No contract in place for Memphis festivals in May to be held at Tom Lee Park in 2023, official says – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Will Memphis in May return to its original location at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking after Memphis officials in May made an announcement Thursday.

Some people look forward to the annual festival returning to its original location. They said one of the reasons they didn’t attend last year’s festival at Liberty Stadium was because the venue was too small and it wasn’t the same.

“Are you excited about Memphis May returning to the river this year?”

“Yeah finally,” said a student from the University of Memphis.

It’s something a lot of people have been waiting for.

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Memphis May organizers announced on Thursday that the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship BBQ Cooking Fest will return to their original location next year at Tom Lee Park:

“We hope it will be downtown,” said co-owner John Vergos Rendezvous.

Memphis May Chairman of the Board Leigh Shockey said:

“Mayor Strickland recognized the cultural value and impressive economic impact Memphis in May offers the City of Memphis, and we are grateful for his personal leadership in securing the festival’s return to our long-term home.”

But it’s not done yet.

According to a spokesperson for the Memphis River Arks partnership, there is no contract in place for the Memphis in May festival to be held downtown.

Last year, the annual event was held at Liberty Park due to construction and renovations at Tom Lee Park.

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Memphis organizers in May said they lost nearly $2 million due to low turnout.

“The space they used Tiger Lane was much smaller and it took away from the experience of being downtown by the river for the music festival,” said law student Jessie Navors. ‘University of Memphis.

Rendezvous co-owner John Vergos said when Memphis in May holds its festival downtown, it draws a lot of people to his restaurant.

“It’s really good for the city as a whole. It’s good for downtown and it’s good for us,” Vergos said.

A Memphis River Parks Partnership spokesperson told me that construction at Tom Lee Park is more than halfway complete.

They said they should be finished by May, but they haven’t decided if it will be here.

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