Memphis celebrates 200 years of culture, soul, music, food, and fun during our Bicentennial Celebration in 2019. If you've been meaning to make it to Memphis, this is the year you have to make it happen. From new hotels, renovated parks, and brand-new attractions to classic must-eats, hidden gems, and local favorites, use the list below as the ultimate guide to completing your Memphis bucket list during the bicentennial.
Here are 200 reasons, in no particular order, why we're inviting everyone to visit Memphis this year:
1. See the Mighty Lights
See nightly light shows on the Hernando de Soto bridge spanning the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis.
2. Justin Timberlake at the FedexForum
The pop superstar returns to his home city on January 12 for his second FedExForum stop on The Man of the Woods world tour.
3. The International Blues Challenge
The best up-and-coming blues and souls musicians at the annual International Blues Competition on Beale every January.
4. WGC FedEx-St Jude Invitational
The PGA Tour's World Golf Championships will bring the world's best golfers to TPC Southwind in Memphis from July 22 to 28.
5. Central Station
In 2019, downtown's historic Central Station will reopen with a boutique hotel, 6-screen theater, shops, and a renovated Farmer's Market.
6. Memphis Comedy Fest
Bringing in nationally-known and local comedians to Memphis for improv, stand-up, and shows April 4-7, 2019.
7. United Soccer League
Memphis 901 Football Club's inaugural season in the United Soccer League starts in spring 2019 at AutoZone Park.
8. Beale Street Music Festival
Three days of some of the biggest names in music on the banks of the Mississippi River - pop singers, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop stars, and more.
9. Celebrate Memphis
Celebrate 200 years of Memphis culture on May 25, 2019 at this outdoor festival honoring the best of the 9-0-1.
10. Big River Crossing
If you haven't walked across the Mississippi River's longest pedestrian bridge, make plans to in 2019.
11. Experience KISS live for their last tour
Get your face paint ready; KISS brings their End of the Road World Tour to FedExForum on February 23.
12. Climb or boulder
Two new climbing gyms - Memphis Rox in Soulsville and High Point in East Memphis offer state-of-the-art climbing courses for all levels.
13. Society Memphis
What do you get when you combine a coffee shop and an indoor skate park? You get Society Memphis, the newest thing to do on Broad Avenue.
14. Alliance of American Football
The Memphis Express brings the Alliance of American Football league to the Liberty Bowl in spring 2019.
15. Civil Axe
Try your hand at the lumberjack-inspired sport of throwing axes at Civil Axe on Broad.
16. Crosstown Concourse
A million square feet of warehouse transformed into a vertical urban village full of shops, art, music, restaurants, and more.
17. River Garden
A new playground and garden space at Mississippi River Park make the Memphis riverfront even better.
18. Tom Lee Park
In 2019, this spacious downtown park will begin renovations to become an awesome riverside oasis.
19. MEMPHO Music Festival
Shelby Farms hosts the 3rd annual MEMPHO music festival, attracting names like Beck, Janelle Mone, and Post Malone.
20. Wolf River Greenway
Look out for new sections of the Greenway - a 36-mile protected pathway along the picturesque Wolf River - to open throughout 2019.
21. Explore Bike Share
Explore the city with our custom bicycle-sharing program, which will add East Memphis stations in 2019.
22. See the city by scooter
Rentable electric scooters let you zip around midtown and downtown.
23. Elvis Week
Elvis fans from around the world will again flock to Memphis for Elvis Week from August 9-17, 2018.
24. St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade down Beale Street in March.
25. Bike Nights on Beale
Every Wednesday evening from April through September, hundreds of motorcycles gather on Beale.
26. The National Civil Rights Museum
Explore the history of the civil rights movement in an immersive, modern way at the National Civil Rights Museum.
27. Trolley Nights
The final Friday of each month means galleries openings, special deals, music, and free drinks in South Main.
28. Party on top of the Peabody
The Peabody Hotel continues the tradition of lively rooftop parties every Thursday from April through August.
