A Huge List of 2018 Memphis Festivals and Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 28th 2017 47467 0

2018 will be full of tons of fun events, festivals, and things to do in Memphis! Get excited, because contributor Cat Evans and I put together this huge list of major events so you can plan ahead for another amazing year in the Bluff City.

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. Obviously, there are thousands and thousands of events in Memphis. These are just the highlights.

Photo by Phillip Van Zandt / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Click on the months below to skip to that month’s list of events. 

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

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

4-8: Elvis’ 83rd Birthday Celebration at Graceland
8: WWE Monday Night Raw at the FedEx Forum
12: Science of Beer at the Pink Palace
12-14: DreamFest Weekend 7
15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Civil Rights Museum
16-20: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street
20: Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour at the FedEx Forum
23-28: Finding Neverland at the Orpheum


Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
MS River Kings hockey season continues
Beale Street Music Festival lineup is usually announced during this month – I’ll post it!

13-18: The Color Purple at the Orpheum
17: Time Warp Drive-In: Soul Cinema Dance Party
17: You Look Like Febraury at the P&H Cafe
23-24: Guess Who Showed Up At Dinner at the Orpheum
24: Mix-Odyssey at Propcellar


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

2-4: Vintage901 Food & Wine Festival (various locations)
3: Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular at the FedEx Forum
5 -11: Memphis Black Restaurant Week
7-25: Wicked at the Orpheum
8-11: Memphis Comedy Fest (locations TBA)
9-11: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter
9-11: Mid-South Con 36 at Hilton Memphis
12-16: Shelby County Schools Spring Break
16: Memphis International Guitar Festival at U of Memphis
17: Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Cooper St.
17: Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street
23: Whiskey Warmer at Overton Square
24: MuslimMEMFest at Agricenter International
25: Overton Park Fun Day & Science Fair
30: Fool Fest at Shangri-La Records


Grizzlies basketball season continues
MS River Kings hockey season continues (ends April 10)
Redbirds baseball season begins
Peabody Rooftop Parties begin

1: River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater feat. Coco Hames w/ Little Bandit
6-14: Midtown Opera Festival
6: Art by Design Cambria Cocktail Party at The Pipkin Building
6 – 8: Spring Market of Memphis at the Agricenter
6-8: Super Chevy Show at Memphis International Raceway
7: Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day (continues weekly hereafter until October)
7: Sista Strut 3K Walk (will close traffic in Cooper Young/Liberty Bowl area)
7: Down To Earth Festival at Shelby Farms
7: Taste the Rarity Beer Festival at Wiseacre Brewing
7: Mississippi Ale House Brewfest 
8: Persian Festival at Overton Park
10-15: Something Rotten! at the Orpheum
13: Spillit Story Slam: Unlucky at Amurica Photo
14: Overton Square Crawfish Festival in Overton Square (will block off streets surrounding Cooper, Madison)
14: Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park
14: Healthy Food Festival
15: River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater feat. Wreckless Eric w/ Alex Green
15: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival at Wagner Place (downtown)
11-17: Memphis Fashion Week
19: Tambourine Bash at Old Dominick Distillery
20-22: Africa in April Cultural Festival at Robert Church Park
21: Memphis Made’s Hopped IV
21: East Buntyn Art Walk
21: Bacon & Bourbon Fest at Memphis Farmer’s Market
21: Southern Hot Wing Festival at Tiger Lane
21: Kaleidoscope Food Festival at Wiseacre Brewing Company
26: Chris Tomlin: Worship Night In America Tour at FedEx Forum
28: Mid-South Food Truck Festival at Liberty Bowl
28: V & E Greenline Art Walk in Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood
29: Beale Street Wine Race on Beale
29: River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater feat. Los Cantadores w/ Mark Edgar Stuart


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

3: Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold Tour at the FedEx Forum
4-6: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park
6-12: National Travel & Tourism Week – (Party in the Park TBA)
7-13: Memphis In May International Salute to Czech Republic
10: 39th Blues Music Awards
10: Memphis In May Presents: One Night In Prague at the Orpheum
11-12: Memphis Greek Festival
12: Dog-A-Roo at Shelby Farms Park
16-19: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest aka “BBQ Fest” at Tom Lee Park
19-20: Cooper Young Garden Walk
26: Memphis In May’s 901Fest at Tom Lee Park
26: Memphis In May’s Great American River Run Downtown
31-June 2: Memphis Italian Festival


