A Huge List of 2019 Memphis Festivals & Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 20th 2018 18571 0

The Memphis bicentennial year will be packed with tons of fun events, festivals, and other things to do! Get excited, because contributor Aisling Maki 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 some highlights.

Photo by Adarryll Jackson

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

January

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue

5-8: Elvis’ Birthday Celebration at Graceland
5: Elvis in Las Vegas with Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Cannon Center
11: The CMPLX Grand Opening in Orange Mound
12: Justin TImberlake “The Man of the Woods” Tour at FedExForum
14: WWE Monday Night Raw at FedEx Forum
15-20: Waitress at the Orpheum
18-20: DreamFest Weekend 7
18: Harlem Globetrotters at FedEx Forum
18: Science of Beer at the Pink Palace
18: To Kill A Mockingbird opens at Theatre Memphis.
19: Spillit Slam at Novel Memphis
20: Memphis Empty Bowls Project at Crosstown Concourse
21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Civil Rights Museum
22-26: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street
26: Mardi Gras Ball at Minglewood.
31: Cirque Du Soleil run begins at FedEx Forum

February

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
Memphis Express Alliance of American Football Season begins
Beale Street Music Festival lineup is usually announced during this month – I’ll post it!

2: Bluff City Polar Bear Plunge at Mud Island River Park
6: Panic at the Disco at FedEx Forum
8: Alejandro Escovedo at Railgarten
8: Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Orpheum
8: Little Women opens at Theatre Memphis
8-10: Memphis International Guitar Festival at U of Memphis
9: Drafts & Laughs at Memphis Made Brewing
9: Forever Loving Marley at Railgarten
11: Mid-South Farm to Table Conference at Christian Brothers University
16: Kids Rock Family Day at Dixon
16: Wizards Assemble Pub Crawl departs from Blind Bear
19: Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Farewell Play Tour at FedEx Forum
22: Comma Comedians at Crosstown
23: Black Beauty & Bridal Expo at Memphis Fairgrounds
23: Kiss ‘End of the Road’ World Tour at FedEx Forum
24: Bowling After Dark at Winchester Bowl
25: Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Guest House at Graceland
26: The Mystic at Crosstown Arts
28: Underwater Bubble Show at Buckman Performing Arts Center

March

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue
Memphis Express Alliance of American Football Season continues
Memphis 901 FC Inaugural Season begins at AutoZone Park

1-3: Vintage901 Food & Wine Festival (various locations)
1-3: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter
2: National Geographic Symphony for Our World at The Orpheum
3 -9: Memphis Black Restaurant Week
7: Jeff Tweedy at GPAC
8-31: 1776 runs at Theatre Memphis.
9: Memphis FC Season Opener
9-11: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter
9: Streetdog Foundation Adoption Day at Midtown Hollywood Feed
11-15: Shelby County Schools Spring Break
15-17: Mid-South Con 37 at Hilton Memphis
16:46th Annual Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street
17: Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Cooper St.
17: Imagene’s Gospel Brunch & Drag Show at Dru’s Place
17: John Mellencamp at The Orpheum
19-24: Fiddler on the Roof at The Orpheum
21: Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair at Crosstown Concourse
22: Weezer & Pixies at FedEx Forum
23: Black Art Experience at Agricenter.
23: We Roam Memphis at Crosstown Arts
24: 901 Popper Throwdown at High Cotton
26: Hozier at The Orpheum
30: Pirates of Penzance at The Halloran Centre
30. MuslimMEMfest Festival at The Agricenter
30: Condomonium at the Columns
31: Drag Bingo at Dru’s Place.

April

Grizzlies basketball season continues
Redbirds baseball season begins
Peabody Rooftop Parties begin
Memphis Express Alliance of American Football Season continues

4-7: Memphis Comedy Fest
5-7: Art In The Loop on Ridgeway Loop Road
5-14: Midtown Opera Festival
5 – 7: Spring Market of Memphis at the Agricenter
6: Memphis Farmers Market opens for the season
6: Sista Strut 3K Walk (will close traffic in Cooper Young/Liberty Bowl area)
7: Death Cab for Cutie at The Orpheum
10-14: Memphis Fashion Week
12-13: Southern Junkers Vintage Market at Agricenter
12: Tool Box Bash at Memphis Botanic Garden
12-14: Ballet Memphis’s ‘Giselle” at The Orpheum
13: Kaleidoscope Food Fest at Wiseacre Brewing
13: Lucero Family Block Party at Minglewood
13: Overton Square Crawfish Festival in Overton Square (will block off streets surrounding Cooper, Madison)
13: Southern Hot Wing Festival at Tiger Lane
13: V & E Greenline Art Walk in Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood
20: Celtic Women at The Orpheum
20: Memphis Made’s Hopped V Fest
20: Memphis Water Lantern Festival at MLK Jr. Park
27: Edge Motor Festival in The Edge District
27: East Buntyn Art Walk
27: Taste the Rarity at Wiseacre
27: Down To Earth Festival at Shelby Farms
27: Mid-South Food Truck Fest at Liberty Bowl Stadium
28: Puppy Up Memphis Walk at Overton Park
28: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival at Wagner Place (downtown)
28: Beale Street Wine Race on Beale Street

