Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.

The Ultimate Memphis Summer Bucket List

Photo by @nicolelawless

Summer is officially here! To celebrate we’ve got a huge bucket list of ways to enjoy Memphis this summer.

South Memphis Farmers Market

Photo: South Memphis Farmers Market

Pick up seasonal produce from a local farmers market.

Now is the time, and farmers markets are the places to get the freshest, locally sourced produce, meats, and curated goods. Whether you’re in Downtown, Midtown, or Germantown, there’s a farmers market near you with availability weekly or daily, running through the fall or even year-round. Check out locations and more info about all the local markets here.

Enjoy local music.

Photo: @janehwells on Instagram

Throughout the summer, these awesome ongoing concert series will be available for your listening enjoyment:

Judah and the Lion at Minglewood Hall

Photo: Marie Fong

Catch live music, theatre, and more throughout the week at these local spots:

memphis summer camps

Photo: Memphis College of Art

Sign up for summer camps (kids + teens)

Want to see your kids do a little more than watch T.V. on the couch all day long this summer? Sign them up for one of Memphis’ awesome summer camps.

Grab peanuts, cracker jacks, and, of course, BBQ nachos at a Redbirds game.

memphis redbirds

Photo: Mallory Strawn

Check out the Memphis Redbirds schedule here and get tickets here or at the box office.

Catch a film as part of a movie series or at the drive-in.

Summer drive in by @samiliamary

Slider Inn

Jameson Slushie at Slider Inn, Photo: Audrey Chaney

Chill out with one of Memphis’ many frozen treats.

Memphis is full of places to help you beat the heat from homemade paletas to supreme snow cones, fresh-pressed juice, and more. See all the places to get frozen treats here.

Photo: Bailey Clark

Photo: Bailey Clark

Find a pool or wade in the water at a splash park:

El Mero Taco Truck

Find out how much food a food truck trucks if a food truck could truck food… Or something like that.

Behold: All of the Memphis food trucks. Find all their locations and schedules here.

Beale Street Music Fest

Photo: Keith Montgomery

Get festive.

From burgers to margaritas to salsa, Memphis festivals will make this season feel like eternal summertime.

GoApe USA at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis

GoApe USA at Shelby Farms Park, Photo: Marie Fong

Get active.

Memphis Made Beer

Photo: Amanda Hill

Grab a pint.

Each Memphis brewery has a calendar of events, special tour days, and a rotating food truck schedule.

Stax Records

Photo: Stax Records

Learn about Memphis Music

memphis mural

Photo: Emily Jordan, Artwork: Marcellous Lovelace

Enjoy the arts

memphis escape rooms

Memphis Escape Rooms

Discover your way out of an escape room.

Escape rooms are a type of physical adventure game where people are willingly locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Grab some friends and book a room at Memphis Escape RoomsBroad Escape Rooms, or I Escaped Memphis, and see if you can make it out!

Volunteer Odyssey

Photo: Volunteer Odyssey

Give back

Memphians are known for being generous and hospitable. Here are several ways to volunteer your time or resources to those who need it most this summer:

Patio at Maximo's on Broad

Patio at Maximo’s on Broad, Photo: Amanda Hill

Check out more ideas:

Looking for even more suggestions? Check out our upcoming events and where you can meet other Memphians here.

Did we leave out your favorite way to enjoy summer in Memphis? Let us know in the comments!

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