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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Caroline Pendergrass
I want to win because who doesn’t want free tickets‍♀️ (Instagram- @carolinependergrass
April 16, 2019 10:34am

Kylon Wagner
I want to go to the Memphis is May events because this would be my first time attending despite being a Memphis native!!!
April 16, 2019 10:41am

Gracie owen
I would love to go to Memphis in May because i had an amazing time last year and would love to experience it again @gLo.wen
April 16, 2019 11:17am

Hilary Ware
My sister & I go to the BSMF every year. I always take her for her birthday. Her 17th Birthday just passed so of course I would love to take her again. She’s even made her whole weekend schedule on the BSMF App. She’s excited & winning free tickets will make her even more excited. It will be the best birthday present ever!!! IG: @hilary_noelle
April 16, 2019 11:20am

Rosa Sanchez
I would love to win because I’ve never had the chance to go and this year I want to be able to go and enjoy being a part of these wonderful events
April 16, 2019 11:21am

Lindsey S
Hi! My fiancee and I are new to Memphis. We moved to Memphis from the Bay Area in California for a work opportunity. So far, we are loving this city and the events/community involvement. This month long celebration of Memphis in May would be a great opportunity to learn more about the city and culture and a way to get immersed! Cheers, @itz_lindz
April 16, 2019 11:24am

I have lived downtown for 11 years but have never been able to go to the festival. Some of my favorite artists are performing this year and I would love to see them. I also would love to have the experience and see the culture of the festival!
April 16, 2019 11:40am

Kathleen Wysocki
Instagram - @katiewysocki Memphis in May, Beale Street Music Fest is a time to catch up with friends who I haven’t seen this last Fest. No matter the ups and down of the last year, we come together to celebrate Memphis and music.
April 16, 2019 11:46am

Kira Cunningham
I would love to win these tickets because it would be the best gift to give my best friend for her 18th birthday!! My insta is @kira.not.kiera
April 16, 2019 11:46am

Ashley Taggart
I would love to be able to take my 15 year old daughter for the first time. She is an amazing child, straight A student, heavily involved in school clubs and teams, plus she dances and does community/school theatre. I would to give her all she wants. Not a sob story, but her father is in remission from cancer and was diagnosed this week with osteonecrosis. This is death of the bones in his hips. This summer it is probable that we will have double hip replacement. Our daughter has been amazing through everything. She is such a support for me. She has no idea how much I love her and want to give her the world. Unfortunately my check and his disability do not allow for all we want for her. This would be an amazing gift. Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon. Insta name: @ashley.taggart
April 16, 2019 11:49am

Ellen S.
@ellenstrig This would be so amazing to win! I've already taken off work for both the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (which I have a friend that is apart of a team competing this year), but I haven't purchased any tickets yet. If I were to win I would defiantly sign up to run (more like jog) in the Great American River Run which I have never attended nor the Celebrate Memphis event. It would be awesome to win and get the full Memphis in May experience. Memphis is already one of my favorite cities and this would just make my year if I were to win! I love everything that the city has to offer from history, nightlife, and culture. Thanks for this opportunity Holly!!! #ilovememphis
April 16, 2019 12:09pm

Meg wright
Well, first I want to say that Memphis is my hometown and I’ve nevwr even been to anything but the music festival in May! It would be an honor for me to get to go to all of the exciting things going on for Memphis in May. I love Memphis! My boyfriend has never to any event like this and it would be so great if we won this because times are tough right now. One thing comes after another now a days and sometimes you can’t just afford everything. So if I won this, it would be amazing. It would really be a dream Come true honestly. I really Hope and pray you pick me!!!! @moneyymeg
April 16, 2019 12:18pm

Nicole Rhodes
@nicolearhodes is my ig I want to win, because my husband and I just moved down here and we have yet to explore downtown Memphis with out our kids. My mother in law will be visiting that weekend so we have a babysitter so we would love to go to the concert and then hit up Beale st after!! He loves the killers and they have not toured by where we lived before so this is his chance to see them! I would love to win these for us!!
April 16, 2019 12:23pm

This will be the first year in the 4 years I’ve lived in Memphis I’m able to attend all Memphis in May events. What better way to try them all out than with free tickets?!?!? Please pick me! @aleiasegars
April 16, 2019 12:38pm

Katherine (@th…
I would love to win this because as a returning Memphian (left for college + 3 years) I’m still exploring what the city has to offer for me as an adult.
April 16, 2019 12:39pm

