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Beale Street Music Festival
5 things to know before you go
For the first time in three years, Beale Street Music Festival is back. With a new location and various changes to the setup, here’s a handy guide for concertgoers to make the most of their experience.
New location at the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park
Due to ongoing construction at the fest’s usual home, Tom Lee Park, this year’s event will take place at the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. The 2022 Beale Street Music Festival will be set up at the Fairgrounds in an area bounded by Hollywood, East Parkway, Central and Southern. The Fairgrounds setup will feature the usual three major stages plus the blues tent. The Fairgrounds will offer the normal concessions and merchandise booths, but the slightly larger space will also allow for organizers to bring in a giant Ferris wheel — which will host rides for free — to add to the atmosphere.
Three-day passes to Beale Street Music Festival are $175. Single-day tickets are $75 for Friday and Saturday, and $70 for Sunday. Festival VIP passes are also available for $809. Tickets can be purchased at Memphisinmay.org.
Music Fest App
The Beale Street Music Festival is offering its own customized app. Find out which artists you want to catch and save them in your schedule, decide what you want to eat before standing in line, and read about all the merch vendors that will be there. The fest will also offer updates before and during the festival in its news section. You can download the Beale Street Music Festival app from the App Store or Google Play.
Parking, shuttles and more
University Park & Ride: 3700 Central Ave.
Reserve your spot at the University of Memphis parking lot and ride the shuttle to Beale Street Music Festival. Located just 2.5 miles from the festival, patrons can avoid the crowds parking near the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. Parking is $20 a day or $50 for the weekend. The shuttle is free and only available to people parking in the lot. Reservations close on April 28 or when parking lot is full. Purchasers will receive one pass per vehicle via email that will need to be displayed on the dash.
University Park & Ride Shuttle Schedule: Shuttles will leave the parking lot and fairgrounds approximately every 15 minutes. It will arrive at its destination in approximately 10-15 minutes. Shuttle hours are: h Friday: 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. h Saturday: Noon-1:30 a.m. h Sunday: Noon-11:30 p.m.
Parking near the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park
There are several first-come, firstserved parking lots operated by the City of Memphis next to the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. The daily fee is $20, and spaces are limited. Additional parking can be found in areas near the fairgrounds.
Red Lot: Entrance at Hollywood Street near Central Avenue, just north of