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

The fun doesn’t stop when the warm weather wanes! Take a look at all of the upcoming fall and winter festivals in Memphis:

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Put on your blue suede shoes for three days full of jumpsuits, jet black hair, and hips that won’t quit as the Ultimate Elvis Artist Tribute Weekend takes over Graceland.

When the cold front comes through, there’s nothing like cozying up with a whiskey cocktail. Whiskey Warmer is 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**

In the spirit of championing gender equality, Theatre Memphis and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens are joining forces to highlight Memphis’ abundance of local, art ladies

From Downtown to Orange Mound—to Bartlett and everything in between—Memphis Black Restaurant Week  has returned to encourage you to tap into the tasty eats that our Black-owned businesses are bringing to the table.

The name of the game is GREEN. Green get-ups, green beads, and a whole lotta green beer. Make your way to Beale Street where the local leprechauns will lead to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

Memphis Black Restaurant Week is capping off a full week of eats with a food truck festival at Tiger Lane that features hella food and even more fun. 


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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 19 brings 30+ bands to the stage at Railgarten.

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!

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 will be on site setting the scene with entertainment and education.

What better way to celebrate 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.

The 7th 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.

The Mid-South Fair will  return to the Landers Center in Southaven Mississippi—and fairgoers have the chance to experience 50+ rides, funnel cakes, competitions and more.

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

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.

Are you a creative, crafty person who could use a creative kick in the tukus? Because The Creative Works Conference is returning—BOTH in-person and online—to give you three days of inspiration, motivational pep talks, new connections, and much more to keep you fueled and fired up. There’ll be lettering artists, graphic designers, storytellers, and more talented folks to learn from and workshop with.

You look like you could use a good laugh, and the 7th annual Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival will provide four days of the giggle fits. 

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!

Get it in gear for the 3rd Annual Edge Motorfest featuring all kinds classic cars, music, and more!

Make your way to Mud Island Park for a full day fitness fun as local wellness experts empower you to take your health into your own hands. 

Paint Memphis is bringing together artists from around the country to make the city even more colorful as muralists take to Broad Ave as their blank canvas!

As if the Overton Park Shell couldn’t get even more musical! In partnership with Mempho Music Festival, Shell Daze Music Fest is bringing a two-day mini fest to Memphis, featuring local and national acts like Moon Taxi, Star & Micey, and more. 

The Shop Black City Tour is making it’s way to Memphis! Join 50+ local businesses as they gather with all kinds of goods along Memphis Riverside and Bass Pro Dr. to deliver a shopping experience unlike any other. 

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. 

One Day. Three Stages. A maximum amount of music, food, games, and educational activities that teach you all about the soul that runs through the Soulsville neighborhood. What more could you ask for from Soulsville USA Festival??

This day shall be a boozy one! Memphis Brewfest is returning to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, bringing unlimited beer/cider samples, music, games, and much more.

You won’t want to miss this culinary experience! Featuring 41 chefs and dozens of the best winemakers and vineyards around, The Memphis Food and Wine Festival at Radians Amphitheater will take your taste buds to places they’ve never been before!

Where else can you see Lil Buck, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Syncopated Ladies. Grizz Girls, and more top tier performers do their thang FOR FREE?? Nowhere other than the Memphis Dance Festival brought to you by Collage Dance Collective. 

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!

One day. 33 regional breweries and homebrew clubs. Come together and clink your glasses as the The Cooper Young Community Association’s Cooper Young Beer Festival bounces back to normal after a two-year hiatus. 

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.

November festivals in memphis

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 and bike races, and more that’ll get you going.

If you’ve ever wondered about the mystery of Bigfoot, you’ll definitely be in good company during Memphis Bigfoot Festival—a day dedicated to urban legends and paranormal presentations. 

What’s more iconic than an Art Crawl on Beale Street? While you wander in search of that perfect something to add to your home, hop into a bar to hear the sounds of our city. 

Caffeine fiends, you’re in for a treat! With 15+ vendors offering samples and hosting demonstrations, you’ll be delightfully energized after this brewtiful morning in Memphis

A 6-hour showcase of visual, performing, and public art? The Broad Avenue Art Walk is bringing the energy to match the eclectic exhibits during this fun-filled day that features 5 blocks of beautiful work. 

The hottest cars, the smoothest cigars, plus complimentary cocktails and cognac? Talk about an event for the cool cats of Memphis!

The Memphis Botanic Garden invites you on a journey to Eastern Asia to explore and learn more about the magic of Japanese culture. Between the music and martial arts exhibitions, and the lineup of merch vendors, it’s guaranteed to be a full day of discovery. 