29. Hamilton at the Orpheum
The worldwide musical phenomenon comes to the Orpheum Theatre in July.
30. The Grove at GPAC
In 2019, Germantown Performing Arts Center plans to open a shady, tree-filled outdoor venue for live music and arts performances.
31. Edge Motor Museum
Look for a new vintage car museum opening in late 2019 in The Edge District, just east of downtown Memphis.
32. Memphis Food & Wine Festival
The Memphis Food & Wine Fest returns for another celebration of the finest food and wine, featuring nearly 100 chefs and wineries.
33. The Levitt Shell
Expect more free live music and the outdoor amphitheater in Overton Park each summer and fall - that's 50+ free concerts in 2019.
34. Bring the dog
The city gets even more dog-friendly every year, with dog parks (like the new one on Mud Island) and pooch-friendly patios.
35. Craft breweries
Grind City Brewing and Wiseacre break ground on two new downtown taprooms this year, adding to the already vibrant local beer scene.
36. Make a friend
You'll find friendly faces everywhere you go in Memphis, like at Alcenia's Soul Food restaurant, where owner BJ greets diners with a hug.
37. New Street Art
If you blink, you might miss the newest murals that local artists are adding to walls and alley all over town.
38. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to bring the excitement of NBA basketball to downtown Memphis.
39. Cooper-Young Fest
The 32nd annual Cooper-Young Fest brings thousands to the neighborhood for art, shopping, food, music, and fun every September.
40. Beer Festivals
Come back to Memphis for annual beer festivals like Cooper-Young Beer Fest in October and Taste the Rarity in April.
41. Memphis Pride Festival
Save the date for September 28, 2019 - it's the annual Mid-South Pride parade and festival, celebrating LGBTQ culture.
42. Redbirds Baseball
The 2018 Triple-A Minor League World Champions (!!) come back for another season of pro-level baseball at AutoZone Park.
Celebrate Juneteenth again this June with a variety of musical and cultural events.
44. Black Restaurant Week
Experience Memphis' rich culinary diversity by dining (with deals!) at dozens of local black-owned restaurants from March 3-9, 2019.
45. The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
The Dixon Gallery & Garden features rotating art exhibits, seasonal foliage in gorgeous gardens, and a full slate of annual events.
46. Take a tour in a 1950s vintage automobile
Cruise around town on themed tours in vintage hot rods - check out Rockabilly Rides and American Dream Safari.
If you haven't been to Graceland in a few years, it's time to come back and see what's new on the grounds.
48. Arrive Hotel
Stay in style at Arrive's new South Main hotel, with a donut shop, basement bar, and 62 rooms, set to open in 2019.
49. The Backstreet Boys
AJ, Howie Dorough, Nick, Kevin, and Brian bring the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour to FedExForum on August 27.
50. Memphis Botanic Garden
The Memphis Botanic Garden hosts acres of lovely gardens that change with the seasons, plus plenty of art and cultural events.
51. The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend
Graceland’s second annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend Celebration on March 1-2, brings past winners of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual Tribute Artist Contest to perform in two exciting concert experiences.51. Memphis
52. The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame
Hear blues music and learn more about this year's class of Blue Hall of Famers.
53. Kayak the waterways
Explore the Mississippi River, Wolf River, or the lakes at Shelby Farms Park with Memphis' many kayak and canoe rental companies.
54. First Fridays on Broad Ave
Peruse the shops and galleries along the Art District's revitalized Broad Avenue.
55. Cheer on Penny Hardaway
Basketball start Penny Hardaway will see how far he can take the Tigers basketball team in the spring of 2019. March Madness or bust!
56. Elton John
The one and only Sir Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to FedExForum on October 30.
57. Shelby Farms
Shelby Farms offers a host of outdoor activities for the whole family: hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and more.
58. Memphis Zoo
One of the nation's top-ranked zoo welcomes baby animals every spring in a dozen state-of-the-art animal exhibits.
