MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) –The 44th annual Memphis in May International Festival is going back to Africa. Ghana will be saluted in May of 2020.
The big reveal was made during the Memphis in May annual meeting and volunteer recognition event at the Memphis Botanic Garden in east Memphis.
Tom Lee Park was confirmed as the site of next year’s festival once again as the Memphis in May organization and Memphis River Parks continues mediation over a planned park redesign.
This year’s festival brought in more than $149 million. That’s an 8% increase in economic impact for Memphis and Shelby County.
Meantime, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s recently announced that the festival will not be in Tom Lee Park in 2021. Robert Griffin of Memphis in May says the continued economic growth and location are uncertain.
“We haven’t gotten to that point where we’re discussing alternative sites just yet because we’ve been focused on 2020,” said Griffin. “So, when we get to planning 2021, which will be soon because we work that far out, once we get to that point and making some plans we’ll start reaching out to alternative venues for 2021.”
Memphis in May runs the entire month of May. Early bird tickets for the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival go on sale October 4.