Memphis, Tennessee, is the largest city on the Mississippi River and the second-largest city in Tennessee. With a population of a little over 600,00, it still maintains a small town feel, thanks to its legendary Southern hospitality. One of the biggest draws to Memphis has always been music, and this is the city we can thank for several specific genres, including Rock 'n' Roll, Memphis Blues, Gospel, and even Crunk.
If you are looking for a city with something to offer every member of your family, Memphis is just the place. The local events kick off in May each year with the Memphis in May Extravaganza. This is a month long event that features four main parts:
This just covers the month of May! Art, film and music festivals fill the events calendar during the spring to fall months. Of particular note is the Cooper-Young Festival that brings artists and musicians from around the nation into the area.
Memphis really does have something for everyone and it's evident in the nightlife variety it offers. This city has far more than just bars and dance clubs. If you are looking for something musical, try B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street. You can get some great food and listen to incredible music at this friendly and inviting club. Dying to catch the big game? Try Brookhaven Pub and Grill on Brookhaven Circle. Fantastic food can be found here, with plenty of games on the large plasma screens.
Looking for something a bit more refined? Check out the shows at the Orpheum Theater, which are designed to delight and thrill audiences of all ages. To make a theater evening complete, consider adding dinner at the Majestic Grille next door. Their pre-theater menu is designed to coordinate well with the show being performed that evening.
Memphis has many neighborhoods, each with unique features. Here, a few of the more notable ones within the city:
Downtown Core: Also known as Central Downtown, this is where all the action happens. City government and big business rules the days, while the nights are filled with live music rolling out of the Beale Street clubs. A major revitalization effort has been taking place here for the last thirty years, so finding a loft apartment or townhome in this community won't be difficult. The Peabody Hotel with its famous resident ducks and the Orpheum Theatre are also located here.
South Main Historic Arts District: The southern tip of downtown Memphis is an eclectic mix of colorful historic homes. Revitalized in the 1980s, the South Main Historic Arts District is now a popular spot with plenty of art galleries, independent restaurants and the Memphis Farmer's Market. The RiverArtsFest in October brings together food, fine art and live music.
Cooper-Young: Located in Midtown Memphis, Cooper-Young has a strong restaurant scene with everything from Irish to Thai -- but no chain restaurants! Dating back from the 1800s, the area has tons of historical significance.
Central Gardens: The Midtown Memphis historic district got its name because it runs along Central Avenue. Reminiscent of New Orleanss Garden District, the neighborhood is known for its grand elegant homes that date to the early 1900s. Get a peek at this majestic homes on the annual home and garden tour.
Chickasaw Gardens: Just west of the University of Memphis and the University District, this affluent community has all the trappings of a gated community -- 24-hour security patrols, a private lake and homes that could easily be considered estates -- without the actual gates.
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