can use it to fill out your calendar, remind yourself to get tickets to things, or – best of all – help your family and friends plan out when to visit. Obviously, there are thousands and thousands of events in Memphis. These are just the highlights.

Photo by Phillip Van Zandt / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Click on the months below to skip to that month’s list of events. 

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

January

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

4-8: Elvis’ 83rd Birthday Celebration at Graceland
8: WWE Monday Night Raw at the FedEx Forum
12: Science of Beer at the Pink Palace
12-14: DreamFest Weekend 7
15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Civil Rights Museum
16-20: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street
20: Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour at the FedEx Forum
23-28: Finding Neverland at the Orpheum

February

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues
Beale Street Music Festival lineup is usually announced during this month – I’ll post it!

13-18: The Color Purple at the Orpheum
23-24: Guess Who Showed Up At Dinner at the Orpheum

March

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

TBA: Midtown Opera Festival

2-4: Vintage901 Food & Wine Festival (various locations)
3: Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular at the FedEx Forum
5 -11: Memphis Black Restaurant Week
7-25: Wicked at the Orpheum
8-11: Memphis Comedy Fest (locations TBA)
9-11: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter
9-11: Mid-South Con 36 at Hilton Memphis
12-16: Shelby County Schools Spring Break
17: Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street

April

Grizzlies basketball season continues
MS River Kings hockey season continues (ends April 10)
Redbirds baseball season begins
Peabody Rooftop Parties begin

TBA: Taste the Rarity Beer Festival
TBA: Beale Street Wine Race on Beale
TBA: Memphis Brewfest
TBA: Harbor Town Crawfish Festival
TBA: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
TBA: Africa in April Cultural Festival
TBA: Down To Earth Festival Shelby Farms
TBA: Healthy Food Festival

TBA: Memphis Made’s Hopped IV
TBA: Persian Festival
TBA: Palestine Festival

7: Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day (continues weekly hereafter until October)
7: Overton Square Crawfish Festival
7: Sista Strut 3K Walk (will close traffic in Cooper Young/Liberty Bowl area)
10-15: Something Rotten! at the Orpheum
11-17: Memphis Fashion Week
21: East Buntyn Art Walk
21: Southern Hot Wing Festival at Tiger Lane
26: Chris Tomlin: Worship Night In America Tour at FedEx Forum
28: V & E Greenline Art Walk in Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood

May

Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins
Grizzlies/NBA basketball season continues
Redbirds baseball season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue

TBA: Memphis Greek Festival
TBA: Cooper Young Garden Walk
TBA: Mid-South Food Truck Festival
TBA: Memphis Air Show at Millington-Memphis Airport
TBA: 39th Blues Music Awards

3: Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold Tour at the FedEx Forum
4-6: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park
6-12: National Travel & Tourism Week – (Party in the Park TBA)
7-13: Memphis In May International Salute to Czech Republic
12: Dog-A-Roo at Shelby Farms Park
16-19: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest aka “BBQ Fest” at Tom Lee Park
26: Memphis In May’s 901Fest at Tom Lee Park
26: Memphis In May’s Great American River Run Downtown
31-June 2: Memphis Italian Festival

June

Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Grizzlies/NBA basketball season continues
Redbirds baseball season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Orpheum Summer Movie Series usually begins TBA: A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park
TBA: Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race at Wolf River Harbor
TBA: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

May 31-June 2: Memphis Italian Festival
4-10: FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament at TPC Southwind
5-9: Germantown Charity Horse Show
8-10: The Illusionists – Live From Broadway at the Orpheum
29-July 1: Anime Blues Con

July

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

TBA: Independence Day events (I’ll publish a guide in mid-June)
TBA: Caribbean Jerk Festival
TBA: Memphis Zine Fest
TBA: Blues on the Bluff WEVL fundraiser

29-July 1: Anime Blues Con

August

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

TBA: Memphis Pet Expo
TBA: Elvis Week 2018
TBA: Rock For Love
TBA: Germantown Festival
TBA: Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Ride
TBA: On Location Memphis Film & Music Festival
TBA: Science of Wine at the Pink Palace

September

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

TBA: Delta Fair at Agricenter
TBA: Art on Tap
TBA: Millington Goat Days
TBA: Outflix Film Festival
TBA: Cooper Young Festival
TBA: Repair Days at the Metal Museum
TBA: Mid-South Fair
TBA: Breakfest
TBA: Gonerfest 15
TBA: Mid-South Pride Parade & Fest

1-30: 30 Days of Opera
1: 901 Day celebrations around town!
1: Expsoure on 901 Day
1-2: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
6-8: Southern Heritage Classic Weekend
30: Memphis Japan Fest

October

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

TBA: Creative Works Conference (usually early in the month)
TBA: MEMPHO Music Festival
TBA: Memphis Tequila Fest
TBA: Soulsville USA Festival
TBA: Pink Palace Crafts Fair
TBA: Cooper Young Beer Fest
TBA: Memphis Food & Wine Festival
TBA: Shelby County Schools Fall Break

13-14: Mid-South Renaissance Faire
20-21: Mid-South Renaissance Faire
26-28: River Arts Festival

November

Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
Hustle basketball season begins

TBA: Indie Memphis Film Festival (usually early in the month)
TBA: India Fest Memphis
TBA: Junior League Merry Marketplace
TBA: Shelby Forest Fall Fest
TBA: Memphis Made’s MALTED
TBA: Greenway Soiree
TBA: Santa Lands at the Pink Palace
TBA: Downtown Memphis Holiday Tree Lighting
TBA: Holiday Wonders at the Garden

December

Grizzlies, Tigers, and Hustle basketball seasons continue

TBA: Downtown Memphis/Beale Street Holiday Parade
TBA: Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl
TBA: Memphis Farmer’s Market Holiday Market
TBA: Memphis Maker Market
TBA: Liberty Bowl

1: St. Jude Marathon in downtown/midtown Memphis (streets closed…also stay tuned for the ILM Cheering Section info!)
31: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street

Holiday guides for events, markets, and parades will be published in mid-November.

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. Check out the calendar throughout the year and weekend lists of things to do (published every Friday morning) for more updates.

Did we leave off your favorite events? Need to add a date? No worries, just submit it here and I’ll add it to the blog’s calendar.


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. Teri says:

    Why didn’t you include the lighting of the Christmas lights at Graceland in November?

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      These are just a few selected highlights, no one’s meant to be not included and – to reiterate – readers are welcome to submit suggestions to the calendar once events date are announced. We love sharing Graceland’s many events, including the holiday lighting/decor, on our holiday events guides, seasonal event guides, weekend guides, calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more! You can find a full calendar of their events at graceland.com.

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