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If your mother-in-law is driving you crazy and you want to get away for a 3-day weekend in May, then I would go to Memphis, Tennessee!  I love Memphis, TN!  When I lived there a few years ago, I loved the people, the climate (even if there were really humid days in the summer) and Magnolia trees.  But, the thing I loved most about Memphis is Memphis in May

Memphis in May is a fantastic month full of activities and things to do with your family, friends, or heck, even by yourself!  The month’s events include the Beale Street Music Festival, the next weekend is the BBQ Cooking Contest & the finale is the Sunset Symphony. 

The Beale Street Music Festival is a 3-day event in which they have hundreds of artists playing on numerous stages.  They have headlines from Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop & Country. 

The first year I went to the Beale Street Music Festival it was beautiful spring weather all 3 days!  I brought a blanket and enjoyed the music on the grass in Tom Lee Park.  And, of course I enjoyed some beer/drinks etc.  It was great!  

The second year I went to the music festival it rained all 3 days, and to tell you the truth, I had even more fun than the sunny weekend the previous year!   The rain did not stop a group of us from enjoying the concerts from each of the main stages. 

My absolute favorite event of the month is the BBQ Cooking Contest.  The first year I went to this event, I was invited by a friend of mine who loves to cook, so I had expected a few small campout grills.  To my delight, it was nothing like what I had imagined!  When I got there, all I could see were huge, elaborate booths & tents, each with funny little names and tons of food, fresh off the BBQ.   I could not believe the rows and rows of booths –some corporate & some were just a group of friends gathering together to cook BBQ in their booth.  There is nothing better then when the sun sets on the Mississippi River, the aroma of BBQ, and having fun with friends.  Every time I now smell BBQ, I think of the BBQ Cooking Contest and yearn for the next contest to begin.

The grand finale of Memphis in May is the Sunset Symphony.  It is a full days worth of picnicking, having fun with your family and listening to music from the AutoZone Sunset Symphony.  The day begins with local musicians playing and then ends with the headline band.  What a fun family activity!

 Memphis in May is one of the nations best kept secrets.  If you ever have the chance to go to Memphis, please try and go in May and attend one of the events.  It is well worth your time.  Your ears & tummy will thank you!


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