80 Memphis Fall Festivals & Events in 2023

Guide To Memphis Fall Events and Things To Do 2022

Is fall the best season in Memphis? I SURE THINK SO! There are plenty of things to do in Memphis in the fall-- including fall festivals, fall events, and concerts. 

Couple at Mempho Music Festival
Craig Thompson
Mempho Music Festival

Note About Live Music: I’m not listing every concert on the list below. There are too many, which is a GREAT problem to have.

Check out the Memphis music calendar and monthly roundup of our favorite picks for concerts in Memphis. (yes, it's updated each month)

Parties at the Pyramid
Julian Harper
Parties at the Pyramid


Haunted Trails & Frights at Height, Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure, September and October

Believe it or not, spooky season is here! Get your scare on this fall with Haunted Trails (the ultimate Halloween scare trail) and Frights at Height (an hour of thrills and scares, wobbly obstacles  and epic zip lines) at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure located in Shelby Farms Park. 

Fall Concerts in the Grove, GPAC, Thursdays in September and October

Start your weekends early with $5 fall concerts featuring local artists. Buy a drink there and support your favorite food trucks or bring food and drink from home for a perfect way to enjoy the performances. I wasn't able to catch the summertime concert series, so I'm determined to enjoy one of these shows!

Parties at the Pyramid, Big Cypress Lodge at The Bass Pro Shops, Last Fridays ‘til October

Get a rooftop view of the Memphis skyline on an exclusive patio starting April til October. Be prepared for DJ performances, drink specials, and lots more.

Sunset Jazz Live, Court Square Park, Every Second Sunday ‘til October

This FREE event should make you want to get your dancing shoes and groove to the beat of the best local jazz musicians. It's perfect for outdoors and music lovers as you enjoy live jazz music, food trucks, drinks, sunset views, and more.

Fall Concert Series, Overton Park Shell, ‘til October

12 free concerts at The Shell, all you have to do is show up with your drinks, blankets, and lawn chairs.

Twilight Thursdays, Memphis Botanic Garden, Select Thursdays in ‘til October

Head to the Gardens every Thursday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. to explore a cash bar with seasons; sips, beer, and wine. The second Thursday of each month will feature food trucks & live music including Jeremy Stanfill and Josh Cosby, Tracking Giants, Short in the Sleeve, Rowdy Franks, and Movie Night
Band. Dogs are welcome.

America at the Crossroads: The Guitar and A Changing Nation, MoSH, ‘til October 23

From the Blues clubs on Beale Street to Midtown punk dive bars, music from Memphis has become a global phenomenon. And no instrument has been as important to the sound of this city as the guitar. The guitar is one of the most enduring icons in American history. And the story of “The Crossroads” is one of America’s most enduring myths. This exhibit explores how Memphis’s history and culture are shaped by the iconic instruments, riffs, and guitarists that put Memphis on the map.

Yoga On The River, River Garden at the Mississippi River Park, Tuesdays til October 31

Grab your mat, towel, and water for free yoga sessions with a view. Instructor Candace will guides your yoga journey along the mighty Mississippi!  All experience levels welcomed.

Concerts in The Grove, The Grove at GPAC, Select Thursdays til October

You’ll enjoy music from some of the area’s best musicians, food trucks, and corn hole, all in the beautiful, park-like setting of the TruGreen Lawn. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Music Series, Overton Square, ‘til November

Enjoy live music from April to November. Check out the amazing range of locally-owned shops while you’re there.

Time Warp Drive- In Movies, Malco Summer Drive- In, Select Saturday each month

Memphis has a thriving drive-in movie theater, the Malco Summer Drive-In, made even cooler with a monthly all-night movie marathon with cult classics, horror, and all kinds of crazy film. This year they really hit it home with a ton of horror-themed nights.

Movie nights, Overton Square, Thursdays September til November

Fall is here so grab your blankets, pups, and folding chairs every Thursday for some of the most iconic movies! To name a few: Parent Trap, Mean Girls, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, CoCo, and The Last Holiday. Flyers says 8 p.m. but the movies start at 7 p.m. & it's completely free.

Trolley Nights, South Main Street, Last Friday of the month

The shops and galleries on South Main host open houses, usually with some live music, free drinks and snacks, and special openings or events.  Restaurants and bars will also dish out specials for the occasion.


TSU band stands on football field performing during halftime
Roseberry Pictures
Southern Heritage Classic


Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park, Memphis 901 FC matches at AutoZone Park, Memphis Tigers Football at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

A Raisin in the Sun, Hattiloo Theatre, August 25 - September 24

Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry’s celebrated play concerns the divergent dreams and conflicts in three generations of the Younger family. Hansberry’s portrait of one family’s struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Sunset Skate, Riverside Drive (starting at River Garden), Last Thursday of the month til September 28

Perfect your skate dance moves with lessons from Step and Skate Movement, cruise to the DJ or enjoy the local food vendors – there’s something fun for everyone! Free 30-minute skate rentals provided by Cordova Skating Center are limited, first come first served. Protective gear is not provided, please bring your own pads, wrist guards or helmets!

Creative Works Conference and Market, Various Locations, September 28 - 30

Ready to take your creativity to the next level? Join us for the 9th annual Creative Works Conference, a transformative 3-day experience that will connect you to your creative peers and heroes, teach you to leverage your creative skills, and help you cultivate the necessary sensibilities to improve your work, life, and community.

