5 Things To Do This Weekend: 2/6 – 2/8
Happy Friday Memphis! It's a little hard to believe it's already the second month of 2015, but with so much to do and see and eat in Memphis, time tends to fly.
A few things:
– I'm giving away tickets to the 2015 Memphis Open. Click here to enter by today at 4 p.m.
– My podcast co-host Kevin Cerrito hosts trivia, and this month's theme is "I Love the 90s". Check out the list of events and themes right here.
– If you haven't listened to the January podcast with Memphis' official party queen, Paula Raiford, click here.
– If you liked my post about Hot Mess Burrito food truck yesterday, they'll be at Memphis Made Brewing from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. today.
– Check out my updated guide to Valentine's Day here, and my big list of Memphis growler filling stations here.
And now on to the list of five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
1. Public/Art/ists Part 1, Crosstown Arts (422 N. Cleveland), Friday – Saturday, free, all ages
This weekend kicks off a multi-venue exhibition focusing on more than 40 local artists who contribute to public art projects in Memphis. There's a gallery opening tonight (2/6) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. showcasing public and private studio work and a gallery talk tomorrow at 2 p.m. The exhibit is on display at Crosstown Arts through the end of the month.
2. Get Outside!, anywhere, Saturday and Sunday, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Here's a good, free idea for the kids since this weekend's highs are supposed to be in the relatively warm mid-60s. Grab a jacket and a hat, then take the little ones to play at one of these free playgrounds:
– Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms
– Rainbow Lake Playground at Overton Park
– RiverFit at Tom Lee Park (good for older kids with adult supervision)
– Shelby Forest State Park
– Williamson Park in Evergreen Historic District
– Germantown Municipal Park
3. Half Pints for Half Pints, Memphis Made Brewing, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $55 individual/$75 couple, 21 and up
This event gets an award for the cutest name. Enjoy half pints of Memphis Made beer and bid on very cool stuff, i.e., portrait sessions, Memphis-themed gear, restaurant gift cards, and more. All of it benefits Peabody Elementary (the PTA is working on getting the kids a new computer lab). There will also be food from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, and Celtic Crossing.
This annual valentine's auction benefits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers, and bid on 100 pieces of art from regional artists during an auction emceed by Joe Birch. The VIP "Big Heart Lounge" tickets include special gifts, artwork, and more.
5. Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest, BRIDGES, Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., $15 under 21/$25 21+
The TEP hosts its 5th annual gumbo-cooking contest and Mardi Gras party on February 8th this year at the BRIDGES facility. Your tickets gets you into the gumbo tasting area, a chance to vote for the winning gumbo, plus NOLA-style jazz, craft beer (if you're of age) and more.
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You can always check the calendar for more events and ideas for things to do in Memphis. Have a great weekend and don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up here on Monday.