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By the middle of this month, officially September 22 at 3:02 p.m. (CST) to be exact, we will say goodbye to summer. This day, called the "Autumnal Equinox," marks the date on which day and night are both about 12 hours long. After that, our days will start getting “shorter” (less daylight) as we move through the fall season. But with the change of seasons, comes many things to look forward to — cooler weather being at the top of my list. While it may not be “sweater weather” yet, September definitely offers a chance to begin wearing boots and jeans (Hooray!).

Typically by the end of September, the weather will begin to feel cooler on a regular basis. So, it’s no wonder that so many of our favorite events take place in the fall when people want to spend more time outdoors. Here are a few September dates of outdoor events in our area to consider for your calendar:
Sept. 1​​​ The National Civil Rights Museum hosts free outdoor concerts, ​​​​​the MLK Soul Concert Series, every Friday in September, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sept. 1-10​​ Delta Fair & Music Festival at Agricenter International
Sept. 2-3 ​​Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
Sept. 7 ​​The Levitt Shell fall series of free music and events begins
Sept. 15 ​​Cemetery Cinema: “Young Frankenstein” at Elmwood Cemetery;
​​​7:30 p.m. (rain date, September 22, same time)
Sept. 16​​ Cooper Young Festival, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 - Oct. 1 ​The Mid-South Fair at the Landers Center in Southaven
Sept. 23​​ BreakFest at the Southern College of Optometry, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sept. 24  Memphis Japan Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden

Add the schedule of your preferred football team(s) to these dates, and let the fun of “tailgate season” begin. For some serious fans, this fall ritual is considered nothing less than an art form. From “just-for-the-game” foods to seasonal drinks like apple cider, Thai Coffee and specialty beers crafted just for autumn, there’s no doubt that September kicks off a deliciously social season.

Seize the day and savor the season! Happy Fall Y’all!


Emily Adams Keplinger