5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 5/22-5/24

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 22nd 2015 2139 0

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss this weekend.

Photo of Sunset Symphony via Memphis in May.

1. Overton Square 45th Anniversary Party, Overton Square, Friday – Saturday, free, all ages
T.G.I. Fridays opened in Overton on May 21, 1970, and thus began the oft-discussed heyday of Overton Square. The rebuilt district is taking advantage of all the current buzz and nostalgia and throwing a 45th anniversary party lasting three days, with the main event on Saturday, May 23. Expect beer and drinks for sale, food, music, and history. Go here to see the music schedule and lineup.

2. Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, Rhodes College McCoy Theatre, Friday – Saturday, pay-what-you-can, all ages/kid-friendly
Take the kids to the 10th Annual Children's Theatre festival, hosted by Voices of the South theatre company. They'll have performances, workshops, art activities, face painting, jugglers, and other kinds of fun.

3. Roundhouse Revival, Mid-South Coliseum, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the history and possible future of the Mid-South Coliseum with a daylong festival featuring wrestling legends Jerry "The King" Lawler and Bill "Superstar" Dundee against the Coliseum Crushers in the ring, a whole slew of awesome Memphis bands (Sons of Mudboy, Iron Mic Coalition, Papa Tops West Coast Turnaround, and Hope Clayburn, to name a few), food, beer,  shopping, and a basketball tournament, all on the grounds of the Coliseum in midtown.

4. Sunset Symphony, Tom Lee Park, Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m., $9 or free under age 6, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the last Sunset Symphony ever by bringing your family, lawn chairs, and picnics to the park to hear the Knights of Jazz  and Memphis Ukelele Band starting at 3:15 p.m., an air show at 5:45 p.m. and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's annual pops concert at 7:35 p.m., culminating in a fireworks display over the Mississippi around 9 p.m. 

5. Pyramid Vodka Music & Arts Fest, Hi-Tone Cafe (412 N. Cleveland), Saturday, 7 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Looking for even more live music this weekend? Head to the Hi-Tone on Saturday for a full night of bands, including Devil Train, The Lagoonas, China Gate, Movie Night, Creepy Neighbor, Ugly Girls, Graham Winchester, and Monticello.

One more thing: the Memphis Public Library is having a huge book sale this weekend. Don't forget that after last weekend's false start (thanks for nothing, rain!) the Levitt Shell Summer Concert Series begins this weekend. Click here for the full lineup.

It's also the second-to-last weekend for Brewery Revival, so share your photos from all past TN Brewery events and use #BreweryMemory. Click here for info on Revival.

It's also the first weekend of summer for Shelby County Schools students. Click here to read 20 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Summer.

Ed. Note: Originally event #1's description said "tons of booze" instead of "beer and drinks for sale" and was meant to be a colloquial, familar way to refer to the tons of booze options for adults to enjoy in moderation at one of the 15+ establishments in Overton Square that serve a variety of alcohol beverages to legal adults with I.D., in addition to several beer vendor booths set up for this event specifically. "All ages" are refers to the policy that people of all ages are allowed in Overton Square (though individual establishments have the right to enact individual age policies). A spokesperson from Overton Square commented on the "all ages" aspect of this event here: "Kids are always welcome at the Square, and at the events this weekend. Beer and food will be sold by some of the tenants in booths on Trimble and in the Courtyard. We are restricting the obvious things, No Coolers, No BYOB, No Bikes and No Pets. We will have picnic tables set up for people to sit, and/or sit and eat." I apologize for any confusion the vague original phrasing may have caused!

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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  2. Morgan Buchanan says:

    Last sunset symphony ever?? Like….ever ever? As in…they AREN'T doing it again next year?!?!

  3. Lynn Terry says:

    was in Memphis last weekend for the BBQ cookoff, and wish i could come back. Had a wonderful time, and cant wait until next year!

  4. Gerald May says:

    thanks for mentioning China Gate my stepson is in the band an they do have a cd


  5. Addie says:

    Hello Holly,

    Thank you for all the hard work you put into this blog, I know I really appreciate it.  Are there any fun Adult things to do in Memphis that does not involve alcohol?  ever??


    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Addie: You’re welcome! I appreciate your kind words. It’s totally cool to attend any of these events or activities and not partake of alcohol. I do it all the time. Many parks, museums, and some events do prohibit alcohol, though.

  6. Monica Collins says:

    Years ago the Sunset Symphony performed private concerts in my school’s courtyard. Teachers and students truly enjoyed them.

  7. Lorraine Williams-Kujnkel says:

    Where is the tree of life mosaic and other art work? You are the best!!! Thank you so much for sharing all you know about Memphis. Our family from 2 to 76 are enjoying your suggestions.



    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Thanks Lorraine! So glad your family is getting to know Memphis better because of this blog. The Tree of Life Mosaic is at the Cancer Survivor’s Park in East Memphis on the east edge of Audubon Park, across from Theatre Memphis (nearish to Perkins and Park). For more artwork, check out http://www.memphisart.org/.

  8. Ann says:

    Who decided it was the last Sunset Symphony and why?

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