5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 5/24 – 5/26

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 24th 2013 1100 0

Happy Friday! Here are five fun things to do in Memphis on this three-day weekend:

1. Bikesploitation Film and Music Festival, Crosstown Arts, Friday – Sunday, all day, free

Bikesploitation Film, Music and Art Festival

Park your bike under the giant disco ball in Crosstown for the third annual Bikespolitation festival. It kicks off Friday night at 5 p.m. with the opening of the bike art gallery and a live sculpture from Yvonne Bobo. They'll also have screenings of bicycle-themed films, live music on the Mobile Music Machine, smoothies from the bicycle blender, a vintage bike show, roller races, a special two-wheeled version of the Amurica photo booth, and tons of interactive art.

2. Man of a Thousand Moves Jookin' Championship, Mud Island River Park, Saturday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., free

Jookin' – the uniquely Memphis style of dance that combines elements of hip-hop and ballet – is coming to Mud Island this weekend for the Man of a Thousand Moves Jookin' Championship. If you've never seen Jookin' before, it's pretty amazing, with the dancers doing moves so smooth that it almost looks like they're floating.

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3. Sunset Symphony, Tom Lee Park, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., $8 advance / $9 door

Another successful Memphis in May comes to an end this weekend with the Sunset Symphony in Tom Lee Park. Bring your family, your lawn chairs and picnics to the park and listen to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's annual pops concert, culminating in a fireworks display over the Mississippi.

4. WCF Game 3: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, FedExForum, Saturday, 8 p.m., Various prices

The Western Conference Finals come to Memphis tomorrow night, thank God. Head to the Forum (or anywhere that has a TV) to watch the home team hopefully, finally put the hurt on the Spurs. If you're new to Grizz fandom, welcome – we're glad to have you. Check out the Flyer's excellent glossary for newbie Grizz fans before the game. Whoop that trick!

5. Mighty Souls Brass Band, Central Barbecue Downtown, Sunday, 2 p.m., free

If you haven't had a chance to check out Central Barbecue's huge new South Main location, Sunday would be an excellent time to do it. The Mighty Souls Brass Band – one of my favorite local bands of late – are playing a free show on the patio at 2 p.m.

If none of these events are the sort of thing you're into, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. As always, have a great weekend and come back and tell me about it on Tuesday (because you'll still be weekend-ing 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. Keith W. says:

    Grit 'n' Grind is where it's at this weekend.  Two games in three days, with a Paul McCartney concert in the middle!

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