5 Things To Do This Weekend: 11/28 – 11/30

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 28th 2014 1701 0

Happy Turkey Recovery Day, Memphis! If you're shopping today or tomorrow (or anytime) you have to check out my Memphis Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Market Guide.

Before I get to the five things you won't want to miss this weekend, let me humbly ask again for your help. Please take this survey on your laptop/desktop and answer honestly. If you tried last week and had problems, it should all be fixed now. Please take 5 minutes to do this, it's your chance to improve the blog: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ILMBlog

Peabody Christmas Tree

1. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Peabody Hotel, Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages and kid-friendly
The Peabody kicks off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Local choirs perform holiday classics throughout the day, and the Peabody Pastry Team's Christmas Village is on display.

2. A Whole Bunch of Memphis Music, Friday and Saturday, all night, covers vary (most are less than $10), 21+
If you want to see some of Memphis' favorite musicians, you have tons of options this weekend. For times and details, click on the. Know of more shows? Leave 'em in the comments.

– Friday: We have the North MS Allstars Thanksgiving reunion show at Minglewood Hall, The Memphis Dawls at the Hi-Tone, Hope Clayburn and the Soul Scrimmage at The Buccaneer, Marcella and Her Lovers at DKDC, and Deering and Down at Lafayette Music Room (all ages show), Shrader, Finney, and Stephens at Cafe Keough, and Daughters with Gina Sposto, Savannah Long, and Becky Flax at Otherlands.

Saturday: We have James & The Ultrasounds album release show at DKDC, Devil Train at Young Ave. Deli, Discoluxe Dance Party at The Cove, Be Kind Memphis Benefit Concert w/ Dirty Streets and Chinese Connection Dub Embassy at the HI-Tone, and Maitre D's Thanksgiving SoulBash at the Buccaneer

3. Starry Nights, Shelby Farms, Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $20 per car, $50 per van/limo, all ages and kid-friendly
Load up the car through Shelby Farms' ginormous annual holiday light display. This year's new displays pay homage to Memphis landmarks like Graceland, Beale Street, Sun Studio, the Grizzlies, and more. After you drive through Starry Nights, visit Mistletoe Village where you can meet Santa, ride a camel, and enjoy some s'mores. Starry Nights is every night from now until December 28.

4. Black Magic Comedy, The Brass Door (152 Madison Ave.), Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $10 adv./$15 door, 21 and up
Three of the Mid-South's master comedians: Mo Alexander, Spanky Brown, and Just Larry will bring an hilarious evening of dark, deviant, adult, laugh-your-face-off comedy.

5. Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard, Memphis Botanic Garden, Fridays and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., $7 MBG Members / $10 Non-Members / free for kids under 2, all ages and kid-friendly
Don't let geography get in the way of having a white Christmas. The Memphis Botanic Garden is having a month-long snow day in My Big Backyard with “snow,” hot cocoa or spiced tea, winter crafts, and a giant Snow Globe that kicks off tonight.

If none of those roast your turkey, check out the blog's calendar. Don't forget to take lots of pictures and tag 'em #ilovememphis for future photo roundups.

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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. allen smith says:

    Stoned at the moment, special shoes and fast mothers (i think) @ the stage stop

  2. Bill Cohn says:

    Ok. Really? Now what are the legitimate 5 things other than go to Tunica?. The Grizzlies are out of town.

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