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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I'm finishing up my PhD in May and will have to move away from Memphis at the end of the summer. I can't think of a better way to leave Memphis than by doing ALL of Memphis in May!!! @brainiac_ademic
April 11, 2019 8:21pm

My daughter recently turned 21. This would be her first festival and would be a great memory for both of us!
April 11, 2019 8:21pm

Denise Norman
Hi. I want to win so that I can take my sister out on the town. We used to frequent Memphis in May events back in the day, but jobs/kids/school/life changed that. This is our chance to revisit those good times. :-) My Instagram handle is @msdenisenorman. Thanks!
April 11, 2019 8:57pm

Colleen Fischman
I want to win because BSMF is my favorite event of the year, this is my last Memphis in May ( I will be moving in July ) and I am graduating from optometry school the following weekend! This would be the cherry on top for my last hoorah in one of your favorite cities ever!
April 11, 2019 9:55pm

Colleen Fischman
My Instagram handle is colllweenie! Sorry for the triple post
April 11, 2019 10:02pm

Raelynn Dorsey
I would love to win so I can take my daughter to her first concert. What better place than Memphis’ own Memphis in May Beale Street Music Fest. She’s had a difficult year with a new transition and I just want to celebrate with her.
April 12, 2019 5:46am

Raelynn Dorsey
I would love to win so I can take my daughter to her first concert. What better place than Memphis’ own Memphis in May Beale Street Music Fest. She’s had a difficult year with a new transition and I just want to celebrate with her.
April 12, 2019 5:47am

Elizabeth Williams
I live Memphis in May! It's such a great thing that happens and teaches you about so many different things. This is one of the best events in Memphis! I would love to win this because I haven't really had the money to go in the last few years and I miss it dearly. Now that I'm a teacher and have bills to pay I can't spend money on events. I truly miss going to Memphis in May festivities!
April 12, 2019 7:06am

Elizabeth Williams
I meant to say I love Memphis in May! My Instagram is @eevee0thelizard
April 12, 2019 7:08am

Jacqueline Wood
I want to win so that I'll be able to invite a really good friend. Let the festivities begin!
April 12, 2019 8:14am

Would love to take my dad downtown to eat all the bbq! @karenmw21
April 12, 2019 8:33am

I just love Memphis in May and can’t wait for it to start!
April 12, 2019 8:38am

Dorcas Rainey
Hey there Holly! I have been a fan of your blog for a few years now and I have always loved the events that you share. I am a Native Memphian, but oddly enough I have never, ever in my 30 years here attended a single Memphis in May event, either for financial reasons or lack of a companion. While all of those circumstances have changed, getting the chance to finally go and for free is even more awesome!! I love my city and this experience would show me even more why it’s such a great place to live.
April 12, 2019 8:44am

Hey! I’d love to win to get to know Memphis more! I don’t know any other way to start off the summer than experiencing all the great activities this beautiful city has to offer. My Instagram handle is @lilflower._ btw love ur posts!
April 12, 2019 8:51am

Nichole Roberts
This would be an awesome win to reward myself for all the working I have been doing for the last year getting through senior year for my son. Would be fun to enjoy the music fest and BBQ fest with him as we have been nonstop in and out, basically getting mornings only together as he is nearing the end of his senior year. I am the runner in the family, so would be awesome to get the chance to run the route in downtown Memphis. This has been a year of sacrifices to ensure my son had the senior year to remember. Nichole - IG jnicholeroberts
April 12, 2019 8:55am

If I win, I will not bring any of our lame friends.
April 12, 2019 9:11am

Me and my friends all want to go so bad money is tight though we would appreciate this ticket sooo much ! thank you
April 12, 2019 9:19am

see u there
April 12, 2019 9:20am

I want to win because I’ve never been to a Memphis in May.. I just turned 21 in August so I can legally enjoy all the fun! Memphis in May seems like the most fun thing in the world and I’d love to be able to participate!!
April 12, 2019 9:22am

I want to win because I haven't been to Music Fest in about a decade. :(
April 12, 2019 9:24am

Last year was my first ever music fest with my gf and our other two friends. I live in Tennessee so the drive isn’t bad at all. We had a blast and I usually try to go to at least one fest a year and this one is the ideal one because it’s so much fun the entire environment is A1 great people and even better music ❤️ I hope I win
April 12, 2019 9:24am

I forgot to add my handle, @atrainey
April 12, 2019 9:26am

I’ve been here my entire life and have yet to go to these events! Mainly because I don’t remember them until the last minute and everything is sold out lol, however before I give birth to my twins I’d love to experience it with my best friend!
April 12, 2019 9:31am

Reading is fundamental, my IG is SugaMamaKoko Good luck everyone!!!
April 12, 2019 9:32am

Jayland Brittmon
I want to win because Memphis is the greatest and the only home I know. I attend the events every year possible and would love to be able to celebrate the Memphis culture with your help!! @welcome2jaysland
April 12, 2019 9:33am

Hey! I’d love to win to get to know Memphis more (I moved here about a year ago)! I don’t know any other way to start off the summer than experiencing all the great activities this beautiful city has to offer. Love your posts btw! Instagram: @lilflower._
April 12, 2019 9:34am

