December 31, 2018 Liberty Bowl Cheat Sheet: Things To Do In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 7th 2015 10264 0

Updated December 2018

Are you a Mizzou or Oklahoma State fan traveling to Memphis for the 2018 Liberty Bowl (December 31, 2018)? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s your cheat sheet for making the most of your long weekend in our fair city.

Liberty Bowl Stadium. Photo by Chuck Lajeunesse.

Liberty Bowl Stadium. Photo by Chuck Lajeunesse.

The Game

The 2018 Liberty Bowl game between the Mizzou Tigers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys is Monday, December 31, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. CST at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis.

There is parking near the stadium, you can use ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, or call a cab at 901-577-7777 to make your way to the Liberty Bowl. While most lodging options are 10-20 minutes from the Stadium on a regular day, expect traffic delays – there are a ton of you going to the Liberty Bowl!

If you want more detailed info on tailgating, parking, and other events associated with the Bowl Game, click here.

The Liberty Bowl Beale Street Parade on December 30 at 3 p.m. is free, and will be followed by a pep rally in Handy Park on Beale at 4:30 p.m.

As for lodging, there are lots of hotels in downtown Memphis and East Memphis. Downtown hotels will be within walking distance (or a short trolley ride) from things to do and about five miles to the Stadium. Prepare for crowds and traffic – Beale Street attracts tens of thousands of people for New Year’s Eve. If you stay in East Memphis, you’ll need transportation to get to nearby things to do and will be about seven to ten miles from the Stadium.

Click here for info on local hotels.

Things To Do In Memphis

“What are the top things I must do when I visit Memphis?” This is a hard question to answer, but it’s one I get all the time. If you only have a few days to spend in town, check out the Memphis Cheat Sheet (updated for 2018/2019) right here.

Ed. Note: Due to the New Year’s holiday, some establishments may have different or limited hours, so be sure to call ahead. If you’re looking for a Guide To New Year’s Eve events in Memphis, click here. If you’re looking for places open on New Year’s Day, click here.

Feel free to leave questions in the comments, or ask me on Twitter.

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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  2. Tami Thompsom says:

    There are TONS of eateries less than a mile from the Liberty Bowl in Cooper Young! Stone Soup Cafe offers breakfast all day and is now open for dinner every Thursday-Saturday till 9p. Come on by and see us on your way to the game OR on your way home! WPS!!

  3. Sean Reinhard says:

    You forget Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Museum.

  4. Bill Harper says:

    Ease out and check out Corky s bar bq right there on poplar , and then The Germantown Commissary is also good, I sent a bunch of people to both last year and ran a poll, Commissary beat all of them. Sent about 80 folks to the Villa Castrioti in Cordova and not one bad review. Everything is not down town, in Memphis, it is spread out. On Mondays TJ Mulligan s has a 4.95 burger that is out of this world and the cutest servers in Memphis, including the bartender . Just sharing folks

  5. Kay says:

    Oh, gee! You forgot to mention the Brooks Museum of Art! Bet there are a few football fans who like art museums!

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Thanks Kay! There are dozens of great museums and attractions like the Brooks Museum, Dixon Gallery, Botanic Gardens, Metal Museum, U of M Art Museum, Belz Museum, Ernest Withers Collection, and many, many more that visitors can enjoy, and all of those can be found on this blog! I’m here for anyone looking for something specific that’s not listed on this quick cheat-sheet guide!

  6. Lisa says:

    We are headed to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl. Any suggestions on where we should go for NYE downtown with a 16 and 18 year old? We are staying a few blocks from Beale Street and would love to be as close to the festivities as possible but it looks like everything including entrance to Beale Street is 21+. Thanks!

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