Music & Heritage fest fills downtown with Southern culture over Labor Day weekend

Bobby Rush performing at the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival.

Bobby Rush performing at the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival.

This month, the Center for Southern Folklore in downtown Memphis will transform two blocks of Main Street into a living, breathing, creative display of the arts, music, and heritage of the Memphis and the Delta Region.

Founded in 1972, the Center for Southern Folklore is a nonprofit organization that documents and presents the music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the South. The center’s annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival will be held on Labor Day weekend, September 3rd and 4th, 2016. The always free, family-friendly festival will feature music, arts and crafts, dancers and chefs from the cultural crossroads of Memphis.

There will be four stages on South Main between Peabody Place and Union and two stages inside the center at 119 South Main. Local culture and heritage will be presented on these stages from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days. For updates and schedules, please see the festival event page of Facebook.

“Over the last 30 years of the festival we have been honored to celebrate the music and heritage of Memphis and the Delta Region” said Judy Peiser, Co-Founder Executive Producer of the Center.

The festival continues to be free thanks to sponsors, donors, and volunteers who offer their treasure and talent. Food and beverage vendors will be at the festival and food will be available in the Center.

There will also be selling festival memorabilia, but don’t forget our Folklore Store featuring original art, CD’s and DVD’s, prints, regional topic books, and posters from previous festivals.

For more information, including a complete schedule and how to donate or volunteer, visit the center’s web page,

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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