Happy Friday, everyone! Here are the five Memphis events you'll want to check out this weekend.
The description on this event's website cracks me up. "Perhaps you've heard of Oktoberfest?…Well, this ain't gonna be anything like that!" The Memphis reoppropriation of this German tradition throws out Lederhosen and Schuhplatter in favor of bluegrass and Southern fare, but the best parts of Oktoberfest (beer and bratwurst) will be available.
Bring your kids and cozy up to a campfire at The Big Backyard area of Memphis Botanic Gardens. Plan on games, songs, storytelling, and of course, s'mores.
On Saturday, teams of Memphians will race 46-foot long Hong Kong style dragon boats in the Wolf River. Even if you're not on a race team, giant colorful boats being steered by teams of amateur racers will be fun to watch. The race benefits the Tennessee Clean Water Network.
To kick off their 2013-2014 season, singers from Opera Memphis busted out the arias in random locations around town every day for 30 days. Now the season is officially underway, and the first show is Rigoletto. Expect all the drama, seduction, and hunchbacked court jesters that you can fit into one Italian opera.
It's your last chance this season to catch a free show at the Levitt Shell, so pack a picnic and head over for the soulful rhythm-and-blues songs of Vaneese Thomas (daughter of Rufus Thomas).
If none of these float your boat, there are a ton more on the blog's calendar.
As you're out and about this weekend, tag your Instagram photos and Tweets #ilovememphis. Your photos might show up here in the future. Have fun!