Elvis Presley's Birthday Tribute, Graceland. International gathering of Presley fans to celebrate the birthday of "The King" (tel. 800/238-2000; www.elvis.com). Around January 8.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, Birthday, citywide. Events to memorialize Dr. King take place on the nationally observed holiday (tel. 901/521-9699; www.civilrightsmuseum.org). Mid-January.


Beale Street Zydeco Music Festival, along Beale Street. More than 20 acts perform during this 2-day event (tel. 901/529-0999). Mid-February.


Regions Morgan Keegan Tennis Championship, Racquet Club of Memphis. World-class players compete in this famous tour event (tel. 901/765-4400; www.memphistennis.com). Mid- to late February.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial March, downtown. This somber event remembers the assassination of the civil rights leader (tel. 901/525-2458). April 4.

Memphis International Film Festival, midtown. Filmmakers and cinema lovers converge in Memphis (tel. 901/273-0014; www.onlocationmemphis.org). Second week in April.


Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, downtown. A several-day festival centering on African music, dance, theater, exhibits, arts, and crafts (tel. 901/947-2133; www.africainapril.org). Third week in April.


Memphis in May International Festival, citywide. A month-long celebration of a different country each year with musical, cultural, and artistic festivities; business, sports, and educational programs; and food unique to the country. More than a million people come to nearly 100 sanctioned events scheduled throughout the city. The most important happenings are the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival (first weekend in May), the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (mid-May), and the Sunset Symphony (last weekend of May). Call tel. 901/525-4611; or visit www.memphisinmay.org. Entire month of May.


FedEx Cup St. Jude Classic, Tournament Players Club at Southwind. A benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, this is a PGA event (tel. 901/748-0534; www.stjudeclassic.com). Late May to early June.


Carnival Memphis, citywide. Almost half a million people join in the exclusive activities of exhibits, music, crafts, and events (tel. 901/278-0243; www.carnivalmemphis.org). Early June.

Germantown Charity Horse Show, Germantown Horse Show Arena. Four-day competition for prizes (tel. 901/754-0009; www.gchs.org). Second week in June.



Star-Spangled Celebration, Shelby Farms. Fourth of July entertainment and fireworks (tel. 901/726-0469; www.shelbyfarmspark.org). July 4.

Blues on the Bluff, downtown. Volunteer- and member-supported radio station WEVL-FM presents two concerts on the grounds of the National Ornamental Metal Museum, overlooking the Mississippi River (tel. 901/528-0560; www.wevl.org). Late July and early August.


Elvis Tribute Week, Graceland and citywide. Festival commemorating the influences of Elvis (tel. 800/238-2000; www.elvis.com). Second week in August.



Beale Street Labor Day Music Festival, Beale Street. Memphis musicians are featured Labor Day (and night) in restaurants and clubs throughout the Beale Street district (tel. 901/526-0110). Labor Day weekend.

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Center for Southern Folklore. A celebration of the diversity of the South (tel. 901/525-3655; www.southernfolklore.com). Early September.

Cooper-Young Festival, midtown. Neighborhood festival featuring food, arts, crafts, and family activities (tel. 901/276-7222; www.cooperyoungfestival.com). Mid-September.


Mid-South Fair, Mid-South Fairgrounds. Ten days of fun-filled rides, food, games, shows, a midway, and a rodeo (tel. 901/274-8800; www.midsouthfair.org). Last week of September.

Southern Heritage Classic, midtown. Classic college football rivalry at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (tel. 901/398-6655; www.southernheritageclassic.com). A Saturday in September.


River Arts Festival, South Main Historic District. Painters, jewelers, sculptors, woodworkers and other artists and musicians converge on the South Main Historic District in downtown Memphis for this high-quality, juried festival (tel. 901/826-3629; riverartsfestmemphis.org). Late October.



Freedom Awards, downtown. Human rights activists are honored by the National Civil Rights Museum (tel. 901/521-9699; www.civilrightsmuseum.org) with public lectures and other ceremonies. Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Colin Powell, and Bill Clinton. Late October or early November.

Mid-South Arts and Crafts Show, Memphis Cook Convention Center. Artists and craftspeople from more than 20 states sell their handiwork (tel. 423/430-3461). Third week in November.

International Blues Competition. Blues musicians from around the country meet for performances at various venues, with the W. C. Handy Awards and post-show jam. For more information, call the Blues Foundation at tel. 901/527-BLUE (2583); or log on to www.blues.org. Throughout November.



Merry Christmas Memphis Parade, downtown. Christmas parade with floats and bands (tel. 901/575-0540). Early December.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Intercollegiate game that's nationally televised (tel. 901/274-4600; www.libertybowl.org). Late December.

Bury Your Blues Blowout on Beale, Beale Street. New Year's Eve celebration both inside the clubs and outside on Beale Street (tel. 901/526-0110). December 31.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.