Third-party arbiter a possible solution for damages to Tom Lee Park during Memphis in May

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The future of Memphis in May returning to Tom Lee Park is still undecided, as there’s no formal agreement between event organizers and the Memphis River Parks Partnership.

Memphis city council members discussed the future of the festival on Tuesday, delaying a vote on a park restoration fund.

The fund includes half-a-million dollars, although it’s unclear at this time where the money would come from.

Council members amended a resolution relating to the festival, adding a third-party arbiter for the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

The cost of damages relating to the events has been part of the dispute.

A vote on the amendment is expected in December.

Memphis in May kicks off May 1, 2023, with a salute to Malaysia, the honored country.

Beale Street Music Festival is slated for May 5-7, and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is set to run May 17-20.

Memphis In May announces Malaysia as honored country for 2023 festival