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Memphis’ Favorite Time of Year: Enjoying Summer in the MidSouth

Summer in the MidSouth is one of the most enjoyable times of year. The weather is warm, and there are plenty of events to keep everyone in the whole family entertained.

Staying in Memphis this summer? We’ve put together a guide for getting the most out of summer in the MidSouth.

From downtown to Collierville, Executive Lodging has locations that are convenient to your new favorite restaurants, shopping centers, entertainment venues, and events. For information on lodging in the Memphis area, view our complete list of properties and amenities.




Levitt Shell Concert Series

The Levitt Shell has been a source of live musical entertainment in Memphis since its opening in the 1930s. Today, the Levitt Shell Concert Series is one of Memphis’ most popular musical events. Each year, music lovers have the opportunity to enjoy more than 50 free concerts and live entertainment events at the open-air Levitt Shell.

Hang out on the lawn and enjoy a cold one and listen to the best musical entertainment in the MidSouth. Past entertainers include Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, John Paul White, the North Mississippi Allstars, Lucinda Williams, and more.




The Memphis Redbirds baseball team is a minor league Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. All Redbirds home games are played at the beautiful Autozone Park in downtown Memphis. In 2017, the Redbirds won the Pacific Coast League Championship. The 2018 season began on Thursday, April 5 and runs through the beginning of September.



Peabody Rooftop Parties

For more than 75 years, the Peabody Hotel’s rooftop parties have been one of downtown Memphis’ most popular nightlife events. The Peabody’s rooftop bar has been named one of the Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Memphis, and the rooftop parties draw hundreds each week during the spring and summer months thanks to the live entertainment, food and drink tastings, valet parking, and more.



Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo started in 1906 with Natch, a black bear who was a retired baseball mascot. Now, there are more that 4,500 animals from over 500 different species. Some of the must see exhibits are Northwest Passage, CHINA, Cat Country, and the Teton trek. Season exhibits this summer include the Interpretive Trail, Camel Excursion, Giraffe Feeding Adventure, Jellyfish, and Stingray Bay. Extended summer hours are 9 am to 6 pm.



Shelby Farms Park

With 4,500 acres of green space, Shelby Farms Park is a community treasure. There is something for everyone. Your children can play at the Woodland Discovery Playground or the Water Play Sprayground. Walk, run, or bike on the more than 40 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Take fun to new heights by climbing, swinging and ziplining in the treetop adventure course, Go Ape. Your furry friends can take part in the fun too, whether you ride horseback on a trail or play with your dog in the Outback Off-Leash Dog Park.



Mud Island

Going to the Mud Island River Park is a must this summer. Experience the beautiful views of downtown Memphis by taking the Monorail across the Mississippi River to the park. See an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River by walking along the Riverwalk. If you get hot, climb aboard one of our pedal boats and splash your way through their one acre water area.

The Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island contains 18 galleries, telling you all about the history in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. See a live concert at the Mud Island Amphitheater; they have a full 2018 summer concert calendar, with acts such as Widespread Panic, Alison Krauss, and NEEDTOBREATHE.



Overton Square

The relaxed yet sophisticated environment of Overton Square is refreshing for a nice night out, offering shopping, entertainment, and good food. From tacos and tapas at Babalu to delicious sugary treats at Sweet Noshings, there are all kinds of locally owned restaurants ready to fill your belly. You can see a play at Playhouse on the Square, or watch a movie under the stars in the Chimes Square Courtyard. There is also live music most nights at Lafayette’s Music Room and The Zebra Lounge.



Want to experience all that Memphis has to offer in the summer? Visit our list of local properties available for rent.


Posted by Kathy Sluder at 9:00 AM