365 Things to Do in Memphis #255: Cooper-Young Fest

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 12th 2012 1852 0

Get ready to listen to some great bands, support local artists and organizations and have a beer before noon: the 25th annual Cooper-Young Festival (aka, Midtown's biggest party) is this weekend. It's also assignment #255 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis.

Cooper-Young Festival

The annual festival kicks off Thursday night with an art invitation and four-mile run through the neighborhood on Friday night.

On Saturday, the intersection of Cooper and Young will be shut down and the street will be packed with vendors, bands, food stands and midtowners looking to party. 

Sixteen bands will play the festival's three stages this year. I would make sure you're parked at the main stage at 12:15 p.m. for the Side Street Steppers followed by the Memphis Dawls at 1:15 and the Memphis Drum Shop stage at 2:30 for Allied Standard.

Here are a few things to know before you go:

– Parking is a free-for-all on the side streets around the festival. Unless you get there crazy early, plan to walk a few blocks. CY residents know that once they get home on festival eve, they won't be leaving until Sunday.

– Bring cash. I'm sure some of the vendors will have ways to pay with plastic, but having cash for food makes things much easier on everyone.

– Find a house party. If you know people in the neighborhood, see if they're having some sort of porch or yard party during the festival. That way, you've got a place to take a break, have a drink and use a non-portable bathroom.

– In the (unlikely) event that it rains, the festival will move to Sunday, Sept. 16.

If you've got any other tips for festival goers, leave them in the comments.

Go there:

25th annual Cooper-Young Festival

Intersection of Cooper and Young streets
Saturday, Sept. 15th
9 a.m. –


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