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Best Time To Visit Memphis for Budget Travelers

Memphis sign on Mud Island (photo: Joshua J. Cotten)

Memphis is the second-largest city in the state of Tennessee behind Nashville and a city full of music, cultural history, nightlife, museums, and food. If you’re a history and music lover, this city should be on your bucket list.

Now your question may be, when’s the best time of the year to visit Memphis? It depends on your priorities and what you are looking for.

Memphis sign on Mud Island (photo: Joshua J. Cotten)
Memphis sign on Mud Island (photo: Joshua J. Cotten)

Peak Season

During the summer, the city attracts lots of visitors. The warm, dry climate is perfect for outdoor activities and festivities. 

The price of lodging increases along with the number of visitors, so book early to get your preferred accommodation.

In May, the smell of barbeque is in the air. The legendary World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest draws BBQ fans from around the country.

The annual Beale Street Music Festival also happens every May. Both events will be held at Tom Lee Park on the downtown Memphis riverfront in 2023.

By June, the city starts to feel a little more tropical as the humidity and temperature rise.

Explore the public park and museum on Mud Island (a peninsula, not an island). Return to downtown and find a rooftop bar to enjoy a cocktail with views of the Mississippi River at sunset.

Best Time for Sightseeing

If you want to avoid crowds at popular attractions like Graceland and Beale Street, Mid-September, November, and April are the best months to visit Memphis.

You’re more likely to be able to tour museums, Elvis’ home, Sun Studios, Mud Island, and more without as many tourists as in the high season.

A woman holds an Elvis record (photo: Jamakassi)
A woman holds an Elvis record (photo: Jamakassi)

Best Time to Explore Memphis’ Musical History 

August is an excellent time to visit Memphis for its musical history. Thousands of fans gather in the city yearly to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll during Elvis Week.

Take part in free karaoke events, dance parties, and free visits to the meditation garden at Graceland. This full-week celebration can get crowded, so book up to a year in advance if you want to go.  

One option is the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel. It’s only five miles from the Memphis International Airport and 6.8 miles from Elvis Presley’s Graceland (where the main event happens during Elvis Week).

This hotel is worth checking out as it’s an ideal distance from popular tourist attractions.

Suitable time for budget travelers  

If money is tight and you…

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