By Phoebe Lusk - Hussong
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, then try the Cooper Young Festival! This Saturday, head out to this beloved went in order to enjoy a diverse selection of art, music, and food.
This Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM to 7PM Cooper Young will host its 29th annual festival. This widely known event features 435 artisans from all over the country, selling their crafts, art, shirts, and vintage clothing. While exploring the festival, people can go to one of the many food vendors providing delicious food. Also, there will be three music stages showcasing original Memphis artists with the headliner, the Dirty Streets. This year’s poster, designed by Jenean Morrison, is a bright collage of blues, grays, and yellows that work together to make an image of a tent with flowers and guitars.
Admission is free for all, but it is important to bring cash because some vendors do not accept credit cards. For the smaller children, there is a Kid’s Area, but pets are not allowed. Keep in mind that parking can be difficult, as over 135,000 people attended Cooper Young Festival each year. To combat this issue, the festival encourages biking and provides a free Bike Corral for bikers to store their bikes while at the festival.
As their website says, “The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture, and Memphis heritage.” This festival is a wonderful place to buy handmade items, eat delicious food, listen to local music, and celebrate Memphis and Midtown. So, this weekend you are encouraged to join thousands of Memphians gathering at the intersection of Cooper and Young to experience this wonderful event.