Memphis Spring Events and Festivals 2021

Memphis Spring Events and Festivals 2021

What's going on in Memphis this spring? Here's your list.

Here are the events and festivals happening in Memphis in spring 2021.

crowd of people on grassy lawn at Botanic Garden with music stage
James Weesels
Radians Amphitheater at the Memphis Botanic Garden

May Ongoing Events In Memphis

Redbirds Games, AutoZone Park, May through September, prices vary, all ages
Memphis’s Triple-A Team (Cardinals affiliate) returns to the award-winning ballpark for BBQ nachos, future MLB stars, and lots of in-game entertainment. 

Grizzlies games continue at FedExForum. 

River Garden Yoga happens every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from April 6th through June 8th. It’s free, and you can join in person or on Instagram at @downtownmemphis. Bring your mat, towel, and water. 

Canoes + Cocktails at Shelby Farms Park is every Friday and Saturday evening from April through September. Take a guided sunset paddle in a kayak ($50 single or $75double) followed by socially-distant cocktails, snacks, yard games, and music. 

Farmers Markets: The downtown market is every Saturday from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. The Cooper Young market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the full farmers markets guide.

Bike Night On Beale, Wednesdays through Sept. 29, 6 p.m. - midnight, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to park their bikes on Beale Street every Wednesday night for this family friendly gathering. Expect a crowd, but please observe social distancing and wear masks. 

The Central Station Hotel hosts “Live At The Tracks”, live music on their patio, every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. from April 15 through May 20.

Night Time Jazz Brunch, Hi Tone, Sundays, 5 p.m. - midnight, no cover, 12+ 
The Hi Tone hosts an evening jazz brunch every Sunday night. They either have a live band or a DJ for tunes, and lots of hearty brunch food specials. And drinks!

Hot Rods on Beale, Beale Street, 4th Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., free to attend, all ages/kid-friendly
The American Muscle Car Club and the Perfect Nemisis Car Club and their cool Hot Rods on Beale Street the 4th Tuesday of the month from April - September from 6pm till 10pm.  Participation is limited to those who have parking passes but anyone can come down and check out the Hot Rods for free! 

May Spring Events & Festivals In Memphis

River Market, Intersection of Riverside Dr. and Beale Street, May 8, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., free to enter, all ages
Local vendors, sweet treats, free skate rental and a car-free Riverside Drive. Join Downtown Memphis Commission and Memphis River Parks Partnership from 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 24 for a free, COVID-safe, riverfront market to celebrate Earth Day! ⁠⁠This is a free, family-friendly event open to all. Riverside Drive will be closed to vehicles from Georgia Ave. to Union Ave. beginning 9AM Saturday.

Cars On Main, Court Square, Saturday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., free admission, all ages/kid-friendly
This curated car show at Court Square Park downtown is an outdoor, family-friendly event with 70 cars, food trucks (Fuel, Robinson Smoke House, Mister Softee) along with beer from Grind City Brewery, a $5 raffle benefiting St. Jude, and more. 

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Tom Lee Park, May 12-15, $12 + fees per day
With a limited number of competing teams and very limited number of general admission tickets, this Memphis in May event is back. Team tents are private, with no guests allowed inside and no guests allowed to dine, so it’s more of sightseeing activity then a barbecue-free-for-all. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

Fridays In Health Sciences Park, Madison Ave. & S. Dunlap St., May 14th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Songwriter/guitarist Bailey Bigger will perform live at Health Sciences Park pavilion on Friday, May 14! Enjoy FREE live music and get lunch from Tacoholic or Stickem Food Trucks. Safe physical distancing is required, masks are encouraged, and sanitation supplies will be on hand.

Locals Live Concerts at the Botanic Garden, April 17th and May 14th
Enjoy live music from local artists at the Memphis Botanic Garden's Radians Amphitheater. Almost Famous will perform on Sat., April 17th and Southern Avenue will perform on Friday, May 14th. Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. Bring your chairs or blankets; leave food, drink, and coolers at home—they'll have food trucks and bars onsite. More info.

