May in Memphis is jam-packed with all kinds of live music, festivals, art shows, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends.
Ongoing Weekly Events:
- Jimmy Ogle’s Walking Tours (Free)
- Farmer’s Markets
- Memphis Redbirds
- Trivia Nights in Memphis
- Minglewood Hall Music Shows
- Hitone Music Shows
- Lafayette’s Music Room Shows
- Workshops at Five in One Social Club
- Peabody Rooftop Parties
- Brewery Revival
- 5ks in the 901
- Movie Nights at Carriage Crossing
- Visit Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
- Rec Room Game Tournaments
- Levitt Shell Free Concerts
- Friday, May 1 – Movie Nights at Carriage Crossing starts – Dusk – Free
Free, family-friendly movies will be showing every other Friday starting May 1st and going through September at Carriage Crossing. Go here for the full schedule.
- Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3 – Beale Street Music Festival
Once again, Memphis in May will deliver a diverse list of musical acts to entertain the expected 100,000 guests that will travel from across the country and all over the world to enjoy the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival. The BSMF at Tom Lee Park takes place on May 1-3, 2015 and launches the month-long Memphis in May celebration that includes the Music Festival, International Salute to Poland, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the AutoZone Sunset Symphony. See the lineup here.
- Friday, May 1 – Kong Wee Pang Art Opening – 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tart Memphis, at 820 S. Cooper St., is delighted to host Kong Wee Pang in a week-long show, the last show curated by former owner Heather Pike. Kong Wee Pang is a Designer/Artist from Malaysia. She graduated from Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Art and moved to the United States in 2001. She received a degree in Fine Art and Design and an MFA from the Memphis College of Art. She currently works as Senior Art Director at the mid-south’s largest ad agency, Archer>Malmo.
- Friday, May 1 – Open House and T-shirt Party – 5:30pm
Revolutions Bike CoOp (1000 Cooper St) will be hosting a tour at their space. Cooper-Young will also be hosting their 1st Friday Art Walk. So, get out, stop by the shop and check out their new tools on your way around CY.
- Saturday, May 2 – Cafe du Memphis – 9am-noon – $7, $10, $15
What could be a better start to your day than drinking mimosas and enjoying beignets? Join Cafe Du Memphis at Overton Park at the East Parkway entrance and do just that as you support the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality. It will be a relaxing morning in midtown with a menu full of treats: Beignets, Shrimp & Grits, Cafe a Lait, Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and Milk Punch. More info here.
- Saturday, May 2 – Latino Memphis Festival & Cinco-K-Mayo 5K – 9am-4pm – $25/adults, $15/kids to run
Race starts at 9am and the Fiesta is from 10am-4pm This free family-centered & dog-friendly event celebrates Memphis’ growing Hispanic community. They’ll have a live Mariachi band, piñatas, arts and crafts, games for kids & traditional Latino cuisine like arepas & pupusas, and a salsa tasting contest. Not a runner? It’s ok! You can walk or dance your way through the trail and stay for the fiesta. Proceeds raised will support their mission to assist Latinos in the Greater Memphis area by connecting, collaborating and advocating for health, education and justice.
- Saturday, May 2- Sunday, May 3 – Collierville Fair on the Square – Free
Collierville is hosting their annual fair on the square with crafters & artisans selling their unique goods, food vendors and performances all weekend long. There will also be a children’s area with games & rides.
- Saturday, May 2 – Mother’s Day Maker’s Market in Cooper Young – 11am-4pm
The Art Factory in Cooper Young will be hosting a Mother’s Day Market for all your gift needs. Vendors include: Question The Answer, Don’t Blink, Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, Dear Sir Paper Co., and M. Russell Art. They will be set up on the corner of Cox and York (outside of The Art Factory) from 11-4. They’ll have some snacks and sips for you to enjoy as you spend a little bit of your Saturday in Cooper Young.
- Saturday, May 2 – Speakeasy at Woodruff Fontaine – 6-10pm – $25/$150/$200
The Woodruff Fontaine’s annual spring fundraiser and “History in the Making” membership kick off party takes place on May 2nd.
