Memphis in May International Festival

May 4, 2012 - May 12, 2012
Address: Memphis, TN
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This famous festival in the city of rock and blues includes the eclectic mix of music of the Beale Street Music Festival, with Mellencamp, MGMT, Mumford, Mraz, marley and more.


A month-long celebration of music, food and arts, this year honoring the culture, customs and heritage of Belgium, with Belgian cuisine and wines, exhibits and commerce, from waffles and brews to lace and chocolate.


World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 12-14, 2011 in Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis. Hundreds of teams compete for over $100,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names.


While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the Ms. Piggie Idol competition where grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition and even a best booth contest.


This year's Sunset Symphony, a featured event of the Memphis in May International Festival, features the Memphis Symphony Orchestra with special Guests the Bar-Kays and "A Tribute to the Timeless Music of Stax Records!" An air show beforehand and the fireworks finale add to the fun.