5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 5/27 – 5/29

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 27th 2016 3295 0

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Memphis! Before I get to our weekend plans, a few notes:

– I’m giving away a pair of VIP tickets to the Symphony on Saturday. Enter before 3 p.m. today. Go here to enter.

– If you’re a local shop, restaurant, or venue hosting a Father’s Day thing, please submit to the calendar.

OK, now back to the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend. It was almost impossible to pick just five, so be sure to check out the additional selections at the bottom.

1. Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Snag some adults and children’s books, records, tapes, videos, magazines, DVDs, and more at the semi-annual spring book sale at the Library. Prices range from 25 cents to two dollars, and proceeds benefit Memphis libraries.

2. Children’s Theatre Festival, Rhodes College, Friday – Saturday, pay-what-you-can, all ages/kid-friendly
Voices of the South presents their annual family-friendly Children’s Theatre Festival on Friday night and all day and night on Saturday, with three stages of live performances, workshops, and arts activities.

3. Hattiloo Theatre’s Annual Black Arts Fest, Veteran’s Plaza in Overton Park, Saturday, noon – 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
From the Facebook event: “This free festival showcases the diversity, energy, and exceptional talent of various local Black arts groups and artists. Experience performing art genres that range from Spokenword to Hip Hop dance, magic to Hispanic theatre. Get there early to set up your lawn chair or to get a good seat on one of the benches.”

4. 901Fest, Tom Lee Park, Saturday, 3 p.m., $10 at the gate, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis in May’s two new events this year are on Saturday. In the morning, there’s the Great American River Run 5K and half marathon. In the afternoon, there’s 901Fest – a celebration of all things Memphis, including food, music, and projects. I’ll be there with I Love Memphis goody bags and the mobile mural. Get the full lineup of music and stages here. There’s a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

5. Summer Symphony at the Live Garden, Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10 kids/$20 adv./$25 at the door, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate summer with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Beale Street Diva Susan Marshall and her band. They’ll play classical favorites, plus newer faves like Star Wars, Susan Marshall Originals, and Adele. Bring your chairs and picnics. Important: I’m giving away a pair of VIP tickets today at 3 p.m. enter here.

More ideas.

This Saturday is International Blacksmithing Day at the Metal Museum, with free blacksmithing competitions and demonstrations going from 10 am. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the Metal Museum will host a reception and gallery talk with Stephen Yusko to mark the opening of his new exhibition.

Friday (get details on Friday events here unless otherwise linked)

– Food Truck Friday at the Dixon
Tennessee Ballet Theatre performs at Jay Etkin Gallery
South Main Trolley Night feat. live music at Green Beetle and South Main Sounds’ Songwriter Night #27, plus gallery openings including one at Sue Layman Designs
Southern Avenue at Loflin Yard
– Memphis Camerata free concert
– Patio Sessions at Celtic Crossing with Bluff City Backsliders (also it’s the first Fireball Friday at Celtic – godspeed to you, midtowners)
Strano’s Reverse the Curse Party
– Downtown Walking Ghost Tour
– The Sea of Blue MPD Memorial car procession leaves Tiger Lane at 7:45. See their route here.
“Save The Comedy” show at RockHouse Live Midtown
Memphis Improv Sketch Collective Show
Kris Ackeln Trio,  Alexis Grace, Semi Average Joe at Otherlands
ALERO album listening event at Crosstown Arts
Dantones at Brookhaven Pub
Winchester and the Ammunition at Lafayette’s
Marcella & Her Lovers at Bar DKDC

Saturday (get details on Saturday events here unless otherwise linked)

National Burger Day at Huey’s
– Memphis Farmer’s Market
– Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market
– International Blacksmithing Day at the Metal Museum
– Tie Dye Day at The Art Project in the courtyard at Overton Square
Wacky Wonderland Kids Festival at Overton Park
– Motel Mirrors and Marcella and Her Lovers at the Harbor Town Amphitheater for just $5 (!!)
– Downtown Walking Ghost Tour
USA v. Bolivia US Men’s National Team soccer-watching party at the Brass Door at 7 p.m.
– Blacksmith Comedy’s evening of standup at Midtown Crossing Grill at 8 p.m.
Subtractions Memorial Day Blowout at Murphy’s
Devil Train at Lafayette’s

Sunday (get details on Sunday events here unless otherwise linked)

– Gallery talk and opening reception for Stephen Yusko’s new exhibit at the Metal Museum
Bike Walk Memphis Party/Live Music at the Bikesmith
Sundresses & Linen 2016 at the Pink Palace
– Live Music at all the Huey’s locations
Jeffrey and the Pacemakers at Lafayette’s
Burgers with the Boys at the Pumping Station
Hate and Hip Hop Season 12 Album Release at the Hi-Tone

Memorial Day! (Monday)

– Memorial Day Picnic at the Greensward at Overton Park. Read about this here.
Memorial Day festival to Benefit the Greensward and MPD Retirement Fund at the Hi-Tone
Memorial Day Service at Memorial Park
Memorial Day History Tour at Elmwood Cemetery
John Paul Keith & Friends at Lafayette’s

Have a great holiday weekend!


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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  1. Leigh says:

    I would love to win the VIP pass to take the love of my life for the last 22 years. He would be SO surprised and stunned -we have never done anything as extravagant like this b4. Thanks for considering me!

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