The Cooper Young Festival 2020

Saturday September 17, 2022 9AM to 7PM

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2022 Cooper Young Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, September 17 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 17, 2022.

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


Cooper Young Festival Kickoff Party

To Be Announced

Festival Friday 4 – Miler

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

Cancelled for 2022

CYFEST Poster Artist 2022 Announced

Kirsten Sandlin

The 34th Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is slated for Saturday, September 17, 2022 in the largest historic district in Midtown, Memphis. This year will be our 10th anniversary with Evolve Bank & Trust as our Title Sponsor!

Kirsten Sandlin has been tapped to capture the celebration that is the Cooper Young Festival. Kirsten is a multidisciplinary artist and collector who is as comfortable painting 50 feet in the air from a cherry picker as she is in the workshop repurposing lost antiques. She is passionate about supporting other artists and has served Paint Memphis for years as both a muralist and a board member.

Kirsten has majors in Psychology and Criminology specializing in Forensic Psychology and Death Investigations. She spent some time as a U.S. diplomat in Romania. She is a self-trained artist with an eye for color and international tastes from traveling the globe for over twenty-five years. Kirsten now lives in CY with her family where she owns and operates an art business painting needlepoint canvas.

Photo Credit: Harry Tuttle

View the 2022 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 [email protected] 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

Bailey Bigger

5:15 – 6:30 PM

We are pleased to announce our musical lineup for the 2022 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival slated for Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Headliner for the 2022 Festival is Bailey Bigger with Mark Stuart (bass guitar), Wyly Bigger (keyboard) and Danny Banks (drums).

Growing up in small town, Marion, Arkansas, just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, Bailey began writing and performing seriously in Memphis at the age of 14. Since then, she’s gone on to share stages and festival line ups with acts like The Avett Brothers, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, and many more. Bailey released her debut EP with Oxford based label, Big Legal Mess in 2020, “Let’s Call it Love,” and has gained national attention from her earthy songwriting and haunting vocals. Bailey’s debut full length album, “Coyote Red,” released with Madjack Records in March and is available on all streaming platforms. Go to to learn more and find tour dates near you. Melissa Clarke with Americana Highways said “Every now and again one of those quintessentially shining voices appears, and now is definitely one of those times.” We are star-struck to have Bailey with us this year!

Main Stage

located in front of Young Avenue Deli

First Congo Stage

located in the First Congregational Church parking lot- Congo Stage for 2022 cancelled

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 [email protected] 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 June 14th). The cost for a 10' x 15' booth space is $250.00 (we pay the required Code Enforcement permit fee). Only 10 x 10 tents allowed on festival site per Code, bigger tents do not fit our site setup and cause problems with neighboring vendors. 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 are not having the International Bazaar in 2022 look for it to return in 2023. 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, 2022 at 12 am.

Cooper -Young Festival 2022 - Vendor Application, September 17th – Rain Date September 18th

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

Thank you Memphis! See you next year on Saturday, September 16, 2023!

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 - International Bazaar 2022 cancelled

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Section E

Parking lot at corner of Young Ave and Cooper St.

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2022 Sponsors

2022 Sponsors

Evolve Bank & Trust

Memphis Flyer

WMC Action News 5

Memphis Grizzlies

Hattie B’s

Southland Casino Hotel



Delta Ice

Mid-South Lions

Kix 106

98.1 the Max


98.9 the Bridge

Ounce of Hope

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 [email protected]

Local Business Love

Local Business Love

901 Toys

Aldo’s Pizza Pies

Arrow Creative

Burke’s Book Store

Café Ole

Celtic Crossing

Central BBQ

Coco & Lola’s


Crone Construction

Ferren Family Counseling

Glo Medical

Halford Loudspeakers

Inked Memphis

Kismet Properties

McLemore & Co., Realty

Memphis Drum Shop

Memphis Fitness Kickboxing

Memphis Tabernacle

Mulan Bistro

National Economy Plumbers

New Ballet Ensemble

Palladio Group

Pavo Salon

State Farm Insurance

TLC Closing


Young Avenue Deli

ZenHouse Memphis