Last Minute Summer Symphony VIP Giveaway! (Giveaway Ended)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 26th 2016 16181 0

Hey Memphis! I’ve just received word that the Symphony has two VIP tickets under the name “I Love Memphis Blog Readers” for this Saturday night’s Summer Symphony at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Isn’t that nice of them?

Scroll on to find out how to win.  Giveaway over! Congrats to the winner Jake Trigg!


This Saturday’s concert is the inaugural Summer Symphony at the Memphis Botanic Garden.  You can sit under the stars and hear our very own Symphony along with Beale Street diva Susan Marshall and her band perform all kinds of music – Porgy & Bess, Star Wars, Susan Marshall originals, and even Adele.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gates, which open at 5:30 p.m. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and you’re welcome to bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Kids are welcome; their tickets are just $10.

This Saturday’s concert is going to be a ton of fun, so buy your tickets right here (you can save $5 by buying them ahead of time), and pack up your Memphis picnic (find suggestions for local picnic items here and here).

How to win:

VIP tickets are $75 per person and include entrance to the VIP tent with hors d’oeuvres and drinks and preferred lawn seating. Buy them here, or if you want to enter to win a pair, leave me a comment telling me who you’ll take with you as your +1.

This would be a lovely way to kick off the summer, don’t you think?

I’ll do a random drawing on Friday, May 27 at 3 p.m., so don’t delay in commenting. Be sure to check your email after 3 p.m.

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Go there:

Summer Symphony 2016
Memphis Botanic Garden’s Live Garden
May 28, 2016

gates at 5:30 p.m. / music at 7:30 p.m.
adults $25 at the gate/children $10
VIP lawn seating $75

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. Amy B says:

    Sounds like a great date night with the hubby!

  2. Jessica H. says:

    For this event, I would take my Mom! I moved back to Memphis after 13 years (almost a year ago…WOW)and our bond has become even stronger. I would take my Mom because she is always thinking of ways to help others and this would be a great way to show her my appreciation. I have been looking for different events for us to do together and this might be the beginning of something wonderful. Memphis has changed so much and I keep discovering new opportunities and locations to explore. This would be amazing!

  3. Katie Wysocki says:

    My +1 would be my husband. Cheers to another great Memphis Summer.

  4. Jake Trigg says:

    I would take my girlfriend who just graduated nursing school and is back in Memphis!

  5. Jennifer Strawn says:

    Would love to go with Josh Strawn! Sounds like so much fun;)

  6. Courtney says:

    Hi Holly!
    I definitely think the Summer Symphony (VIP style) is an epic way to start off a Memphis summer! If selected, I would have my galpal and personal walking holiday, Daria tag along for the fun! 🙂

  7. Camille says:

    Hi there ! Would love to participate to the VIP Ticket Drawing – I just moved in Memphis from Paris a week ago and this would be the most perfect kick off event 🙂
    I’d like to go with my friend Ellen Bransford if I get the tickets :)))

  8. Karen says:

    My husband!

  9. Pilar Alcalde says:

    I Will be going with muy husband. We are such fans of the MSU and number 1 supporters.
    Thank you for your blog!

  10. Lyndsey Harmon says:

    I would take Brad Harmon!

  11. Rachael says:

    I would take my sister! We are trying to squeeze in as many 901 events as we can this summer before she leaves for college in the fall! Sounds like a lovely evening! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  12. Jordan Bernardini says:

    I would take Katelynn Meadows cause she has been living in Africa and hasn’t seen a Spring in Memphis in 5 years. Oh and because I’m really into her.

  13. Jenny says:

    I’d love to go and take my son. He’s loved classical music since he was a brand new baby. 🙂

  14. Caroline Loftin says:

    I would love to go to this with my sister!

  15. Melody Bailey says:

    Pick me! I’d love to go and take my mother. Her birthday was Wednesday and she mentioned she’d like to go to this!

  16. Ryan Mullins says:

    It’s my wife and mine 12th anniversary and we would love VIP tickets because ” We love Memphis “

  17. Jen says:

    I would love to surprise my sweet, hard working husband with a much needed night out!

  18. Molly Floyd says:

    I would take somebody who has never been to the symphony nor the beautiful gardens, my sweet husband.

  19. Kendall says:

    I’d bring my hubby!

  20. Shane Davis says:

    I made no plans this weekend with a significant other because I had my daughters. I expected to be spending time with them but they have now both dumped me to go to the lake with friends. I am now left with nothing to do but I would welcome a special opportunity to surprise my significant other with these tickets for a wonderful evening.

