The two events are displaced from Tom Lee Park in 2022 due to construction, but will return to Tom Lee Park in 2023.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 28, 2021 – Memphis in May International Festival has announced the temporary location for two of the city’s most popular events in 2022.

The Memphis Fairgrounds will be the 2022 location for the Beale Street Music Festival, April 29-May 1 and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, May 11-14.

Memphis in May has made arrangements to temporarily move the two signature events in 2022 to make way for planned construction in Tom Lee Park. Both events will return to their Tom Lee Park home in 2023.

The Memphis Fairgrounds was selected because of its unique size, uninterrupted layout, existing infrastructure and the public's familiarity as a long-time entertainment location. Barbecue fans will remember when the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was moved at the last minute to the Fairgrounds in 2011 during the big flood on the Mississippi River.

The Great American River Run, May 28, 2022, will again be held in downtown Memphis and along the riverfront with the start/finish line on historic Beale Street.

Memphis in May 2022: 

Salute to Ghana  May 1-31

Beale Street Music Festival  April 29 – May 1

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest  May 11-14

Great American River Run  May 28

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate Memphis’ culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education. Founded by racially diverse Memphians in 1977, racial equity and parity are embedded in the fiber and culture of Memphis in May, the official festival of the City of Memphis.

Recipient of 228 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association, it has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For, and in 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May because of Memphis in May events. Beale Street Music Festival was named by Oprah Magazine as one of “14 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020.”

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