13 Ways To See Live Music Outdoors This Spring and Summer In Memphis

13 Ways To See Live Music Outdoors This Summer In Memphis

Here are 13 ways to enjoy live music in the outdoors this spring and summer in Memphis and the Mid-South.

1. Live at the Tracks

Central Station, every Thursday through May 20, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., free
Hang out on the patio by the tracks at the Central Station hotel and enjoy live local music outside every Thursday night. It’s free to attend, and you can purchase drinks from Eight & Sand bar in the lobby.

2. Orpheum Candelight Concerts

The Orpheum will host outdoor concerts this spring! I love this idea. They’ll have a stage set up on the Front Street side of the Orpheum and Halloran Center, surrounding by hundred of candles, socially-distanced seating, food trucks, and bars. Tickets are $50 per pair (they’re sold in pairs) and capacity is limited. Masks are required. Shows start at 8 p.m.

Here’s the lineup:

3. Shell Yeah! Concerts

Levitt Shell, Various Dates, $270 for six people ($400 with picnic), all ages

The Shell will host six ticketed shows for fundraisers this spring and summer instead of the usual two shows. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. These shows are totally different from the free concerts (no outside food, drinks, or pets, etc.) so be sure to read up on all the details before you go.

Shell Yeah! Fundraising Concert Dates:

  • May 6 - North Mississippi Allstars sold out
  • May 20 - Tank & the Bangas sold out
  • June 3 : Langhorne Slim - only a few pods left as of May 6th.
  • June 17: (lineup TBA)
  • July 1: (lineup TBA)
  • July 15: Lucero sold out

4. Dive Bar Love Fest

Minglewood Hall Parking Lot, may 8, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m., donations strongly encouraged

The P&H Cafe had to leave their original location, and they need financial support to find a new spot. In fact, all our local dives need support! That’s why there’s a Dive Bar Love Fest this Saturday in the parking lot of Minglewood. Expect tons of live music, and food and drinks from B-Side bar. 

5. Food Truck Garden Parties

Memphis Botanic Gardens, May 13 / June 10 / Sept. 9 / Oct. 14, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., $5 members / $10 non-members

The Botanic Garden hosts food truck garden parties this spring, summer, and fall with a variety of food trucks and live music! They’ll also have a cash bar. You can purchase tickets at the gate.

6. Fridays in Health Sciences Park: Bailey Bigger LIVE

Madison Ave. & Dunlap Street, May 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly

Lunchtime live music at Health Sciences Park downtown by UT Medical School. First up is singer/songwriter Bailey Bigger on Friday, May 14th with Stickem and Tacoholic food trucks.

7. Southern Avenue

at the Memphis Botanic Garden - Friday May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

GRAMMY-nominated, International Blues Challenge winning, energetic modern blues grboup Southern Avenue turns it up with the MBG’s Local Live concert series. Parking at 5 p.m., gates at 6 p.m. You can bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no outside food or drinks or coolers. They’ll have food trucks and bars with food and drink for purchase. Tickets are on sale. 

8. River Series at HarborTown 

Live music at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, May 22nd with Amy LaVere & Will Section. Doors and DJ at 5 p.m., live music begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and capacity is very limited, so get your tickets ASAP. (The June Reigning Sounds show is already sold out) 

9. Fridays in Health Sciences Park: J. Buck Experience LIVE

Madison Ave. & Dunlap Street, June 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly

Lunchtime live music at Health Sciences Park downtown by UT Medical School. J. Buck performs on Friday, June 11th with Stickem and Tacoholic food trucks.

10. Free Outdoor Concert Series Announcement Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for info—y'all will be excited about this one!

More places to find live music outdoors in Memphis: 

Check social media for details.

11. Railgarten 

This sprawling outdoor venue in Cooper Young has frequent live music on stage, sometimes there's a cover or age limit (usually about $10) but during the day it's usually free and all ages. There are several bars and a full food menu. Check out the website for the schedule.

12. Grind City Brewing

This Uptown brewery makes the most of their huge lawn and back deck to host local bands for live music occasionally. They serve a wide variety of brews and usually have a seltzer or two, too. And food trucks. Check Facebook for details.

13. Momma’s Bar

Momma's truck stop inspired dive on Crump hosts live music on their covered patio. Check Facebook or Instagram for schedules.

Save the dates 

Memphis Juneteenth music festival will be on June 19th, 2021.

Mempho Fest is moving to the Memphis Botanic Gardens this year. The three-day festival is October 1-3. Tickets are on sale and the lineup is coming “soon”. I’ll update this post when it comes out.

Add your live music to the blog's calendar here.

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