Memphis in May International

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Memphis in May 2023

International Salute to Malaysia                                   May 1 - 31

Beale Street Music Festival                                          May  5 - 7

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest     May 17 - 20

Great American River Run                                            May 27  


Tom Lee Park will be the 2023 location for the Beale Street Music Festival, and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.


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

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Mission Statement

The Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long celebration that includes the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the International Honored Country Salute, and the Great American River Run as well as educational programs that feature each year's honored country.

The mission of Memphis in May is to promote and celebrate Memphis culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education.