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

May 31-June 2: Memphis Italian Festival
2: Memphis Flyer’s Margarita Festival
2: NASCAR at Memphis International Raceway
4-10: FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament at TPC Southwind
5-9: Germantown Charity Horse Show
8-10: The Illusionists – Live From Broadway at the Orpheum
15-17: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
29-July 1: Anime Blues Con


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

Independence Day Events

29-July 1: Anime Blues Con
11 – 17: Memphis Flyer’s Burger Week
20: Memphis Zine Fest
22: Butcher Board Festival at South Main Market
28: Blues on the Bluff WEVL fundraiser


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

4: Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Ride
11-18: Elvis Week 2018
11: Chicken & Beer Festival at the Liberty Bowl
18: Germantown International Festival
30: Expsoure on 901 Day
30: Plunge to Expunge for JustCity at Memphis Made
31 – Sept. 9: Delta Fair at Agricenter

TBA: Rock For Love


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

Aug. 31 – Sept. 9:Delta Fair at Agricenter
1-30: 30 Days of Opera
1: 901 Day celebrations around town!
1: Soccer Showdown + USL Team Announcement at AutoZone Park
1: Memphis Tigers Football home opener
6-8: Southern Heritage Classic Weekend
7-13: Outflix Film Festival
7: Art on the Rocks
8-9: Millington Goat Days
15: Cooper Young Festival
20 – 30: Mid-South Fair in Southaven
27 – 30: Gonerfest 15
28 – 30: Mid-South Pride Parade & Fest
30: Memphis Japan Fest

 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival  and Breakfest are both on hold this year. 


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

4-6: Creative Works Conference
6 – 7: MEMPHO Music Festival
 A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park
8-12: Shelby County Schools Fall Break
12: Science of Wine at the Pink Palace
12 – 14: Pink Palace Crafts Fair
Mid-South Renaissance Faire
18 – 21: Repair Days at the Metal Museum
19: Memphis Tequila Fest
20: Soulsville USA Festival
20-21: Mid-South Renaissance Faire
20: Cooper Young Beer Fest
26-28: River Arts Festival
27: Burgerfest Memphis 


Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
Hustle basketball season begins

1-5: Indie Memphis Film Festival (usually early in the month)
2-4: Junior League Merry Marketplace
3: India Fest Memphis
4: Grilled Cheese Festival
10: Greenway Soiree
10: Memphis Flyer’s Crafts & Drafts
16 – 18: Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention

TBA: Shelby Forest Fall Fest
TBA: Memphis Made’s MALTED
TBA: Santa Lands at the Pink Palace
TBA: Downtown Memphis Holiday Tree Lighting
TBA: Holiday Wonders at the Garden



Grizzlies, Tigers, and Hustle basketball seasons continue

TBA: Downtown Memphis/Beale Street Holiday Parade
TBA: Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl
TBA: Memphis Farmer’s Market Holiday Market
TBA: Memphis Maker Market
TBA: Liberty Bowl

1: St. Jude Marathon in downtown/midtown Memphis (streets closed…also stay tuned for the ILM Cheering Section info!)
31: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street

Holiday guides for events, markets, and parades will be published in mid-November.

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. Check out the calendar throughout the year and weekend lists of things to do (published every Friday morning) for more updates.

Did we leave off your favorite events? Need to add a date? No worries, just submit it here and I’ll add it to the blog’s calendar.

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. Teri says:

    Why didn’t you include the lighting of the Christmas lights at Graceland in November?

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      These are just a few selected highlights, no one’s meant to be not included and – to reiterate – readers are welcome to submit suggestions to the calendar once events date are announced. We love sharing Graceland’s many events, including the holiday lighting/decor, on our holiday events guides, seasonal event guides, weekend guides, calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more! You can find a full calendar of their events at graceland.com.

  2. Bruce Beakus says:

    Great stuff coming up. Good to live in Memphis!


  3. Kevin Petter says:

    Thank you for this article because it’s really informative, I love reading your article and I hope that I will read some more about this stuff, it’s really informative and very entertaining. Thanks a lot and have a great day.


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