May

Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins
Redbirds baseball season continues
Memphis 901 FC season continues.
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue

3-5: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park
4: Ballet Memphis Midsummer Night’s Dream at GPAC
9: 40th Blues Music Awards
10: BB King’s Blues Band at Railgarten
10-11: Memphis Greek Festival
10: NKOTB at FedEx Forum
11: Memphis Flyer’s Margarita Fest
11: Memphis Brewfest at the Liberty Bowl
15: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest aka “BBQ Fest” at Tom Lee Park
18-19: Cooper-Young Garden Walk
25: Bluff City Jazz at the Shell.
25: Memphis In May Celebrates Memphis! (replacing 901 Fest this year for the bicentennial celebration!)
25: Memphis In May’s Great American River Run Downtown
25: Zoo Brew at Memphis Zoo
30-June1: Memphis Italian Festival

June

Memphis 901 FC season continues
Redbirds baseball season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Juneteenth happens this month.

May 30-June 1: Memphis Italian Festival
1:NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Memphis International Raceway
4: Anastasia opens at The Orpheum
4-8: Germantown Charity Horse Show
8: Tour Dé Toast Memphis at the Pink Palace
7-30: Hairspray at Theatre Memphis
15-17: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
20: Weird Al at The Orpheum
22: Feast on the Farm Gala at Agricenter
22: Margarita Madness 5K at Shelby Farms
23: Craft Food and Wine Festival at The Columns
26: 21 Pilots at FedEx Forum
29 – 30: Mid-South International Festival at Railgarten

July

Memphis 901 FC season continues
Redbirds season continues
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Live at the Garden concert series contiues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Independence Day Events (updated for 2019)

9: Hamilton begins its run at The Orpheum
13: Naturals in the City Hair & Wellness Expo at Mid-South Fairgrounds
22-28: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at Southwind
26: River City’s 4th Annual Red White and Blue Weekend Car & Truck Show

August

Memphis 901 FC season continues
Redbirds season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Live at the Garden concert series continues

3: Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival at Liberty Bowl
9-17:
Elvis Week 2019
18: Imagene’s Gospel Brunch at Drag Show at Dru’s Place
23: Memphis Finest Hoopfest
27: Back Street Boys at FedEx Forum
30 – Sept. 8: Delta Fair at Agricenter
31: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival (?)
31: Memphis Tigers Football home opener

September

Tigers Football season
Memphis 901 FC season continues
Redbirds season continues
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Levitt Shell Concert Series usually begins

Aug. 30 – Sept. 8:Delta Fair at Agricenter

1: 901 Day celebrations around town!
7-8: Millington Goat Days
8: Zoo Rendezvous at Memphis Zoo
8-9: Germantown Festival 
11-15: Southern Heritage Classic Weekend
14: Cooper Young Festival
19 – 29: Mid-South Fair in Southaven
26 – 29: Gonerfest 16
28 – 30: Mid-South Pride Parade & Fest
29: Memphis Japan Fest

October

Memphis 901 FC season continues
Tigers Football season continues
Grizzlies and Tigers basketball season begins
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues

4-6: Mistletoe Merchants at Agricenter
11 – 13: Pink Palace Crafts Fair
12: Memphis Food & Wine Festival
19: Zoo Boo begins at Memphis Zoo
19: Cooper Young BeerFest
19: Agricenter Harvest Festival
19 – 20: MEMPHO at Shelby Farms
23: Carrie Underwood at FedEx Forum
26-27: River Arts Festival
27 – 28: Bartlett Festival
30: Elton John at FedEx Forum

TBA: Metal Repair Days at the Metal Museum

November

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

9: Memphis Flyer’s Crafts & Drafts
10: Grilled Cheese Festival

TBA: Indie Memphis Film Festival (usually early in the month)
TBA: Junior League Merry Marketplace
TBA: India Fest Memphis
TBA: Greenway Soiree
TBA: Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention
TBA: Santa Lands at the Pink Palace
TBA: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms
TBA: Downtown Memphis Holiday Tree Lighting
TBA: Holiday Wonders at the Garden

December

Grizzlies, Tigers, and Hustle basketball seasons continue

7: 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

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
TBA: Zoo Lights


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 week) 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.


About The Contributor
Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.


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. Ann-Marie says:

    I love this list each year – thank you for taking the time to put it together! Also, Giselle by Ballet Memphis opens on April 12 at the Orpheum.

  2. Germantown Festival says:

    48th Annual Germantown Festival is Sept . 7 and 8. Free admission, more than 400 vendors, rides, games, food and the Weenie Race!

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