901Fest, a festival celebrating all things local, will be added to the month-long Memphis in May programming, replacing the long-running Sunset Symphony.
The festival will follow the inaugural Great American River Run on Saturday, May 28th. It will feature local musicians, artists, vendors, and merchants, as well as the annual air show and fireworks show that were a part of the symphony event.
“The mission of our organization is to celebrate Memphis’ culture and heritage. We plan on doing that in spectacular style this Memorial Day weekend by showcasing our musicians, artists, culinary arts, and unique Memphis products. 901Fest gives us an opportunity to turn the spotlight on Memphis and allow Memphians to enjoy our city’s assets," said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.
Memphis in May is partnering with Choose 901 for the festival, and Choose 901 is holding a social media contest
to gather input on what local artists and vendors should be featured at the festival. The full schedule for 901Fest will be released closer to the festival date.
The Sunset Symphony event, a performance in Tom Lee Park by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, was retired last year after a 39 year run.