5 Things To Do This Weekend 9/11 – 9/13
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
Ed. Note: There are some technical difficulties we’re having with links and formatting that should be resolved today. I still wanted to go ahead and give y’all the info on this weekend. Thanks for your patience!
1. Mid-South Book Festival, Playhouse on the Square & Circuit Playhouse, all weekend, mostly free, all ages
More than 50 local and national authors have come to Memphis for several days of literary bliss this weekend. Expect speakers, book signings, vendors, workshops, and entertainment, all benefitting Literacy Mid-South. I’m honored to be a part of the “Go Away, I’m Blogging” panel alongside well-respected Memphis writers Dan Conaway and Fredric Koeppel on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Come see me!
2. The Producers, Theatre Memphis, Friday – Sunday, $30 adult/$15 students, 13 and up
This weekend is your last chance to see the Memphis version of Mel Brook’s film and play about two down-on-their-luck theatre producers who stumble upon unexpected success with a play about Nazi Germany, of all things. Expect plenty of wonderfully off-color satire, some language and adult themes, and lots of laughs. The show goes on at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
3. Southern Heritage Classic Weekend, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (and other locations), Saturday and Sunday, priced per event
The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University. It’s also a weekend-long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tail-gaiting. Here’s a full schedule of events.
4. 25th Annual International Goat Days Festival, USA Stadium, Friday – Saturday, $5 parking/free admission, all ages
Millington’s annual celebration of the noble goat includes vendors, demonstrations, a petting zoo, goat chariot races and more. This year celebrates a quarter-century of Goat Days with the “World’s Greatest Goat Parade” on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
5. Germantown Festival, Germantown Civic Club Complex, Saturday – Sunday, free
You could go to the Germantown Festival for the crafts, demonstrations, live music, vendors, classic cars and overall sense of community. You wouldn’t be wrong to do so. You would, however, be wrong to miss the annual Running of the Weenies, an adorably chaotic dachshund race.
More things to do:
30 Days of Opera continues daily. Tonight is Art on Tap at the Dixon, the annual beer-tasting event with samples from around the world. The Outflix Film Festival continues through September 17 (read more here). Hack Memphis – an intense web design/coding/development weekend – kicks off today.
New Ballet Ensemble presents “Freefall” tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at Hattiloo Theatre in midtown and are pay-what-you-can to fun scholarships for the students at the New Ballet Ensemble School.
The Memphis Tigers football team plays an away game against Kansas on Saturday night at 6 p.m. – it will stream on ESPN3. I have heard that Celtic Crossing, Schweinehaus, Brookhaven Pub, Riverfront Bar & Grill and Huey’s in Southaven, Midtown, Downtown, and Germantown are showing the game.