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Thank you for a fantastic 2016! We will begin announcing our 2017 Festival dates in August

Volunteer Expo Set For February 9

The Memphis in May International Festival is excited to host the 2017 Volunteer Expo at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Thursday, February 9. This is the perfect opportunity for interested folks to learn more about volunteering for the World-Class Festival.

All participants will have the chance to interact with committee chairs, learn more about each event and get a head start on setting a volunteer schedule for the month. 

The Memphis Botanic Garden is located at 750 Cherry Road in Memphis, TN. The Expo will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Mark it on your calendar and bring a friend to explore all the volunteer opportunities available during Memphis' largest and most dynamic events.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Friday, January 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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WCBCC17 Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest are now on sale!

America's most prestigious babrbecue competition is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. #WCBCC17 attendees can expect more barbecue and a bigger party as the event is extending from three to four days for the first time in history!

Along with general admission tickets, interested parties can purchase a four-day pass, Kingsford Tour of Champion tickets and VIP access to the event. To find out more information on tickets or to purchase now, click here.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Friday, December 9, 2016 | 0 comments
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2017 Great American River Run Early Registration Open

Memphis in May International Festival has opened registration for the second annual Great American River Run half marathon and 5K, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend 2017 - Sunday, May 28.

The second-year event, a half marathon and 5K run, was one of two new events the festival unveiled in 2016 and had a banner first year with runners from 33 states and four foreign countries enjoying downtown Memphis and river views as they completed the course. One difference from the 2016 race, the 2017 Great American River Run will be the festival’s finale event and will close the month-long Memphis in May International Festival.

The 2016 race drew serious competitors with half marathon winner, Pius Nyantika from Louisville, KY, finishing in 1 hour 7 mins 23.1 seconds and the fastest female finisher, Samantha Campanaro a Germantown, Tenn. resident, clocking in at just over 1 hour 27 minutes. On the 5k course, 17-year-old local Christopher Walls from Arlington, Tenn., finished first at 18 minutes 8.7 seconds; with the fastest female, Jamie Turner from Memphis, coming in at 20 minutes, 43.9 seconds. 

“We had a fantastic inaugural race, and we can’t wait to once again celebrate the gorgeous vista of the Mississippi river,” says James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “We knew the race would be popular with local and regional runners and were overwhelmed by the national and international response.”   

The 2017 course map will be unveiled in early 2017 and is, once again, expected to be a favorite of local and regional runners. The race route will highlight the great Memphis riverfront with live entertainment throughout the race and ending with a fantastic post-race party featuring live music, food and beverages in Tom Lee Park. 

Both the half marathon and 5k races will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017, 7:00 a.m. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner or family participant.

Registration: www.memphisinmay.org/great-american-river-run 

Hashtag: #MIMGARR 
Posted by Natalia Yarger at Monday, December 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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2017 Beale Street Music Festival Passes Now On Sale

Hello 2017! Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am. This must-attend event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

Beale Street Music Festival is known for its diverse line up and spectacular riverfront setting and has featured in recent years such acts as Neil Young, Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys, Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Weezer, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, Santana, Kid Rock, Snoop Dog, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes and Beck.

“Our pre-sale of three-day passes offers music lovers the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular array of artists at an incredibly low price; music fans will really enjoy what we have planned for 2017,” stated James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “We have one of the most eclectic festival lineups in the world and one of the most ideal locations to enjoy live music.”

Discounted tickets for the May 5-7, 2017 event officially go on sale at 10:00 am CST on November 18 and are available through TicketFly. The lowest price three-day pass is available for $95, in limited quantity. Once the first tier of tickets sells out, the festival will offer another limited quantity of three-day passes for $105. Following the two pre-sale discounted tiers, the price will move to $115 until the week of the festival, when prices will go to $150.

The artistic line-up for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival will be announced in February 2017.

The Beale Street Music Festival is presented by Bud Light and FedEx.
Official hashtag: #BSMF17

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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Team Applications Available for the 40th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Memphis in May International Festival has opened the application process and begun the path toward crowning the World Champion of Pork at the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The 40th anniversary of the iconic competition will take place in beautiful Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis on May 17-20, 2017, marking the first year of four-day competition. Applications to join the ranks of the smokin’est pitmasters on the planet are available now by clicking here.

Festival organizers project another max-capacity competition, where more than 250 top-tier barbecue teams will battle it out for the ultimate title in ‘Cue. The world-renown competition routinely draws teams from across the country and around the globe. This year those teams will include at least one team from Memphis in May honored country, Colombia. The 2017 contest will be scored by over 300 judges, with some anticipated 90-plus newly trained officiants after the sold-out judging seminar to be held on November 19, 2016.

“This is a significant anniversary for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest,” says James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “Our judging seminar sold out in record time and we expect the same for the 40th anniversary contest. We are looking forward to some very serious competition in 2017 as the teams vie for the title of World Champion.” The largest prize purse in the history of the championship, totaling $117,150 in prize money, is expected to draw the world’s fiercest pitmasters into a grill-to-grill showdown like none before. All competition categories (whole hog, shoulder, and ribs) will see higher prize payouts this year. In addition to the core categories of Whole Hog, Rib, Shoulder and Patio Porkers, there are 12 ancillary contests to add a little spice to the mix of winners.

Next year’s major anniversary makes the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest a bucket-list must-do for both barbecue tourists and locals alike. Primary sponsors include Cattlemen’s Barbecue Sauce, Kingsford and Budweiser.

Applications are available here with an application deadline of February 19, 2017.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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