An estimated 120,000 visitors showed up to party at Midtown’s biggest festival. Originally, the festival was a way to attract people to our city’s largest historic district. Now, it is a 400 vendor showcase of original crafts and works by artisans from all over.
A one day event, the festival blasted from three music stages featuring local musicians. The event drew attendance numbers that rivaled our biggest spring festival, Memphis in May. “”Voted one of the Top 10 Neighborhoods in America,” said organizers, “Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture, and heritage of Memphis.” For these reason, Cooper-Young has acquired the nickname, “hip-storic neighborhood.”
Kids had their own play/art area as a variety of bands associated with Goner label performed. Marc Gurley and Ken Hall hosted the School of Rock, which featured young aspiring rock musicians. The music featured was rock, blues, hop-hop, R&B, and more. Members of the city’s home team, the Memphis Grizzlies–with the Grizz Girls–gave away promos. There was dancing in the streets, fun, laughter, cold beer, and food, food, food.