Christina Holloway
Hi there! I think you should pick me for the ultimate Memphis giveaway because I'm a lifelong Memphian, I like free things, love representing the 901, and could definitely go for BBQ, music and a workout on the river! My Instagram handle is @_christina_e.
April 12, 2019 9:36am

I would LOVE to win all the passes to Memphis in May because I have lived in Memphis my whole life but have never been able to go to the events. I’ve only heard and seen about it. Next year I will be leaving this amazing city for the next step in my life and I don’t want to leave without experiencing Memphis in May! I’m a huge fan of food and music and this perfect for me!
April 12, 2019 9:38am

I’m a single mom with 2 rambunctious boys and don’t often treat myself. So I can’t wait to win tickets and be a person who leaves the house and does fun things for the whole month of May! Thank you!!!
April 12, 2019 9:41am

Lawrence Green
Being a transplant - I can’t see a better way to introduce my Michigan Family & friends to how great Memphis is! @daponyxpress_
April 12, 2019 9:44am

Gary Toriello
Win some Memphis BBQ! @RacerXnyc
April 12, 2019 9:44am

Martin Lu
instagram: @martinlulu Hi, I'm a medical student at UTHSC College of Medicine here in Memphis. As you can imagine, being a medical student takes up a lot of your time as well as money so I haven't been able to really explore this beautiful city as much as I have wanted to yet. Winning this contest would give an incredible opportunity to be a part of Memphis for once!
April 12, 2019 9:54am

Peter Colin
I’m entering because I want to treat my sister to a real MIM experience after her first year of grad school at UofM, plus bring my buddies from NY to show them what the 901 is all about. And as a Memphis away from Memphis, I need a BBQ fix so bad. Like, so bad.
April 12, 2019 9:58am

Lacye Story
I need these tickets!!! My husband and I have been in Memphis two years and this is definitely on our Memphis to do list! Love the blog! Can't plan without it @lacyesue
April 12, 2019 9:58am

Madi Leger
I want to win this contest because Memphis is my home and I love getting to experience everything my city has to offer!
April 12, 2019 10:04am

I love everything Memphis. Local support is everything. Instagram: jc14rk
April 12, 2019 10:06am

Paige Ellens
Traveling to other festivals is really expensive, and music fest is definitely more affordable! Plus, Memphis is home, so that makes it special. Been every year for the past 10 years or so. ❤❤❤ @paigeellensart or @pay_jellens
April 12, 2019 10:08am

Memphis in May is the best part of the year folks!! You don’t wanna miss it! Insta: @honeyeheydari
April 12, 2019 10:16am

My girlfriend has never been to Memphis is May and I want to show her EVERYTHING! Thanks for doing this! IG - scorcho_
April 12, 2019 10:19am

Jimmy R. Hanczor
Good morning Holly. I would love to win because my wife and I love music fest and Beale Street! We have not been in many years because of life, kids and money. It would also let us catch up on a date night which we hardly ever have anymore because of all the reasons mentioned before. Thank you and we would love to win this wonderful prize! Have a wonderful weekend! @jrhanczor
April 12, 2019 10:22am

Nick Clark
Pictzabuns. My family has never been to any MiM event as a familial unit. My mom's favorite band is the Killers and it would be awesome for all of us to see them with her. We have friends who have a BBQ fest tent that would also be a good memory to share. Finally, We could certainly use the exercise and appreciate the view along the river. :)
April 12, 2019 10:25am

I haven't been to Music Fest in about a decade! :( @atrainey
April 12, 2019 10:28am

Sydney Nelson
Thanks for giving us the option to win such a great opportunity! I think I should win because I’d love to take my bff to Memphis for this amazing festival and all the other fun events in May. She and I bonded over live music and have been friends for 5 years now. I’d love the opportunity to go to another fun event and make even more memories. Plus, Khalid and Cardi B are going to be there. So we HAVE to be there too! I’d love to win!
April 12, 2019 10:33am

Caroline Glovka
Memphis girl born and raised. Moved to Minneapolis 6 years ago and I missed Memphis so much, I'm moving back this month!! Would love to show my new Minnesota born husband what Memphis in May is all about! Instagram CAG912
April 12, 2019 10:33am

Sydney Nelson
I already commented but I forgot to leave my Instagram: @sydneyynelsonn
April 12, 2019 10:35am

Perry Patterson
I want to win because I LOVE MEMPHIS (both the city and your blog!! I love Memphis in May and the way it brings the city together to celebrate fun, music and our city's culture! PICK ME!!!
April 12, 2019 10:42am

Perry Patterson
I forgot to say my insta handle is @perrypattersonart!
April 12, 2019 10:43am

I would love to win tickets to all these great Memphis in May events! Love attending Beale Street Music Fest every year and amazed how they always manage to produce great lineups! Have yet to attend BBQ contest or Great American River Run but have heard great things about both! As an avid BBQ fan I can only imagine how fun it would be to attend the cook off!
April 12, 2019 10:47am

I would love to actually win this because I enter these all the time and i NEVER win :( Would really love for some good luck to come my way. Music is my happiness!
April 12, 2019 10:50am

parker patterson
I just commented but forgot to leave you my instagram handle. its parkerpatterson. Fingers crossed! MEM in May is the best time of year!
April 12, 2019 10:54am