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A Local’s Guide to Fall & Winter Festivals in Memphis

Photo: Mempho Music Festival

The fun doesn’t stop when the warm weather wanes! See what Memphis has planned for you as the seasons change!

Take a look at all the festivities:

SEPTEMBER

 

Featuring over 150 artists from around the country, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair is your chance to shop til you drop as you find a variety of eclectic pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, leatherwork, sculpture, woven goods and so much more.

Grab your tickets here

 

Featuring two of my favorite “B” words, the Bacon and Bourbon Festival presented by The Memphis Flyer is bringing folks out for flavorful festivities, serving creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some great Memphis restaurants, plus a vast array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds!

Grab your tickets here

 

Ah, Oktoberfest, where the beers are large and the lederhosen are long. Wiseacre Brewing Company is hosting their annual rendition of these German festivities with a Memphis twist, and you’re invited to drink, dance, dress up, and more in the spirit of Volkfest fun!

 

Where my plant-based peeps at? This is your time to feast! And while you’re chowing down on carrots and cauliflower, NLE Choppa and Official Grey will be on site setting the scene with entertainment and education.

Grab your tickets here

 

What better way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month than with a festival that features our local Latinx community! Cazateatro Theatre Group invites you to join in on their annual, family-friendly festivities that are bringing a whole lot of Latin fun and fare to the courtyard in Overton Square.

 

Calling all car kings and queens! You won’t want to miss Summer Nights Memphis at Memphis International Raceway. Featuring over 12 hours of drifting, a burnout competition, a car show, entertainment, and more, you’ll be surrounded be all the folks who are living their lives in the fast lane.

Grab your tickets here

 

The 5th Annual Soulful Food Truck Festival is serving up appetizing eats with a side of energizing entertainment—featuring 32 local eateries with vegan options included, and DJs + live performances.

Grab your tickets here

 

Surround yourself with some of the best beanie-wearing, PBR-drinking, Doc-stomping people as you rock and roll your way around town for four straight days when Gonerfest 18 brings 30+ bands to the stage at Railgarten, Memphis Made Brewing Company, & Goner Records.

Purchase streaming tickets here

**Gonerfest 4-day golden passes are all sold out, but there will be a limited amount of tickets sold at the door each day**

 

The Pink Palace Annual Crafts Fair is your one-stop shop for unique, eclectic arts and crafts. There’ll be woodwork, leatherwork, pottery, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, woven goods and so much more. 

Keep an eye out for tickets to go on sale here. 

Want to be a vendor? Submit an application here

** Proceeds benefit Memphis Museum of Science and History**

 

The Mid-South Fair is making its triumphant return to the Landers Center in Southaven Mississippi—and fairgoers have the chance to experience over 50 rides, a World Famous Frisbee Dog Show, a Sea Lion Splash, a Sam Hunt performance, and more.

Buy tickets.

 

 

OCTOBER

 

If your favorite time is wine o’clock, Wine on the River is where you need be as national and international wineries offer sample wine and spirits that’ll definitely get you in the spirit.

Purchase tickets here.

 

Memphians take live music pretty seriously, and Mempho Music Festival is has scheduled three whole days of performances, Pronto Pups, art pop-ups, and people gathering to move and groove to the tunes.

See the daily lineup here

Grab your tickets here

 

Are you a creative, crafty person who could use a creative kick in the tukus? Because The Creative Works Conference is returning  to give you three days of inspiration, motivational pep talks, new connections, and much more to keep you fueled and fired up. Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus and the rise of the Delta variant, Creative Works has made the hard decision to move all the festivities online, but that’s all good! There’ll be lettering artists, graphic designers, storytellers, and more talented folks to learn from and workshop with.

See the lineup of creatives who are meeting you online.

Purchase tickets here.

 

Somebody pass the Baklava and Spanakopita! Memphis Greek Festival is coming, and the food is only have the fun! With sanctuary tours, inflatables for kids, live music, a marketplace, and more, consider this your opportunity to connect with our Memphis Greek community.

Sign up to volunteer here.

 

From pumpkin-painting, kid’s activities, arts and crafts, hayrides, and featured educational stations, the annual Agricenter Harvest Festival hosts a whole lot of family-friendly fun for all ages to enjoy. 

 

You look like you could use a good laugh, and the 6th annual Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival will provide four days of the giggle fits. Featuring the finest local, and nationally known talents, you’ll have the pleasure of watching the chosen ones show off their skills in categories like “It’s the Ladies for Me,” “It’s the Youngins for Me,” “It’s the Pride for Me,”and more. There’ll also be opportunities for those in the comedy community to build upon their prowess with joke writing classes, marketing and branding, and mental health workshops, too.

Think you’re funny? Leave a submission before August 1st. 

Wanna get it on the giggles? Keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale!

 

What boozy days these shall be! Memphis Brewfest & Brunch Weekend is returning to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, bringing brunch specials from your favorite local spots, a bloody mary bar, a live jazz brunch band, unlimited beer/cider samples, and much more.

Go ahead and grab those tickets here!

 

You won’t want to miss this culinary experience! Featuring 35 chefs and  dozens of the best winemakers and vineyards around, The 5th Annual Memphis Food and Wine Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden will take your taste buds to places they’ve never been before!

Pricing is $200 for a single general admission ticket, $250 for a single table seat, or $2,000 for a table of eight.

Grab your tickets here.

 

Every year, Indie Memphis cloaks our city in a layer of film frenzy. From screenings and competitions to musical performances and after parties, the schedule is always jam-packed with dope doings—and it’s the perfect way to show your support for our talented crop of local filmmakers up close and personal and from the comfort of your couch!

Keep an eye out for passes to go on sale soon—and in the meantime, make sure to take note of the year-round programming they have for you to enjoy

 

RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! Hosted at a brand new location, the Renasant Convention Center downtown, over 180 artists from around the country and right here in Memphis will gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South.

Keep an eye out for more details to come

 

NOVEMBER

 

  • Memphis Fieldaze Outdoor Fest – November 5-7

As a child, Field Day was fun—but as an adult, Fieldaze will be even better! Mark your calendar for November 5-7, because Discover Memphis Naturally has planned three days full of outdoor fun featuring half marathons, 5Ks, kayak races, a skate session, and more that’ll get you going.

Sign up for events here.

 

The Memphis Flyer’s Crafts & Drafts Holiday Market will set you up for some successful gift giving! Local artists, makers, and crafters are set to take over the plaza at Crosstown Concourse as you settle in for a fun day of shopping local, family activities, and tasty beers on tap!

Want to be a vendor? Submit an application here

Join their email list for updates. 

 

When the cold front comes through, there’s nothing like cozying up with a whiskey cocktail. Whiskey Warmer is coming to Overton Square this fall, bringing together 40 top-tier whiskey, bourbon, and scotch vendors, food trucks, a cigar bar, bluegrass musicians, and more.

Grab your tickets here

**Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis**

 

DECEMBER

It’s easier to get into the holiday spirit with a festive cocktail in hand. Make your way to the Cadre building downtown where they’ll be slinging all kinds of holly jolly juice. You’ll get to enjoy 12 sample-sized Yuletide cocktails, live music, and a chance to catch up with the big man in red.

Grab your tickets here

**Proceeds benefit the Memphis Farmer’s Market**

 

If it’s still warm—and you’re getting too ahead of yourself—or if it’s cold, and you want have something to look forward to when the seasons change, take a look at our Spring and Summer Festivals guide here.

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