BSMF Info

Beale Street Music Festival

April 29 - May 1, 2016 at Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis

The 2016 Beale Street Music Festival marks the 40th anniversary of the festival which each year attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries to the storied city where rock-n-roll and blues music all began. Over the past decade the festival has attracted over 1.1 million music fans to the multistage three-day event, best known for its eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent and its musically inspired setting. The festival is held in a beautiful 25 acre riverfront park at the foot of historic Beale Street overlooking the mighty Mississippi River.

The music festival has played host to a broad array of diverse and notable contemporary musical talents such as; The Black Keys, the Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Van Morrison, Ed Sheeran, Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Paramore, Phoenix, Stone Temple Pilots, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, MGMT, Santana, Cee Lo Green, Jack Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Beck, James Taylor, Fergie, Jason Mraz, Lou Reed, Katy Perry, Ben Harper, The Killers, Steely Dan, Fall Out Boy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, B.B. King, Shinedown, Fleetwood Mac, Big Boi, John Lee Hooker, Sarah McLachlan, The Roots, the Allman Brothers Band, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Elvis Costello, James Brown, Widespread Panic, Nelly, Godsmack, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, My Chemical Romance, ZZ Top, Big Star, Korn, Al Green, 30 Seconds to Mars, Steve Miller Band, Three Doors Down, Jerry Lee Lewis and so many more!

Beale Street Music Festival Map

Locker Rentals

Personal lockers will be available so you can free up your hands and avoid losing any personal items during the festival. Keep yourself light on your feet and your phone charged by using one of our lockers to stow your personal items. Daily and three-day locker rentals are available.

Don't worry about keeping up with your valuables while enjoying the music. Reserve your personal locker with all-day access to your locker and cell charging stations. When you reserve a locker online, you will receive an email 24 hours before the festival begins containing your locker location, locker number, and lock combination so you waste no time. You will have unlimited access to your locker.

What You Need to Know

The Beale Street Music Festival will take place rain or shine. Performances may be postponed or cancelled if weather conditions are deemed unsafe. Performers and performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission and Re-Entry

  • All patrons must have a ticket regardless of age. Tickets are good for the dates specified only.
  • A photo I.D. is required for will-call.
  • No refunds, rain checks or exchanges. Tickets are good for the dates specified only.
  • Admission to Tom Lee Park is first-come, first-served.

Re-entry procedure: you can exit and re-enter the festival once per day. To re-enter, before you leave the park, you must exchange your ticket for a re-entry ticket and have your hand stamped. You'll see the signs around the entry points. You must re-enter Tom Lee Park two hours before the gates close (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday).

Travel and Lodging

Finding your way to Memphis and your way around the festival grounds is easy. Beale Street Music Festival takes place in downtown Memphis, Tennessee in Tom Lee Park a 33-acre park on the banks of the Mississippi River located on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue.

For lodging accommodations, directions to Memphis, parking and other transportation options, please visit the travel page.

Discover Memphis

For information about what's going on in Memphis, visit DowntownMemphis.com or MemphisTravel.com.

JOIN THE STREET TEAM 

Help spread the word about about Memphis in May by joining our Street Teams. 

AccessIbility

Inquires for patrons with Disabilities? See Accessibility Information.

What to Bring, Leave Behind

WHAT TO BRING: Your ticket, one factory-sealed water bottle of 20 oz. of less or CamelBak filled with water only (per patron) & photo I.D. (if over 21). Blankets are allowed.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Selfie sticks, drones, beverages, bicycles, cameras, cans, containers, coolers, food, glass bottles, laser pointers, lawn chairs, oversized umbrellas, pets, recording equipment, roller blades, roller skates, water guns, strollers, thrown objects (baseballs, footballs, frisbees, etc.) or weapons (including pocket knives) are NOT allowed at Tom Lee Park.

  • Food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, are available from food and beverage vendors at Tom Lee Park.
  • Cameras are prohibited (cell phone devices are allowed). Recording equipment is not allowed in Tom Lee Park during the Beale Street Music Festival and may be confiscated.
  • Note: Backpacks larger than 12 inches x 12 inches are not allowed at this year's Beale Street Music Festival. All bags and packages are subject to inspection.

For Your Safety

  • If Tom Lee Park reaches capacity, for the sake of crowd safety and enjoyment, Memphis in May International Festival, Inc. reserves the right to refuse admission unless a patron has a ticket purchased in advance.
  • All packages and bags are subject to inspection.
  • Photo I.D.'s are required for all alcohol purchases.
  • Memphis in May International Festival, Inc. and its employees, officers and sponsors assume no liability for injury sustained by ticket holders at this event.
  • Memphis in May International Festival, Inc. reserves the right to refuse admission or to eject any person violating rules; local, state and federal laws; or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, dangerous or offensive.

Food and Drink

All food must be purchased with cash. ATMs are available at Tom Lee Park for your convenience. A photo I.D. is required for all alcohol purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, find answers to frequently asked Beale Street Music Festival questions.

Where is Beale Street Music Festival?

