Memphis in May

3 05 2010

It’s the month all good BBQ and Elvis lovers have been waiting for — Memphis in May!

As promised, we’re here to fill you in on all the goodies happening in one of the South’s favorite cities, Memphis, all this month.

If you missed out on the Music Festival this past weekend (and probably a good thing, with the record rainfall, storms, and tornadoes), make sure you make plans to attend this annual mud, er, I mean Music Fest one year. Held the first weekend of each May, the music fest kicks off the festivities with dozens of bands. Just to give you a sampling, this year included performances by Blues Traveler, the B-52’s, the Goo Goo Dolls, Blind Mississippi Morris, Colbie Caillat, Jerry Lee Lewis, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oats, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Band of Horses. Yeah, that was just this year.

But there’s still plenty going on for those of us Memphis-bound this month. I’ll be in town for my favorite weekend: the Barbecue Cooking Contest. Folks come in literally from all over the world to compete for cash, prizes, and bragging rights. Each booth is decorated, with clever team names, chefs dressed up in pig’s snouts — but the most important part is, of course, the Q. You can sample not some of, THE best barbecue on the weekend of May 13-15 in Tom Lee Park.

In addition to music and eats, each year hosts a theme country, witheducational programs, international artists performing at the OrpheumTheatre, arts and crafts from that part of the world, etc. This year’s focus country is Tunisia.

The last Saturday night of the month is wound down with a performance by the Sunset Symphony. This year, they will perform with KC and the Sunshine Band. Bring a blanket and a picnic and plan to stay all day, getting ready for the sun to set over the Mississippi River and the music to start. Fireworks will boom to end the night, and you’ll be glad you came to Memphis in May.

{For those of you glued to your iPhones, ahem, Husband… there’s an app for that. The free application download will give you maps, directions, schedules so you can plan your time eating the best, hearing the best, seeing the best that MiM has to offer.}




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