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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.

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



Festival Details

When the race ends, the real fun begins. The Monroe Avenue Festival is an all-day race afterparty featuring live music, local eats from some of Memphis’ best restauranteurs, an all-day raffle, dunk tank, face painting, appearances by local celebrities, and more! It's the best way to spend a Sunday Funday.

Highlights include:

  • Air-conditioned VIP area

  • Craft Beer & Beverage Tent

  • Dabbles for Donations Salon

  • Grandma’s 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

4:00 am

Tent Construction

6:30-8:00 am

Vendor Load-In

7:00-8:45 am

Race-day registration + VIP sales

9:00-11:30 AM

Breakaway Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue Festival

10:00 AM

VIP tent opens

12:00 PM

Monroe Avenue Festival opens to public

4:00 PM

Grandma’s 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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Bust Grandma’s balls

Grandma’s 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. Think you can bust Grandma's balls? 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!