6 Ways To Enjoy The Memphis Riverfront This Summer

Summer on the Riverfront Starts now!

Summer on the Riverfront Starts Now!

The Memphis River Parks Partnership has new events and things to do on the Memphis Riverfront this summer, including beers at Beale Street Landing, kid-friendly activities at the River Garden, and live music at Mud Island. 

Tom Lee Park is under construction, and Mud Island is undergoing some renovations, but there's still plenty happening downtown on the river in Memphis, Tennessee! 

Here are six ways to enjoy the Memphis riverfront this summer. Information provided by Memphis River Parks Partnership directly.

Riverside Taps at Beale Street Landing

Riverside Taps is open Thursdays and Fridays (3-8pm), and Saturdays and Sundays (12-8pm), through Halloween. Grind City Brewing Company will operate the pop-up outside, under the Overhang at Beale Street Landing. A perfect summer adventure awaits with snacks, brews and river views! Parking available at One Beale (2729) and Riverfront (P2722).

River Quest Education Series

River Quest, a FREE self-guided riverfront expedition, is an opportunity to connect the community to the riverfront ecosystem AND win a prize at the end of your quest. Pick up your River Quest passport at Fourth Cup in River Garden and learn more here. Special events are planned as part of RiverQuest, including:

  • River Quest: Memphis Harbor Sampling – Saturdays June 4 and July 9, 9-10am, visitors can start the day off with family-friendly water sampling activities at River Garden. Participants can score the “Discover More” stamp and get one step closer to completing River Quest with this fun activity.   
  • River Quest: Nature Walks – Saturdays, June 11 and July 16, 4-5pm, adventurists can explore and learn about river flora and fauna and earn a stamp for Pollinator Party, Say Yes to Trees or Birds on the Fly(way). The June event will start from River Garden, and July’s event will start at the volunteer-planted Pollinator Garden at the corner of Beale and Riverside Drive.
man and woman sitting in front of the MEMPHIS sign at mud island in a field
Leah Gafni

Sunset Kayaks

Every last Thursday of the month, now through October, Memphis River Parks is hosting FREE 30-minute paddling sessions in the calm waters in the Memphis Harbor. Details: Waivers are required, kids can paddle w/parents, all can enjoy music piping hip tunes from a Party barge w/DJ Brother John from 88.5 FM Voice of MSCS. Paid parking is available, or one can park and walk over the footbridge. See FB invite for info/registration.

Soulin’ on the River Free Live Music Fridays 

Through a partnership with Memphis Slim Collaboratory, this amazing concert series continues to evolve while curators and artists take it to the next level. This FREE summer series will begin Friday, June 24 and run every Friday, starting at 7pm, through July 29th. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details, including the official artist line-up!


There are two more RiverMarkets opportunities this summer;  Saturdays June 25th and July 30th in River Garden (51 Riverside Drive) . A variety of vendors will have art, food, goods, services and more for sale. Interested vendors can apply here to reserve booth space.

    Kayaking in the Mississippi River Harbor Photo: Logan Young Photo
    River Garden Park | Alex Shansky
    river garden
    Holly Whitfield

    Mud Island River Park in Memphis, Tennessee

    The $4M Accelerate Memphis grant is being put to great use to offset the $20M in deferred maintenance! Excuse the dust during work on escalators, elevators, the Gulf Grill, Memphis Map, River Terrace, electrical work on the Amphitheatre and more. The site will be clean and operational for visitors who want to use the River Walk, access the MEMPHIS sign, kayak from the boat ramp, and bike and walk the island. Stay tuned for more updates!

    Mud Island Riverwalk in Memphis
    Beale Street Landing Boat Dock Aerial

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