5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 12/11 – 12/13

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 11th 2015 1238 2

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Events Guide and Holiday Shopping Guide for ongoing events and shopping ideas.

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1. Maitre Ds Present “In The Christmas Spirit”, Stax Museum, Friday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., $10 donation, all ages
Maitre Ds perform Booker T. and the MGs’ Christmas album;
enjoy refreshments, create your own ornament and reindeer headband, and type a letter to Santa or your favorite local store on vintage typewriters. DJs Zac Ives and Eric Plumley will spin some soulful holiday tracks at set break.

2. Ho-Ho-Ho Memphis Roller Derby Burlesque Show, Hi-Tone, Friday, 8:30 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Support the Memphis Roller Derby’s 2016 at their annual burlesque show, featuring ladies of the derby plus local burlesque performers and comics. Bring extra cash for drinks and the awesome silent auction.

3. Indie Memphis Holiday Market, Muddy’s Midtown, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free to enter, all ages
From the FB event: “The Memphis Indie Holiday Market is a carefully curated market featuring top-notch artistic talent and handcrafted gifts. Get snacks from several local food trucks, enjoy live music, and shop the market! Conveniently located on the lawn of Muddy’s Bake Shop + Coffee, so hot beverages (and a sugar fix) couldn’t be easier to come by.” Check out the list of vendors here.

photo by Andrea Zucker

photo by Andrea Zucker

4. Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular, Cannon Center, Saturday, 6:45 p.m., $15 – $85, all ages

Enjoy the MSO’s first Pops concert of the season with holiday favorites, vocals from Joyce Cobb, and local choirs performing before the symphony begins at 7:30 p.m. For more details – or to enter the I Love Memphis giveaway for a pair of tickets to the MSO Holiday Spectacular (ends at noon today) – click here.

Grilled Cheese Festival

5. Grilled Cheese Festival, Hi-Tone (412N. Cleveland), Sunday, noon to 6 p.m./Dead Solider show at 7 p.m., $5, all ages/21 and up inside the bar

The first-ever Memphis grilled cheese festival will take place outside in front of the Hi-Tone this Sunday. Twenty-four teams will offer samples of grilled cheese sandwiches. There’s an eating contest at 3:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m., the party goes inside for a Dead Soldiers after party.  You need to read all the details to be sure you are prepared, so go here to do so.

More ideas for this weekend:

The Memphis Farmer’s Market hosts their last market of the year on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will have holiday goodies and prepared foods, wreaths and garlands, and Jennifer Chandler and Justin Fox Burks will be signing cookbooks.

The Kroc Center hosts family-friendly Christmas musical event, “A Lifetime of Christmas”  Thursday through Sunday. If you’re look for more family-friendly events, check out Zoo Lights, Starry Nights at Shelby Farms, or Snowy Nights at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

More live music: Minglewood Hall hosts Backup Planet with Agori Tribe on Friday; doors at 8 p.m.  Faith Evans Ruch performs at The Cove on Friday at 10 p.m. Tony Manard performs at Memphis Mad Tap Room on Saturday at 5 p.m. Melinda Doolittle (of American Idol fame) performs at the Halloran Centre on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Dirty Streets release their “White Horse” album at the Hi-Tone with Jack Oblivian on Saturday at 9 p.m.  The Bell Singers perform at the Center for Southern Folklore on Sunday at 4 p.m. Motel Mirrors will be at Lafayette’s on Sunday at 8 p.m.

The Grizz play the Hornets at home at 7 p.m. on Friday; this is the game where they’re giving away Tony Allen Jedi Robes. The Grizz travel to  Miami on Sunday to play the Heat at 5 p.m.

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team takes on the Manhattan College Jaspers at 7 p.m. at FedExForum on Saturday.

Time Warp: Disturbed Christmas Double Feature is Saturday at 10 p.m. at Studio on the Square. Get weird with creepy Christmas movies “Bad Santa: Uncut” and “Santa Slays”. $10.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog.


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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