Memphians can be thankful for our rather mild winters but there does seem to be a slow down of activity during these months. People tend to look forward to Memphis in May and summertime but there are still activities and events to look forward to during the winter:
The 25th Annual International Blues Challenge is February 4th - 7th with many events scheduled on Beale Street. The mission of the IBC is find the best unsigned blues artists from around the world. According to their website, The FedEx International Showcase will host so many acts from outside the U.S. that it will begin at 11am. Some of the acts represent talent from Croatia, Italy, Norway, Poland, France, Israel, Canada and Austrailia.
Mardi Gras Parade and Pub Crawl is the second weekend in February and includes a parade on Beale and various parties in the bars.
The 20th Annual Zydeco Festival is February 27th and 28th on Beale Street in various clubs. I would not call myself a Zydeco fan by any means but I've been to this festival a couple of times and had a lot of fun.
Also, during these months we are lucky to have Grizzlies and U of M basketball at FedEx Forum.