Come out for an evening under the stars in their north garden and celebrate the grand era of easy living. The museum will be open for a sneak peek at their annual Southern Summers exhibition. Jazz will fill the air and delicious morsels will be laid out. Reservations and period dress is encouraged.
Tables can be reserved by calling the museum during business hours.
- Sunday, May 3 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Comedy, Memphis – 8:15pm – $5
Come out for an evening of comedy at the HiTone hosted by Josh McLane featuring Leon Blanda, Dane Faucheux, Kyle Kordsmeier, & Jared Herring.
- Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco De Mayo Pub Run – 6pm
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a pub run on Tuesday May 5th, kicking off at 6pm from the Midtown Overton Square store. Pub Run Stops to include: 1. Breakaway Running, 2. Cafe Ole, 3. Memphis Made Brewing Company, 4. Schweinehaus. First 100 to sign a waiver at the event get their 2015 limited edition Cinco De Mayo pub run t-shirt. Please bring your ID and cash money.
- Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco De Bayou with The Mighty Souls – 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Mighty Souls Brass Band will be bringing the funk to your favorite Cinco de Mayo Party on Tuesday, May 5 at the Bayou Bar and Grill. They will have $3 Pints, $4 Shooters, $5 Margaritas, and $10 Buckets of Beers. No Cover. They will also be showing the Grizzlies game at 9:30pm with sound on.
- Wednesday, May 6 – Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator Workshop – 6-8pm
In this workshop, Matt Ladner will provide new users with a strong foundation for working with Illustrator. You’ll leave with the skill set to create amazing vector graphics in only a few hours.
- Wednesday, May 6 – Party in the Park – 11am-2:30pm – Free
The Memphis CVB and I Love Memphis Blog are celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week by throwing a big party and you’re invited! There will be food trucks, chalk artists, music, Amurica photobooth, giveaways, walking tours, and more. Go here for more info.
- Friday, May 8 – Choose901 Summer Popup Shop – 11am-7pm – Free
Get ready for Summer with us on May 8th! We’re doing a summer popup shop with new shirts and whole lot more. Where: Choose901 offices – 50 Peabody Place #101 Memphis, TN 38103 (floor level, downtown)
- Friday, May 8 – Poland Under the Stars – 7pm
Memphis in May’s international gala stars R&B hit-makers Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics. Location: Peabody Skyway Ballroom.
- Friday, May 8 – Saturday, May 9 – Memphis Greek Food Festival – 11am-8pm
Opa! Greek food, music, dancing, marketplace, kids activities, food drive-through, and more. Location: Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland.
- May 8 – May 10 – Urban Barn Market’s May Market – $5
Make plans to come out for Mother’s Day Weekend for the Inaugural Market at the Woodruff Fontaine. Urban Barn Market is a bi-annual curated antiques, vintage and handmade popup market. There will be great shopping, delicious food, great live music, and creative workshops. Come experience the barn in the city. Market dates and times are as follows: Friday, May 8th from 4pm to 10pm, Saturday, May 9th from 9am to 5pm, Sunday, May 10th from 10am to 4pm. Get preview party tickets here. General admission is $5 and can be purchased here.
- Saturday, May 9 – Dog-A-Roo Festival – 10am-2pm – Free admission/$5 parking
You’re invited to the 2nd annual Dog-A-Roo Festival, Presented by Memphis Vet Specialists at Shelby Farms Park. Dog-A-Roo is fun for the whole family, especially four-legged ones! Dog-A-Roo is a one day outdoor festival featuring pup-centric showcases such as adoptable pets, working dog demonstrations, doggy businesses, pet costume contests and talent show, live entertainment, a variety of foods and more. Dog-A-Roo will be held in the Shelby Farms Park Outback, the 120 acre off-leash dog park.
- Saturday, May 9 – Bike Repair Station Installation – 11am-12:30pm – Free
Come out to help install a brand new bike repair station and pump in Crosstown! Revolutions Bicycle CoOp will be present to give a demo on how to use the station. Afterwards all are welcome to join the bike ride around the neighborhood. Email questions to sandiferj@churchhealthcent
- Saturday, May 9 – Hattiloo Black Arts Fest – 1-3pm – Free
An annual celebration and showcase of local visual and performing arts held in Veterans Plaza, Overton Park, just north of the Memphis College of Art. Patrons get a free, rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with visual artists, enjoy live concerts and dramatic performances.
- Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day
Check out our blog post here for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, Memphis-style.
- Thursday, May 14 – Sunday, May 16 – MIM BBQ Fest
This is the Super Bowl of Swine in Memphis. Smoke with hundreds of teams competing for tens of thousands of dollars in prizes.
- Saturday, May 16 – Time Warp Drive-In: SWINGING SIXTIES SUPER SHOW – 8pm
The May installment of the Time Warp Drive-In is the Swinging Sixties Super Show! Movies include: BARBARELLA, DANGER DIABOLIK!, THE TRIP, and DOCTOR GOLDFOOT & THE BIKINI MACHINE. Presented by The Black Lodge, Guerrilla Monster Films, Malco Theatres and Holtermonster Design.
- Thursday, May 21 – Zoom Through the Zoo – 6:30pm – $30/4-miler, $25/1-mile fun run
Come out for the annual four-mile race and one-mile fun run. Participants follow the course through the Zoo and Overton Park. This race is part of the M-Town Race Series, which features the Harbor Town 5K, Gibson 5K and the Stars and Stripes 5K. To register for the series, please click here. To register for Zoom Through the Zoo, click here.
- Thursday, May 21 – South Lawn Cinema: The Big Lebowski – 8pm – $5
Don’t miss the Dixon’s movie series this spring- the perfect date night! Members are free; non-members are $5. The Big Lebowski is the movie tonight and the show starts at 8:00. Please note: This film has an R-rating and may not be suitable for young children. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. There will be free popcorn, The Memphis Dawgs Food Cart, and wine, beer, and sodas will be available for purchase. Online and phone ticket sales will end at 4:00 pm
- Thursday, May 21 – Sunday, May 24 – Overton Square’s 45th Anniversary Party – Free
There will be performances by more than 20 acts, many of them featuring familiar names who have historical ties to the Square. Among the artists set to perform are Keith Sykes, Sons of Mudboy and Friends (featuring Luther Dickinson), Randy Haspel, John Kilzer, the Willys (including former members of the Breaks), the Memphis All Stars (a tribute to the Hot Dogs), Crawpatch, the Crime and Larry Raspberry and the High Steppers. On Sunday, May 24, as a tie-in, Lafayette’s will host a benefit for jazz/blues singer Joyce Cobb, who has been dealing with cancer. Entertainment for the event is still being finalized. Full lineup here.
- Friday, May 22 – Saturday, May 23 – Drink-N-Draw @ The Brewery Revival: Part Deux – $5
- Friday, May 22 – Saturday, May 23 – The 10th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival – Pay What You Can
Voices of the South will host the 10th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival on the Rhodes College Campus. The ultimate family friendly arts experience awaits you and your loved ones on Memorial Day Weekend. The festival features over a dozen different performances, workshops, street performances, and arts activities galore. Come out and celebrate Memorial Day weekend with Voices of the South
- Saturday, May 23 – Roundhouse Revival – 10am-6pm
Roundball, Rasslin’, Rock-n-Roll, R&B, Roller Derby, Radio and Rap at the historic Mid-South Coliseum! Come celebrate our public land and city brand with live music, basketball and pro wrestling! All this plus local beer, food trucks, guided tours inside the building (pending approval from the City of Memphis), vendors and all sorts of family fun. Main event to feature Jerry “the King” Lawler and Superstar Bill Dundee. Go here for updates.
- Saturday, May 23 – Pyramid Vodka Music & Art Festival – 7pm
This music and art festival takes place at the HiTone with performances by: Devil Train, Graham Winchester, The Lagoonas, China Gate, Movie Night, Creepy Neighbor, Ugly Girls, Monticello and more.
- Saturday, May 23 – Autozone Sunset Symphony – $10
The 2015 AutoZone Sunset Symphony will end its 39 year run with a Grand Finale Celebration that includes a spectacular performance by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, several special guests, and an expanded fireworks event.
