5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 9/26 – 9/28

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 26th 2014 240 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! There are so many things going on this weekend, it's nearly impossible to choose. Here are just five of them. 

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1. Mid-South Book Festival, Storybooth at Crosstown Arts/Memphis Botanic Gardens/Booksellers at Laurelwood/Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Thursday – Sunday, mostly free, all ages
More than 50 local and national authors will come to Memphis for four days of literary bliss in late September. Expect speakers, book signings, vendors, workshops, and entertainment, all benefitting Literacy Mid-South. A couple of the workshops require you to buy tickets, but most of the events are free.

2. GonerFest 11, Goner Records / The Buccaneer / Hi-Tone / Murphy's, Thursday – Sunday, $70 full festival 
Gonerfest, Goner Records' annual four-day celebration of garage, punk and indie rock, turns 11 this year. Celebrate another year of loud music, spilled beer and good times that brings in rock fans from all over the world. This one's not for kids.

3. Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival, AutoZone Park, Saturday, $10 advance/$12 at gate
Grab a spoon and get ready to sample ice cream from local and national ice cream vendors at the 20th annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival. In addition to tons of frosty goodness, there will be activities, games and plenty of outdoor fun. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

4. Mid-South Pride Parade and Festival, Robert Church Park / Beale St., Saturday, free
The annual Mid-South Pride Parade and Festival is the largest annual LGBT event in the Mid-South, and it's a fun one. Expect vendors, live music, drag queens (and kings), floats, beads, and more than 40 participating community organizations.

5. Memphis v. Ole Miss, The University of Mississippi, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., $55+
If you’re willing to travel for a game, I recommend heading ninety miles south to watch Memphis take on Ole Miss. Pack a tent and pregame with 25,000 of your closest friends at The Grove or explore the shops and restaurants on The Square. (Go here for the post on Oxford.) Otherwise, you can catch the game on ESPN3.  Beale Street Landing is also showing the game in the breezeway by the Riverfront Grill on a 72-inch TV.

It's also Trolley Night and opening night for the Art of Science exhibit at the MCA Hyde Gallery, the Dragon Boat Races, and there are replica Nina and Pinta ships at Beale Street Landing (yes, I'm serious – replicas of the Columbus ships). Plus, you can support the Mid-South Food Bank at the Miles for Meals walk on Saturday at Audubon Park. Don't forget to enter the photo contest for Cooper Young Regional Beer Fest tickets here.

Whatever you do, have a great weekend, and don't forget to tag your pictures #ilovememphis.


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. SallyP says:

    There's also a fabulous International Street Food party on Sunday orchestrated by Chefs ANdrew Adams, Jennifer DIckerson, Mac Edwards and Jonathan Magallanes, to support ArtsMemphis – http://www.artsmemphis.com, and #MemphisLoveChallenge is unveiled today! Great things going on around town for sure.

  2. Jasmine McFarland says:

    Bartlett Festival & Car Show is Friday and Saturday

  3. […] 3. Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival, AutoZone Park, Saturday, $10 advance/$12 at gate Grab a spoon and get ready to sample ice cream from local and national ice cream vendors at the 20th annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival. In addition to tons of frosty …read more […]

  4. Cathy Faust says:

    The advertisement for the Ice Cream Festival says Sat., Sept. 28th, but the 28th is a Sunday.

  5. Martha Hample says:

    The Memphis Dawls CD release (free) show at The Levitt Shell!

  6. Bianca says:

    Memphis Rock-n-Romp is happening tomorrow, Sept 27, at the Mid-South Corn Maze. It's going to be a great one! 

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1553338361553852/

  7. Caroline says:

    Yes, the Shell is going to be great and filled with delightful Memphis musicians all weekend! Memphis Dawls tonight, Opera Memphis on Saturday, and Sunday will be St. Paul & the Broken Bones- their organist(among other instruments) is a Memphian and in the City Champs, too. 

  8. Brad Patrick says:

    This Sunday is one of the most unique fashion shows in the Memphis area. The Trashion Fashion Show. More info hrere http://memphiscitybeautiful.org/programs/curb-couture-trashion-show

     

  9. Memphis Eats says:

    Can't wait for the ice cream festival!

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