Bartlett Festival, BBQ Contest & Car Show

                              The 2023 Bartlett Festival , BBQ Contest & Car Show                                                                                     Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30 

                                              We look forward to seeing everyone in 2023. 

  • Friday evening, September 29, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Live music starts at 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30, Judge Freeman Marr 5K starts at 8:00 a.m.   
  • For more information email the office of Community Relations

Make plans now to be a part of the 2023 Bartlett Festival on Friday evening, September 30 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at W. J. Freeman Park located at 2629 Bartlett Boulevard

For more information on being a part of BBQ Contest BBQ information

2023 Vendor Space:    2023 Vendor Application       2023 Food Vendor Application                                                                              Cash, check or money order made out to City of Bartlett, are accepted for payment, sorry no credit / debit card payments        

This fun-filled family event will kick-off on Friday evening with  live musical entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5k run will kick things off at 8:00 am on Saturday morning, followed by some great local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, the awards for the MBN sanctioned BBQ cooking contest, concessions and much, much more. The perfect place to spend an autumn weekend.   

The Freeman Marr 5K is for runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels.  From the runner or walker looking to finish their first 5K to the avid runner looking for a new fun race.  So make plans to come participate and support Bartlett High Athletics.   

register on line for the race                                                                                        

Free Admission - Free Shuttle Bus

Friday evening, 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. 

  • One parking location
  • Behind the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6048 Stage Road.

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

  • Two parking locations
  • Stage Centre (corner of Stage Road and Kirby-Whitten)
  • Behind the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6048 Stage Road.

2023 Music Stages   

Friday Night Live Music

6:00 to 7:30 pm -    Seeing Red     Seeing Red Website

8:00 to 9:30 pm -     Formerly known As   Formerly Known As FB page

Saturday Stage Line-Up  

8:00 am -    5K Race Start Time   

9:30 am -  Race Results

10:30 am - 11:00 am  -  Bartlett High School Marching Band 

11:00 am - 11:30 am -   Bartlett Are Chorus 

11:30 to 12:15 pm -  Bartlett Community Concert Band 

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Bartlett K9 Dog Demonstration  

1:30 to 2:30 pm -   The Amber McCain Band   

2:30 to 3:30 pm -   BBQ Cooking Contest Winners Announced 

3:30 to 4:30 pm -  KADA -a Filipino / American band    KADA Facebook page   

Demonstration Stage - 

11:00 am -   Tennessee Twirler 

11:30 am -    Delta Rhythm Cloggers

12:00 pm -    Grahamwood Elementary Cheerleaders 

1:30 pm -       Panther Pom Cheerleaders

2:00 pm -       New Church Memphis Dramatastics

2:30 pm -     IKENGA / Youth Village Drummers  

3:00 pm -     Blowtorch Revolver Band 

The Rockin’ Robin DJ’s Stage

( by the Police Department/Children’s Area) 

Featuring various musical entertainment, games and lots of fun! They will be giving away a free party, so make sure to go by and register. Rockin’ Robin DJ Web Site

Car Show

Car Show participants can register on-site between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, September 30, 2023. Entry fee is $30 per vehicle the day of the show, with awards beginning at noon. You may also pre-register on the Mustang of Memphis website. This show is open to all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. There will be Sponsors Choice awards given by participating sponsors, a poker walk, 50/50 drawing, silent auction, music, and great food nearby.  In addition, each entry will receive digital access to the professional photo taken of their vehicle.

Click here  to pre-register, August 1 - September 27 for a $25 entry fee.  

All show vehicles must enter the park through the new entrance off Bartlett Boulevard across from Ivanhoe. Look for the car show signs and be mindful of festival pedestrians when entering.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30, and make plans to come out and enjoy a great car show and wonderful fall festival with entertainment for the entire family!  This event is hosted by Mustangs of Memphis.

Proceeds from the car show go to  Memphis Oral School for the Deaf