5 Things to Do In Memphis This Weekend: 10/28 – 10/30

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 28th 2011 93 4

Happy Halloween weekend, Memphis! Put on your costume and check out one of these five Memphis events:

1. Art on Fire, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Friday, 7 p.m., $75

Art on Fire, Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Don't be sad because it's a little bit cold – it's just going to make Art on Fire even better (because, really, who wants to stand around a bonfire when it's 80 degrees). Tickets to the outdoor event include food, drinks, a bonfire, live music, and an auction. Here's the best part: I have two tickets to give away. And, we have a winner: Congratulations to Becky – she was the winner of the tickets. Thanks to everyone who played.

2. Playback Memphis: Memphis Matters, TheatreSouth, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $12 – $15

Playback Memphis doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's a big deal. Playback's professional adult improvisational ensemble is less Wiseguys, more Moth Story Slam. Members of the audience are invited to share their stories, then the company tells them through acting and music. It's funny and heartbreaking and completely true. There are two shows this weekend, and tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for everyone else.

3. Shangri-la Records Swap and Garage Sale, Shangri-la Records, Saturday, all day, free

Whether you're a serious record collector or just want to eyeball a ton of Memphis music paraphanalia, you shoudl check out the Shangri-la fall record swap and garage sale on Saturday. They're starting at 9 a.m. with the garage sale (which contains all of the contents of their actual garage), then record swapping all day (it's $10 to set up a table). There will be live music, of course.

4. Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Brooks Museum of Art / University of Memphis, Saturday and Sunday, free

Dia de los Muertos isn't Mexican Halloween – it's a celebration honoring the souls of those that came before us. This weekend, the Day of the Dead will be celebrated with family-friendly dancing, mariachi, hands-on art and workshops at the Brooks on Saturday. On Sunday, you can see ofrendas (altars) at the University of Memphis art museum (and yes, there will be more mariachi).

5. Wear your costume to any of these awesome Halloween events.

Friends for Life Halloween Poster

There were too many awesome Halloween events to list here, so I've compiled them all in another post. There are haunted houses, Halloween-themed burlesque, corn mazes, gigantic costume parties and more. Have fun, be careful and save some candy for the rest of us.

If none of these events are your thing, there are tons (seriously) more on the calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time and come back and tell me about it on Monday.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Zac says:

    Art on Fire? That would make my weekend. So I'll leave a comment hoping for the best.

  2. Stacie says:

    "Art on Fire" sounds awesome and this is the pefect weather for a bonfire!!!

  3. Zinnia says:

    Hello I would love to go to the Dixon Gallery!

  4. Donna says:

    pick me!

  5. Scout says:

    Art on Fire? Yes, please.

  6. Nichole says:

    I would love to attend the art on fire at the Dixon!!! =)

  7. Jeff Germany says:

    Love the website and would love to use your tickets this weekend.  Thanks, either way.

  8. Abigail says:

    Wow! I would love to attend Art on Fire at the Dixon!

  9. Jeff says:

    Art On Fire sounds awsome!  I would love to be there!

  10. Nate says:

    Comment? Yes.  2 Tickets? Yes.  

  11. 76trombone says:

    I love the Dixon and I don't work this weekend!

  12. car says:

    tickets please!

  13. Becky says:

    I hope I am the lucky winner of the Art on Fire tickets!

  14. Kelly says:

    Oooh oooh pick me, Kerry!

  15. Annie A says:

    I want the tickets!

  16. Lindsay says:

    Art on Fire would be a great way to kick off this weekend.

  17. Paula says:

    Art on Fire will be great!

  18. LW says:

    snap… crackle… tickets! YES please!

  19. Lizzy says:

    As sad little rule of thumb, I generally attend evens that cost $10 or less, but I'm into the Dixon. I would love the tickets and free definitely qualifies under the rule. It would be a great repayment for the significant other who got us Memphis tickets! Thanks for considering us!! I love Memphis!

  20. Jenny says:

    Art on Fire! Would love the opportunity to go.

  21. Nathan says:

    Me want tickets

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