The Cooper Young Festival 2017

Saturday September 15, 2018 9AM to 7PM

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2019 Cooper Young Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to 7 pm. See you then!

Click here to see 2015 Cooper Young Festival Poster Art

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 15th.

In its 31st 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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Cooper-Young Artist Invitational Entry Submissions

Cooper Young Artist Invitational

September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Festival Friday 4 – Miler

September 14 at 7 p.m.

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

November 1 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Jay Etkin

Cooper Young Taps Local Gallery Owner for Poster Art

The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival is pleased to announce that internationally known, local Memphian and abstract artist, Jay Etkin has been named the 2018 Poster Artist.

Jay Etkin owned and operated one of the first galleries in Cooper Young between 1989 and 1999 which showcased local and regional talent, conceptual art exhibitions as well as performance works. Jay holds a B.A. and M.F.A in Fine Arts and Education from Brooklyn College in New York. Among his many accomplishments are that he apprenticed under American Realist Painter, Philip Pearlstein in the early 1970s, he was a student at the New York Zen Study Center, and was a fashion designer for B & A Prints of New York City. Jay operated the Art Studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn from 1971 through 1983 at which time he relocated to Memphis after exhibiting at the Art Academy now known as the Memphis College of Art.

Jay is a legendary humanitarian working with the South Brooklyn Council of the Arts developing workshops for at-risk youth living in inner-city housing projects in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. In more recent years, Jay gives his talent to numerous non-profit organizations such as managing the Beale Street Studios, co-creating the South Main Trolley Art Tours, advising at the Jacob’s Ladder Housing Initiative and as a director of the ArtCity Kids Inc. a 501 c3 targeting at-risk teens with dance, theater and visual arts programs. Jay is foremostly known for his artistically abstract paintings and his collection consulting for banks, hotels, hospitals and law firms here and around the country. The artist is known for his extensive African Tribal Art and Latin American Folk-Art collections. Currently, Jay is deeply immersed with the City of Memphis in the creation of the Memphis Museum of Tribal and Visionary Art.

View the 2018 Festival Poster



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


Fuzzy Jeffries and The Kings of Memphis

5:15 – 6:30 PM

Guitarist, Songwriter and Producer Kevin "Fuzzy" Jeffries was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois on March 15, 1957. He discovered his love for music when he was a young man playing around with the xylophones then moving on to guitar. After mastering his skills on the guitar, he began recording with many artists in the early 1970's taking in as much knowledge and information as he could. Determination and dedication to his music lead him to record and perform with famous artists such as Pop Staples and The Staple Singers, Artie "Blues Boy" White, Otis Clay and many more. Moving to Memphis, Tennessee Fuzzy brought along that same determination and dedication. He began to record and perform with great blues and southern soul performers such as Little Milton, J Blackfoot, Bobby Rush, Bobby Blue Bland and Sir Charles Jones. Fuzzy discovered he had his own unique style and sound and decided to put out his own CD calling it, Fuzzy Rocking the Blues. While in Memphis Tennessee, Fuzzy decided that he wanted to start his own band with his longtime friends and family of twenty plus years. Knowing all of his band members were the best at their crafts, they came together and decided to name themselves Fuzzy and The Kings of Memphis, a hard hitting, rhythm making group giving you the feel of the true rocking blues.

Main Stage

located in front of Young Avenue Deli

First Congo

located in the First Congregational Church parking lot

Memphis Grizzlies 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 $225.00 (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. No live animals may be sold from your booth.

We have created an International Bazaar, on the First Congo parking lot where all individual people (not retail shops/online shops) selling imported, manufactured or non-vintage, collectibles items will be assigned booth space. The art in the booths in Sections A-C must be made by the person/persons renting the booth space. We allow antique collectibles, in addition to art items.

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. All booth fees are non-refundable.

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 Table/Chairs Delivery Pricing

See list of this year's Featured Artists

Booths will go on sale June 15, 2018 at 12 am.

Cooper -Young Festival 2018 - Vendor Application, Sept. 15th – Rain Date Sept. 16th

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

If you are having issues with the form, please click here

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


Commercial Appeal


Memphis Grizzlies


Sprouts Farmers Market




Jim Keras Subaru


Summer Winds Resorts


Local ABC 24




ROCK 102.7


101.9 KISS RM


News Radio 600 WREC








Delta Ice


Albert Cook Plumbing


Methodist Hospital


Semmes Murphey


Hattie B’s


Premier Transportation Services

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 17, 2016. In its twenty-ninth 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




Aldo’s Pizza Pies


Celtic Crossing


Central BBQ


Coco & Lola’s




Ferren Family Counseling


Fred Remmers


Glo Medical




Inbalance Fitness


Java Cabana Coffeehouse


Kismet Properties


Memphis Animal Clinic


Memphis Drum Shop


Memphis Fitness Kickboxing


Mulan Bistro


National Economy Plumbers


New Ballet Ensemble


Palladio Group


Pavo Salon


Schwartz Electric


Soul Fish Café


State Farm Insurance


Stone Soup Cafe


Sweet Grass




Young Avenue Deli