Canoes + Cocktails, Shelby Farms Park, September 29

Rent a canoe, kayak or bring your own boat and enjoy the best views of the Memphis sunset with a guided paddle on the iconic Hyde Lake followed by snacks, specialty cocktails provided by Old Dominick Distillery, yard games and more. Canoes don’t float your boat? No problem! Purchase a “Party Only” ticket and enjoy the fun that happens after the guided paddle.  Canoes + Cocktails is a 21+ event.

Laser Live!, MoSH AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium, September 30

This event, created in partnership with the Shell on Wheels, WYXR and Crosstown Brewery, is an opportunity for both musicians and the Memphis community to experience the Planetarium in a new, exciting way. You’ll enjoy sounds from Tropical Fusion Latin Band. Beer from Crosstown Brewery will be available for purchase and enjoy throughout the show. 

901 Day Hosted by the Memphis Redbirds, AutoZone Park, September 1 

Mempho Music Festival and Overton Park Shell are helping to host a free concert and plaza party prior to the Memphis Redbird's 7:05 p.m. game against the Gwinnett Stripers which will follow with a fireworks show set to Memphis music. The concerts will kick off at 4 p.m. on the new Shell on Wheels stage featuring Lucky Seven Band and Black Cream. There will also be drinks, carnival-style games, and local vendors on site.

Delta Fair, Agricenter International, September 1-10

Nothing makes me happier than fair foods (and of course the thrill of the rides and coasters.) Expect all the fun to include live music, daily attractions, carnival rides, pageants, theme days, and more.

Beale Street Cigar Festival, Handy Park, September 1-3

This is a 3-day event that attracts thousands of attendees including sports icons and celebrities. The festival boast some of the top cigar brands in the world and features some of the best entertainment from national and local artist. BSCF will provide a quality experience, great cuisine, and lifestyle vendors all weekend. 

Mimosa Festival End of Summer Edition, Court Square Park, September 3

They’re taking ‘Sunday Funday’ to new heights with creatively crafted mimosas and food trucks. It’s the perfect way to gather and spend time with your crew.

River City Jazz and Music Festival, Cannon Center for Performing Arts, September 3

RiverCity Jazz and Music Festival featuring Lalah Hathaway, Leela James, saxophonist Paul Taylor and jazz guitarist Adam Hawley is going to be THE smooth jazz, R&B and neo soul event of the fall.

Lauren Diagle: The Kaleidoscope Tour, FedExForum, September 6 

The Kaleidoscope Tour will feature many of Lauren Daigle’s #1s, including her groundbreaking smash You Say, Rescue, Look Up Child, her new single Thank God I Do, as well as music from her forthcoming self-titled album which will include 20 songs released in two parts.

Southern Heritage Classic, September 7-9

We welcome the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to the Classic as they compete against Tennessee State University. The Southern Heritage Classic goes way beyond the football game itself. It’s a weekend full of activities, music, and competitions that highlight all of the talent of HBCU’s. The lineup of events include Gladys Knight live in concert, a parade, Battle of the Bands, tailgating, and more.

Lil Baby: It’s Only Us Tour, FedExForum, September 7

Diamond certified rapper Lil Baby today is headed to Memphis this fall in support of his most recent album, It’s Only Me. Lil Baby will be receiving tour support from GLOSS UP, Rylo Rodriguez and Hunxho.

Art on the Rocks: Garden Cocktails & Craft Beer, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, September 8, 21+

The Dixon’s garden cocktail and beer tasting is back! Presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, Art on the Rocks brings botanical cocktails, craft beer, wine, and more together for a fun evening in the gardens. Guests will enjoy a variety of drink tastings and bites from local restaurants along with live music. Your’re encouraged to wear shades of orange.

Zoo Rendezvous, Memphis Zoo, September 9, 21+

It's time to dust off your flannel shirts, grab your scrunchies, and embrace the era that gave us iconic fashion, unforgettable music, and a whole lot of attitude. Get ready for the ultimate 90's throwback party during Memphis Zoo's 38th annual Zoo Rendezvous presented by FirstBank. You'll be treated to an unlimited array of mouthwatering delights from the hottest restaurants, food trucks, and bars in Memphis.

Germantown Festival, Germantown Civic Club Complex, September 9-10

Enjoy a festival of arts and crafts, children’s activities, rides and games, live stage entertainment, car exhibits, community displays, the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race and festival foods for the whole family.

17 Berkshire Fall Festival, 17 Berkshire, September 9

Enjoy a fun-filled day of autumnal delights and family-friendly activities in the heart of historic Overton Square. Get ready to indulge in delicious treats while you shop one-of-a-kind crafts, jewelry, artwork, and more.  Groove to live music and embrace the spirit of the fall season.

Forest Bathing, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, September 9, 15+

You may have visited the gardens here, but have you really rested and renewed yourself in this beautiful space? This event called shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, guides you through a deliberate, mindful walk through the gardens, deepening your connection with the natural world, and receiving her restorative effects.

Mid-South Maze, Agricenter International, September 15 - October 31

The maze is definitely a right-of-passage for Memphians. Though the Mid-South Maze is haunted on the weekends leading up to Halloween, during the afternoons, it's open as a regular maze. The evidence of the haunted nights is still present, though, like a hangman's noose and several curtains stained with fake blood.

