365 Things to Do in Memphis #238: Memphis Music and Heritage Festival

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 25th 2012 929 0

Ed. Note: The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival is on hiatus for 2018. 2019 information will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

Every Labor Day weekend, downtown Memphis throws a big music and arts festival on Main Street, and even though it’s been around for more than 20 years, it still feels like a bit of a secret. Assignment #238 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to check out the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival.

Craig Thompson / Memphis Tourism

The Center for Southern Folklore’s Memphis Music and Heritage Festival is two days of southern-fried live music, dancing, cooking, storytelling and vendors that happens annually on Labor Day weekend.

There are dozens of live performances from all genres. The Music and Heritage Fest is probably the only place where you can see mariachi, ballet, rappers and kids playing jazz music in a single place on a single day.

What: Memphis Music and Heritage Festival

When: Labor Day Weekend annually

Where: Center for Southern Folklore (119 S. Main St., No. 106)

Who: All ages are welcome.

How much: Free

Originally posted Aug. 2012. Updated August 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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