I would like to win the giveaway because I have never been to Beale street music fest and I am absolutely OBSESSED with the line up this year and really would like to go but unfortunately unable to purchase tickets at the time. Please pick me!!
April 16, 2019 12:41pm

Def want to win passes to all of these events!! Memphis in may just encompasses and represents the city so well. The music, the food, the river, and is 200th birthday party!! @forst003
April 16, 2019 1:17pm

I need to feel alive again and this will definitely bring me back to life or at least create a pulse. The coffee at Cafe Eclectic in Midtown can only do so much. Don't get me wrong, it's delish, but it's time for other stimulants. IG Username | cre8nrg
April 16, 2019 1:49pm

Matthew Pickett
I would like to win these tickets because...... My friends are making fun of me for not having enough money to go. Last year we made a promise that we were all getting together for these events. My finances have drastically changed. I started a new LLC and have had to put all my money into it. Winning these tickets would mean the world to me - not only could I enjoy these events with my friends, but I also could prove to them that money isn’t everything. Respectfully, Matt Pickett @mpickett41 (Instagram)
April 16, 2019 1:55pm

Richard Beason
I want to win because I love Beale street music fest. They experience is forever changing and something that I never want to miss. @richhalicious
April 16, 2019 2:09pm

Brylee Whitsitt
I have always loved Beale Street and last year at music fest I had the time of my life. I am, although, a broke college student, and these tickets would make things so much easier! Considering Khalid and G-Eazy have always been two of my favorite artists, I really need these tickets to be able to see them! My instagram handle is @bbwhits! thank you so much!!
April 16, 2019 2:36pm

Caitlan Dew @c…
Hello! I’ve lived here my whole life. My birthday is this weekend and all I’ve been doing is working and saving up my money for bsmf! I’m a full time student and athlete so I don’t get the hours I want and don’t make the money I wish I had. This would really help me out since this summer I’ll be nonstop working and have to pay for anything that I want to do on my own, such as trips, eating with friends, etc. I got to go for my first time ever last year and it was so much fun! My friend is driving here from Texas just to see me and go to bsmf. We haven’t seen each other in five months. I think it would be such a great treat for us to enjoy Memphis in May together. Thank you!
April 16, 2019 2:43pm

Corneshia Thrill
I have lived in Memphis all my life (44 years) and never really experienced all Memphis had too offer. I figure it is never too late.
April 16, 2019 2:51pm

mary boyadjian
April 16, 2019 2:52pm

potato_pollo (…
I have never been to any of these events during Memphis in May even though I have lived in Memphis for 18 years. So, I would love the chance to experience all of these amazing events at least once!
April 16, 2019 3:07pm

Bryant Trinh
Hi Holly! I want to win this giveaway because I would love to go all out and experience Memphis the right way. I'm a 2nd year dental student and I have a lot more time this semester to enjoy the Memphis in May experience. This giveaway would help me do that (without taking out more loans ).
April 16, 2019 3:17pm

Chris Whitfield
My best friend and I will just be moving to Memphis this May and I can’t think of a better way for us to kick off our move to this wonderful city than by celebrating it with Memphis in May. This would be the perfect way for us to get to know a few new people around the area and celebrate all the wonderful things that Memphis has to offer. I’d love more than anything to be chosen as your winner for this! My Instagram handle is @chriswhitfield and I currently follow all of the accounts you have mentioned above. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
April 16, 2019 3:59pm

Zoey moore
I want to win these awesome tickets !! , because it would be my very first year attending and just going would mean the world & all of my friends are going !! but I’m sadly on a budget ):
April 16, 2019 4:47pm

Holy wow!! I'm a native Memphian and this is truly the ULTIMATE giveaway!! I would love to win and take my son who just got accepted to UofM and I'm just so proud of him!! He has worked hard and deserves a treat like this!! Good luck everybody!!
April 16, 2019 4:48pm

Zoey Moore
trying to get the great experience!!! @zoeyraesings - insta hopefully it will happen !!
April 16, 2019 4:49pm