Fall Flavors Tea Party, Primas Bakery + Boutique, September 10

“Charcuterie + Tea for 2!” featuring Fall Flavors! Enjoy a unique tea party experience. Each ticket admits two guests and includes a savory and sweet selection of fall-flavored goodies along with tea, coffee or punch. 

Shop Black Fest Memphis, September 16

Shop Black Fest Memphis is a festival celebration of black entrepreneurship, black culture, music, fashion, food, and wealth-building for the Black community in Memphis.

Cooper-Young Festival, September 16

Are you ready for Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration? Held in Memphis' largest historic district, Cooper-Young. It’s a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage.

Memphis Dance Festival, Collage Dance Center, September 16

A day full of dancing? Sign me up! This festival is a free, family-focused community event presenting the best dance makers in the nation including Memphis’s own Lil Buck plus artists from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, SOUL Defined, Nashville Ballet alongside many hometown favorites including the Grizz Girls, Ballet Memphis and Collage Dance Collective.

Memphis Brewfest, Memphis Sports + Events Center, September 16

The biggest beer festival in the Mid-South returns to Memphis at a new location in Liberty Park – Memphis Sports & Events Center. This massive, state-of-the-art facility gives attendees a new and exciting way to experience Memphis Brewfest!

Collierville Balloon Festival, Maynard Way, September 16-17

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, nope, it’s more than 20 stunning hot air balloons! Also, expect live entertainment, food, arts & crafts vendors, and more to provide a great time for the whole family. Proceeds from the event will  support education programs in the local community.

Blue Note Bourbon Dinner, Char Restaurant, September 19

Head to Char Restaurant for a special four-course dinner and explore a selection of bourbons from Memphis's own Blue Note Bourbon distillery. They'll be pairing four bourbons with a special prix fixe menu created by Chef Steven Robilio for guests seated family-style in the private dining room. Blue Note Bourbon representative, Charles Long, will be on hand to present the bourbon pairings and tasting notes.

Mid-South Fair, Landers Center, September 21- October 1

Fairgoers will have the chance to enjoy more than 50 rides and a wide array of ground acts stationed around the property. Food and beverage vendors will be out in full force serving up Fair favorites such as funnel cakes, candied apples, turkey legs, corn dogs and a variety of beverages for the whole family.

Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park, September 22-24

I feel like the Pink Palace is a right of passage for Memphians. For the 51st fair, there will be 150 artists from around the country to explore a variety of eclectic pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, leatherworks, and more.

Chris Tucker: The Legend Tour, Orpheum Theatre, September 22

Comedian, actor, and legend, Chris Tucker is coming to Memphis! Be prepared to laugh until your cheeks hurt with this cell phone free event.

Latin Fest, Overton Square, September 23

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage MonthLatin Fest is a family-oriented Latin festival that provides a place to gather with family and friends to listen and dance to live Latin music, taste some Latin food and drinks, also crafts for kids, vendors, and fun for everyone in an open social space.

Memphis Comic Expo, Agricenter International, September 23-24

Memphis Comic Expo is the largest comic-creator focused convention in the Mid-South.  Over 120 comic artists, writers, handmade artisans, plus a few voice actors.  Meet Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles along with many big-name comic creators. A family-friendly event with something for everyone.

Patti LuPone in Concert, GPAC, September 23

Spend an evening with a true Broadway legend as three-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone performs her concert Don’t Monkey with Broadway.

WLOK Stone Soul Picnic, Memphis Music Room, September 23

This year's WLOK Stone Soul Picnic will be a big indoor picnic, filled with the best gospel music. You'll find great food and great gospel music from a variety of performers and groups. This show is free–no tickets required.

Memphis Country Blues Festival, Overton Park Shell, September 23

The annual Country Blues festival is returning to Overton Park Shell this year with some additional programming. Head to the lawn and start the evening with the sounds of Alvin Youngblood Hart followed by the official presentation of the Shell’s blues marker.  Then stick around because the night will only grow in energy as the North Mississippi Allstars make their way to the stage to honor the history of this Shell event. 

The Haunted Tavern, Brickwood Hall, September 28-30

The Haunted Tavern is an immersive cocktail experience run by the descendants of Ichabod Crane. You will visit one of the most haunted locations in Memphis as the tavern keeper guides you through a 4-part interactive cocktail journey. Hear the chilling and dark tales that haunt the venue, and beware the ghost that never left... Your night will be filled with many surprises. 

Gonerfest 20, Railgarten, September 28 - October 1

This event is sold out, but I just have to add it in. Between Thursday and Sunday night's closing dance party more than 20 bands will perform at Railgaten, a sprawling outdoor venue and bar just up the street from Cooper Young on Central Avenue. 

Hispanic Film Festival, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, September 28

Presented by the University of Memphis Department of World Languages and Literatures, this 2018 Spanish film, Campeones, directed by Javier Fesser, will be screened in Spanish with and English subtitles. Free admission.

Mempho Music Festival, Radians Amphitheater at Memphis Botanic Garden, September 29 - October 1

Enjoy three days of live music at this Memphis music festival, which is held in East Memphis at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Headliners include The Black Crowes, My Morning Jacket, and Turnpike Troubadours.

Beer Can Chicken Cooking Contest, Crosstown Brewing Company, September 30

Grab your BBQ team and your tents, grills, spatulas, and forks. Judges will be on site to sample your best beer can chicken and choose the winner. Beer cans for cooking will be provided. To register your team, send an email to [email protected].