- Wednesday, May 27 – Beale Street’s Final Salute to the King of Blues – 11am – Free
Join other Memphians in saying goodbye to music legend BB King on Beale Street. From 11am-12:30pm there will be a Memphis Musical Tribute in W.C. Handy Park, then at 12:45pm the processional will begin at Beale Street & Second Street and will travel East to Third Street. Processional will right turn onto B.B. King Blues Highway/Highway 61/ Third Street.
- Thursday, May 28 – Bikes On Broad – 6pm – Free
The City of Memphis is participating in a national competition with other US cities to determine which city is the best for everyday bicycle riding. The measure of this quality is being determined using a little bit of whimsy – counting people doing everyday things on their bikes. The City has chosen to conduct the counts along Broad Avenue between Tillman Street and Hollywood Street where a newly paved section just received a two-way cycle track as part of the ongoing Hampline construction. How to participate: 1) Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day at any time and be counted. 2) Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day and meet the themed challenge and be counted for entry in the national competition. You can also meet up with riders at 6:00pm on the designated day at the Overton Park Bike Gate (Sam Cooper and East Parkway) for a group ride down Broad Avenue. The ride will be about one mile in length along the new protected bikeways and will end at the Rec Room (3000 Broad Avenue). The Rec Room will be hosting an ExciteBike bracket challenge each evening of the group ride. $10 buy-in to participate in the bracket challenge with a portion of the proceeds benefiting bicycle improvements along Tillman between Broad and the Shelby Farms Greenline.
- Thursday, May 28 – Saturday, May 30 – Memphis Italian Festival – $5/Thursday, $8/Fri & Sat
The culture, music, and of course the delicious cuisine of Italy is brought right to our backyard for 3 days of incredible fun and entertainment. For 25 years, Italian Fest has demonstrated the values of family, faith, and fellowship, bringing days of celebration to town to benefit the children of Holy Rosary Parish School. Shuttles run every 15 minutes from the Hilton parking lot to the Ivy and Alrose entrance. Both parking and shuttle bus are free. Get more info here.
- Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31 – Last weekend of Brewery Revival! – Free
This is your last chance to enjoy beer, food trucks, unique artwork, and a great outdoor beer garden! The hours are 11am-11pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, noon-9pm on Sunday. Music will include Buckles and Boots and American Fiction Unplugged on Saturday, then Artistik Approach and The Memphis Dawls on Sunday. Charlie Forrester will be the featured artist this weekend. Want to be part of their digital time capsule? Share your favorite memory from the beer garden experience with #BreweryMemory on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
- Friday, May 29 – MEMShop Heritage Trail Launch Event – 6-9pm – Free
Makeda’s Homemade Buttermilk Cookies, Circuitous Succession Gallery and Oxn will launch an event with the monthly South Main Trolley Nights. At 488 and 500 S. Second Street you will experience an evening of food, music, and more. Join the city in welcoming these three brand new storefronts to town.
- Saturday, May 30 – How-To Festival – 1-4pm – Free
The Germantown Community Library is set to host their third annual “How-To-Festival” where you can have the opportunity to experience everything from instrument demonstrations, the methods behind beekeeping, container gardening, crafting, healthy living, and much more. Get all the info here.
- Saturday, May 30 – Flyy Market at Crosstown – 10am-2pm – Free
Neosoulville in partnership with Crosstown Arts presents the “Flyy Market”, Saturday May 30th (rain date: May 31st) at Cleveland Street Flea Market. What better way to kick off the summer season than with a “flyy” event including local vendors, music, food trucks, and a thrifted fashion show hosted by local fashionistas? Music curated by IMAKEMADBEATS.
- Saturday, May 30 – Eric Lewis & Andy Ratliff w/ Caleb Sweazy – 6-9:30pm – $5
This is the final show of the spring for the River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, located on Mud Island in Harbor Town, across from Miss Cordelia’s and behind the Maria Montessori School. The series is curated by Goner Records and Shoulder Tap Records. The $5 cover will benefit Maria Montessori School. Wiseacre Brewing will provide beer and Miss Cordelia’s will provide food, with proceeds from both going back to the school. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm.
- Saturday, May 30 – Dead Soldiers | Marcella and Her Lovers – 9pm – $10
Dead Soldiers about to head out on tour for the better part of May and what a way to celebrate a homecoming show than to finally play a show with Marcella & Her Lovers.