59. Brooks Museum
See the rotating art exhibits as well as the permanent collection at the Brooks Museum's spacious galleries.
60. Visit a Pink Palace
The Pink Palace Museum unveils a renovated Mansion and new exhibits that will celebrate Memphis' Bicentennial in 2019.
61. Victorian Village
Look for new ways to experience the historic homes in Victorian Village this year.
62. Ballet Memphis
Now settled into their new home in Overton Square, Ballet Memphis pushes boundaries with new artistic works alongside beloved classics.
63. The Mid-South Fair
Eleven days of rides, music, entertainment, art, and more are coming to the Landers Center September 19 - 29, 2019.
64. Crawfish Festivals
Every April, Memphis hosts a slew of boiled crawfish festivals; be on the lookout for the two biggest: Rajun Cajun and Overton Square.
65. Outdoors Inc.'s Canoe & Kayak Race
Look for the exciting Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak race on the Mississippi River to return in June of 2019.
66. Hu Hotel
Hip and luxurious, the renovated Hu Hotel offers contemporary lodging, dining, and a rooftop bar.
67. Spend the holidays in Memphis
From stunning light displays to parades and holiday shows, Memphis celebrates Christmas and New Year's in style every year.
68. Downtown Dining Week
Sample the menus with special deals and discounts at downtown eateries each November. 69. Southern Heritage Classic College football rivals Jackson State and Tennessee State compete at the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic Week September 11-15.
Observe MLK Weekend with the most exciting up-and-coming hip-hop and R&B artists in Memphis.
71. Liberty Bowl 2019
Watch top football teams compete for the Liberty Bowl's 61st annual trophy in December 2019.
72. Rick Springfield
Legendary songwriter performs at the Graceland Soundstage on January 19.
73. Indigo Hotel
Lodge in one of the 119 rooms and suites in the brand-new Indigo Hotel downtown.
74. Malco Downtown
Go to the movies at Malco's new six-screen theater at Central Station, opening in 2019.
Punk, metal, and indie rock bands from around the world gather again this year for Gonerfest 16, September 26-29, 2019.
76. River Arts Fest
River Arts Festival brings hundreds of regional artisans for a weekend show in downtown Memphis every October.
77. Live at the Garden
2019 will bring more world-famous musicians to the stage at the Memphis Botanic Garden for a concert series in summer and fall.
78. 4th of July
Celebrate America on the river in Memphis! Plenty of fireworks displays and parades for the whole family.
79. Cooper-Young Garden Walk
Explore the creative gardens of Cooper-Youngians at this annual garden festival and neighborhood block party in May 2019.
80. Vintage 901
The 3rd annual festival of delicious food, great music, and vintage wines is coming to Memphis from March 1-3.
81. International Cultural Festivals
Each spring and fall, look for a lineup of festivals honoring specific cultures and countries from around the world.
82. Culinary Tours
Take a bite of Memphis' diverse food scene on a guided foodie tour, like those offered by City Tasting Tours and Tastin' Around Town.
83. Memphis Fashion Week
See the best, most creative fashions from international designers and Memphis' best up-and-coming fashion experts in April 2019.
84. Old Dominick’s Pure Memphis Series
Listen to Memphis music in an intimate setting at Old Dominick distillery during this fall concert series.
85. Blues on the Bluff
Enjoy live blues music, food, drinks, and more in July at the 31st annual Blues on the Bluff WEVL fundraising party.
86. A Broadway show at the historic Orpheum Theatre
Get tickets for the Orpheum's Broadway Series, which in 2019 includes The Fiddler on the Roof, Anastacia, Hamilton and more.
87. Discover Memphis music history
Memphis' many music attractions should be on every music fan's bucket list.
88. Wild Bill's
Are you down for late-night dancing in a blues juke joint? Wild Bill's is your spot for 2019.