Mempho Music Festival by  Alex Shansky.
Alex Shansky
Mempho Music Festival


Memphis 901 FC matches at AutoZone Park, Memphis Tigers Football at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

Zootoberfest, Memphis Zoo, Every Saturday and Sunday in October

Memphis Zoo is excited to announce a brand-new way to celebrate October. Zootoberfest will bring some German flair to the Bluff City. Guests can purchase a commemorative Zoo stein to sip German beer from while they enjoy a fall afternoon at Memphis Zoo. Draft root beer and root beer floats will also be available to enjoy. **excludes Halloween (Oct 31) so final day is technically Nov 1.

Walk with Amal, Crosstown Concourse and the Historic Clayborn Temple, October 4

This traveling puppet represents a 10 year old Syrian refugee girl. She walks around the world to spread awareness of hope and solidarity for displaced people everywhere. Join the walk at two locations-- Crosstown Concourse in the morning and the Historic Clayborn Temple at 4 pm.

Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Festival, Shelby Farms Park, October 6

It’s a whole lot of bacon and bourbon goin’ on! This festival features creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some great Memphis restaurants, plus a vast array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds. a portion of all proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market. 

Family Campfire Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, October 6

Enjoy an old-fashioned campfire sing-along while making hot dogs and s’mores over the fire. Then, explore the Garden on a guided nighttime hike and learn about the animals that come out when we go to bed. Activities, hot dogs, s’mores, chips & soda/water are included with admission (vegan/vegetarian options available).

Wine on the River, Tom Lee Park, October 7

Sample wine from National and International vineyards. There is an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions with wine and food in each selected area. Live music entertainment and lots of fun to benefit Door of Hope.

Memphis miniFEST, Hi Tone, October 7

Bridging The Music is headed to Memphis for an evening of music, art & community in a festival-style atmosphere. Come support top-notch local and touring acts, visual artists and more.

Let it Burn Cigar Festival, Court Square Park, October 7

Be prepared for a day of premium cigars, live music, and entertainment. Shop with cigar vendors and enjoy delicious food from an array of the best food truck vendors Memphis has to offer.

Penn and Teller Present: The Foolers, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, October 7

The Foolers brings an evening of jaw-dropping illusions curated by Penn & Teller, celebrating television’s #1 rated magic show! This interactive & irreverent evening presents the Fool Us alumni who share the distinction of being among the few who have impressed Penn & Teller with mystifying mind magic and hilarious comedic routines. 

Paint Memphis Festival, Memphis Made Brewery, October 7

Paint Memphis is back to bring you a festival featuring 100 artists from all over the world creating murals in the Edge District! This year they are celebrating the festival in the ravine behind Memphis Made Brewery at 484 Union Ave. with a full vendor market, a live music line-up, food trucks, a kids area, and more. 

Welcome to the Freak Show Halloween Extravaganza, Black Lodge, October 7

The Freak Show is back. Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see. Make your costume as simple as you would like or get wild with it for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. A live DJ and fire performers will keep this freak show going all night. This is a 21+ event.

Barktober Fest, Saddle Creek, October 7

Sample brews created *just* for this event by local homebrewers, as well as your faves from local breweries. Enjoy live music and the best shopping in the 901 while supporting Streetdog Foundation! Kids and leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome, but you must be 21+ to sample beer.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone in Concert, Orpheum Theatre, October 7-8

Relive the film that started it all. Watch the wand choose the wizard, a troll run amok and magic mirrors in high-definition while a live orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event as Harry, Ron, Hermione and all your favorite characters return to the screen and enchant the world all over again.

Funny Girl, Orpheum Memphis, October 10-15

Funny Girl starts off the Orpheum;s Broadway Shows for 2023-2024! Featuring one of the greatest musical scores of all time, including classic songs “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People,” this love letter to the theatre is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cannon Center for Performing Arts, October 12

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to Memphis icons whose contributions to music inspire and influence people worldwide. Each year, the MMHOF Nominating Committee selects artists and visionaries whose impact on music and pop culture merits recognition. The 11th Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will honor 7 icons.

Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo, October 13-31

Calling all candy lovers and party goers! Halloween is taking over Memphis Zoo for a family-friendly haunting at Le Bonheur Zoo Boo! Go all out and wear your best costumes and bring your trick-or-treat bags to make sure you satisfy all your candy cravings. 

Blithe Spirit, Lohrey Theatre, October 13-29

This play is all about a crime writer, the death of his first wife, remarriage of an uptight second wife, a seance performance that brings back the ghost of his first wife, and lots of havoc. I’m definitely interested! Tickets go on sale to the public on September 26. 

Memphis Tequila Festival, FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park, October 13, 21+

Me and Tequila are BFFs. To know there will be 30 different types of tequila makes me so excited.  Each ticket purchaser will be able to choose only 15 tequilas to sample from, so choose wisely. This festival is guaranteed to get you in the *spirit* of the season with dance music from our local DJs, spooky face painting, a costume photo booth and more. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurants and food trucks.

Monster Market, The Medicine Factory, October 13- 18

This freaky pop-up will be open for 6 days carrying a curated collection of strange art, unique apparel, odd home decor, weird comics and zines, strange jewelry, eerie photography, monster plushies, spooky ceramics, freaky masks, and one-of-a-kind treasures from 80+ makers and artists.

