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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Ig: just_edgar_1 I’m not seeing my comment so I will try one more time. I want to win because I have never been and would love to experience all of these events.
April 15, 2019 10:33am

Kim Rodriguez
Hi Holly, Attending the Memphis in May events this year would be so awesome. In my 26 years of living here, I have not had the opportunity. I am a college student who unfortunately cannot afford the events because tuition is kicking my butt right now. I would love to enjoy this experience with my boyfriend and it would be a great 2 year anniversary gift. We are also both graduating this year and we could end our senior year with a bang. There also is no better way to celebrate Memphis' 200th birthday than with Memphis at May. Thank you! Kim IG: @kimsrodriguez
April 15, 2019 10:34am

Hi, I want to win because I am a single father and I dont get out much to enjoy myself. This would be a very exciting experience for me and to enjoy the fun and excitement of Memphis.
April 15, 2019 11:07am

Selah Simmons
my friend is broke and we need a free ticket please help us❤️
April 15, 2019 12:27pm

I want to win because Memphis is the greatest city in the world and this will be my third straight year going and I cannot wait!
April 15, 2019 12:27pm

Selah Simmons
my friend is broke and we need a free ticket please help us:))))) my insta is @selahjsimmons
April 15, 2019 12:28pm

also, I LOVE MEMPHIS! 901 for the win!
April 15, 2019 12:29pm

Why do I want to win? Because I'm broke af and want to celebrate this great city. @nicknewsom
April 15, 2019 12:36pm

Makenzie White
I want to win so that I can take my best friend with me to BSMF, run the great American river run again and go to the bbq festival for the first time! Username @mwhite26
April 15, 2019 12:52pm

Haileigh Green
First of all this giveaway is more than amazing so thank you! But second the month of May has always been my hubby & I's favorite time of year in the city & we are always struggling to budget which events to go to! Our anniversary is also in May & I can't think of a better gift than being able to enjoy all the awesomeness Memphis has to offer (the couple that fests together stays together) @call_hergreen
April 15, 2019 1:00pm

Mallory Morrison
Hey I really love Memphis and I will enjoy all the Memphis in May events so please pick me. I had never won nothing in my life so pretty please pick me so me and my friend can turn up in Memphis in May. @901mallory_ that’s my instagram name. I would be the happiest person in the world if I win this contest. This is my contest and I will win please and thanks
April 15, 2019 1:12pm

Edgar A
I have never been to any of these events and would love to go. @justedgar1
April 15, 2019 1:30pm

Katherine Arthur
I would love to win these passes because I love all things Memphis and I’m so excited to celebrate the culture of Memphis and it’s 200th birthday! My Instagram is @katherinearthur
April 15, 2019 2:24pm

Brandon Green
ITS MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MONTH! I’m trying to take my wifey out in style! Going for the Trifectas of MIM! Plus my wife is a freelance blogger, & editor. She would really love to meet you and talk about all the blog world! Haha Please Please Please! Pick Us! @bgbaby69
April 15, 2019 5:51pm

Josh Campbell
@joshuarobear need the kid to do Memphis in May in style.
April 15, 2019 7:46pm

Edward R.
If I were to win I would go to BSMF with my brother, WCBCC with my dad, run the GARR with my cousin, and celebrate Memphis with all my best friends. :-)
April 15, 2019 11:11pm

Edward R.
If I were to win I would go to BSMF with my brother, WCBCC with my dad, run the 5k (maybe the half) with my cousin, and Celebrate Memphis with all my best friends! ig: @roeboat16
April 16, 2019 12:09am

Sarah Conte ❤️
I hope I win, bc I’ve never experienced Memphis in May....and it’s gonna be May(that you pick)!!!! Memphis is my city!!!#BSMF #gameofbones
April 16, 2019 8:08am

Sarah Conte❤️
I wanna win so bad, bc I’ve never experienced Memphis in May....It’s gonna be Mayyy (that you pick!) legit Memphis is my city!!! @embellished_with_elegance
April 16, 2019 8:12am

I want to win because I love Memphis and I love your blog!
April 16, 2019 8:19am

Brandon North
Went the past 2 years, I love all the music and vendors, and meet lots of great people everytime. The best part is that its outside, rain or shine, it's always a blast! My ex left me for another she was cheating with, and stuck me with the bills. They slashed my tires, so my rent money went to a new set. I'm in school full time, and work as much as I can. Had to take out a title loan to pay my rent late. So being able to go this year would be incredible, and a huge boost to my motatavion to graduate again and work towards a promotion. Love what you do, you help me & others discover new things to experience in the city. My old teacher, Thomas Midgley recommended your blog to us. Keep up the great work, its inspiring and uplifting!
April 16, 2019 8:19am

Katie L
@marymagandlean I love Memphis and I love your blog. Thank you!
April 16, 2019 8:22am

Memphis is one of our favorite cities and I would love to take my wife to all these events, they look amazing!! @brian16171819
April 16, 2019 8:24am

Cody Harrell
Instagram handle is codyroso
April 16, 2019 8:44am

Cody Harrell
commented earlier but forgot the instagram handle -> codyroso
April 16, 2019 8:46am

Amber Cupples
I want to win to remind myself, once again, why I continue to love Memphis!!! IG @acuppotruth
April 16, 2019 8:50am

Elizabeth Smith
It’s gonna be so fun!! I couldn’t go last year because of surgery so I’m super excited for this year!
April 16, 2019 8:55am

There is nothing better than Memphis in May. It’s a great way to expose people to what Memphis is all about!!! Sharing the entire month with new friends in the area with ALL the Memphis in May events would be a great start to the summer. @nicnat2204
April 16, 2019 8:57am

