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We recommend visiting Memphis in May for the May International Festival, a 30-day event that includes the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and Sunset Symphony. Offering mild temperatures, May in the Home of Blues offers sunny and blue skies almost daily.
And if you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, Elvis Week, held in August, gives you another reason to come back. Filled to the brim with activities such as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, Elvis 5K Run, midnight screenings of the King’s films and the Candlelight Vigil, the annual ritual brings thousands from around the world to pay homage to the King.
Memphis is not quite south enough to be warm and welcoming in winter, yet it gets hot and sticky in summer, often uncomfortably so. The best times to visit are April-May and October-November, and if you have compete flexibility, October statistically offers the very best combination of reasonable temperatures (mid-70s) and low rainfall. September is next best, and the spring, while temperate, is appreciably wetter. In general, June-September are the most rain free months, but summer gets quite hot, low to mid 90s daily. It’s still warm, but June and September are preferable to July and August – besides being the hottest months, they are also the city’s busiest, thanks to school vacations. You can get lucky in February, or more likely March, when temperatures typically are in the low 60s, sometimes warmer, and crowds are at a minimum.