Fall Festival, Southwest Twin, October 13

Things are getting festive this fall at the former Southwest Twin Drive-In on none other than Friday the 13th. A family-friendly festival with face painting, food trucks, a community expo, Halloween-themed story time with Memphis Public Libraries, and more. Bring your own chair for an inflatable screen showing of Disney’s new Little Mermaid.

Edge Motorfest, Edge Motor Museum, October 14

See over 150 cars compete for 20+ awards. Enjoy live music, food trucks, door prizes, and more. $20 to enter a vehicle, free to come an look.

Gimme Gimme Disco, Growlers, October 14

Memphis Dancing Queens & Kings, are you ready to have the time of your LIFE singing and dancing along to all your favorite ABBA + disco hits? Your grooviest getup is encouraged, but leave your worries behind.

Outlaw Music Festival, BankPlus Amphitherater, October 14

Willie Nelson's iconic "Outlaw Music Festival" Tour is back on the road again! The lineup includes Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, Elizabeth Cook, and Particle Kid. 

Mississippi River Adventure, October 15-22

Join Dave Cornthwaite and the Quapaw Canoe Company for a week-long Mississippi Adventure, paddling with a small crew sharing 30 ft voyager canoes and a couple of smaller stand up paddleboards. Enjoy campfires each night, amazing food, discovering a new riverbank home on sandy shores and islands each night and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Garden Party, MoSH, October 15

Rock your widest brimmed hats and seersucker suits for a modern twist on a classic outdoor party! Enjoy fashion, unlimited cocktails and performances from Devin Crutcher and Doll McCoy. The Cigar Lounge features Sticks X Stones with a variety of cigars to purchase during the event. Rain or shine event.

Pots and Proseccos with Sarah Stobbe, Arrow Creative, October 16

Ease into your week, and enjoy some prosecco while you make your very own pot! In this workshop students will learn how to construct dynamic forms using a variety of coil handbuilding techniques, how to add fun textures and patterns into their work, as well as create compelling contrast using underglaze washes. This event is 21+.

Yappy Hour, The Edge Triangle, October 17

Visit with neighbors in the dog park and enjoy ice cream and pup cups from Kaye's Pints and Scoops before walking over to High Cotton for a drink on MMDC.

A Taste of the Brooks for 55+, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, October 19

Experience Memphis’ art museum at this free event for adults who are 55 and better hosted in partnership with Creative Aging. You’re invited to get to know more about some of the 10,000 works in the permanent collection and special exhibition– Black American Portraits, while learning about programming for older adults, exercising your creativity through making art of your own and enjoying live musical performances.

Downtown Sounds with Rachel Maxann, South Point Grocery, October 19

Grab a bite or a beer from inside and meet on the front porch! Get ready to groove to Rachel's soulful tunes and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Memphis. Whether you're a fan or just looking for a fun night out, this is an event you don't want to miss.

Chene Film Festival, Memphis Botanic Garden- Radians Amphitheater, October 21

The Chene Gear Film Festival is a free-event featuring a beer garden, local food trucks, college football, and live music from Jacob Davis and other singer/songwriters. The main event is the screening of six short-films that tell captivating stories about habitat conservation and waterfowl hunting. Bring blankets or chairs for your comfort. 

Date Night Campfire Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, October 20, 21+

Unwind after hours and cozy up around campfires at the Garden. Roast s’mores & hot dogs, play yard games, make a fall craft, and enjoy live music from Rowdy Franks. Two cocktails, hot dog bar, s’mores, and beer samples from Grind City Brewing are included with admission (vegan/vegetarian options available).

Cooper- Young Beerfest, Midtown Autowerks, October 21, 21+ 

This festival celebrates the brewing tradition that has been alive in America since before its founding. All tickets come with a 2023 Beerfest mug and unlimited samples of beer from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and a great time. Goner Records is supplying tunes, and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.  

Memphis Roller Derby Double Header Home Bout, Pipkin Building, October 21

Join Memphis Roller Derby at the Pipkin Building as the Memphis Minions take on the Ghost River Ghouls in their thrilling debut.

Family Fun Day, Metal Museum, October 21

Museum guests can participate in several free hands-on activities, observe metal smiths honing their craft, explore our exhibits and browse the Museum Store for adornments, kitchenware and more by artists from around the country. Take time for some fall family photos on the bluff and be sure to stick around for the big Iron Pour.

Oyster Fest, Celtic Crossing, October 21

If you've been around Memphis for a while, you know Celtic Crossing hosted Oyster Fest from 2008-2012. DJ and Chef Reny are bringing it back! Enjoy raw and baked oysters, seafood dishes, live music and more. 

BAM! Wiseacre Beer and Music Festival, Broad Avenue, October 21

Wiseacre is partnering up with Mempho Presents to put together a Memphis Centric Music Festival that stretches to far away lands. Yes Lucero are local legends headlining the event. BAM will feature the recently revealed Shell on Wheels Mobile Shell stage providing an amazing, historical Memphis landmark. Festival will take place rain or shine. 

World Junior BBQ League Championship & Fall Festival, BBQ Allstars (875 Goodman Rd E, Southaven, MS), October 21

Join renowned BBQ chef, pitmaster, and host of Netflix’s BBQ Showdown, Melissa Cookston, and others at the 2023 World Junior BBQ League (WJBL) Competition, which will bring together hundreds of competitors, mentors, judges, and supporters to witness WJBL teams from across the United States, Guatemala, and the Cayman Islands compete for the 2023 title. Open to the public: Food Demonstrations, food sampling, activities, prizes, and more! Enjoy the flavors, learn from the experts, and have a great time!