I also forgot my ig lol @HollieD23 Thanks!!
April 16, 2019 4:52pm

Emily Redd
First of all, love this post and am so inspired by all that you personally do for the city of Memphis! Second, I’m from Memphis and as a true “Memphian” I’ve attended BSMF for years and have always been so passionate about it! Each year, I get so pumped for the lineup, thrilled for the experience, and excited for the exposure that the festival brings to our incredible city. The lineup this year is AMAZING, and I truly cannot wait for the Memphis in May bliss!!! Music to my ears, literally. I’m obsessed with every. single. artist. and am counting down the days! Thank you for hosting this girl, I can’t wait to see all the support BSMF brings to Memphis this year. Yay!
April 16, 2019 4:55pm

Emily Redd
Oh + @ekredd! lol
April 16, 2019 4:56pm

Liz M
I moved back to Memphis in August after being away for 7years. I never appreciated how much I truly loved Memphis until I left, and now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. This would be a great way to close out my first year back home! IG: @notlizmoak
April 16, 2019 5:22pm

i want tickets for me and my boyfriend to go, he’s never been to a concert before and he won’t be able to get tickets in time for bsmf :( we really want to go!!! plus doing other stuff for memphis in may would be exciting too, my instagram is @kayleemariecard, i also liked on facebook!!
April 16, 2019 5:24pm

Ja’Ree Taylor
@jlakaytaylor88 Thank you for the opportunity to do something that’s so much fun
April 16, 2019 5:33pm

I’d love to win tickets for Memphis in May because I love our city and I am big supporter of our events. Not to mention that I’ll be graduating from THE University of Memphis the same weekend of the music fest. What better way to celebrate than to be in the heart of Memphis enjoying music and entertainment with fellow memphians?!? IG: http.moniaa
April 16, 2019 5:37pm

my bestfriend and I have never been and are obsessed with cardi.
April 16, 2019 6:04pm

Meredith Cochran
I would love to win this contest and take my beat friend. I live inChattanooga TN and she Lives in Little Rock AR and we have always wanted to go to Memphis in May together! ❤️ @meredithcochran88
April 16, 2019 6:05pm

MIM is lit this year. This line up is unmatched and so reflective of the diverse soul that lives in our city. This may easily be my last MEMPHIS in may and I would love to bring my bestfriend as I show her why we natives and transplants alike, choose MEMPHIS through some really rooted events. Insta: lovelyc_xoxo
April 16, 2019 6:08pm

Keegan Elise Jones
I want to win this give away so that I can create new memories with my loved ones in Memphis because we love this city! I also want to win because I want to see Moneybagg Yo, Blocboy JB, Trippie Redd, 6lack, India Arie, Cardi B, G- Eazy, and Lil Dicky perform. My Instagram username is keeganelisejones
April 16, 2019 6:29pm

Pam K
I love Memphis and all things MIM!!! Would love to celebrate every event!! IGram: pbk425
April 16, 2019 7:03pm

Dana Clark
Dscl402 Hi .. I would love to be chosen as a winner to the Memphis in May festivities. My bestie (business partner) and I attend every year .. we have a blast !
April 16, 2019 7:12pm

Alex Fountain
Memphis is May is the highlight of the year being a South Mainer and I would love to enjoy it to the absolute fullest with passes! @alex_fountain
April 16, 2019 7:30pm

I want to win because I feel as if music fest marks Memphis’s history let alone every year and I’d love to be able to go and to be apart of it, and get these tickets so I can go and be there with all the people I love. I’ve grown up in Memphis, I’ve always love the work people put into this festival & I’d just love to be able to win this! it would be awesome!
April 16, 2019 8:45pm

Keisha Ramírez
i’d like to win because it’d be my first time going and i’d live to experience this amazing concert ! Also my favorite artist will be performing ❤️
April 16, 2019 8:52pm

Bethany Overman
I’ve been living in Memphis for 10 years, and have yet to experience everything Memphis in May has to offer. I love this city! College brought me here, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! I’ve become a true Memphian, and Memphis in May would be icing on the cake to experience!
April 16, 2019 9:14pm

Sherrie Lemons
@sherriesandlemons because the thought of seeing DMB and Khalid on the same night at Music Fest makes me want to pass out with excitement, and because I feel like as a native Memphian I should PROBABLY attend Barbecue Fest at some point.
April 16, 2019 9:31pm

victoria jones
i have been going to BSMF for the last 3 years and have had the time of my life each time!!! this is my last memphis festival before i go off to UTC for college, so it’s a special one! i would so appreciate the help this year for this amazing weekend!
April 16, 2019 9:52pm

victoria jones
my instagram handle is victoria.jones ! my bad i forgot to put that in there before!
April 16, 2019 9:53pm