365 Things to Do in Memphis #145: Celebrate Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 24th 2019 5614 0

Updated May 2019

What do you get when you put togetherMemphis musicians, loads of delicious food, and local small businesses by the river at the end of Memphis in May’s monthlong festival?

Assignment #145 in the 365 Things To Do In Memphis is to attend the closeout festival: Celebrate Memphis

Started in 2016, Celebrate Memphis (formerly 901 Fest) is all about Memphis: music, food, great organizations, and more. It’s usually held on the final Saturday in May at Tom Lee Park. This year – 2019 – is extra special because Celebrate Memphis is all about our city’s 200th anniversary.


The gates for Celebrate Memphis open at 3 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Expect live music going on at five stages all afternoon, plus arts performances, an air show, lots of vendors and tents (including I Love Memphis), and of course, loads of food from popular restaurants and food trucks.

This year, the event is completely free and you can bring in your chairs and small coolers and outside food and drink. (wowow!)

The event is definitely family-oriented, though as always parents should check out the individual bands before you take the little ones up to the front row.

The other event that finishes out Memphis in May is the Great American River Run half marathon and 5K, which is on Saturday morning at 7 a.m.. Get more info on the run and after-party here.

Go there:

Celebrate Memphis
Tom Lee Park

May 25, 2019
3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
free to enter

Ed. Note: The original #145, published in 2012, was to play the Battle Zone game at Golf & Games on Summer Avenue. Battle Zone is no longer there, so we have a new #145!

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  1. Karen says:

    This sounded super fun so I took my 11-year old sister there a couple of weekends ago, only to be disappointed by the fact that Battle Zone was closed. The employee told us that they were trying to get rid of it. 

    I just wanted to post this so others would know this is no longer in working conditions.

    Thank you. And I love this site!

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