365 Things to Do in Memphis #241: Live at the Garden

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 28th 2018 1167 0

Pack your picnic basket and score a ticket – assignment #241 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to see a concert at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

All photos by James Wessels / Memphis Tourism

Every summer, hundreds of people flock to the giant lawn in the middle of the Memphis Botanic Garden for the annual Live at the Garden concert series. The shows are a giant garden party combined with a picnic (you’re allowed to bring in your own food and booze) and a big concert.

The bands are usually crowd-pleasing favorites like Duran Duran, the B-52s and Al Green, and the crowd is decidedly adult. There are a handful of reserved tables in front of the stage, but the lawn (where tickets are less expensive) turns into mass picnic / dance party. Some people go all out with their dress and food spreads, others keep it super casual with lawn chairs, blankets and take-out.

Check out this year’s lineup here.

Go there:

Live at the Garden

Memphis Botanic Gardens

750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117
(901) 636-4100

Originally published August 2012. Updated September 2018.


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. J and A says:

    A few suggestions for this for next year: Ryan Adams. Wilco. Avett Brothers. Morrissey. The Cure. The Perfect Vessels. 🙂

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