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2020 Memphis in May events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

For the first time in over four decades, Memphis in May events have been canceled.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Due to the continuing threat of COVID9, in the interest of public safety and under advice from local health authorities, the planned 2020 Memphis in May events scheduled for September 30 through October 23 are canceled.

The difficult decision was made based on information in consultation with local health officials who advised that it would not be reasonable to host festival events as planned in 2020. 

The board of directors met this morning and voted to cancel the 2020 events as health and safety of patrons and participants is their top priority.

“The annual Memphis in May is an important part of the cultural fabric of our city, but this pandemic has impacted large scale public events worldwide and Memphis is no exception.” said James L. Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May International Festival.

Ticket holders, teams, and registrants will be offered a full refund or can opt to use their tickets or entries for the 2021 festival events. 

Participants will receive an email early next week with specific information for their ticket or registration and can also visit memphisinmay.org for details.

This is the first cancellation for the first time in over four decades. Memphis in May plans to celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2021.

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