The Memphis in May annual festival brings out the best of Memphis’ culture, food, music, and history. The entire month is packed with events that show off the unique vibe that Memphis is known for.

Memphis in May International Festival

Memphis in May has a long history of celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions of the world. Each year, the city honors a different country or culture with events, exhibits, and educational programs throughout the city. In 2023, Malaysia will be the focus of Memphis in May.

Let’s take a closer look at at what you can expect each weekend of Memphis in May 2023.

Weekend One – Beale Street Music Festival (May 5-7)

The Beale Street Music Festival is the place to be if you love music. This three-day festival happens on the banks of the Mississippi River and features over 60 acts across four stages. You’ll see big names in music, up-and-comers, and local talent. It’s not just about the music though – you can sample a wide range of food and drink, including classic Memphis barbecue. The energy is high, and the atmosphere is unbeatable.

Weekend Two – World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 11-13)

If you’re a fan of barbecue, then the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a must-visit event. Over 200 teams from all over the world compete to be crowned the World Champion. You can taste-test the entries, watch the cooking competition, and enjoy live music, games, and activities. There’s even a fireworks show over the Mississippi River. The competition is fierce, the food is delicious, and the experience is unforgettable.


Weekend Three – Great American River Run (May 20)

The Great American River Run is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Memphis while getting some exercise. The race follows the Mississippi River and has half-marathon, 10K and 5K options. You’ll have views of the river and the Memphis skyline while being cheered on by music, volunteers, and fellow runners. After the race, there’s a party with food, drinks, and live entertainment.

Memphis in May truly embodies the spirit of Memphis. Each weekend is unique and showcases what makes the city so special. From the music to the food to the natural beauty of the Mississippi River, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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