Molly mckenzie
I’ve always wanted to go so badly! But I’ve never gotten to cause of money, and this year the line up is AMAZING, I’ve been dreaming of seeing Khalid and lord Huron in concert and this might be a dream come true! I’ve entered giveaways hoping that I’d be the lucky one but sadly I haven’t, so hopefully you’ll give me a chance and I’ll be the lucky one! You’re so nice to give people opportunities like these to win tickets, may the odds be in my favor lol
April 16, 2019 8:58am

Molly mckenzie
Oops, I forgot to leave my Instagram username @molls.mckenzie
April 16, 2019 9:01am

Alyssa Mathias
I so badly want to visit all of these amazing events this May! I will for sure go to one, but I won’t be able to afford all of them. I’ve already worked really hard to try to clear my schedule for at least ONE day. I just want to be able to experience these awesome events in my favorite city!
April 16, 2019 9:02am

Alyssa Mathias
I forgot to post my insta handle with my comment: @alyssamathias
April 16, 2019 9:04am

I’ve been going to BSMF since I was in 6th grade when my friends parents would still have to come with us, and now I’m 23 and have gone EVERY SINGLE YEAR without fail to all three days. This year I want to be able to take my little sister to her first BSMF so she can get hooked on it like I was. @memphis_miley
April 16, 2019 9:05am

Nicolas Prado
Going to the Beale street music festival would mean the world to me!! My girlfriend and I went to this festival for the first time in 2018 and we are hooked! We are planing to go every year for the excitement and joy this music festival brings to us .
April 16, 2019 9:05am

Alexandria Dotson
I have never been to Memphis in May before & it would be an awesome way to spend my 19th bday!! hopefully I can celebrate ending my first year of college & my 19th bday all at 1 time with my birthday month filled with activities!!!
April 16, 2019 9:15am

Kennedi Parks
I will be just finishing my first year at college which is a BIG DEAL in my family and having tickets would be the BEST THING YET! My insta handle is @kennediparks_
April 16, 2019 9:17am

I had the best time at Memphis in May last year start to finish and I'd love to do it again this year! So pumped for the food vendors, the music, and the vibe the river brings in May with all the festivities.
April 16, 2019 9:19am

@ryleeggarcia on instagram! I would absolutely LOVE to win this because I love Memphis and all of its beauty. I grew up in the Memphis area but I recently moved (not that far away) but I still go there all the time! This would be really awesome to win this!!
April 16, 2019 9:23am

I’d love to win these tickets to take my sister in law to cheer her up through the tough times she’s going through right now. We are planning on going, but it would be awesome if we didn’t have to buy the tickets!! Insta- @Gianna.bartolotta
April 16, 2019 9:24am

Brenna Grace L…
I want to win bc I want to be able to send my sister to Beale street music feat because her favorite performers are coming to the festival! My Instagram if brenna__grace.
April 16, 2019 9:24am

Lya Rodriguez
@itsslyaa I really want to win because instead of traveling all the time I want to be more involved in more things going on here in Memphis. Thank you
April 16, 2019 9:27am

IG name thundernurse Huge fan of alot of the artist. Will be driving solo from okc to meet friends in Memphis! Huge music festival junkie, live music makes my soul happy!
April 16, 2019 9:29am

Ismael cobos
Most of my friends are going and i still don’t have tickets. I want to have a good time with my friends at Beale street and I don’t have a job. I’d be really excited to be able to get myself and also one of my friends a ticket to Beale street so they can enjoy a great experience with me. Thanks
April 16, 2019 9:44am

I would love to win so I could take my older sister to do something fun for a weekend! She’s constantly working and trying to take care of so many people that she hardly ever takes time for herself. I’d love to experience the music, the crowds, and Memphis with her. :) My instagram is: @viiclynn
April 16, 2019 9:54am

Nick Svoboda
I love going to all the events around Memphis! It's my home town and May is always an eventful month and I'd love to be able to go to all of the fun events this year!
April 16, 2019 9:55am

I have lived in Memphis my whole 29 years of life and have not been to Memphis in May yet. I have always wanted to go, just never been ready/able to cough up the money for it. I am always checking the blog for free things to do in Memphis as well as the 5 things to do this weekend. My favorite posts are when Holly reviews a new restaurant. Winning tickets would help me check something off my Memphis bucket list! My instagram is @angelica._.monique
April 16, 2019 10:02am

Andie Hales
I would love to win tickets to Memphis in May! I’ve lived in Memphis all of my life but I have never been able to go to one of the Memphis in May events. I would love to spend a few days enjoying amazing Memphis food and music from some of my all time favorites like COIN and The Killers! It’s also one of my goals this year to complete a 5k and it would be awesome to do the Great American River Run! This would overall be an awesome opportunity and a great way to celebrate my graduation from high school the same month! My instagram is @andieslee! Thank you!
April 16, 2019 10:10am

Jose Rodriguez
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April 16, 2019 10:15am

Tyler Bridges
Hey!!! I always wanted to go to Memphis in May but never had the money and support to go; I saw your post and didn’t hesitate to jump for the opportunity!! Thank you so much !!
April 16, 2019 10:19am

Tori Phillips
Like most girl, the excitement of music festival gets them from the harshnof the winter. It always been my dream to go to this music best friend wants these tickets for her birthday so badly..I think it would be so kind if I could win free tickets for us to enjoy this for her birthday and to celebrate the ending of a harsh winter! My instagram name is halfamoonphase (no spaces, no caps ) that’s so much!
April 16, 2019 10:28am