Events

  Memphis in May kicks off with World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Teams are already taking over Tom Lee Park to prepare for the big event.

Ballet Memphis brings back first in-person performance since start of pandemic

Levitt Shell returns with Ballet Memphis performance April 9

  Beale Street packed, businesses stay open until 1 a.m.

  Orpheum Theater hosts Spring camp for youth who stutter

Memphis in May postpones Salute to Ghana

  Historic Hattiloo Theater is one of only 4 Black theaters in the country

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  Live performances set to return to Hattiloo Theatre

  MLK Day of Service takes new forum during pandemic

  The National Civil Rights Museum hosts virtual MLK Day Program

Volunteer registration open for MLK Days of Service

  NCRM Freedom Awards held virtually this year

  Memphis Zoo Lights returns with a few changes

  Memphis hosts Miss USA pageants at Graceland Soundstage

On Monday, dozens of contestants will compete to become the next Miss USA at Graceland.

  MemFeast returns during pandemic

Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church, along with other community organizations, has planned the second annual MemFeast to feed the homeless this Thanksgiving. But, there will be changes because of the pandemic.

  Downtown Dining Week kicks off in November, adjustments made due to pandemic

Downtown Dining Week kicks off Sunday in Memphis. Dozens of restaurants and bars will be participating, but it is sure to be different from past years.

  Health officials approve certain haunted houses to operate during pandemic

Haunted houses are a tradition during Halloween. But are they safe during this pandemic? The Shelby County Health Department has visited a few haunted houses, and there are a lot of precautions in place.

  Dixon Gallery and Gardens biggest fundraiser going virtual due to pandemic

Memphis Animal Services offering week-long ‘home school’ sleepovers with shelter dogs

  Protesters block off busy intersection of Germantown Parkway at Timber Creek

  The goal driving protests in Memphis: Unity and reform

  Protest leaders join forces on sixth night of protests, citywide curfew now in effect

  Hours-long protests leave some businesses damaged, National Guard and police respond in Downtown Memphis

  Day 4 of protests against police brutality remain peaceful in Memphis

Here in the Mid-South people demonstrated peacefully taking to Memphis streets to protest the killing of a black man by police officers in Minneapolis.

  Memphians hold peaceful protests, MPD director speaks out

Protests in many American cities turned violent Friday night, sparking chaos and carnage in the streets, but in Memphis, demonstrations the last two nights have been peaceful.

  List: Memorial Day events across the Mid-South amid pandemic

Though ceremonies and large gatherings are planned each year to commemorate Memorial Day honoring U.S. veterans, due to the COVID-19 pandemic things will be handled a bit differently.

  Memphis in May to remain in Tom Lee Park for 2021 festival; park redesign postponed

Memphis in May has announced the annual international festival will remain on the downtown riverfront in Tom Lee Park next year!

Memphis in May’s great American River Run announces new October date

Registration is now open for the 2020 Great American River Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs.

  Soup Sunday raises money for Youth Villages

Thousands of hungry Mid-Southerners gathered for the 31st annual Soup Sunday, a fundraiser that benefits Youth Villages and its mentoring program.

Shrine Circus returns to Memphis this weekend

For more than 75 years, the Shrine Circus has entertained Mid-South crowds each and every year. Once again they are coming to the Agricenter in Memphis this weekend.

Sponsors needed to help children under Summer Food Service Program

The state is looking for organizations to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program.

  Ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis

People across the Mid-South are celebrating the life and legacy of Revered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  Thousands expected to visit the National Civil Rights Museum for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20 marks the 37th anniversary of the first federal holiday honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Shelby Co. Criminal Court Clerk’s Office to host Expungement Clinic

The Shelby County Court Clerk is hosting an Expungement Clinic this month for members of the local unions in Memphis as well as their family members.

  Train delivers Memphis in May World Cargo Crate to local school with information about the Republic of Ghana

It's not May, but for some Tuesday kicked off Memphis in May celebrations. A train delivered the Memphis in May World Cargo Crate to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. This year a train horn kicked off an important part of the Memphis in May celebrations.

  MPD warns Memphians of DUI safety for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating a new beginning. For roughly 25,000 people, Downtown Memphis will be the spot they choose to ring in 2020, according to Memphis Police.

  Ringing in the new year Bluff City style

New Year’s Eve 2019 marks the end of the decade. Some of the events we’ve enjoyed for years will help us usher in the new year.

5 ways to ring in the new year in the Bluff City

The new year is quickly approaching and the Bluff City has a plethora of events around the city to help ring in 2020 in the best possible ways.

  Save money during themed evenings at Starry Nights in Shelby Farms

We know Christmas is over, but you can still have some holiday fun at Starry Nights!

  Holiday Wonders lights up Memphis Botanic Garden

If you’re looking for something festive to do after Christmas, check out the beautiful displays in the Holiday Wonders at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

  Turning Point patients receive holiday cheer from Southpoint Church

The Christmas spirit was in the air as gifts were handed out to patients at Turning Point in Southaven, Mississippi.

  Santa’s sleigh takes flight in Collierville with hot air balloon

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s....Santa in a hot air balloon?

  Memphis Rox gives coats, toys to children in need

A local non profit organization lent a helping hand to the community Saturday with a coat and toy drive.

  One Family Memphis, Memphis Rox hold family coat drive for Soulsville community

The group is asking everyone to bring warm winter gear to Memphis Rox off Mclemore Avenue.

  Boyette Apartments to open in South Memphis to help community members in need

This morning, community leaders will gather for the grand opening of a new apartment building in South Memphis.

