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Shuttle, traffic, and parking information for A Day of Merrymaking

There are several ways to get to A Day of Merrymaking, including ways to leave your car off-site and avoid the traffic. Here’s all you need to know about getting to the festival.

On Saturday, October 6, 2018 beginning at 7am, the main park roads (with the exception of Morrie Moss) will move to a one-way clockwise traffic flow for the Day of Merrymaking festival. See the map for details.

Traffic modifications for Day of MerrymakingIf you’re arriving by free shuttle:
Free shuttles sponsored by FedEx will run from 10 AM to 3:30 PM from two locations, with pickups approximately every 20 minutes:

  • The Overton Square garage at 2100 Monroe Avenue: Pickups will occur ON THE PLAZA on Trimble Place near the stage. Parking in the garage is free until 6:00 PM.
  • The City of Memphis General Services Area at 281 E. Parkway N., just north of Poplar Avenue: This 13-acre parcel is being vacated by the City and returned to the park. If you’d like to get a look at it, come park here for free! All vehicles parked at this location must exit by 4:00 PM, when the facility’s gates will lock.

If you’re arriving by bike:
Bike valet will also be available at A Day of Merrymaking, near the event entrance on Old Forest Lane (southwest corner of the Greensward). There are permanent Explore Bike Share stations at East Parkway Pavilion and to the west of the Greensward, in front of Memphis College of Art. We’ll also be popping up a temporary Explore Bike Share station at the General Services Area at 281 E. Parkway N., just north of Poplar Avenue. Park here and ride an EBS bike through the Old Forest to the event.

Explore Bike Share is running a half-price promotion this weekend, so you can ride for $2.50. Purchase your pass on Saturday or Sunday from the BCycle app or

If you’re arriving by car:
All vehicles will enter the park from either Poplar & Tucker to the south or Prentiss Place to the north. Veterans Plaza Drive will be exit-only for cars. Memphis Police Department will assist with turning onto Poplar Avenue. Vehicles entering at Poplar & Tucker will continue onto Morrie Moss and either travel north to the Zoo, or veer right (east) toward Veterans Plaza, the Greensward, Memphis College of Art, and other park amenities. Vehicles will exit the park from Veterans Plaza Drive, or may loop back on Golf Drive to turn left and exit at the light at Poplar & Tucker. Morrie Moss/Tucker St. will allow for two-way traffic from the Zoo entrance to Poplar Avenue, to allow Zoo visitors to exit the park.

Parking will be allowed on both sides of park roads on Veterans Plaza Drive and Golf Drive, with all parking facing the same direction. This means visitors will be allowed to parallel park on either side of the road without changing the direction of their vehicles. Parking will be allowed only on one side of Morrie Moss. Old Forest Lane will be closed to both traffic and parking.

Watch the Conservancy’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on the availability of parking, and be prepared to seek alternate parking locations once the park roads and parking lots are full.