Amy LaVere Concert, Halloran Center, May 14, 8 p.m., $50 for two people, all ages
The Orpheum presents a new kind of show for them: outdoor, socially-distanced candlelit concerts. There will be cash bars and a food truck. The third concert features Memphis songstress Amy LaVere. Cousins Maine Lobster food truck will be there.

Vintage 901 Festival, Levitt Shell, May 15th, noon - 3 p.m., $103, 21 and up
Vintage901® Wine, Food, and Music Festival highlights artisanal wines and cuisine, along with Memphis music. Because of COVID19, the normally three-day event will be a one-day outdoor event, The Grand Tasting, at the Levitt Shell. 

“Spillit Slam: Where Were We?”, Arrow Creative (653 Philadelphia St.) May 15, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., $10, 12 and up
Spillit is live storytelling told in front of an audience, and they’re back! This is a story “Slam” so come prepared to share a story. If your name is picked, you have 7 minutes to tell a tale of all true personal narrative (well, mostly true.) After ten stories our audience will judge and a Slam winner will be picked for the evening. It’s ten dollars at the door, and everything is outdoors—guests should distance and wear masks.

MSO’s Brass Section Concert, Halloran Center, May 21, 8 p.m., $50 for two people, all ages
The Orpheum presents a new kind of show for them: outdoor, socially-distanced candlelit concerts. There will be cash bars and a food truck. The fourth concert features Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Section. Say Cheese! Food Truck will be there.

River Series: Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Amphitheater in Harbortown, May 22, doors and DJ at 5 p.m. / music at 6 p.m., $50 per person, all ages
The River Series returns to the Amphitheater at Harbortown this year, with two shows—Amy LaVere and Will Sextion on May 22 and Reigning Sound on June 5. Big differences in a post-pandemic show this year: tickets are $50, include Wiseacre beer and a Miss Cordelia’s goody bag (snacks, bug spray, hand sanitizer, meal coupon) and the concert is limited to 100 people. The River Series supports the Maria Montessori School. 

Great American River Run, Downtown Memphis, May 29, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.,  $45 - $75
The Great American River Run is a half marathon, 10K, and 5K race taking place in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day weekend. The fun all culminates with a massive post-race party that includes food, drinks and live music.

June Events & Festivals In Memphis

901 FC Games, AutoZone Park, June through October, prices vary, all ages
Our very own soccer team plays USL games through summer and fall at the downtown ballpark, with food, loud fans, and fun. Here's the schedule.

Drag ’n’ Drive, Summer Drive-In, June 3, 6:30 p.m., $25 per car
Mid-South Pride hosts a screening of the movie Hairspray! and then an drag show on the big screen. Get your tickets online ahead of time; attendance is limited.

River Series: Reigning Sound, Amphitheater in Harbortown, June 5, doors and DJ at 5 p.m. / music at 6 p.m., $50 per person, all ages
The River Series returns to the Amphitheater at Harbortown this year, with two shows—Amy LaVere and Will Sextion on May 22 and The Reigning Sound on June 5. Big differences in a post-pandemic show this year: tickets are $50, include Wiseacre beer and a Miss Cordelia’s goody bag (snacks, bug spray, hand sanitizer, meal coupon) and the concert is limited to 100 people. The River Series supports the Maria Montessori School. 

Bluff City Balloon Jamboree, Collierville, June 18-20, price TBA, all ages / kid-friendly
Hot air balloon festival! Make plans to bring out the family to enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts displays and more at the festival site daily. Balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) add to the fun at dawn and dusk.

Save The Dates

Memphis Fashion Week: August 27-28

Hot Wing Fest: August 28th

Autozone Park Stadium. Photo: Phillip Van Zandt Photo 2
The Memphis Redbirds are back at AutoZone Park this year!

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