Beale Street Music Festival is held at Tom Lee Park, a 30-acre sprawling park on the banks of the Mississippi river in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Tom Lee Park is approachable by car from I-55 and I-240.

Who is performing when on what stage?

See a detailed daily schedule of performance times and stage locations here.

How do I purchase tickets?

Purchase tickets for the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival here.

Can I purchase tickets at the gate?

Yes, general admission tickets may be purchased at the gate at Tom Lee Park.

Where can I park?

See a map of parking garages and lots in Downtown Memphis here.

What ages are allowed to attend Beale Street Music Festival?

All ages are welcome at Beale Street Music Festival, however there is no age-based discount available. All patrons must pay the same ticket price.

Are cameras allowed?

For the convenience of festival goers, cameras are not allowed with the exception of cell phone devices. Cameras are allowed for credentialed media with photography passes.

Can I leave and re-enter the park?

Festival guests may exit and re-enter once per day. BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE PARK, exchange your ticket for a re-entry ticket and have your hand stamped. You'll see the signs around the entry points. You have to be back in the park two hours before the gates close (10:30pm Friday and Saturday; 8:30 p.m. on Sunday).

What happens if it rains?

The Beale Street Music Festival will be presented rain or shine. Performances may be postponed or cancelled if weather conditions are deemed unsafe. Performers and performance times are subject to change without notice.

Are refunds, rain checks or exchanges available?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds, rain checks or exchanges.

Can I bring a bag or backpack?

Backpacks larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall are not allowed at the Beale Street Music Festival. All purses, backpacks and packages are subject to inspection.

Are cabs available?

Cab stands are located on the north and south ends of the park. Should you need a cab, we recommend calling Premier Transportation at (901) 577-7700.

Do I need cash?

Most purchases can be made with cash or credit. ATMs are available at the park for your convenience.

Where is First Aid located?

First Aid stations are located in the north and center of Tom Lee Park. The stations are serviced by medical personnel through an agreement with EMHC (Emergency Mobile Health Care of Memphis.) Should you need emergency medical treatment, please go to the First Aid Stations or contact a member of security. Personnel are not allowed to dispense medications.

Where is Lost and found?

Lost & Found is located at the Police Compound in the North section of Tom Lee Park during event hours. During off hours, please call 901-525-8711.

Is BSMF wheelchair accessible?

Tom Lee Park is wheelchair accessible. Please be aware that the grounds are for the most part natural terrain, so if it should rain there will be mud in some places.

Memphis in May does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push service. We also do not rent wheelchairs. Please come prepared. Viewing areas for patrons with mobility disabilities, plus one companion, are located on stage right at all main stages and the entry ramps are accessible from the sidewalk. The platforms have limited capacity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To provide unobstructed lines of sight to the stage, patrons in the wheelchair platform area will be asked to sit during the performance and folding chairs will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. Accessible portalets are available at each of the portalet areas and are marked on the map in the event program..

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed. Service animals that are trained to assist an individual with a disability are allowed on the grounds of Tom Lee Park provided the animal does not pose a danger or threat to other service animals or patrons. Owners of service animals are responsible for the animal’s personal care. For entry into the events with a service animal, please bring your certificate and place the service animal in the appropriate vest to identify the animal. Service animals must be under the control of their owners at all times and must be on a leash at all times.

Where is the best place to get up-to-date, accurate weather information?

Visit Memphisweather.net for weather updates, radar coverage, graphics, statistics and more! Memphisweather.net is the official weather partner of the Memphis in May International Festival.

2016 Beale Street Music Festival Food and Beverage

Food and beverage offerings for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival will be announced in 2016.

2015 vendors are below:

North Food Court

CARIBBEAN GRILL - Turkey Legs, Gyros, Steak & Cheese, Chicken Tenders, Fried Mushrooms.
INTERNATIONAL FOODS - Maryland Crab Cakes, Seafood Sampler, Brochettes, Veggie Platter.
PIZZA NOVA - Large Slices of Pizza including the “War Pig”, “Veggie & the Full Effect” and “The White”.
PRONTO PUPS - Regular or Foot Long Pronto Pup.
RADO'S - Sirloin Tip Bowl, Texas Tenderloin Sandwich, Angus Burger, Bourbon Chicken on a Stick,
SAM'S JAMBALAYA - Vegetable, Chicken & Andouille, Alligator or Chicken w/Bacon Jambalaya.
SOUTHERN CONCESSIONS - Fresh Squeezed Lemonade & Jumbo Salted Pretzels.