89. Try all the barbecue
If you haven't eaten your way through the city's dozens of mouth-watering BBQ restaurants, 2019 is the time.
90. Indie Memphis Film Festival
The 22nd annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is a week of screenings, world premieres, panels, and appreciation of independent cinema.
91. John Mellencamp
Rock icon John Mellencamp brings his tour to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
92. Celebrate Elvis' birthday with his fans
Graceland goes all out to celebrate the birthday of the King on January 5-8, 2019.
93. Lucero Block Party
Party with Southern rock fans at this annual Family Block Party, held each April and hosted by Lucero.
94. Delta Fair
Food and classic fair fun await the whole family at the annual Delta Fair at the Agricenter from August 30 to September 8.
95. Follow the sunflowers
Beautiful, sunny blooms fill the fields at Agricenter International or cross the Big River Crossing bridge into Arkansas for a few short weeks each July.
96. See a race at MIR
The Memphis International Raceway offers excitement for gearheads and casual fans alike; put a race on your "to do" list for 2019.
97. Weezer & Pixies
Indie rock favorites Weezer and Pixies team up for a show at FedExForum on March 22.
98. Historical Haunts
Learn more about the spooky, seedy history of the city on an Historical Haunts bus or walking tour.
99. Africa in April
The 33rd annual Africa in April festival will be in April and feature an immersion into the culture of one featured African nation.
100. Hot Rods on Beale
See muscle cars, vintage automobiles, and sexy hot rods every 4th Tuesday on Bale from April through October.
101. The new Moxy Hotel
Court Square's new Moxy Hotel - think modern rooms, communal spaces to make new friends, a bocce ball court, and bar check-in - opens in 2019.
102. All of the Halloween events
From costume parties to haunted houses to pumpkin patches, Memphis knows how to throw down for Halloween every year.
103. Black History Tours
Experience black history in Memphis with a personal tour with guides from A Tour of Possibilities or Heritage Tours.
104. Elmwood Cemetery
See the final resting place of some of the city's most famous residents by taking of tour of Memphis' most historic cemetery.
105. Take a ride on a riverboat
Take a sunset riverboat ride on the Mississippi this year: it's one of the most popular Memphis bucket list items.
106. Metal Museum
Add the Metal Museum to your 2019 list: they offer galleries, a working blacksmithery, and an incredible view of the river.
107. Peabody Ducks
If you haven't seen the splendor of the adorable Peabody Ducks, you can catch them every day of the year.
108. Shelby Forest General Store
This year, make it a point to try the burger at the General Store, or stop by for bluegrass on Friday nights.
109. Take tour with some of the world's best guides
There are so many ways to tour Memphis! In 2019, get with Backbeat Tours, Blues City Tours, Memphis Hop bus tours, and others.
110. Sun Studio
Stand where history was made during at tour at the birthplace of rock 'n' roll.
111. Take a ride up a pyramid
The nation's tallest freestanding elevator will take you to the top of the Bass Pro Pyramid; seeing the view from the top is a Memphis must. Then explore the Bass Pro Shops for bowling, an archery range, check out the live alligators, ducks aquariums and more
112. Music Hall of Fame and Induction Ceremony
Every year, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducts a new class of Memphis music legends and stars.
113. Soulsville USA Festival
Every October, enjoy live music, art, dance demonstrations, and more at the Soulsville USA Festival.
114. The Greenline
Ride a bike, walk, or run along this peaceful protected path through the city center.
Book a tee time this year for one of the city's many beautiful golf courses.
116. Overton Park
Overton Park continues to grow and improve; see for yourself this year at various events, or take a tour of the park's Old Forest.
117. Midtown Opera Fest
The annual Midtown Opera Fest returns to Overton Square in April of 2019 - more than a week of operas, shows, panels, and more.
118. Sultana Disaster Museum
Visit the Marion, Arkansas musuem to learn the fascinating history of America's worst maritime disaster.
119. Town of Collierville
Spend a day shopping and eating in Collierville's picturesque town square.