Day of the Dead Preview, Crosstown Concourse, October 21

In partnership with Cazateatro and Crosstown Arts, Crosstown Concourse presents a Day of the Dead celebration with music, folklore, dancers, and more. The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

Ghost Note Live in Concert, Railgarten, October 21

Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound. The band is pushing funk music into the future, building on the uplifting, pioneering foundations laid out by the likes of James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone and infusing their fresh take with tastes of afrobeat, hip-hop, psychedelia, world folklore, and more. 

Art on Fire, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, October 21, 21+

Gather on the Dixon’s South Lawn for live music, tastings from local restaurants, drinks, and an art sale, all while enjoying a roaring bonfire. This event supports the Dixon’s art and horticulture programs. General admission includes beer, wine, and food. 

River Arts Fest, Riverside Drive, October 21-22

RiverArtsFest is a celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! More than 150 artists from around the country and right here in Memphis gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest juried artist market and urban festival in the Mid-South. 

Whiskey & Waffle Festival, Carolina Watershed, October 22

The Memphis Whiskey & Waffles Festival is set to deliver this extraordinary pairing, offering a culinary journey that transcends traditional experiences. Crafted to perfection, each waffle will be adorned with delectable toppings, complemented by an array of premium whiskey selections to elevate the tasting experience. The festival will host two accomplished DJ’s, curating a musical journey that traverses Soul, Blues, Country and R&B genres.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Pop Up Play, The Amphitheater at Davies Manor, October 22

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company are performing The Tempest in the Davies Manor amphitheater. This free pop up play is part of their on going series bringing Shakespeare out into the community. Bring a chair or a cushion for our benches and enjoy Shakespeare in a natural setting. 

Annual Pick Awards Party, MOSH, October 23

The Pick Awards Party is designed to celebrate the hard work of hospitality and tourism professionals in the community. Anyone in the Memphis hospitality and tourism industry is welcome, including servers, bartenders, ticket agents, docents, hotel staff, and more!

The Reunion Tour ft. Kirk Franklin, FedExForum, October 24

The Reunion Tour will feature performances from several beloved gospel stars all on one stage. Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sisters, David and Tamela Mann & Israel Houghton will all grace the FedExForum stage for a night you won’t want to miss!

Memphis Grizzlies Season Opener, FedExForum, October 25

Grizz season is too much fun to miss a game. Watch the tip-off for their 82-game 2023-24 season as they go head-to-head against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Twilight Tours, Woodruff- Fontaine House, October 25

As the sun sets on Adams Avenue, slip into the bygone era while strolling the mansion's darkened halls. Listen to guides spill ghostly secrets and divulge first-hand accounts of paranormal activity frequently experienced throughout the former home of two of the most prestigious families in Memphis history.

RuPaul’s Drag Race- Night of the Living Drag, Orpheum Theatre, October 25

Imagine if you will– You're traveling through another dimension, Sashay into The Twilight Zone this Halloween with the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race for the 12th Annual Night of the Living Drag Tour! Witness the mysterious fates of Angeria, Denali, Icesis Couture, Jaida Essence Hall, Jorgeous, Plastique, Rosé, Tayce, and your host Yvie Oddly as the infamous Rod Serling.

Underwater Bubble Show, Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, October 26

The Underwater Bubble Show returns to Buckman by way of Latvia and takes audiences below the surface into a majestic world where fantasy becomes reality. UBS incorporates drama, pantomime, dance, puppetry, juggling, aerial arts, acrobatics, contortion, sand art, and imagery with the beauty of soap bubbles.

Fall Festival, Mr. Rooter Plumbing, October 27

Get ready for a spooktacular time. Indulge in tasty caramel apples, exciting carnival games, show off your epic costumes in our thrilling costume contest and more.

Día de los Muertos Festival & Parade, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, October 28

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, along with the Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, invites you and your family to honor your ancestors and celebrate the cycle of life and death. The festival at the Brooks will offer art-making activities, face painting, music, costumed performers, dance performances, and more.

Stevie Nicks, FedExForum, October 28

Legendary singer, songwriter and storyteller Stevie Nicks is coming to Memphis! Esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stevie Nicks, shakes up the city live in concert.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Fire Museum of Memphis, October 28

Let the spooky vibes begin! Try your luck at finding scary objects hidden around the museum. At the end you will receive a sweet treat.

Disney Junior Live on tour: Costume Palooza, Orpheum Theatre, October 28

This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. Featuring favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music.

Beale Street Art Crawl Pop-up Market, Beale Street, October 28

This exciting event is a great way to show your support for local makers and entrepreneurs. From jewelry and woodwork to pottery and photography, there is something for everyone.
Plus, you can also find an array of delicious food and drinks, including Memphis BBQ and specialty craft cocktails.

Cars on Main, Riverside Drive, October 28

Memphis’ premier car show is doubling in size and moving to a new, bigger venue. Cars on Main is still the same formula: individually invite (big emphasis on this) the best cars around to create an event like none other. No boring cars.

India Fest, Agricenter International, October 28

Learn about India through educational activities, experience Bollywood/ regional dances, music, food, traditions, and more. It is a moment of great pride to witness the unity of the community in celebrating the vibrant culture and rich heritage of India.

Binghampton Fall Festival, Binghampton Gateway Center, October 28

Arrow Creative is partnering with Binghampton businesses to bring fall festivities to you! Join them for fun crafts, sweet treats and local shopping in the heart of Binghampton. 

