The Cooper Young Festival 2015

Saturday September 19, 2015 9AM to 7PM

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September 19, 2015

Click here to see 2015 Cooper Young Festival Poster Art

Thank you Memphis for a great festival! See you next year - Saturday, September 17!

The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association (CYBA), is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis' largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is scheduled for September 19th.

In its 28th year, this event has grown tremendously and is one of Memphis' most highly attended Festivals. This year, over 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage.

Cooper Young was named one of the "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America" by the American Planning Association in 2012. Come join us for the party and get to know why Cooper Young is Midtown!

*No Pets Please

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Kickoff Party / Poster Unveiling

August 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cooper-Young Artist Invitational Entry Submissions

Cooper Young Artist Invitational

September 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Festival Friday 4 – Miler

September 18 at 7 p.m.

Calling All Young Artists – Grade 1st – Grade 12th

November 5 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Gino Barzizza

Gino Barzizza is a Midtown Memphis-based illustrator, designer, tinkerer, writer, and all-time creative. He is the creative brain behind HungryFire Workshop. Gino attended Syracuse University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has designed work for Toyota, NBC Universal, HBO, HSBC, among others.

Gino finds inspiration in the people and music of Memphis, his place of birth.



Our Festival is one of the biggest events in Memphis annually – HUGE. We can use alot of volunteers! Please call our CYBA offices at 901-276-7222 or email us at if you would like to join in the fun as a volunteer this year!

Tamara Cook

Executive Director
Cooper Young Business Association

Office: 901-276-7222
Fax: 901-276-2043

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Music Lineup


Otis Clay

Join us for Grammy nominee, Blues Hall of Famer and Hi Records veteran Otis Clay headlining the 2015 Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, September 19 from 9 am to 7 pm. R&B great Clay will be backed by a group of musicians dubbed the “Take Me to the River Band” put together by Royal Studios producer Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and featuring alumni of the Hi Rhythm Section and Stax Records. Otis Clay takes the Main Stage at 5:15 p.m.

Main Stage

located in front of Young Avenue Deli

School of Rock Stage

located in the First Congregational Church parking lot

Memphis Grizzlies/Goner Records Stage

located at intersection of Young & Meda


  • Bands must be from Memphis, TN and play original music.
  • Regional touring schedule will be looked on favorably.
  • Having music to sell digitally and/or physically will be looked on favorably.
  • No physical press kits required. Please only send links or digital press kits. List of previous press encouraged.
Submissions to Cooper Young Festival: Please send your links to Tamara at for our Music Selection Committee to review. Bands can submit at any time of the year. Selected bands will be notified at least two months before the festival play date.


Booths on sale starting June 15th

The CY Festival Artist Vendor Application is turned on June 15 every year at 12 am (that’s midnight on the 14th). The cost for a 10' x 15' booth space is $200.00 (we pay the required Code Enforcement permit fee). We do not take early applications. All vendor artist booths are processed through this website application feature. Please look at the Festival Site Maps to pick your top three booth requests for the application. We will try to place you as close as possible to your requests.

Booths may not be sub-leased by the artist vendor under any circumstances. If you cannot make the Festival, you must return your booth to us so that we can allow an approved artist on the waiting list have a chance to display their art. We reserve the right to shut down any unapproved vendor on the Festival grounds.

This application process is only for vendor ARTISTS (people who hand-make their form of art) – all retail shops, commercial businesses, corporations and food vendors seeking a booth for the Festival, please call Tamara Cook, Director of the CYBA at 901-276-7222 for commercial and sponsorship opportunities that are available.

Please make note that Generators are NOT allowed and that electricity is not supplied with booth space.

Click here for Tent/Table Delivery Pricing

See list of this year's Featured Artists

Booths will go on sale June 15, 2015 at 12 am.

*If you do not see the application at 12 am CST, refresh your browser.

If you are having issues with the application, follow this link and fill out the form. *Booth spaces are non-refundable.

Check Back here on June 2015

Food Vendors

We have approximately 25 food vendors each year at the CY Festival. Food vendors must have the following:
  1. Comply with all Health Department permit requirements
  2. Comply with all City of Memphis / Shelby County Code Enforcement requirements
  3. Comply with all Food Truck and Food Concession requirements
  4. $1,000,000 in Commercial General Liability Insurance, $2,000,000 in General Aggregate Insurance
  5. Must provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the Cooper Young Festival as an additional insured Certificate Holder

Food Vendors are added on a need basis when a space becomes available. Food Vendors that were with us the previous year and had satisfactory performance are invited back the next year. The usual size of the food vendor spaces are from 10" x 10" to 10" x 20."