120. Win big
For gaming, just minutes from Memphis, visit the eight casinos in Tunica, Mississippi, or cross the bridge to Southand Gaming and Racing in Arkansas.
121. Take a carriage tour
We can't think of a more romantic way to see downtown than a horse-drawn carrirage tour.
122. Leon Bridges
Soul singer Leon Bridges performs at the Orpheum in April 2019.
123. The Memphis Brew Bus
2019 brings new seaonsal and special brews to the city's local beer scene; try a few with the Memphis Brew Bus tour.
124. Earnestine & Hazel's
Earnestine & Hazel's: the most haunted dive bar in America also serves some of the best burgers in town.
125. The Arcade
Memphis' oldest diner feels like a blast from the past, get a diner breakfast or a frothy milkshake this year.
126. One of a kind shopping
If you haven't been to one of the area's malls, outlets, boutiques, or shopping districts, make it a point to do some shopping.
127. South Main Market
The historic building now houses pop-up restaurants perfectly for trying out in 2019.
128. High tea at the Peabody
Chez Philippe's formal atmosphere will add some class to your year if you stop in for high tea one afternoon.
129. Ride a vintage trolley
Take a leisurely ride around downtown on the Main Street Trolley Line. The Riverfront Line is slated to open in 2019.
130. Mud Island River Series
See live music on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi with seasonal concerts at Mud Island River Park amphitheater. 131. Enjoy an AM Restaurant experience
James Beard Awards nominees Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman offer their take on modern cuisine at four local restaurants; who knows what they'll serve up this year?
132. Overton Square Theater District
In the mood for a show? Head over to one of Overton Square's five theater and dance companies for a show this season.
133. Visit unique coffee shops
Third-wave coffee is here to stay in Memphis; visit one of our charming cafes this year.
134. Carrie Underwood
Country superstar Carrie Underwood takes over FedExForum in October 2019.
135. Play, eat and drink outside
Visti the city's popular outdoor hangouts and hotspots this year: Loflin Yard, Carolina Watershed, and Railgarten.
136. Summer Ave. International District
The foodie paradise that is Summer Avenue gets its due in 2019 with a special "International District" designation this year.
137. Renaissance Faire
Jousting, costumes, knights, faires, and turkey legs: the Memphis Ren Faire is two weekends of fun in mid-October.
138. Memphis Soul Food
No matter what year it is, Memphis soul food must be on your menu.
139. Have a craft cocktail
Artisanal cocktails have a home at several local bars; add Civil Pour, Art Bar at Crosstown, Dodici, and The Cove to your must-drink list.
140. Jerry's Sno Cones
Cold sweet snocones from Jerry's are good any time of year - just say "supreme" to add soft serve to your cone.
142. Take A St. Jude Tour
We're proud to say that the world's preeminent children's research hospital is located in downtown Memphis; occasional tours are offered.
143. Shop at Lansky's
Want to look like the King? Shop where Elvis got his getups at the clothing shop just steps off of Beale Street.
144. Party on a rooftop
Take in a view of the river from a rooftop. Look into Old Dominick, the Hu Hotel, the Residence Inn, and the Peabody Hotel.
145. Share a milkshake at A. Schwab
Go back in time at this historic Beale Street shop with a working soda fountain and dessert shop.
146. Raiford's Disco
If you have only one wild night in 2019, be sure you spend it at Paula Raiford's Disco on the light-up dance floor.
147. River Series at Harbor Town
The Harbor Town Amphitheater comes out with a new lineup of live music for concerts every spring and fall.
148. Grand Carousel at CMOM
New in 2018, the Children's Museum of Memphis is now home to the breathtaking Grand Carousel; take a ride this year.
149. Have Brunch
Brunch is a time-honored Memphis weekend pastime: choose from more than 80 local restaurants that serve it.
