Introducing: The Very First Memphis Outdoor Festival

Oct 06 Introducing: The Very First Memphis Outdoor Festival


We have a brand new festival in Memphis this year called the Memphis Outdoor Festival. It’s October 18 – 19 at Shelby Farms Park and features mountain bike races on Saturday, a 5K/10K trail runs on Sunday, plus a beer garden and tons of other activities like paddle boats, rock climbing, and dock dogs all weekend. You can see a list of events and prices here.

Photo via Memphis Outdoor Festival on Facebook.

I interviewed Patrick Culligan, Jr., avid cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, “Facilitator of Fun”, and founder of the festival. Here’s what he shared with me.

Holly: How did the Memphis Outdoor Festival get started?
Patrick: The mission has always been bring the Tour de Wolf trail back to what I remember riding and racing on when I was 10, 11, 12 years old. It’s a very sore subject among the people who have been riding mountain bikes in the Mid-South long enough to remember when Shelby Farms was a regional destination for mountain biking and how much work it now needs.

If I didn’t love mountain biking so much and want to see racing return to one of my favorite trails that is benefiting from this, it wouldn’t happen. …read more

Source: I Love Memphis Blog

Ryan Guess

Mention the words craft beer and Ryan’s ears will immediately perk up. You’ll have his full attention. He believes beer is something to be enjoyed with every sip — not just a way to get a buzz. Ryan constantly wants to share this feeling with the city of Memphis through knowledge and beer education, and that led him to starting Memphis Craft Beer.