  Bring on the toys! Porter-Leath Toy Truck parked, ready to load

It’s the 18th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck Drive and the truck is right outside our studio.

  Porter-Leath to kick Toy Truck Drive into gear this weekend

They’re collecting donated toys to give to children who wouldn’t otherwise receive a gift.

2019 Christmas, holiday parades around the Mid-South

There are a number of holiday and Christmas parades set to flood the streets of the Mid-South over the next week.

  It’s a wrap: Thank you for donating to the 12th Annual WMC Holiday Food Drive

Today is the day! We’ve partnered with the Mid-South Food Bank for our 12th annual WMC Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive!

  City of Memphis asks people to plan for road closures, traffic issues ahead of St. Jude Marathon and AAC title game

The 26.2-mile marathon begins at 8 a.m. Saturday downtown and makes its way to midtown before concluding back downtown.

  First ever MemFeast creates lasting impact for Memphians

The City of Memphis teamed up with volunteers to put on the event, and provide those in need with a warm meal.

Organizations join to donate 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to Bluff City veterans

Smithfield Foods, Kroger and the Mid-South Food Bank are all teaming up to donate 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to veterans in Memphis on Thursday.

Shelby Farms Park’s ‘Starry Nights’ to open next week

In addition to the lights, there will also be other winter activities including ice skating, holiday shopping and treats.

Veterans Day Parade to march the streets of Downtown Memphis

Today the nation pauses to remember those have served or are currently serving.

  City of Memphis says annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless is back on after outpouring of support

A day after committee members said the 35th Annual Memphis Thanksgiving Day Dinner was canceled, the City of Memphis says the meal is back on thanks to an outpouring of generosity.

  NCRM’s 28th Freedom Award honors civil, human rights activists

Recording artist John Legend, Nigerian human rights activist Hafsat Abiola and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem were the recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 2019 Freedom Award.

  Shelby County announces bicentennial celebration

Next month will mark Shelby County's bicentennial.

  RiverArtsFest kicks off at riverfront

Nearly 200 artists will line Riverside Drive this weekend for the RiverArtsFest.

  Greater Memphis Chamber kicks off Up Skill 901 Workforce Summit

Monday marked day one of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “Up Skill 901” Workforce summit.

  American Cancer Society to host Making Strides Walk for breast cancer

Thousands of mid-southerners are expected to be in attendance for this year’s event on Oct. 20 at the Mid-South fairgrounds.

  Memphis Convention Center hits major milestones in construction

A $200 million project at the Memphis Convention Center is about to reach some major construction milestones.

  14th Annual Block Party for Peace ready to kick off

It’s a health, education and career fair all rolled into one, with food and entertainment mixed into it all.

  This weekend is annual turkey trot race in memory of fallen Memphis police officer

The race provides holiday meals for families in the Raleigh-Frayser area and honors the legacy of Verdell Smith who was killed in the line of duty while working on Beale Street in June 2016.

  Mid-South Fair in full swing

Mid-South Fair Executive Director Todd Mastry said one of the biggest features of this year’s fair will be the live music.

  Cooper-Young Festival brings artwork and more to thousands of festival goers

The festival gives local artists of all trades a chance to show off what they do best.

  Millions roll in after Memphis in May, plans to honor Republic of Ghana in 2020

Next year, the Republic of Ghana will be honored. As those plan's continue, mediation between Memphis River Parks Partnership, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Memphis also continues.

Elvis Week 2019 is ready to rock and roll

Events include The Auction at Graceland, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals, live concerts, fan events and appearances from celebrities and musicians.

  Mid-South fireworks shows should bring fun, precautions

The Fourth of July in the Mid-South is a time where many gather with family and friends to celebrate and watch fireworks.

  WMC partners with YMCA for ‘Y on the Fly’ book drive

Monday marks the kick off of a special book drive in partnership with the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South.

Cooper-Young hosts 5th annual Pup Crawl benefiting the Humane Society

Cooper-Young restaurants and bars will offer a 25-percent discount and special canine-themed drinks for the evening to Pup Crawlers, which are available from 6 to 9 p.m. during the Pup Crawl.

Memphis Botanic Garden’s ‘Live at the Garden’ concert series announced

The lineup for 19th annual Live at the Garden concert series has been released.

Topgolf Tracer Range opening on Summer Avenue

According to the Memphis Business Journal, Golf and Games Family Park on Summer Avenue will add a Topgolf’s Toptracer Range.

Cooper-Young Garden Walk to feature more than 60 diverse gardens

This year’s theme is “Edibles, Herbs, Native Plants and Flowers.”

Beale Street Music Festival performance times announced

Daily Line ups and stage time for bands have been released

  51 years after assassination, Memphis remembers MLK

April 4, 2019 marks 51 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.

  Memphis offering free swim camp this summer

For the second year, the City of Memphis is offering free summer camps to children. This year, the Parks Department is doing something a little different – offering an all-day swim camp.

University of Memphis hosting Visit Day for Shelby County Schools

Students will receive a free shirt, meet the U of M spirit and pom squad, tour the campus and meet the true blue mascot, Pouncer.

FedEx Express looking to fill 500 open positions

FedEx Express is hosting a job fair to fill 500 permanent part time positions.

Event seeks to reintroduce Ashlar Hall to public

“Rites of Spring at Ashlar Hall” will take place over two weekends in April.

Memphis Heritage Trail hosting the 2019 Summer Teacher Institute: Road to Civil Rights

Memphis Heritage Trial offers Summer Camp to teachers in the Memphis area.

Graceland honors armed forces in annual Military Appreciation Weekend

Graceland celebrates Elvis' 61st anniversary of serving in the military.