Memphis is, without question, a diverse city. Because of the many races and cultures represented here, there are a number of cultural festivals and events that take place throughout the year. Here you will find information on these festivals including dates, times, admission, and contact information.
Each year, the Africa in April festival honors a different African country for four days in Robert R. Church Park in downtown Memphis. The festival features live music, African food, storytellers, a marketplace of African wares, and more -- all in an effort to bring African cultural awareness to the people of the Mid-South.
The India Fest, hosted by India Association of Memphis, features a bazaar with vendors selling merchandise (e.g. exotic fashion wear, ethnic jewelry, home décor, Green products); food from local Indian restaurants and
purveyors; kids activities with an Indian touch; and cultural exhibits and presentations. The festival takes place annually in the fall.
The Memphis Greek Festival, put on by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, is an annual event that is beloved by many Memphians. For over fifty years, this festival has given folks in the Mid-South an opportunity to experience Greek culture for a weekend. The festival takes place in early May and includes authentic Greek cuisine, Greek music and dance, and Greek products in the market.
Memphis in May is the largest cultural festival in the Mid-South. Each year, the festival honors a different country, celebrating it with events throughout the entire month. In addition to popular events like the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, there are a number of events designed to introduce us to the life and culture of the chosen country.
Each May, Memphis Friends of Israel holds a festival at Shelby Farms. The Memphis Israel Festival honors the Israel with Mideastern food, live music, educational exhibits, activities for children, a 5K race, and much more. Attendees will get a taste of Israeli culture at this free annual event.
The Memphis Italian Festival has been an annual tradition since 1989. Held at Marquette Park in East Memphis, the event gives all of us in the Mid-South the chance to enjoy Italian culture for a weekend. Some of the features of the festival include Italian food, bocce ball, grape stomping, live music, children's activities, and more.
The Memphis Music and Heritage Festival celebrates the music and culture that defines Memphis and the Mississippi Delta region. The festival features live music from many genres including urban blues, rockabilly, folk, gospel, soul and more. Festival-goers can also enjoy regional specialties like peach cobbler and cornbread. There are also plenty of things for the kids to do, as well as aritsans and vendors selling their wares.
In cities and towns all over the world, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens get together for a day or a week each year in honor of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, as well as to celebrate the GLBT culture. Typical Pride events include parades, concerts, and social activities. Formerly held in June, Mid-South Pride week moved to October in 2010.