150. Run Into a Memphis Celebrity
You never know who you'll meet in Memphis! Local celebs to look for: Cybil Shepard, Justin Timberlake, Jerry Lawler, Penny Hardaway, Lucy Hale, Ginnifer Goodwin, and the entire soul-singing group of legendary Stax musicians.
151. Self guided, FREE walking tours
Whether you're into history, architecture, or ghost stories, put a guided walking tour of Memphis on your list for this year.
152. Clayborn Temple / I AM A Man Plaza
See the historic Clayborn Temple and take some time for the adjacent I AM A MAN plaza, both opened just last year.
153. Stay at Big Cypress Lodge
The Big Cypress Lodge hotel inside the Bass Pro Pyramid offers rustic luxury accommodations in a huge glass pyramid.
154. Get flipped over
Volunteer to be a "flipped over" by the skillful acrobats known as the Beale Street Flippers.
155. Gibson's Donuts
Food Network Star Alton Brown called them some of his favorite donuts ever.
156. Explore the Fire Museum
Take the kids to learn about firefighting and fire safety at the fun Fire Museum in downtown Memphis.
157. Tour Jerry Lee Lewis' Home
Tour The Lewis Ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi, home to living rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis.
158. Withers Collection Tour
Historic photos will tell the story of the city's past, especially the civil rights movement, at this Beale Street gallery.
159. Add to your vinyl collection
Record stores feel more 90s than 2019, but Memphis has some great ones. Browse at Goner Records and Shangri-La this year.
160. Center for Southern Folklore
Explore the multimedia archives and art at the Center For Southern Folklore on Main - it's a Memphis must for 2019.
161. Eat 100 year old grease
This greasy, cheesy burger from Dyer's on Beale is a Memphis foodie bucket-list item.
162. Find an alley party
You never know when a concert will pop-up in the middle of Memphis. Keep a lookout for a Downtown Getdown Alley Party this year.
163. Stax Museum
Soul music lives at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in South Memphis.
164. Mollie Fontaine's Lounge
Sip on craft cocktails in the swankiest of historic-home-turned-bar in Victorian Village.
165. Tailgate on Tiger Lane
Make a plan to join Tigers fans in the fall of 2019 for some exciting college football (and all the necessary pregaming).
166. Al Green's Gospel Tabernacle
Plan ahead to experience a Sunday service at the church home of soul music stalwart Reverend Al Green.
167. Graceland Excursion Tours
Graceland helps you see more of Elvis' story through Excursion Tours to Tupelo, Mississippi.
168. Silky O'Sullivan's
Beale Street's Irish bar serves its secret recipe "Diver" drink in a yellow bucket and has goats on its patio. Enough said.
169. Downtown Hilton Garden Inn
Opening in February 2019, downtown's new Hilton Garden Inn offers modern amenities, 150 guest rooms, and The Greyhound restaurant and bar.
170. Dive Bars
Sip a local beer and enjoy some surprisingly good grub at one of the city's many beloved, offbeat dive bars.
171. MS River Monsters Catfishing Tournament
Outdoorsman Bill Dance and Bass Pro Shops host the annual catfish-catching tournament on the Mississippi River in September.
172. Compete in a food competition
Think you make a mean burger? Have a secret hot wing recipe? Get some friends together for one of Memphis' many cooking competitions/festivals including the World Championship Barbecue Competition.
173. Find a Food Festival
From burgers to grilled cheese sandwiches to world championship barbecue, Memphis plays hosts to a slew of food-centric events year round.
174. Slave Haven
The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum offers a glimpse into the history of antebellum Memphis and the impact of the slave trade.
175. The Rock 'n' Soul Museum
From soul to bluegrass to rock, the Smithsonian's Rock 'n' Soul Museum covers Memphis' music legacy and history.
176. Cotton Museum
Learn more about the history and influence of the cotton trade on the City of Memphis and its residents.
177. Discover movie locations
From Hallmark's Christmas at Graceland to John Grisham's The Firm, make a plan to find all the Memphis spots featured in movies.
