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2020 Memphis in May events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Dates for 2021 festival in Tom Lee Park confirmed.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Due to the continuing threat of COVID 19, in the interest of public safety and under advice from local health authorities, the planned 2020 Memphis in May events scheduled for September 30 through October 23 are canceled.

The difficult decision was made based on information in consultation with local health officials who advised that it would not be reasonable to host festival events as planned in 2020. Our board of directors met this morning and voted to cancel the 2020 events. The health and safety of our patrons and participants is always our top priority.

We are disappointed that we are unable to reset for the fall as planned and that Memphis in May now joins the growing list of outdoor festivals and events that have been forced to cancel.

“The annual Memphis in May is an important part of the cultural fabric of our city, but this pandemic has impacted large scale public events worldwide and Memphis is no exception.” said James L. Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May International Festival.

Ticket holders, teams, and registrants will be offered a full refund or can opt to use their tickets or entries for the 2021 festival events. Participants will receive an email early next week with specific information for their ticket or registration and can also click here details.

We are pressing pause this year, for the first time in over four decades, but we plan to be back next May bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars now for the 45th anniversary of Memphis in May.

2021 Memphis in May International Festival

  • Beale Street Music Festival                                        April 30 – May 2, 2021
  • Salute to Ghana                                                          May 1-31, 2021
  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest     May 12 – 15, 2021
  • Great American River Run                                         May 29, 2021

You can follow Memphis in May on its website for updates and details on the 2021 Memphis in May International Festival.

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