There is no shortage of fun fall events in Memphis. From September through November you can find festival after festival to draw you out into the crisp, autumn air. If you are looking for Halloween activities, check out these spooky events going on throughout October
Delta Fair and Music Festival
The Delta Fair and Music Festival is an incredibly popular event that features numerous concerts, rides, animals, exhibits, food, and more. This year you'll find helicopter rides, a petting zoo, mechanical bull rides, pig races, and more. A crowd favorite is the banana derby where you will watch monkey jockeys race one another. There are theme days as well, so pick one that interests you. Get the full schedule here. The 2019 event will take place August 30 to September 8.
The Germantown Festival will take place September 7 - 8, 2019. It is one of the longest continuously run festivals in the area and features fun for the entire family. There is an arts and crafts area where you can buy handcrafted goods from pet supplies to hot sauce. In the kid zone, the little ones can play on climbing walls, bungee jumps, moonwalks, slides, and much more. Adults will love the auto zone. One of the highlights of the festivals ever year is the Weenie Dog Race where the pups compete for numerous prizes. It takes place at the Germantown Civic Club Complex, 7745 Poplar Pike in Germantown. Get the full schedule on the website.
The 2019 Cooper Young Festival will take place on Saturday, September 14th from 9 am to 7 pm. Hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association, it is held in Memphis' largest historic district and features local businesses. This year you will be able to enjoy art, music, and crafts from 435 artists from across the country. There will also be food and drink. Don't forget to try craft beer from one of the breweries located in the neighborhood. Check the website for the live music lineup closer to the event.
Bartlett Festival, BBQ Contest, and Car Show
The 2019 Bartlett Festival will take place Friday, September 27 from 6 to 9:30 pm and Saturday September 28 from 10 am to 5 pm. It's located at the W. J. Freeman Park located at 2629 Bartlett Blvd.
This annual event features a highly competitive barbecue contest, car show, live music, hot air balloons, children's activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. On Saturday morning there will also be a 5K run at 8 am for those looking to burn a few calories before eating and drinking the day away!
Olive Branch Oktoberfest
The 42nd annual Olive Branch Octoberfest celebration is taking place Saturday, October 5, 2019.
This annual, all-day festival is sponsored by the Olive Branch Beautification Commission and is the longest running event in the city's history. The Oktoberfest event features crafts, games, food, and fun in a beautiful park setting, and admission is free of charge. It takes place at Olive Branch City Park, 8267 Goodman Road in Olive Branch. Visit the website for more information.
Pink Palace Crafts Fair
The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is one of the city's most beloved annual events. This year it takes place from October 11 - 13, 2019. There will be over 100 craftsmen showing off their skills in wood-working, pottery, glass work, jewelry, woven goods, and more. Some will just sell their goods while others will be doing family-friend demonstrations. With children's activities, food, and games, it's fun for the entire family. It takes place at Audubon Park (750 Cherry Road.)
River Arts Fest
The River Arts Fest is a blow-out arts festival that takes place on Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Beale Streets, next to the Mississippi River. The 2019 dates are October 26 and 27. Expect live local music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on craft making for participants of all ages. There will be 180 artists from all over the country making it one of the region's largest outdoor art markets.
Millington Farmer's Market Fall Festival
The whole family can enjoy fall activities on the last day of the farmer's market, sponsored by the Millington Arts Recreation & Parks Association. Yoga, a bouncy house for the kids, and vendors selling crafts are just a few of the activities held during the event. Of course there will also be delicious produce to buy to wrap up the season. It will take place October 26, 2019 from 8 am until 10 pm.