5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend 9/25 – 9/27
Happy Friday, Memphis! This weekend is absolutely packed with things to do. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss. (And of course, I’ve snuck in several other ideas at the bottom of the post.)
1. GonerFest 12, The Buccaneer / Hi-Tone / Murphy’s, all weekend, $5 – $25 individual shows at the door, 18 and up
Gonerfest, Goner Records’ annual four-day celebration of garage, punk and indie rock, turns twelve 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 the kids. read more here.
2. Repair Days, National Ornamental Metal Museum, all weekend, free to attend
Bring your busted, rusted and otherwise damaged metal items to the Metal Museum for a little TLC this October. During Repair Days, the museums’ crew of blacksmiths and metalworkers will fix your items for a fee (which benefits the museum).
3. Memphis Airshow, Millington Regional Airport, Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $25 adults per day, all ages/kid-friendly
At least 15 different airplane acts – including the USAF Thunderbirds – will take to the sky all weekend long for this year’s Memphis Airshow. Take a look at the performers here. Parking opens at 9 a.m., gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the shows go from 10 a.m. periodically until 4 p.m. Blankets and chairs are fine, but leave the coolers, backpacks, and outside food and drink at home. There will be kid’s activities (inflatables, etc.) Tickets are $15 per day for ages 5-11. Children under 4 are free.
4. 15th Anniversary Trolley Night Art Tour, South Main, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages
Celebrate 15 years of Trolley Night with the usual open houses, refreshments, live music, and art, plus some extras. Two festive trolley buses will parade down S. Main from Beale to G.E. Patterson. Admission to the Railraod and Trolley Museum will be free. The Book Juggler will have a BBQ sauce tasting. Sache will sell “Got Trolleys?” t-shirts. You can view renderings of the new Central Station development in the Ghost Lot next to Earnestine & Hazel’s. And that’s just the beginning
5. Mid-South Pride Parade and Festival, Robert Church Park / Beale St., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 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. The parade steps off at 5 p.m. at the corner of 2nd and Beale.
I know, know, why didn’t I put Breakfest 901 on the list? Well, the event is sold out. If you don’t have a ticket, you’re out of luck this year. If you do have a ticket or are curious, you can read all about Breakfest 901 by clicking here.
– 30 Days of Opera continues.
– The Mid-South Fair at the Landers Center begins on Friday and goes through October 4.
– Spillit Memphis at Amurica Photo in Crosstown hosts storytelling event with the theme of “Coming Out” on Friday night.
– The Tour de Coup is Saturday: take a guided or self-guided tour of midtown’s chicken coops, beehives, gardens.
– The Broad Avenue Sidewalk Sale is on Saturday concurrently with the Breakfest (you’ll still be able to hear the music even if you can’t get in. Propcellar will host a 80s dance workout party (including cocktails) for $20 – doors open at 4 p.m.
– The Spinners perform at the Levitt Shell on Saturday night, taking the place of Three Dog Night which had to cancel this week ($25 adv./$35 door).
– The Matchmatcher comedy play opens at Playhouse on the Square with multiple shows this weekend.
– Schweinehaus in Overton Square hosts its second annual Schweinehaus Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Expect soft pretzel eating and stein holding competitions, live music, a photo booth, the infamous ShotSki, and more. All ages/21 to drink.
– Rock-n-Romp is on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mid-South Corn Maze.
– The St. Jude Walk/Run To End Childhood Cancer 5K is Saturday morning on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital campus. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. and is $10 for adults and kids 6 and up.
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