Evolve Bank and Trust presents the Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to 7 pm. The Cooper Young Festival is the biggest party of the summer spent in the largest historic district in Memphis dating back to 1891. This festival captures the attention of hundreds of thousands of attendees annually. People from all walks of life and all sections of the Mid-South take a pilgrimage to our little eclectic part of the city for a day of unforgettable fun.
The Cooper Young Festival is a free, family friendly street festival hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association for the past 26 years to make the district known and to draw homeowners, merchants and businesses into the neighborhood. Proceeds from the festival are redistributed back into the community to support local nonprofit organizations, make the area safe, promote local small businesses and secure improvements to the infrastructure of the neighborhood.
Join us for a walk down Cooper and Young and peruse handmade art by more than 425 artists that have travelled from around the nation to display and sell their wares. Be sure to enjoy some of the best music from local, homegrown Memphis artists on three stages that will be playing all day or play in our large Children’s Area sponsored by Yarnell’s Ice Cream and hosted by the Civitans and the Memphis College of Art.
In the Children’s Area, there will be games of skill and chance, bouncing fun, an obstacle course and art activities with the staff and students of the Memphis College of Art. Meet Yarnell’s Ice Cream mascot, Scoopman, who will be handing out coupons and the Park Avenue Lodge Masons will be on-hand to distribute the TN Chip - Child Identification Packet to parents of children.
The Main Stage kicks off at 11:00 am with a presentation by Evolve Bank and Trust along with New Ballet Ensemble dancers and Memphis Opera singers. Reemus Bo Deemus, Kait Lawson, The Merry Mobile and others will be on stage starting at 11:15 am until 5:00 pm. We are pleased to have Motel Mirrors featuring Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith as the headliner for this year’s event starting at 5:15 pm.
On the Memphis Grizzlies Stage located at Young and Meda enjoy local garage rock bands hosted by Goner Records. Be sure to catch some tunes starting at 12:30 pm by Moving Finger, Mouse Rocket, NOTS, Ex-Cult with Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks on stage starting at 4:30 pm. There will be surprise visits from some of the Grizzlies players along with the Grizz and Grizz Girls.
The School of Rock Stage located in the First Congo Church parking lot will be cranking up some music starting at 11:30 am highlighting their talented students in their programs in Germantown and Memphis. Come out and enjoy these seasoned musicians who have already performed this summer at the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, WI sharing the stages with the likes of Alice Cooper, Cake, and Tom Petty.
Throughout the day, get involved in some pop-up Opera as we celebrate 30 Days of Opera in September. Try your hand at “jookin” with New Ballet Ensemble students and staff as they will be performing in and around the festival site all day long.
Pre-festival events include the CY Art Invitational hosted by David Perry Smith Gallery on Thursday, September 12 from 6 – 9 pm. Artists that live or work in Cooper Young are invited to showcase their talent at this event. The art is for sale and all proceeds go to the artist. Art work by Arline Jernigan, Billy Moore, Elizabeth Alley and Nicole Phillippe to name a few will be on-display this year. The original poster artwork by Lurlynn Franklin will be sold during a silent auction. This free public-welcome event has open wine/beer bars and live music. On Friday, September 13 the Festival 4-Miler is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm at Bluff City Sports located at 769 South Cooper. Come run through our historic neighborhood with your friends! For more run registration information, go to www.cooperyoung.org.
Sponsor’s for this year’s festival are: Evolve Bank & Trust, Miller, The Commercial Appeal, Yarnell’s Ice Cream, Memphis Grizzlies, Gossett Motorcars, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, CVS/Caremark Corporation, School of Rock, More Than Words, Woodland Tree Service, Atlas Men’s Health, Langford Market, Albert Cook Plumbing, T-Mobile, Dixie Pet Memorials, Flinn Broadcasting, 96X, Hot 107.1, Q107.5, Sports56, Toof Commercial Printing, Methodist Healthcare, Delta Ice Services, ProShow Systems Memphis and Emergency Mobile Health Care.
Mark your calendar for THE event this summer!