Finances devastated after historic cancellation due to COVID
Memphis in May International Festival Events Remaining in Tom Lee Park in 2021
Memphis in May International Festival is pleased to announce that all three major events for the 2021 Edition of the Memphis in May International Festival will remain on the riverfront downtown in Tom Lee Park next year.
Festival organizers received the good news that any development work planned by the MRPP for Tom Lee Park next year will take place outside the park grounds until after the 2021 festival, clearing the way for another exciting Memphis in May on the river.
“Thousands of our patrons from across the country and around the world make plans months in advance to travel to Memphis for our events and now we can let them know we will be in our Tom Lee Park home again next year,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “We are excited to be able confirm that our events in 2021 will take place along the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Memphis as they have for over four decades."
Dates for the 45th Annual Edition of the Memphis in May International Festival in 2021 are as follows: Beale Street Music Festival, April 30-May 2, 2021, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 12-15, 2021 and Great American River Run, May 29, 2021.
This announcement is unrelated to this year’s festival, the 2020 Edition of Memphis in May, which had been postponed in March due to the COVID 19 virus. Dates for the 2020 events are scheduled to take place in Tom Lee Park and remain as previously announced. World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: September 30 – October 3, 2020, Beale Street Music Festival: October 16 - 18, 2020, Great American River Run, October 24, 2020.
About Memphis in May
Memphis in May is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization whose programs in 2019 contributed more than $149.1 million in economic impact to the community and $4.6 million in tax revenue for the City of Memphis. Its mission is to promote and celebrate Memphis’ culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education.
As the official festival of the City of Memphis and recipient of 223 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 specifically because of the Memphis in May events. The Beale Street Music Festival was named by Oprah Magazine as one of “14 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020.”
2021 Salute to Ghana
- Student Exchange Program
- For Educators