Memphis is no stranger to festivals and events. There’s always something happening all year round and fall events abound, with something for everyone. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most popular fall events in Memphis.
Memphis loves music festivals and Gonerfest is definitely a highlight. This is the 14th independent music festival hosted by Goner Records that showcases up-and-coming local and international bands. This four-day festival takes place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 and is one wild party, so don’t expect to get much sleep. Gonerfest is so popular that rockers from all over the world travel to Memphis to attend it. It’s not just for the music, there’s also great grub and gallons of beer. Tickets are $25 per night or buy a golden ticket for $75 that gives you access to all the events.
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Beer lovers can get a taste of the Memphis craft beer scene. The 8th Annual Cooper-Young Beerfest takes place on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-5 p.m. More than 30 local breweries are participating. Tickets cost $45 until October 1 and will increase to $50 thereafter. Your ticket allows you to visit all the participating breweries in the region that are within a day’s drive from Cooper-Young. Apart from sipping on some excellent craft beer, you’ll also be supporting the Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) that keeps the neighborhood clean and safe.
Memphis Food and Wine Festival
This event is also on Oct. 14 in the evening from 6-10 p.m. This festival takes place at the beautiful Memphis Botanical Gardens. Enjoy culinary delights served by top-notch local, regional, and national chefs and sample wines from over 40 wineries. Putting a Memphis spin on it means adding music and festivalgoers will also be treated to blues, jazz, and rock ‘n roll. Individual tickets cost $200 or you can reserve a table of eight for $2000. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the FedExFamilyHouse.
River Arts Festival
From Oct. 27-29, the streets of the South Main Arts District come to life in a celebration of fine arts. There are artist demonstrations, local music, and hands-on art activities for all ages. The festival attracts nearly 200 artists from around the country. It has become the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South. Food courts and beer and wine stations can be found throughout. Admission is free for all on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 10 get in free all weekend.
Indie Memphis Film Festival
Movie buffs should not miss the Indie Memphis Film Festival from Nov. 1 to 6. Memphis transforms into an artists’ haven for six days as independent filmmakers, artists, and musicians showcase their work. Audiences can enjoy a variety of feature films, shorts, and documentaries complemented with live music performances before every screening. Screenings take place at various venues across the city. Tickets cost $10 and $15 for single screenings, $100 for a festival pass, and $250 for a VIP pass.
Music, food, film, and arts — Memphis serves it all up this fall. It’s everything you’ll expect from a city so diverse and brimming with arts and culture.