5 Things To Do This Weekend: 7/8 – 7/10
Happy Friday, Memphis. Here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.
1. Community Day, Brooks Museum, Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will host a free Community Day on Friday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. They’ll focus on the Brooks’ current exhibitions, have art making activities, live music and performances from percussionists, Collage Dance Collective, and DJ Siphne, and a couple of food trucks.
2. Spillit Center Stage, Amurica Photo, Friday, 7 p.m., $10, 18+
It’s another evening of true storytelling at Amurica, featuring four local storytellers and music from Artistik Approach. Complimentary drinks (tips appreciated) are included. Get there early to get a seat!
3. Levitt Shell Concerts, Levitt Shell, Friday – Sunday, free – $20, all ages/kid-friendly
Enjoy free concerts from Lera Lynn tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Rayland Baxter on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.. There’s also a special Stars At The Shell benefit concert on Saturday at 8 p.m., featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings; tickets are $20 per person. Check out the full lineup here.
4. Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, FedExForum, Friday – Sunday, $30+ adults/$25+ kids, all ages/kid-friendly
Cirque de Soleil returns to Memphis this weekend, this time with their OVO Big Top show. OVO, which means egg in Portuguese is a nature- and insect-themed circus style show full of acrobats, dancers, amazing costumes, and compelling music. There are shows Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
5. Prince Life Celebration and Tribute, Cadre Building, Friday, 8:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.. 21 and up, $50 – $250
This event is a multimedia celebration and tribute dedicated to the life and work of Prince. Expect live musician tributes, celebrity appearances, food, and more. Featuring The Sensation Band featuring Jerry Braxton of the Soul Shockers, Adam Heart Memphis, Tonya Dyson and more. Special Guests Porsha Williams of Real Atlanta Housewives and Grammy Award Winner Lawerence “Boo” Mitchell.
A few other ideas:
– Watch the Memphis City Football Club playoff game on the screens at Memphis Made (Friday, 4 p.m.)
– Attend the official Memphis Black Lives Matter chapter protest against police brutality at 867 S. Parkway (Friday, 6 p.m. sharp)
– See Pan’s Labyrinth at the Halloran Center (Friday, 7 p.m.)
– Catch a Redbirds game with fireworks (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.)
– The Women’s Theatre Festival kicks off on Sunday at Hattiloo Theatre
– Mid-South Pride will have a cookout at the Pumping Station (Sunday, 4 p.m.)
– Catch the EURO soccer cup finals at Celtic Crossing (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
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