Happy Friday! This might be the busiest weekend of the year – you could easily leave your house tonight and not get home until Monday night. Here are five things to do with your next three days:
The good people that brought Cochon 555 to Memphis earlier this year are returning in September with a brand new annual heritage pork barbecue cooking contest and festival. The weekend-long event features cooking competitions (that you can actually eat during), bourbon tastings, demonstrations, a 5k and more.
Summer is almost over, which means that it's time for the Orpheum's annual screening of "Casablanca". If you're one of the five people who have never seen the Humphrey Bogart classic, it's a tale of love conquering selfishness, international borders and Nazis.
For years, some of us have been championing the idea of turning Sept. 1st (aka, 901) into a citywide, hater-free Memphis holiday. This year, it's happening. The first annual 901 Day is a celebration of what it means to be in Memphis. There are more than 30 events all over the city (think concerts, pop-up shops, barn raisings, etc.) that all are welcome to attend. The only limits are your imagination and the law.
The Center for Southern Folklore's annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival is two days of southern-fried live music, dancing, cooking, storytelling and vendors that happens downtown over Labor Day weekend. The festival is completely free and family friendly, so don't hesitate to bring everyone you know.
Go Tigers, go. It's a brand new football season, full of hope and promise and a brand new coach (Justin Fuente!). Tailgate on Tiger Lane, listen to the football players sing the fight song (apparently, they've all had to learn it) and cheer them on as they try to beat the stuffing out of UT Martin.
If none of these events are your thing, there are tons more on the blog's calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.