5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/2 – 5/4 + Win BSMF tickets for Saturday or Sunday!

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 2nd 2014 164 57

Happy Friday and Happy Memphis in May to you. Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend. P.S. Don't forget to listen to the May I Love Memphis Podcast. Surprise: it's all about Memphis in May.

I'm giving away tickets Beale Street Music Festival! I have 1 pair for Saturday and 1 pair for Sunday. Here's how to win (read ALL the instructions):

1. Comment on this post telling me if you want to go on Saturday or Sunday or both. If you just say "pick me!" your name won't go in the drawing. You must tell me which day(s).
2. I will draw two random winners, one for Saturday and one for Sunday, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so be ready to check your email (set a phone alarm, maybe?). If I don't hear from you in a few hours, I'll have to give them to someone else, and that would be sad.
3. If you are  one of the random winners, you must respond to my email and you must be available to meet me in person on Saturday (tomorrow, May 2) between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Bernoulli Brew Werks in East Memphis (2881 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111) to pick up your hard copy tickets. No Will Call is available. 

That's it! Good luck!!

1. Beale St. Music Fest, Tom Lee Park, Friday – Sunday, all day, $42, 13+ 
I don't want to jinx this, but the forecast looks…not rainy…for the Beale Street Music Festival. The festival, which kicks off Memphis in May, is three days of live music from artists like Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Kid Rock, 
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Alabama Shakes. Before you go, study the ABCs of Memphis in May, and check the festival lineup and schedule.

2. Latino Memphis Festival and 5K, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 9 a.m., free, all ages
Celebrate Memphis' Latino culture with a morning full of food, music, and activities for kids. Registration for the CincoKMayo 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Soccer games and salsa tastings will go on through the day, and the music starts bright and early and goes 'til the afternoon.

3. Maria Montessori School Regatta and Duck Race, Harbor Town Docks, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. (race begins at 11 a.m.), free to watch, all ages
You can race (or watch people race) kayaks and canoes on Saturday morning on 1-, 2-, and 3-mile courses. After the race, stick around for lots of fun stuff like the Wacky Boat Contest, where teams race across the pond in boats make out of cardboard, and the Duck Race, where rubber duckies fiercely battle their way to the finish line. 

4. Kentucky Derby Watch Party, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., $65, 21 and up
Put on your biggest, fanciest hat and head to the Botanic Garden for a Down & Derby party benefitting the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South. Your ticket includes dinner (there's a cash bar), access to live and silent auctions, a wine pull, music, and a dance floor, plus derby-watching, of course.

5. MSO Beethoven's Pastorale, Cannon Center and GPAC, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $15 – $85, $5 students, all ages
If the music fest lineup isn't really your cup of tea when it comes to tunes, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has you taken care of. They're performing Beethoven's Pastorale featuring the famous Fifth Symphony twice this weekend. On Saturday they're at the Canon Center downtown for an evening performance, and on Sunday afternoon they're at Germantown Performing Arts Center.

Important Addition: A sixth thing to do this weekend is to watch the Memphis Grizzlies v. Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of Round 1 of the playoffs. The game is on Saturday in Oklahoma City, but you can watch on TV on TNT. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Here are some places to watch the game in Memphis, if you're not at Music Fest. The official watch party is at the Levitt Shell. Follow me on Twitter and I'll let you know if I learn if they'll be showing the game at Tom Lee Park.

Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Tag your pics #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. Don't forget to follow I Love Memphis on TwitterFacebookInstagram, or Pinterest or listen to the May I Love Memphis Podcast if you're into that sort of thing. 

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. Emilie says:

    Saturday tickets, please!

  2. Ashley C says:

    I'd love to go Sunday! :)

  3. Michael says:

    I would love to go on Sunday.

  4. Leigh Johnson says:

    I'd like to go either or both days, so please put me in the drawing for Saturday *and* Sunday!

  5. J. Michael E. says:

    I'd like to attend Sunday!

  6. Jessica Grammer says:

    Pick me for SUNDAY!!! I tried to buy tickets for my sweet boyfriend (last minute of course) and they are sold out. He is a huge fan of Alabama Shakes. 

    Please and thank you! 


  7. Whitney Williams says:

    Saturday or Sunday, so both!!

  8. Lauren Byrd says:

    Would love to go Saturday! Hope I win :) thank you! 

  9. Jerica Sandifer says:

    I want tickets for both days/either day. Please put my name in for both!

  10. Clay George says:

    I want to go on Saturday!

  11. Jeremy T says:

    Sunday tickets please!

  12. Jessica Trivizas says:

    Saturday please!

