The Ultimate Memphis In May Giveaway

The Ultimate Memphis In May Giveaway

Let's talk about Memphis In May 2019. This year's month-long festival, which includes four major events, is going to be big, fun, and full of Memphis bicentennial energy. Want to help us celebrate 200 years? Read on to find out how to win the Ultimate Memphis In May giveaway package, which includes two passes to all the events.

Beale Street Music Festival. Photo by Michael Butler.

Win Passes To All The Memphis In May Events

Congrats to our random drawing winner, JauR’on Taylor! Thank you to everyone who entered and thank you for following the blog. I do lots more giveaways on our Instagram.

I Love Memphis is giving away passes to all the Memphis In May Events this year! That includes a pair of tickets to Beale Street Music Fest, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and entry to the Great American River Run. Celebrate Memphis is free.

If you want to enter to win, please read these instructions carefully! I know it's hard, but I BELIEVE IN YOU.

How To Enter

  1. Go follow @memphisinmay, @greatamericanriverrun, and @bealestreetmusicfest on Instagram.
  2. If you don't use Instagram, you can like + follow them on Facebook: Memphis In May, Great American River Run, and Beale Street Music Festival.
  3. Leave me a comment on this here blog post (scroll down, fill out the "Leave A Comment" section) and tell me why you want to win and leave me your Instagram username.
  4. I'll draw a random name on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 a.m. Then I'll email the winner. Then you and a friend can enjoy all the Memphis In May events for freeee.

Is this a way to get our friends at MIM some Instagram followers? Obviously. Are you going to be happy when you have more MIM info at your fingertips and also possibly win $490 in prizes? Obviously. 

Disclaimers/FAQS: I won't use your Insta name for anything except to verify that you've followed everyone. It's ok if you're a private account. You don't have to use your full name when you leave the comment here, as long as you have an email address to I can contact you. 

About Memphis In May

Lots of people use "Memphis In May" as shorthand to refer to one part of the festival or the other, but really, Memphis In May is the whole month that contains four different events this year. Everything's at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis.

To break it down:

Beale Street Music Festival, May 3-5
Three days of live music including headliners like Cardi B, Dave Matthews Band, and The Killers. See the full lineup here, and get three day passes ($135) here. Tickets go up to $180 on April 19th at midnight.

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, May 15 - 18  
Teams from around the world compete for the money, fame, and glory as they see who can cook the very best barbecue in the universe. The competition is fierce. If you're not on a team, you can still enjoy entertainment and food for sale. Read more here, and get four-day passes ($40/$10 per day) here.

Great American River Run, May 25
Run a half-marathon or 5K along the banks of the Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis on Memorial Day Weekend, then hang out at the post-race party for music, food, and adult beverages. Right now, the half marathon entry fee is $70 and the 5K entry fee is $35. Prices go up in mid-May. Sign up for the races here.

Celebrate Memphis, May 25
Happy 200th Birthday, Memphis! This is the big party finale at the end of a month of big parties, and it's all about the 901's bicentennial. (This event was formerly called 901 Fest.) There will be live music, food trucks, an air show, tons of family-friendly activities, and a huge fireworks show at the end of the night. Memphis In May is also going to try to host the World's Largest Picnic, and will have the Guinness Book of World Records on hand to verify this accomplishment. Seriously. Read more here. It's free to get in.


Don't forget to follow all three Memphis In May accounts + leave a comment telling me why you want to go this year, along with your Instagram user name.

Good luck!

