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May is here at last, and you know what that means in Memphis… Festival season is in the horizon! The smell of barbecue, the sounds of rock and roll making noise through the city… plus more things to do in Memphis this weekend! While we will miss Beale Street Music Festival this year (seriously, we MISS you), we are rolling up our sleeves to bring you to live music events happening this weekend to satisfy all your musical needs. 

Friendly reminder: please follow all business guidelines at any events in Memphis and neighboring cities! Remain socially distanced from others to protect yourself and those around you, wear your mask, and most importantly: have fun!

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1. Locals Live with Southern Avenue | Radians Amphitheater

East Memphis has a wonderful group preparing to captivate you with their retro-soul tunes. Grammy-nominated Southern Avenue takes the stage at the Garden this weekend at the Radians Amphitheater! You can bring your own chairs and blankets to kick back and enjoy the music.

Food trucks Say Cheese, Mempops, Memphis Mojo Cafe, plus more will be on-site to enjoy food + the show!

Event details are listed below for more info!

Event Details
🗓 MAY 14 | 7:30PM–9:30PM
📍Radians Amphitheater | 750 Cherry Road Memphis, Tennessee, 38117

 
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2. World Championship BBQ Festival | Tom Lee Park

The best time of the year is finally with us, friends. Memphis in May’s BBQ Festival is back with us at Tom Lee Park! Fierce competitors from near and far with grill-off for the title of the Barbecue Champion. Enjoy some smoked foods, music, plus more events planned at the festival.

Event details are listed below for more info!

Event Details
🗓 MAY 12 | 5PM–10PM
🗓 MAY 13 | 3PM–10PM
🗓 MAY 14 | 3PM–10PM
🗓 MAY 15 | 1PM–10PM
📍Tom Lee Park | Riverside Dr, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103

 
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3. The Grand Tasting | Levitt Shell

Located at the beloved Levitt Shell in Midtown, this event will give you two opportunities for this experience. A brunch from noon to 3PM, or a dinner from 6–9PM! Ticket packages are available for any and all levels for this experience.

Event Details
🗓 MAY 15 | 12PM–3PM, 6PM–9PM
📍The Levitt Shell | 1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, Tennessee, 38104

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4. Adam McClelland, Cody Clark and Devin Matthews | Growlers

While this artist is known for his country past, but don’t underestimate his musical versatility! Adam McClelland, Cody Clark, and Devin Matthews will be performing at Growlers this weekend! 

Event Details
🗓 MAY 15 | 7PM–9PM
📍Growlers | 1911 Poplar Ave, Memphis, Tennessee, 38104

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5. Rock Fest | Rock House Live Midtown

In Midtown, the Rock House is throwing their second annual Rock Fest! The lineup for the event features Roxy Blue, Fast Brothers, Fevertree, plus more artists to take the stage this weekend in our things to do in Memphis.

Event Details
🗓 MAY 15 | 3PM–11:30PM
📍Rock House Live Midtown | 2586 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38112

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See You Next Week!

Get out and enjoy the city! If you didn’t find stuff to do in Memphis this weekend from this guide, head over to our app where there are plenty more events to choose from!

Don’t forget to wear a mask and to follow all social distancing protocols. Let’s stay safe together, Memphis! 

Posting photos? Be sure to tag us on Instagram + Facebook, and use #stufftodoinmemphis.  Have a great weekend!

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Delaina Carreras

Delaina Carreras

Delaina is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Memphis City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Memphis area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinMemphis on Instagramand Facebook.

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