  21. Kristine Nichols says:

    My hubby!

  22. Mickki says:

    I’m not sure who I’d take! I just know that I would be truly appreciative to go an enjoy! I’m an over worked single parent in need of an outing! ( I know there are a lot of us)

  23. Monica says:

    Start of a fabulous summer at one of the best Memphis outdoor venue.. Totally taking my bestie.. Hv r
    To Celebrate summer with some Rose’ , Good food, Good music and good friends !

  24. Lesli Jones says:

    I’d love to get the tickets and for my +1 I’ll be taking my sister!!

  25. Sarah says:

    I would take my husband! He loves classical music!

  26. Carol says:

    I’ll take my boyfriend Jason as a nice date night surprise! It will be a great way to kick off our Memphis Summer Bucket List!!!!!

  27. Margaret Owsley says:

    I would take my amazing mother who had a stroke in November and loved the Memphis Symphony

  28. Debbie Pekaey says:

    I will take my husband. Our anniversary is actually this Sunday. 23 years! We haven’t made any plans yet since we’ve been so busy. This would be a perfect way to celebrate!

  29. Sheerin Mehdian says:

    I would take my wonderful boyfriend, James, if I win VIP tickets, to celebrate his birthday + admission to graduate school! Pick me!

  30. Karen says:

    I would love to kick off the summer by attending this great event with a friend. I have yet to experience a concert at the Botanic Garden.

  31. Taylor D says:

    I’d take my husband, Erik who is celebrating his 29th birthday this weekend!

  32. Jeff says:

    My wife Lindsey who’s had a long week.

  33. Abbey Clark says:

    Alex Edwards. This would be such a fun night out!

  34. Michele Walker says:

    No doubt about it… I’d take my awesome hubby with me!

  35. Aaron says:

    I’ll take my wife and 3-month old daughter.

  36. Elinor Few says:

    I would take my aunt! She loves the gardens, and the music is the icing on the cake.

  37. Michael Burkeeens says:

    Thank you for your weekly broadcast on npr. If won, I would use the tickets to take my brother as my plus one. Thanks again.

  38. Sarah says:

    I would bring my hubby!! We are new to the area and really want to experience the botanic gardens!!!

  39. Shannon Caldwell says:

    Mark Caldwell

  40. Bryan says:

    I’d take my 16 year old on a father/daughter night!

  41. Quinley says:

    I would take my best friend of 8 years Karri. She absolutely loves the summer symphony series (though she has been, I have never been; I just relocated to Downtown Memphis from St. Petersburg FL … I would enjoy going and I know she would be super stoked to go…. she just graduated (last week) from Respiratory Therapy School to go off and save lives and stuff…. she worked her butt off the past few years earning her degree and because of the hard work she had put in being a full time student, going to clinical and working full time, we have not been able to spend nearly any time together like we used to. I’m beyond proud of her for graduating ( 3.8 GPA ) and excited to see her FINALLY (after all the hard work, missed nights going out with friends, etc.) accomplishing what she had set her heart on and turning the page to start a brand new exciting chapter in her life. I would love to be able to take her to the garden as a final “you go Glenn Coco” celebration for achieving her dreams.

  42. Max says:

    I would take my mom… she would love this!

  43. Ashley Mitchell says:

    I would love to go and take my sister, Madelyn. Shes always ready to take on anything with me.

  44. @Marshamemphis says:

    Hiiiii! My comment is to comment about how wonderful I think it is Memphis is promoting itself via HOLLY W. Thumbs up and all those cool emojis. I’d love to attend this weekend’s concert — with my plus one (who I don’t think has ever been a +1 before), my son!! School’s out and I know he’d LOVE to listen to some symphony with his ever lovin’ mom 🙂 A bonding experience if you will … hey, he’s 15, he needs to to ‘expand’ his horizons … hep a mutha out would ya?!?

  45. Maureen bernot says:

    Definitely my husband. Great way to begin the summer that we will be celebrating our 45th anniversary.

  46. Katie says:

    I’d take my dear husband Will– I’ve never been to a show at the live garden so this would be a perfect first for me.

  47. Megan says:

    Hello! I would love to take my husband. I am usually on top of planning lots of fun things for us to do, but lately (and 33 weeks pregnant) I haven’t felt up to the task. This sounds like a wonderful and relaxing way to enjoy an evening together outside at the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Thanks to the Symphony for providing such a wonderful treat for someone to enjoy. Happy Friday Memphis!