Scott Street Night Market, Society Memphis Skatepark, October 28

Society Memphis Skatepark is throwing another Scott Street Night Market. There will be vendors for everyone: local artists, makers, vintage, jewelry, plants, food, live music and much, much more.

Stevie Nicks, FedExForum, October 28

Esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and legendary singer, songwriter and storyteller Stevie Nicks is bringing her talents to Memphis for one night only. 

Dia de los Muertos with Don Ramon Band, Memphis Music Room, October 28

Don Ramón is a Latin Rock Band in the Mid South that plays live from the last 13 years, performing in several city’s and venues. The combination of the best Latin Rock Covers with the Latin versions of the Classic English Rock songs, makes a spectacular show merging cultures using the universal language that we all love, specially in the Memphis area.

Beetlejuice, Orpheum Theatre, October 31 - November 5

Okay, this has to be one of our favorite Broadway season lineups! Beetlejuice? Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.

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Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum, Memphis Tigers Football at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

Beetlejuice, Orpheum Theatre, October 31 - November 5

Okay, this has to be one of our favorite Broadway season lineups! Beetlejuice? Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.

Robert Moody Presents The Orchestra Unplugged: Scary Music, Orpheum Theatre, November 2 

Don’t let the spooky vibes end on October 31. This show is a look at how music has been used most effectively to bring thriller and horror movies to even higher heights of scream-inducing fear.

Get These Hands: MLK50 Spades Tournament and Game Night, Balinese Ballroom, November 3

Enjoy a fun-filled evening centered on Black joy featuring spades, games, dancing, smack talking, food, and an open bar. You can sign up for the spades tournament by purchasing a team ticket or try your hand at Dominoes, Jenga, or Uno.

Memphis Mushroom Festival, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, November 3-5

Memphis Mushroom Festival is a 3-day cultural festival with music, food, art, forays, workshops, camping, educational speakers, demonstrators, vendors, and more all centered around mycology, nature, sustainability and holistic living at Meeman Shelby Forest State Park north of Memphis.

Sip TN Mid- South Wine Fest, Agricenter International, November 4

For Sip TN Mid-South, the Red Barn will be full of curated vendors, including wineries who will be on hand with at least 100 different Tennessee produced wines. Shop with farmers market artisans, enjoy delicious food, and sip Tennessee wine and hard cider. The proceeds from the event stay local, benefitting Tennessee agriculture, small businesses, and the Farmers Market.

Take 6, GPAC, November 4

Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” Take 6—Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley—is the quintessential a cappella group and a model for vocal genius. With 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and membership in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, this musical phenomenon unites six virtuosic voices in crystal-clear harmony against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms.

Cognac, Cars, and Cigars, Fourth Bluff Park, November 4

Tickets are $86+tax and include admission into the event, all beverage samples, a souvenir glass, a premium cigar, food samples, and a portion to benefit Merge Memphis.

Broad Ave Art Walk, November 4

This art walk features 50+ local artists and makers, a kids craft area, and fun activities such as live screen printing and aerial arts. Drink and food available for purchase.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party, FedExForum, November 4-5

Fans of all ages will experience the thrill of watching their favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks in the DARK! This one-of-a-kind show will visit FedExForum on November 4-5 for three (3) epic performances! 

Memphis Japan Festival, Memphis Botanic Garden, November 5

Celebrate the history, culture, and people of Japan. This festival is a family-friendly, interactive and hands-on experience of Japanese culture featuring food, entertainment, games, crafts and more.

Friendsgiving Brunch at the Bakery, Primas Bakery, November 5

Happy Friendsgiving! Each ticket includes a Butternut Squash, Kale, Bacon + Goat Cheese Frittata, a Parmesan Rosemary Scone, Apple Butter Bread, a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Macaron, & a Pumpkin Spice Donut plus your choice of beverage: Coffee, hot tea, sparkling water, or water. 

Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest, Hi Tone, November 5

Samples of grilled cheese goodness, both large and small made by local chefs, participating restaurants, and natural-born cheese lovers in an array of styles. You can sign up to compete for the grilled cheese eating competition here.

Downtown Dining Week, November 6-12

Dining Week celebrates our restaurant community’s resilience, great food, and the people who make our Downtown dining scene the best in the region! This event also supports our Downtown servers, bartenders, chefs, kitchen, and front-of-house staff!

ARTSmemphis 60th Anniversary Celebration, The Kent, November 9

The entertainment begins when you arrive, and the experience builds from there. Whether you nestle into the speakeasy for some jazz, grab a table for the night, or dance from place to place, you’ll want to keep your head on a swivel because surprise performances and unexpected appearances abound.

Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, Holiday Inn- Univ of Memphis, November 10-12

Expect nonstop action with costume contests, panel discussions, gaming, cosplay, and more.

Harvest Wine Dinner, James Lee House, November 10

Join The Memphis Wine Society for a beautiful evening in the elegant surroundings of the James Lee House in Memphis featuring a five course dinner perfectly paired with five wines, live entertainment and discussion on the curated wines and how they interact with the menu.

Straight No Chaser, Graceland, November 10

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor.

901 Hot Wing Festival, Grind City Brewing, November 11

901 Hot Wing Festival is a chance to taste wings from over 10 competition teams and support Grahamwood Elementary School! Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.

