In the first week of the Memphis in May International Festival, The Beale Street Music Festival is held. It is a three-day festival running over the weekend of May 5-7,2017 and will host a massive lineup from big name acts to local musicians. The festival is held in Tom Lee Park, at the end of Beale Street, overlooking the Mississippi River. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which is traditionally the event that kicks off the celebrations of Memphis in May. The Beale Street Music Festival has been held every year since Memphis in May’s first year in 1977. There has been a street music festival held on Beale Street since the 1800s, when African-American musicians would come and share their love of music and performing there.
Beale Street Music Festival tickets are available for each of the three days, as well as a three-day pass. There are also VIP options, which include perks like viewing platforms, complementary food and beverages and exclusive merchandise.
2018 Beale Street Music Festival Preview
The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival runs from Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7. The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival lineup is here and features headliners Widespread Panic, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg as well as artists like MGMT, Grouplove, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, and more!
Beale Street Music Festival 2017 Lineup
Widespread Panic - Snoop Dogg - MGMT - Grouplove - Jimmy Eat World - The Strumbellas - Taking Back Sunday - Greensky Bluegrass - Sum 41 - Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Declan McKenna - Peter Wolf - Toronzo Cannon - Freeworld - Ghost Town Blues Band - Tas Cru - Brandon Bailey - Brad Webb - Zeke Johnson
Kings of Leon - Wiz Khalifa - Death Cab For Cutie - Ludacris - X Ambassadors - Griz - The Revivalists - Silversun Pickups - Drive-by Truckers - Highly Suspect - Mutemath - Dawes - KONGOS - Deer Kick - John Paul White - Big Head Blues Club - Ronnie Baker Brooks - Lil Wyte - Amy Lavere - Dead Soldiers - Carlos Elliot Jr. - Corey Harris Band - Blind Mississippi Morris - Daddy Mack Blues Band - Terry “Harmonica” Bean
Soundgarden - Sturgill Simpson - Jill Scott - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - Tori Kelly - Ziggy Marley - Bush - Midnight Oil - Alter Bridge - Machine Gun Kelly - Ani DiFranco - Mayer Hawthorne - Booker T. JonesBahari - Popa Chubby - Lanita Smith - Preston Shannon - Super Chikan - Marcella & Her Lovers - Eden Brent - Leo Bud Welch - Washboard Shorty & Rev Robert Rev
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Are children allowed at Beale Street Music Festival?
All ages are welcome, but everyone needs a valid ticket, and there are no discounts for any ages.
Is re-entry allowed at Beale Street Music Festival?
Ticket holders can leave and enter again once per day. Make sure you exchange your admission ticket for a re-entry ticket and get your hand stamped!
Is there parking available at Beale Street Music Festival?
There is no parking on-site, and parking downtown will be limited, so be sure to utilize the public transport available.
What is the best way to get to Beale Street Music Festival?
Tom Lee Park is off I-55 or I-240, but parking is not available on site. There are parking spaces all over the city, but they will be limited, of course. The Trolley Shuttles travel all over Downtown if you have to park a little way away. Public transport is good value, but can be slow. There are many great value hotels in the city that are easy to reach via taxi, bike or walking.
What items are allowed at Beale Street Music Festival?
One factory-sealed plastic bottle of water or CamelBak with water only. No more than 20 oz. - bags no bigger than 12 inches x 12 inches - blankets
What items are not allowed at Beale Street Music Festival?
Strollers - outside food and drink - recording equipment other than cell phones - selfie sticks - coolers - glass - chairs - umbrellas - pets - drones - self-transportation (bikes, hoverboards, rollerblades etc) - baseballs, footballs, frisbees and other throwing games - weapons of any kind