We have a long Labor Day weekend coming up, and that means it will be time for the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival presented by the Center for Southern Folklore. It will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 11 PM on the Main Street Mall between Peabody Place and Gayoso.
Although Memphis has several music festivals throughout the year, none captures the regional feel and the roots of the area’s music the way Memphis Music & Heritage Festival does. Everything from rock to classic country to blues to jazz to folk to Latin to rockabilly and many more genres will be represented.
The festival is more than just music, too. Every year there is a cooking stage. Throughout the day chefs explain how to prepare their signature dishes, with a tasting at the end of each demo. Free tastings? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.
There will be dancers too: Hip-hop, Chinese, Mexican, belly dancers and many more styles. Arts and crafts vendors will be on hand as well: Paintings, jewelry, carvings, folk art, pottery and more.
Food will be available too. There will be the usual festival fare, but the item you don’t want to miss will be sold inside, at the Folklore Hall: Ella Kizzie’s greens and hot water cornbread. Plenty of good dining available at the restaurants within the festival’s boundaries too: Blue Fin, Bar None, Majestic Grille, Wang’s, Lenny’s, Maggie Moo’s.
It’s also a kid-friendly event. The mornings (10-noon) are the best time to take kids. There will be performances geared toward children, and there will be an arts area where kids can make their own masterpieces.
And, oh, yeah, the one thing that no festival can be without: BEER!
This festival has become one of my favorites of the entire year. The schedule has not been posted yet on their website, but should be within a few days.