Mid-South Gay Pride 2016 - Memphis Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the Mid-South Gay Pride Festival in Memphis

photo by Andrew Collins

The largest city in Tennessee, Memphis is the host of Mid-South Pride, one of the biggest Gay Pride celebrations in the South. It comprises a series of events, including a huge parade and festival. Although Mid-South Pride formerly took place in June, it's been moved to autumn (a beautiful time to visit Memphis, incidentally) in recent years. Mid-South Pride takes place in late September in the heart of the famed Beale Street District at Robert Church Park - the date this year is September 23–25, 2016. 

Note that Memphis's Mid-South Pride takes places just a bit after the city's excellent LGBT film festival, Outflix, which in 2016 takes place September 8 through September 15.

Looking for tips on what to see and do in town during Mid-South Pride? Check out the Memphis Gay Guide.

Events include the Mid-South Pride Festival take place over three days, beginning with a Pride Concert on Friday night, September 23, at 7 pm in Handy Park. Then the following day, Saturday, September 24, the Mid-South Pride Festival is held from 10 am until 5 pm at downtown's Robert Church Park, just steps from the buzz and celebration of Beale Street, which hosts the Memphis Mid-South Gay Pride Parade between 1 and 2 pm on that same afternoon.

The following day, Sunday, September 25, the revelry kicks off with a Pride Brunch at 1 pm at Celtic Crossing Irish pub in the hip and lively Cooper-Young neighborhood, followed by a Pride T-Dance at trendy Alchemy bar and restaurant at 4 pm in the same neighborhood.

A number of related events are scheduled leading up to Pride - check the official calendar for details.

Memphis Gay Resources

It's worth bearing in mind that many great restaurants, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors, as will the city's lively gay bars and clubs. Check out our Memphis Gay Guide as well as local gay papers and magazines, such as the helpful and entertaining Memphis-based LGBT magazine and website, Focus Mid-South, and  Out & About (which is geared more toward Nashville but does have some statewide coverage), for details. Also take a look at the helpful travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Memphis CVB.

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