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Monre Avenue Festival - Run with the big dogs

run, celebrate, and fundraise for ST. JUDe CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL!

Sunday, AugUST 18


Breakaway Bardog 5K SUNDAY, AUG. 18 // 9:00am

The course, designed by our race partners at Breakaway Running and Bluff City Sports, leads participants through the Core, South Main, and Riverside districts of Downtown Memphis on a 3.1 mile route ending at Front Street and Monroe Avenue.

Start your training now, because the prizes for the race’s 10th anniversary are special: the Top Overall Male and Top Overall Female finishers will be rewarded with FREE BARDOG FOR A YEAR* – as well as one runner, to be randomly selected live at the Monroe Avenue Festival Aug. 18.

Finishers that brave the heat for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are greeted Old Dominick Bloody Marys and Memphis’ greatest post-race event – the Monroe Avenue Festival!

*payable as bundle of 52 $20 gift certificates

Festival Details

When the race ends, the real fun begins. At 11AM, the Monroe Avenue Festival opens to the public. This all-day race afterparty features live music, local eats from some of the most popular local restauranteurs, an all-day raffle for St. Jude, dunk tank, face painting, and more! It's the best way to spend a Sunday Funday.

Highlights include:

  • Air-conditioned VIP Lounge Sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey

  • Craft Beer & Beverage Tent

  • Dabbles for Donations Salon

  • Grandma’s Heavenly Meatball Eating Contest


This is an outdoor festival consisting of covered and uncovered areas.

Bardog Tavern prides itself in creating an inclusive event that all members of the family can enjoy, so all ages are welcome to run and party responsibly.

What to Expect

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Schedule of events

6:30-8:00 am

Vendor Load-In

7:00-8:45 am

Race-day registration + VIP sales

9:00 AM

Breakaway Bardog 5K begins

10:00 AM

Jameson VIP Lounge opens

11:00 aM

Monroe Avenue Festival opens to public

4:00 PM

Grandma’s Heavenly Meatball Eating Contest

4:45 Pm

Last call

5:00 pm

Monroe Avenue Festival closes / vendor load-out / tent strike


party for a cause

Bardog Tavern is proud to donate proceeds of the Breakaway Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue Festival to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Since 2009, we’ve raised over $200,000 for the St. Jude!

Thank you to all our loyal and compassionate friends over the years who allow us to celebrate our anniversary in such a grand and charitable fashion.

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Become the meatball-eating champ

Grandma’s Heavenly Meatball Eating Contest is one of the most popular annual events at the Monroe Avenue Festival and always draws a crowd.

Claim the title and Championship Meatball Belt by finishing 40 – yeah, that's right, 40 – of Grandma's famous meatballs before the rest of the competition. Sign up below:


Dunk Tank Dogs

Dunk your friends, or have your friends dunk you – all for St. Jude. It's the fastest way to cool off after the Breakaway Bardog 5K!


become a vendor

Capitalize on the all-day audience at the Monroe Avenue Festival! Become a vendor and reserve your own spot to spotlight your food truck, retail business, art pieces, and more. Drop us a line HERE to join in the fun!