365 Things to Do in Memphis #109: Put a Wing On It at the Southern Hot Wing Festival

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 19th 2018 4510 0

Originally published April 2015. Updated April 2018. 

Warm up for Memphis in May with a cooking competition and festival that honors Memphis’ second favorite food (after barbecue): hot wings.

Hot Wings Central BBQ

Love wings, but never been? Here’s what you need to know:

When is the Memphis Hot Wing Fest? It is usually the last weekend in April. In 2018, it will be on Saturday, April 21.

Where is Hot Wing Fest? In 2018, the hot wing fest will move to Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl in midtown. It used to be at Mississippi River Park.

How much are hot wing fest tickets in Memphis? Tickets are $20 at the gate or $15 in advance online or at the Ronald McDonald House, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Read more here.


The cause: All proceeds from the event go to Ronald McDonald House, which gives families a place to stay while their child is getting treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Organizers say that the event has raised more than $225,000 over the years.

How to Eat The Wings: If you ask really nicely and bring some ones, you can taste wings for a $1-$2 per wing donation in the team’s bucket, which goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House. Wings will not be officially for sale from competition tents.

Hot Wing Fest, Memphis, Tenn.

Do bring: Cash, sunscreen, kids (12 and under can get in free).

Don’t bring: Pets, coolers, or outside food or drinks.

Music: Live music at multiple stages! Check out the lineup: http://www.southernhotwingfestival.com/music-line-up/

For more info: southernhotwingfestival.com

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. Andy says:

    It's been a good time the past few years. If you like wings, that is (and who doesn't?)

  2. Chuck says:

      is it too late to enter the wing eating contest? cant i just attempt to enter the contest at the gate? 

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