Mempho Music Festival Guide: Things To Do in Memphis

Well hello festival goers and music lovers from all round! Are you ready for the 2023 Mempho Music Festival? Because we sure are.

This is your guide for things to do in the meantime between time during that weekend. Here's a refresher of the lineup and how aesthetically pleasing the festival is.

Need restaurant recommendations? Check out the Memphis Cheat Sheet and scroll down to the bottom for the most delicious list you'll ever read.

mempho dome
Alex Shansky

The Festival

Mempho is at the Radians Amphitheater at Memphis Botanic Garden in Memphis, Tennessee. The festival dates are September 29 - October 1, 2023.

Get familiar with the area with this map.

There are two options for parking depending on the tier of your ticket.

VIP ticket buyers have a designated lot located off of Cherry Road which is right outside the main VIP entrance at Gate C. GA ticket buyers can park for free on the lots off Perkins Extd. or purchase Premium Parking(I recommend downloading the app on your phone) located across from the main GA entrance at Gate A.

You can also use ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, or call a cab at 901-577-7777 to make your way to the amphitheater. 

As for lodging, there are lots of hotels in East Memphis and plenty of Airbnbs across town.

Girls cheering at Mempho Music Fest
Craig Thompson

Things To Do in Memphis

There's always something going on in Memphis. For an in-depth overview, take a look at this cheat sheet including tips, tricks, where to eat, go, etc. 

1. Get A Dose Of Memphis Music History.

Check out GracelandSun Studio, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, or the Stax Museum. For the music enthusiasts, we recommend a visit to Crosstown Concourse where you'll find the Memphis Listening Lab

2. Eat BBQ.

We all know Memphis has the best BBQ-- everyone has a different opinion on where's the best IN Memphis. A few faves: The Rendezvous Central BBQ,  The Bar-B-Q ShopTops BBQPayne’s BBQ, or Cozy Corner BBQ. Aside from BBQ, the culinary scene here is booming-- there are plenty restaurants that'll satisfy your tastebuds! Here's our full bbq guide.

Set times end late, so this guide is your go-to for spots open late night. 

Central BBQ Craig Thompson Photo
Central BBQ

3.  Do All the Tourist Things.

Get the best views of the river at the newly renovated Tom Lee Park.  Walk across Big River Crossing, and see the Mighty Lights at night. Ride Explore Bike Share bike, or take a picture at an I Love Memphis mural. Check out the full list of murals here. 

4. Attractions and Tours. 

Check out the top-ranked Memphis Zoo, the legendary Beale Street, the National Civil Rights MuseumCrosstown Concourse,  Mid-South Corn MazeShelby Farms Park, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens

You have lots of great options for tours of Memphis: check out the list here.

5. Wild Card.

This one depends on your interests! Ride the elevator at the Bass Pro Pyramid, hear live music at our many venues, drink local beer and spirits, take the kids to the Children's Museum or Museum of Science and History (the Pink Palace). 

Hope you have a blast!

Overlooking Beale Street. Photo by Gloria Atanmo.
Beale Street
heart sculpture overton park with mom and baby
Alex Shansky
Love Lock Heart in Overton Square

About the Author

Hey there! I’m Tyra Johnson, writer and content creator for the I Love Memphis Blog. I'm a Memphis native and after a few years away, I'm back home. I love art, good eats, and live music. Join me in reclaiming my passion for Memphis, mane.

Why do you love Memphis:

Memphis has so much personality-- the people, food, music-- it just all feels good! We have so much to be proud of when speaking about the city. Also, I'm big on memories, and most of my core memories involve Memphis.

What's on your Memphis playlist?

Stay Fly by Three 6 Mafia. It's the PERFECT hype song!

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