5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 5/3 – 5/5

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 3rd 2013 698 0

Happy (rainy) Friday! Here are five things that you definitely need to do in Memphis this weekend:

1. Beale St. Music Fest, Tom Lee Park, Friday – Sunday, all day, $35 for Friday and Sunday, $45 for Saturday

Brave the rain (and we all knew it was going to rain, as it rains every year) for the Beale Street Music Festival. The festival, which kicks off Memphis in May, is three days of live music from bands like the Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Hall and Oates, the Roots and Public Enemy. Before you go, study the ABCs of Memphis in May, and check the festival schedule.

2. Movie May: "Brave", Carriage Crossing, Friday, dusk, free

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Hopefully, the rain will let up by tonight, because Carriage Crossing is showing the animated movie "Brave", which is about a rule-breaking princess who has to rely on her awesome archery skills to defeat an evil beast. It's appropriate for all ages and starts as soon as the sun goes down. (If you can't make it tonight, they're showing a different family friendly movie every night this month.)

3. Memphis Grizzlies vs. L.A. Clippers, FedExForum, Friday, 8 p.m., various prices

Before we talk about how you need to get somewhere to watch the game tonight, let's have another look at the best animated Grizz GIF ever:

Here's why you should get yourself to the Forum (or the nearest bar / someone's house) to watch the game: it's game six, and if they win tonight, they defeat the Clippers forever (or at least, for this season) and move on to the next round of the playoffs; everyone you know is going to be watching; and maybe, just maybe, if we all watch and get really loud about it, they'll win. Go Grizz!

4. Color Mania 5k, Memphis International Raceway, Saturday, 9 a.m., $80

If you did the Color Run last year, Color Mania is basically the same thing. Participants wear white, and as they pass various checkpoints in the run, they get doused with color. The run is open to all ages and skill levels, so don't be shy.

5. Cycle Memphis May Ride, Cooper-Young Gazeebo, Saturday, 7 p.m., free

Hop on your bike and join in this monthly group ride with dozens of other Memphis cyclists. It starts at the gazeebo in Cooper-Young and goes 15 miles with a break (usually at somewhere fun like Jerry's Snow Cones) in the middle. The ride is medium paced, and all are welcome. Don't forget your helmet.

If none of these events are your thing, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. Have a great weekend, and go Grizz!


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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