Since we are a street festival, electricity is not available in all locations. A set up fee is charged depending on how much space is needed and area of the festival.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send a email to with the following:

  1. Picture of setup
  2. List of items and prices to be sold
  3. A list of equipment to be used in setup
  4. The size of your setup
  5. Whether or not you need electricity or if you have a generator
  6. Name of business, phone and contact information

You will be notified if a place has been found for you by July 1.

Commercial Vendors

A limited amount of small business commercial spaces are available annually that are spread throughout the festival site. The majority of our festival vendors are handmade artists showing and selling their wares that they made themselves at their home.

If you have a retail or store front where you sell your items or you manufacture your items with the help of others, you would be considered a Commercial Vendor. Please contact for available space and costs.

Section A

Full Festival Layout

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Section A Continued

Cooper St, from Nelson Ave to Trestle

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Section D

First Congregational Church parking lot

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Section E

Parking lot at corner of Young Ave and Cooper St.

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2015 Sponsors

2015 Sponsors


Evolve Bank & Trust


Miller Lite




Commercial Appeal


Memphis Grizzlies


School of Rock


Jim Keras Subaru


Summer Winds Resorts




Camp Bow Wow


Local ABC 24


Local Cares




ROCK 103


101.9 KISS RM


News Radio 600 WREC










Delta Ice


Java 4 Jobs


Ride the Roo

Become a Sponsor

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

The Cooper Young Festival (the largest single day event in Memphis annually), hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association (CYBA), is Memphis' most unique outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis' largest historic district, the Cooper Young Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015. In its twenty-eighth year, this event has grown to be one of Memphis' most anticipated and well attended events. This year over 135,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 450 artisans from around the country. The Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage.

Since the CYBA began sponsoring the Festival in the fall of 1988, this event has grown to major proportions. The money that is raised, through the Festival, is distributed back into our Historic District to help in the revitalization of our community, support our local crime prevention program and non-profits, maintain a safe residential and commercial environment and the promotion of public improvements in the area.

In addition to the Festival itself, there are several pre and post Festival events that help to promote the arts in our community:

The Thursday night before the Festival, the CYBA hosts an Art Invitational that celebrates the Poster Artist of the year and the upcoming Festival and sponsors. The Cooper Young Artist Invitational is an evening of music and art presented exclusively by local artists. All sales at the Invitational go directly to the artist whose work is sold.

The Friday evening prior to the Festival, the Cooper Young Community Association hosts the Festival Friday 4-Miler. This event is attended by approximately 1,500 runners, friends, family and community members. Please contact or 901-272-2922.

The Young Artist Contest is held the first Thursday in November. The Young Artist contest is an effort to promote the love of art in school age children. This contest is open to all school age children in the Mid-South area from 1st grade to 12th grade. Prizes in the form of scholarship bonds are awarded at this event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for all of these events.

With over $150,000 in media exposure and an opportunity to be seen and heard by over 2,000,000+ people for the three weeks prior to the festival, I encourage you to partner with us. Depending on your budget, sponsorship opportunities can be big or small – you just don't want to miss out on this great event. We would be pleased to have you join us at this year's Festival. You will find that there is no other area of the city that blends such a unique mix of art, music, crafts and games - from more than 450 vendors in a celebration of people, culture and Memphis heritage as Cooper Young!

For more sponsorship information, please call Tamara Cook at 901-276-7222 to discuss specific opportunities for your company. We look forward to including you in our Cooper Young Festival family.

Local Business Love

Local Business Love


Albert Cook Plumbing




Burke’s Books




Celtic Crossing


Coco & Lola’s


Fred Remmers


GCD Interiors


Glo Medical




Inbalance Fitness


Kismet Properties


Law Office of Parker Dixon


Memphis Animal Clinic


Memphis Drum Shop


Memphis Fitness Kickboxing


National Economy Plumbers


New Ballet Ensemble


Palladio Group


Pavo Salon


Scott Edwards, DDS


State Farm Insurance


Stone Soup Cafe




Sweet Grass


Well Child