50 Memphis Spring Events and Festivals 2022

Memphis Spring Events and Festivals 2022

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

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

April Things To Do In Memphis

Grizzlies at FedExForum; Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park; Memphis Americans indoor soccer games (men’s and women’s) at the Landers Center, Memphis 901 FC matches at AutoZone Park

Memphis Farmers Market, GE Patterson + S. Main, Saturdays
The downtown farmer’s market opens for the season starting April 2, 2022. Shop for fresh produce, flowers, coffee, seafood, prepared foods and handmade goods and support local farmers and vendors. 

Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2022, Memphis Fairgrounds, April 29 - May 1
Kick of Memphis In May at the Beale Street Music Festival, with three days of music from headliners Megan Thee Stallion, Van Morrison, Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia, and more. 

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

 

May Things To Do In Memphis

Grizzlies at FedExForum; Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park; Memphis Americans indoor soccer games (men’s and women’s) at the Landers Center, Memphis 901 FC matches at AutoZone Park

Memphis In May Salute To Ghana, May 1-30
Memphis In May International Festival honors Ghana with events, art, and film this month. Check out the full schedule here.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Playhouse on the Square, April 29 - May 29
The Broadway sensation celebrating the songs of Leiber and Stoller returns to the Birthplace of Rock and Roll!  Featuring hits like “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” “Love Potion #9,” and “Jailhouse Rock.”  Smokey Joe’s Café will have audiences dancing in the aisles.

Beale Street Music Festival, Fairgrounds/Liberty Park, April 29 - May 1, $195 for 3-day passes
This year’s music fest is at The Fairgrounds and features headliners Megan Thee Stallion, Van Morrison, Three 6 Mafia, Smashing Pumpkins, Counting Crows, Lil Wayne, and more. See the schedule and lineup here. (Note that Modest Mouse has cancelled due to COVID.)  Parking, traffic, restaurants, and everything in midtown is going to be WILD, so just prepare yourself accordingly. Three-day GA passes are $195 (+fees) and single day tickets are $75 (+fees). See here for all the ticket options.

Orchestra Unplugged: Considering Matthew Shepard, Orpheum, May 5-6
The Orpheum Theatre Group in collaboration with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra honors Craig Hella- Johnson in a tribute to Matthew. This tribute is about unity and love with musical inspirations from Bach to Broadway.

International Blues Challenge, Beale Street, May 6-9
International Blues Challenge is held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street and represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. It's an amazing time to see up-and-coming blues performers at clubs all along Beale.

Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party, Southern Reins, May 7
The 7th Annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party brings together more than 1,000 Mid-South guests for BIG HATS, BOURBON, BLUEGRASS, and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. The largest fundraiser for Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy.

MVP Fest, Society Skatepark / The Hi-Tone, May 6-7
MVP Fest, a two-day local music festival benefiting the National Independent Music Association, is set for May 6-7 at Society Skatepark, 583 Scott St. and the Hi Tone, 282-284 N. Cleveland St., respectively. Featured bands for Friday include Joybomb, Killbosby, Pan de Muerto, and more. Featured bands for Saturday include Pezz, Lavendear, Lipstick Stains, Public Strain. 

Let’s Brunch Festival, Memphis Botanic Gardens, May 7 Sold Out

Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 2022, Liberty Park / Fairgrounds, May 11-14
This fierce competition is a four-day competition with hundreds of teams representing the best of barbecue  that have been honing their craft for years. Coming from around the world, they'll compete for the title of World Champion and a share of the more than $140,000 in prize money. Note that locals call this "BBQ Fest" but if you don't have an invite to a team tent or a special VIP ticket you won't be able to eat the BBQ.

Memphis Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, May 20-21
Enjoy delicious Greek food and pastries and entertainment for the whole family. With over 15,000+ attendees over the two-day festival, the Church invites you to embrace their heritage. 

Porgy & Bess, Hattiloo Theatre, May 20 - June 12
In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the Black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess – a woman with a disreputable history – tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder.

Bonnie Raitt, Orpheum Theater, May 21
More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music.

Cooper Young Garden Walk, Cooper Young, May 21-22
The 7th annul CY Garden Walk will take place in the historic, vibrant Cooper-Young Community in Memphis, TN from Saturday, May 21 through Sunday, May 22, 2022. Explore 100 or more urban gardens of all sizes, shapes, and styles. 

Memphis Mushroom Festival, Shelby Forest State Park, May 26-30
Memphis Mushroom Festival (MMF) is a 5-day, 4-night transformational camping festival. MMF offers inspiring speakers, educated mycologists, workshops, local farmers, unbelievable food and cooking demonstrations from talented chefs, guided forays through the forest, live music & DJs, yoga, dancing and more!

Memphis In May Great American River Run, Downtown Memphis, May 28
From the banks of the Mississippi River to the streets of Downtown Memphis, the city’s premier river race is the perfect Memorial Day weekend destination. There's a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon. 

 

For more Memphis event check out the Huge List of 2022 Events for a yearlong look at what's happening around the city! Or, check out the calendar! 

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Tonja

Visiting this week!  Thanks for the info.

May 9, 2021 6:11pm