5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 9/26 – 9/28
Happy Friday, Memphis! There are so many things going on this weekend, it's nearly impossible to choose. Here are just five of them.
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.