As one thrilled griller succinctly sums up the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (third weekend of month), “This is NASCAR with sauce.”
Even if you don’t love barbecue (wait, you don’t love barbecue?!), you’ll revel in the other fabulous seasonal events that take place in this rock-and-roll wonderland. It all starts with the Beale Street Music Festival (first weekend of month), with 60 bands playing on four stages in Tom Lee Park, located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Blues, rock, gospel, soul, and R & B ring out to all who love the tuneful sounds of the South.
The Memphis in May festivities also focus on a different country each year, such as Chile and Tunisia (second weekend of month), with exhibits, performances, and chef demonstrations.
photo: Monorail between Front Street and Mud Island River Park