International Festival Celebrates Belgium! Bringing the world to Memphis … and Memphis to the world, Memphis in May hosts the city’s largest events. The nonprofit, community-based organization also generates more than $40 million in economic impact, promotes tourism like no other event in the city, and remains Memphis’s largest and most dynamic consumer event year after year. Thank-que, Memphis in May! TICKETS For a comprehensive list of festival activities, call 901-525-4611 or visit memphisinmay.org. VIP ticket packages available for most events. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster. Com. ENTRANCES Only patrons who purchased advance tickets can use the Butler Street and North Bluff stairs. Day-of-event ticket purchasers must use Riverside and Beale or Riverside and Georgia. BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL April 29–May 1 Three magical days. Four big stages. More than 60 top artists.Thirty-three acres overlooking the Mighty Mississippi at the foot of historic Beale Street. One outrageous party. Location: Tom Lee Park between Beale and Georgia For the complete lineup, stage location, and performance times, visit memphisinmay.org. Fri: 5pm–12:30am Sat: 1pm–12:30am Sun: 1pm–10:30pm SALUTE TO BELGIUM INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Celebrate Belgium’s storied land and experience its cultures, customs, cuisine, and commerce. From world-class brews and worldrenowned waffles to exquisite lace and fine chocolate, Belgium brings its treasures to Memphis and shares them all over the city. For a comprehensive list of cultural events, visit memphisinmay.org. PeRFoRMANCeS Belgium on Beale May 5, 7pm The sights and sounds of Belgium plus authentic Belgian cuisine tasting at intermission Orpheum Theatre 525-3000, ticketmaster.com AUTHeNTIC BelGIAN CUISINe: May 6 & 17: Chef Didier Bolle, owner of Le Castel du Val d’Or Chez Philippe, 529-4188, peabodymemphis.com May 17–19: Chef Felix Alen, former chef to the Belgian royal family Madison Hotel’s Grill 83, 333-1224, madisonhotelmemphis.com exHIBITS Belgian Surrealism in Paintings May 1–31 Original paintings from surrealist artists Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux Brooks Museum of Art 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org Antique Belgian Gun exhibit Thru June 19 Handcrafted arms from the Musee d’Armes in Liege, Belgium National Ornamental Metal Museum 774-6380, metalmuseum.org Art of outdoors: Sculpting Nature May 1–31 Phytoprints, monotypes, and photographs of outdoor installations by Belgian nature artist Bob Verschueren Memphis Botanic Garden 576-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com The Diamonds of Antwerp May 1–31 Story of Belgium’s diamond industry Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island 576-7230, mudisland.com The Sax from Belgium to STAx May 1–31 Important and intriguing saxophones from the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels STAX Museum of American Soul Music 946-2535, staxmuseum.com The Comic Art of Marc Sleen May 1–31 Works by one of the “Four Fathers of Flemish Comics” Central Public Library, Goodwyn Gallery 415-2700, library.org WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE COOKING CONTEST May 12–14 The Super Bowl of Swine smokes out hundreds of teams competing for more than $110,000 in prizes. Grilling is the main theme, but don’t miss the Ms. Piggie Idol Contest, T-shirt face-offs, best booth contests, and more! Location: Tom Lee Park between Beale and Georgia Thu & Fri: 11am–midnight Sat: 10am–10pm Miss Piggie Idol Contest: May 12, 6pm; Awards, 8pm Ancillary Judging: May 13, 12:30pm; Awards, 6:30pm WCBCC Judging: May 14, 11am; Awards, 6:30pm People’s Choice Contest: $4 for 5 samples The Cooker’s Caravan: Guided tour of the teams May 12 & 13, every 30 minutes, 11:30am–3:30pm SUNSET SYMPHONY May 28 The swan song to Memphis in May is its oldest event. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on the majestic banks of the Mississippi River, followed by a spectacular fireworks finale! Location: Tom Lee Park between Beale and Georgia 3pm: Entertainment begins 6pm: Air Show from the Commemorative Air Force 7:30pm: MSO with special guests The Bar-Kays and A Tribute to the Timeless Music of Stax Records 9pm: Fantastic Fireworks Finale
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