When to Visit Memphis

by SmarterTravel Staff

Memphis is a lively destination, with mild temperatures and hot festivals throughout much of the year. The spring hosts some of the most popular events of the year, including the Memphis-In-May festivities, and is considered a favorite time to go.

Summers can be warm, with fewer visitors in July and August, except for Elvis Week celebrations. The fall can also be a busy time for festivals and the weather is often pleasant. Things slow down in the winter, especially after the holidays.

  • high season: March to June, September to mid-November
  • low season: mid-November to February
  • shoulder season: July to August

Weather Information

Memphis experiences four seasons. Spring brings moderate temperatures that fall in the mid-70s. Summers can get pretty hot, with temperatures rising into the mid-90s in August. The fall sees mild weather, with October temperatures hovering in the mid-70s. Winters can be cooler, with temperatures dropping into the 40s.

Crowd Information

The spring and fall are the busiest times to visit due to the most ideal weather and a variety of festivals, such as the Mid-South Fair in September and October. The largest crowds come for the Memphis-In-May festivities, which include the Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, and the Sunset Symphony; August's Elvis Week is another big draw.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but the Mud Island River Park closes from October through April, and every Monday throughout the year. The National Civil Rights Museum closes every Tuesday and on major holidays.

When to Save

Memphis is an affordable destination at most times, but many attractions will offer discounts in the high season.

Information provided by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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