Memphis is never a dull place to be. From live music to festivals, there’s always something happening for those who want to experience the best that this city has to offer. Start marking your calendars, because this spring and summer are jam-packed with must-see events.
Africa in April
The 30th annual Africa in April cultural awareness festival will be held from April 13 to 17 on Beale Street and in Robert R. Church Park. Visitors can enjoy authentic Tanzanian food, crafts, fashion, and performance arts while taking part in the festival’s educational, economic, and cultural awareness outreach. Admission is only $5, so be sure to participate in one of Memphis’s richest and most highly anticipated cultural festivals.
Bacon and Bourbon
Two pleasures collide at the Bacon & Bourbon festival on April 16 at Central Station. The Bacon & Bourbon festival features live music played by local musicians as attendees partake of barbecue, pizza, gourmet popcorn, and an array of bourbons, including Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Bulleit Rye American Whiskey, and Eagle Rare Single Barrel. Tickets for this 21+ event are $35; all proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market.
Memphis Brewfest — An International Beer Festival
The seventh annual Memphis Brewfest will be held downtown on April 16, providing the perfect opportunity to discover the city’s finest craft beer. Visitors will also be able to sample exotic beers from around the world in the beautiful AutoZone Park courtyard. Tickets to the popular event are $44 in advance, but you can upgrade to a $100 VIP ticket for even more perks. All proceeds go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
Held on April 17 in downtown Memphis, the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival serves up more than 18,000 pounds of crawfish, making it one of the most delicious events you can attend this spring. Vendors will also be on hand to sell food, beverages, art, and other wares. Be sure to stick around for live Cajun music on the main stage, as well as Cajun-inspired contests that include crawfish bobbing, crawfish races, and crawfish eating. Admission is free, and all proceeds from food and drink sales benefit Porter-Leath.
Beale Street Music Festival
There’s nothing quite like a festival on Beale Street, especially when that festival is the iconic Beale Street Music Festival. Held from April 29 to May 1, the three-day event boasts a mix of headline acts that include Beck, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Weezer, Train, Gin Blossoms, Indigo Girls, among many others. More than 1.1 million people have visited the festival in some years, making it one of the premier must-see events this season. Tickets start at $45 and top out at $695 for a three-day VIP pass. If you’re looking to splurge, this is the event to do it on.
Memphis is bustling with exciting events no matter the time of year, but spring and early summer ring in the city’s best festivals. Whether you’re coming out for a good cause or looking forward to a weekend of vibrant entertainment, this city has it all.