A Huge List Of 2017 Festivals And Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 30th 2016 23577 3

2017 is upon us! Are you excited yet? If so, then this list will only make you more excited. If you’re still shaking off the shackles of 2016, I hope this list will nudge you towards New Year’s enthusiasm.

Below is a month-by-month guide to important dates for Memphis events and festivals in 2017. You can use it to fill out your calendar, remind yourself to get tickets to things, or – best of all – help your family and friends plan out when to visit.

You can click on the months below to skip to that month.

January February March April May June July August September October November December

January

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues

5-8: Elvis’ 82nd Birthday Celebration at Graceland
7: Pops 2: Elvis at the Movies with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
12: Red Hot Chili Peppers at FedExForum
13: Science of Beer at the Pink Palace
13 – 15: DreamFest Weekend 6 at 1524 Madison
14-15: Memphis Symphony presents Rachmaninoff Concerto 2 at Cannon Center/GPAC
16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Civil Rights Museum
17: WWE Smackdown at FedExForum
20 – Feb. 12: Rock of Ages at Playhouse on the Square; run until Feb. 12
20 – Feb. 12: Blueprints To Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin at Hattiloo
24-29: The Bodyguard: The Musical at the Orpheum
31 – Feb. 4: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street

February

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues
Beale Street Music Festival lineup is usually announced during this month

Jan 20 – Feb 12: Blueprints To Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin at Hattiloo
Jan 31 – Feb 4: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street
2-4: Garth Brooks World Tour at FedExForum
10 – 12: The Illusionists – Live From Broadway at the Orpheum
10 – 26: Sense & Sensibility at Theatre Memphis
11-19: Memphis Open Tennis Tournament at the Racquet Club
12-13: Monster Jam monster trucks at FedExForum
17: Valerie June at the Hi-Tone
17 – 19: Opera Memphis presents The Pirates of Penzance
18: The Mersey Beatles at the Halloran Centre
20: Juicy J “Rubba Band Business The Tour” at Minglewood Hall
25 – 26: Brahms Fourth with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
28 – March 5: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Orpheum

March

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues

Feb 28 – March 5: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Orpheum
3 – 26: Lord of the Flies at Playhouse on the Square
4: Ben Folds at Minglewood Hall
7 – 13: Memphis Black Restaurant Week
8: Stevie Nicks w/ Pretenders at FedExForum
8: ZZ Top at the Orpheum
9-12: Memphis Comedy Fest (locations TBA)
10 – 12: Vintage901 Food & Wine Festival (various locations)
10-12: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter
10 – April 2: Crowns: The Gospel Musical at Hattiloo
11: Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street
16: Bon Jovi at FedExForum
18 – 19: IRIS Orchestra w/ Opera Memphis presents City of Song at GPAC
22: Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Orpheum
24 & 26: NCAA Division I Men’s South Regional Basketball Championship at FedExForum
24 – 26: Mid-South Con 35 at Hilton Memphis
25 – 26: Orchestral Fireworks! with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
30: First Memphis Redbirds baseball game
31 – April 9: Midtown Opera Festival

 

April

Grizzlies basketball season continues
MS River Kings hockey season continues (ends April 7)
Redbirds baseball season begins
Peabody Rooftop Parties begin

TBA: Harbor Town Crawfish Festival
TBA: Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day
TBA: Healthy Memphis Food Festival
TBA: Lucero Family Block Party at Minglewood Hall

March 10 – April 2: Crowns: The Gospel Musical at Hattiloo
March 31 – April 9: Midtown Opera Festival
1: Down to Earth Festival at Shelby Farms
3-8: Memphis Fashion Week
5 – 28: Million Dollar Quartet at Playhouse on the Square
8: Overton Square Crawfish Festival in Overton Square
8-9: Ballet Memphis’ Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum
15: Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park
18 – 23: The Sound of Music at the Orpheum
19 – 23: Africa in April Cultural Festival at Robert Church Park
22: Southern Hot Wing Festival at Mississippi River Park
22: V & E Greenline Art Walk in Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood
23: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
28 – May 14: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Theatre Memphis
28 – May 14: Gem of the Ocean at Hattiloo
29 – 30: Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Orpheum
29: East Buntyn Art Walk
30: Beale Street Wine Race on Beale

