MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – This weekend will undoubtedly be Midtown’s biggest. With the Southern Heritage Classic and the Cooper-Young Festival Saturday, large crowds are expected.
You may even end up parked as far as in Overton Square. If so, you’re in luck. There will be shuttles from there to the festival and the Liberty Bowl, and organizers say this might be a good time to try a scooter ride if you’ve not already.
“It’s Memphis at its finest,” said Tamara Cook of the Cooper-Young Festival. “There’s nothing better than the Southern Heritage Classic and Cooper-Young Festival.”
As always, all are welcome to Midtown Memphis for the Cooper-Young Festival and the Southern Heritage Classic, both happening the same September day.
With nearly a quarter of a million people in the area, that means lots of vehicle and foot traffic. The only street closures in the vicinity of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Cooper-Young neighborhood are Cooper to Walker Street and Young to Meda Street.
City officials say Memphis Police will keep traffic flowing through and around the perimeters of the festival and the stadium. There will be an increased police presence, and expect some redirection along some streets.
There will be plenty of parking, depending on what you want to be close to, and if you get there in time for the available parking. Parking lots will be opened around the stadium, at Central and Cooper, First Congregational Church, and Overton Square.
Five bucks gets you a shuttle ride or a couple of bucks for a scooter will get you to the festival. Then, there are Uber and Lyft drop-off and pick up points at the Liberty Bowl.
Want some exercise with your festival? Organizers say the Innovate Memphis Bike Corral is super safe and convenient.
“Last year they babysat about 300 bikes, scooters, strollers, and Segways,” said Cook. “You can just drop it there and walk into the festival.”