Memphis in May
Memphis, Tennessee © Thomas R Machnitzki
The Memphis in May Festival is designed to not only highlight the charms of Tennessee, but also that of a different guest country each year. The Barbecue Contest is the first of the big three events happening in May, with grill demonstrations, tours through teams' barbecue spaces and tasty sampling at BBQ Alley. Next up will be the Beale Street Music Festival, delivering an outrageous party over four stages and hosting Cajun music acts along the mighty Mississippi. Lastly, more sporty travellers will no doubt delight in the Great American River Run, with both a 3 mile (5km) and 6 mile (10km) route cutting through the crisp and chilly autumn air.
Date: Various events annually in May