Beale Street Music Festival Guide

Beale Street Music Festival

Dwight Yoakum rocking out at the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival.

What once was a small festival set up on a corner of Beale Street, today the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival has grown into a three-day celebration of music that draws more than 150,000 attendees each year. Beale Street Music Festival is the kickoff to Memphis in May International Festival, a month-long party that is possibly the best time to be in the city. But before you head to Downtown Memphis and Tom Lee Park, check out this guide to Beale Street Music Festival.

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Balloon Fiesta Inspiration

Balloon Fiesta

As the sun rises over Sandia Peak, the balloons lift off into the cool Albuquerque air.

When we planned our October trip to New Mexico, the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta had no bearing on the trip. In fact, I didn’t even remember it existed when finalizing our plans. Our dates were set because of our son’s fall break. So to say we were fortunate our week came during the 42nd annual fiesta is an understatement. Turns out this New Mexico afterthought was one of the highlights of our trip.

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Ready to Explore Albuquerque Culture


Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Balloons inflate at Balloon Fiesta Park at sunrise. (Photo Courtesy of

In just a couple of weeks we’ll be exploring New Mexico, where we’ll try to figure out if we prefer red or green chile, gaze at beautiful art in Santa Fe and on The High Road to Taos, explore ancient geologic wonders at Tent Rocks National Monument, see one of the  most photographed events in the world at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and even get our kicks on Route 66. But as we get closer to the trip and the excitement that awaits, I’ve been stressed about planning our time exploring Albuquerque culture.

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