The Cooper Young Festival 2020

Saturday September 18, 2021 9AM to 7PM

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2021 Cooper Young Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, September 18 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 18th.

In its 34th 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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Events

Cooper Young Festival Kickoff Party

September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Festival Friday 4 – Miler

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

November 4 from 6 to 7 p.m.

John McIntire

Legendary, internationally known artist to design 2021 poster

The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival is pleased to announce that local Memphian and Cooper Young resident, John McIntire, has been named the 2021 Poster Artist.

John McIntire is a legend in Memphis and beyond. He was born in Wellsville, Ohio, one of ten children. While attending college, his professor abruptly walked out leaving John as the teacher for the rest of the semester. After college, John attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, all eight years on scholarship. In 1961, the Director of the Memphis Art Academy, Ted Rust, sent John tickets to come interview. John was 26. This turned out to be a huge turning point in John’s life, as he was a sculpture teacher at the Memphis College of Art for over 24 years. John continued to teach until 1985.

John has been called the last of the beatniks and one of the first hippies by his friends. John is known across Memphis for his attire always being a Hawaiian shirt. He donated a collection of over 700 Hawaiian shirts to the College of Art in 2007; the event was recorded in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

John always thought of himself as a painter more than a sculpture donating hundreds of paintings to museums across the country. John has several public sculptures in Memphis, two of which are The Muse, A Bicentennial gift to The City of Memphis from the Memphis Art Academy in 1976 which stands downtown and a statue of Jesus commissioned by Elvis’ entourage members for a Christmas present that is in the garden near Elvis’ grave at Graceland.

View the 2019 Festival Poster

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Volunteer

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 cyba@bellsouth.net 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

www.cooperyoung.biz
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Music Lineup

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Coming Soon!

5:15 – 6:30 PM

Check back for more information.

Main Stage

located in front of Young Avenue Deli

First Congo Stage

located in the First Congregational Church parking lot

Memphis Grizzlies Stage

located at intersection of Young & Meda

Guidelines

  • 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 cyba@bellsouth.net 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.

Vendors

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 June 14th). The cost for a 10' x 15' booth space is $250.00 (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 BE ADVISED, IF YOU HAVE MANUFACTURED MERCHANDISE, YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED BOOTH SPACE ON THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH LOT IN THE INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR. WE WILL NOT MAKE ACCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

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, 2021 at 12 am.

Cooper -Young Festival 2021 - Vendor Application, September 18th – Rain Date September 19th

*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 15th

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 cyba@bellsouth.net 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 cyba@bellsouth.net 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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Sponsors

2015 Sponsors

2015 Sponsors

evolve

Evolve Bank & Trust

commercialappeal

Commercial Appeal

memphis-grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies

puma-air-compressor

Puma Air Center

horshoe-tunica

Horseshoe Tunica

cw30

CW30

rock-102-7

ROCK 102.7

kiss-fm

101.9 KISS RM

news-radio-600

News Radio 600 WREC

lamplighter

Lamplighter

toof

Toof

pro-show

ProShow

delta-ice

Delta Ice

albertcook-silver

Albert Cook Plumbing

permier

Premier Transportation Services

metro

Metro by T-Mobile

Become a Sponsor

The Cooper Young Festival has over $300,000 in radio, television and print media with a reach to just under 2 million people the three months before the festival date. If you would like to sponsor the Cooper Young Festival, please contact Tamara Cook for opportunities available at this time. She can be reached at 901-276-7222 and cyba@bellsouth.net

Local Business Love

Local Business Love

albertcook

Albert Cook Plumbing

aldos

Aldo’s Pizza Pies

bluff-city-coffee

Bluff City Coffee

cafe-ole

Café Ole

captain-co

Captain and Company

celtic

Celtic Crossing

central-bbq

Central BBQ

coco-lola

Coco & Lola’s

comm-trans

Comm-Trans

crone-construction

Crone Construction

dogsrule

Dogs Rule

epicenter

Epicenter

flashback-logo

Flashback

fox-cat-vintage

Fox+Cat Vintage

fredremmers

Fred Remmers

glo

Glo Medical

inbalance

Inbalance Fitness

kismet

Kismet Properties

lehman-roberts

Lehman-Roberts

memphisdrumshop

Memphis Drum Shop

memphiskickboxing

Memphis Fitness Kickboxing

mulan-bistro

Mulan Bistro

nationaleconomy

National Economy Plumbers

newballetensemble

New Ballet Ensemble

palladio

Palladio Group

pavo

Pavo Salon

schwartz

Schwartz Electric

somos

Somos Un

statefarm

State Farm Insurance

stonesoup

Stone Soup Cafe

sweetgrass

Sweet Grass

young-avenue-deli

Young Avenue Deli