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Dorit Boxer
Why do I want to win? I am a relatively new business-woman owned business and certified local by the City of Memphis and Shelby County......And I LOVE MEMPHIS!!!!!!!!!! I love working with the business and non profit community, and love celebrating all that is good about MEMPHIS. MEMPHIS in May is a big part of all that is good in Memphis! Thanks for your consideration and “Pick me. Pick me!!!” Aurabrand.llc is my Instagram Thanks for all you do, Dorit
April 12, 2019 11:02am

Alonzo Foster
I’d love to go to Memphis in May because after being born and raised here I’ve never been! Just moved back from Atlanta now it’s time to enjoy some real southern hospitality
April 12, 2019 11:02am

Riley Rainwater
This year I would LOVE to win beale street music festival tickets because music festival is by far the elitist music festival in the area. Being a long time music fan, it has always been a dream of mine to attend beale street music festival. The Killers as well as Shinedown are two of my all time favorite bands and I would give anything to see them together this year at music festival. I would be so honored and thrilled to win this contest and would most definitely make memories for a lifetime that otherwise I wouldnt be able to do. My instagram is Rsrain14. Thank you so much for this opportunity
April 12, 2019 11:16am

Erica Bodine
I want to go do all the things! I’m usually super busy and can’t go to any of these events, but free tickets would sway me. Insta: @ericabodinepottery
April 12, 2019 11:32am

Ashley Lax
My Instagram username is ashleylax__31 and I would love for me and my fiance to be able to go and have some adult time, I am a stay at home mom and never have time for just us and this would be perfect and I have never been before and always wanted to. Please pick me!!!! I liked and followed all 3 Memphis in May accounts on Instagram and Facebook.
April 12, 2019 11:39am

Ms. JauR’on Taylor
I would love to attend Memphis in May because I have never been to the event. I moved to Memphis by myself 7yrs ago with $200 and have been so focused on getting my ducks in a row that I didn’t take the time to enjoy all the special beautiful moments and events that Memphis has to offer. Especially with this being Memphis’ bicentennial year, I would really like to get out and meet a lot of beautiful people and enjoy the positivity. Thank you for this opportunity. Blessings to you. Peace and love. My Instagram: @uniqueiam
April 12, 2019 11:53am

Lydia Luther
It's unfortunately our last year in Memphis, and we'd love to celebrate our time here at Memphis in May. Instagram: @lydluth
April 12, 2019 12:01pm

April
I would love to celebrate my city by attending all the Memphis in May events! #901
April 12, 2019 12:35pm

Melanie Stamper
@mkmcstamper 1. It's my FAVORITE time in Memphis. So much pride in the city. 2. I really want to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise at BSMF!
April 12, 2019 12:40pm

April
I would love to celebrate Memphis by attending! Instagram: @aprilscott
April 12, 2019 12:44pm

Barbara J Williams
Hi Holly, I would love to attend Memphis in May just to get away and enjoy ALL the great musical artists, music and to relax my mind for a little while due to the fact that I can't avoid a getaway vacation at this time. I am taking care of my mom who has Alzheimers and it is wear and tear. I'm literally in tears on a daily basis and still have to work a full time job and don't want to go to far due to her failing health. This would be great for me to find some fun and enjoyment with my son......Thanks Barbara Williams
April 12, 2019 1:11pm

Natalie Davidson
I would love to win this giveaway because 1. Memphis has a special place in my heart. I was born and raised here and have grown to love this unique, resilient, and thriving city where many amazing organizations and companies reside. I plan on raising my family here so that they can experience the same things I have! 2. Memphis in May is a month long of partying that I just can’t pass up due to not being able to buy tickets for all the events! I’ve planned on running the half marathon and going to Music Fest and I would love to go to the other events as well! These are fun and exciting events that bring the city of Memphis together to let loose and enjoy our great city!
April 12, 2019 1:18pm

Natalie Davidson
Just commented but forgot to leave my Insta username... @natalie_davids0n
April 12, 2019 1:22pm

Maria Hernandez
Hi!! I’m currently in nursing school and I really don’t have the money to spend on extra stuff. I would love to be able to go to these events and explore Memphis some more!! Insta: Maria_selena10
April 12, 2019 1:31pm

Mayte Moore
Pick me! I absolutely love BSMF and want to join in on the rest of the Memphis in May festivities (which I have never been to) and this would be a great way to do it! Thanks for all that you do for Memphis!! @maymoore1
April 12, 2019 1:36pm