Enjoy live tunes while taking in the marvelous sunset over the Mississippi River all the while benefitting the the Maria Montessori School. 

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!

An evening full of tasty eats—AND fine wine and whiskeys—that benefits the Special Olympics Greater Memphis? Sign us up! Whiskey, Wine, & Dine sounds like a win-win. 

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Memphians love music, there’s no doubt about that. Well, your favorite community radio station, WYXR 91.7 FM, is delivering a full day of free musical performances

Not sure how you’re gonna keep your giggles at bay with a belly full of booze, but try your hardest to keep it together during Laughs & Crafts

It’s easier to get into the holiday spirit with a festive cocktail in hand. Make your way to The Kent 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.

**Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis**

Black Santa is back! Enjoy a fun-filled day of festivities with the fam as Black-owned businesses bring the heat during this holiday shopping experience

January festivals in memphis

That post-holiday hump have you feeling like you need to lay off the sauce for a little bit? Or maybe the only spirit you need is school spirit (talking to you under-21-ers out there)… Whatever the case may be, Edible Memphis‘ Mocktail Competition is just what you need to make this Dry January a juicy one.

Fill your cup with hops and your head with knowledge as you dive into the Science of Beer at the Museum of Science and History

Hit up the Hi Tone for an evening of magic, debauchery and mischief as the Wizards Beer Festival makes its way to Memphis—featuring complimentary ales, ciders, beers,  live music from wizarding party bands and DJ Dumble-Drop the Bass.

Pop into the pit at Meddlesome Brewery as Heavy Meddle Fest brings out bands that are bringing the noise. 

The queen of country is joining forces with your favorite disco divas from the ages for a night of dancing and fun hangs with your giddy-up gang

Craft vendors and craft cocktails all by the bonfire at Carolina Watershed? What a way to celebrate Winter Solstice

Be a part of the preservation of blues music history as the International Blues Challenge takes over Beale Street for 5 full days. 

February festivals in memphis

The folks at Cafe Noir are well known for the work they do to highlight books written by BIPOC authors—and they’re taking it up a notch to host a festival full of liberating, literary expression.

In it’s first year, “Literature is Liberating” features a lineup of discussions, book readings, film screenings, performances, and more that will entice you to dive in deeper as you discover the world of Black wordsmiths. 

Courage looks different for everyone, but it’s something we are all called to display at some point or another. TEDxMemphis Truth or Dare, the 2023 conference theme, will explore bravery through the lens of the classic party game we all experienced in childhood.

TEDx Memphis speakers include:

Session 1 (will run from 9:30am-12:00pm. Doors will open at 9:00am.)

  • Roshun Austin, community and social services visionary
  • Jennifer Balink, creative strategist and family connector
  • Kelly English, executive chef, restaurant owner and James Beard Award Semifinalist
  • Kim Halyak, city champion of garden tourism
  • Carmeon Hamilton, environmental curator, content creator & HGTV star
  • David Jamison II, aka “The Dope Educator”
  • Sam O’Bryant, literacy advocate
  • Matt Ross-Spang, record producer and Grammy Award-winning engineer & mixer
  • Lar’Juanette Williams, award-winning singer, dancer, actress, writer and arts administrator

Session 2 (will run from 1:30pm-4:00pm. Doors will open at 1:00pm.)

  • Janet Boscarino, sustainability supporter + co-founder of Clean Memphis
  • Fletcher Cleaves, motivational speaker and advocate for accessibility
  • Dwayne Spencer, affordable housing advocate
  • Justin Allen Tate, Broadway theatre actor and Mr. Pegasus 2022
  • Kathleen Terry-Sharp, equine experiential educator
  • Subha Vadlamannati, teenage nonprofit founder and passionate linguistics scholar
  • Yancy Villa, socially engaged artist
  • Kirk Whalum, soulful Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and song writer

This bar crawl comes with a task that’s well worth the reward at the end of it all! You’ve got 22 days to try three Lunar New Year inspired cocktails

A full day dedicated to soup season and supporting efforts that see to the success of young Memphians? Youth Villages Soup Sunday is setting the scene to be satisfying in every way!

Starting February 22nd,  Cazateatro Theatre Group is providing three days of programming that utilizes music, dance, poetry, and more to shed light on a different side of Black culture during Afro-Latino Week.

Grown and sexy with a side of ass-kickin? February’s Time Warp Drive-In feature is paying tribute to one of Black cinema’s earliest action heroes. 

There’s nothing better that Memphis beer and basketball, and this game day doing it big for both!

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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. 

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**

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