Memphis In May Is Cancelled for 2020, But Will Be Back In 2021

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 18th 2020 1090 0

First, the bad news. Today, Memphis In May International Festival announced that they are cancelling all events for fall 2020 due to COVID 19 and out of concern for public safety.

Photo by Sean Davis. Sad.

As for the good news, they’ve already announced that Memphis in May will return in 2021!

I do not normally publish press releases but in this case…

Due to the continuing threat of COVID 19, in the interest of public safety and under advice from local health authorities, the planned 2020 Memphis in May events scheduled for September 30 through October 23 are canceled.

The difficult decision was made based on information in consultation with local health officials who
advised that it would not be reasonable to host festival events as planned in 2020. Our board of
directors met this morning and voted to cancel the 2020 events. The health and safety of our patrons
and participants is always our top priority.

We are disappointed that we are unable to reset for the fall as planned and that Memphis in May now
joins the growing list of outdoor festivals and events that have been forced to cancel.

The annual Memphis in May is an important part of the cultural fabric of our city, but this pandemic
has impacted large scale public events worldwide and Memphis is no exception.” said James L. Holt,
President & CEO of Memphis in May International Festival.

Ticket holders, teams, and registrants will be offered a full refund or can opt to use their tickets or
entries for the 2021 festival events. Participants will receive an email early next week with specific
information for their ticket or registration and can also visit memphisinmay.org for details.

We are pressing pause this year, for the first time in over four decades, but we plan to be back next
May bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars now for the 45th anniversary of Memphis in

2021 Memphis in May International Festival
Beale Street Music Festival April 30 – May 2, 2021
Salute to Ghana May 1-31, 2021
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 12 – 15, 2021
Great American River Run May 29, 2021
Follow memphisinmay.org for updates and details on the 2021 Memphis in May International Festival.

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