Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, Memphis January JAN. 1 MILLINGTON FIRST DAY HIKE AT MEEMANSHELBY STATE PARK Ring in 2017 with a First Day Hike at Meeman-Shelby State Park! Start your New Year’s resolutions by getting active and connecting to the outdoors. 901-876-5215, tnstateparks.com/parks/about/meeman-shelby Christmas in Collierville JAN. 31–FEB. 4 MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE The Blues Foundation’s signature event turns all of Beale Street into a four-day blues venue for more than 120 blues acts from around the world. 901-527-2583, blues.org International Goat Days Festival, Millington April APRIL 15 MILLINGTON SHELBY FOREST SPRING FEST Shelby Forest Spring Fest will be held at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. It will be a fun filled day of music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts. 901-876-5215, shelbyforestspringfest.com APRIL 15 MEMPHIS MEMPHIS BREWFEST Beers, breweries and beer enthusiasts gather near the bluffs of the Mississippi River for a sampling of fresh beers of all colors, styles and tastes. Memphisbrewfest.com St. Jude Memphis Marathon APRIL 22 MEMPHIS SOUTHERN HOT WING FESTIVAL Compete in the cooking contest with more than 50 teams, or just work on your hot wing aficionado tasting skills. Music and entertainment offered for the whole family. 901-949-2596, southernhotwingfestival.com APRIL 23 MEMPHIS RAJUN CAJUN CRAWFISH FESTIVAL One of the largest one-day crawfish festivals, this event features amazing food, live Cajun and Zydeco music, a crawfish-eating contest and crawfish races. 901-577-2500, rajuncajunmemphis.org Christmas in Collierville May MAY 6 BARTLETT PICKIN’ PICNIC BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy live acoustic music under the blue skies of spring at this free, family event near beautiful Appling Lake. 901-385-6440, bpacc.org MAY 12–13 MEMPHIS MEMPHIS GREEK FESTIVAL Opa! Enjoy live music and traditional dancing, browse Greek wares, sample delicious Greek cuisine and discover more about this fascinating culture. 901-327-8177, memphisgreekfestival.com MAY 13–14 MILLINGTON MEMPHIS AIR SHOW Watch flight demonstrations by the Blue Angels and many more. Enjoy aircraft displays, exhibits, a kids area, rides, food, drinks and fun for the whole family. Memphisairshow.org MAY–OCTOBER MEMPHIS LEVITT SHELL FREE CONCERT SERIES The site of Elvis Presley’s first professional rock ‘n’ roll show, this outdoor performing arts pavilion hosts more than 50 free concerts and events. 901-272-2722, levittshell.org June JUNE 5–11 MEMPHIS FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC AT TPC SOUTHWIND Held annually since 1958, this professional golf tournament is a regular event on the PGA Tour. 901-748-0534, [stjudeclassic.com] (http://stjudeclassic.com) JUNE 9–11 MEMPHIS THE MEMPHIS ACOUSTIC GUITAR FESTIVAL Luthiers display one-of-a-kind handmade guitars, mandolins and ukuleles. Attend workshops, learn various playing styles and hear outstanding performances. Memphisguitarfest.com July JULY 3 COLLIERVILLE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the mid-South, and celebrate with music, food trucks and more! 901-457-2776, colliervilleparks.org/special-events September SEPT. 1–10 MEMPHIS DELTA FAIR & MUSIC FEST Experience live music, festival food, helicopter rides, pig races, red neck yacht races, bike night, street performers, a petting zoo and carnival rides for the kids. 901-213-7469, deltafest.com SEPT. 2–3 MEMPHIS MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL The Center for Southern Folklore transforms downtown Memphis for a celebration of music, arts, dance and foods with more than 100 performers. 901-525-3655, southernfolklore.com/festival SEPT. 8–9 MILLINGTON 28TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GOAT DAYS FESTIVAL Festivities include a goat show, barbecue competition, antique tractor show, tractor pull, catch and release fishing rodeo, pancake breakfast and more. 901-873- 5770, millingtontn.gov SEPT. 9–10 GERMANTOWN GERMANTOWN FESTIVAL A free family weekend with arts and crafts, rides and games, live stage entertainment, car exhibits, and the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race. 901-757-9212, germantownfest.com SEPT. 16 MEMPHIS 30TH ANNUAL COOPER-YOUNG FESTIVAL This is a true celebration of the arts, people and culture with live music, art vendors, handcrafted goods, a kids’ play area, festival food and local brews. Cooperyoungfestival.com SEPT. 28–OCT. 1 MEMPHIS GONERFEST Gonerfest brings together bands for four days and three nights of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. 901-722-0095, goner-records.com SEPT. 29–30 BARTLETT BARTLETT FESTIVAL Enjoy great local music, dancing, the judging for the “Beards for Bartlett” contest, arts and crafts, a car show, children’s activities and a barbecue cooking contest. Cityofbartlett.org SEPT. 29–30 MEMPHIS BONA FIDE BLUES FESTIVAL One stage. Two days. No light shows. No auto-tune. Just down and dirty, authentic blues played by some of the best Memphis musicians. Bonafidebluesfest.com October OCT. 27–29 MEMPHIS 10TH ANNUAL RIVERARTSFEST RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of original fine arts from more than 180 artists, Memphis music and great Southern food with activities for all. Riverartsmemphis.org November NOV. 1–6 MEMPHIS INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL This event is a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences bringing a broad range of independent features, documentaries and shorts to Memphis. 901-214-5171, indiememphis.com December DEC. 2 MEMPHIS ST. JUDE MEMPHIS MARATHON This Boston-qualifying 26.2-mile race traverses through the neighborhoods of Memphis and ends at AutoZone Park. Stjude.org COLLIERVILLE CHRISTMAS IN COLLIERVILLE Celebrate the holidays with music, carriage rides and visits from Santa on Collierville’s historic square. 901-457-2776, colliervilleparks.Org/special-events want more? For more major events and festivals visit tnvacation.com.
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