  13. Doug Gillon says:


  14. Elle Perry says:

    Both! :-)

  15. Bonnie says:

    I'd love to go on Sunday Funday! :) 

  16. Kim T. says:

    Sunday please!!

  17. Nathalie O. says:

    I'd like to go on Saturday! Thanks.

  18. Alex McGriff says:

    Sunday, please!

  19. Mark says:

    comment on here and not the FB post? Saturday tickets please! sorry about that.


  20. Owen M. says:


  21. Kathy Fisher says:

    Saturday, please!!

  22. Dana Daly says:

    I want to go Sat and Sunday! 

  23. Sophorn K says:

    Sunday (fingers crossed)

  24. Ellen White Thunder says:


  25. Brianna Hill says:

    I would love to go Saturday!!!

  26. igina Perteet says:

    I would love tickets for Saturday’s show! Thanks for the full run down of this weekend!

  27. TKB says:

    I'd like to go on Sunday. 

  28. Cindy minoz says:

    Saturday would be amazing!

  29. Brad says:

    I would like to be entered in the drawing for Both days please.



  30. Matt S. says:

    Saturday please!

  31. Rebecca Pittman says:

    Saturday would be awesome!

  32. Jesse says:

    Both days, please!

  33. Kristen G. says:

    I would love to go on Saturday. Have to work on Sunday :-( Thanks for doing this drawing!

  34. Doc Ethan says:

    Saturday. I've never been to this festival before so winning would be an awesome! Doc Ethan

  35. Stephanie says:

    Sunday! I'd love to go Sunday!!

  36. Emma says:

    Would love to surprise my significant other with Saturday tickets! 

  37. Holt Trenor says:

    I'd love to go both days!

  38. Andrew says:

    I want to go Saturday AND Sunday!!

  39. Jobeth says:

    Saturday or Sunday! 

  40. Connie Jacobs says:

    I would live to go Saturday night!!!

  41. Lindsey says:

    I'd love to go Sunday after I work beauty shop brunch! That way I'd feel like I have some kind of social life and not miss out on all of music fest! Thanks! Ur blog rocks!

  42. Shae White says:

    HI Holly!!

    I want to go Sunday! thank you

  43. Alan says:

    Saturday please!!

  44. Tracy J says:

    I would like to go Saturday.

  45. Amanda says:

    I would love tickets for Sunday!

  46. Miranda Perry says:

    I would love to win tickets for Saturday night! Thanks for giving us a chance to win! :-)

  47. Shelton says:

    I would love to go either Saturday or Sunday!

  48. Lisa Junkins says:

    Saturday! If I can't win Music Fest, I'll have to find a Derby hat.

  49. Courtnee Wall says:

    I would love to go Saturday!  (Because this college girl can't be partying on a Sunday night.) ;]

  50. Lynda says:

    I would love Saturday tickets!  Thank you!

  51. Jason says:

    I'd like to be entered for the Sunday tickets!



  52. Lindsay Bell says:


    i would love the tickets for Saturday! One of my childhood best friends is driving from Iowa City to visit Memphis for the first time. And we really want to go to music fest!!


  53. April Proveaux says:

    Sunday please! :)

  54. Kaylea Vaughn says:

    For Sunday, please!!

  55. Heather G says:

    Sunday would be great, Saturday would be even better.  Put me down for both, please!

  56. Dara says:


  57. Shannetta Morton says:

    Saturday please! Thank you!

  58. Shanti b says:

    Saturday Please!! Thanks 

  59. Mary says:

    Saturday would be so fabulous!  

  60. Adam Murphree says:

    Sunday!  I'll already be at Bernoulli! 

  61. Nick says:

    I would like both!

  62. David Mills says:

    Saturday tickets

  63. Niki Dunavant says:

    I would love to go on Sunday!! Such a great lineup. Please pick me!!!

  64. Trang Pham says:

    Saturday please!!

  65. Kate says:

    I would love to go either/both days!! I never win anything, but maybe it'll be my lucky day! haha

  66. Jordy Key says:

    Pick me!! I would LOVE to take my wife Sunday!! Thanks!!

  67. Channing H says:

    Both Saturday and Sunday!

  68. Eileen Knoblock says:

    I would love to go Saturday OR Sunday!  thanks! 

  69. Kelvin Oliver says:

    I'd love to go to both Music Fest Days. I've got to scratch this off my bucket list and off the list of things to do in Memphis. It would be so awesome to make it. Plus we're having great weather this weekend!

  70. jack Saylor says:

    I want tickets because my girlfriend and I want to see Alabama shakes. We are good people and deserve to have a fun Sunday! Thx j&A

  71. Diana Townsend says:

    I would love to go Saturday.

