Annual Festivals/Fairs in Memphis, TN
Gather the family for a voyage to the Greek Isles without leaving the comforts of the Bluff City. The annual Greek Festival brings the culture and atmosphere of Greece to you with live music, dancing, authentic foods, a marketplace and more. The Athenian Dance Troupe performs traditional folk dances and a live band adds to the lively mood. Since it is a celebration of Greece prepare your taste buds for festival food Greek style like mousaka, gyros, baklava and dolmathes. Make sure to stop by the marketplace where you’ll find imported Greek items such as clothing and costumes, olive oil, sculptures and other artwork and wine. The children’s area is filled with games and activities for children of all ages.
The beginning of May means one thing and one thing only to Memphians – Beale Street Music Fest. Every year the first weekend of May plays host to Beale Street Music Fest the kick off of Memphis In May a month long celebration honoring a different country each year. Over 60 bands perform on 4 stages throughout the course of one weekend. There is something for music lovers of every taste as A-list bands from all genres including rock, pop, alternative, blues, gospel, R&B, hip hop and soul take the stage. In fact you’ll probably have a hard time narrowing down your choices.
The rich aromas of garlic, basil, and herbs fill the air signaling the beginning of the Memphis Italian Festival benefiting Holy Rosary Parish School. Every year Marquette Park is transformed into a little slice of Italy complete with Italian cooking competitions, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, pizza tossing and live band performances. No Italian festival is complete with bocce, the classic Italian game. Watch as teams compete in the bocce tournaments or organize your own bocce team and join in the competition. Sample a variety of wines in the wine garden or savor authentic Italian cuisine as you browse the rows of arts and crafts vendors. Younger family members will enjoy Luigi Land, an area dedicated specifically to children featuring an assortment of rides and games.
Each fall this annual festival held in the historic Cooper Young district features art, music, food and crafts. Hundreds of artisans from across the country display their wares such as crafts, clothing, jewelry, vintage items and music in addition to locally sourced items. Adding to the atmosphere is a variety of indie bands performing on several stages throughout the festival. The night before the actual festival a four mile race throughout Cooper Young kicks off the festival weekend. Runners will enjoy encouragement from the neighborhood as Cooper Young residents who are competing for best race party decorate their front lawns and cheer on racers.
Enjoy freshly boiled crawfish for a cause at the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. Admission is free but the purchase of finger licking good buckets of Cajun crawfish benefits Porter Leath Children’s Home. Compete in or simply spectate crawfish inspired competitions and games like bobbing for crawfish, crawfish toss, crawfish racing and of course crawfish eating. If you fancy yourself a chef then why not enter the gumbo cooking competition. With lively musical performances by Cajun and zydeco bands the atmosphere is more reminiscent of the bayou than the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Make sure to bring a blanket or chair and get ready for a lazy day in Downtown Memphis.