May

Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins
Grizzlies basketball season continues
Redbirds baseball season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue

TBA: Taste the Rarity Beer Festival at Wiseacre
TBA: Old Dominick Distillery set to open “in late spring”

April 28 – May 14: Gem of the Ocean at Hattiloo
April 28 – May 14: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Theatre Memphis
5: Pickin’ Bluegrass Picnic at Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center
5 – 7: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park
7 – 13: Travel & Tourism Week – Party in the Park TBA
8: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ Joe Walsh at FedExForum
8 – 14: Memphis In May International Salute To Colombia Week
11: 38th Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center
12 – 13: Memphis Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
13: Dog-A-Roo at Shelby Farms Park
13: Mid-South Food Truck Festival at Tiger Lane
13- 14: An American In Paris with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
13-14: Memphis Air Show at Millington-Memphis Airport
17 – 20: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest aka “BBQ Fest” at Tom Lee Park
27: Memphis In May’s 901Fest at Tom Lee Park
28: Memphis In May’s Great American River Run downtown

June

Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Grizzlies basketball season continues
Redbirds baseball season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Orpheum Summer Movie Series usually begins

TBA: A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park
TBA: Memphis Black Expo
TBA : Memphis Italian Festival at Marquette Park
TBA: Germantown Charity Horse Show

2 – 25: South Pacific at Theatre Memphis
5-11: FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament at TPC Southwind
9 – July 2: AIDA at Hattiloo
16: Outdoors, Inc. Mississippi River Kayak and Canoe Race
16 – 18: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival at Robert Church Park
16 – July 9: Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Playhouse on the Square
16 – 18: RENT at the Orpheum

July

Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Redbirds season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Live at the Garden concert series begins
Orpheum Summer Movie Series continues

1-4: Independence Day events
25 – 30: The Little Mermaid at the Orpheum
22: WEVL Blues on the Bluff

August

Redbirds season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Orpheum Summer Movie Series continues

TBA: Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Ride
TBA: Best Memphis Burger Fest at Tiger Lane

11 – 19: Elvis Tribute Week at Graceland
19-20 and 26-27: Mid-South Renaissance Faire at TBA location
31 – Sept 3: On Location Memphis Film & Music Festival

September

Tigers Football season begins
Redbirds season continues
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins

TBA: Goat Days Festival in Millington
TBA: Memphis Outflix Film Festival
TBA: BreakFest on Broad Avenue
TBA: Rock For Love 11
TBA: Cooper Young Fest in Cooper Young

Aug 31 – Sept 3: On Location Memphis Film & Music Festival
1-3: Delta Fair at the Agricenter
2: WLOK Stone Soul Picnic at the Levitt Shell
2-3: Memphis Music and Heritage Festival at the Center for Southern Folklore
7-9: Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl
9 – 10: Germantown Festival
17: Bruno Mars at FedExForum
Sept. 22 – Oct. 1: Mid-South Fair
28 – Oct. 1: Gonerfest 14 in Midtown

October

Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball season begins
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues

TBA: Creative Works Conference at the Halloran Centre
TBA: Cooper Young Beerfest

Sept. 22 – Oct. 1: Mid-South Fair
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1: Gonerfest 14 in Midtown
10: Memphis Food & Wine Festival at Botanic Garden
13-15: Pink Palace Crafts Fair at Audubon Park
27-29: River Arts Fest in the South Main Arts District

November

Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue

TBA: India Fest 2017 at Agricenter International
TBA: Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony

10-12: Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention at the Hilton
11-6: Indie Memphis Film Festival
end of the month: Holiday Events begin

December

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue

TBA: Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest at the Hi-Tone

2: St. Jude Memphis Marathon in midtown/downtown (streets will be blocked, prepare now)

Ed. Note: All information is correct at time of publication. Dates, times, and other information are subject to change at the discretion of the event organizers.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of every single event in Memphis, just an overview with dates. I may add events throughout the year. Check out the calendar throughout the year and weekly and weekend lists of things to do for more updates.


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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