  72. Robyn Hornsby says:

    Sunday tickets for me please!!

  73. Emily Hice says:


  74. Jenny Roundy says:

    Either day would work for me!  It'd be super fabbb-ulous to see what this is all about as I'm new to Memphis!!

  75. Scarlett Hester says:

    Sunday, please! The Alabama Shakes?! Who wouldn't want to see them!

  76. Elisabeth says:

    I would love to win tickets for Sunday!!

  77. heather tiller says:

    I want to go Saturday. .I have lived in memphis for almost 11 years and I have never been to music fest..

  78. Jason Vassar says:

    Both days!!!!!!

  79. Alexis Davis says:

    I would love to go to either day! Put me down for both! Woo Hoo!

  80. Malinda says:

    Both, Saturday & Sunday!

  81. Mary Ruth young says:


  82. Nick says:

    I would love to go Saturday and Sunday, but if just one I'd pick saturday

  83. Antonico Thomas says:


  84. Jennifer says:

    I would love to go on Sunday!

  85. Stephanie C says:

    Sunday, please.  Thank you :-)

  86. I would love to go Sunday. I need something to lift my spirits. Haven't been able to work in a month so I'm super broke WC barely covers me b/c of my injury and all I want to do is watch some music and enjoy the first Sunday of MIM. Help me I

  87. Terry says:

    I would like to go on Saturday or Sunday.

  88. Allison Freeman says:

    Really would love to rock out on Sunday!

  89. Ruby Milam says:

    Sunday please! I love Kid Rock!!!

  90. This is my first year in Memphis and I would love to go the Music Festival on Saturday! :) 

  91. Michelle says:


  92. Audrey Hood says:

    I would LOVE tickets to go on Saturday! I will be checking for my email in the morning at 10a.m.

  93. Audrey Hood says:

    I would LOVE tickets to go on Saturday! I will be checking for my email in the morning at 10a.m.:-)

  94. Katrina says:

    I would love to have tickets for Sunday. I've never been to Music Fest before and this would be an awesome date night for me and my hubby.

  95. Randy says:

    I would like tickets for Saturday and would love to take my beautiful wife.

  96. John says:

    Both.  Saturday and/or Sunday

    Thank you

  97. Darryl Smith says:

    I want to go Saturday & Sunday!! I’ve never been before but I’ve heard that it’s an experience you won’t forget!

  98. vince gray says:

    would love Sunday tickets so i can get some Memphis on my wife who has never been to your wonderful city…would make a wonderful exclamation point after Graceland, Shangri La and The Pancake Shop

  99. Tony Perone says:

    Saturday and/ or Sunday, please! I'm new to Memphis  It'd be my first BSMF & a great way to experience Memphis in May! 

  100. Pam Payne/RocknRoll Nurse says:

    thanks for the fun contest. I would love to go Sunday to see & dance with Tony Joe White North Mississippi Allstars William "Bootsy" Collins & Canned Heat & everybody else…sure would be great!

  101. leigh hersey says:

    Sunday please. Thank you.

  102. Gloria Vrba says:

    Saturday, please!

  103. Trenton Woodley says:

    I would love to go Sunday! Avenged Sevenfold is going to be great!

  104. Audrey Hood says:

    I would absolutely LOVE tickets for Saturday! Can’t figure out why my post is not posting though!

  105. Michelle Britton says:

    I would love to go Saturday, Sunday, or both :) I have never been and it would be awesome to get to experience it. I would love to be the lucky winner of either or all. Thanks. 

  106. Kimberlie Garner says:

    I would love to go to festival on either day because I have never been and honestly my financial situation is not good Right now. Just earlier in the week I had some major work done that shorten my finances drastically. So having a day of enjoyment and worry free would be the perfect way to start my month off.

    Just wanting to experience this on a perfect weekend!

  107. mia gray says:

    Both days would be cool. Plus NO RAIN.. church

  108. Melissa S says:

    Sunday please, and thank you! Have a great weekend :)

  109. erica hughes says:

    I would love to go saturday to the beale street music festival! we moved to memphis last june from louisiana so this would be my first one. it has been years since I’ve been to a show or a concert. I will probably cry when I win, my heart and soul long to hear great live music

  110. Mary McCarthy says:

    Saturday and Sunday!!! Both please :) 

  111. Mary McCarthy says:

    Saturday and Sunday! Both please :) 

  112. Daniel Hill says:

    Saturday & Sunday I LOVE THIS APP

  113. Shenika Stigall says:

    I would like to go on Saturday please and thank you.

