Happy Friday, y'all – I'm so glad we're here. Here's this week's list of the top five, can't miss weekend events (all of which are dad approved for Father's Day):
Celebrate the start of Overton Square's rebirth at this afternoon's block party. Star and Micey are playing, there will be food and drinks from local restaurants, street theatre, art and lots of family friendly good times. I recommend grabbing a seat on the patio at Bayou or Bosco's for the best people watching (and cold beer).
Finally – you don't have to wait for your next all-lady roadtrip (or solo hairbrush rockstar moment) to sing along to the "Grease" soundtrack. The slightly cheesy musical about the foibles of teenage love will play at the Orpheum tonight as part of their summer film series. If you don't know the words, don't worry – you can follow the subtitles. And yes, costumes are encouraged.
More than 500 people will dip their paddles into the Mississippi River for the June 16th race, which is one of the largest canoe and kayak races in the Southeast. Olympians, world champions and amateurs will compete for more than $15,000 in cash and prizes during the annual race.
Usually, I haven't heard of the great bands that play free shows at the Levitt Shell during the summer, but that's not the case this week. Todd Snyder is a legitimately big deal in the world of folk and Americana music, and he's bringing some friends (Hayes Carll, Elizabeth Cook and Will Kimbrough) to the outdoor venue on Saturday for the What the Folk Fest. The show is free and you can bring a picnic.
The brand new-ish Memphis Food Truck Alliance is holding the first of their weekly food truck rodeos on Broad Ave. this weekend. The alliance is expecting around 50 local trucks to attend, so there will be plenty to eat. Some of the trucks take plastic, but bring cash just in case.
If none of these events are your thing, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. There's also a bonus sixth thing to do on the I Love Memphis tumblr. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.