  48. Wayne says:

    I would take my 13-year-old nephew. I love the symphony and think this would be a great way to start aquainting him with the finer things in life.

  49. Patrick Mayo says:

    Love your website.

    Would love to go to the Symphony.
    If I win I will take my lovely wife … Cynthia Lambert-Mayo

    Patrick Mayo

  50. Rhonda says:

    I would take my husband and enjoy what is always an amazing venue!

  51. Lisa Nolen says:

    The 30th is my husband’s and my 25th anniversary. This would be a great way to start the weekend!!

    Thank you,

  52. Meagan Stone says:

    I would love to go and take my hobbit, James, for some introduction to good music!!

  53. KC says:

    I would love to win VIP tickets and take my very best friend with me, my mom! She and I love the aesthetics of live music at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

  54. Brad says:

    I will take my daughter.

  55. Carolina A. says:

    Hello Holly!

    First of all, I love your blog and check it religiously. As for my +1, I will be taking my beautiful girlfriend!


  56. Laura says:

    I’d love to go and take my 9 year old son. I was in the Memphis Youth Symphony in High School and I’d love the opportunity to share music with my son.

  57. Melissa says:

    I would take my husband it is our six year anniversary.

  58. Andrew Agee says:

    Usually I would take my wife, to give us a night away from our toddler, but my mother is a teacher and today is the last day of school. I would be the perfect beginning to a well-deserved summer break.

  59. Garrett Dunnewold says:

    I’d love to bring my wife there for our 6th anniversary!

  60. Emily says:

    I would love to win!!! I would take my husband!!! Our kids just left for 2 weeks for vacation with grandparents and what a great way to start off the kid free time!!

  61. Amy Wenzel says:

    This would be the perfect date night for me and my husband AND it’s my birthday weekend!!!

  62. Roz says:

    I’d take my V.I.P. , which is my college sweetheart and husband 🙂 I’m a stay-at-home mama, so you know we’d enjoy a night out! Thx!

  63. marc rubenstein says:

    Cheri is my +1

  64. Danielle Salton says:

    Kevin Woods would join me!

  65. Nicole says:

    This week I discovered I have some kind of heart condition, my cat is dying and I lost my job. I’d love to grab my bestie and have a fancy time out

  66. Michael Stephens says:

    I’m so excited about this opportunity for the symphony. They are truly a treasure for our community. I’d like to take my best friend who has never seen them.

  67. Heather Jean says:

    Chase Crocker

  68. Sarah says:

    I’d bring my house mate!

  69. Donna Wolf says:

    WIN, WIN, WIN…Pick me;)! I would love to have a date night with my awesome hubby to watch the Summer Symphony on May 28th!

  70. Rebekah says:

    I would take my husband! We love the Memphis Symphony Orchestra!

  71. Grant Oster says:

    My pregnant wife who loves live music at the Garden. 🙂

  72. Eric Polonsky says:

    I would love to take my seven year old daughter, Rebecca, to the event.

  73. Steven says:

    I really want to do something special for my lady, i think the summee symphony would be the perfect thing for us!

  74. Steven says:

    I really want to do something special for my lady, and I think this symphony would be the perfect thing for us!

  75. Sharon Kim says:

    I would take my boyfriend!

  76. Lindsey Tribble says:

    What an awesome thing to do! I would def take my husband, Nash, he had a birthday yesterday and mine was the 15th so it would be a fun little getaway for us and I can only imagine how entertaining and fun. Thank you for the chance to enter!

  77. Crystal L. Richardson says:

    If I win the tickets to the Symphony I would take my 14 yr old son Joseph. He over came brain surgery at the age of 10. He likes piano and guitar. I purchased his 1st real acoustic guitar in January. I would like for him to experience the sound of the orchestra in person so that he’ll know his dream of playing guitar can and will become reality.

  78. Amanda Grobmyer says:

    I just celebrated my 30th birthday and as a thank you to my darling boyfriend, Michael Abney, I’d love to take him to Sunset Symphony! He took me to a lovely dinner at Restaurant Iris 🙂

  79. Cory J. says:

    For my +1, I would take my best friend, Katisha. We are both Navy recruiters here in Memphis, she works in Southhaven, and I work in Collierville, but we travel all over the city for work. Advancement results just came out yesterday and she did not pick up her next pay grade. I know she is bummed, although she won’t admit it but I think this would be a perfect pick me up for her. She is a great person with a huge heart and a fur momma of 3! We’re both big fans of your blog, because neither of us our from Memphis but your blog has turned us on to some awesome and different things to do every week. It’s my job every Friday to check your blog to plan our weekend, and both of us are now regulars at things like the roller derby, the Spillit nights and trivia nights. Thanks for all you do!

