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A Huge List of 2020 Memphis Festivals and Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 1st 2020 12798 0

Hello friends! Please check the event links below and event social media for the most up-to-date info on possible event schedule changes due to COVID-19. You can read the CDC’s safety recommendations here. The Shelby County Health Dept. has an information hub set up here

This year in Memphis is packed with tons of fun events, festivals, and other things to do! Get excited, because here’s a 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 and festivals in Memphis. These are just some highlights.

Photo by Alex Shansky

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
3: WWE Friday Night Smackdown at FedExForum
8-11: Elvis’ Birthday Celebration at Graceland
9: Grizz Bash at FedExForum
10: Elvis 85th Birthday Pops Concert with Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Cannon Center
14-19: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway Show at The Orpheum
17: Science of Beer at the Pink Palace
17 – Feb. 8: Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square
17-19: DreamFest Weekend 9 at 1884 Lounge
18: Spillit Slam at Novel Memphis
20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Civil Rights Museum
25: Chinese New Year Festival at the Rose Theater at of U. of Memphis
25: IRIS Orchestra Guest Artist: Conrad Tao at GPAC
26: Mardi Gras Ball at Minglewood
28- Feb. 1: International Blues Challenge on Beale Street
31: Tool: North American Tour at FedExForum

February

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue

1: Bluff City Polar Bear Plunge at Tiger Lane
1: Harlem Globetrotters at FedExForum
4: Temple Israel Presents: An Evening With Jason Alexander at GPAC
5-9: The Play That Goes Wrong Broadway Show at The Orpheum
7: Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour” at FedExForum
7: A Night At The Pawscars at The Cadre
9: Celine Dion Courage World Tour at FedExForum
11: The Beach Boys at The Orpheum
12: Beale Street Music Festival lineup announcement
14-16: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Orpheum
14 – 15: Opera Memphis’ Puccini Double Bill at GPAC
14 – 23: Ballet Memphis Winter Mix at Ballet Memphis
16: 9th Annual TEP Gumbo Festival at the Pipkin Building
19: Spillit Slam: Take the Leap at Ixora
22: Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons at The U of M’s Harris Concert Hall
22-23: Collage Dance Collective Presents: RISE at GPAC
24: Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Guest House at Graceland
26 – March 8: Disney’s Aladdin Broadway Show at The Orpheum
28 – 29: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend at Graceland
29: Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” at The Cannon Center
29: Memphis 901 FC v. U of M Tigers Pre-Season Match at AutoZone Park

March

Grizzlies and Tigers basketball seasons continue – cancelled
Memphis 901 FC Season begins at AutoZone Park – cancelled

Feb. 16 – March 8: Disney’s Aladdin Broadway Show at The Orpheum
6: Post Malone Runaway Tour at FedExForum
6: The Orchestra Unplugged: Devil at the Crossroads at the Halloran Centre
6-8: Southern Women’s Show at the Agricenter
6-22: The Book of Will at Playhouse on the Square
6: Arbor Day Celebration at Overton Park
7: Memphis 901FC Home Opener at AutoZone Park
7: IRIS Orchestra Guest Artist: Anne-Akikio Meyers at GPAC
8-14: Memphis Black Restaurant Week
13 – 15: Elegant Southern Style Weekend: Spring Edition at Graceland
14: Grind City Coffee Expo at the Pipkin Building – postponed until the fall
14: 47th Annual Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street – postponed until April 11th
15: 4th Annual Soulful Food Truck Festival at Clayborn Temple
15: America 50th Anniversary Tour at The Orpheum – postponed
16: Cher Here We Go Again Tour at FedExForum – postponed to Sept. 16
16-20: Shelby County Schools Spring Break
17: Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Cooper St. – cancelled
17: Martin Lawrence “The Lit AF 2020 Tour” at FedExForum – postponed TBA
18: Welcome To Night Vale Live at GPAC – postponed TBA
20-22: Mid-South Con 38 at Hilton Memphis – postponed to 2021
21: Strauss, Tchaikovsky, & Shostakovich feat. Zuill Bailey at the Cannon Center – postponed TBA
21: Germantown Symphony: 250th Anniversary Beethoven Celebration at GPAC – postponed TBA
23 – April 5: Midtown Opera Festival  – cancelled
27 – 29: Memphis International Guitar Festival at The U of M – cancelled
28: Let’s Brunch Memphis! Festival at Beale Street Landing – postponed to June 27th
28:
That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody at Halloran Centre – postponed TBA
28: Memphis Brewfest at the Liberty Bowl – postponed to July 18th
28: Opera Memphis Presents Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Playhouse on the Square – cancelled
28. MuslimMEMfest Festival at The Agricenter – postponed TBA
29: The Millennium Tour (Ying Yang Twins, Bow Wow, Soulja Boy) at FedExForum – postponed TBA

