Annual Events

Festival Friday 4-Miler (September)

For over 25 years, we’ve kicked off Cooper-Young’s festival weekend with our annual four mile race through the neighborhood. This event not only celebrates the funky, laid back atmosphere of the community, it also provides the majority of our financial support throughout the year. We’ve always got a great crowd, a great neighborhood ready to cheer you on, and a great after party so be sure to check out our event website for up-to-date details on how you can get registered for the best four mile race in Memphis. We rely on a ton of amazing volunteers to make the race happen every year. If you would like to join them, contact us and we’ll get you set up.

Cooper-Young Beerfest (October)

This festival celebrates the brewing tradition that has been alive in America since before its founding. We know there’s a place for big-industry beers, and we certainly enjoy them. But those beers have enjoyed decades of national attention and we want to support the hardworking local brewers who devote their time, talent and energy to making beers that are uniquely their own. Their beers reflect their tastes, their creativity, their experiences: who they are. Their beers say a lot about the folks in our region, too. We’re hard to pigeonhole, easy to love and ready for celebration. This popular event is held every October and acts as one of the main fundraisers for the CYCA. Be sure to check out our event website for more info on this year’s event.

CYCA Elections (March/April)

Each year our membership votes for officers to lead our organization; all members in good standing are eligible both to run and to vote. Terms last for two years and elections are staggered such that each year two positions are up for election.

Community Yard Sale (April)

Every year, residents throughout the neighborhood hold yard sales on the same Saturday in April. This event is organized and promoted as a group effort but each yard sale sets its own prices and details.

Garden Walk (May)

The Cooper-Young Garden Club hosts an annual Garden Walk that treats hundreds of attendees to views of front, back and container gardens. Visit gardens with chickens, beehives, raised beds, funky art, secluded patios, fountains, ponds, outdoor showers, she sheds, organic gardens, a Pagoda, and so much more. Be sure to check out the event website for more info and to purchase tickets.

4th of July Parade (July)

We love this wonderful family-friendly tradition! All are welcome to come out and celebrate the 4th of July with popsicles, side walk chalk, and a short parade near Peabody Elementary. Every year is slightly different but it’s always a blast to hang out with the neighborhood and celebrate this patriotic holiday.

National Night Out (August)
This national event is all about getting to know your neighbors and local first responders. Our Block Clubs lead the way with porch and yard parties for their neighbors and the CYCA is happy to provide up to $50 of support for all hosts that register with us.

Light the Way Party (September)

Not everyone’s a runner but we wouldn’t have the best 4-mile race in Memphis without our fantastic yard parties. Residents throughout the neighborhood get together to “light the way”, cheer on our runners, and compete to see who can put on the best show. Everyone who registers a party not only has a chance to win great neighborhood prizes, they also get one free race entry to cheer on that special runner.

Halloween Decorating Contest/Kids Party (October)

Christmas lights are lovely but Halloween decorations bring a fun all their own. Each year, Cooper-Young residents nominate each other to take part in our Great Pumpkin Halloween Decorating Contest with prizes for first, second and third best displays in the neighborhood. We’re also excited to host a kid-friendly Halloween party with snacks, a movie, and safe fun for all.

Suzzane Striker Memorial Food Drive (November)

Named in honor of long-time volunteer Suzzane Striker, this event is all about collecting food for Fishes and Loaves food pantry at First Congregational Church.

Volunteer Appreciation Party (December)

Christmas Eve Bag Stuffing for First Responders (December)

Cooper-Young Festival (September)

The Cooper-Young Festival is a great event, but we don’t manage it! The Cooper-Young Business Association does a fantastic job putting on the festival each year. You can find more information on booths and event details here

Repair Cafe @ CYCA Office
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Don’t throw away that toaster! Bring it in to our Repair Cafe! We will multiple handypeople on hand will different expertise to help make your item new again. Coffee, biscotti and conversation provided.

Dear Readers Book Club @ CY Gallery + Gifts
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location change for the next book club meeting! Time to head over to Burkes and pick up the new book of the month to get ready for the next  meeting. This month it will be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. All are welcome. Happy reading!

Dear Readers Book Club
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fantastic August meeting! September details (location change!):

Book: Homegoing
Author: Yaa Gyasi
Date & time: Monday, September 24 at 7 PM
Location: Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop, 889 Copper St.

These meeting are getting better and better each month!

As always, fizzy water & boxed wine provided.

We love you.

Thirsty Thursday Social Hour @ Aldo's Pizza Pies
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This month’s Thirsty Thursday will be held at Aldo’s on the roof! Come meet the board and some neighbors and enjoy pizza provided by CYCA. We can’t wait to see you there! Also, sign up or renew a membership and get entered into a drawing!

CYCA General Meeting
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CYCA General Meeting
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us on October 9, at 6:00 PM for our first ever clothing swap! In the spirit of sustainability in Cooper-Young we’re encouraging you to clean out your closet (you know you need to!) and bring unwanted, clean clothes to swap with others. Let’s all get together, meet some new neighbors, and see what kind of goodies we can mine. Snacks will be served and please feel free to BYOB. As an added bonus, at the end of the swap we’ll collect any unwanted clothes and donate them to a worthwhile organization in town.

Garden Club meeting
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Cooper-Young Beerfest
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CYCA BeerFest
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 9th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest will feature 30+ regional craft breweries and three home-brew clubs for another year of fun!

CYCA Halloween Movie Party
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Halloween is always a great time in Cooper-Young! Please join us for our first annual CYCA Movie Halloween Party featuring “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. We’ll have snacks and party favors to go along with the movie plus we’re especially excited to welcome all ages to this family-friendly event. Don’t forget your costume and come on out for a great evening of neighborly Halloween fun!

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