  80. Steven Menezes says:

    I would love to take my wife. Both of us are big fans of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra!

  81. Hannah day says:

    I wanna take my boyfriend Erick. He has been working so hard lately and really needs a night out to relax.

  82. Stephanie Cunningham says:

    I would love to take my fiancé to this event. We are new to the Memphis scene!

  83. Kristen Oster says:

    I would take my sweet husband, Grant and my 7 months pregnant belly as my +1 (and a half)! Love outdoor events where I can sit and enjoy right now!!!!

  84. Stephanie says:

    This sounds like fun and a great date night with my boyfriend (who I’d take if a won)!

  85. Laura Daniels says:

    As a longtime lover of classical music and native Memphian, I would LOVE tickets. I would take my husband Chris as my +1.

  86. Danielle says:

    Pick Me! Date night with my bestie:)

  87. Tyler says:

    I want to take my daughter!

  88. Peggy says:

    I’d love to take my mother to this wonderful concert!!

  89. Beth B says:

    I’ll take my boyfriend!

  90. Mary Reddin says:

    I would love to take my significant other to hear an outdoor symphony since he had never attended the ones downtown for the Memphis in May. That was the one event I looked forward to every year where I spent the evening with family listening to some amazing music and enjoying the outdoors at the same time. It is a memory I will never forget!

  91. Larry Fitch says:

    I would take my lovely wife of 35 years. We love outdoor concerts!

  92. Caroline French says:

    I would love to take my daughter. Thus would be her first show!

  93. Joleen Gonzalez says:

    I would take my 12 year old daughter, who loves music!

  94. Jena black says:

    I would take my husband! This would be a much needed date night! I work two jobs, my husband works and goes to school, and we have a beautiful daughter who is 2! This would be a wonderful surprise for him.

  95. Belinda Andrewd says:

    I would take my son, Parker. We love outdoor concerts, spend a lot of time at the Levitt Shell!

  96. Ann says:

    I would take my husband. It sounds like a great date night!

  97. Terri says:

    My fiancé! We get married June 25th!

  98. Katie Maynard says:

    I’d love to go!! My hubs for +1 ! Sounds lovely!

  99. Alice Hill says:

    I wound take my hubby to the Summer Symphony!!

  100. Katie Howell says:

    I’ll take my mom, who is visiting from New York!!

  101. Elizabeth Hamilton says:

    My plus one will be my mom! Angela Behles

  102. Denise Baker says:

    My husband, Tim Baker, and I would love to attend! He’s experienced a challenging 12 months, going through chemotherapy and too many meds to list but has come through to the other side with positive results! What a great treat to “start off our summer” attending Summer Symphony 2016!

  103. Stephanie Judd says:

    I would love to take my amazing boyfriend to this event. He is a single dad to an amazing little girl. We are both extremly busy and do not get much time together, so this would be great!

  104. Alexandra Wingardh says:

    Hi! I’d love to go the Symphony this Saturday. My +1 would be my husband. He has never been to Symphony before, he is from Sweden. Love reading your blog!


  105. Daniel Tacker says:

    Taking my wife!

  106. Jasmine says:

    I would definitely take my boyfriend with me! That would be our first time going to the Symphony, and I’m sure he’d “love” to take us to hear it! Haha

  107. Samantha says:

    My hubby!

  108. Tyrone Conner says:

    The beautiful and amazing Jenny Jo Smith.

  109. andrew says:

    Just moved downtown 3 weeks ago! Have friend is coming to visit this weekend and we would love to walk down to see the symphony! I keep hearing great things! PICK ME PICK ME!

  110. Carol says:

    I would take my daughter! 🙂

  111. Tammie Deal says:

    I would take my sister, of course! !

  112. Beth Adams says:

    Tammy Griffin

  113. melody says:

    Good afternoon. I would share my tickets with my two teenage daughters. They both finished the school year with straight A’s. I’m so proud of them. Through a very difficult year losing a grandparen and other adversities, , they hung in there with perseverance.. I am so proud. I love my girls.

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