April

Grizzlies basketball season continues – cancelled
Redbirds baseball season begins (April 9) – cancelled
Peabody Rooftop Parties begin

1-4: Memphis Fashion Week – postponed to August 19 – 21
2-5: Memphis Comedy Fest – postponed TBA
3: Whiskey Warmer Festival at Overton Square – cancelled
3-5: Art In The Loop on Ridgeway Loop Road
3-5: Twin Peaks 30: Official Fan Celebration at Graceland – postponed to Oct. 30 – Nov. 1
4: Memphis Farmers Market opens for the season
4: Sista Strut 3K Walk in Cooper Young/Liberty Bowl – – postponed to June 13
6-11: Charc Week Memphis – postponed to July 27th
7-12: A Bronx Tale at The Orpheum
9: Memphis Redbirds Opening Night at AutoZone Park – postponed TBA
11: Memphis Made’s Hopped VI Festcancelled
11: Otis Redding III at The Halloran Centre
11: Overton Square Crawfish Festival in Overton Square cancelled
15-19: Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival at Robert Church Park cancelled
16: Lewis Black at Graceland Soundstage
17-19: Vintage901 Food & Wine Festival (various locations) cancelled
18: Edge Motor Festival in The Edge District cancelled
18: Taste the Rarity at Wiseacre postponed
18: Healthy 901 Festival at Overton Square
18: Condomonium at 1203 Poplar Ave. cancelled
18-19: Ballet Memphis’ Cinderella at The Orpheum cancelled
19: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival at Wagner Place (downtown) cancelled
23: Live at the Garden 20th Anniversary Series Lineup Announcement
24: Rour and Pour at the Memphis Zoo
24-25: Spirits & Soul Festival at Old Dominick Distillery
25: Spring Family Fun Day at Chucalissa
25: Explore Edge Festival
25: Down To Earth Festival/Earth Day Celebrations at Shelby Farms
25: Arlington in April at Depot Square in Arlington
25: Shinedown at The Orpheum
25: East Buntyn Art Walk
25: World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival at Tiger Lane cancelled for 2021
25: V & E Greenline Art Walk in Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood
25: Bad Dog 5K/10K at Overton Square
26: Beale Street Wine Race on Beale Street
28: Opera Memphis Presents Mozart’s Così fan tutte (reprise) at Playhouse on the Square

May

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

1-3: Memphis In May International Salute to Ghana – postponed until October
1-3: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park
1-24: Little Shop of Horrors at Playhouse on the Square
2: Iris Orchestra Guest Artist: Nancy Zhou at GPAC
2-3: Collierville Fair on the Square in Collierville Town Square
3: GPAC Youth Symphony Program at GPAC
7: 41st Blues Music Awards
8-9: Memphis Greek Festival
9: MSO presents Rhapsody In Blue at the Cannon Center
9: Memphis Crafts & Drafts Spring Shop at Overton Square

13 – 16: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest at Tom Lee Park
16 – 17: Cooper-Young Garden Walk
16: Spaceport Music + Arts Festival at Primas Bakery & Boutique
21-24: Bluff City Jazz Festival at the Shell
22: Zoo Brew at Memphis Zoo

23: Memphis In May’s Great American River Run Downtown
28-30: Memphis Italian Festival at Marquette Park
29: David Crosby at Graceland Soundstage
30: Bluff City Brunch Festival at the Fourth Bluff

June

Memphis 901 FC season continues
Redbirds baseball season continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Grizzlies basketball season continues

