Memphis In May Announces 2022 Dates and Locations

Memphis In May Announces 2022 Plans for Beale Street Music Fest and WCBCC

Memphis in May has announced plans and locations for the 2022 events. They are changing locations for one year due to the construction going on at Tom Lee Park downtown, but say they plan to return in 2023.

Memphis In May 2022

Here are the dates and locations for the Memphis music festival, BBQ fest, Salute to Ghana, and the races:  

Beale Street Music FestApril 29 - May 1, 2022 - find the lineup here.
Memphis Fairgrounds / Tiger Lane 

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 11 - 14, 2022
Memphis Fairgrounds / Tiger Lane 

Salute To Ghana: May 1 - 30, 2022
Various Locations

Great American River Run: May 28, 2022
Downtown Memphis

Beale Street Music Fest Lineup

A teaser of the 2022 Beale Street Music Fest Lineup came out just before Christmas '21. Check out the full lineup here.

Memphis In May plans to return to the renovated Tom Lee Park in 2023.

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I wish the Memphis and May committee would rethink this and have a corporate sponsored, televised, concert instead. I have no doubt that ABC, NBC, Fox, or CBS would jump at the idea of airing a two hour musical event. It would shine the spotlight on Memphis, and open the door for future televised events, while offering an alternative for the in person music fest. There could also be a spotlight on the BBQ Championship too. It's way past time to take this event to another level and stop being mediocre.
January 2, 2021 9:52am

I’m traveling do I have to purchase tickets for the BBQ festival?

May 3, 2021 3:07am
I went to wing fest I really enjoy it the people the food and the live music was the best I hope Hammer Down Hard gets to play next year as well as others Greta Van Fleet would be cool 🤗
September 28, 2021 4:59pm

I just drove down Riverside and wondered where it would be next year. I think this is the best option and it make sense, especially for BSMF. The music festival has roots at the fairgrounds, from when the Cotton Carnival was there. Thanks for the info, ILM!

September 29, 2021 2:49pm

Hi! I'm interested in volunteering for Mph in May but don't have access to an application.  I would appreciate it if you Would please email or mail me one @ 2319 Whitney Ave, Mhp, Tn 38127. Thanks in advance. 

November 14, 2021 1:41am
Holly Whitfield

Hi Barbara, You'll need to reach out directly to Memphis In May!

November 15, 2021 6:59pm
Kevin Bartholomew

Hello Memphis! I’ve been through Your city many times,  lived in Nashville for 4yrs. Currently living in Michigan retiring in 2022, I’ll be moving to East Tennessee. Can’t wait for May see y’all soon.🍾🥩🍯

  Thx tumble weed 


December 4, 2021 1:18am
Franklin T Hill
Hello! Will there be a charge for the music festival on Beale Street April 29th thur May 1?
December 5, 2021 1:46am
Holly Whitfield

Franklin - Yes, there will be a charge. Tickets are now on sale at

December 6, 2021 10:32pm
Mitchell Parks

How many outdoor music stages are there at any time during Memphis in May?  Is there a way to get a map of all the outdoor stages and/or venues? Thanks 

January 3, 2022 4:43pm
Holly Whitfield

Hi Mitchell,

There are usually three big stages and one blues tent. It may be different this year. Memphis In May (the event organizers) will share a map with stage info closer to the event. You can keep up with them at - scroll down to the "Get The Latest News" section and put in your email for email updates or follow them on social media! We'll also update our readers here, of course.

January 11, 2022 9:40pm
Sandra Titus

Hi! Trying to make plans to attend the 2023 event! Are dates set yet??

February 5, 2022 1:07am
Holly Whitfield

Hi Sandra! Those haven't been announced yet. You can check for updates!

February 10, 2022 10:46pm