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Summer Fun on the Riverfront

We’ve been hearing a lot about plans to reimagine the city’s riverfront and make it a world-class destination.

Some cool things have already happened toward accomplishing that goal.

The new River Garden park (Riverside between Court and Jefferson) opened last fall with inviting features like fire pits, hammock swings, and a tree house to climb around in.

And Mud Island is getting a mini makeover complete with a spiffy new Memphis sign by @youngbloodstudio that should be on everyone’s Instagram to-do list.

With more upgrades to our river parks on the way, the Memphis River Parks Partnership is adding in a full summer of programming to give you more reasons than ever to go play on the riverfront.

A concert at the River Garden. Photo courtesy of Memphis River Parks Partnership.


Presented by We Are Memphis & Memphis Slim Collaboratory, Soulin’ on the River is curated by Tonya Dyson and highlights the new sound of Memphis soul in a live music series taking place in the Grove on Mud Island. All events 6-8PM.

A Vibe on the Island is curated by Bertram Williams and will feature original music makers from Memphis from a range of genres. A full lineup of artists will be confirmed soon. All events 6-8 PM.



Kayak Rentals – Rent from the 4th Cup Café in River Garden, 9AM-5PM every day; final rental check-out at 4 PM.


Our Yoga Downtown – Free yoga classes every Tuesday at 6 PM in River Garden

SUP Yoga on the Gulf – Every Sunday in June from 10AM-11.30AM on the Gulf of Mexico in Mud Island Park. Mimosas included!


Soulin’ on the River – The sound of new Memphis soul on Mud Island Park every other week from 6-8PM June 7 to August 9.


Social Sundays – Free arts and crafts with the River Garden Ranger from 2-4PM on the 1st Sunday of every month.

A Vibe on the Island – New Memphis music on Mud Island Park. Once a month from May through October

Skate Night – Free skate rental and DJs at RiverPlay in Tom Lee Park in June, July, and August.


Pop-up Library – River Garden, May 31, 10AM-1PM
Pick up your books for the summer from the pop-up mobile library in River Garden.

Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race – Greenbelt Park and River Garden, June 1, 10 AM
Join the largest canoe and kayak race in the southeast. More than 500 expert-to-recreational level paddlers will gather in Memphis to compete.

Summer Night Market – River Garden, June 14, 4.30-7.30 PM
Shop with 20+ local vendors and enjoy local drinks and eats in River Garden.

St. Jude Big River Ride – Martyrs’ Park, June 15
Join bikers of all ages riding across the Big River Crossing and through Arkansas to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Independence Day Celebration –
Mud Island Park, July 4, 6 PM
Join the city’s largest free celebration and enjoy music and fireworks from Mud Island Park.

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