Exploring Events in May

Memphis In May
Beale Street Music Festival – May 4 – 6
International Salute to Czech Republic – May 7 – 13
World Championship Barbecue Cooking
Contest – May 16 – 19
Great American River Run – May 26
901Fest – May 26
For more information, schedules and tickets visit memphisinmay.org or call 901-525-4611.

Beneath the Surface: Life, Death & Gold in Ancient Panama
Through May 6
Pink Palace Museum
Memphis, TN
For ticket information call 901-636-2362 or visit memphismuseums.org.

Picturing Mississippi Exhibit
Through July 8
Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, TN
200 Years. 100 Artists. 1 Mississippi. For ticket information visit msmuseumart.org or call 601-960-1515.

Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Supremes
Through September 3
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
Cleveland, MS
For more information visit grammymuseumms.org
or call 662-441-0100.

The Annual Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble
May 3
Greenwood Country Club
Greenwood, MS
Registration includes cart and green fees, box lunch, complimentary beverages all afternoon, and a goody bag. Prizes for the Top 3 net and gross. All proceeds go to benefit the YELL youth leadership program. For more information call the Chamber office at 662-453-4152.

Smokin’ On The Waterway
May 4 – 5
Tombigbee Waterway
Burnsville, MS
3rd Annual BBQ Cookoff (not a KCBS sanctioned event) near the Tombigbee Waterway at Burnsville, Mississippi. For more information call 662-872-9028.

Que on the Yazoo
May 4 – 5
Downtown Greenwood, MS
Que on the Yazoo will feature live music and activities for BBQ enthusiasts of all ages throughout the weekend. There is no admission fee. NO COOLERS!For more information call 662-453-7625 or visit queontheyazoo.squarespace.com.

Jockeys and Juleps
May 5
916 Billy Bryant Road
Collierville, TN
Big hats. Bourbon. Bluegrass. And a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby!
Southern Reins is celebrating its 3rd Annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party at their wonderful new facility in Collierville horse country. For more information visit

Jerry Clower Festival
May 5
Historic Downtown
Yahoo City, MS
10:00am – 5:00pm
Arts & Crafts, Antique & Classic Car Show, Kidz Zone, Silent Auction, Lots of Delicious Food, LIVE Entertainment and SO MUCH MORE! For more information visit

2018 Annual Mississippi Music Awards
May 5
Landers Center
Southaven, MS
You will enjoy many amazing artists and bands! Proceeds from the Mississippi Music Awards will benefit the Mississippi Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Money Match Program and the many programs the Mississippi Music Foundation sponsors to mentor and support Mississippi musicians. For more information, call 662-429-2939 or visit

Author event with Rick Bragg:
The Best Cook In The World
May 6
Turnrow Books
Greenwood, MS
Rick Bragg returns to Greenwood at the tail end of Que on the Yazoo weekend to share a meal and tell tales from his momma’s table. Join us for lunch at 12:30, followed by book signing and speaking. This is a ticketed lunch event, so reserve your seat today!
For more information call 662-453-5995 or
visit turnrowbooks.com.

Natchez Festival of Music
May 8 – 26
Natchez, MS
Enjoy magnificent music in beautiful Natchez Tuesday through Saturday evenings all through the month of May! For more information visit
natchezfestivalofmusic.com or call 601-807-2593.

Esperanza Bonanza
May 9 – 12
Marion, AR
For more information visit esperanzabonanza.org or
call 901-484-7752.

Creative Aging’s Senior Arts Series
May 9
Theatre Memphis
Memphis, TN
The Side Street Steppers playing rare and popular music from the 1920s and 30s and Memphis Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, with musicians from across the globe. Minimum donation of $5 cash or check at the door or advance purchase tickets available online. For more information visit
or call 901-272-3434.

2nd Annual DeSoto County ACS Birthday Bash Fundraising Dinner
May 10
Cedar Hill Farm
Hernando, MS
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Must be 21 or older to attend. Check in begins at 6pm with the event beginning at 6:30pm. Dinner provided by LongHorn Steakhouse. Auction items. Tickets are $35/person. For more information contact Whitney Goewey, Community Development Manager at whitney.goewey@cancer.org or
call 901-725.8624.

5 Star City Fest
May 11 – 12
Senatobia, MS
5K run walk, local art, kids zone, live music, steak cook-off, BBQ contest and classic car show. For more information
call 662-562-8715.

60th Annual Memphis Greek Food Festival
May 11 – 12
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Memphis, TN
OPA! A two-day annual Greek Festival offering a unique opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of a country that influenced so much of our own nation’s civilization. For more information visit memphisgreekfestival.com or call 901-327-8177.

May 12
Olive Branch, MS
9:00am – 4:00pm
A fun-filled day with events including a 5K run, food vendors, games, arts & crafts, live music and kids entertainment. For more information visit olivebrancholdtowne.org or
call 662-893-0888.

Pour Mississippi Craft Beer and Music Festival
May 12
Downtown Cleveland, MS
2:00pm – 7:00pm
Enjoy over 20+ regional and international breweries in downtown Cleveland, plus amazing food trucks and live music. One price gets you a wristband, souvenir cup, and all the tastings you can want. For more information visit keepclevelandboring.com.

Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil
May 12
Bluff Park
Natchez, MS
The inaugural Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil’s music lineup includes Bishop Gunn, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters, Banditos, Magnolia Bayou, and Lucas. For tickets visit ardenland.net or by phone at 877-987- 6487.

47th Annual Gumtree Festival
May 12 – 13
Tupelo, MS
Tupelo’s annual juried arts festival featuring over 100 artists on display, songwriters’ competition and children’s activities. A 10k race is also held as part of the weekend. For more information visit gumtreefestival.com.

May 19
Courthouse Square
Hernando, MS
Presented by the Optimist Club of Hernando. The A’Fair kicks off at 7:30am with the Laurie L. Wylie Memorial 5K Race. Art and craft vendors with handcrafted pottery, watercolor, oil painting, photography, sewn and embroidered items, woodcraft, jewelry and more. Several vendors conduct demonstrations to show how their crafts are made. For more information call 662-280-8875 or visit hernandooptimist.org. 

Cooper Young Garden Walk
May 19 – 20
Cooper/Young Intersection
Memphis, TN
9:00am – 5:00pm
Tour 75+ urban gardens, guest speakers, educational booths, food, and more. For more information visit cooperyounggardenclub.org.

Summer Symphony at Live at the Garden Featuring The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Wynona
May 26
Botanic Garden
Memphis, TN
Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs and coolers for food and beverages to make their experience that much better. They are also urged to stay for the firework finale. Gates open 5:30 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. For more information visit liveatthegarden.com or
call 901-576-4107.

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