Claudia A.
I would love to win this giveaway because it has been years since I've been to Memphis in May. I'm having some financial problems at the moment so even just buying one day is hard for me plus Memphis is 2 hours away. Also I never been to the other events you mentioned so by winning this it would help me out a lot to enjoy & experience not only Memphis in may but the others events as well. My IG username is @cloouud13
April 12, 2019 1:48pm

Barbie Williams
Hi Holly, I would love to attend Memphis in May just to get away and enjoy ALL the great musical artists, music and to relax my mind for a little while due to the fact that I can't avoid a getaway vacation at this time. I am taking care of my mom who has Alzheimers and it is wear and tear. I'm literally in tears on a daily basis and still have to work a full time job and don't want to go to far due to her failing health. This would be great for me to find some fun and enjoyment with my son......Thanks Barbie Williams
April 12, 2019 1:50pm

Alexis
There are so many events I want to attend this year! This would be perfect
April 12, 2019 1:59pm

Chelsea
1st - Love your blog! 2nd - Love Memphis! 3rd - My birthday is April 30 which usually falls on Musicfest weekend so it’s always in my plans! This year, I might have to make different plans for my birthday but I would absolutely love to celebrate the entire month of May thanks to ILoveMemphis!
April 12, 2019 1:59pm

Chelsea
1st - I love your blog Holly! 2nd - I love Memphis! 3rd - My birthday is April 30 and usually falls on Musicfest weekend. This year I might have to make different plans for my birthday but I would love to celebrate the entire month of May thanks to I Love Memphis! Instagram @shisohungry
April 12, 2019 2:03pm

Kathleen Murray
@murkat411 Just moved to Memphis and love it! This will be my first May here and I want to do EVERYTHING. Kathleen ps Your blog is terrific and really helps me navigate the Memphis happenings. Thanks!
April 12, 2019 2:04pm

Alexis
I forgot to post my IG @aluttrll I'd love to take some people to the different events throughout the month!
April 12, 2019 2:35pm

Bekah
Proud to be a Memphis transplant from a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. Even prouder to tell everyone back home how much I love my new home, and to now share it with my SO who is moving here this summer!
April 12, 2019 2:45pm

Bekah
Proud to be a Memphis transplant from a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. Even prouder to tell everyone back home how much I love my new home. Excited to share this city and all of Memphis in May with my SO, who is moving here this summer! (IG @bekster21)
April 12, 2019 2:48pm

Ashley
I’d really like to win the passes so I can take my daughter to her very first ever music fest for her 13th birthday
April 12, 2019 2:52pm

Kris
I would love to bring my daughter to MIM so she can see what her hometown is all about! i check your blog weekly- thanks~!!
April 12, 2019 2:55pm

Amber Blair
Experiencing different cultures of Memphis in peak weather conditions with great friends in one month! Plus, I have another reason to motivate myself to workout? Tell me why I wouldn’t want to win?! @anblair2
April 12, 2019 4:12pm

Kat Leache
I want to win the Memphis in May giveaway because we have small kids and no money and never do ANYTHING fun! @mrsjunglelady
April 12, 2019 4:20pm

Tyler Whitehead
I would love to win because I haven't had the chance to go to these events before. Instagram @punnytyler
April 12, 2019 5:44pm

VG
Hey! Awesome posts! I am new to Memphis and have never been to the Memphis in May festival! It would be great to attend it
April 12, 2019 5:46pm

Alexis
This lets me take different people throughout May to all the fun events! @aluttrll
April 12, 2019 6:06pm

Nancy
It’s my birthday weekend and I’d love to win tickets since I’ll be 66 and I haven’t missed a year since MIM started!! And I love you!
April 12, 2019 6:17pm

Nancy
I’d like to win since it’s my 66th birthday and I haven’t missed a MIM since it started. My instagram is @pm38654
April 12, 2019 6:24pm

Katie
Can’t wait to have one of my dearest friends in town for Memphis in May and this would be the ultimate way to show her our city!
April 12, 2019 7:10pm

