5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 10/21 – 10/23

October 21, 2011 9:52 am1 commentViews: 7

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here’s your weekly short list of the top five things to do around town this weekend:

1. Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo, Friday – Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., $12 members / $15 non-members

The Memphis Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration starts tonight, and it’s a good time for the whole family. There will be haunted hayrides, magic shows, a straw maze, tours of Primate Canyon, a pumpkin patch and plenty of candy. Also, there will be performances from Ballet Memphis and Playhouse on the Square. Zoo Boo runs Friday – Sunday this weekend and next.

2. Macbeth, Shelby Farms Park, Friday – Sunday, 8 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. (Sun.), $30

Tennessee Shakespeare Co.

It’s the last weekend to see the Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of “Macbeth” at Shelby Farms. The play -is about ambition, Scotland, witches and power – is being preformed in an outdoor amphitheatre. If your only exposure to Macbeth was reading it in high school, go see this – Shakespeare is so much better on stage.

3. River Arts Fest, South Main Arts District, Saturday and Sunday, all day, free

The annual River Arts Fest on South Main St. is one of the best arts events in the city. It’s free, there are dozens of vendors, artists and live art demonstrations. There’s also a very impressive roster of bands, dancers and preforming artists scheduled to play on three stages (like Jack Oblivian, Limes, Watoto de Africa, Dan Montgomery and more).

4. Ballet Memphis Presents: 2BLoved, Playhouse on the Square, Saturday- Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., $10 and up

Ballet Memphis - 2BLoved

Ballet Memphis’ “2BLoved” combines two works by two choreographers for one awesome performance. The Ballet Memphis company will be performing Trey McIntyre’s “The Naughty Boy” and Julia Adam’s version of “The Little Prince”. The show runs Saturday and Sunday this weekend and Thursday through Sunday next weekend.

5. Crosstown Lighting Tailgate Party, parking lots around the Sears Crosstown building, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., free

Sears Crosstown lights from the inside, Memphis, Tenn.

After months of work, artist Robin Salant has finished installing her giant, temporary solar-powered light display inside the Sears Crosstown building. Come see the side of the building and the 14-story tower all lit up on Saturday night. The reception is a big tailgate party that’s being held on Watkins (not in the Sears building parking lot). Bicycles are encouraged as parking will be limited.

If none of these events are your thing, there are a ton of equally great things to do on the blog’s calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have an amazing time. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.

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