Best Times to Visit Memphis
The best times to visit Memphis are April and May or October and November. These short seasons are brief reliefs from the uncomfortable (and long) summer and winter seasons. Average summer highs often climb above 90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. However, the summer remains Memphis' peak tourism season because of school vacations.
Your Elvis T-shirt will be stuck to your skin, and you'll be tempted to follow the ducks' example and hop into the Peabody Fountain. Plan to drink lots of water and power walk to your next destination. Or better yet, drive with the AC on high. And if you're planning to attend Elvis Week festivities, book your accommodations several months in advance.
Autumn in Memphis features more bearable temperatures and a dry, sunny climate. However, the weather can change suddenly, so it's best to pack for all conditions. Also, while spring may have the festivals, fall witnesses a flurry of discounted deals. The only downside: Mud Island River Park is closed from November to March.
For a place that boils in the summer, Memphis can get chilly in the winter. Daily highs will be in the low 50s before March when temps begin to climb. These months are also the rainiest, so bring an umbrella.
Not only will you enjoy the best weather that Memphis has to offer (temps hover in the mid-60s and low 70s), but you can also partake in the city's Memphis In May International Festival, a monthlong event that features some of the city's most popular festivals. Keep in mind: You won't be the only one capitalizing on the city's amazing weather and robust events calendar; plan to book your accommodations several months in advance.