Katie
Can’t wait to have one of my oldest friends in town to Memphis for the first time for Memphis in May and this would be the perfect way to show her our city. IG: katecrook
April 12, 2019 7:12pm

Ann Antomattei
Gee whiz, it would be an honor to me win the ultimate "Memphis in May" giveaway package! First, I'd cry, then smile, then laugh, and be extremely happy if I was chosen to to win this giveaway package...spending quality time in the exciting city of Memphis, Tn. WOW!! I am a 73 year old female Military Veteran who served my country proudly and courageously in the war in Vietnam in the 1960's. I love meeting new friends, exploring new places, and I absolutely enjoy listening to all genres of good music and dancing! "Memphis, Tennessee" is the ideal place to hang out and enjoy life! Way to go!
April 12, 2019 11:22pm

Erica Knox
I really want to win because I’ve lived in Memphis my entire life and I’ve never been to the Beale Street Music Fest and I love Cardi B. Also this would probably be the only way to convince my husband to go. IG ericaknox.realtor
April 13, 2019 7:44am

Halle
@halgalpal28 I love memphis! I live downtown and have such a respect for the business and life Memphis in May brings to this city. Memphis is changing in all sorts of exciting ways!
April 13, 2019 7:49am

Randy Vincent
sigma1331 is my Instagram name. I would love to win these tickets so I can take my best friend to have the best time at the best events in the best city! Thanks
April 13, 2019 9:38am

veena
I want to see Cardi, I've never been to BBQ Fest [shh, don't tell anyone], and I want to run the 5k. Pick me pick me! :)
April 13, 2019 11:20am

Brittany Butts
Forgot to leave my insta in the first comment: @brittbutts I moved to Memphis last May for a program called Memphis Teacher Residency. Since then, I have been full-time teaching in Memphis and pursuing a graduate degree in Urban Education. With very limited finances and time, I have barely begun to enjoy all that this city has to offer! Memphis in May tickets would help me continue to make Memphis home and would be an awesome way to help me celebrate my graduation and the end of the school year! Hoping to get lucky and enjoy one more thing to love about this city!
April 13, 2019 11:46am

BOBBY WILKERSON
My daughter has never been to any of the MIM festivities so this would be a great opportunity to introduce her to what May is all about in Memphis!
April 13, 2019 3:57pm

Edgar
just_edgar_1 is my instagram username. I would love to win these tickets because I have never been to any of these events and would love to experience them.
April 13, 2019 9:06pm

Cynthia Mercado
Hi ! I would love to win any of these tickets to surprise my best friend that will be visiting me from Arizona . She has been through a really tough time this year and i would love to put a smile on her face .
April 13, 2019 9:37pm

Heather
I want to win because I’ve never been before. Heatherenee901
April 14, 2019 6:58am

Nayeli Granados
I would like to win because the last day of my Spring Semester is on Friday, May 3 and what is the best way to start off summer vacation? Beale Street Music Festival!
April 14, 2019 2:40pm

Maritza Rincon
Hello ! I want to go to BSMF19 because this will be my first time ! I really want to see Khalid because he lifted my spirits in times when I was sad & it would mean so much to see him ! Thank you . Instagram - maritzanrr
April 14, 2019 2:52pm

Chris
I think Memphis gets an undeserved bad rap. Memphis in May is just one of the many activities to disprove that reputation. Plus, we are celebrating Memphis this year! My instagram: chris_jones3434
April 15, 2019 9:32am

Mike Mckee
Cause I follow n promote your tweets! Cause I’m bout to be 50 and it be a great 50 bday present. Cause I promote everything 901, it’s even in my email address. I don’t have an Instagram. I’ve been attending MIM events since 1985. I’ve cooked in bbq many years. Send me those tickets!
April 15, 2019 9:55am

Larisa
Just followed all IG accounts. I love Memphis in May and would love to win! Have been going since high school (and that’s a long time)!
April 15, 2019 10:27am