Bicentennial Events

Bicentennial Events

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.

OTHER FEATURED EVENTS

City of Memphis Bicentennial Gala

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.

Shelby County Finale

Capping off our region’s bicentennial festivities, we’ll honor the official bicentennial of Shelby County November 24, 2018 with a night of culture.

Pink Palace “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” Exhibit Opening

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.

Event List

TEDxMemphis 2019

February 2, 2019
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TEDx are local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks from live speakers and video combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

200 Years of Race & Place

Bicentennial Event | February 18, 2019
Join us at Clayborn Temple for a time of reflection on race and class in Memphis, in honor of our city’s bicentennial. This event is free, but space is limited.

St. Jude Spirit of the Dream

February 22, 2019
Join us for St. Jude Spirit of the Dream, the festive party celebrating the achievements of African Americans in building the St. Jude legacy. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and live entertainment as we celebrate the City of Memphis’ 200th birthday.

Pink Palace “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” Exhibit Opening

Bicentennial Event | March 2019
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.

Birth of the Bluff City: 1819-1865

Bicentennial Event | March 23, 2019 1:00 PM 
Join us as we learn the early history of the bluff city. Using drawings, photographs, and historical maps from the library’s collections, we’ll explore the streets of Memphis as it grew from a sleepy hamlet along the Mississippi River to a bustling boomtown on the eve of the Civil War.

Night to Unite: 95th Anniversary Party

April 5, 2019, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
The entire community is invited to join us in our fight against poverty and celebrate 95 years of creating lasting impact in this community!

A Taste of Memphis – Neighborhoods Celebrating a New Century of Soul

April 18, 2019 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
On Friday, April 18, 2019, from 5p-10p, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, community development corporations (CDC) and many others come together as we celebrate a New Century of Soul.

2019 Beale Street Music Festival

May 3, 2019, 5:00 PM – May 5, 2019, 11:30 PM
Just announced: Memphis in May’s Beale Street Music Festival lineup! Get your tickets before they sell out!

City of Memphis Bicentennial

Bicentennial Event | May 22, 2019
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, 2019. Seating is limited for this exclusive event which will feature live music and a decadent menu.

A New Century of Service

May 22, 2019
Join Memphians in celebrating all that is good in the city by taking time to give back. United Way of the Mid-South is hosting service projects across the city and we invite you to participate.

FEATURED EVENT: Celebrate Memphis!

Save the Date: May 25, 2019
Join the celebration as Memphis in May Festival salutes Memphis Tennessee .We’ll salute our innovators and creators. The attractions and soulful spirit of Memphis that draws millions from around the world to our city

Shelby County Bicentennial

Bicentennial Event | November 24, 2019
Capping off our region’s bicentennial festivities, we’ll honor the official bicentennial of Shelby County November 24, 2019 with a night of culture.
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