  114. Matt Lyles says:

    I'd like to go on either or both days. Thanks!

  115. Avery says:

    Saturday PLEASE!

  116. Gil Maneclang says:

    I would like tickets for Saturday and Sunday please and thank you!

  117. Kelly Bolding says:

    Well, first I'm not going to tell you any type of sob story hoping you will pick me. So, I will get straight to the point with my hisband getting a new job finally after searching for awhile now. And me reuniting after 16 yrs with my biological daughter & her loving music & actually just making the highschool honor choir and lots of other music decisions and wishes she will be able to achieve.She has been dying to go to music festival but we are unable to afford it due to me being in school full time and my husband getting a new job & i thought this would be a perfect music /  1st outing we have ever had together. Ill be waiting by my email to see if we have won these tickets. Need them for Saturday night!!


  118. April Suttles says:

    I would like to go both days!  Please pick me!

  119. Stacy says:

    Would love to go today!!!!

  120. I would really like to go either Saturday or Sunday to Music fest!! Please and thank you!! My number is 901-619-3198

  121. Susan Mascolino says:

    Might be too late for this but I would like to go on Sunday.  Looks like a beautiful weekend for a music festival!

  122. Nicole Gates says:

    Would love to attend Saturday! Never been and finally the weather is permitting!

  123. Shelly H says:

    I hope it's not too late to comment! I'd love to have tickets for Sunday – can't wait to see Alabama Shakes!

  124. Isaac Stock says:

    I'd like to go Saturday pretty please !

  125. Tyler says:

    Sunday! Whoop whoop!

  126. Anna says:


  127. Chris Evans says:

    Saturday please. Thanks!!! #BSMF14

  128. Andrew says:

    Good morning Holly! I haven't been able to work in a month because of a injury, I need some musical healing! Help me I

  129. Krystal says:

    I would like to be entered for both days!

  130. Andrew Groves says:

    I tried to post a few times and it doesn't show up. Hello holly I'd love to go sat and Sunday. I had a injury at work and haven't been able to work in a month. I need some musical healing! Help me I

  131. Lynn says:

    Pick me for Sunday please!

  132. DeVonte' says:

    I would like to go to the Beale Street Music Festival Saturday 

  133. Kevyn Locke says:

    I just got back from Atlanta yesterday & was unaware that the festival is this weekend!!!! I'm an artist here who is deeply rooted in the love for Memphis music, I would be honored to attend today or tomorrow!!!! Either or!!

  134. Chris says:

    I'd love to go Saturday(today)

  135. Carla says:

    I want to go to the Beale St Music Festival both days! 

  136. Brian Dickerson says:

    I'd like to go either or both, please!!!

  137. Luke says:

    I want to go Sunday 

  138. Deloria Moore says:

    I want to go Sunday. 

  139. Bryan says:

    I would love tickets for Sunday! 

  140. Michele Walker says:

    I'd love to win some BSMF tix for Sunday! My brother is already going and it would be awesome if I could go with him. We both love some good music and no one does a music festival better than Memphis! 

  141. Emily Hipsh says:

    Sunday!!! YAY!

  142. Marilyn Livesay says:

    I would love SATURDAY tickets. I want to take my kid to his first BSMF! Please, oh please, oh please! I can meet you between 1pm and 2pm today. Thanks!

  143. Patricia C says:

    I would like to go on Sunday!

  144. Chris Curle says:

    I want to win for both Saturday & Sunday! *fingers crossed*

  145. Gil says:

    Saturday is the day to go

  146. Lydia Garcia says:

    Saturday would be wonderful! Pick me!

  147. T.gully says:

    I'd love to go to Sunday's Music Fest!!!

    beautiful weather, beautiful town, and cool music. What could be better!

  148. Amanda G says:


  149. Julie Morganelli says:

    Saturday please!

  150. Kathy Hannings says:

    I would love to go Saturday, so many acts to see Nd SUCH a gorgeous day to be alive in Memphis!  Hope I'm not too late!

  151. Chantavia says:


  152. Stephanie Threlkeld says:

    Really hoping to go Sunday if I'm not too late!

  153. Rachel Hurley says:

    I'd like to skip studying for finals today and got to Musicfsdt! Help me out with those free tickets for Saturday!!

  154. Joseph says:

    I would really like the tickets for Sunday. Been in South Carolina for most of the weekend for a wedding, but will definitely be back tomorrow!! (Can have someone pick up tickets for us!!)

  155. Corey Loverson says:

    I would like both

  156. Kate says:

    I would love to go Sunday!

  157. Corrie Martin says:

    I want to go Sunday!

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