Thanks to Memphis' reasonably pleasant climate, we can enjoy outdoor activities for most months out of the year. As a city with a rich musical heritage, it is no surprise that Memphians love outdoor concerts. Here is a listing of outdoor concert series that happen annually or semiannually.
Laurelwood Concert Series:
The newest concert series to come to Memphis, Laurelwood Unplugged features a mix of established and up and coming artists. The series is held annually in late spring at the Laurelwood shopping center in East Memphis.
Levitt Shell Concerts:
The Levitt Shell is an open-air stage located in Overton Park. Known by long-time Memphians as "The Shell," the stage was fully renovated in 2008. Each spring and fall, the Levitt Shell hosts 50 free concerts in a wide range of genres including world music, rock, soul, and children's music.
Live at the Garden:
Memphis Botanic Gardens is the setting for the annual Live at the Garden concert series. The series usually runs from June through August or September and features headliners from various eras of music.
Mud Island Concerts:
The Mud Island Amphitheater is located along the Mississippi River. Each summer, this small venue hosts a variety of big names in music. Past performers include Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Bob Dylan, and many others.
River Series At Harbor Town:
During the spring and fall, head to the Harbor Town Amphitheater on the Maria Montessori School campus for a series of outdoor concerts featuring Memphis favorites. Past lineups have included Jack Oblivian, Mark Edgar Stuart, Motel Mirrors, . The concerts are free for kids and $5 for adults. Food and local beer are offered,and attendees are welcome to bring coolers.
Peabody Rooftop Parties:
A Memphis tradition for more than 70 years, the Peabody Rooftop Parties are the see-and-be-seen events of the summer. Each Thursday evening from April through August, the historic Peabody Hotel invites national and local acts to perform for a crowd of hundreds. Watch the sun go down as you sip on cocktails from several rooftop bars and snack on the buffet. Partygoers of all ages dress to impress on the dance floor for these events.
Collierville Sunset on the Square:
If you're in the suburbs, you can still enjoy outdoor live music when the weather is nice. Every Thursday through June and July, Collierville hosts smaller acts in the Historic Towne Square. The concerts are free and family-friendly, and food vendors are on site.
Festivals & Events:
It's not a Memphis festival without some seriously excellent live music. Nearly every event - from the Overton Square Crawfish Festival to Cooper Young Fest to the Mid-South Fair - features some form of live musical entertainment. In particular, Memphis In May International Festival includes Beale Street Music Fest, three days of nationally tours acts on four stages at Tom Lee Park during the first weekend in May, as well as 901Fest in late May, an event focused on the best things about Memphis, including local musicians and bands.