The Greenway Soiree, The Children's Museum of Memphis, November 11

The Wolf River Conservancy's signature event returns this Fall for an evening of celebration. Put on your favorite cocktail attire as you raise your glasses and celebrate the Wonder of the Wolf.

Blue Suede Vintage Fall Market, November 11

This is a vintage-only market featuring men's & women's vintage clothing, accessories, and home goods. It's the same weekend as Memphis Flyer Crafts & Drafts, happening just across the street. Start your morning with a coffee from French Truck, shop local artists & makers on the Crosstown Plaza, then head just across the street to shop all things vintage.

Memphis Crafts and Drafts, Crosstown Concourse, November 11-12

Support our local arts community and growing the creative spirit in Memphis with this holiday market.

Vintage901 Perfect Pairing Brunch, The Lobbyist, November 12

Chef Jimmy Gentry is creating the three course menu with delectable pastries - each with its own wine pairing.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Graceland, November 16

Graceland officially kicks off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. See the Christmas lights come alive as they "flip the switch" on Elvis' traditional holiday lights.

Project Green Fork Presents Reharvest Memphis, Beale Street Landing, November 16

Reharvest Memphis raises awareness of sustainability efforts to reduce food waste in Memphis. This unique, immersive event will highlight the delicious connections between sustainability and food, with local chefs from PGF-certified restaurants preparing creative, surprising hors d’oeuvres using surplus ingredients gleaned from grocery stores. This event is 21+ only.

Adam Sandler: The I Missed You Tour, FedExForum, November 16

I just got done watching Murder Mystery 2 on Netflix, so I'm super pumped about Adam Sandler coming to Memphis! This tour features a special guests and lots of laughs.

Zoo Lights, Memphis Zoo, November 16 - January 1

May your lights be merry and bright. Zoo Lights is back with new light displays and your favorite holiday activities. Visit with Santa, cozy up with your family by the s’more’s stations, or dash across the ice at the ice rink.

Orpheum Soiree, Orpheum Theatre, November 17

This year’s swankified celebration is inspired by the blockbuster sensation WICKED and is sure to be the most popular ticket in town. Enjoy specialty themed cocktails, delicious food, photo opportunities, music, dancing, and more. 

NutRemix, Cannon Center, November 17-19

Starring New Ballet alum and globally acclaimed dancer Lil Buck, this unique production, featuring the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, takes the timeless classic, "The Nutcracker" and infuses it with vibrant choreography and a rich tapestry of cultural influences, including hip hop, Memphis Jookin, and West African dance and drumming.

Jazz in the Galleries: Saturday Series, Brooks Museum of Art, November 18

Jazz represents one of the most important musical, historical, and cultural phenomena of the Memphis and Mid-South area. Memphis Jazz Workshop is in position to keep moving the legacy forward, creating the next generation of jazz enthusiasts and highly trained musicians.

Rod Wave: The Nostalgia Tour, FedExForum, November 20

Blessed with a special singing voice, and an uncanny gift for songwriting, Florida's Rod Wave is taking his own path to the top of the game. Coming through with a soulful set of Southern sing-raps, the St. Petersburg native has built a groundswell of regional support and blossomed into a national streaming phenomenon. He is also bringing Ari Lennox, Toosii, and Eelmatic along the ride.

Six the Musical, Orpheum Theatre, November 21-26

Told ya’ll this Broadway season was stacked! From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over! 

Anita Baker: The Songstress, FedExForum, November 22

Eight-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Anita Baker, The Songstress, is hitting the road for a limited run next fall for her first full tour since 1995. The tour celebrates Baker’s 40 years as a music icon in the industry since the release of her debut album, The Songstress.

Deck the Diamond Holiday Spectacular, AutoZone Park, November 24- Dec 31

AutoZone Park will be the host site of a new holiday light display featuring 190 structures, ice skating rink, a huge Christmas tree, and more. There will be a large walk-through tunnel, archways, animals, presents, and trains. Deck the Diamond will also bring ice skating back to downtown! There will be a 3,600 square-foot ice skating rink located in left field.

Holiday Wonders at the Garden, Memphis Botanic Garden, November 24- Dec 30

This unique and expansive holiday exhibition is a delight for all ages to experience the magic of the season. Perfect for a date night or a family outing, attendees can enjoy signature cocktails and other libations, including hot chocolate and apple cider, while exploring.

M-Town Funk & Blues Fest, Cannon Center for the Perfoming Arts, November 25

M-Town Funk & Blues Fest is bringing the funk to downtown Memphis. Midnight Star, Original Lakeside, Larry Dodson and Band and a special guest will rock the house all night long.

Yule Holiday Market, Black Lodge, November 25

Join Krampus & friends at Yule Holiday Market. The vendors will have out of this world gifts! Grab that one-of-a-kind gift. A Christmas movie will be playing and live music will be swaying! 

Mazi Treble Choir Festival Concert, Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center, November 28

Mark your calendars for an extraordinary event celebrating the power and beauty of the treble voice!  This full-day event promises to be a remarkable gathering of treble singers from the surrounding areas, immersing them in a day filled with musical experiences and social connections.

Nurse Blake: Shock Advised Tour, Orpheum Theatre, November 30

Bring out your friends, family, and coworkers for an EPIC night as Nurse Blake shares new stories with a comedic twist of the ins and outs of being a nurse. Healthcare workers are going to pack the theaters, so it's sure to be the safest and most fun place to be. 

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