Need something to do during of May? Try the Memphis in May Festival. This is a month long celebration highlighting the music of the area, featuring fabulous food that everyone will enjoy, and providing special events that are sure to excite all visitors to the area. Its illustrious history dates back to the 1800s when African American musicians would gather around Beale Street to perform. With so much to choose from, this festival has numerous activities to offer, such as: 1. The Beale Street Music Festival kicks off the event with three days of music in the Tom Lee Park. This event finds musicians of every venue playing their favorite music for the crowds. 2. International Week is a favorite among many of the attendees. Each year a different country is highlighted and the culture, foods, music, and entertainment provide a great learning experience for everyone who visits. The 2010 festivities highlight Tunisia. 3. The most popular event is the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest. This event began in 1978 with 20 teams and has grown to be the largest pork barbeque competition in the world, with over 250 teams. The best part of this event – everybody gets to enjoy the prize-winner's contributions to the contest. 4. At the end of the day, after all the excitement, the Sunset Symphony at Tom Lee Park is sure to calm the spirit and help the folks relax for a good night's sleep. The Memphis in May Festival is a fun celebration for all to attend.