5 Things To Do This Weekend: 5/6 – 5/8

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 6th 2016 1281 2
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Happy Friday, Memphis! I hope you’re ready for the weekend, because this one is a doozy. Did Justin Timberlake know this? Is this why he dropped his new summer-y, feel-good song today? (Listen below.)

An Important Note: Midtown will be packed with activities on Saturday, especially Overton Park. So, the Overton Park area will implement new special event one-way traffic patterns, just for Saturday. They’ll also have shuttles. If you plan on going over there on Saturday, you should definitely read this.

Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.

1. Memphis Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., $3 adults/$1 kids 6-11 or 3 cans of food, all ages/kid-friendly
Take a trip to the  “little Greek island on Highland” for dancing, a marketplace, tours of the church sanctuary, live music and tons of food. If you can’t stay for dinner, you can always get food in the drive-thru or this year for the first time ever, you can have Memphis Greek Festival food delivered by Chef Shuttle. If you bring in 3 cans of food for the Mid-South Food Bank, you can receive free admission.

2. Latino Memphis Festival and 5K, Overton Park, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
The 3rd annual Latino Memphis festival honors the country of Brazil with cultural activities, tons of food and drinks (including Brazilian BBQ and beer), a kids Carnaval corner, music and dancing, futbol, salsa-making contest, a market, races, and more. Read more here.

3. Dog-A-Roo Festival, Shelby Farms Park, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free to enter ($5 parking), all ages/kid-friendly
Head to Shelby Farms for a festival for the dogs where all proceeds benefit Shelby Farms and the Greenline. Bring your dog and participate in a canine costume contest, dock dog demos, a rescue parade, agility course, training, Q&As with pet experts, music, a four-legged 4K, and more.

4. Mid-South Food Truck Fest, Tiger Lane, May 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $2 kids/$5 adults, all ages
At least 78 food trucks from across the region will gather at Tiger Lane to feed the masses and compete in for tasting judges. This year, there are twice as many trucks, a picnic area (you can bring chairs/blankets for this area only), and yes, beer for sale. Unless you have already paid for your VIP parking pass, you’ll need to park in the lot on the Central Avenue side of the Fairgrounds area. Or better yet, walk, ride your bike, or Uber/Lyft.

5. Party For The Century, Brooks Museum, Saturday, noon to 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the Brooks Museum turning 100 with a day-long party inside and outside of the museum, art-making, birthday cake, and the grand opening of the new hands-on family art gallery. It’s also the final appearance of the Red Ball Project in Memphis.


A Few More Ideas

Friday (click here for details)
– Urban Barn Market (goes on all weekend)
– Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon
– First Fridays at Broad (new monthly event!)
– Ghost of the Blues musical at the Orpheum
– Memphis The Musical opens at Playhouse on the Square
– The Fix Is In at Theatreworks
– An Enemy of the People at Evergreen Theatre
Battle of the Decades Silent Disco at the Rec Room
PRISMA LGBQT drag show at the Young Avenue Deli
– Marcella and Her Lovers at Bar DKDC

Saturday (click here for details)
– Urban Barn Market (goes on all weekend)
– Cafe du Memphis at the Overton Park Pavilion
– Day of Mindfulness at Rhodes College
– Get Down And Derby gala in Overton Square
– Willie Clayton & Charles Wilson at the Orpheum
– Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square
– The Fix Is In at Theatreworks
– An Enemy of the People at Evergreen Theatre
– Jamie Kilstein & The Agenda at the Hi-Tone
Dead Soliders at Loflin Yard
– Royal Four with Ashton Riker at Bar DKDC

Sunday (click here for details)
– eighty3 Mother’s Day specials
Mother’s Day In Overton Square
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Bleu
– Urban Barn Market (goes on all weekend)
– The Fix Is In at Theatreworks
– An Enemy of the People at Evergreen Theatre
– Memphis The Musical at Playhouse on the Square
– Symphony in the Gardens at the Dixon

None of these float your boat? Check out the calendar for more events and feel free to add your events here.

Don’t forget to check out here for the 5 Things To Do This Weekend every Friday morning, plus more Memphis-loving every day on this blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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. Lance says:

    Good stuff

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