We stand at a unique moment in time to reflect on the City of Memphis and Shelby County’s past 200 years and, more importantly, celebrate the potential for our next 100 – A New Century of Soul. Entire communities are joining in and finding new and existing ways to be part of the celebration; from community service activations to city-wide celebrations, there’s room for everyone to be involved.
FEATURED EVENT :: 2019 Memphis in May International Festival Honors Memphis
For 42 years, Memphis in May has brought the world to Memphis by saluting the cultures of thirty-eight different countries. But this year, instead of saluting a foreign country, Memphis in May will honor a city; a city with a rich heritage and colorful history; a city whose culture has impacted the world and is poised for an even greater, brighter future.
For 2019, Memphis in May’s annual salute will honor our hometown, The City of Memphis! 2019 will mark a momentous milestone for Memphis, and Memphis in May will join in celebrating our city’s 200th anniversary and welcoming the next 100 years to come! This is an opportunity to further elevate Memphis with our global reach, sharing the history, culture, and vision of Memphis and Shelby County.
Memphis has changed the world and will continue to change the world. We are a city of doers, dreamers, and believers. We create, we invent, we experiment; and this year, we invite the world to experience our beautiful home on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Bluff City…Home of the Blues, Soul, and Rock & Roll…a city where “Grit and Grind” are more than our team’s slogan, they’re who we are: determined, passionate, authentic, soulful, unstoppable.
Join us as we celebrate what makes Memphis unique, from its iconic music to its contribution to global cuisine. We’ll salute our innovators and creators, the attractions and soulful spirit of Memphis that draw millions from around the world every year to our city. In 2019, join the celebration as Memphis in May Festival salutes Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 200 years and a new century of soul!
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OTHER FEATURED EVENTS
In the kick off to the Mid-South region’s “Bicentennial Summer,” the City of Memphis’ celebration gala will be held on the official 200th anniversary of the city’s founding, May 22, 2018. Seating is limited for this exclusive event which will feature live music and a decadent menu.
Capping off our region’s bicentennial festivities, we’ll honor the official bicentennial of Shelby County November 24, 2018 with a night of culture.
Coming March 2019, the Pink Palace Family of Museums has a special exhibit planned for Memphis’ bicentennial: “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community.” The exhibit will bring together stories of Memphis’ past and present through technology to showcase our future.