Center Food Court

BIG BUBBA'S BBQ - BBQ Beef, Chicken, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Sausage, Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog.
FRESH GULF SHRIMP - Shrimp or Oyster Po’boy, Basket of Shrimp or Oysters, Hushpuppies.
GINOCCHIO'S PIZZA - Pizza, Giant Soft Pretzel or Bread Sticks w/Cheese, Calzone, Italian Sub.
HEBROS KITCHEN - Pork Tenderloin, Rosemary or Buffalo Chicken with Sharp Provolone & Broccoli Rabe.
ISLAND NOODLES – Stir Fry Island Noodles, Island Noodles with Teriyaki Chicken.
KRISHNA’S CUISINE - Natural, Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free International Cuisine w/daily menu.
MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE – Gyros, Chicken Divine, Bourbon Chicken & Rice, Chicken Tenders.
PARADISE FOODS - Polish Sausage, Turkey Legs, BBQ Sandwich or Nachos, Chili-Cheese Fries.
PRONTO PUPS – Regular or Foot Long Pronto Pup.
SANGTAWAN THAI -Red or Panang Curry Tofu or Chicken, Lava Chicken, Spring Roll, Fried Dumpling.
SHUCKS' GRILLED CORN - Grilled Corn on the cob.
SOUTHERN CONCESSIONS - Fresh Squeezed Lemonade & Jumbo Salted Pretzels.
THE BEST AROUND - Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken on a Stick, Saratoga Chips, Hot Dogs, Nachos.
YANCEY’S COOL STUFF & MORE - BBQ Sandwich, Bologna, or Nachos, Smoked Sausage, Spiral Potatoes.


South Food Court

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE - Gyros, Chicken Divine, Bourbon Chicken & Rice, Chicken Tenders.
OZARK MOUNTAIN BISCUIT - Grilled Beef, Veggies, Pig, or Chicken on Biscuits, Fried Apple or Pecan Pie.
PRONTO PUPS - Regular or Foot Long Pronto Pup.
SAM'S MELTDOWN - Quesadillas-Chicken, Steak, Vegetarian, Bacon, Jambalaya, Fajita and Jambalaya.
SOUTHERN CONCESSIONS - Fresh Squeezed Lemonade & Jumbo Salted Pretzels.
TASTE AND TELL - Caribbean Jerk Fish & Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp, Candy Smoothies, Deep Fried Oreos.
THE BEST AROUND - Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken on a Stick, Saratoga Chips, Hot Dogs, Nachos.
THE BEST AROUND FUNNEL CAKES - Specialty Funnel Cakes and Elephant Ears.
THE GOUDA BOYS - Gangsta Steak, Rolls and Wings, Gouda Cheesesteak and Road Warrior Pizza.


Thirst-Quenchers

BEVERAGES - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Water, Rockstar.
BEER & WINE- Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Corona, Purple Wine Chardonnay & Cabernet.
BREW GARDEN - Sweetwater 420, Goose Island, Shock Top, Stella, Wiseacre Tinybomb, Ghost River Red.
SPIRITS - Sailor Jerry Rum, Deep Eddy Vodka and Sugarland’s Moonshine.


MARKETPLACE

BAIZAAR - Hand-crafted, direct trade and Fair trade jewelry from artists around the world.
BARAKA ETHNIC JEWELRY -  Earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, handbags, silk shirts, parasols and shirts.
BLACK BLACK MOON - Bohemian designed jewelry created from vintage components and natural objects.
BLACK INK ART - Affordable art prints of original Black Ink artwork.
COCO LOCO JEWELRY - Hand-carved jewelry made from all natural materials such as coconut and shell.
CULTURE-CROSS - Jewelry & crafts from Southeast Asia and Himalaya’s, gemstones from across the globe. Danz Bands - Original and limited editions of art pins and art prints, leather and mixed-metal necklaces.
EAGLES NEST OUTFITTERS - The original parachute hammock creator.
EDEN'S ROSE FOUNDATION - Silk wrap skirts, dresses, pants and scarves, Alpaca scarves, shawls and hats.
ENLIGHTEN CLOTHING COMPANY - Original drawings on clothing & jewelry, handmade leather accessories.
FRINGE - Tapestries, colorful thread earrings, Batik dyed leggings and women’s tunic dresses.
JOB ART - Original artwork by artist Joe Busch.
KEYSMART - Free Your Pocket from your bulky key ring with KEYSMART and accessories.
MARTHA ROTTEN - Bold and edgy, lead-free pewter statement jewelry and gifts.
MAT MI THAI - Original design, cut from custom patterns dresses, skirts, pants, tops, bags and tapestries.
MISTURA TIME PIECES - Handcrafted watches made from reusable materials such as cork fibers or wood.
NATIVE SOUTH WEST - Handmade ponchos, sweaters, dresses, bags, dreamcatchers, and native jewelry.
SYNERGY ORGANIC CLOTHING - Women's organic cotton clothing, dresses, skirts, tops and yoga wear.
THE GENESIS - Original raw gemstone jewelry pieces, glass lockets with real flowers or butterfly wings.
THE LOCAL BRANCH - Screen-printed apparel, handcrafted leather goods, hand sewn capes and ponchos. Glo Works - Light up the night with LED light ups, glow products, novelties, fun inflatables and toys.
ART OF GEORGE HUNT - Highly collectible commemorative posters by Memphis artist George Hunt.
MEMPHIS IN MAY STORE - Purchase Beale Street Music Festival 2015 merchandise and souvenirs along with merchandise from your favorite BSMF performers.