Brazilian BBQ, Family Fun, a 5K, and More At The Latino Memphis 5K

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 29th 2016 10433 0

Next Saturday in Memphis is going to be one of those crazy how-is-there-so-much-going-on-today kinds of days, and a big part of that is the Latino Memphis Festival and 5K in Overton Park.


The Latino Memphis 5K

The 5K starts on Saturday morning, May 7 at 9 a.m. and your $25 registration includes a goodie bag, t-shirt. free local and imported beer for runners 21+, and … drumroll please: you’ll get to be the first to try some free Brazilian BBQ. Read more here, and to sign up, click here. You can register starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the race, but entry is $30 and shirt and BBQ aren’t guaranteed.

If you want to save that $25, though, I’m giving away a FREE entry to the 5K. Keep reading to find out how to enter. Instructions are at the bottom of this post. (Giveaway ended; congrats to our winner Raquel!)


Photo provided by Latino Memphis

Ten Must-See, Must-Do Brazilian Things At Latino Memphis Fest

As for the festival itself, it’s going to be a great time. It goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Overton Park and is totally free and family-friendly. The honored country for this year is Brazil. Read more here and below.


Photo provided by Latino Memphis

I really liked Latino Memphis’ run-down of “10 Must-See, Must-Do Brazilian Things At Latino Memphis Fest”, so I’m going to repost this slightly edited run-down here (with permission):

1. Brazilian-infused Zumba and samba dance classes

2. Kids Carnaval area (in addition to Rainbow Lake Playground) with interactive performances, face painting, crafts, bubble soccer, and more.

3. Build a Batucada musical session with Brazilian instruments

4. Brazilian martial arts Capoeira sessio

5. Choro and Forró among other Brazilian rhythms


Photo provided by Latino Memphis

6. Take photos with Brazilian passistas (professional samba dancers)

7. Carnival leather mask decorating workshop ($15 – $20)

8. Soccer clinics and contests by Soccer Olé

9. Shop arts & crafts and take a cultural journey at the Brazilian Pavilion

10. Bring your appetite for Brazilian BBQ and your ID for a Caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil! (Beer and other food selections also available for sale)


Photo provided by Latino Memphis

A Word About Parking, Traffic, and Dealing With Midtown Next Saturday, May 7
Most of us are aware that the parking situation in the Overton Park/Zoo/Brooks area is a little strained. But with a very minimal amount of planning, we can all help make next Saturday go more smoothly. I may write more about this next week, but for now:

– Plan on walking, riding your bike, or at least carpooling.

– Take an Uber or Lyft (I can’t say enough about how convenient this is, I basically never drive anymore if I’m going to a congested area).

– Plan on parking in the Overton Square garage (it’s free during the day) and walking to the Overton Park area from there. It’s less than a mile (aka less than a 20 minute walk) to the Brooks Museum from there.


Last year’s salsa contest winner! Photo provided by Latino Memphis

And Now For The Free Beer, Brazilian BBQ, and Race Entry To The Latino Memphis 5K (Giveaway Ended  – congrats to our winner Raquel)
You want to save $25 on an entry fee to the Latino Memphis 5K?

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you want to run the race before Tuesday morning, May 3, at 9 a.m. I’ll do a random drawing then and contact the winner via email.

That’s it! Be sure to leave the comment on this blog post (not on FB or social media post).


Photo provided by Latino Memphis

Go there:

Latino Memphis Festival and 5K
Saturday, May 7, 2016
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
free to enter

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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. Erik U says:

    Well, im hispanic and love food… 5k race will help eat/drink more and be merry

  2. Jenn says:

    I’d like to win because it’s springtime in the city and what better place to be than amazing Midtown?

  3. Stephanie says:

    I want to run so I can I can guilt(less)ly eat and drink and enjoy the festival for the rest of the day!

  4. William says:

    It would be my first race in Memphis!

  5. Zack says:

    Because familia Calvo has made Memphis a much better place.

  6. Jeff says:

    I want to run the 5K to burn enough calories to offset the free beer and Brazilian BBQ at Latino Memphis Fest.

  7. Melanie A says:

    I would love a free entry. This is just the motivation I need to get moving again after a couple of months off.

  8. Amy Miller says:

    I would love to win an entry. I’ve never run this race before and it sounds like lots of fun!

  9. Raquel Hinson says:

    I’d love to run this race! I’m training for the Great American River Run Half-Marathon and it would be a lot of fun to participate in a 5K prior to that. I’m also Puerto Rican and would love to run with other Latinos in Memphis or people interested in or supporting all of the great cultures that make up Latinos in Memphis!

  10. Jorden says:

    I’ve been looking forward to the Latino Memphis Fest and would love to participate in the 5k. And for the BBQ and beer of course!

  11. Rebekah Paez says:

    I stay home with my son while his dad works. We just found out that he won’t have his job June 1st so we are moving in with my brother out of state. I loved being in Memphis and am SO glad we get to go to this event before we leave! Because of the lay off and move we are tight on money and haven’t registered for the 5k. But if I won this free entry it would be such a blessing and my first 5k!!! Can’t wait to see everyone at the festival!

  12. Abby says:

    Training for a Tough Mudder! Bring on a 5k! 🙂

  13. Yancy Villa-Calvo says:

    Cool! The Latino Memphis Festival will be amazing! It gets better every year! Thank you for posting!
    Love your blog! Oh, also! Thank you for tweeting the chalk art from the Memphis Tourism Party today.

  14. Melissa McMasters says:

    There will be shuttles running from Idlewild Church and First Baptist at Poplar/E Pkwy, as well as one-way traffic throughout the park. Here’s all the info:

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