178. Kix on Beale
On Thursdays all summer long, enjoy free, all-ages concerts in Handy Park on Beale, hosted by KIX106, Today's Best Country radio.
179. Indulge in desserts
Homemade pies, peach cobbler, delectable pastries, and famous cupcakes: make a Memphis dessert bucket list for 2019!
180. WLOK Stone Soul Picnic
Enjoy free music and fun for the whole family at WLOK's annual picnic and show at the Levitt Shell each September.
181. Chef's tastings
Most of Memphis' fine dining restaurants offer special tasting menus, wine dinners, and other unique culinary experiences throughout the year.
182. Stay at a BnB
Whether it's luxury accommodations at the historic James Lee House or Southern hospitality at Talbot Heirs, choose a bed-and-breakfast for your Memphis accommodations.
183. Live music
We couldn’t have a complete list without mentioning live music. Memphis is filled to the brim with some of the most talented musicians at a multitude of venues. See how many you can experience this year.
184. Southern breakfast
From classic diners like The Arcade to Southern breakfast with a modern twist at Sunrise eatery, start your day off right with Memphis breakfast.
185. Only in Memphis dining experiences
There's nothing else like these Memphis originals: Kooky Canuck's 4-pound Kookamonga Burger, Dyer's 100-year-old grease-fried burgers, and Gus' spicy, crispy world-famous fried chicken.
186. Mason Temple
Visit the site where Dr. King gave his famous "I Have Been To The Mountaintop" speech, the COGIC Mason Temple in downtown Memphis.
187. Downtown's New Slider Inn
Midtown's fave neighborhood bar opens a downtown location in 2019, with an outdoor music venue and a full menu of local brews, sliders, and sandwiches.
188. Comeback Coffee
Look for a new coffee house to open in The Pinch District in 2019 - Comeback Coffee will specialize in third-wave coffee and a cafe menu
189. The Cossitt Library
This year, downtown's Cossitt Library reopens with a renovated space, community cafe, and more - it's the library of the future.
190. Remember on MLK Day
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's civil rights legacy at the annual commemoration of his life on MLK Day, January 21, 2019.
191. New Year's Eve
The only place to ring in a new decade is Beale Street: watch the guitar drop, hear music, and enjoy fireworks with several thousand of your closest friends.
192. Eat all the candy
This year, seek out some of Memphis' mouth-watering homemade candy, like Shotwell's caramels, Dinstuhl's chocolates, or The Peanut Shoppe's candied peanuts.
193. Go vegetarian for a day
Memphis may be known for its BBQ, but you can also find plenty of healthy vegetarian options at restaurants like City Silo, Today and Always in the Crosstown Concourse, and RP Tracks (go for the BBQ tofu nachos!)
194. Try a Memphis food Truck
You'll find some of the best eats in town at these mobile restaurants: food trucks are aplenty at several Memphis food truck parks, Thursdays downtown, and most local breweries.
195. Run the St. Jude Marathon
Or the 5K, 10K or half marathon. Join 25,000 other runners of all ages in for the biggest annual fundraiser for St. Jude Research Hospital.
196. Shop at a local farmer's market
Spend a morning meeting local farmers, shopping, sipping coffee, and more at the Memphis Farmers Market, open April through October.
197. Go gaming at an arcade
Plan a day for classic arcade gaming and go-cart racing fun at spots like Main Event Entertainment, Incredible Pizza, Autobahn Indoor Raceway, and Golf & Games.
198. Have your photo taken in Amurica
The popular, super creative photo booth pops up around town at events - plus you can always find them in the Atrium at Crosstown Concourse.
199. The Stemmed Glass Wine Tasting
Sample the fine wines of West Tennessee's wineries with The Stemmed Glass's all-day tours.
200. The Memphis Sports Hall of Fame
Inducting its inaugural class in 2019, you’ll soon be able to view memorabilia from Memphis sports greats in Autozone Park.