TBA: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
TBA: Outdoors Inc Canoe and Kayak Race at Mud Island

2-6: Germantown Charity Horse Show
6: Feast on the Farm Gala at Agricenter
6: Memphis Flyer’s Margarita Fest at BOXLOT
6: Lucero Family Block Party at Minglewood
11: The Dude Perfect 2020 Tour at FedExForum
13: Tour Dé Toast Memphis at the Pink Palace
19 – July 12: Something Rotten! at Playhouse on the Square
21: Craft Food and Wine Festival at The Columns

24: Journey and the Pretenders at FedExForum
27: Mid-South International Festival at Court Square
27: Let’s Brunch Memphis! Festival at Beale Street Landing – this is the rescheduled date

July

TBA: 3RDSPACE Memphis Art & Design Week
TBA: WEVL’s Blues on the Bluff

Independence Day Events (will be updated for 2020)
Memphis 901 FC season continues
Redbirds season continues
Levitt Shell Concert Series continues
Live at the Garden concert series continues
Peabody Rooftop Parties continue

June 19 – July 12: Something Rotten! at Playhouse on the Square
1-5: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at Southwind
11: Little River Band at The Orpheum
18: Memphis Brewfest at the Liberty Bowl – rescheduled date

18: The Tableau of Natural Hair Expo
18: Mid-South’s Great Tomato Contest at the Agricenter
21 – 26: Come From Away Broadway musical at The Orpheum
31: Summer Cocktail Festival at Overton Square

August

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

TBA: Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival at Liberty Bowl

7-15: Elvis Week 2020
14: Pink Palace Science of Wine

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

TBA: Millington Goat Days
TBA: Zoo Rendezvous at Memphis Zoo
TBA: Mid-South Pride Parade & Fest

1: 901 Day celebrations around town!
4-13: Delta Fair at Agricenter

10-12: Southern Heritage Classic Weekend
12: Latin Fest at Overton Square
12-13: Germantown Festival
16: Cher Here We Go Again Tour at FedExForum (rescheduled from March)
19: Makeda’s Block Party Downtown
24: Mid-South Fair in Southaven
24 – 27: Gonerfest 17
25 – 27: Pink Palace Crafts Fair
26: Elixir Cocktail Party at Hilton Memphis
27: Memphis Japan Fest at Memphis Botanic Garden

October

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

TBA: Mistletoe Merchants at Agricenter
TBA: Metal Repair Days at the Metal Museum
TBA: Zoo Boo begins at Memphis Zoo
TBA: 11th Annual Cooper Young Beer Fest
TBA: MEMPHO at Shelby Farms

3: Paint Memphis
3: Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Festival at The Columns
16: Memphis Tequila Festival at Overton Square
17: Agricenter Harvest Festival
17: Memphis Food & Wine Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden – cancelled (will return in 2021)
17: Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour at FedEx Forum
21-26: Indie Memphis Film Festival
24-25: River Arts Festival
25-26: Bartlett Festival at W. J. Freeman Park
31: Cooper Young Festival in Cooper Young (rescheduled from Sept. 19)

November

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

TBA: India Fest
TBA: Greenway Soiree
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

8: Grilled Cheese Festival at the Hi-Tone
13 – 15:
Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention
14: Memphis Crafts & Crafts at Crosstown Concourse

December

Grizzlies, Tigers, and Hustle basketball seasons continue

TBA: Downtown Memphis/Beale Street Holiday Parade
TBA: Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl
TBA: Memphis Farmers Market Holiday Market
TBA: Liberty Bowl
TBA: Zoo Lights

5: St. Jude Marathon in downtown/midtown Memphis (streets closed…also stay tuned for the ILM Cheering Section info!)
11: Holiday Spirits Cocktail Festival at the Cadre
31: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street


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, leave a comment, and I’ll add it to the blog’s calendar.

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  1. Summer Morgan says:

    Thank you updates I live in a different state and always love Memphis just wish I rent there just so expensive in hotels

  2. Karen Golightly says:

    Hey, can you add Paint Memphis on October 3? Thanks!

  3. Kim T says:

    Wow! What an extensive list! Thank you for all you do!

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